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Dresses with sleeves 2014 challenge Day 11 – an optical illusion.

Biba panel Dress £44Article by Ceri Wheeldon

Black and white can look fresh for spring and summer – especially if the sleeves are elbow length as opposed to long.

For Day 11 of the challenge I have chosen this black and white dress Biba dress with a pattern placed on the top half , and slimming black panels down each side which draw the eye in, creating the illusion of a slimmer silhouette.

As the upper half of the dress is quite busy, you would need to keep jewellery at the neckline very simple – if you felt you needed any at all – while the shorter sleeve length is ideal for showing off slim wrists by wearing a chunky plain bangle.

A pair of heels and a simple clutch is all you need to be ready for a summer event.

At the time of writing this dress is in the sale at House of Fraser for £44. A bargain !

Just in case you missed the previous dresses in the challenge here they are:

Boden chic dress


Day 10 Dress





Lauren Capri navy and white £130


Day 9 Dress





damsel in a dress £99

Day 8 Dress






LK Bennett poppy dress £245


Day 7 Dress





Eliza J embridered hem cuff dress £130


Day 6 Dress




apanage printed jersey dress


Day 5 Dress




sandwich grey dot dress image


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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