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Smart fashion tips to keep you looking stylish and fabulous

Muumuus and mom jeans or spangled capris and Aloha shirts — is this really all the fashion world has to offer women over the age of 60? Do mature women who desire to dress fashionably for summer really have to choose between “frumpy and fogey” or “too young and trendy?”

Not at all, says Catherine Brock, who blogs about style on

“Reaching a certain age doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of fashion, or that you can’t be stylish,” Brock says.

Here are some of Brock’s favorite tips and insights for senior women:

• Senior women can have trouble finding fashion images that feature women who could be their peers, Brock says. Because most clothing is marketed with images of younger models, many older women may worry about their clothes being “age-appropriate.” Don’t be limited by that kind of thinking, she advises. The age of the model wearing the fashion is far less important than whether the style will work for you.

• Look for garments that have a defined shape. You don’t have to wear form-fitting clothing, but do avoid overalls or baggy, pull-on pants and maxi dresses with no waistline, Brock advises.

• Find your colors. Everyone has certain colors that complement their skin tone, hair and eyes, and others that are less flattering. Determine which ones are yours and emphasize those colors in your wardrobe. Brock also counsels against putting too many colors in a single outfit, and says avoid wild color patterns. Instead, pick one piece in an outfit to make a color statement and use muted, complementary colors in the rest of the outfit to create a backdrop for your statement color.

• Just as important as knowing your best colors, you should also know the visual line that looks best for your body type. For example, if you’re pear-shaped, a line that draws attention to your shoulders can be flattering, Brock adds. Apple-shaped women may find an A-line skirt flattering since it creates an angle from the shoulder to the waist.

• Stay true to your own personal style, regardless of your age. “If you had a well-established personal style when you were younger, it doesn’t need to change just because you’re older,” Brock says. “If anything, as you age, you can pay more attention to your personal style and be less of a slave to the season’s trends.” Adapt your younger style to your more mature place in life by focusing on creating outfits that make only one statement at a time, she advises. For example, wear that big, chunky turquoise necklace that you’ve always loved and pair it with an outfit that’s simple and straightforward like a pair of tailored jeans and a white blouse.

• Some styles work particularly well for senior women, Brock says. Blazers and cardigans pair well with V-neck tops, sheath dresses, shift dresses and button-down shirts. Plus, every senior woman should have wardrobe staples such as a black blazer, white button-down shirt, dark-wash jeans, straight-leg trousers, neutral-colored cardigans, a collection of dolman-sleeve tops and T-shirts with varying sleeve lengths and necklines.

• Never underestimate the power of great accessories.The right jewelry can turn an ordinary outfit into something stunning, and you can change the entire look of an outfit simply by switching around your accessories.

“It’s never too late to discover your personal style,” Brock says.Read more at:formal dresses sydney | formal dresses melbourne

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Terminally ill teen Eva McGauley poses for top NZ fashion label to fund her charity

Eva McGauley was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2015 and has dedicated the rest of her life to making the world safer ...
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If you found out you had a terminal illness, what would your dying wish be? For many, the bucket list might include visiting those places you've always dreamed of, meeting your idols or just cramming as much fun as possible into the time you had left.

Eva McGauley, however, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2015, has just one, quite different wish - to create a safer world for the loved ones she will leave behind.

What makes the Wellington teenager's wish even more special is that she's actually achieving it, having already raised nearly $60,000 for HELP, a charity that provides support for sexual abuse survivors.

And what's perhaps most remarkable of all is that she's just 17 years old.

McGauley raised the money for HELP via her own charity Eva's Wish, which she started "to create a world where I feel safe leaving my loved ones without me being there to protect them".

"We were on the side of a hill in a park in Auckland and there were lots of very confused-looking passersby! It was just me and one photographer so it looked like I was just being really over the top with the quality of my Instagram photos! It was a great day and I had a wonderful time."

The Lonely link came about after the company contacted McGauley to offer their support and gift her a Lonely store credit.

"Lonely very lovingly reached out to me at Christmas time last year to tell me that they loved the work I was doing and that I had $1000 worth of credit in their Wellington store to spend on whatever I liked!

"When I thanked them I asked if there was any way Eva's Wish and Lonely could work together in the future, eventually we came up with this idea."

Eva's Wish launches as an organisation tonight in Wellington, where McGauley will speak alongside one of her own heroes, sexual violence rights advocate Louise Nicholas.

"Anya asked why I didn't just message her and I said I was too nervous! Luckily Anya convinced me and just as it turned midnight I messaged Louise, and she replied. I met that goal very quickly!

"After that we had coffee in Wellington and stayed in touch, so I asked her to come and speak at the Eva's Wish launch about why organisations like Eva's Wish are so important."

McGauley's instinct for helping others spans much of her life so far, long before her diagnosis.

"I have been lucky enough to grow up in a very politically aware family so I have always felt a strong sense of activism and need to help others," she says.

"When I was 13, I went to my high school feminist club for the first time and fell in love with the cause. I began volunteering for Wellington Rape Crisis and joined the Wellington City Youth Council, both of which gave me a chance to help people in my community - something I found very rewarding."

"One in three girls and one in seven boys in New Zealand will be sexually abused before they turn 16. When these statistics stopped being numbers and started being people I cared about I knew this was a problem that I wanted to fix."

So how does one very sick, tired, but driven teenager manage to run such a successful charity?

"I manage because I have the world's best mum. I do Eva's Wish but she does everything else for me. Thanks mum!"Read more at:evening gowns

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Coccinelle creative directors, Eleonora Pujia and Vinciane Stouvenaker

Italian accessories brand Coccinelle is synonymous with a youthful, playful and feminine aesthetic. Appointed in February, Drapers spoke to the brand’s new Milan-based joint creative directors, Eleonora Pujia and Vinciane Stouvenaker, to find out more about their inspirations and passion for creating empowering designs.

How did you get started as designers?

Eleonora Pujia: My career started in the communications side of Coccinell in 1994. Because of my love of the products and knowledge of the client, it was a natural progression for me into the creative world.

Vinciane Stouvenaker: Attending the art school in Belgium ignited my passion for design. I fell in love with Romeo Gigli’s style. It combined my two passions: art and fashion. It also made me appreciate the value of Italian design. In 1989 I specialised in accessories. They allow me to tell a story and are very influenced by the zeitgest.

What are some of your inspirations for your work?

EP I am always inspired by the customer. I feel I really have in-depth knowledge of what she wants. I’m also inspired by my everyday life, my family and children. This influences me to inject playfulness and colour into Coccinelle.

VS Women are my inspiration, as they are multi-faceted and are central to the brand. I also take inspiration from visiting vintage markets, exhibitions and music. I learn a lot from my children who are now teenagers. They’re so connected to everything going on in the world!

How would you describe the brand ethos?

EP Italian by birth and joyful by nature, we embrace conviviality and generosity.

You’ve spoken before about the importance of women empowering women with the brand. Why is this something you focus on?

VS We are in time of change. There is a big transformation above all in the role of women in society. Coccinelle is a brand made by women for women – real and strong women. We are open to change and to new opportunities. We really feel that women must have the same opportunities as men in every aspect of our society. Our creative team consists of two women, we want to put the woman at the centre of everything we do and design for her everyday needs.

How do you encapsulate that bold, empowered feeling into your designs?

EP We consider Coccinelle bags as a ‘daily companion’ for women. So we design bags to suit their everyday needs.

VS We try to incorporate the concept of style, emotion, craftsmanship and modernity to express femininity with many facets.

Are there any women in the industry that you find particularly inspiring?

EP All women that are able to strike a perfect balance between their working and home life inspire me.

VS I like women who have made fashion history, from Coco Chanel to the late [Vogue Italia editor] Franca Sozzani. I also like Maria Grazia Chiuri from Dior, Céline’s Phoebe Philo and many others..

How do you keep yourselves motivated?

E: Balancing my happy family life and my satisfying working life. To work for a company that continues to evolve and with an international growth makes me very motivated.

V: The passion and desire to create an emotion.

What are some of the challenges you face in your day to day work?

E: Above all, everything is very fast in fashion. This means we have to be ready to adapt to the changes. We need to stay ahead of trends and always stay curious.

V: Maintaining the brand identity. To constantly remain contemporary while staying true to the heritage of the brand.

What advice would you give to those starting out in the industry?

E: Start to work while studying. Make a path that is not only educational but also practical. Have great humility and remember that finding the right job can take time. Also have respect for the people you work with, challenges come with a sacrifice. Time management is very important, too.

V: Most importantly, never stop learning. Never have fears or limits. It is not enough just to love fashion, because it requires sacrifice and a passion for excellence.Read more at:formal dresses canberra |

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