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Fashion over 50. Inspiration and tips on how to dress well over 50. How to adapt current trends, shop your closet and use accessories to update an outfit.

Layers for travelling

Based on my recent post capsule wardrobe for a two week spring trip to the South of France. I thought I would demonstrate how I travelled from London to Nice by layering the pieces. Layering in this way has two benefits. Firstly if you start your journey, as I did, travelling early in the morning by tube to City Airport you can add extra layers. It was chilly so I appreciated the sleeveless boiled wool jacket and the light blue cape slung over my shoulders. Secondly it means that you will have more room in your carry on case for extras.  I have to take my computer when I go to France in order to carry on posting on this blog!

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Colour block boldness

Super bright shades are continuing to be on trend for the foreseeable future. The A/W 17 collections showed strong colours and interesting combinations. Now might be the time to become more confident with colour.

Bright colours can be a little daunting. It is all to easy to stick to the usual colour combinations. Perhaps you normally pair your brights with your tried and trusted neutrals. Thinking out of the box and mixing up the palette might just create some fresh outfits.

I have been experimenting. For my first bright colour combination I have chosen to combine a delicate pink coat with a vibrant cool toned red sweater.


Pink coat Mango  (US link) // Red merino sweater Me&Em  (reduced from £75 to £52)
Wide black trousers Me&Em  //Pointy slingback shoes Marks&Spencer (UK) (USA)
Pink pendant last year from Anthropologie (this years version)  // Teardrop Earrings Monica Vinader (US)

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Monochrome look for Spring

Monochrome never goes out of style and in my opinion always looks chic.

Black is not the most obvious colour for Spring. I continue to love this years array of bright hues, especially the cool pinks and blues. I might even try a soft yellow. Perhaps these new “brights” are not to your taste.

What to do when you have a wardrobe full of your favourite dark neutrals.  You could always go monochrome.

Black is eternal and in my opinion never truly disappears from our wardrobes. If black does not suit you try substituting navy, brown or grey for a “monochrome look”.


Black leather coat Mango // Cream lace black blouse Finery (UK) Black ponte trousers with leather side panels bought in France (similar).

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How I wear my blue shirt

How I wear my blue shirt. Blue shirts always look fresh. They are a softer option than white and suits most colourings. They can be associated with either work wear or “corporate uniform”.

On the other side of the spectrum they are often worn with casual wear especially teamed with jeans.

I consider blue shirts to be extremely versatile. They can be both formal or casual depending on the wearer and the situation. I have chosen a modern version of the blue shirt from Marks&Spencer. (unfortunately out of stock similar). It shows the new bell sleeve trend. Personally I think the sleeve detail adds an “on trend” element.


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Stripes are all the rage

Stripes, stripes and more stripes. They are everywhere this Spring. In fact it is difficult to go into any shop or browse any website without encountering striped tops, sweaters, bags, trousers, dresses and skirts. Personally I am not a fan of high contrast stripes such as black and white or bright red and white. Too stark in my opinion unless you have dramatic colouring to balance the look. However a subtle muted stripe such as this wool/cashmere blue/grey stripe knit kimono by Hope Fashion is flattering. It feels wonderfully soft and is a versatile easy to wear piece. I am wearing it here with a navy turtle neck sweater (similar) and black trousers (similar) as the weather in London is still cold and mercurial. It will look equally good later in the season with white or cream linen.

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