Fifty Plus Style: The Kaftan

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Now I don’t know about you, but not many holidays go by without me acquiring a new kaftan, usually from a local market.  I have so many of these,  it’s a bit ridiculous, but each one reminds me of a holiday somewhere hot and sunny and I don’t like to part with them unless they’ve been to Manchester Airport and back at least a few times.    This one I picked up in Alcudia Old Town, Mallorca.  They’re great for chucking on over a cossie (I’m not one for exposure and burn easily too) and for a casual night out you can wear them with  jeans and a heel.

In some ways, for me, they’ve replaced the sarong – I  often take a couple of sarongs with me and they  languish unloved in the suitcase.   What do we think ladies?  Are they a useful item in your wardrobe?


Holiday Fashion: Fifty Plus Style

As promised, some more fashion pics from my holiday, this time featuring my best friend Linda.  We holiday together at least once a year and love getting our heads together to plan what to wear.

Linda’s fab Missoni inspired maxi is by N & Willow from a boutique in Tattenhall called Compliment.  The white flat sandals are from Clarks.  The pink clutch is Jane Shilton (one of my charity shop buys).DSCF1791This next oufit is by the same designer, also from Compliment.  Their dresses are soft jersey and great for packing.


I’ve been experimenting with this bold coral colour lately and felt really comfortable in these khaki pants.  The top is from M&S and the pants are Dorothy Perkins.  Bag as before (we were sharing – saves on packing!) and shoes are from a boutique in Torremolinos.


Linda also went for a hot colour with this linen dress from Kalico.


This is my favourite daytime dress, a white broderie anglaise shift from Sainsbury’s of all places.  It’s lasted for ages!


The bag is another Jane Shilton charity shop buy (it cost £1) and the shoes were Primark – I say ‘were’ as I nearly broke my neck in them so they were consigned to the bin!

I’d love to see your holiday outfits!  I never get bored of planning what to wear.

A Seventies Vibe: Fifty Plus Style

I was a teenager in the seventies, so that whole hippie chic vibe is still alive and kicking in me!  I’m delighted that the boho look is back in the shops, but I have to be careful not to wear the same stuff as I did back then.  So no denim pin-tucked waistcoat, no cheesecloth see through shirts, no off the shoulder peasant tops and no crazy flares.  However, that leaves plenty of scope for platforms, shaggy cardis, long skirts and fringed bags! Hurray!

This weekend I was at a wedding at Rowton Hall, Chester and wore this outfit to breakfast the following day. So, this explains the mad hairdo and tired looking face in case you’re wondering.  It’s a mainly M&S combo: jeans and tee from there, plus this lovely shaggy waistcoat which is comfy and gives a nod to the seventies.  My platform mules are from Mode a Pele last season: I’m having a bit of a mustard thing at the moment.   The bag is Jasper Conran at Debenhams which I bought in a charity shop.  My necklace is also last season M&S and a bit boho inspired.


Next on my wishlist is a fringed suede bag.  I’m looking!

Fifty Plus Style: Torremolinos

A few of the outfits and accessories I wore in Torremolinos last week:

Beach Shoes: Primark


These are fab and fun, if a little unstable!  Loved them for walking on the sand, but wouldn’t like to walk any distance in them.  They’ll be trashed by the end of the summer, but for now, they are a bit of flowerpower!

White Shift: Sainsbury’s


I bought this broderie anglais shift last season and it works well for sightseeing.  Cool but not too revealing and can be easily paired with a cardi.  The bag is from a charity shop.

Maxi: Phase Eight & Wrap: East


I love a maxi, but I don’t think they love me back.  I’ve paired it with a pink cotton wrap from East and the effect I think makes me look chubbier than I am.  It looks better without the wrap as the halter top balances my hourglass shape.  The gold platforms are from Marisota.  They are way too high and a pain to pack, but at 5ft 2 I need the height to get away with a maxi.

Amber Accessories


The silver earrings are real amber which I’ve owned for 20 odd years, the rest is junk.  Hairband: Primark; chunky necklace Torremolinos; strand necklace M&S; ring charity shop.

Silver Sandals: Office


These are my best buy this season.  Comfortable and go with everything plus I walked four miles or so in them one day.  When they wear out I’ll be getting another pair.

Maxi: M&S & Denim Jacket: Gap


I think I’m over this look now.  Not going to buy any more maxis.  Have to think of something else to wear with the jacket. As you can see it was a pretty windy evening, so the dress is not falling properly.

Khaki Trousers: Dorothy Perkins


I really like these for walking.  Light and comfortable and quite silky.  I was a bit cautious about the elasticated ankles as I’m so short.  Still thinking I may cut off the elastic and hem them. You could wear these for evening with heels.

Turquoise Jewellery


The short necklace is by Claudia Bradby.  The rest is junk bought in Spain.

I hope you enjoyed my holiday wardrobe.  What do you take on a Spring break?