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3 Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

Weddings are back on this year and having been to one myself, there is definitely the desire to take advantage of an opportunity to dress up. It's been so long since we could really go all in and celebrate that now is the time to do it. The shops are also obliging with plenty of pretty dresses and accessories.

I've created 3 outfit ideas, including one with trousers. I think trousers are perfectly acceptable for weddings now, whether it be a pair of floaty palazzo pants like these or perhaps one of the Sherbert coloured suits that are plentiful this season.

I've chosen pieces that can all be worn again - option 1 is a gorgeous Summer dress, perfect to take on holiday too. The Poppy print dress could be worn with a blazer to the office or pop a sweater over the top and turn it into a skirt. And all the pieces from the trouser outfit could be split up and worn in so many other ways - the trousers would be perfect for an evening or with a simple vest top and slider sandals on...

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How To Wear A Sweatshirt Over 50

If you are anything like me you haven't worn a sweatshirt since playing netball or hockey during school sports. Since then I have avoided them as ugly and unflattering! But I'm currently working on a project (which will be revealed soon) and it's made me think about what I as a woman over 50 want to wear. We've all got much more used to wearing leisurewear over the past two years and I am sure like many of you I've grown to love comfort dressing, albeit my joggers are cashmere and I still haven't worn a sweatshirt :)

I've never been one to be happy in a simple jeans and t-shirt outfit - I've always felt like I needed to add something, so a simple jeans or joggers and sweatshirt outfit just wouldn't float my boat. So it got me thinking about how I could happily wear one in a more stylish way and I've come up with three options for a printed sweatshirt, which I think gives it a little more style. Plus I've opted for one that has a looser cuff at the bottom so it doesn't puff up...

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The Importance of Capsule Wardrobe Basics

If you are one of those women who seem to have a stuffed wardrobe but can't easily create outfits, it could be that you don't have versatile wardrobe staples.  We often buy one off pieces or colours that don't go with anything else and either they get worn once or not at all.

The solution?  A capsule wardrobe of basics.

Don't be mistaken in thinking these are boring items, they don't have to be if they work with your personal style. What they will do though, is add the start point or the finishing touch to multiple outfits. They include the shoes that go with everything whatever the style or colour, the jackets that are the perfect topper to an outfit, the trousers that dress up or down.

You may have seen lists of wardrobe basics before. They often say you need a pair of black tailored trousers and a white shirt, a pair of black court shoes and so on. But this doesn't give you room to incorporate your colouring, shape or personal style - like much styling advice...

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3 Ways To Wear a trench Coat

It's that time of year when a Trench coat is one of the handiest items you can have in your wardrobe. For this example I have picked a classic double breasted style. However, This style isn't ideal on everyone so adapt it to suit your shape. If you are large busted, choose a single breasted option and if you don't have a waist or don't want to wear a belt a swing style will work better on you.

With that caveat in place let's talk about why a Trench is so versatile.

A trench is practical as well as being stylish, in fact it's a Style Icon that just doesn't date. While it was originally created for British soldiers in World War one, it really got its style credentials later when worn by the likes of Catherine Deneuve and of course Audrey Hepburn. Many a Femme Fatale has donned a Trench coat, occasionally with little else underneath!

It gets its versatility by having the ability to be dressed up or down. It looks just as great over a pair of jeans as it does over a shirt dress for the...

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Winter Transition Capsule Wardrobe In Neutrals

Creating Capsule Wardrobe is my favourite part of my job. This works now but will transition into Spring too. Predominantly in neutrals it has a couple of pops of Spring colour. There are cosy knits and a Puffer coat for cold days, but also a silk shirt and a bold print skirt that will work on less chilly days too. I've included black jeans as a change from blue denim as they are easier to smarten up, as well as wear with your knits and trainers.

I've chosen a mixture of mid to high end High Street and a couple of designer pieces but you can switch out pieces that you have in your wardrobe or at your own budget.

The Capsule Pieces

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Zebra coat // Puffer coat // Knit dress // Jacket // Taupe knit // Green knit // Shirt // Taupe trousers // Jeans // Skirt // Earrings // Necklace // Bucket bag // Black bag // Sunglasses // Belt // Loafers // Boots // Court shoes //

Capsule Outfit Ideas

If you liked this capsule wardrobe, you will...

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Four Steps To Creating A Wardrobe That Works For You Now

Like most of us my wardrobe and getting dressed requirements have changed considerably over the last few years. Not just because of the Pandemic, but also since turning 50. If your wardrobe is in need of a revamp because it's full of clothes that don't fit your shape or your lifestyle anymore, my four step process will help you create a wardrobe that works for you now.

Step 1 - Where Are You Now & What Do You Need

Bite the bullet! You can't think about a streamlined wardrobe if it's overwhelmingly full of clutter. When you can't see what you've got it's impossible to pull together stylish outfits. So your first step is broken down into 2 parts.

First you need a grand declutter to get rid of everything you no longer wear, anything that is dated or damaged and anything that no longer fits. Ditch the guilt while you are doing this. Don't allow anything that still has the label on it to persuade you it should take up valuable space in your wardrobe. Donate or sell it on to...

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The Versatile Summer Dress & How To Wear It

A T-shirt (or jersey) dress is a great addition to your wardrobe. It is so easy to wear - and usually to care for too. On cooler days layer a denim or cargo jacket over the top and wear with loafers or trainers. For warmer days all you need is a pair of sandals or espadrilles.

Ruffle edge dress in yellow and stripe // Green dress // Stripe dress // Navy/gold dress // Blue dress //

Most brands add a T-shirt dress to their collection so you can find them at every price point.

Choose a style that works on your body shape. The green one above is great for those who are pear shaped or have a tummy they want to hide. Create or show off a waist with a waisted style or choose a straight shape to skim the body if you don't want waist emphasis.

A thicker cotton style works best on slim and straight shapes. A viscose jersey mix or a lighter weight or washed cotton, will create a more fluid fabric for those with curves.

They are great to pack for holidays as they won't crease too badly and...

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White Dress Edit

A white dress is a must have item this season. If you haven't considered wearing one, there are lots of options from casual through to occasion dresses. Below I have rounded up a selection of wearable options for those of us who don't want to bare too much flesh but love the idea of a crisp white dress for the hottest days, occasions and if lucky enough, holidays.

Sleeveless options...

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Left to right - Cotton draped dress £79 // Cotton shirt dress £79 // Cotton jersey dress with Broderie detail £65 // Linen dress with ruffle collar £99 //

Short Sleeve...

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Left Linen wrap dress £319 // Right Black piped viscose dress £199 //

Long Sleeve...

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Left Cotton lace trim dress £49.50 // Middle Cotton pleat hem dress £79 // Right Cotton Broderie shirt dress £99 //

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Smart Casual Summer Capsule Wardrobe

For those of you who work or who need a some smarter outfits, Summer days can be tricky. But I have put together a selection of mix and match pieces to create a mini capsule wardrobe. I have based it around a linen suit with a difference - this one has a sleeveless jacket. It makes it still smart, but contemporary too. 

To the suit I have added a print blouse and then used the colours in the blouse for other pieces in the capsule. I have included a pair of cotton stretch trousers, floaty skirts in blue and soft yellow and two further blouses in green and ivory. 

Only one pair of sandals are needed in a neutral. But of course you could choose an additional pair in blue, green or a neutral tan. I have chosen a block heel that makes them comfortable to wear but is a little smarter than a flat.

The Pieces

Jacket // Trousers // Print blouse // Blue skirt // Green blouse // Green trousers // Ivory top // Yellow skirt // Sandals or here //

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3 Ways To Wear A Kaftan

You might not be heading off on holiday, but that doesn't mean you can't add a kaftan to your Summer wardrobe. Of course they are perfect on a sun kissed beach, cocktail in hand, worn over your swimwear. But you can get wear out of them at home too. 

I have a gorgeous kaftan I bought to take to Antigua a couple of years ago and I have worn it with slim leg trousers for the evening too. In fact if you watch this week's video you will see me wearing it to film as it was such a hot day.

As well as classic kaftan shape I am wearing, I love the long open front versions too. The one below looks great over swimwear, but imagine it with a cami top underneath and a pair of white jeans for day or silky palazzo trousers for the evening.

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Long Kaftan

I've chosen one pretty blue print option and styled it 3 different ways below and linked a few more options for you at the end of the post.

3 Ways to Wear - Beach

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