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How to look chic over 50 on holiday

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

What do you wear on holiday to look fabulous over 50?  Apparently, on average.  women pack 28 outfits for a 7 day holiday (or so I was told when I participated in a panel discussion on BBC Berkshire yesterday)!  I have to be the first to confess to someone who does not travel light – I am very much a ‘just in case’ packer.  I have tried to select a few things to pop into the suitcase to dress effortlessly over 50 on a summer break with the French Riviera in mind.


The Riviera screams ‘chic’  and white trousers are a must , but sometimes in the heat white jeans might be too heavy an option, so here are a couple of alternatives:


These are stretch linen from Phase Eight– no side pockets or obvious lining , so they create a ‘smooth finish.

I also find jersey easy to wear and was thrilled to see that Jami clothing is now available online- I love their Palazzo trousers –(I have in several colours). A long jersey skirt is good option if you prefer something a little more flowing.



To look chic in summer on holiday but not feeling too exposed if you are larger busted or want to cover the tummy area, then I love these halter tops from Isabella Oliver
icon you can wear a fairly sturdy strapless bra to feel confident about your upper body,  and the ruching helps cover your middle at the same time.


For a lighter look, again Jami a number of ‘vest’ type tops in good quality jersey, and Kettlewell have tops and waterfall cardigans  in just about every style and colour imagineable!

Maxi Dresses


Phase Eight do a great selection, but I also like this one from Ceme – subtle colours and strategically placed pleats – again to help disguise tummy area.


I have to admit to be very reluctant to wear jumpsuits, but when popping in to Phase Eight– to buy a maxi dress I was persuaded to try one or two on. I’m pleased I did! I couldn’t resist buying these for myself . Being more ‘fitted’ both give the illusion of wearing a maxi dress, but without the excess fabric around the middle – a plus if you are bigger busted! I swapped the belts with patent belts of my own.



Offering a little more support than regular flip flops, I really like these flip flop style sandals from Anne Klein at House of Fraser (they also come in a lovely coral colour) , the gold edging makes them a little more Riviera chic, and the soles are rubber which is an added advantage when sightseeing in cobbled streets!


Happy packing!

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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