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  1. How to Adopt A Slow Sustainable Approach To Fashion

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    Article by Jacynth Bassett We were all aghast last week when news broke that Burberry burns more than $37 million worth of their clothes. Their rationale is that it is industry-wide practice, and the likes of H&M have been picked up for similar behaviour.   Fashion waste is a huge problem, one that has been fuelled by the zeitgeist that is fast disposable fashion. The Fashion Industry is now responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, and is projected to drain a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050. That’s not to mention the other impacts of fast fashion, including water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals, and child labour and sweat shops.   But when we’re so detached from the ‘behind the scenes’ of the truth behind fast fashion,...
  2. Why its Time for Hats to make a Comeback

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    Article by Jacynth Bassett Ascot may be over, but with wedding season fully in swing we haven’t seen the end of hats just yet. That said, should we see the end of them at all? Personally I adore hats, and from conversations with lots of other women it seems they do too. Who doesn’t love browsing a hat shop and trying on lots of different styles? I recently hosted a pop-up shop in Brighton with a milliner friend, Joanna Zara, and so many women lit up at the opportunity to try on her fabulous creations. However, trying on the hats was more often than not followed by one of two phrases: “I never have the occasion to wear hats” Or “Sadly I don’t suit hats.” Sound familiar? If you want to get ahead get a hat Once...
  3. Dating over 50: What to wear on a date French style

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. the Wandering Parisian Smart Date Dressing. Intelligent and Appealing Choices for Optimistic Encounters or ‘Does my Anxiety look big in this?’ Hooray, you’ve got a date in the diary. The person you met on line, or in the queue at the Supermarket has proposed a coffee or a drink, or gone way out on a limb and actually invited you to dinner. As you agreed your mind began spinning with wardrobe worries and outfit anxiety. So lets stay French, and exchange anxiety for nonchalance. Immediately ELIMINATE any outfit you considered that didn’t seem like a perfect solution. Please do NOT choose anything that makes you wonder whether you look: Too short, too fat, too thin, too busty, too pale –...
  4. Why there’s nothing wrong with investing in your style

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    Article by Jacynth Bassett Most of us have heard the phrase ‘there are more important things in life than clothes’. And yes, that is true. But if you’re anything like me – i.e. a fashion lover –  it’s a somewhat grating comment because underlying the statement is usually a sense of judgement. Fashion and clothes are still largely looked down upon by society as frivolous and self-indulgent. Just ask Anna Wintour who admitted somewhat sadly in the documentary The September Issue that her brother (diplomatic editor for the Guardian) and sister (a human-rights worker) find what she does ‘amusing’. Now undoubtedly Wintour’s siblings have highly respectful and important careers, but Anna doesn’t receive the same respect because of the industry she...
  5. Windsor Weddings and other Events

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian While current conversations are focused on Meghan Markle and her upcoming Royal Nuptials, you may have wedding-wear issues a little closer to home if you are the mother of the bride this year. As is often the case with the French, discretion is the order of the day. The bride is the focus of attention, and it is her dress that may be lace, ruffles, sparkles or satin – her mother, or the mother of the groom, or a beloved aunt all need to aim for elegance and subtlety. (Please, I beg you, SKIP the lace. It is so grandmotherly on someone under 75.) Obviously, the first questions in selecting an outfit are purpose and comfort. Now, when...
  6. Longer Summers: How we can all have them

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      Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian While spring haircuts tend to be popular in many parts such is not necessarily the case for our French friends. Recently chez le coiffeur my hairdresser asked what I wanted and went on to explain that most of his clients actually grow their hair out toward the summer. A stylist friend of mine says that in the winter, with scarves wrapped around our necks, and hats and woollens to be pulled on and off, short hair is actually more convenient and practical. It also dries faster so you don’t have to run out in the cold with a damp head. Where as in summer, we tend to wear fewer layers. We liberate our collarbones and necklines, longer hair can...
  7. Stylish Trench Coats

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    Style Picks by Ceri Wheeldon The Trench coat never seems to go out of style and they can be worn without looking as though you have a career as a secret agent. There are some fabulous colours to choose from on the High Street at the moment – to look vibrant over 50! I have selected just a few of my favourites I popped into my local Hobbs and this petrol blue trench coat caught my eye.     Currently  there is a £50 discount on this coat at House of Fraser   When it comes to making statement – and showing that you refuse to be invisible over 50,...
  8. Lets Talk Layers!

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian As the winter chill sets in, certainly in Paris (where the Electricite de France is actually sending emails to its clients about the cold spell to warn about heating bills going up!) we naturally think of layers. But not just layers of blankets, layers of clothing and such thoughts can even take us into spring. French women are champions of layering, and their innovative and fresh approach to mixing different layers is one of the keys to their nonchalant style. If you look at photos of Caroline de Maigret (Chanel and Lancome brand ambassador) or Ines de la Fressange (former-Chanel, current L’Oreal brand ambassador) you will often see unexpected layers – a plaid shirt under a striped Breton t-shirt,...
  9. What to wear when you start dating over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When it comes to dressing for your dating journey it is best to be prepared! The last thing you want when you have a date in the diary is to panic about what to wear. Better to plan ahead.  I was watching an old episode of friends recently where Rachel was accusing Monica of ruining her ‘third date sweater’. So we know that she planned her  dating wardrobe!! I spent many years working as a headhunter, and always suggested to my candidates that they planned their wardrobe for a minimum of 3 job interviews, so I suggest you put together at least 3 different outfits to suit the sorts of places you would envisage going to on a first date, and 2 outfits for a second date. Remember...
  10. How to Update Your Wardrobe

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    Now that the new year is already in full swing, many of you are probably thinking about how to update your wardrobes. The idea can seem daunting at first, but I’m here to remind you that revamping your style doesn’t have to involve a massive overhaul. Read: you don’t have to throw out everything and start over! Instead, you should try focusing on updating a few key elements of your wardrobe. I’m sure you’ll see it will make all the difference! Keep reading for some tips on how to make this update. Introduce a New Print into Your Accessories There’s nothing more eye-catching than a good print, but they’re harder to pull off than you might think. Meredith Keeve, also known as the Wandering Parisian,...
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