How to achieve an ‘easy chic’ look – A style interview with Claudia

by Sylvia

How to achieve an 'easy chic' look - A style interview with Claudia | 40plusstyle.com

I came across Claudia’s blog a while ago and was immediately attracted to her fabulous casual chic style and her great haircut. I have been following her ever since. Time to get to know her a little better!

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m 51 years old, a single mother of one daughter and I work for a logistics company. Apart from blogging I also love to do sports. It is very important to me to stay fit in order to enjoy a better quality of life.

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Can you tell us a bit more about your blog Glam Up Your Lifestyle and why you created it?

My blog ” Glam up your Lifestyle ” was created about 3 years ago. My daughter gave me the idea, since I have always had a passion for fashion and beauty. She assisted me in the technical aspect and got me started.

With my blog I want to reach women my age and inspire them to embrace fashion that will bring out their personality while still being age appropriate.

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How would you describe your own style?

I love stylish chic and love to mix up basic items with designer pieces. I keep my accessories to a minimum. I want to be noticed first, not my outfit.

The quality of the pieces I choose is also very important to me.

I call my style ” Easy Chic”.

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Where do you live and how does that influence your style?

I live in Germany, in an area around Frankfurt. But I don’t believe it influences my style.

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Do you feel you have a signature style?

I prefer a clean chic, and I believe those words describe my personal style.

What inspires your outfit choices the most?

My inspiration comes from other blogs, magazines and from the street. I pick up small element that match my personal style.

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Has your style changed at all after turning 40?

By now I know what works for me and what does not. Still, every now and then I pick the wrong piece from a trend that appeals and I would love to wear. In my youth I followed most fashion trends, but today I only pick those trends that work for me and my body.

Do you believe in dressing ‘age appropriately’ and what does it mean to you?

A lot of people say you don’t have to be age appropriate. I think you do. A woman over 40 should not be wearing crop tops or mini skirts as wide as a belt.

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Would you say that at this stage of your life you are now more, or less interested in fashion, style and the way you look?

I have always enjoyed fashion and have always taken good care of myself. It’s passionate hobby of mine. That will never change.

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Why is the way you look important to you?

My fashion mirrors the mood I’m in.

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Do you follow trends? And if yes, which trends excite you at the moment?

I like to infuse trends with my timeless pieces. Right now I’m in love with my ankle booties and can’t wait to wear them in Autumn.

Do you have any fashion and style tips for women over 40?

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Wear what makes you feel good, do it for you and no one else.

What are your plans for your blog and how do you see it develop over the coming years?

I hope that brand labels are less skeptical and more accepting to me and my fellow bloggers.

Thanks Claudia for your vision on style and fashion. Now, be sure to check out Claudia’s blog: Glam Up YourLifestyle.

Which outfit of Claudia is your favorite?

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1 Rita

I love the idea of “easy” chic. Her outfits in these photos are all very wearable and not fussy.

I do agree with her comments on “age-appropriate”, too. Just yesterday, I happened to see an older woman, probably in her 70’s, wearing super skinny jeans. Her legs looked great and she could certainly pull them off, but somehow they just didn’t seem quite right. My first thought wasn’t, “Oh, those look great on her”, but “She can wear skinny jeans at her age.” It drew my attention to her age first, and not that she looked nice, overall.

I would add that no one, no matter what age, should wear a mini skirt the width of a belt, though…LOL!

2 Mary Byrd

Love her classic chic style and her haircut is lovely ! Love to see women over 40 fabulous and confident !

Mary

3 Lorraine

It’s nice to see somebody so comfortable with and understanding of her style.

4 Evie

These outfits are all appealing to me, and I am intrigued by Claudia’s description, “clean chic.” To me, photos 1 and 2, especially, fit this idea. Thank you for including this interview and the photos. Looking forward to seeing her blog, too.

5 Ann

I enjoy Cla’s styling and find her choices inspiring. I like how she adds a beautiful bag, shoes or a touch of jewelry to classic pieces. Her choice of a vibrant lip color and a excellent hair cut complete her look so well!

6 Cla

Dear Sylvia, thank so much for introducing me at your blog. This is such honor for me. :))

7 Greetje

I have been following Cla for a while as well. You are right she is fabulous. Her friend Conny of Ahemadundahos is also great.
I love almost everything Cla is wearing. Top things: the second outfit and her shoes in outfit 7 (cream pumps) and 8 (gorgeous black boot/shoes). And she has the most amazing bag collection.

8 Sherry Edwards

She looks like a grab & go kinda girl. Her look is simple yet elegant. I especially love the look with the leopard print scarf, looks like she’s off to somewhere important.

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