Even in middle age, it's still OK to have fun with fashion

Published date09 June 2024
Publication titleSunday Sun
"I think it's nice to keep certain clothes because they evoke certain memories, so I've got loads," laughs Denise who turned 50 last week

"I always thought, 'I'll keep these in case I have a girl.' I've got a little shift dress I bought from Vivienne Westwood that I wore on TFI Friday around 1997.

"I really wanted my daughter [14-year-old Betsy] to be into it because it would fit her perfectly now, but she's like, 'It's not really my thing.'

"But there are some other things she takes out of my wardrobe. I've got a really old vintage Vivienne Westwood necklace from the 90s and she keeps stealing that to wear. I'm like, 'Please don't wear it to the school disco in case you lose it!'" Another of Denise's treasured pieces is a tiara she wore on The Big Breakfast, which she presented from 1997 to 2001 alongside Johnny

Vaughan. While not especially valuable in monetary terms, it's hugely important to Denise.

"When I used to do The Big

Breakfast I always used to wear a tiara and Johnny would call me Princess Denise of Basildon," she grins. "I've had it since 1997. I love the fact that I've still got it."

As Denise's TV career took off, she became hot property for the tabloids and her pictures were splashed across many a front page.

We wonder if she has any regrets about that time?

"I don't really have any regrets, I just look back and think how lovely it was just to be able to not care. I think you care less when you're young, then that changes," she says.

Denise, has launched an occasionwear edit with JD Williams to "redefine midlife fashion", and says she has no intention of changing her fun, vibrant style.

"When you get to my age, middle age, you realise it's still OK to have fun with fashion," she says.

"I don't think you need to be a fuddy-duddy dresser just because you've reached middle age."

Her 12-piece edit includes dresses and co-ords, as well as matching accessories. Her partnership with the brand came about via her friendship with Davina McCall, who is also a JD Williams ambassador. "I'm friends with Davina and I was DJING at one of their launches that she was hosting. I was there and just loved everything Davina wore.

"I think they're a really solid brand and really understand what women want, and also everything feels sort of ageappropriate but with a really fun element to it.

"Everybody knows I love going...

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