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Revamping your style over 50: Understanding your body shape

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

50plus style  bodyshape image


Sometimes you just need a bit of a refresh. After deciding to divorce my husband and going through what can only be described as an extremely acrimonious divorce, I  decided I needed to take a good look at many areas of my life.  Including  my clothes.

After years of put downs Having been told for many years by my ex that he didn’t like any of my clothes, and repeatedly moaned about my wardrobe,  I decided that a professional eye would do no harm at all.

I popped along to Nisha at Style Me for one of her courses. The one I chose was all about body shape. I was conscious that although the same dress size I was prior to getting married, my shape had probably changed with age, and so a rethink might be needed in terms of would suit me now.

I had a fabulous day, as did the other ladies there. Nisha had us focus on our positive attributes rather than any expanding tums or bingo wings…to work out our own bodyshape ( we were given 6 different options to choose from) , and consequently what style of clothes would show our figures at their best!

Says Nisha:

“I style 100’s of women but I have the most fun with the 50 something’s simply because they are comfortable in their own skin. They’ve accepted that wrinkles, softer muscle tone and some extra weight may come with package but unlike their mothers who may have done nothing about it, these women don’t want their age to define them. Instead they really start to look after themselves; better skin care, yoga and gym sessions to say the least. With 50 something role models such as Elizabeth Hurley, Julianne Moore, Brooke Shields, Sandra Bullock and Sarah Jessica Parker, that look younger than most 30’s year olds, who could blame them or rather who should stop them?”

Benefits of wearing the right clothes for your bodyshape

I left the session knowing that I was still an hourglass (just!) , and understood exactly why I was drawn to certain favourites in my wardrobe. Deep down I knew what shape of clothes suited me, but when shopping got distracted as I liked the fabric, or how it looked on the hanger or because it sparkled (I’m a bit of a magpie) As Nisha said, wearing the wrong clothes for our bodyshape does not necessarily make us look dreadful, but the right shape and neckline can really help us to instantly look younger and slimmer- without going on a diet .

Ceri and Nisha discuss 50plus style and bodyshape image

I had a fabulous day, and got on so well with Nisha that we decided that as we are both  so passionate about women over 50 looking and feeling fabulous about themselves we will work together on a number of projects  to help women do just that.  Watch this space!!!!

In the meantime my next step is to have a session with Nisha to get my colours done.  I can’t wait…and hope to share a lot more detail (and pics) with you as they are done.



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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