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  1. Style over 50 : Some of the best red dresses with sleeves for stylish women over 50

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    Style Picks by Ceri Wheeldon Red is the colour associated with love and romance. As we approach Valentine’s Day I thought I would highlight a few of the red dresses available currently – although I have to admit that I struggled to find many that I liked – and when I added sleeves into the mix it became even harder. A lot of the dresses this season suggest more ‘little house on the prairie’  than ‘Fab after Fifty’. When I added sleeves into the mix it became even harder! During our 28 day Lockdown challenge we talked about the psychology of wearing red – it doesn’t have to be reserved just for Valentine’s Day.  I used to wear red a lot when I was a headhunter...
  2. Style over 50: What to buy in the sales

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    Style picks by Ceri Wheeldon   Usually at this time of year I know exactly what I want to purchase in the sales, I replenish on the classics – good tailoring, boots, quality knits, great blouses which I know I will get lots of opportunity to wear and my projected  cost per wear can be totally justified. However, because of the pandemic and the restrictions placed in 2020 on all of our lives – I barely wore most of my purchases or other favourites in my wardrobe. I’m sure I’m not alone!! So what, if anything, should we be buying in this years sale as we look at the start of 2021 and beyond. Our lives have changed beyond all recognition. Should we buy...
  3. Style over 50: Best knitwear picks for autumn

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Its knitwear season again! With many more of us working from home, we are likely to be wearing more knitwear than usual. So how can we still be stylish over 50 when wearing sweaters? To be honest, my everyday working from home wardrobe  ( I have been home based for 25 years) during autumn/winter tends to be black jeans and black sweater with the addition of a chunky necklace for zoom calls. But, when ‘off duty’ I prefer to wear something a little more inspiring. I have pulled together some of my online favourites. I have stayed clear of classic styles selected items that are a little bit different. Wherever possible I try to shop in my own wardrobe prior to buying anything...
  4. Autumn Style Picks to look Fabulous over 50: 6 Dresses with Sleeves

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon 2020 has been a strange and challenging year for most of us. I know in chatting to my own friends we have never felt less motivated to go and buy new clothes as both our work and social lives have changed beyond all recognition. We have been very much relying on shopping in our own wardrobes! But,  even with more restrictions predicted (just as we were starting to embrace a new sense of normality) , the occasional new item of clothing can serve to give us a lift – even if its just to relax at home or jump on a Zoom call. I have found that I have been wearing my more relaxed clothes over the...
  5. My style over 50: A new style over 50 series

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I thought it would be fun to have women over 50 who love clothes to share their style stories with Fab after Fifty readers. I’m starting the series by sharing my own personal style.  I don’t think I’ve ever interviewed myself before!! About me: I have always loved clothes – from a very young age – I didn’t really play with dolls as such as a child – but I did create outfits for them- making a lot of them myself out of scraps of fabric and wool left over from family members knitting. My grandfather was a tailor- as were many generations of the family before him – he never really played with us – but did explain how patterns were cut,...
  6. Style over 50: Bra Friendly Summer Dresses

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Whether it’s a summer holiday or a staycation, the warm, sunny weather is welcome, but it can be difficult to find summer dresses that are easy and comfortable to wear in our 50s and beyond – especially if we want to wear a normal bra. When we were younger we may well have been able to go braless enabling us to wear strappy sun dresses. Strapless bras are of course an option, but for those who are bigger busted one that fits and gives the right level of support may not be easy to find. Personally I have found that some strapless bras have such a tight fitting band to keep them in place that they are not...
  7. Summer Dresses: Sale Picks for Holidays and Staycations

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   Strange times indeed and with all of our lives turned upside down, all regular planning of holidays has gone out of the window. I personally am so grateful for the fabulous weather we have had for much of Lockdown, it has made it so much more bearable. I have been wearing my normal holiday wardrobe for my weekends in the garden. So, whether you are planning a staycation or a summer holiday abroad,  I have looked at some of the best holiday dresses in the sales.  I have tried to select only those with a range of sizes available. There were others that I loved but had limited availability size wise! The right dress can help to downplay parts of our bodies...
  8. Tips for choosing the right maxi dress over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   With the glorious weather we had during May, I found myself wearing my maxi dresses far earlier than normal. At one time I used to confine them to holidays only, but in recent years I have been wearing them as a good everyday option, wearing with cropped jackets and trainers during the day , and strappy sandals or wedges for going out in the evenings. I have searched for some new ones to order this season- here are some of my favourites. Tips for choosing the right maxi dress over 50: Select a dress that doesn’t have too much fabric and overwhelm you – there are a lot of semi-fitted and shirt style maxis available this season – which are great...
  9. Style over 50: How to Wear a Timeless Breton Top

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Some things in our wardrobes never go out of style. The Breton top is one of them. At the time of writing we are 5 weeks into Lockdown and spending more time in our own homes than ever before.  What we wear on a daily basis has changed to reflect that. The Breton top is one of those versatile basics that works at so many levels- and for so many different style personalities . In the film Les Mepris,  Brigitte Bardot was captured in a timeless Breton top, worn with a headband and casual cardigan- an iconic look that anyone could wear today. ...
  10. Style Inspiration for Fifty Plus Women from Saint Laurent’s 2020 Collection

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian   Those of us who remember the fashions of the 70s and 80s remember French Haute Couture and Ready to Wear couturier Yves Saint Laurent and his unparalleled and unprecedented use of colour. Navy and black; orange and red; pink and orange – these unusual combinations made the most traditional tailoring extremely exciting.  These extraordinary combinations made the designer, unambiguously, one of fashion’s greatest colourists .   While current designer (for the renamed SAINT LAURENT) Anthony Vaccarello’s vision may at times have been controversial, his 2020 collection, shown recently during Paris Fashion Week, is clearly inspired by YSL’s colour palette. If ...
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