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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Dresses with Sleeves 2014 challenge – Day 10 – Day to Evening

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Style over 50 is all about creating a look that works for you. I also like to build my wardrobe with clothes that are as versatile as possible and will work for more than one occasion. No point having wardrobe of beautiful dresses, rarely worn that simply gather dust at the back of the wardrobe. I like dresses that you can dress up or down. Dress for the office – look chic over 50 in this simple black wool dress from Boden. I love the fact that it is a very simple cut – easy to play down for daytime at the office with understated jewellery and flats or kitten heels, but then the simplicity of the dress really lends itself to adding a statement necklace,...
  7. Day 9 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge – something for the weekend

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon A more casual dress with sleeves for day 9 of the challenge. Casual does not just mean jeans! This nautical look dress is a fabulous alternative to jeans. A striped dress can be casual grownup dressing at its best. The dress has a flattering boat neck, buttons on the shoulders, three quarter length sleeves,  and a belt to create a more feminine silhouette. I particularly like the back on this one. The wider stripe on the top enables the narrower stripes on the lower half create the illusion of a smaller bottom. Very welcome in my case! Best with ballet flats or even traditional deck...
  8. Curvy women CAN wear fitted dresses Day 8 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon On Day 8 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves I am going to be slightly controversial. Curvy women CAN wear fitted dresses. I know whenever I highlight a fitted dress with sleeves I will get comments (particularly on the FabafterfIfty Facebook page) from people saying that as they have curves they couldn’t wear a dress like this. I think you can – in fact I do. As long as your figure is in proportion I don’t think your actual dress size really matters.  What I would say is that wear a dress like this if you do have curves, then the right underwear is key – especially over 50! A good fitting bra and hold you on knickers! I have a very similar dress to this one...
  9. Day 7 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge fabulous for creating a waist

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon On Day 7 of the Dresses with Sleeves Challenge  I have chosen a dress which I think is fabulous for creating a waist. The right dress really can help disguise a thicker middle – unfortunately a common issue for women over 50! A fabulous fresh spring dress. I love the way that the placement of the blue poppy print draws the eye to the waist, creating a waist even if you don’t have one! The short sleeves are long enough to cover the upper arms – hide those bingo wings! The square neckline is flattering. I would keep accessories to a minimum.  A pair of kitten heels and a discreet clutch .This is an ultra feminine dress. Just need an occasion to wear it! This dress from LK Bennett is available from...
  10. Day 6 A more formal look in the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves challenge

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon A little more formal for this one and a totally different style to the previously featured dresses with sleeves. You can be formal without looking frumpy over 50. This style of dress always reminds me of Grace Kelly – it has that retro 50s feel.  The flared skirt is ideal for pear shapes. The ‘V’ neckline helps to elongate the neck. The ruching around the middle helps to camouflage any thickening around the middle. The embroidery around the hemline helps to soften the whole dress an make it slightly less formal and as a result more versatile. The cobalt of the skirt and cuffs adds a vibrancy to the dress. I would wear this dress with ultra feminine heels This Eliza J dress costs £130 and is...
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