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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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. French Style over 50: The Functional Wardrobe Part 2

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      Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a The Wandering Parisian So you have an amazing, never-intend-to-take-them-off pair of black trousers ( See our Functional Wardrobe part 1) These trousers may be wide or narrow, wool or crepe. You may have two pairs, one in linen for summer and one in wool for winter. Doesn’t matter, it is the essential building block for the functional wardrobe. Aside from a camping trip, there are very, very few places it’s unacceptable to wear a smart black trouser. Choosing the right white blouse Now you need a white blouse. This is not a Pirate-like affair with ruffles, nor a Victorian piece in lace. This is a simple, again, incredibly comfortable and flattering, blouse in cotton or silk, or crepe, or linen or...
  5. French Style over 50: The Functional Wardrobe – Part One

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a The Wandering Parisian       What every woman dreams of is a functional wardrobe – a wardrobe that provides her with the pieces she needs to be able to get up every morning and have something to wear to every, and any, event or activity in her life. That is the true secret of French dressing – optimal functionality. French women are nothing if not pragmatic! While you may want to buy something special for your 25th wedding anniversary or to be the mother of the bride, you do not want to spend your time or your money scramble-shopping for something to wear to the upcoming baptism, funeral, quarterly presentation or college reunion. You need a collection of pieces – dresses, trousers, skirts, jackets, blouses –...
  6. Style over 50: Dress for a wedding or a day at the races

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    Style Pick by Ceri Wheeldon Continuing with our dressing for summer occasions series , here I have chosen a dress with sleeves in my favourite colour – cobalt blue. It is very similar to one I bought three years ago – I have had lots of wear out of mine – teaming it with diamante drop earrings for evenings   I think it suits most skin tones and hair colours so for me is always a winner. This style of dress is ageless, so fabulous for women over 50. Great dress for wedding guests This dress is simple, elegant,  great for weddings  – and the neckline meets the dress code for race meetings such as Ascot- although if you are in the Royal Enclosure at...
  7. Look stylish over 50: Dressing for summer weddings

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    Style pick from Ceri Wheeldon What can we wear to look stylish and fabulous over 50 when it comes to summer occasions like weddings or race meetings ? Dresses with sleeves seem to be thin on the high street this season, but I have searched to find some that fit the bill, without looking too frumpy. I shall be sharing my finds over the next couple of weeks – so do check in regularly. Outfit number one. I started looking for an outfit for Mother of the Bride – I can see why my friends have resorted to having things custom made! I found it really difficult to find outfits that a) didn’t cost a fortune and b) didn’t look too matronly. I was looking to find something that...
  8. Fab After Fifty and Brigitte!

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    By Meredith Keeve (a.k.a. the Wandering Parisian) As a French citizen it seems inappropriate to refer to the First Lady of France as a cougar – perhaps preferable to call her ultra-attractive proof that a French grandmother can be sexy, chic, well-read and fashionably dressed. While we don’t all have her endless legs or tiny waist, Brigitte Macron’s commitment to young French designers is not only patriotic, it underlines her modern, contemporary existence. And modernity is key for post-fifty women who want to look good. One of the issues 50+women wrestle with, in particular, is the ability to update and modernize their wardrobes and their style. Three key tips to look stylish over 50: Replace versus Renew Obviously your favorite black trousers expire after years of use. They have to be replaced. But, when your favorite hot pink...
  9. 7 Spring tops with sleeves to look fabulous over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It’s that time of year when it’s time to put away the sweaters , and there  are some fabulous spring tops – with sleeves – available on the High Street tight now.  Sleeves certainly don’t need to be frumpy! Ruffles, pleats and cold shoulders are the go to style features this spring. I have chosen 7 of my favourites to share. They would all look great with white jeans – and strappy sandals in the evening or flats in the daytime for an instant spring to summer wardrobe. I hope you like my selection!   This red fluted sleeve top is elegant but still on trend with its bell sleeves. Also available in other colours on the website I have a very similar one in black...
  10. 50plus style: Dressing for the office. A capsule wardrobe

    Style Picks by Ceri Wheeldon As many of us are working well into our 50s and 60s, I thought I would like to share some of my favourite style picks for dressing for the office.  This would be my ideal capsule wardrobe. I have selected pieces that you can really mix and match – well perhaps not the red top with the cobalt skirt for most of us – but you have to have some items that are fun, even in the workplace, that show off your style personality. I have included the  basic black trousers, skirt and crisp white shirt, but added some splashes of colour. I always used to get teased that I used to sign my biggest deals in headhunting days while wearing red – so I...
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