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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 pre-loved or vintage clothes can really add personality to your wardrobe

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon By the time we reach our 50’s we are beyond the stage of having to have the latest season’s must have in our wardrobes. I had never really thought about buying clothes ‘second hand’  but I have a French friend who is the champion at buying the most amazing clothes and bags  at pre-owned and charity shops.  Her wardrobe is full of designer labels  Prada, Burberry, Chanel – bought at a fraction of their original cost.  My view of second hand was musty smelling  rejects, but I have been converted. Following her lead I have added some really individual pieces to my wardrobe . Whenever she visits London she knows exactly where she is heading – the charity and second hand shops in Kensington and Knightsbridge. When I visit...
  2. Ruffles for grown ups.

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I love clothes, and love sharing style tips , but have always hated being in front of the camera. Thank to everyone who sent such lovely messages when I posted some summer style photos – it meant a lot. I have been asked to share more photos of me – so here is one of my autumn casual looks. I have a real mix of things in my wardrobe – some designer pieces from many years ago that I can never seem to part with, some high street or online purchases, and favourite finds from markets picked up on holiday. Ruffles seem to be everywhere this season –   I love them, but don’t necessarily want to go OTT !  I also start to look for ‘comfort clothes’ at...
  3. Why my pink leather jacket became a symbol of my new found freedom.

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have had this pink biker jacket for at least 16 years – it was a purchase prior to my getting together with my now ex husband. It was my favourite item in my wardrobe. I loved the colour – a significant departure from my usual black – and the feel of the leather. It seemed surprisingly to go with so many things in my wardrobe. My now ‘ex’ hated me wearing it. His rationale was that he had never seen a pink cow. The same rationale did not apply to his navy leather jacket however, or his blue shoes – it seems that pink cows were the problem. I put the pink jacket at the back of the wardrobe. Gradually other items suffered the same...
  4. 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...
  5. 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,...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
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