My Style Lessons: Sandra Wilson
With over 30,000 followers on Instagram, the former air hostess turned age-positive style influencer, talks to 55/Redefined about style, ageing and stepping into your confidence.
Sandra Wilson, now 68, first became known as the mother of model and TV personality Vogue Williams. Now with over 30,000 followers, she is loved for her bright, colourful outfits she shares on Instagram and her don’t-take-yourself-too-seriously and kind demeanour.
After her daughter, Vogue, posted a picture of Sandra on her Instagram account, followers suggested she create her own account to share her outfits. Having always loved fashion and styling, Sandra started documenting her outfits and it’s now become a daily hobby where she chronicles what she wears as she travels between Howth in Ireland, where she is from and has a property, to Spain, where her and her husband – highly successful businessman Neil Wilson – own a second property.
“Becoming an influencer in my 60s proves that great style is ageless,” Sandra reveals to 55/Redefined.
She confesses in our interview that she’s somewhat of a hoarder and has an extensive wardrobe at both her properties. As a true believer in a base wardrobe of key staples, she also enjoys layering and mixing and matching the old with the new. And a signature accessory would have to be a hat, although she tells me she is fond on handbags too. Sandra has a way of making dramatic silhouettes and bold colours look enviably elegant and easy to wear.
“My style is quite eclectic,” Sandra says. “I love layers and mixing and matching things. It’s a funny thing, I might start wearing pink and then everything for the next two days kind of goes on the theme of pink by default.”
An avid golfer who has four children – Amber, Vogue and Frederick, from her first marriage, and Alexander, from her second marriage to now-husband Neil – Sandra’s motto is all about making the most of things, doing what you need to feel happy in yourself and not subscribing to the idea that age should be a barrier to wearing whatever you please.
Sandra Wilson’s Style Lessons
From advice on confidence to tips for being more adventurous with your wardrobe, here, Sandra shares her style lessons she’s learnt over the years.
1.Style is Ageless
2.Don’t Fall into the Trap that You’re too Old
3.Don’t Follow Trends – Buy Staples to Add to an Overall Collection
4. Shop Your Own Wardrobe
5.Step into Your Confidence
6.Don’t Get Stuck in a Rut
7.Be Experimental with Fashion
8.Dress to Lift Your Mood
9. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
By Alexandra O'Brien. You can follow Sandra Wilson on Instagram here. You are sure to get some great outfit inspiration as well as a daily mood boost thanks to her bright and beautiful style.