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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. What to wear when your bodyshape changes midlife.

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon For many of us getting that little bit older also results in a changing bodyshape. Even if we still fit into the same dress size, for some reason clothes don’t seem to flatter in the same way, as sleeves, dart placement and waistlines are all designed to suit a more youthful bodyshape. So what are the options? Well here are just a few ideas to combat those post menopausal trouble spots! Focus on highlighting the parts of you like, and drawing attention away from the parts you are less happy with. Rounder Tums: Strategically placed ruching can work wonders to disguise a rounder tummy – especially if placed diagonally. Dress illustrated from Baukjen ...
  2. What were you wearing in the summer of 1976?

    summer of 76 style
    Article by Judith Brady and Ceri Wheeldon   Finally some sunny weather – isn’t it wonderful and if you believe some forecasters, we’re in for a long hot summer. Talk of hot summers in the UK inevitably leads to reminisces about the summer of ’76 – the longest, hottest summer for hundreds of years. Do you remember? ‘Don’t go breaking my heart’ (by Elton John and Kiki Dee was No 1 for 6 weeks), ‘Heaven must be missing an angel’ by Tavares (one of my Judith’s favourites at the time because her boyfriend bought it for her) and in August, ‘Dancing Queen’ was released, one of the most popular songs ever (the video of Abba singing this on Youtube has had over 48 million views!) were all in the charts...
  3. Dresses with sleeves dresses 25, 26, 27 – creating a slimmer silhouette

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I know . I have been remiss in not posting dresses with sleeves often enough! To make up for it I am posting 3 together, so here we go with Dresses 25, 26 and 27 of the 2014 dresses with sleeves challenge. I posted a panel dress early in the 2014 channel – I know that many of you were disappointed as it sold out very quickly following my post. Here are a couple more – one even has a secret panel to help create an even slimmer silhouette. This monochrome panelled dress (2) is incredibly flattering and looks fresh for the summer. The elbow length sleeves are great for summer ‘with sleeves’ dressing. A fabulous addition to the wardrobe as it lends itself to formal (with...
  4. What to wear under sleeveless dresses

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I know that I am always trying to feature dresses with sleeves, but today I am taking a slight departure – what about if we want to get more wear from our existing wardrobe including sleeveless dresses yet still keep our arms covered – without wearing shrugs or cardigans. I also find that sleeveless dresses with the option to layer (either under or over) are really versatile for weekends away when you want to travel light but are a little unsure of the weather! We all think about what we can wear OVER our sleeveless dresses when in fact we often forget we can wear things UNDER as well. Here are a couple of the options that I like to get more out of the clothes I already own...
  5. Dress 24 – nautical but nice

    nautical dress with short sleeves

    nautical dress with short sleevesDress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon

    Dress 24 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves  Challenge. Sleeves don’t have to be long to offer some cover. In summer we don’t always want to wear long sleeves – but a short or cap sleeve can look a little more polished than a shift dress.

    I really like this crisp looking navy and white jersey dress from Apanage. It looks wonderfully chic for a weekend city break – slip on a navy blazer and it’s great for work.

    The scoop neck is flattering – the white waistband has a pull through rope belt and eyelet trim.

    I think this a fabulous take on the nautical look.

    A winner!

    The Apanage Contrast Dress is £139 from Gray and Osbourn


  6. Day 23 – Dress to create an hourglass effect

    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   ...
  7. Do your clothes reflect your life? Become your own stylist.

    be your own stylist
    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...
  8. Dress 22 – a touch of drama!

    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...
  9. Dresses with Sleeves Day 21 – Timeless with a twist!

    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...
  10. Day 20 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge – a dress to suit petite women

    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...
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