Occasionally, on SoSensational, you may see a garment which has splits (we’re talking deliberate splits, by the way, not wardrobe malfunctions).
Occasionally, on SoSensational, you may also see a garment which is a bit sheer, a bit see-through here or there.
Often, when curating fashion for you lovely SoSensational ladies AKA GLOWS, we edit out the sheer garments or garments with splits because they belong on a garment which can’t work for a woman of 50-plus. But just occasionally, the garment is so good in all other respects, we feel the split or bit of sheer can be worked around with clever styling, so we include it.
Here are two perfect examples of pieces which at first glance might seem too young, but by employing the tricks below, can work beautifully for the fashionable 50-plus woman.
First, a denim split skirt:
And this pretty, semi-sheer skirt:
With splits, it depends on three things: the depth of the split; your overall body shape; and in particular, your legs. If you have slim hips and great legs, a bit of a split – providing the skirt or dress is a good length (i.e. midi or maxi) – can work really well. We would emphasise, we are talking a single split – two or more is straying dangerously into slapper territory.
A split on a skirt is easier to manipulate than a split on a dress because you can turn the waistband of a skirt to have the split exactly where you want it (i.e. where it is most flattering for you).
One other thing to keep in mind if considering buying a garment with a split is that it will look best if legs are toned and smooth; otherwise, pair your split skirt with great tights – nude or opaque containing a high percentage of elastane. But definitely not fishnets!
The other thing to keep in mind if you really love a dress or skirt with a split is that it may be possible to sew up the split – entirely or partially!
Surprisingly, sheer is actually easy to deal with. If it is a black skirt, like t, there are several solutions: one is really old-school – try putting a black half-slip under it. If your sheer skirt is in another colour and you don’t have a slip in the right shade, a nude/flesh tone slip also works well to prevent it being see-through and showing your legs.
Another solution is to wear tights in the same (solid) colour as the skirt (i.e Black, not Nearly Black, or navy or brown, but obvs the same colour as the skirt).
If a top or blouse is lace, sheer or semi-sheer, a body-stocking or nude-tone silky vest worn beneath is the best solution for keeping everything (i. e. bra, cleavage, midriff bulge) covered. Jan just replaced her trusty Wolford body stocking which finally wore out after about 1,000 wears and washes, with this M&S one.
So ladies, if we show you the odd dress or skirt with a split or a bit of transparency, it is because they can be tamed!
How do you feel about skirts with splits or sheer tops? Would you wear them – or not?
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