MANDI BEACHAM has all the time cherished getting dressed up, whether or not for an evening out with friends or a busy day within the workplace.
However when the menopause left her affected by temper swings, insomnia and weight achieve, she fell out of affection along with her wardrobe.
Many outfits had been too tight or uncomfortable, so as a substitute of slipping right into a costume or a tailor-made swimsuit, the 56-year-old discovered herself residing in saggy T-shirts and jogging bottoms.
Enter Fabulous trend director Tracey Lea Sayer, who agreed to assist Mandi as a part of our Problem The Stylist sequence.
Mandi, who works in medical gross sales and lives in Winchester, Hants, says: “Two years in the past I began having menopause signs together with temper swings and insomnia.
“Covid hit and I pondered if it was lockdown attending to me. However then the recent flushes began and after chatting to associates, I realised I used to be menopausal.
“Throughout lockdown I developed what I name my ‘kangaroo stomach’. I’ve placed on at the very least a stone since then. I’m solely 5ft 2in, so each pound exhibits. Quite a lot of the garments I had didn’t match me any extra and I felt extremely unattractive.
“I had no have to exit anyplace, so I fell into carrying joggers and T-shirts as a result of they’re cozy and heat. By the point issues opened up, I had no want to exit. If I needed to, I’d put on a black A-line costume however I seemed outdated and frumpy. I had actually misplaced my trend mojo.”
Measurement 12 Mandi, who’s married to Ian, 72, a retired training officer, misplaced all curiosity in trend.
She says: “I’d all the time cherished brilliant colors however I felt they had been ageing me. I misplaced my eye for choosing up bargains and throwing outfits collectively.”
Mandi instructed Tracey she wished to look stylish however not “mutton dressed as lamb”.
She says: “Tracey actually listened. She took under consideration my peak and areas I used to be acutely aware of.”
Mandi’s favorite outfit was the beige fake leather-based trousers and ruffle shirt. She says: “The expertise has opened my eyes to what’s attainable. I’ve bought a spring again in my step.”
The mum of three provides: “I’ve gone again on HRT, I’m exercising and really feel higher than I’ve in months. Menopause doesn’t must steal your type.”
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Tracey says: “It’s simple to really feel invisible as you hit the menopause. You don’t know what fits you any extra. Your pores and skin, form and hair may need modified, which makes it even more durable to know what works. I watched Mandi come to life on this attractive floral costume. The colourful print actually lifted her pores and skin tone.”
Gown, £39.99, and bag, £35.99, each Reserved – Purchase right here ; boots, £79, Nasty Gal – Purchase right here
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Tracey says: “Mandi seemed fairly shocked once I steered she strive on River Island pleather trousers however as soon as she put them on, she completely cherished them. The excessive waist cinches Mandi in, elongates her legs and skims over her tummy, which she thinks is her downside space.”
Shirt, £38, trousers, £45, boots, £65, bag, £40, all River Island – Purchase right here
Tracey says: “After working from residence for therefore lengthy, many people have misplaced our method with workwear. Mandi’s been shying away from color so it felt nice to place her in a brilliant yellow ‘have a look at me’ coat. This pop of color will elevate her impartial workwear whereas wanting good and stylish.”
Coat, £59.99, M&Co – M&Co; high, £29.99, Reserved – Purchase right here ; trousers, £38, and boots, £65, each River Island – Purchase right here