Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Swimsuit: 14 Trends and Where to Shop Online

Robyn Lawley Ultra Indie Dragonfruit Scoop Back One Piece

It's that time again--swimsuit season! Huh? Here in the Northeast, we've been experiencing record snow fall and single digit temperatures. That hasn't stopped the brick and mortar shops in my area, however, from wheeling out their 2015 swimsuit lines. Recently, I took a peek at the trends. I'm happy to report there are a number of new swimsuit designs that are fun and flattering for women over 50. A few of the new designs, like the monokini and high-waist bottoms, might be best left to the under 50 set. But then, two of my "just 50" girlfriends still wear bikinis, so who knows?

To avoid confusion, I've left out the words "for women over 50" in the post's title. In the past, some visitors have been very disappointed when they haven't found women over 50 modeling the swimsuits. I understand completely, but the truth is: Most women I know, regardless of their age, would never pose in a swimsuit for the Internet. Instead, I'm illustrating the trends with photos of young models provided by the swimwear companies. I've assembled a group of swimsuits for women of different body shapes, including different bust sizes. Here goes...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Buying a Dress: 10 Tips for Women Over 50

Calvin Klein Cascade Sheath Dress

I'm a huge fan of dresses on women over 50. A dress is…
  • Flattering. A dress’s continuous color or print from shoulder to hem is slimming and elongating.
  • Easy. There’s no debating what top goes best with a particular skirt or pair of pants.
  • Comfortable. Most dress styles don’t have a confining waistband.
However, shopping for the perfect dress online can be challenging—to say the least. Here are a few tips that have helped me along the way. If you have other tips, please leave a comment. Thanks!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Giveaway Winner Models Her New Flattering Top

Flattering top for women over 50

Last fall, a Flattering50 Giveaway gave readers a chance to win a top from Covered Perfectly. Michelle's name was randomly selected as the winner. I put Michelle in touch with Pauline Durban, founder and president of Covered Perfectly, to claim her prize. This week, Michelle emailed me a photo (above) of her wearing the top she had chosen. It was so exciting to hear from her and to see her new top. Doesn't she look fabulous? The top is called the Wrap Over. It's made with MicroModal,a natural fiber that's super soft, comfortable and cool. In her email, Michelle wrote, "I love my top!"

Thanks so much for showing Flattering50 readers your new top, Michelle!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Style Over 50: Totally Textured Separates

Textured separates look for women over 50

Is there a limit on how many different textures a woman over 50 should wear at one time? I hope not. For today's in-between snow storms look, I've combined a black moto jacket, a light grey fuzzy sweater, a lace midi skirt and black leather boots. The sweater is new to me, though not exactly new. I've been looking for a fuzzy sweater for some time now, but couldn't find one I liked and could afford. Then, a week ago, a friend was visiting and I took her to Second Time Around, a chain of second-hand stores that specializes in "gentle used" designer fashions. My friend and I stumbled upon the store's winter clearance sale and I got this Vince fuzzy sweater for a steal. Here's a better look at the sweater's fuzzy texture.

Vince sweater for women over 50