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  1. 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....
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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. ...
  6. 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,...
  7. Why its Time for Hats to make a Comeback

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    Article by Jacynth Bassett Ascot may be over, but with wedding season fully in swing we haven’t seen the end of hats just yet. That said, should we see the end of them at all? Personally I adore hats, and from conversations with lots of other women it seems they do too. Who doesn’t love browsing a hat shop and trying on lots of different styles? I recently hosted a pop-up shop in Brighton with a milliner friend, Joanna Zara, and so many women lit up at the opportunity to try on her fabulous creations. However, trying on the hats was more often than not followed by one of two phrases: “I never have the occasion to wear hats” Or “Sadly I don’t suit hats.” Sound familiar? If you want to get ahead get a hat Once...
  8. 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 –...
  9. Why there’s nothing wrong with investing in your style

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    Article by Jacynth Bassett Most of us have heard the phrase ‘there are more important things in life than clothes’. And yes, that is true. But if you’re anything like me – i.e. a fashion lover –  it’s a somewhat grating comment because underlying the statement is usually a sense of judgement. Fashion and clothes are still largely looked down upon by society as frivolous and self-indulgent. Just ask Anna Wintour who admitted somewhat sadly in the documentary The September Issue that her brother (diplomatic editor for the Guardian) and sister (a human-rights worker) find what she does ‘amusing’. Now undoubtedly Wintour’s siblings have highly respectful and important careers, but Anna doesn’t receive the same respect because of the industry she...
  10. 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...
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