Fashion Dr: Style for the over-70s
I am in my mid-70s and find it quite difficult to find a smart dress that I am comfortable in. Most are far too short or have great plunging necklines or some other feature that seems to make one look like mutton dressed as lamb. My daughters tell me short is in and OK but I am not convinced on this point.
I am attending two weddings and a 21st soon and am fast running out of time to find a nice outfit or two for both day and night wear. Do you have any suggestions as to what is acceptable and what is not and any suitable outlets I might investigate? I am a size 8 and am very fit and agile. By no means do I wish to look dowdy and am so glad dresses have made a comeback.
You're right about dresses making a comeback, and luckily for you the styles in fashion right now are ladylike and elegant. When it comes to length there's no right or wrong - it's all about what you feel comfortable with (and how knobbly your knees are!).
There are plenty of fabulous frocks available that are appropriate for all ages. Avoid spaghetti straps and plunging necklines, you'll be juggling bra straps and boobs all day. Long and three-quarter length sleeves are great for hiding bingo wings (the wobbly bits where your triceps should be).
Shift style dresses will look fantastic on your lean body shape. Allude to an hourglass silhouette with strategically placed details or prints around the waist and hip area. I love Grace Hill's pleat dress from Ezibuy for creating a wow shape, and it also does a great job at disguising a wobbly tummy. Accessorise with simple but bold jewellery and a jacket or duster coat in either a contrasting or similar hue to your dress.
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