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A splash of colour on Day 5 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge

apanage printed jersey dressArticle by Ceri Wheeldon

The right dress can also help minimise some of the changes we may have experienced in our figures in our 50s! This dress I have chosen for Day 5 of the challenge is ideal for creating a balanced silhouette for those with narrow shoulders, wider hips and thicker middles. The darker, denser pattern on the lower half of the body helps to create the illusion of slimmer hips – the shoulder pads add width to the upper half to balance, while the swirling pattern around the middle creates the illusion of a smaller waist . The three quarter length sleeves are flattering.

Because the dress is quite busy – especially with the chiffon tie, accessories should be discreet. I would wear this with red kitten heels and a black clutch bag.

Perfect dress for pear shapes wanting to create an hourglass silhouette!

This Apinage Printed Jersey Dress is available from Gray and Osbourn and costs £139

In case you missed the previous days I’ve listed them below. Do you have a favourite yet?

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Day 4 Dress with Sleeves



Rise Pippa knot dress John Lewis £35


Day 3 Dress with Sleeves



Mary portas kite crepe dress £79


Day 2 Dress with Sleeves



Michael Kors Wrap dress hot pink £165Day 1 Dress with Sleeves




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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  1. Karen Mason

    April 9, 2014

    Love the dress however I’m not sure about the bow. I usually she away from patterns sticking to plain neutral colours, but I think this is something I would wear.

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