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We don't know about you, but we love going on the hunt for a shiny new dress to take out for a spin (or three) over the Christmas season. So, what do the most stylish women over 50 throw on for an evening of revelling? It just so happens that we've asked these top fashion bloggers to share their favourite festive outfits with you...

 

Laurie, Vanity and Me

We're suckers for a good shift dress, and Laurie's is the perfect combination of smart and fun, in this electric blue shade. For those of you after a more floaty, relaxed look, try a pleated skirt on for size. Here are Laurie's tips on finding one that suits...

Laurie says: "There are so many beautiful pleated skirts in the shops right now. Printed ones, glossy ones, even pleats with lace in the middle. When you buy or try on a pleated skirt, go up a size. The waistband will sit nicely and there will be no hip bulge. Trust me it will look completely different.

"Buy one plain shift dress and switch up on the accessories. A plain dress can be worn over and over in so many different ways from day to night or work to dinner.

"Lastly, underwear can make or break an outfit. I have some back fat that looks unsightly in a fitted dress, but there are so many figure-enhancing underwear styles out there. I use a bra that's actually got a vest-type back and this keeps my back looking super smooth."

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Electric blue

Pretty in pink

The ruching on this shift dress is so flattering, and the block heels promise     far more comfort than stilettos.

A long, elegant skirt is a more grown-up way to do pink, and rose gold accessories perfectly complement the colour, too.

Buy: Tahari ASL side ruched shift dress, £78, House of Fraser, Violeta by Mango clutch bag, £39.99, JD Williams, Block heel court shoes, £19.50, Marks and Spencer

Buy: Joanna Hope glitter skirt, £49.50, Simply Be, Johhny Loves Rosie clutch, £14, TK Maxx, Cape sleeve top, £12.80, Florence & Fred, earrings, £7.50, Marks and Spencer, necklace, £21.75, Phase Eight

 

To read more about Laurie - or see what she's wearing on any given day - check out her site

 

Josephine, Chic At Any Age

We absolutely love the effortless glam of Josephine's red velvet ensemble (who says trousers aren't partywear?), and we'll be nabbing a full skirt for our fancier engagements this Christmas.

Josephine says: "Velvet is so fashionable this season. I have teamed my wide velvet trousers with a ruby devore velvet fluid jacket. For my second outfit, I have chosen this blue circular skirt, as I find that it can be dressed up or down depending on the formality of the occasion. Here I have added a statement necklace and a sparkly ethnic wrap."

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Go full circle (skirt)

On-trend velvet

A delightfully swishy and sophisticated alternative to a party dress, this full skirt should be comfy and versatile.

If dresses and skirts aren't your thing, drape yourself in this season's big trend instead - velvet.

Buy: Taffeta maxi skirt, £139, Jacques      Vert, Justina necklace, £40, Boden, Mei velvet applique scarf, £65, East

Buy: Wide-leg velvet trousers, £39.50, Marks and Spencer, Koko velvet spot kimono, £30.50, SimplyBe, Potato bead necklace, £20, John Lewis

 

For more on Josephine's style, take a look at her site.

 

Suzi Grant, Alternative Ageing

When it comes to quirky vintage style on a budget, Suzi is incomparable. For her, when it comes to dressing up for festive occasions, it's all about recycling. Accessorise the things you already have, or trawl the charity shops. And if you've got your eye on Suzi's outfits below, we've scouted out some beautiful substitutes.

Suzi says: "I don't buy 'party' clothes that much, just jazz up what I love from my vintage collection. One is a Ted Baker skirt (a few years old) with a vintage necklace and biker boots from Kurt Geiger (bought in the sale). And the gold and black dress is pre-loved. I bought it two years ago for £28 from a second-hand shop but can't remember the brand. Definitely high street."

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On shift

Comfy in boots

Plain black shoes and minimal jewellery needed for either of these beautiful shift dresses - they do all the work for you!

Too cold to even consider going out without your trusty boots on? Dress up a full skirt with some low heeled ones.

Buy: Roberta jacquard dress, £99, Monsoon, Narissa jacquard dress, £140, Phase Eight

Buy: Stripe printed mesh prom skirt, £45, JD Williams, Embellished T-shirt, £30, Marisota, Katrina boots, £95, Hotter

 

For more of Suzi's vintage style tips, visit her website.

 

 

Lucia, Grandmother Pukka

Grandmother Pukka shows us how it's done in festive red, and cool winter blues. 

Lucia says: "I love the short skirt (Boden) as it's fun and reminds me of wearing miniskirts in the '60s. Also, I still have the legs for it according to Mother Pukka. The coat I love as it covers all sorts and can be worn with jeans too. I love the colour. My shoes are just sooo comfortable and great with jeans or skirts/dress.

"I love my red dress from earlier this year. I like a nice neckline (no wrap dresses, as I think they expose boobs), 3/4 sleeves and below the knee. I also love the current trend for velvet trousers as, again, they are long."

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Ice cool

Festive red

This outfit is probably the most versatile of the bunch, being appropriate for so many events depending on how you accessorise it.

We're quite sure there's no colour more festive than a bold red. The panelling on this dress makes it very flattering, and the shoes are Hotter's comfiest heels.

Buy: Freya spotted pencil skirt, £90, Boden, Imelda collarless coat, £198, Boden, Jamilia statement necklace, £25, East

Buy: Panelled dress, £35, Marks and Spencer, Sorrento shoes, £79, Hotter Shoes, Adele Marie necklace, £35, John Lewis

 

To keep up with what Grandmother Pukka's up to, find her on Instagram.

 

For more glamspiration, including party makeup tutorials and some great plus-size fashion, visit our style and beauty library.

  

 

 

 


  

 

 

 

 

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