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Flattering style sweaters



Flattering style sweaters.

Over the last few years I have been clearing out my waist hugging sweaters. Slim style sweaters are just not working for me anymore. They tend to cling in all the wrong places. There is nothing worse that that slight roll round the middle.

I am roughly the same weight as I always have been. It is just that the pounds/kilos seem to have mysteriously redistributed themselves. I still  have a small waist to hip ratio yet my stomach is definitely no longer flat despite my valiant attempts with pilates. Apparently this is the only area in the body that we are able to store oestrogen after the menopause. Although to the best of my knowledge my hormones left the premises some years ago.

Back to the subject of sweaters I have taken advantage of the MeandEm sale, they do great trapeze style sweaters so I purchased this grey swing back sweater that I am wearing above. I normally wear slightly longer line styles but am short of sweaters that work with jackets. This one is ideal.

Photos taken by Mr.P in the ruins of the medieval chateau in Grimaud.








  1. Margo
    13th January 2016 / 13:40

    Hi Josephine. I was surprised to see this post today as I spent last evening doing a cull of exactly the type of slim fit jumpers you describe Like you I have not gained weight but have definitely changed shape. I hate the look of rolls and tummy bulge. My question is how to balance the swing top with trousers that are easy over the hips and thighs without looking big the whole way down? In the past I had always worn neat tops with wide trousers. I would love to hear your advice as I have been puzzling over this one. You look great in the photos by the way. Thanks in advance. Margo

    • 13th January 2016 / 13:51

      Hi Margo
      Good question. I think that the trousers need to be good quality and definitely not baggy round the hips. The ones I am wearing are by MeandEm they are quite tight fitting but have no extra bulk with any pockets etc. The fabric is reasonably thick and has some elasticity which helps. I plan to try the sweater with my Hope trousers and with some wider ones shortly.

  2. Lucy
    14th January 2016 / 00:24

    You look like you are in great shape. That outfit fits you perfect.

  3. Susan (une femme)
    14th January 2016 / 02:28

    Love this style! It’s not only flattering but looks very modern too.

  4. Susan
    14th January 2016 / 08:30

    How that jumper suits you Josephine, I love this “swing” style, in fact, I think they look better on every one, even “stick insects”. I may have said this before, as much as I love this colour grey, and have wasted much money on various trials, I might add, it just does not suit me.

    • 14th January 2016 / 17:06

      If you have warm colouring or too pale skin you are right Susan light grey will probably not work for you.

  5. Viv Butler
    14th January 2016 / 12:25

    Same problem for me Josephine, but just haven’t got round to the cull yet! That middle bit is so hard to shift. I keep reading ‘French Women don’t get fat’ but so far its not working ! I certainly think Hope fits the bill these days, so kind yet stylish.

    ps I love your hairstyle, bet you had it cut in France ?

    • 14th January 2016 / 17:08

      Hi Viv
      Actually I have my hair cut here in London. I have had the same hairdresser for about 15 years or more.

  6. Bonnie
    14th January 2016 / 13:56

    Oh yes, this is the issue for so many of us who had slim waists and flat stomachs. Without doing anything differently the shift takes place and Voila, those form fitting clothes are a thing of the past. Like you I hae slimmed down the shape of the pants to adjust to the looser tops. I also find that a length a bit below the largest part of the hip works well, or just below the waist is good too. Not mid-thigh!

  7. The Style Crone
    14th January 2016 / 14:02

    Lovely silhouette and beautiful color of blue. It looks stunning with your hair.

    Happy 2016 Josephine!

  8. AnneElise
    14th January 2016 / 14:26

    SO pretty with your hair. Fresh, modern, comfy…great look!

  9. Sharon
    14th January 2016 / 15:30

    I also have the same problem with a tummy and didn’t know that is where we store estrogen. I have been wearing LL Bean Perfect fit pants in slim. They don’t have any fabric clutter around the tummy/waist area. I would like to find a better quality similar style in Canada as our C$ to U$ is only 70 cents. Add tax and duty and ouch. This outfit looks great on you.

    • Dianne
      14th January 2016 / 16:42

      NYDJ (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) from the Bay fits the bill. Love their leggings and skinny jeans.
      Once you know your size, easy to order online. A few weeks ago they had the leggings on half price. Subscribe to their emails but always good to check what’t on sale at any give time. I also do intermittent fasting where I eat only two meals a day starting at noon and a snack in between, that helps and I am never hungry.

      • 14th January 2016 / 17:05

        Hi Dainne
        I have about 3 pairs of NYDJ jeans they are very hard wearing I have had mine for about 3 to 4 years and they are still good. Interesting idea on the 2 meals. We are currently cutting out potatoes, pasta, rice and not too much bread as my husband has high blood sugar and this was recommended by his doctor. There was also an interesting TV program last night saying that you should not eat late in the evening and give ourselves at least 12 hours before eating again in the morning.

  10. Barbara
    14th January 2016 / 15:33

    That’s a really lovely sweater you are wearing, lovely soft colour. I am always on the lookout for tummy friendly tops and sweaters due to the dreaded ‘jelly belly!’
    Cos can be a good bet I find.

  11. Sue
    14th January 2016 / 18:34

    Being in the US, I find that the sweaters from JJill are great length, style, and quality. I found three on their winter clearance. In fact I am wearing one right now. You might check them out.

  12. Wendy B
    15th January 2016 / 20:00

    That is a great look, Josephine! I love those colours on you. I have warmer colouring so it wouldn’t look as great on me. I really like the shape though. Might have to go shopping soon… I tend to wear wide, straight trousers but I don’t think that shape top would go with them.

    • 16th January 2016 / 18:00

      Hi Wendy B I think that the sweater will go with wide straighter trousers. I am going to try the combination out shortly so watch this space.

  13. Barbara Plumb
    31st January 2016 / 06:53

    Wow ladies this post really struck a chord with me. It seems I am not alone in seeking out the swing tops, skinny pants and ditching the figure hugging sweaters. Unfortunately I have a lovely supply of this style of sweater in fine wool and I feel so sad to see them go. Currently my husband and I are attending a weekly session with a personal trainer so maybe all is not lost yet 😉

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