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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.

Sparkling summer dress

When this dress arrived and I opened the parcel I had reservations. I found the style very flattering and the fabric a high quality linen. However I felt it was a bit “bling” for me. It might not have been love at first sight but it began to grow on me. I contacted the very efficient “customer support” at Hopefashion. My question was “will this dress soften and fade with wear and washing? The answer was yes so I decided to give it a go. I am very glad I did. I can definitely see myself wearing it in St. Tropez. Drifting along the beach at sunset or sipping cocktails on the terrace. Well at least in my dreams. My summer wardrobe needed a bit of a boost.

The Hope asymmetric silver dress is in the sale and has been reduced from £120 to £30. So it was a no brainer. I have washed it once and it has already mellowed. The blue silk scarf is by East.

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Wide leg crop trousers

I like to keep up to date with fashion trends and to experiment with a new shape from time to time. I am not suggesting that we jump on the bandwagon with every new fashion gimmick. However silhouettes do evolve.

An example of a trend that has been growing over the last few seasons is the wide crop trouser. In the photos I am wearing a pair of crop palazzo pants in soft jersey. They are also available in a flat fronted style if you are not keen on the tie belt. I have teamed it with a white broderie anglaise top from last year. It is still available in small sizes here. (reduced to £29).

I know that we are continually being advised to shop for our shape “apple, pear etc”.

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Cotton sweaters for Summer. I have finally packed away my winter woolies. Summer took so long in coming and Spring. except for the blossom, seemed nonexistent. I have still kept a few of my lighter weight sweaters in summery hues in my wardrobe, just in case. However what I find to be incredibly useful during the summer months are cotton or linen/cotton mix sweaters. On a sunny but chilly day they add that extra layer, not to mention splash of colour. I also keep a couple in France see my capsule wardrobe post. The pink linen/cotton V neck (US link) I am wearing is a recent purchase from WoolOvers(US link).

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cream summer jacket

A cream jacket can be one of the most useful wardrobe items. It is extremely versatile.  There are a variety of  special occasions where a cream jacket would come in handy. It could equally well be dressed down with a pair of jeans and flats or sneakers.

I purchased the one I am wearing last year from Zara. This year there are an even wider range of cream jackets in various styles and fabrics available in the shops and online.

I have added a touch of the modern and on trend by teaming my classic cream jacket with a pair of new style wide ankle length trousers by MeandEm.  and a classic black tee also by MeandEm. I have added a pair of  black medium heel court shoes. Some years old (similar John Lewis and Nordstrom). If heels are not your thing and I do admit that I mostly wear flats these days; you could easily substitute a dressy pair of flats for the heels.

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 maxi dress with trousers

Maxi dresses with trousers are like peaches and cream. In my opinion they naturally go together. I have been wearing dresses/tunics over trousers on and off for many years. For me they are the ideal combination. The trousers help to cover my legs (not the greatest aspect of my anatomy) and the dress covers my wider hips. This look is back in fashion. An added bonus as suitable dresses abound on the high street.

Here I am wearing a long cream and black stripe shirt dress by Mango. Teamed with a pair of cream cotton/linen crop trousers and long line cream tee Both by MeandEm.

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