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  1. 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 –...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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


  7. 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   ...
  8. Dresses with Sleeves Day 21 – Timeless with a twist!

    Dress chosen by Ceri Wheeldon One of the first dresses I featured on Fab after Fifty was a dress from Baukjen (called Isabella Oliver at the time). It was the first dress I had ever ordered online – and my first jersey dress with sleeves! I now have about 6 or 7 of their dresses – and they get worn all the time. Well today for Day 21 of the 2014 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge I’ve chosen another one from their current collection. I think this dress is really elegant and the asymmetrical hemline gives it a modern twist. The Claremont Dress has a scooped neckline, flattering draping to cover the tummy and hips, and a wrap effect skirt giving the dress a modern twist. I love it! It is simple yet...
  9. Day 20 Dresses with Sleeves Challenge – a dress to suit petite women

    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...
  10. Dresses with Sleeves Day 19 – relaxed style

    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...
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