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Over 50 Fashion: The secret to a great winter wardrobe

May 28, 2018

I’m delighted to introduce a new regular segment to Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond. Christine Blundell from My Private Stylist has joined with me to present a Seasonal Fashion post each quarter for Over 50 Women.

I do like to dress well, however, now that I don’t need the ‘corporate look’, it is easy to fall into a pattern of not modifying your wardrobe to your new Over 50 & Beyond lifestyle.  I wear more casual clothes but still want to have some style.  That is where my friend, Christine can help.

Each season, Christine will put together her ideas with some ‘looks’ and ‘styles’.  Now I realise, that living in Australia, my seasons don’t always align with some of my readers.  In fact, living in Queensland our winters are very mild. However, Christine’s tips are sure to be timeless and provide some inspiration for any time of year.

We are heading into Winter, in Australia, so Christine is sharing her secret to a great winter wardrobe.  I do hope you will enjoy these quarterly posts.  I’ve already found some inspiration with her colour choices and I hope you will take the time to join the conversation below with your ideas and thoughts.  Don’t forget to connect with Christine through her website and social media for more fashion ideas.

Over 50 Fashion: The secret to a great winter wardrobe

Well down here in Tasmania, we had a top temperature of 10 degrees one day last week- DAYTIME that is! I sent a message to my daughter up on the Gold Coast and she responded by sending me a photo of their temperatures for the week 22-24 degrees! I wasn’t impressed! At least down here we get the definite change of seasons and the stunning colours of the autumn leaves. We also get to enjoy snuggling down with our heaters and cosy wraps and scarves. We won’t talk about foggy, icy mornings where we have to scrape it off our windscreen before we get into our freezing cars!

Australia is a vast land of many and varied climates and with this in mind I thought it might be worthwhile creating a wardrobe cluster for both the milder winters up north and our much colder ones in the southern states.

The secret of a great winter wardrobe

The secret of a great winter wardrobe in all temperatures is layering, with pieces that are easy to remove when inside and then pop back on when going back out into the elements.

Another thing to keep in mind is to make sure that each layer alone is flattering, eg don’t wear your old tatty t shirt under another layer, forgetting that you may at some stage during the day need to remove the top layers as you warm up.

It is a good idea when choosing the “ underneath “ layers to stick to basic colours so that they work in well with the colours you choose for the outer layers and other accessories such as wraps and scarves.

Remember it is best to have finer knits not bulky as bulk adds bulk to our frame which can be unflattering, particularly if you are like me and of short stature as we can appear even shorter but wider. Having said that, a bulky outer layer for example a coat is necessary and expected for warmth.

Milder Winter Cluster

The colours I have chosen for the milder winter cluster are in red and black. Red is a great colour to wear when the weather is a bit cool and drab as red is the most energetic colour in the spectrum. If you are cooler skin tone then choose the blue reds or if you fall into the warm skin tones look for the orange reds or brick reds.

While the northern winters are much milder, I am aware that the mornings and then the evenings can be a little chilly so with this in mind I have chosen a wrap to add to your cluster as they look very elegant and are easy to remove and roll up to put in your bag. I love the mix of both red and black in the boots and bag as it brings the overall look into balance and harmony. You can swap out the long sleeve tunic for a t shirt, with the wrap over for cooler mornings.

  1. Red cowl neck tunic: 
  2. Red and black bag :
  3. Black jeans:Jag, the Bianca
  4. Wrap:
  5. Tella Red and black boots :


 Cooler Climate Cluster

Two in one Jacket:

The cluster for the cooler climate in the pink and greys, they are luscious together and is a look that is soft,  nurturing and warm. It has a versatile two in one jacket that can be worn open fronted or buttoned high on the neck for warmth, with the addition of a scarf.

When it’s really, really cold then wrap yourself in the gorgeous, huge blanket wrap, which can also be put to very good use to snuggle into while watching T.V.. The  one I have pictured is what I have ordered for myself and can’t wait to get it!

I just love the berry and blue colours in it, but is also available in grey tones and brown tones. I have chosen charcoal Ponte pants, but if you are someone who gets very cold in the legs, then investing in cosy, fleece lined leggings is a great option. The bag in the gorgeous metallic pinks and grey, along with the boots complete the harmony of the outfit.

  1. Two in one Jacket:
  2. Winter pink scarf:
  3. Charcoal Ponte Pant :
  4. Pink and grey bag :
  5. Wrap:
  6. metallic boots: source unknown


Both clusters have basic colours of black and grey, which are great wardrobe staples to build upon.

Oh and don’t forget to add coordinating lipsticks! Makes us feel so much brighter when we look in the mirror!


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  • Reply trishafaye May 28, 2018 at 05:23

    I’ve gotten very lazy and have enjoyed my days of jeans and tee’s lately. I might dress up just a bit for my monthly writer’s group. But oh my….that red cowl neck tunic is fabulous!!
    But, being on opposite ends of the planet, we’re in our 3rd week of 90+ degrees. So I won’t be looking for that tunic anytime soon.
    Love the choices here!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 28, 2018 at 09:07

      I hear you Trisha Faye! It is easy for me to stay in ‘house clothes’ which are pretty daggy. I loved that red tunic as well and Christine certainly gave me some great ideas. Being in Australia is hard but you never know we might persuade Christine to give my Northern Hemisphere readers some tips as well! Take care in the heat and drink lots of water.

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 29, 2018 at 13:01

      Hi Trishafaye! Yes we can become a little lazy with our dressing and it’s very easy to just grab the same comfy outfits instead of experimenting with what other things we have in our closets. As I often say we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time! I often fall into this habit myself, but lately have been “shopping in my wardrobe” and have been amazed at some of the different clusters I have put together that I hadn’t thought of before.
      Christine x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections May 28, 2018 at 05:51

    Hi, Sue and Christine – I love the colours and the pieces that you have suggested. I definitely could use some fashion tips and reminders (she writes as she loafs on the coach in her yoga pants and slouch shirt)!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 28, 2018 at 09:09

      I’m sure you would look great even in yoga pants and slouch shirt, Donna! I’m looking forward to Christine’s tips even though we are in the Southern Hemisphere and the opposite seasons to you.

    • Reply Leanne | May 28, 2018 at 20:13

      Hi Donna – I think yoga pants should actually become the new skinny jeans – so much easier for everyone – squeezing into the legs of those jeans is beyond ridiculous!

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 29, 2018 at 13:00

      Hi ! I am going to check out your blog Retirement Reflections! And picture you in your yoga pants and slouchy tee! I must admit my favourite thing to do is come home and change into my comfy “ house pants”!

  • Reply leannelc May 28, 2018 at 14:36

    I love that two in one jacket and the metallic shoes are gorgeous too. I’m sitting at work in a very practical (un-fashion forward) combo of black pants and a coloured top and black cardigan. If I was at home I’d be lounging around in my yoga pants like Donna! Nice to be inspired to think about fashion with Winter well and truly on its way.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 28, 2018 at 14:43

      Hi Leanne, let’s not knock the yoga pants at home – they are comfy! LOL:) I loved the red top in particular but would be happy with either of the clusters Christine has provided. We don’t have to be supermodels but sometimes it is nice to have an outfit put together which we know looks good and we don’t have to think about it much when choosing what to wear.

      • Reply Leanne | May 30, 2018 at 16:37

        Hi Sue – I’m still quietly lusting after that two way coat! I’ve shared this on my SM – and here’s to another great #MLSTL party!

        • Reply Christine Blundell May 30, 2018 at 18:07

          Hi Leanne! I absolutely love that two way jacket and might just have to do something about it! I love the fact you have shared it, share away!

    • Reply Donna May 29, 2018 at 06:20

      Your comment made me smile, Leanne. Thanks for the mention! 🙂

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 29, 2018 at 13:00

      Hi Leanne I agree with Sue! We all love our yoga or lounging pants and I for one love changing into them when I get home. Having said that, it makes us feel so much better when we wear the lovely colours and styles,.what we wear is an expression of who we are on the inside. It’s good to think about what message we want to give others by what we wear. X

  • Reply Jennifer Jones May 28, 2018 at 20:41

    I love all of the suggestions. Could do with a makeover but I tend to feel more comfy in gym gear. Also love the red cowl neck top.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 29, 2018 at 09:36

      Hi Jennifer, I would love a makeover but like you I’m comfy in my workout gear. It is nice to dress up sometimes though and Christine has given me a few ideas I could use for this winter. I love the red cowl neck top as well – it is quite popular. Have a great day!

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 29, 2018 at 12:55

      Hi Jennifer! It seems we all agree that gym wear is more comfy, but gym wear is just that- gym wear. I think we can get in a rut and put on what is easy and comfy, hence why I think it’s good to challenge ourselves to make an effort to dress as the lovely women we are. There are some lovely clothes out there. My personal choice is to wear gym and yoga pants at home and a Tunic top and leggings when out and about and then dressier pants or skirts for more special outings.

      • Reply Jennifer Jones May 30, 2018 at 13:19

        This is great advice. Thanks and I’m going to start to make more of an effort.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric May 30, 2018 at 13:26

          It does spur you on doesn’t it Jennifer. I know I get a little bit motivated to go through the wardrobe so hope you will like the new quarterly feature.

  • Reply Shirley Corder May 28, 2018 at 22:36

    Some lovely suggestions, and of course we are in the same hemisphere as you. I actually own a red cowl neck top much like this, but don’t like the way it hangs at the neck. I need to take it out and see what I can do with it! Thanks for the ideas. The three “I’s” that can cause us grief.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 29, 2018 at 09:40

      Of course, Shirley you are in SA aren’t you? The cowl neck does take some getting used to – I have a couple and sometimes struggle to get them to sit well. Glad you liked the ideas and have a great day!

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 30, 2018 at 18:17

      Hi Shirley! Some cowl necks can be a problem if they are constructed well, also we do indeed sometimes need to play with them a little to sit properly. I sometimes find that a necklace placed over them helps them to sit a little better.

  • Reply Victoria May 29, 2018 at 00:09

    We are heading into summer here in Ohio but I love the colors picked. I am very much a black and grey color wearer in the winter. I have fallen off in how I dress now that I am retired but I can definitely get into the items shown.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 29, 2018 at 09:42

      Hi Victoria, I’m trying to move away from black and grey during winter so I’m loving the colours that Christine has chosen. It is hard when we give up work and we don’t have to ‘dress’ each day. It can give you a lift though if you are having a not so great day – putting on something a little more smart casual can lift the spirits. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by to comment x

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 30, 2018 at 18:19

      Hi Victoria! Yes black and grey are colours we gravitate to in winter, but if we try to keep them on the bottom half and then add colour on the top it can really make us feel more vibrant.

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt May 29, 2018 at 00:25

    It is always nice to have a well put-together outfit for special events and occasions. I like these soft looks. As a professor, I aim for business casual in the classroom. By the time late August hits, I will be teaching in knee length shorts and capris. Thanks for sharing these ideas, Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 29, 2018 at 09:43

      Hi Terri! Yes August would be pretty warm for you and I like the idea of business casual. I find since I’ve retired that I don’t have as many outfits for special events and occasions I need to fix this. I don’t need much but I was a guest speaker recently and had to scramble through my wardrobe to find something appropriate. Enjoy your Summer!

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 30, 2018 at 18:29

      Hi Terri! You are right about having a well put together outfit for special occasions and today I posted on my Facebook page Savvy Style at 60 making the suggestion that we should have two go to outfits that we can have ready and pop on at a moments notice, not necessarily just for special occasions but running around in, even things like getting a call to go to the hospital as a family member has taken ill. This has happened to me on at least a couple of occasions.

  • Reply Pat May 29, 2018 at 01:39

    Like Victoria, it’s summer here in Ohio for me. No spring at all…so looking at all those sweaters and wraps is odd. I know the stores will have Christmas stuff soon too… OK back to school anyway. LOL.

    I know everyone is loving that red sweater…me I’m coveting those red boots!

    I’ve tried to not get too relaxed in attire since retirement, but it’s shorts & T’s most days right now. But I still do try to do an “outfit” on date-nights and like the idea of shopping my wardrobe a bit more and branching out. Layers are actually pretty important here in summer. The AC in some places requires full-on sweaters!

    • Reply Donna May 29, 2018 at 06:23

      Hi, Pat (and Sue and Christine) What? Shorts and t-shirts are not a proper ‘Date Night Outfit”?!
      Who knew?! 🙂

      • Reply Sue Loncaric May 29, 2018 at 09:53

        Well they used to have cuollotes way back when which you could wear with heels 🙂

      • Reply Christine Blundell May 30, 2018 at 17:57

        Hi there Donna ! It seems almost anything goes now! I saw on a website the other day a new style of jeans- with no fabric except side seams, hem, waist and pockets! They wouldn’t Keep us very warm would they?! Who one earth thinks up these things and who on earth would buy them?!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 29, 2018 at 09:53

      Hi Pat! Yes around the house I certainly don’t dress well but I do like to make an effort if we are going out. I have become a little lazy since retiring mainly because after working full time for so long, it is nice not to have to rush with makeup, hair and outfit each day. I’m comfy these days in workout gear. Have a great week!

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 30, 2018 at 18:02

      Hi Pat! It’s lovely to dress up in our dressier outfits for our date nights. And like you I am coveting those black and red boots too!
      We definitely do need a layer for places that have their air conditioning too cold, that’s why I love a wrap to pop in our bag.

  • Reply Sue Loncaric May 29, 2018 at 12:48

    Thanks Christine for such an inspiring start to our new association.

    • Reply christine blundell May 29, 2018 at 14:00

      Thank you Sue for having me as a guest writer and I look forward to our continued working together. Ladies I love all your thoughts and feedback. Its obvious we all love to get into our comfy pants!

      • Reply Sue Loncaric May 29, 2018 at 14:46

        My pleasure and I look forward to next season!

  • Reply Candi Randolph May 29, 2018 at 20:22

    I love this new segment, Sue! We’re moving into our warm, sultry summer here in SW Florida, but the basic concepts and suggestions that Christine makes are workable for any season. I love the Two in One Jacket!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 30, 2018 at 09:54

      Hi Candi! Yes, I’m happy with it and think my readers will enjoy the ‘looks’ that Christine puts together. Yes the Two in One Jacket is gorgeous but I loved both clusters. Have a great day! x

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 30, 2018 at 17:52

      Hi Candi! I’m so pleased you love the new segment and you are right about the basic concepts working in any season.

  • Reply Debbie May 30, 2018 at 06:45

    This is a great addition Sue! I love colour in any season and hate looking drab. But I must admit my style has definitely changed since retiring. Sharing for #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 30, 2018 at 09:51

      Yes I’m excited Deb as it is something different which I’m sure my readers will enjoy and Christine is great at putting styles together.

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 30, 2018 at 17:46

      Hi Deb, I love colour too and find it makes a difference to how I feel. Our style definitely changes as we move into transition times in our life.

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle May 30, 2018 at 13:05

    Hi Christine and Sue – love the clothes and ideas featured here and what a wonderful new quarterly feature. I’ll look forward to each of them! I’m actually feeling quite chuffed because I’m wearing black and red today so must be on trend! Lol

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 30, 2018 at 13:22

      Thanks Min. I thought it would be a nice change to introduce Christine with some tips on fashion and ideas for each season. She is much more experienced than me and I loved the first post so looking forward to the quarterly feature even more. You are always on trend, I’m sure x

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 30, 2018 at 17:42

      Hi Min and thank you for your lovely comments! Like you I love red and black and have quite a bit in my wardrobe. I think those black and red boots could fit very well into my wardrobe!

  • Reply Jo May 30, 2018 at 16:47

    What a fabulous new segment! I loved the tips and totally agree that for winter in Australia layering is essential. Christine has some lovely suggestions – very stylish 🙂 I shall be following with a keen eye.

    • Reply Christine Blundell May 30, 2018 at 17:43

      Thank you Jo! I am so pleased you liked the segment and am so happy to be on board

  • Reply Donna McNicol May 31, 2018 at 04:57

    It will be fun to follow this, even if my wardrobe is typically for comfort and not looks. LOL!

    #MLSTL visitor (shared on SM)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 3, 2018 at 12:44

      Yes I’m looking forward to the seasonal posts as well Donna. Thanks for sharing on SM for me and also linking up at #MLSTL. Have a great weekend!

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