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  1. Dating over 50: What to wear on a date French style

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. the Wandering Parisian Smart Date Dressing. Intelligent and Appealing Choices for Optimistic Encounters or ‘Does my Anxiety look big in this?’ Hooray, you’ve got a date in the diary. The person you met on line, or in the queue at the Supermarket has proposed a coffee or a drink, or gone way out on a limb and actually invited you to dinner. As you agreed your mind began spinning with wardrobe worries and outfit anxiety. So lets stay French, and exchange anxiety for nonchalance. Immediately ELIMINATE any outfit you considered that didn’t seem like a perfect solution. Please do NOT choose anything that makes you wonder whether you look: Too short, too fat, too thin, too busty, too pale –...
  2. The Parisian approach to Dating over 50

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. the Wandering Parisian   Put away your pull bra or Dating Tips for Fifty Plus ! I didn’t even know what a ‘pull bra’ was until I lived in the UK. The notion is not formulated by the French. While the world at large is very aware of the charms of a Femme d’un Certain Age, the particular allure of the mature French woman in many ways remains a mystery. Which is quite exactly the point. And why you put away that pull bra. Realistically speaking, your charms at fifty plus are probably not of the flesh, or certainly not of the flesh of 20 or 30 or even 40. That being the case, putting too much of it on display is not a good plan. For French women of...
  3. Windsor Weddings and other Events

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian While current conversations are focused on Meghan Markle and her upcoming Royal Nuptials, you may have wedding-wear issues a little closer to home if you are the mother of the bride this year. As is often the case with the French, discretion is the order of the day. The bride is the focus of attention, and it is her dress that may be lace, ruffles, sparkles or satin – her mother, or the mother of the groom, or a beloved aunt all need to aim for elegance and subtlety. (Please, I beg you, SKIP the lace. It is so grandmotherly on someone under 75.) Obviously, the first questions in selecting an outfit are purpose and comfort. Now, when...
  4. Longer Summers: How we can all have them

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      Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian While spring haircuts tend to be popular in many parts such is not necessarily the case for our French friends. Recently chez le coiffeur my hairdresser asked what I wanted and went on to explain that most of his clients actually grow their hair out toward the summer. A stylist friend of mine says that in the winter, with scarves wrapped around our necks, and hats and woollens to be pulled on and off, short hair is actually more convenient and practical. It also dries faster so you don’t have to run out in the cold with a damp head. Where as in summer, we tend to wear fewer layers. We liberate our collarbones and necklines, longer hair can...
  5. Lets Talk Layers!

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian As the winter chill sets in, certainly in Paris (where the Electricite de France is actually sending emails to its clients about the cold spell to warn about heating bills going up!) we naturally think of layers. But not just layers of blankets, layers of clothing and such thoughts can even take us into spring. French women are champions of layering, and their innovative and fresh approach to mixing different layers is one of the keys to their nonchalant style. If you look at photos of Caroline de Maigret (Chanel and Lancome brand ambassador) or Ines de la Fressange (former-Chanel, current L’Oreal brand ambassador) you will often see unexpected layers – a plaid shirt under a striped Breton t-shirt,...
  6. Parisian Valentines

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    Article by Meredith Keeve  a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian Yes, Valentine’s Day has become an international occasion, even in France there are cards and decorations for Cupid’s fete. However, our Fabulous French Fifty year old knows there is nothing less romantic or inspiring than dinner in a restaurant on the night of February 14th.  A “Holiday Special“ menu, overworked waiters, crowded tables, and a great deal of social pressure do NOT a fun evening make. Much as they decline to go out on Saturday nights (preferring to leave downtown to millennial revelers and tourists) the Parisienne is unlikely to insist on a restaurant dinner for Valentine’s Day. For a truly romantic evening, stay in! First, figure out how much your restaurant meal would set you back, including taxis or parking, and...
  7. Style over 50: Rushed Mornings or How to Beat Your Closet into Submission

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a The Wandering Parisian   French women are known for their nonchalance and style, one certainly does not imagine them in tragic contemplation of their closets trying to determine what to wear. So here are three tips to get you out the door in a timely manner, or negotiate the explosion of garments in your obviously-too-small cupboard. Monochrome plus A single color, most of us will head toward all black, but certainly all white or all beige or all navy could work. Find t-shirt or blouse and same color trouser or jean. No, it doesn’t matter if they are not the same texture or fabric, its actually better. Throw alternate color jacket on top. If you are feeling particularly inspired add a scarf. That is it. And...
  8. How French Women wear the Trench Coat

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian From Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany to Lauren Hutton in American Gigolo, the Trench coat is an iconic piece. How could we forget Catherine Deneuve’s Black patent leather trench by Yves Saint Laurent in Belle de Jour? Consistently shown on the runway from both established and new designers, the Trench itself remains one of the key pieces of the Parisian wardrobe. From Hubert de Givenchy to Caroline de Maigret there is consensus: a trench is a must. Because its status as a classic is indisputable, the Trench coat is constantly updated and reworked in a variety of colors, fabrics and shapes. They come in basic beige every year from Burberry, Aquascutum and...
  9. Style over 50: Inspiration from Fall Fashion in France

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a The Wandering Parisian In our last blog we covered the Couture Collections for 2017/2018 from French VOGUE. Now that September is around the corner even local newspapers in the UK are running features. So here from Paris – and from the leading French newspaper LE FIGARO – is my spin, on their spin, with FabAfterFifty readers in mind. These are the guidelines to think about as you peruse the high street or Harvey Nicks. You can see Le Figaro’s 20 key looks for autumn 2017 here In their ultimately Cartesian way, the French think about dressing as a formula. ‘Formula Dressing’ as an equation of Fabric, Prints, Colours and Cuts. Key pieces for Autumn For Fall 2017 big sweaters, shearling, denim,...
  10. The Paris Fall 17 Collections – Picks to be stylish over 50

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian If VOGUE.fr is not on your laptop, or if you don’t have time to pore over the 300+ pages of Paris VOGUE’s Collections Automne-Hiver 2017-2018 Special Edition, here are a few selected highlights for we FabAfterFifty women.   There are three major trends of which you want to be aware: Transparency No we are not talking about transparent mini-skirts or plastic shoes, but you may find a fabulous transparent raincoat that has a distinctly modern feel and carefully vetted transparent sleeves, or shoulder cut-outs can definitely work for you. (Image: coat by Calvin Klein available at Matches Fashion) Warm...
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