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Figure Flattering Style for the Festive Season

Article by Fabafterfifty

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With flashes of lace and elegant tailoring – has there been a better season for fabulous women  over 50 to get the ‘festive’ look? 

The influence of Madmen has ensured that we have grown up, feminine styling with both designers and the high street offering great choices for us mid-life women, with figure flattering styles and solutions to make the most of all our little mid-life figure problems.

Lace is everywhere this season . The ‘little black dress’ is updated with lace sleeves (very flattering for those upper arms!). Two of the best we ‘ve found have been from Jaeger (£650) and M&S (£49.50 ) A flattering  mid length sleeve  on the M&S version also helps create the illusion of a smaller waist.

Covering bingo wings!

amanda wakeley catwalk imageWe all know that upper arms can be an area for concern in the party season, but covering up our bingo wings needn’t be boring. 

Amanda Wakeley shows us how a faux fur shrug can look great with a glitzy sequinned number and how a coloured faux fur shrug  brings out the inner hippy in all of us!

Get the look with sequinned shifts  and faux fur shrugs from M&S

 Sequin shift  Per Una £120  Sequin Shift £59  Blue Fur £59

Upper arms and tummy sorted!

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Another great alternative to wearing something OVER our sleeveless dresses is to wear a long sleeved lace top underneath such as this M&S top (left) with tummy control (£16) , solving upper arm and tummy problems in a fashionable discreet way and extending the wearability  of shift dresses whilst  bringing your look up to date and bang on trend. [divider]

valentino catwalk imagefetive dressing in lace imageValentino (left) showed some beautiful ‘nude’ lace dresses in their catwalk show.

 Again, M&S have got it absolutely right with this version (right). The three quarter length sleeve is extremely faltering and the dress is versatile-  great not just for the party season, but could easily be carried forward to next spring – a sharp nipped in blazer and hat or cute bolero and you’d be all set for a wedding! [divider]

plum maxi dress imagecrystal necklace imageMaxi dresses can be worn all year round and can have maximum impact  (and cover a multitude of sins).  A ‘V’ neck  is  Elegant and simple, elongating the neck– especially with a statement  necklace. If you want to ‘dazzle’ and ask Santa for a special treat this  crystal necklace from Swarovski is very glam! [divider]style for your 50s

There’s always a jewel in the crown – a bright shift (£39.50) with nipped in waist looks elegant and can stand out in a sea of black dresses. [divider]

lipstick imagepewter coat imageA quick lick of plumping lipstick to be mistletoe ready and  for the  car to party, a pewter  luxurious coat  over the shoulder completes all the looks for a figure flattering fab after fifty festive season!

Full catwalk slideshows for Amanda Wakeley and Valentino can be found at Fashionmag.com

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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