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  1. Day 20 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge – a dress to suit petite women

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    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Since posting an Isabi dress on Day 19 of the 204 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge I have received a lot of messages from people saying they love the dress (it seems a lot of you are Isabi fans and have bought the dress in more than one colour!) but those who are petite have said that they are concerned that it will swamp them. I have checked, and Isabi do not have a shorter version of this particular dress at the moment- but they do have similar tunics to be worn with leggings – so although not 100%  a ‘dress with sleeves’ I thought I would respond to your questions with some alternative suggestions from the same designer and add the tunic below! For a...
  2. Dresses with Sleeves Day 19 – relaxed style

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    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Sometimes you just want to wear something a little different. I love draped dresses for a more relaxed  style . I also like to discover new brands. For dress 19 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge  I have chosen the Simge dress (I have it in   blue) from Isabi –  it comes in a really wide range of colours. Although it’s draped the cut of the top creates an empire line when worn so it emphasises the slimmest part of your body before falling to create a really flattering silhouette. There are even hidden pockets in the folds. The 3/4 length sleeves are perfect for highlighting slim wrists and fabulous bracelets the scoop neckline elongates the neck. The dress is made from elastane jersey and falls really...
  3. Dresses with Sleeves Day 18 – Occasion Dressing

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    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Something for special occasions on day 18 of the challenge. Lace is hugely popular at the moment and this blue sheath dress with a lace overlay and elbow length flutter sleeves is fabulous and feminine.  The sheath dress is body skimming rather than ‘bodycon’ . This dress would be fabulous for Ascot with a wide brimmed hat  – if you are attending the races and entering the Royal Enclosure you have to have the crown of your head covered –  for other events it would look terrific with a fascinator . Again a simple clutch bag would work well and understated jewellery in keeping with the floaty feminine effect of the sleeves. This dress by Adrianna Papell is £140 from ...
  4. Dresses with Sleeves – Day 17 A Timeless Classic in Red

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    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Day 17 of the 2014 challenge – time for a classic. I love to find that one dress that can work for practically any occasion. I think this red Jaeger dress with sleeves fits the bill. It is perfectly plain – so can form a staple part of your wardrobe for many years- and is so simple in cut and style that accessories can really work to create a variety of looks – wear with a blazer for business, a simple necklace for lunch with friends or a dramatic statement necklace for the evening! It is timeless and can add a touch of elegance at any age – but especially over 50! Red Jaeger dress £150 from John Lewis     Just in...
  5. Dresses with Sleeves Challenge Day 16 – Sophisticated in lace

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    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon A touch of glamour with this cocktail dress from Phase Eight for Day 16 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge. The ruching around the middle helps to disguise tums, while the contrast lace panels down the sides help create a the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. The sleeves are sheer which offer a lighter sophisticated look for special occasions – and make it a great dress for evening wear. Burgundy is less harsh than black for many skin tones. The deep ‘V’ neck elongate the neck and the ‘eyelash’ detail around the neck softens the neckline while giving it a luxurious feel. The empire line boddice helps to elongate the body. This dress is quite ‘busy’ yet somehow the tone on tone works to give the dress a...
  6. Florals don’t have to be boring Day 15 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge

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    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Florals don’t have to look matronly. In fact my husband hates me in anything floral and when I do wear florals he likes to remark on the fact that I’m wearing a pair of curtains! I hope this dress selected on Day 15 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge would escape his not so amusing humour!  This Planet graphic floral dress with sleeves looks crisp and fresh – the graphic print gives a modern twist to the print . The pleat and twist details around the middle help define the silhouette and are a nice change from ruching but create a similar but more structured effect.  The three quarter length sleeves are flattering. Again this is a great dress for dressing up or...
  7. Dresses with Sleeves 2014 challenge Day 14 – perfectly proportioned in blue

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    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon Day 14 of the Dresses with Sleeves Challenge.  A bardot neckline on this dress -which just happens to be in my favourite colour. Ruching around the middle helps disguise a thicker middle. The neckline helps to elongate the neck , broaden the shoulders and creates a sexy look without showing any cleavage. Three quarter sleeves draw the eye to the waist and not the hips. The dress is slinky , flattering and simply stunning. I love this dress – it just needs a pair of heels. I would accessorise with dramatic drop earrings and a statement watch or bracelet. At the time of writing this Pied a Terre dress was reduced to £79 from £159 at House of Fraser   Previous Dresses...
  8. Day 13 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves challenge – monochrome to flatter

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have always been a fan of monochrome dresses. Easy to accessorise (personally I like to add a splash of red) and if the white element of the dress is closer to your face it avoids the potential problem of black draining you – which can be ageing. I like the way the graduated pattern on this monochrome dress with sleeves from Damsel in a Dress places the denser part of the pattern around the middle – again drawing the eye inwards and making the waist appear smaller than it actually is. It’s a clever trick to look out for – especially as our waists tend to thicken over 50! The ‘white’ element...
  9. Dresses with Sleeves 2014 challenge Day 12 – feminine and fun for spring

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon You can be pretty in pink over 50 . I think this dress with sleeves from Kaleidoscope is  a fun dress for the spring to introduce for Day 12 of the challenge.. It is pink enough to be feminine, but the placement of the paisley print gives it a grown up current feel. Wearing pink close to the face adds softness. The  clever placement of the pattern around the middle again creates the illusion of a waist – and helps to draw the eye in at the hips. The right underwear is essential with this dress – flesh coloured shapewear would work best – especially if you are on the curvy side (as I am). I would this dress  with gold or pink drop earrings...
  10. Dresses with sleeves 2014 challenge Day 11 – an optical illusion.

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Black and white can look fresh for spring and summer – especially if the sleeves are elbow length as opposed to long. For Day 11 of the challenge I have chosen this black and white dress Biba dress with a pattern placed on the top half , and slimming black panels down each side which draw the eye in, creating the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. As the upper half of the dress is quite busy, you would need to keep jewellery at the neckline very simple – if you felt you needed any at all – while the shorter sleeve length is ideal for showing off slim wrists by wearing a chunky plain bangle. A pair of heels and a simple clutch is all you need to be ready...
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