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Fabafterfifty: Style

Style over 50. Top tips for women over 50 who want to dress stylishly. Age appropriate does not mean matronly! You can dress fabulously in your 50s.

  1. How French Women wear the Trench Coat

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian From Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany to Lauren Hutton in American Gigolo, the Trench coat is an iconic piece. How could we forget Catherine Deneuve’s Black patent leather trench by Yves Saint Laurent in Belle de Jour? Consistently shown on the runway from both established and new designers, the Trench itself remains one of the key pieces of the Parisian wardrobe. From Hubert de Givenchy to Caroline de Maigret there is consensus: a trench is a must. Because its status as a classic is indisputable, the Trench coat is constantly updated and reworked in a variety of colors, fabrics and shapes. They come in basic beige every year from Burberry, Aquascutum and...
  2. Style over 50: Inspiration from Fall Fashion in France

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a The Wandering Parisian In our last blog we covered the Couture Collections for 2017/2018 from French VOGUE. Now that September is around the corner even local newspapers in the UK are running features. So here from Paris – and from the leading French newspaper LE FIGARO – is my spin, on their spin, with FabAfterFifty readers in mind. These are the guidelines to think about as you peruse the high street or Harvey Nicks. You can see Le Figaro’s 20 key looks for autumn 2017 here In their ultimately Cartesian way, the French think about dressing as a formula. ‘Formula Dressing’ as an equation of Fabric, Prints, Colours and Cuts. Key pieces for Autumn For Fall 2017 big sweaters, shearling, denim,...
  3. The Paris Fall 17 Collections – Picks to be stylish over 50

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian If VOGUE.fr is not on your laptop, or if you don’t have time to pore over the 300+ pages of Paris VOGUE’s Collections Automne-Hiver 2017-2018 Special Edition, here are a few selected highlights for we FabAfterFifty women.   There are three major trends of which you want to be aware: Transparency No we are not talking about transparent mini-skirts or plastic shoes, but you may find a fabulous transparent raincoat that has a distinctly modern feel and carefully vetted transparent sleeves, or shoulder cut-outs can definitely work for you. (Image: coat by Calvin Klein available at Matches Fashion) Warm...
  4. 50plus style on a budget – dress well for less for summer holidays

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I love clothes, and in the past have been known to be little excessive in my clothes spending. But times – and my priorities and budget have changed. I still like to dress well , but I am spending more wisely – especially when it comes to buying for summer holidays. I always watch out for items I like coming up in the sales – and I do buy duplicates of well fitting trousers and jeans. When the main sales are on I invest in the higher priced items – such as coats and boots. I look at ‘cost per wear’ . I pop into TK Maxx  frequently – in fact I bought my favourite Ralph Lauren jeans there recently – a perfect fit and...
  5. Holiday Dressing – with JD Williams

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When on holiday I wear things  I typically wouldn’t wear in the UK.  Mainly because of our typical British summers – just as you think there is hope for a good summer and bring out your maxis and strappy tops  autumnal weather appears.   I was sent an email by somebody today with a picture of the view from her window – she described our summer as ’50 shades of grey without the sex’. Given the scarcity of sun, we don’t always want to spend a fortune on clothes that will not get that much wear. But,  here are just a few ideas from the JD Williams range – for whenever the sun does appear or you get the chance to escape the grey...
  6. Clothes Shopping in the Markets in the South of France.

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon One of my market purchases   One of the things I enjoy about going on holiday is the opportunity to wear clothes I probably wouldn’t wear any other time. I have spent a lot of time in the South of France over the past decade- and my wardrobe when I am there is so different to what I wear at home in the UK. I have never really followed fashion,although I do love clothes. I enjoy wearing things that are a little different, that I feel I have ‘found’ rather than bought because it follows current trends. I think that by the time we reach our 50s we know what we do and don’t like. I love to shop in the French clothes markets. Typically each...
  7. Throw out the rule book on long hair and hang on tight to your skinny jeans

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    By Beverley Harvey When it comes to personal style, turning fifty can either be completely liberating or a disaster waiting to happen, depending on your point of view. Because unless you’re Madonna, the rules of the game have changed; you can’t just sling on a linen-look sack from H&M or Primark and expect to look amazing. What you can do, is take said bargain ‘sack’, layer it with a boxy little jacket, put it with black leggings, a great pair of strappy heels and ONE huge statement piece of jewellery – and expect to look fabulous.  Because after fifty, accessories are a girl’s best friend. As are well cut jeans, whether boot or skinny (it’s the fit that counts), butter soft leather jackets, beautiful prints that light...
  8. French Style over 50: Slimming by Shopping : Choosing the Right Lingerie

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a The Wandering Parisian Alternatively, I was thinking of calling this column: the Lingerie Diet. First, lets deal with the reality of gravity. Post-fifty, gravity is a big factor. Even those who manage to stay the same weight find themselves puddling around the middle. Most of us put on a few pounds, and there is definitely redistribution of flesh happening. With all of that in mind, Lingerie and undergarments are more important than ever. You may be aware that MOST women are wearing the wrong size brassiere. You surely know that being measured and fitted by a professional salesperson is essential. But you cannot be bothered to go and do it – WRONG! Because the wrong size brassiere, any ill- fitting undergarment, can...
  9. French style over 50: Chintz, or how Floral patterns diminish your LIBERTY….

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a The Wandering Parisian France is famous for its fabrics. Lyon has been making printed silks since before the French Revolution. Hermes sells one of its printed silk scarves every second every day somewhere in the world. Pierre Frey, Braquenie, Tassinari & Chatel are all exceptional creators and purveyors of an enormous range of fabrics of the most beautiful colours and patterns imaginable. And none of them make clothing. French women love colour and pattern. But pattern tends to be for curtains. Upholstery. Wallpaper. While small French girls are often dressed in ultra-charming smocked Liberty fabric dresses – a trip to a local park in Paris finds girls up to age 8 dressed in the most adorable, traditional printed dresses and outfits and they are...
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