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  1. Who said dresses with sleeves have to be boring? Glamour over 50.

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Women over 50 ‘do’ glamour so well. You only have to look at celebrities over 50 on the red carpet to see how they can they really set the standard when it comes to glamour. With or without wearing dresses with sleeves! But how easy is it to find a dress that is age appropriate, looks glamorous AND covers those arms? I came across this dress with sleeves from Coast – I think it’s fabulous. I love the chiffon sleeves which have a wire style frill hem for glamour and movement. Fabulous and fun. Very ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. With hair and statement pearls and earrings this dress could not...
  2. Style over 50, a Statement Coat to be Visible at Any Age

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When you open my coat cupboard you are confronted by a wall of black. Black coats, black jackets, black leather jackets, but it has just been livened up! I was asked by Gray and Osbourn if I would like to review their 25th anniversary coat and scarf – as it just happened to be Fab after Fifty pink.   You certainly won’t be invisible over 50 wearing this coat. Definitely a coat that makes a statement! The Helene Berman wool and cashmere coat is perfect for wearing on a crisp autumn day. Fabulous for teaming up with a fitted dress for lunch with the girls or an evening out, but also works well with black skinny jeans and top – especially when you add a colourful scarf. The coat has dropped shoulders...
  3. Dress for Day to Evening in a Dramatic Colour over 50

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I love dresses that can take you from day to evening just by changing accessories. This shift dress from Baukjen has flattering three quarter length sleeves, a keyhole neckline and a some ‘stretch’ in the fabric to fit and flatter all day. I have shown it here in peony pink – because who wants to be invisible over 50 but the dress also comes in black. Make a statement. Stand out from the crowd at any age. For daytime I would tend to wear with a skinny belt , and chunky belt, and midsize heels and carry a structured handbag. For the evening I would remove the belt, wear chandelier earrings (and no necklace, wear dainty kitten heels and carry a clutch bag. Day to evening sorted! The Kingsbridge Shift Dress in ponte...
  4. Intelligent Dressing for Women over 50.

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I always like to find clothes that are a little different. I would hate to walk into a room and find someone wearing the same outfit. This is why I tend to look for lesser known brands- and shop in small boutiques rather than the large high street chains. One of the brands I have come across recently is Isabi – they focus on ‘Intelligent Dressing’. I am now the proud owner of several pairs of harem trousers (which I have practically lived while working from home this summer) and a number of dresses – I have made some excellent purchases in their sale. I have picked out a few of my favourite items to share with you.   Jasmine Long Sleeved Dress This dress comes in both black and mink –...
  5. Prints can be fabulous for disguising lumps and bumps over 50.

      Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have tended to stayed away from prints – typically being drawn to plain dresses and tops and changing the look with accessories. However, having just reviewed some pics from style videos I have been involved in recently – I was amazed how it was the images of me in prints that seemed to best hide my midlife tummy. Food for thought. The eye is drawn to the pattern of the fabric – and not the limps and bumps beneath. Strategically placed print can also serve to create the illusion of slimmer waist and hips. I thought I would take a look at some of the options for prints available at the moment and share them with you. I would love to know your favourites! This dress by Phase Eight available from...
  6. Lorraine Kelly’s style edit for JD Williams – the launch

    Article by Judith Brady “Ignore mature women at your peril. We are a force to be reckoned with!” So said Lorraine Kelly at a wonderful event to launch her edit of the JD Williams Autumn/Winter collection. I was so thrilled to represent Fab after Fifty at this fabulous evening held at The Shard last week. Just going to The Shard is quite an experience – the event was held in the Shangri-la Hotel on the 35th floor which has its own elevator to whisk you up so fast that the digital display of the floor numbers can’t keep up! Fortunately it was an internal lift or I may have had a lot of stairs to climb as I’m not too keen on heights.   There seem to be nearly as many staff as guests and you...
  7. Dresses with Sleeves Dress 28- the best of both worlds

    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon There are times when I would love to wear something a little less structured, but hate being swamped by volumes of fabric. As I am a little busty I prefer dresses which are fitted under the bust or I run the risk of looking like a walking tent. I’m hoping you’ll love dress 28 of the 2014 dresses with sleeves challenge. I think this dress from Isabi offers the best of both worlds. It is fitted to the waist but has a wonderful draped skirt. I was tempted by the sleeveless version of this dress earlier – but as I hate showing my arms was thrilled when they introduced the version with sleeves into the range. I think it’s...
  8. What to wear under sleeveless dresses

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I know that I am always trying to feature dresses with sleeves, but today I am taking a slight departure – what about if we want to get more wear from our existing wardrobe including sleeveless dresses yet still keep our arms covered – without wearing shrugs or cardigans. I also find that sleeveless dresses with the option to layer (either under or over) are really versatile for weekends away when you want to travel light but are a little unsure of the weather! We all think about what we can wear OVER our sleeveless dresses when in fact we often forget we can wear things UNDER as well. Here are a couple of the options that I like to get more out of the clothes I already own...
  9. Dress 24 – nautical but nice


    nautical dress with short sleevesDress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon

    Dress 24 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves  Challenge. Sleeves don’t have to be long to offer some cover. In summer we don’t always want to wear long sleeves – but a short or cap sleeve can look a little more polished than a shift dress.

    I really like this crisp looking navy and white jersey dress from Apanage. It looks wonderfully chic for a weekend city break – slip on a navy blazer and it’s great for work.

    The scoop neck is flattering – the white waistband has a pull through rope belt and eyelet trim.

    I think this a fabulous take on the nautical look.

    A winner!

    The Apanage Contrast Dress is £139 from Gray and Osbourn


  10. Day 23 – Dress to create an hourglass effect

    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon For day 23 of the 2014 challenge  this dress with sleeves from Phase Eight is far from boring!  In fact it has a bit of everything thrown into the mix yet somehow still works! The Illusion panel of the skirt helps to create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette, and the ruching helps disguise tums and create a slimmer waistline. The Bodice effect top further enhance the hourglass effect – and the lace sleeves cover any wobbly arms. What more could you ask for? This dress slims, enhances and adds a bit of drama to be stylish over 50.   The Cara Dress is £110 at House of Fraser   ...
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