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Day 13 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves challenge – monochrome to flatter


dresses with sleeves monochromeArticle by Ceri Wheeldon

I have always been a fan of monochrome dresses. Easy to accessorise (personally I like to add a splash of red) and if the white element of the dress is closer to your face it avoids the potential problem of black draining you – which can be ageing.

I like the way the graduated pattern on this monochrome dress with sleeves from Damsel in a Dress places the denser part of the pattern around the middle – again drawing the eye inwards and making the waist appear smaller than it actually is. It’s a clever trick to look out for – especially as our waists tend to thicken over 50! The ‘white’ element of the dress is on the upper part, and help to reflect the white around the face. The neckline helps to create the effect of  broader shoulders ( great for pear shapes) as well creating the illusion of a longer neck – while being high enough to cover any crepey cleavage.

A great dress to accessorise for more formal occasions – I can definitely picture it with a wide brimmed hat for a summer wedding with black court shoes and a smart black patent clutch bag, or dressed down a little with a pair of red shoes and bag.

All in all a winner.

At the time of writing this dress is reduced from $109 to £89 at House of Fraser.

Day 12 Dress

 

 

 

Biba panel Dress £44

 

Day 11 Dress

 

 

 

 

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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