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My Style over 50: Bukky of Vibrant Midlife shares her style story

Interview by Ceri Wheeldon

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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

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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 🙂

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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

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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

To contact Bukky you can find her at:

IG: @vibrantmidlife

Fb: www.facebook.com/groups/vibrantmidlife/


Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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