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  1. Fab at 50- choosing the right glasses to suit your face shape

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    When you can’t read the spreadsheet at work or you have to hold the menu so far away that you can’t read it, or worse you select size 16 instead of size 10 – it’s time for reading glasses. The first question is usually an agonizing ‘What frame will suit me? NO PROBLEM – This is easy. Think opposites!!         1. Square face – choose round shape glasses                 2. Heart shape face – choose rectangular, cat-eye or square             3. Round face – choose square         4. Oval shape face – you are lucky any shape...
  2. Planning for Christmas – the French way (including your holiday wardrobe)

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a the Wandering Parisian Joyeux Noel: Christmas Cocktails and other Perils of December It is here, looming on the approaching horizon – the HOLIDAYS! As wonderful and terrifying as this time of year can be, a couple of helpful hints may guide us a little more gracefully through this glorious and stressful time of year. As usual, our Parisian icon can lead the way. Organization is the Parisian’s secret weapon. While she appears notoriously nonchalant, behind the scenes she has checklists galore and is steaming ahead with her preparations – in all aspects of her life. With regard to gift giving, well, the better part of her shopping for gifts is done. A visit to her favorite upscale outlet store, a single decision with regard to gift...
  3. Parisian Perspectives: Celine is Dead, Long Live PHOEBE!

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. the Wandering Parisian   Only those of you living under rocks will have escaped the pertinent and provocative response of the UK press (the French press was much more discreet, after all LVMH is a VERY big deal in France) to Hedi Slimane’s “New” Celine runway show. Basically Slimane did recycled Slimane: lots of skinny black suits and sheer mini-skirts – clothes that tend to look fabulous on anorexic teens. His show seemed to repudiate everything that went on before – namely Phoebe Philo (2008-2018). For those of you flying below the Fashion Radar, once upon a time there was a woman called Phoebe Philo who in 2008 took over a French brand (belonging to LVMH) called Celine and turned a...
  4. Why is it so hard to find dresses with sleeves?

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    Article by Jacynth Bassett   A beautiful, versatile dress with sleeves is a rare breed. Yes there are formal (often boring) dresses with sleeves, but very few others, and even if you do manage to find that one special gem, you’re super lucky if it’s also flattering and comfortable. There’s huge demand for sleeves, especially as women get older. Not everyone wants to cover their arms, but the majority of women do – or at least the top part. And if you’re one of these ladies, you probably find yourself resorting to adding an extra layer in the form of a shrug, shawl or jacket, which can be uncomfortable in summer. And equally, a sleeveless dress isn’t going to keep you warm in the...
  5. Updating your look with simple accessories

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon By the time we get to our 50s we have developed our own sense of style.  I love my dresses (with and without sleeves) and really enjoy having occasions when I have an excuse to turn on the glam. But most of the time you will find me in a variety of black jeans and tops – especially on the days when I am working from home.  It has pretty well become my uniform once summer is over. What I do tend to do is update with accessories – that don’t cost a fortune. I have some great finds from markets I’ve visited in France and Italy, but I also keep an eye out on the high street....
  6. Review of Playtex new range of bras

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon   There is so much inspiration about what to wear over 50 from instragrammers, and of course the style features on Fab after Fifty. What is seldom mentioned is how important it is to wear the right underwear.  If we don’t wear bras that fit,  offering the right level of support our clothes won’t sit as well. Our bodies change as we age, and so we need to look at how our choice of bra can provide the extra support we need, and create a more youthful silhouette.  That extra support does not mean we have to forego style – or look matronly!  No Norah Batty looks when we aspire to feel and look fabulous over 50! I come from the...
  7. Age Stylishly However You Want

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    Article by Jacynth Bassett A couple of months ago I reached out to the admin of a 50+ facebook group to invite her members to join my ‘Ageism Is Never In Style’ movement. But I was rejected. Why? Because I did not conform to the admin’s view on how women should age. She informed me that, as women get older, they shouldn’t care about looking stylish, sexy or modern – it’s about dressing in a timeless, classic fashion, and going grey naturally. This statement really disturbed me. But not because I’m against ageing such a way, but because this woman was dictating that there’s only one ‘right’ route to follow. And as the influencer of a group with 8k + members, she was preaching an incredibly harmful attitude. Even just...
  8. 5 Ways To Bring Instant Glamour To Any Look

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    There is a common belief that older women can’t be fashionable, or at least that fashion for the over 50’s is synonymous with being ‘dowdy’, ‘frumpy’ and ‘subdued’. This is all clearly misguided: while it can be harder (and often of less interest!) for women over a certain age to keep up with the latest trends, that is not to say we can’t be fashionable. Where younger women may aspire to being hip and stylish, older women can appreciate the value of looking glamorous. Glamour tips for every woman Glamour has a timeless appeal and is what all women should aspire to commanding. Conjuring images of old Hollywood movie stars armed with undeniable sultry power, a glamorous woman is defined not by her age...
  9. Parisian Inspirations for Fall Fashion – Virginie Mouzat

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian (c) François Goizé for Vanity Fair France Virginie Mouzat is the fashion and lifestyle editor of French Vanity Fair Ms. Mouzat is a terrific example of how a 50+ French woman looks absolutely stylish and fabulous with a cleverly edited wardrobe and a defined style. ...
  10. How to Adopt A Slow Sustainable Approach To Fashion

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    Article by Jacynth Bassett We were all aghast last week when news broke that Burberry burns more than $37 million worth of their clothes. Their rationale is that it is industry-wide practice, and the likes of H&M have been picked up for similar behaviour.   Fashion waste is a huge problem, one that has been fuelled by the zeitgeist that is fast disposable fashion. The Fashion Industry is now responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, and is projected to drain a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050. That’s not to mention the other impacts of fast fashion, including water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals, and child labour and sweat shops.   But when we’re so detached from the ‘behind the scenes’ of the truth behind fast fashion,...
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