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Date: 2/23/13 4:24 PM

I lived in Europe for a long time and my eye is constantly drawn to these styles.


Can clothes like that be modified to suit a woman in her 50's?
(sorry I thought I was posting the dress on the right; I wouldn't have to ask about the outfit on the left)

Or should I go exclusive J.Jill lounge wear. (not knocking J.Jill but lately a lot of their styles have been kind of dumpy).
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Date: 2/23/13 4:41 PM

I wouldn't wear the skin tight pants, but the rest depends on your figure.

I'm slightly overweight, but only by a couple of kgs, and a pronounced pear. The dress and cardi would be doable for me, although I might prefer a more a-line skirt for comfort. The shirt is OK too, but maybe over a pencil skirt or more relaxed pants.

The colours and fabrics are absolutely suitable for more mature women.

When planning my wardrobe, I collect fashion I like on pinterest, then try and find patterns to recreate the look. I find that more successful than starting with the offerings of the pattern companies.
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Date: 2/23/13 4:44 PM

I like your approach. I can't get inspired at the pattern counters (and I can't see them on the Internet).

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Date: 2/23/13 11:36 PM

I would make the neckline of the dress a little bit higher in order to cover my bra (but that's just me.) Also I would get a more cheerful color of cardigan a size bigger, or replace it with a jacket. I think gray cardigans are dismal. And I would save the belt to wear with jeans.

As for the shirt & jeans - I would not wear skin tight jeans either. But I like the color.
I like the shirt OK but are those shirt pockets or just flaps? I'd have pockets. Wouldn't have to worry about "high beams" then.

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Date: 2/24/13 9:08 AM

Absolutely you could wear a style like that. The knee length straighter skirt is classic. With a pear shape, I'd made the cardi just a bit looser and add little small dolman or raglan shoulder pads, even removable ones, to balance the figure. Done in a ponte knit, that would be a really comfortable go-to outfit.

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Date: 2/27/13 3:59 PM

Hi Marymary86,
I would make these styles because they suit my shape. If I was making these for my sister inlaw, I would still do the dress with some ease as well as make the cardi with a bit of drape or ruffles.

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Date: 2/27/13 8:06 PM

Both of these styles appeal to me. I would definitely wear the shirt and pants combo, though pants with more ease. The dress is a little too low for me but I like the whole look. Grey cardi? nope-but grey stripe? or animal print? yes!!

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Date: 2/27/13 9:10 PM

I'm in my mid 50's and I'd wear both of those ,with a few mods, in a heartbeat!

Last summer I made several tank styles dresses similar to the pic and wore them constantly. The main changes were slightly higher neckline and more of an a line. I'd add a cute pair of sandals, a necklace or scarf and feel like I looked good plus I was comfy!

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Date: 2/28/13 5:27 PM

These styles seem very appropriate for women in their 50's. That's my age and I dress like that with the exception of making the neckline on the tank a bit higher. There's no reason middle aged women need to look or feel frumpy. Fit is so important. If a women wears clothing too large, she will look larger and too small, it looks inappropriate. The fit is most imp.

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