Sara Hollamby<br /><strong>Style Counsel<br /></strong><br />I FIND it scary when the hemlines go up, short skirts filter into the City, and anyone over 45 questions whether they should go with it, or sink into Nora Battyness.&nbsp; <br /><br />While the latter must be avoided, in recent decades women have undoubtedly become more youthful &ndash; we&rsquo;ve had to.&nbsp; When something &ldquo;new&rdquo; hits the fashion scene like skyscraper heels and platform ankle boots, or skinny jeans and leggings, it&rsquo;s not an easy world to venture into, especially when it wasn&rsquo;t so long since you were wearing them first time round (a mere 20 years). There&rsquo;s something in your head that says: &ldquo;No I&rsquo;m too old &ndash; hang on, that&rsquo;s rubbish&rdquo;.&nbsp; Once that new look is established on the high street, like shorter hemlines, then its time to go with it and find what you feel happy wearing.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t be shy &ndash; but don&rsquo;t go over the top, either. <br /><br />Like all the principles of how to wear clothing to suit you, look at your height, shape and lifestyle to choose which variation on today&rsquo;s high fashion will work best.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;re a tall size 16 with chunky legs, the chances of you feeling good in a short skirt are probably zero, but if you wear a short dress with fine jeans and flat boots, it could be a modern new you.&nbsp; <br /><br />Petites should welcome the shorter lengths with open arms, as they will give the illusion of height, with tights and heels for work (say an inch above the knee); and socially, go for a short dress or tunic, with black leggings and high boots, and you will be transformed.<br /><br />Also, buy your clothes in shops that transcend the age gap, like Zara and Max Mara, and experiment with modern accessories.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;re not sure about something new, try it out at home first, and get used to it &ndash; it&rsquo;ll soon become &ldquo;you&rdquo;.&nbsp; Of course, the downside to short skirts and leggings when you&rsquo;re over 45 is that your knees get cold &ndash; aaah, bless. <br /><br />Sara Hollamby is a business image consultant with email