I'm grateful for all the comments I've received here and elsewhere on social media about the straighter black hair I was considering. There's a clear consensus that the style is quite severe and my usual look serves me better. So it was worth considering but I'll stick to what I know works.
I live in Italy now and style is different from other places. It's smart and very contemporary, with leather or PVC leggings/trousers being very much in fashion, or skinny dark jeans usually with a bit of sparkle. This is irrespective of age. This is the style I should be going for now:
(Yes, I know I've still got some tummy to lose but I'm working hard on that.)
So a more funky look is what I'm after now. Let's see how this develops.
A dip in the archives
The great thing about being able to swap your hair and wearing heavy makeup is the greater variety of looks you can create. Here's me - a, erm, mature lady - dressing as a teenager ... and it felt good!
But when I used to visit dressing services, wig salons and have makeover sessions it was always a time to experiment before settling on something that worked.
This is my most popular picture on Flickr but I've no idea why: the legs are great but the '80s style batwing top that shows my heavy-duty longline bra is, in my view, a style disaster.
Here's the shorter wig and lighter makeup than usual after my makeover at Mac and consultation at Trendco wigs. Nice but more coverage is better in both regards, I later felt.
And something rejected in its entirety. Each item - skirt, top, boots, hair - is OK individually, but not together. You may disagree.
But then this is the importance of dressing and makeover services and why we should experiment at home and ask opinions - so we can avoid mistakes in public.