Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday 2010: Flattering Over 50 Dresses

Jones New York Ruffle Front Wrap A-Line Dress (Blue)

There aren’t too many things that say “I’m 50 and ready for fun” like a pretty party dress. With so many opportunities for dressing down in modern life, why not celebrate the 2010 holidays by dressing up? This season, there are lots of holiday dresses that will flatter women over 50.

If you're not crazy about the idea of splurging on a garment you can't wear everyday, look for something with a simple, classic design--like a little black dress or a simple V-neck dress. For instance, there's the Elbow Sleeve Drape Front Jersey Dress from Donna Ricco at Lord and Taylor. This simple black dress is on sale for $87.00. If you happen to be slim and trim (you lucky girl!), take a look at the Jacquard Pleat Neck Sheath at Anne Taylor Loft for $89.50. The Patra Dress, Beaded Empire Cocktail Dress is a classic V-neck design. It's on sale for $111.30 at Macy's. Or consider this Jessica Howard Dress, Three Quarter Cocktail Dress, which is black and has a V-neck, for $82.00 at Macy's. You'll be able to wear these dresses for years.

Here's a little black dress that offers a generous fit. It's a Shabby Apple design for $88.
Bette D.
Click on Women's Dresses from Shabby Apple for details.

Those party dresses, however, are just the tip of the holiday party dresses iceberg, so to speak. Take a peek at the online Cocktail Dresses at Lord and Taylor. If you shop now, you can take advantage of the department store's "Friends and Family" 25% off sale. Macy's helps you narrow down its choices with a Dress Finder feature. You can search for dresses by body type and occasion. There is even a Dress Quiz to find your perfect style.

Selected Women's Dresses from Shabby Apple are currently on sale during the online. In addition, the clothing company is having a Twelve Days of Christmas sale. Each day, from December 6-17, the site is offering 25% off a different dress or accessory in its collection. Check back here to see the current day's item on sale and the code to use, if you'd like to purchase it for 25% off. For...
Friday, December 17, the item on sale is:
The Simply Alice Bracelet(below), $55 before 25% off. Use code 'ALICE'

Simply Alice

This pretty bracelet is made of grey/blue fresh water pearls finished with a cream satin bow. It also has a chain and lobster clasp for easy removal. The hardware is silver plated. Measurements:8” inches at furthest link.


Ruffles are soft and distracting--making them a wonderful design accent for over 50 women. The dress at the very top of this post is Jones New York Ruffle Front Wrap A-Line Dress (Blue) for $168.

There's also the Taylor Dress, Sleeveless Satin Cocktail Dress, which is on sale for $103.60 at Macy's. And at Nordstrom, you'll find the Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Ruffled Cotton Blend Dress for $118.

I love dresses for over 50 women that have draping in front because it hides all sorts of lumps and bumps. For instance...

Anne Klein Ripple Dress (Bronze)

Anne Klein Ripple Dress (Bronze)
for $148.

Or take a look at Jacquard Bow Dress for $209 at Talbots online. The side bow creates gentle folds below the waist.

Do you look good in a thigh-tight sheath? I don't. And even if I did, I'm not interested in that kind of confinement, are you? I prefer a comfortable dress that's loose around the hips and thighs. For example...


This JERSEY SHIRRED DRESS-ASST-GARNET flows and drapes. You'll find it at Max Studio for $98.

Three-quarter sleeves offer upper-arm coverage without making you feel like you're all covered-up. Plus, it's a very feminine sleeve length. The dress below is another classic that you'll be able to enjoy again and again.
Anne Klein Faille Dress (Black)

Anne Klein Faille Dress (Black)
for $148.

I've listed lace last, but that means nothing. Lace is wonderful stuff! It shows a little skin, but none of the skin's flaws. It eludes to the fact that you're still a sexual creature, but you don't need to prove it. Below is Michael Stars Harlowe Lace Shift Dress. The lace makes it dressy and feminine. It also looks ultra-comfy. It's available for $168.

Michael Stars Harlowe Lace Shift Dress

Chiffon is another flattering fabric. I love the Anne Klein Chiffon Overlay Dress (Black) below. It's available for $236.

Anne Klein Chiffon Overlay Dress (Black)