Among my contemporaries, I have seen in recent years how great the transformation is that women go through around the age of fifty. Children leave home, parents fade into the background, and our own bodies change. Society reacts differently to women in their fifties than to women in their thirties. It is a transition phase and can entail uncertainty, especially about your appearance.
I noticed how important appearance is when I moved to Rome in the 1990s. Italian women looked so different than I was used to in the Netherlands ! They put a lot of effort into looking feminine and confident and love receiving compliments.
I have always loved to work and ‘play’ with clothes. As a toddler, my mother allowed me to choose what I wanted to wear once every week and I used to pick the craziest outfits! In Rome I tried my best to adopt the Italian look. I managed to adapt to the clothing style there and even worked successfully as a personal shopper. But I was still looking for my own style and also wore a lot of black. Somehow you couldn’t quite see my potential on the outside. It only came into its own when I moved to London in 2012 and started training as a stylist at House of Colour.