Jane and Beryl think that most WOACA's have their own established style. If they were drawn to hippy clothes in their youth, they probably like a grown up version of the same look in 2018. Jane and Beryl explore the highs and lows of characterful dressing, and find that they have multiple personalities. 








Homeknit cardigan, shirt Zara £39.99, trousers Marella £150,
handbag Kate Spade via TK Maxx £150


The Clown

You just can't resist the smell of the crowd and lure of the greasepaint, so long as it's in a bright colour and preferably more than one. Clashing hues, frills, tassels...they're all here. Jane and Beryl agree that there is nothing like a bit of colour to brighten up a WOACA's complexion, just not ten at once. 


Olive and Orange, Orla Kiely dress (second hand £30) Mulberry handbag (second hand £50)
 Vintage Sunglasses £10, Necklace M&S £15, shoes Cefalia £99

The Lady


 You are the queen of the Frumpy People, formal and staid, but undoubtably well-dressed. You are the no-nonsense wearer of the shirt-dress, the court shoe, the structured handbag, and above all a string of pearls (not to mention a fine Scottish knit). Beryl is most at home in this vintage-inspired look. Has anyone seen the Corgies?




Hat M&S £22, shirt Ralph Lauren voa TK Maxx £39, jacket
The White House Designer Sale £19, trousers Anthropologie £59 sale


The New Bohemian

You are a lover of the Gloomsbury set, much given to a spot of Virginia Woolf or a visit to Charleston. You like your clothes to be lushly textured - velvet and lace are favourites - and you and colour are not friends, preferring greys and browns with perhaps a bit of burgundy to really liven things up. Jane is quite keen on this, but beware, it can easily tip over into fancy dress. Anyone up for a trip To the Lighthouse?


Coat Top Shop, Jeans DL1961 £180, Zara shirt £12,
aged Tods loafers, silk scarf Dune £30, Ray-ban sunglass £130  

The Classicist

You love a chic, good-quality garment or two, that transcends the whims of fashion. You like plain, serviceable, or quietly luxurious... whoops, sorry, Beryl and Jane dozed off there for a second. Our duo, don't mean to be rude, but isn't it just a little bit...well, boring. They are sure that cashmere sweaters come in colours other than grey, and fear of being noticed is not a good basis for a wardrobe, in their view. 


Jumper M&S £29, t-shirt £7 pre-loved, jeans Tesco £22
boots Dowling's of Whitchurch £89
The Tomboy 

You are happiest in the casualest of clothing, namely the jeans and jumper combo, with an ankle boot on your feet and a t-shirt underneath. Jane and Beryl admit that 90% of WOACA's will wear this when off duty, themselves included. Jane gives the look a small twist with her cricket jumper and is not afraid to go the whole hog with ripped jeans despite many comments from her detractors that she really is beyond this as a fashion statement. She cares not in true tomboy style.



Jeans Top Shop £60, Jigsaw leather jacket £150
(second hand)  Laura Ashley to £17 (secondhand)
Preloved Louboutins £250
The Hot Tramp
This might have been your 
heyday signature style, a little bit sexy, a little bit rock and roll. Jane and Beryl both love this look, but now shy away from all over body con, the very short skirt, or for that matter much leather wearing. Jane and Beryl find mixing tight with loose works better and swopping the stilettos for something a little less obvious, like a kitten heel ankle boot. 


Hat Cadogan £29, trousers M&S £35, waistcoat Debenhams,
shoes Russell & Bromley £99, coat Joseph pre-loved £75

The Annie Hall

You secretly want to wear men's clothes which after all are more comfortable and convenient. You dislike the sense of not being able to run for the bus which a high heel brings you. Jane and Beryl think that this works best with feminine touches, like Jane's flaxen locks. This is a look which is one of Jane's favourites (see comfort comment above).


Phase Eight Jacket £149, French Connection top £120,
Top Shop gold bag £30, White Lisa Kay boots £25


The My Little Pony

You are a magpie, a girl who is dressing her inner six year old, who joyously just can't say no to a sparkle, a shiny fabric, or the lure of the fake fur jacket. When it comes to your boots, the gloves are off, you love white, spangly, red... you name it. Jane and Beryl think that the trick with statement clothing, is JUST WEAR ONE, with something calmer. One statement only, please. 

Next Week, Jane and Beryl Get Back to Basics.
 A spring edit of the useful stuff. 

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