Fifty Plus Style: The Summer Dress

Hurray for the chance to wear a frock for everyday – not just for a special occasion.  The only time I ever wear a dress normally is for a night out, an occasion such as a wedding, or on holiday overseas, but something about a British summer gives me permission to rock a frock just for hanging about.  This one is from M&S and cost £34 in this year’s summer sale.  The pink cardi was £6 from Primark and the bag was £50 from Lakeland Leather (reduced from £109 in the sale).   The great thing about this dress is that its crinkly material takes no ironing and it can be used and abused and still look OK.

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What are your thoughts on frocks ladies?

Holiday Fashion: Fifty Plus Style

As promised, some more fashion pics from my holiday, this time featuring my best friend Linda.  We holiday together at least once a year and love getting our heads together to plan what to wear.

Linda’s fab Missoni inspired maxi is by N & Willow from a boutique in Tattenhall called Compliment.  The white flat sandals are from Clarks.  The pink clutch is Jane Shilton (one of my charity shop buys).DSCF1791This next oufit is by the same designer, also from Compliment.  Their dresses are soft jersey and great for packing.

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I’ve been experimenting with this bold coral colour lately and felt really comfortable in these khaki pants.  The top is from M&S and the pants are Dorothy Perkins.  Bag as before (we were sharing – saves on packing!) and shoes are from a boutique in Torremolinos.

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Linda also went for a hot colour with this linen dress from Kalico.

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This is my favourite daytime dress, a white broderie anglaise shift from Sainsbury’s of all places.  It’s lasted for ages!

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The bag is another Jane Shilton charity shop buy (it cost £1) and the shoes were Primark – I say ‘were’ as I nearly broke my neck in them so they were consigned to the bin!

I’d love to see your holiday outfits!  I never get bored of planning what to wear.

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?