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Style over 50, a Statement Coat to be Visible at Any Age

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

When you open my coat cupboard you are confronted by a wall of black. Black coats, black jackets, black leather jackets, but it has just been livened up!

I was asked by Gray and Osbourn if I would like to review their 25th anniversary coat and scarf – as it just happened to be Fab after Fifty pink.

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You certainly won’t be invisible over 50 wearing this coat. Definitely a coat that makes a statement!

The Helene Berman wool and cashmere coat is perfect for wearing on a crisp autumn day. Fabulous for teaming up with a fitted dress for lunch with the girls or an evening out, but also works well with black skinny jeans and top – especially when you add a colourful scarf. The coat has dropped shoulders and three-quarter sleeves. The fact that it is single breasted make the coat a good option if (like me) you happen to have a larger chest.

As the coat is unstructured, I would team with sharper lined accessories – a structured bag , stilettos or kitten heels.

Tips for choosing the perfect coat

While a pink is a fabulously fun piece to wear – it may not be the most practical option for every day wear.

So what do you look for when choosing that perfect coat – as with any item of clothing you need to make sure that

It Suits your lifestyle. Your coat is likely to be your most worn item of clothing in your winter wardrobe – you want to make sure that it works with the majority of the clothes you have in your autumn /winter wardrobe – and can take you through your daily life easily – from a daily commute to a night at the pub.

It flatters and balances your figure. As with choosing the perfect dress, the right choice of coat can help you look perfectly proportioned.

Narrow shouldered? Look for military cuts, padded shoulders ( they don’t need to be 80s style but tailored shoulders help to broaden narrow or sloping shoulders). Big shawl collars can also help draw the eye up and out.

Bread shoulders? Avoid puffed sleeves. Raglan sleeves can soften broad shoulders?

Big Busted. Single breasted coats can help minimise large busts. Avoid coats/jackets with breast pockets.

Small Chested. Double breasted coats add shape, military belted coats work well to draw the eye in at the waist and create the illusion of curves.

Petite. You don’t want to swamped in swathes of fabric, so look for fitted, styles which finish on or above the knee.

Curvy. Avoid quilted coats which will add bulk. Look for finer, heavier fabrics which hang well – you can always sew small weights/coins into the hem if you want to add weight and help a coat to hang well.


These are just a few tips to get you started. I will be exploring more tips and options for choosing the perfect coat in future posts.

Meanwhile – I shall be making a statement in pink!

PS. I hate having my photo taken so a little out of my comfort zone sharing this!

For details of the pink coat click here, and for the anniversary scarf here.







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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