Interview by Ceri Wheeldon
As we continue to share the style stories of real women over 50, Bukky shares her style inspiration.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m Bukky, I’m a Midlife Wellness Coach/Advocate and a pharmacist of 3+ decades.
I run Vibrant Midlife Wellness Practice – which takes an evidence based, lifestyle medicine approach to health and wellbeing.
I help motivated women in midlife make the lifestyle changes they need to create their roadmap to a healthy, well and happy life; so they are fitter, healthier, look and feel amazing and ooze confidence.
I work with women in a number of ways. I offer
- 1:1 Wellness Coaching
- 1-day Wellness Workshops
- Group Wellness Programs
How would you describe your style?
I’d say eclectic and individual! I do love different things. More of the classics but I also give things a twist as I can sometimes fuse my African pieces into my outfits. I love bold statement pieces as well especially neckwear
What are the favourite items in your wardrobe and why?
My scarves – I ‘m never fully dressed without a scarf
My neckpieces – ….oooh I love a statement piece; just adds interest to an outfit
Which items do you wear the most?
Again it would be a scarf!
What item have you had the longest- do you still wear it?
It would be a pair of earrings I’ve had since I was about 12….they’re quite special as they are from Russia and I remember my mum buying them as a holiday gift. They are a mix of white & rose gold with a pink stone – unusual too. Somehow, I still have them and wear them occasionally.
What was your most recent purchase – why did you choose it?
I honestly haven’t shopped for clothes in a long time, as I like unusual pieces, I tend to get things made mostly, my last “make” was a pussy bow dress in contrasting leopard print in a wine/pinkish hue…its quite jazzy! I’ve not worn it yet, but looking forward to the occasion & when I do wear it….it will definitely catch your attention
I also decided end of last year, I wasn’t going to add anything else to my wardrobe unless it was a need; I have way too many clothes just hanging in there.
Heels or flats?
I wear heels for the elegance when dressed up, but I will always have a pair of flats to hand for swapping over. I also only buy block heels or wedges now, my ankles can’t take a stiletto heel anymore 🙂
Have you had any recent style disasters?
Not really, thankfully
Do you mostly shop in store or online?
When I do shop its mostly in-store, but I would usually have done my research online first. I also do love a charity shop haul from time to time
What are your favourite brands/shops and why?
Basics – M&S and Uniqlo – they just work (I honestly would love to model for M&S -my “secret” wish)
House of Fraser for its concessions – I like Biba
Cos – I like their clean lines
Classic workwear – The Fold London
How has your style changed since turning 50? (if it has! ?)
It’s definitely changed. I’m all for comfort now….so anything not too clingy and fussy
I also ditched jackets….too boxy
I’m into dresses more…its one piece so keeps things simple
Do you regularly ‘cull’ your wardrobe or are you a hoarder?
As a former stylist, I like to practice what I preach so yes, let go of what’s not working or that I’m bored with; so the new can flow in
Who have been the biggest style influencers in your life?
My late mother….definitely
Has your style changed as a result of lockdown?
Not changed as such; but I hardly go out and make minimal effort for Zoom !
Do you have any style icons?
I do like Anna Wintour – she has a signature style also Victoria Beckham’s design for her clean lines
There’s a lovely designer – Daniel P Tanner – rather vintage but I am a sucker for a pussy-bow and frills. I love his designs
Shoes : Kat Maconie – I don’t like all her designs but some of her shoes are amazing – a bit off piste and jazzy too
There are a number of fabulous Nigerian designers I love and wear their pieces too
What 3 style tips would you share with other women over 50?
Keep it simple, elegant & classy
I’d definitely say – ensure whatever you wear is comfortable
Understand your best colours, style personality and be comfortable in your own skin
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