Evening Chic On Celebrity: Fifty Plus Style

Some of my evening outfits from our cruise.

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Dress: Phase Eight (charity shopped) Shoes: New Look (charity shopped) Earrings Debenhams.

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Dress: Phase Eight Cardigan: M&S (charity shopped) Watch: Debenhams Jade Earrings: Bought in Hong Kong a couple of years ago

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Dress: M&S Shoes: Alexon (charity shopped) Earrings: Bought in Tenerife last year

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Top: Phase Eight Skirt: Alexon (belonged to my mother) Shoes: New Look (charity shopped) Earrings as before

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Chiffon Blouse: charity shopped Trousers: charity shopped Shoes: Carvela Pearls: Bought in an antiques shop in Bridport this summer.

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my cruise wardrobe.  Dressing up was such good fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning Evening Chic for Celebrity Cruises: Fifty Plus Style

We are going on a cruise with Celebrity next month and I have to pack two outfits that meet the criteria for ‘Evening Chic’.  In previous years I would have chosen a full length gown or something blingy, but as I’ve matured, although I still like a bit of sparkle, I favour a more toned down look.

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For my first outfit I’m packing this Phase Eight sleeveless dress. I am wearing Wingz underneath to give the appearance that it has sleeves.  There are two reasons for this.  Firstly, at 55, my arms are not as firm as they used to be. Secondly, cruise ships are a bit chilly in the evenings and as pashminas seem a bit passé now, I need a cover up.  The Wingz were sent to me for the purpose of review and I think they look pretty good with this dress, so I’ll definitely be packing them.

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Onto the shoes.  These are the Charlotte Olympias that I won last year and try as I might, I just can’t do anything but totter in them.  I look ridiculous. If anyone wants to make me an offer they are size four and have never been worn (apart from trying on!).   They won’t be making the edit that’s for sure, but I have some black spiky Carvelas that will work.

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Next up is to figure out outfit number two!

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Nautical: Fifty Plus Style

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Phase Eight is one of my favourite shops for when I need a frock.  As we were staying in a posh hotel I figured I could get away with dressing up a bit, so I chose this nautical stripe from this summer’s online sale.  The dress is jersey, but lined, so it gives you a bit of structure.  It’s also flattering for big boobs and the folds at the waist draw attention from a big tummy.

The jacket is an old favourite from M&S which pulls together pretty much any outfit for when you want to smarten up.

The silver leather clutch is from a boutique in Mallorca and is great for travelling as it packs flat and goes with anything.

The photo is taken at the Old Swan & Minster Mill in Minster Lovell.

Fifty Plus Style: My Rules

By the time we get into our fifties, most of have developed our own sense of style and know what works and what doesn’t.  The danger with this, is that you can sleepwalk through your wardrobe buys, getting the same thing over and over, so that when you look back at your holiday photos you might as well have been wearing the same outfit for twenty years.

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I like to try new shapes and styles, but I do have a basic set of rules in my head to avoid too many mistakes.

  1. My wardrobe basics are: Black patent good quality leather boots, black leather jacket, Breton stripes, cashmere in pretty colours, black cigarette pants, bright tees with long or 3/4 sleeves, silver sandals, dark jeans, silver clutch, oversize tote, mini shoulder bag.  These take me almost anywhere and I add accessories to put my stamp on them.
  2. Wear some colour.  Pure monochrome does me no favours any more and a pop of colour lifts any outfit.
  3. Worn or boyfriend jeans just don’t work any more – I look more ‘allotment’ than ‘catwalk’ in them, so dark denim or white jeans look smarter.  The cut matters.  Nothing low rise, but equally, not too high waisted if you want to avoid the granny look.  Very skinny skinnies just look ridiculous, so a bootleg, flare or straight works better.
  4. Printed pants now equal PJs. I bought some this year, thought I looked great ’til I saw the photos – I looked like I’d just popped downstairs for my shredded wheat.
  5. I love a boho vibe, but don’t overdo it (with the exception of holidays when I indulge big style).  One boho piece per outfit is enough then keep the rest simple.
  6. Demure is now a good look, so no boobs and legs, but on the other hand, don’t want to be twinset and pearls either, so have one edgy thing per outfit.
  7. Accessorise with maybe one huge ring or necklace, but not loads all at once.  I feel that this is my time to wear fabulous statement jewellery.
  8. Only wear shoes you can walk in.  I have so many pretty shoes in my wardrobe, but they go nowhere.  Nothing looks more ridiculous than teetering in stupid shoes.  Good quality and comfort matter.
  9. Sequins and sparkle – I love them and will never give them up, but as with boho, not too much at once and keep jewellery to the minimum when wearing sparkle.
  10. Buy quality handbags – even if they come from a charity shop!
  11. Cashmere – if I see it on sale, I buy it.  I’m building a cashmere collection and so far I still have every piece I ever owned.  Handwashing and proper care means they will last and get softer with time.  Most of mine comes from M&S.
  12. Prints-I accept that they have a short lifespan and move them onto the charity shop after a few wears.  Nothing looks sadder than a washed out print that you’ve had for donkey’s years.
  13. Dresses – I love the simplicity of a dress and for an occasion you can’t go wrong with Phase Eight.
  14. Gym wear – stays in the gym.  Leggings serve no useful purpose outside of Zumba, yoga or Pilates.
  15. Charity shops – I search them for stylish classic pieces and give back by donating once I’m fed up with something.

I love reading style rules, so if anyone has any, please share.

What to Wear for a Spring Wedding: Fifty Plus Style

Last weekend we were at the fabulous Cheshire wedding of my God daughter Gemma and her new husband Craig.  The setting was the sumptuous Rowton Hall and we partied all day and stayed overnight to enjoy the fab hotel.

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So, what to wear for a wedding?  I went for one of my ‘go to’ labels for dressing up, Phase Eight.  I have a few Phase Eight pieces in my wardrobe, but, confession time, this one came from a charity shop for a tenner.  The cream linen jacket is from M&S and the shoes are Gina, also from a charity shop.  I love the grey clutch which I bought in Century 21 when in New York last year.  I’m a bit shy of hats, so instead, had an ‘up do’ with this fab comb from Boots.

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The mother of the bride. Linda, my best friend, is looking amazing here in a John Charles designer outfit, from Imagination, a boutique in Tarvin, Chester.  Linda’s outfit is beautifully matched with daughter Louise in a peachy bridesmaid dress, from Debut at Debenhams.

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Now, I guess you want to see the bride?  Gemma looked radiant and swished her way through the day in this beautiful dress from the Ivory Lounge in Chester.

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This is a sneaky peek at our bedroom in the hotel.  Lovely squashy bed and Aromatherapy Associates products in the bathroom.  Heaven!

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Who doesn’t love a wedding?

Fifty Plus Style: Torremolinos

A few of the outfits and accessories I wore in Torremolinos last week:

Beach Shoes: Primark

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These are fab and fun, if a little unstable!  Loved them for walking on the sand, but wouldn’t like to walk any distance in them.  They’ll be trashed by the end of the summer, but for now, they are a bit of flowerpower!

White Shift: Sainsbury’s

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I bought this broderie anglais shift last season and it works well for sightseeing.  Cool but not too revealing and can be easily paired with a cardi.  The bag is from a charity shop.

Maxi: Phase Eight & Wrap: East

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I love a maxi, but I don’t think they love me back.  I’ve paired it with a pink cotton wrap from East and the effect I think makes me look chubbier than I am.  It looks better without the wrap as the halter top balances my hourglass shape.  The gold platforms are from Marisota.  They are way too high and a pain to pack, but at 5ft 2 I need the height to get away with a maxi.

Amber Accessories

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The silver earrings are real amber which I’ve owned for 20 odd years, the rest is junk.  Hairband: Primark; chunky necklace Torremolinos; strand necklace M&S; ring charity shop.

Silver Sandals: Office

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These are my best buy this season.  Comfortable and go with everything plus I walked four miles or so in them one day.  When they wear out I’ll be getting another pair.

Maxi: M&S & Denim Jacket: Gap

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I think I’m over this look now.  Not going to buy any more maxis.  Have to think of something else to wear with the jacket. As you can see it was a pretty windy evening, so the dress is not falling properly.

Khaki Trousers: Dorothy Perkins

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I really like these for walking.  Light and comfortable and quite silky.  I was a bit cautious about the elasticated ankles as I’m so short.  Still thinking I may cut off the elastic and hem them. You could wear these for evening with heels.

Turquoise Jewellery

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The short necklace is by Claudia Bradby.  The rest is junk bought in Spain.

I hope you enjoyed my holiday wardrobe.  What do you take on a Spring break?