Gotta love the variety of frocks available to a girl. Sometimes I’m really glad I’m not a man, although I can still hear my Grandmother saying, “In my next life I want to come back a man,” as she put another load of laundry through the mangle.
From barely-there figure-flaunters to sophisticated sheaths, we have so much to choose from.
In the photo above, I’m wearing a stretchy, hanky-hem frock, jade shrug and silver wedge shoes from Millers Fashions.
Nightmare frocks at the Oscars
And sometimes we get it right, and sometimes we get it wrong. That’s okay. Probably we don’t get it quite as wrong as some of the Hollywood movie stars at the Oscars.
Marion Cotillard dressed in an unfortunate-looking cushion holder, Solange Knowles wrapping herself from top to toe in voluminous red and Lady Gaga donning her red washing-up gloves to complement her white frock. You can check some of the Oscar incredibles here: Red Carpet Misses on News.com.au or be inspired by 100 Best Dresses of the Decade.
Lifestyle Fifty Readers on style
Naturally Lifestyle Fifty readers don’t make blunders – oh no no! They look fabulous all the time. A designer could dress them in a sack and they’d still shine because they’re gorgeous within and without.
Below are the brave Lifestylers who’ve replied to my quest for pics of them in frocks for the month of Frocktober when I’m featuring YOU lovely readers.
It’s in support of Frocktober, the fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Research.
Please please please would you consider supporting this worthy cause and donate a few dollars at: Every Day Hero -Frocktober – you can donate anonymously and no amount is too small.
And now, introducing 8 gorgeous women
First up is Janet (below) looking stunning in Bali on her wedding anniversary.
“This is me in a frock in Bali for our 30th wedding anniversary. Not sure of the fabric, maybe a heavy cotton/linen blend but I love this dress for when we go to warm places as you can dress it up or down. Just have to remember my strapless bra.”
Next up (below) and on the left is another Janet AKA the Middle Aged Mama who’s ‘Fashioning a new life once the kids are grown’. Pop over to her blog for some humour and wisdom about all things middle age. Janet is also supporting #Frocktober on Middle Aged Mama.
“The dress is from SES Fashions (though I got it from the op shop), and the shoes I bought for just $7.50 at Crossroads last summer in the end of season sales :-)” Janet told me.
On the right is Kathy wearing a boho style dress by Little Lies.
“I bought this dress in Noosa recently and the photo was taken in Surfers Paradise on the Esplanade.”
Kathy is a 50 something year old who’s been blogging at 50 Shades of Age for 3 years. Married with 2 grown up children, she’s spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. Kathy loves to write about issues that face the middle-aged woman as they are facing menopause, kids leaving the nest and retirement. However, her greatest passion is travelling and writing about it.
Writing about Travel
Next is the lovely Jan from Budget Travel Talk which she writes with her husband Marty. They’ve been marrried for 36 years and have retired from paid employment so that they can travel more! On the blog Jan shares tips about travel costs, great places to stay and off the beaten track experiences.
Below she’s hitting the fashion bullseye in a Radha Rani dress.
“It was given to me as a gift by my kids. My 28 year old daughter who is an alternative thinker/yoga teacher/artist found it for me.”
Em rocking a floral print below left, is supporting Frocktober too. In this post on her blog at The Illusive Femme you can see the various dresses she wore for the first week of her 31 day marathon frockathon 🙂
On the right is reader Lesley, an avid Motorhomer, frocking up in a lovely floaty number … going out for dinner in Cairns.
“My husband & I live in Cairns but have a motorhome, and we do a fair bit of travelling around Australia. The dress I did buy (funnily enough) at an Op-Shop but I can’t remember the town – we frequent Op Shops on our travels for clothes and reading material. It doesn’t even have a label on it as was probably cut off by the original owner, but I like it as it is comfy and cool, ideal for up here in the tropics.”
Karen, below left, sent me a selfie of herself in this great little knee length dress from Kmart.
“It was only $15, so I just had to bring it home with me,” she told me.
In the picture on the right, Emily is looking beautiful in a Boom Shankar dress (also love those shoes Em!). She writes about her life at Em Hawker Blog. I love the description on her About Page.
So who am I? Inhale… I’m a stay-at-home mum, wife, daughter, reluctant housewife, writer, editor, blogger, serial winner of 25-words-or-less competitions, former marketeer, recovering chocoholic, wordsmith, pianist and geek.
Want to take part?
I’d love to feature you in the next post of Lifestyle Fifty readers in frocks. Got a frock? Put it on, take a selfie (or send me an existing photo from your archives) and tell me where it comes from. Email to jo at jocastro dot com.
Please would you Donate
It would be so awesome if you might give $5, $10, $15, $20 $50, $100 or whatever to the Frocktober campaign to raise funds for research into Ovarian Cancer. No amount is too small and it’s super-easy to donate.
Thank you So Much to those of you who have donated already.