As a woman, happily in my 40s, who loves fashion I often feel frustrated & bored looking at instagram feeds, magazines or browsing through catalogues and websites which are just awash with young models or older women who’ve not only had botox, fillers and some kind of “work” but have been photoshopped within an inch of their lives, who are meant to represent and inspire women like me.

They don’t.

Real Style has substance & a true sense of individuality. 

In my work as a Style mentor I work closely with men and women who have a strong sense of self in other areas, money to spend, and are keen to have more fun with their clothes, but feel under-represented in the images we are presented with and can’t really imagine themselves in the clothes they dream of wearing.

Brands do themselves a huge disservice by ignoring this enormous & lucrative potential consumer group.

As a stylist and writer of this blog I often get sent pieces from brands to style & photograph.

As much as I love a dress-up my real love is styling and making other people look awesome, so when H&M sent me these 4 pieces this week I thought – let’s shake things up a bit – let’s do something new.




Dare and Play more.

At STEELEMyStyle I like to help clients and readers push out of their comfort zone and really discover where their passions lie and express themselves.

I would like to show stylish, fun, exciting pieces on a real men and women.

All sizes, shapes and ages – styled by me and all pieces under $100.

So welcome to  new feature REAL STYLE …

No young models. 

A real woman – Karen – 40s – Mama of 2 kids – nurse.

No hair & makeup crew. 

Karen did her own hair and makeup as she would normally do before a night out.

No fancy lighting, studio backdrops

Just the natural light in Karen’s house and garden.

No retouching or photoshopping. 

No smoke and mirrors.

Just real style.

As her husband said to me when he saw the photos – “I am a very lucky guy” .. yup you are.  I often speak to clients’ spouses and say – tell him/her how stunning he/she looks – without prompting.

It really makes everyone’s day that bit brighter and helps to remain connected amid the everyday minutiae of married life.














H&M Beaded Dress (sizes 4 -16) $99.95   , styled with Vivienne Westwood bracelet, Mimco clutch, Wittner heels, Equip Earrings ( all Karen’s own)













H & M Wide Legged Jumpsuit size 8 $59.95    styled with Yazbukey brooch, Vintage belt, Gorman platforms, Vintage Gucci clutch (all Karen’s)
















 H&M Blouse with Studs (size S) $49.95    & Tuxedo Pants Size 8  $39.95 – styled with Christian Wijnants Bordeaux Cape Tuxedo, Marks & Spencer Limited Edition Black suede Gold mirrored heels.(Both Karen’s own)

Karen’s Verdict – “Loved the beaded dress – it was beautiful and the Tux pants are a great buy. I might take Sally’s advice and go down a size but I am definitely going to go and buy the jumpsuit – it was so comfy and fun to wear !”



About Karen 

Karen is a Welsh natural beauty, with her own individual style.
She is a size 8/10, in her 40s, works part-time as a nurse and currently lives with her lovely husband, 2 little kids and bull terrier Molly in Brisbane, Australia.

Hair/Beauty : I get my hair cut and coloured once every five weeks at Ellie at Nut Salon  – it is the one thing I splurge and experiment with. I love makeup but rarely get a chance to play around anymore. This lipstick is one of my go-tos – Kate Moss Rimmel 103.

Fashion loves: I adore Vivienne Westwood & Kate Moss.

Recent reads: Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch was amazing but full on – now I’m reading Tale of Two Cities for @STEELEMyStyle bookclub .. bit hard going – I think the next one will have to be something fluffy.

Song guaranteed to get you on the dancefloor: Anything by The Smiths.

Guilty secret: I actually like hoovering.


Where to Buy

Australia: H & M is at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Brisbane, Macquarie Centre, Macquarie Park, Sydney NSW and Melbourne GPO 350 Bourke St, Melbourne

Not in Australia ? 

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Photos and Styling : Sally Steele


Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Style Mentor & Branding specialist now based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges we face be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.



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