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Favorite Fashion tips for the Festive Season from three fashionistas over 50!

November 14, 2017
Fashion tips for the festive season

Fashion tips for the festive season

The party season is upon us and I asked three of my favourite bloggers to share their Fashion tips for the Festive Season.  I don’t know about you, but with the stress that this time of year can bring, the last thing you need to be worrying about is what to wear.

From footwear to comfort, to festive colours and accessories, to the Four Fashion Musts for 2017/18 Holiday Season, my guests have tips to ensure you not only look good but also feel great!

Be sure to click through the links to each of these Sizzling Ladies’ websites to discover more about fashion and living a fabulous life over 50!

Laurie – Vanity and Me

My three most important tips to look fabulous and festive are:

Tip one 

Festive colours – For me it as to be Gold, silver or red. Any of these colours shout festive!

Fashion tips for the festive season

Tip Two

Accessories – Take one Block colour dress and add your sparkle. This is the time for wearing glamour, and you can get away with as much of that as you wish. Embellished shoes, jewellery or a sparkly bag, or all three and more! The long Tassel earring is my favourites at the moment.

Fashion tips for the festive season

Tip Three

As I always say. The best underwear for the outfit. The right foundations can make or break an outfit. Take time choosing the right Bra or body emphasizer it makes all the difference.


Linda – Boots, Shoes and Fashion




Fashion Tips for the Festive Season

For a party night out you really need to think about footwear!

Chunkier heels are trending at the moment which is good news if you value your comfort and need some height. Glitzy metallic and glitter ankle boots add a touch of glamour to jeans, if your event is a more casual affair.

If your outfit is more dainty or you just prefer a high stiletto heel, then think of your comfort – a padded insole is a great selling point; alternatively gel pads that stick in your shoe, especially on the balls of your feet, will help.

Pointy toe shoes? For added comfort in the toe area, tape your 2nd and 3rd toe together.

Prone to new shoe blisters? Obviously wearing hosiery or socks will help to lessen the possibility of blisters, but when the weather is hot or you favour bare legs then I suggest rubbing some lip balm around your heel/toe area.

Open toe sandal fan? Treat yourself to a pedicure and get those toes painted! The range of colours available is tremendous and picking a colour to coordinate with your outfit will look fab. How about going metallic or wearing a bright colour such as hot pink, orange, red or teal…. why not add some Swarovski crystals?

Love the look of heels but you just cannot wear them? Check out the sling back low kitten heel shoes – they give the same impression of elongating the leg and are easier to walk in.

Prefer flats? Black lacy ballerinas can look really elegant to be worn all evening or store in your handbag ready to wear when your heels get just too much and for the walk home.

One last thing: make sure you can walk in whatever shoe you pick – I once wore brand new high platform court shoes for a night out at a restaurant – the shoe was comfortable but my feet are narrow and not really suited to a slip on shoe – unfortunately, as I entered the packed restaurant, my feet slipped out of my shoes and I glided across the room, leaving my shoes at the doorstep! Those shoes have not had an airing since then!

Happy Party Season!

Donna – Retirement Reflections


Fashion tips for the festive season

When Sue first asked me to be part of her Guest Post on “Fashion Tips for the Holidays,” I almost fell off of my chair. Did she not know that I was the ‘Yoga Pants Queen’ and that I seldom did any holiday outfit planning in advance?

A bit out of my depth, I rushed to the internet. Oh, oh. The ‘Four Fashion Musts’ for the 2017-18 holidays appeared to be a ruffled blouse, brocade skirt, satin pants and velvet dress. For me, the first three translated into ‘too fussy’, ‘too restrictive’ and simply ‘too much’!

Whatever I am wearing must be comfortable. I also want my clothing to be simple and timeless (so that I don’t need to shudder when looking back at photos of horrific, outdated fashion trends). Whether it be yoga pants or holiday wear, I want the pieces to be of good quality so that they do not constantly need to be replaced.

I then looked through my photos of recent holidays. There it was. My favourite little black dress. Actually, my favourite little black velvet dress! Who knew, that the preferred holiday outfit of this ‘Comfort First, Yoga Pants Queen’ would actually be listed on this year’s “Four Holiday Fashion Musts”? That also validated my preference for good quality, timeless pieces that do not to go out of style.

With a simple classic piece, you can always switch it up in so many different ways (shoes, hosiery, jewellery…and most importantly a good haircut

Oh, and if you have a neutral, classic blazer, that is helpful for those of us celebrating in cooler climates!

Thanks, Sue, for this challenge…and for the kick-start into my holiday planning.

Festive Season Fashion Tips

If you have a neutral, classic blazer, that is helpful for those of us celebrating in cooler climates!

Well Sizzlers, I hope you have found some inspiration from these lovely ladies.  I know I have.

Do you have a fashion tip you would like to share?  Leave your tip in the comments below.


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  • Reply Leslie Clingan November 14, 2017 at 13:32

    Great tips. Especially appreciate Laurie’s reminder that a good outfit begins with the right foundation pieces. I need to update in that area.

    All three of your guests are stylish and festive. Let the holidays begin.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 05:10

      I agree Leslie, undergarments are something I don’t really think about too much but I’m changing my mind after reading Laurie’s tip. x

  • Reply Miriam November 14, 2017 at 16:06

    Terrific tips. You just can’t go wrong with a little black dress. And I agree that our footwear needs to be comfy, classy but comfy. Great collaborative post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 05:12

      Exactly Miriam, I totally agree. I love my LBD it is a good ‘go to’ outfit when I’m not sure what to wear. These days my heels are definitely not too high as I would be wobbling all over the place! Thanks for stopping by to comment and I hope you visit again x

  • Reply Debbie November 14, 2017 at 18:07

    I love these tips Sue! And your guests cover all aspects of fashion which is great. Thanks for sharing these great bloggers and their tips.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 05:12

      Yes they were all great tips and each one had different ideas which was great. Glad to see you are enjoying your NZ trip, Deb. xx

  • Reply Molly Stevens November 14, 2017 at 20:35

    This is a great post with head to toe ideas for looking awesome during the holidays. I’m with Donna on the comfort aspect of dressing up and lover her black dress/blazer combo. Where I live I will definitely need something to cover bare arms. I love that Linda gave options for shoes that are stylish and comfortable and she is adorable in her black dress with pink accents. Laurie looks fantastic in her outfits and has such practice and simple tips to help jazz things up.Time for me to dust off my black dress and start planning accessories!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:30

      Hi Molly! I love comfort now but I also like to dress up occasionally. You can’t beat an LBD to always look good. I loved that each lady had different tips for us – we won’t have any excuses now! Have a great week!

  • Reply Jill November 14, 2017 at 21:47

    Great tips! Thank you, ladies!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:39

      Thanks Jill for stopping by to comment and glad you enjoyed the post. x

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au November 14, 2017 at 21:47

    It’s always nice to get advice from women who are keeping it real and not trying to be 21 for Christmas! Loved the different tips – and Donna’s surprise at being invited to participate made me smile!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:31

      Yes I thought Donna was funny with her comment because she always looks so elegant to me. You are right about not trying to look 21 that is just pushing the envelope too far! Have a great week. x

  • Reply amy November 15, 2017 at 01:27

    Great holiday looks. Our holidays are always more casual, and I live in a bitter cold climate so the last look is the most practical for me. But oh, how I wish I could wear pretty holiday dress sometime!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:32

      You need to visit Australia in Summer Amy you would certainly get your fair share of wearing pretty holiday dresses! Thanks for stopping by and keep warm x

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt November 15, 2017 at 01:49

    Sue, thanks for sharing holiday fashion tips from bloggers with a variety of perspectives. I share Donna’s laid back yoga-pants vibe and rarely dress up these days. Like Donna, I have a couple of go-to outfits that are appropriate for the season. Loved Linda’s shoe tips (my feet have changed as I age and most shoes hurt my feet). Perhaps it’s why I live in California where flip-flops (with support) and Birks are OK for most days.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:33

      I’m the same Terri and most of my clothes are pretty casual now. I do like to dress up now and then though but the high heels have gone that is for sure. x

  • Reply Kristi McAllister November 15, 2017 at 03:11

    As a woman who has been 29 (ahem!) for 17 years in a row, I needed this! I never know what to wear when, and you make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing this for those of us who need a little help looking fashionable when we typically live in yoga pants!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:39

      Hi Kristi! I love that 29 for 17 years LOL:) I really enjoyed having Donna, Laurie and Linda as my guests and I’ll be putting some of their tips into action for the festive season. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  • Reply Linda Hobden November 15, 2017 at 07:35

    Thanks for asking me to participate Sue! I enjoyed reading Laurie & Donna’s tips too! It’s nice to dress up and look glam during Holiday season… and to have one or two of those special occasion outfits that can be updated with accessories as and when necessary to avoid looking too dated.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:33

      It was a pleasure Linda and hope you will be my guest more in 2018!

  • Reply Liesbet November 15, 2017 at 08:15

    I agree with Donna that comfort comes first for me. Unfortunately (or not) I am not up-to-date with the newest fashion and I, honestly, don’t really care. My clothes are old and comfortable and I only replace items as they really fall apart, which doesn’t happen often. I don’t like shopping and I don’t like spending money. Luckily, I have a lifestyle where this doesn’t matter. 🙂 That being said, all these ladies look lovely and their tips are useful for the general public!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:34

      Feeling comfortable is so important Liesbet otherwise we can’t enjoy ourselves. However, I do like to glam it up a little now and then because I don’t have that many opportunities these days. I’m not a shopper either – we would get on very well!

  • Reply Donna November 15, 2017 at 09:54

    Hi, Sue – Thank you for inviting me to participate in this collaborative post. I greatly enjoyed it (and learned some great tips from both Laurie and Linda). This has been a great kick-start to my holiday planning!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:35

      Such a pleasure to have you Donna and you certainly looked very glamourous that is for sure! xx

  • Reply Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com November 16, 2017 at 05:55

    Now that I’m no longer working, the holidays offer fewer opportunities to get dressed up. Most often when I do want to get a bit more snazzy, I reach for a nice pair of pants and festive top. Fortunately many of these tips also apply to those of us who are more comfortable with less fuss and bling. As one who has never had a “ruffled blouse, brocade skirt, satin pants or velvet dress” in my closet (even when I was working), I may consider looking for a pair of velvet pants if I get invited to a holiday wing-ding.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:36

      I agree Janis. Since leaving work I usually only wear casual or active wear. However it is nice to get dressed up occasionally. I tend to go for pants and a festive top as well – comfort but they look good so the perfect combination.

  • Reply Christie Hawkes November 16, 2017 at 06:26

    All of these are great tips. Thanks for bringing all these lovely ladies together in one post. I would add when buying new clothes, make sure you try sitting, standing, bending, crouching, and reaching. I have purchased dresses that seemed long enough standing in front of the mirror, but that crept up too short once I sat down. or sleeves that fit comfortably with my arms down by my sides, but not so much when I reached above my head.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:37

      My pleasure Christie and you make a wonderful point about buying new clothes. I hadn’t thought about that.

  • Reply Joanne Sisco November 16, 2017 at 08:43

    There was a time in my working life when I needed a wardrobe of party clothes that ranged from relatively low key to black tie worthy. This time of year was always a bit of an adrenaline rush trying to plan the wardrobe, shoes, and jewelry for the various parties.

    Life is a LOT simpler now. Like Donna, I have a couple of classic LBDs in the closet, although now I favour a growing collection of pashminas rather than a blazer. With the exception of a few ‘go-to’ shoes, all the fabulous party shoes are gone – especially those that were simply a bad idea from the beginning.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:38

      I’m the same Joanne. My wardrobe is much simpler and comfortable these days but I do like to pull out the LBD now and then. My heels are lower too these days that is for sure!

  • Reply Deborah November 16, 2017 at 10:58

    Oh, I love all of these pointers Sue. I’ve recently bought some new shoes and think I made a mistake with one pair – as I’m sure I’m not going to be able to walk in them properly. But I’ve also noted the lip balm thing cos I have another pair which give me blisters – though I’ve only worn them for half a day (with stocking socks) so far.

    And yes, being comfortable in whatever you’re wearing is essential. I’m keen to go to a cocktail party in early December and wondering about buying a dress. I’m thinking black – cos it’s versatile – and perhaps something I could actually dress up or down (wear for work) cos I don’t go to many formal functions. #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2017 at 15:36

      Hi Deb I think we’ve all bought shoes on how they look rather than if we can wear them. A cocktail party sounds exciting and yes an LBD never goes amiss because you can dress it up or down depending on the function. Go for it!

  • Reply Suger November 16, 2017 at 11:53

    Woot woo! Looking good ladies, thank you for the tips. When it comes to dressing up, I need all the advice I can get. Not to mention I could absolutely use that jumpsuit in my wardrobe. It’s gorgeous. *heart eyes*

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2017 at 15:37

      Hi Sugar thanks for visiting and I agree these ladies look fabulous.

  • Reply Vanessa November 16, 2017 at 12:16

    Great outfits! I do get weirdly irritated by the need for some clothes to have specific underwears, so I won’t buy anything if it doesn’t work with my regular underwear!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2017 at 15:39

      hi Vanessa! The ladies all look fabulous don’t they? I hear you re underwear but sometimes we just have to make that extra effort or as you say not wear anything that requires specific underwear.

  • Reply Kathy Marris November 16, 2017 at 16:59

    All three ladies look very chic. I must admit I’m rather partial to red at Christmas. I generally try to wear something in this colour on Christmas day. I also like the idea of wearing something sparkly, either in accessories, jewellery or nail polish. I just had my toenails painted today in metallic sparkly colour. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2017 at 15:41

      I love red too Kathy as it always looks so festive. I try to find something red for Christmas day even if we are going casual. I’d love to see your sparkly metallic nail polish – perfect for party time. X

  • Reply Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies November 16, 2017 at 18:00

    Great fashion tips for stylish women. I always remember my nan’s advice of taking one accessory off before you walk out the door. Do I really need that bracelet? (sometimes it’s a hell yer! haha) #Lovin’LifeLinky

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2017 at 15:44

      Hi Maria, I’ve also heard the tip about accessories before. I rather like the understated look but sometimes you just need that extra being ☺

  • Reply Jo Castro November 16, 2017 at 20:37

    Great tips and some lovely styles. It’s wonderful how everyone has a different idea about what looks great, and also what suits them. Me, I’d go for a red dress (love the first photo) but I also might wear black with some bling jewellery. I think keep things simple, have a block colour and dress it up with some beautiful accessories.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2017 at 15:45

      I agree Jo I love Red at Christmas and dressed up with accessories looks perfect for the party season. I loved your red dress in your post. Gorgeous x

  • Reply Jo Tracey November 18, 2017 at 05:18

    As always some great tips there. I like red for the party season, but with both of us working from home there will be no Christmas parties this year for us. We’re holding the Buderim facility Christmas party at Mooloolaba Beach where the preferred footwear will be thongs. I’ll wear my sparkly havaianas to add some glitz to the evening.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 18, 2017 at 09:09

      Oh sparkly havaianas sound perfect Jo for Queensland I might treat myself to a pair. We usually have a casual get together of all the kids (I have 2, Mike has 2) plus all the grandkids a week before Christmas. I love red for the party season as well and try to wear red on the day. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Roseann Hampton November 18, 2017 at 12:29

    Lots of great tips! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 19, 2017 at 07:07

      Thanks Roseann and I’m glad you liked the post. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama November 19, 2017 at 17:24

    I love Laurie’s tips, and agree with Donna, there’s nothing better than unexpectedly finding your favourite outfit is “on trend”!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 20, 2017 at 09:12

      I know Janet – especially if you have had it for a while and it comes back into fashion LOL:)

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle November 19, 2017 at 20:08

    Sue this is such a fun post. I loved reading about all the ladies suggestions and tips. I am not much into fashion, but I do love to dress up now and then.
    I actually love looking at nice outfits, especially formal wear, even though I have no desire to wear it.

    Thank you ladies, you have all made this post awesome.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 20, 2017 at 09:13

      Thanks Kathleen. I don’t get the opportunity to dress up often as our society has become so casual hasn’t it? I enjoy it when I get the chance though and each lady has provided some wise tips. Have a beautiful day,my friend. x

  • Reply Michele November 20, 2017 at 07:10

    All of these looks are nice. I am in the camp of comfortable, low heeled shoes and something warm. It is freezing here around the holidays and often snowing or icey, so I can not wear bare, high heeled and strappy things. My go-to is a beautiful cashmere sweater with black pants and leopard print flats. Not the most festive, but it works when it is cold out and most of our events are pretty casual.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 20, 2017 at 09:14

      Oh your go to outfit sounds perfect Michele and something I would love to wear. My problem is in Queensland it never really gets freezing. I’m also on the comfortable side with footwear now but you can still buy some lovely styles and not feel frumpy. Have a lovely week and thanks for stopping by to leave me a comment. x

  • Reply Charlotte November 20, 2017 at 18:30

    These are some fab tips, not just for the over 50’s! I love dressing up around Christmas and it makes the holiday feel more special to me, we always wear nice outfits and get dolled up for Christmas dinner 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 21, 2017 at 10:03

      We don’t get the opportunity to dress up much any more do we Charlotte so I take it when I can. It is nice to dress up and look a little special for Christmas lunch, I agree.

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle November 22, 2017 at 17:37

    Sue this is a lovely and popular post, we will feature it on our Blogger’s Pit Stop.

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 23, 2017 at 17:32

      Oh thanks so much Kathleen, I will let the ladies know!

  • Reply Dr Sock November 25, 2017 at 18:18

    Well, I have two types of clothing in my wardrobe —pre-retirement blazers and dress pants, and pre-retirement ratty jeans and tee-shirts. I am trying to start building a new, post-retirement wardrobe, so this post provides some great food for thought. For me for the holidays? Dressy jeans and a fancy top.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2017 at 09:06

      I find Jude that I dress much more casually these days post-retirement. Society in general doesn’t seem to ‘dress up’ in Australia anymore so my dilemma is finding casual outfits that still look like I’ve made an effort! Have a great week and dressy jeans and a fancy top are always a winner. x

  • Reply Carol Cassara November 28, 2017 at 03:26

    Cute & unique fashions! I do love all the red.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 28, 2017 at 08:19

      I love red for the Festive Season Carol!

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