It’s the time of year when invitations start coming in. I’ll be covering party dressing and black tie for women over 40 in more detail in a few weeks’ time but I thought I’d show you what I chose to wear to a Black Tie event last Friday. I’d been thinking about what I was going to wear for a while. I kept looking through the barely worn cocktail dresses that hang in my dressing room, not wanting to wear any of them and then feeling cross with myself because it’s such a waste of money. Over the years I have learned that shiny, sparkly cocktail dresses are the closest I ever come to a one night stand, I love them for an evening but then never want to see them again.

I’m sure I can’t be the only person who feels like this so I decided it was time to find a new approach.


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Nikki Garnett
Hi, I’m Nikki Garnett, I’m 47 and for 9 years I was the editor of Selfridges' magazine. Now, I’m married with 3 sons, 2 cats and a dog called Gary and run a small creative agency with my husband. We live near the Lake District in the North West of England. I've created Midlife Chic because a little while ago, amidst all the chaos of family and working life, I was beginning to feel like I'd lost my groove. So this is for anyone else out there over 40 who is emerging from the baby years and trying to rediscover the woman they used to be.