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From style confidence, taking risks and classic must-haves, stylist Tracey Lea Sayer, 49, of @trayslounge chats us through how her style has evolved over the years and the pieces every 40-something should have in their wardrobe.

Tell us a bit about yourself….
I have worked in fashion for over 25 years, but when I hit my 40s, I sort of lost myself and was mainly dressing in black because I wanted to be as invisible as possible. Then I discovered Instagram and saw lots of lovely ladies my age and older looking fabulous on their grids and I sort of thought ‘sod it’, I want to join in!

How would you sum up your style?
Masculine, tailored and a little bit utilitarian. I have always taken my style inspo from the boys!

Any tips for reinventing your wardrobe?
Before I buy something I like to think of at least three ways I can wear it. Fashion actually doesn’t change much from year to year so if you are a savvy shopper you can make what you have work hard for you.

Is there such a thing as dressing your age?
No! Just wear what you feel comfortable in and what makes you feel good..

Who inspires your daily style?
@wearsmymoney whose boot and trainer collection is rather enviable. @Backofthewardrobe for her great high street looks with the old designer piece thrown in. @thestlouisreviews for her excellent high-end styling and vintage finds.

Coats are a big investment so you need to get it right. Go for a neutral tone as it will work harder for you. The teddy bear coat has been around for a few seasons now and isn’t going anywhere so you can guarantee it will become one of your wardrobe staples.

I love a big oversized scarf. Whether you go plain, checked, striped or printed, a scarf is an inexpensive way to jazz up any old outfit and re-spin older pieces that you might want to breathe new life into.

Anyone who has followed me on Instagram for a while will know that I am a huge fan of an all-in-one. If you struggle to find a dress to suit you like I do, try a jumpsuit. The jumpsuit is a ready-made outfit all in one go. Comfy, easy to wear and looks great dressed up or dressed down. What’s not to love?

There is a style out there to suit everyone! The boot cut, the skinny, the straight, the balloon, the flare, the Mom! Have a 'try on' session and find the style that suits you. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try a new cut and jean shape.

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