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Fabafterfifty: Style tips for fab 50plus women

Top style tips for women to look fabulous over 50. We discuss what to wear and where to buy to be fab and not frumpy!

  1. Day 23 – Dress to create an hourglass effect

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    Dress to create an houglass figure
    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon For day 23 of the 2014 challenge  this dress with sleeves from Phase Eight is far from boring!  In fact it has a bit of everything thrown into the mix yet somehow still works! The Illusion panel of the skirt helps to create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette, and the ruching helps disguise tums and create a slimmer waistline. The Bodice effect top further enhance the hourglass effect – and the lace sleeves cover any wobbly arms. What more could you ask for? This dress slims, enhances and adds a bit of drama to be stylish over 50.   The Cara Dress is £110 at House of Fraser   ...
  2. Do your clothes reflect your life? Become your own stylist.

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    Article by Georgina Hadrill   Have you found that for some reason, having reached your 50s you look in your wardrobe and your clothes just don’t seem to work for you anymore? Many of us would like the assistance of a personal wardrobe styling session , unfortunately this can be expensive.  You can become your own personal stylist. Here are some tips to get you started! You can be stylish over 50! Does your wardrobe reflect your life? Try this simple method and see what you can achieve. Ask yourself these questions Do I work? How do you I spend  my days? What is my marital status? Am I a parent? What is my social life like? Do I have any upcoming events? What are my interests? Are the clothes I have at the moment a joy to...
  3. Dress 22 – a touch of drama!

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    50+ style colour block dress
    Dress Chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Why not look stylish over 50 with a touch of drama! For Day 22 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge I have chosen a simply cut dress with 3/4 length sleeves and a wide neck, in a luxurious stretch fabric. The drama comes from the colour block panels in white and burnt orange. The placement of the white panel really does help to make the waist look smaller – and the placement of the orange panel draws the eye up and down – helping to elongate the lower body and narrow the hips. I think this is a really clever dress for pear shapes. At the time of writing the Paloma Dress is £125 (reduced from £180) at Fenn Wright...
  4. Dresses with Sleeves Day 21 – Timeless with a twist!

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    style over 50 dress with sleeves
    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon One of the first dresses I featured on Fab after Fifty was a dress from Baukjen (called Isabella Oliver at the time). It was the first dress I had ever ordered online – and my first jersey dress with sleeves! I now have about 6 or 7 of their dresses – and they get worn all the time. Well today for Day 21 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge I’ve chosen another one from their current collection. I think this dress is really elegant and the asymmetrical hemline gives it a modern twist. The Claremont Dress has a scooped neckline, flattering draping to cover the tummy and hips, and a wrap effect skirt giving the dress a modern twist. I love it! It is simple yet...
  5. Day 20 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge – a dress to suit petite women

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    isabi trapeze dress £60
    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Since posting an Isabi dress on Day 19 of the 204 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge I have received a lot of messages from people saying they love the dress (it seems a lot of you are Isabi fans and have bought the dress in more than one colour!) but those who are petite have said that they are concerned that it will swamp them. I have checked, and Isabi do not have a shorter version of this particular dress at the moment- but they do have similar tunics to be worn with leggings – so although not 100%  a ‘dress with sleeves’ I thought I would respond to your questions with some alternative suggestions from the same designer and add the tunic below! For a...
  6. Dresses with Sleeves Day 19 – relaxed style

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    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Sometimes you just want to wear something a little different. I love draped dresses for a more relaxed  style . I also like to discover new brands. For dress 19 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge  I have chosen the Simge dress (I have it in   blue) from Isabi –  it comes in a really wide range of colours. Although it’s draped the cut of the top creates an empire line when worn so it emphasises the slimmest part of your body before falling to create a really flattering silhouette. There are even hidden pockets in the folds. The 3/4 length sleeves are perfect for highlighting slim wrists and fabulous bracelets the scoop neckline elongates the neck. The dress is made from elastane jersey and falls really...
  7. Dresses with Sleeves Day 18 – Occasion Dressing

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    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Something for special occasions on day 18 of the challenge. Lace is hugely popular at the moment and this blue sheath dress with a lace overlay and elbow length flutter sleeves is fabulous and feminine.  The sheath dress is body skimming rather than ‘bodycon’ . This dress would be fabulous for Ascot with a wide brimmed hat  – if you are attending the races and entering the Royal Enclosure you have to have the crown of your head covered –  for other events it would look terrific with a fascinator . Again a simple clutch bag would work well and understated jewellery in keeping with the floaty feminine effect of the sleeves. This dress by Adrianna Papell is £140 from ...
  8. Dresses with Sleeves – Day 17 A Timeless Classic in Red

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    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Day 17 of the 2014 challenge – time for a classic. I love to find that one dress that can work for practically any occasion. I think this red Jaeger dress with sleeves fits the bill. It is perfectly plain – so can form a staple part of your wardrobe for many years- and is so simple in cut and style that accessories can really work to create a variety of looks – wear with a blazer for business, a simple necklace for lunch with friends or a dramatic statement necklace for the evening! It is timeless and can add a touch of elegance at any age – but especially over 50! Red Jaeger dress £150 from John Lewis     Just in...
  9. Dresses with Sleeves Challenge Day 16 – Sophisticated in lace

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    Marssa Phase Eight £120
    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon A touch of glamour with this cocktail dress from Phase Eight for Day 16 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge. The ruching around the middle helps to disguise tums, while the contrast lace panels down the sides help create a the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. The sleeves are sheer which offer a lighter sophisticated look for special occasions – and make it a great dress for evening wear. Burgundy is less harsh than black for many skin tones. The deep ‘V’ neck elongate the neck and the ‘eyelash’ detail around the neck softens the neckline while giving it a luxurious feel. The empire line boddice helps to elongate the body. This dress is quite ‘busy’ yet somehow the tone on tone works to give the dress a...
  10. Dresses with Sleeves 2014 challenge Day 14 – perfectly proportioned in blue

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    stylish dress for women over 50
    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Day 14 of the Dresses with Sleeves Challenge.  A bardot neckline on this dress -which just happens to be in my favourite colour. Ruching around the middle helps disguise a thicker middle. The neckline helps to elongate the neck , broaden the shoulders and creates a sexy look without showing any cleavage. Three quarter sleeves draw the eye to the waist and not the hips. The dress is slinky , flattering and simply stunning. I love this dress – it just needs a pair of heels. I would accessorise with dramatic drop earrings and a statement watch or bracelet. At the time of writing this Pied a Terre dress was reduced to £79 from £159 at House of Fraser   Previous Dresses...
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