How to dress a fuller bust

Forget feeling burdened by your big bust – embrace those fabulous feminine curves!

With tips on everything from underwear to lipstick (you’ll see!) we’ll show you how to make the most of your figure.

Only wear great bras

When it comes to your figure, you deserve to be picky! Fill your drawer with bras that lift your bust and provide support, ensuring you have the correct size – both for comfort reasons and for looks. Since we’re telling you to be choosy, why not only opt for the prettiest, most glamorous-looking bras around? Daxon has some beautiful options to choose from: we love this embroidered tulle bra and this gorgeous black lacy number – both perfect for bigger busts.

Drop those necklines – a little!

A neckline that falls to just above your cleavage is wonderfully flattering for ladies with larger chests. Choose V-neck, scoop, sweetheart, or square-neck tops and dresses for a look that shows off your figure without making your bust look larger than it is. We recommend this bright and beautiful cowl neck top for a burst of colour, or this earthy-toned V-neck dress. Wrap dresses are another very flattering choice for you, and are the perfect way to wear a lower neckline.

The bigger the better, when it comes to accessories

Larger, statement jewellery is a great choice for you, as smaller pieces will make your bust look bigger in comparison. Daxon’s beaded bib necklaces are perfect – and add a stylish edge to any outfit. As a guide, let your necklaces fall to touch your collarbone, where they will help to draw the gaze upwards.

The lipstick trick

Creating a focal point away from your bust will make sure the rest of your body, clothes and style get the attention they deserve! Bright lipstick is just one way to do this – but consider an eye-catching skirt or bold shoes.

Get the right fit

Don’t risk feeling bad about your body by trying to force it into clothes that don’t fit your beautiful curves. Daxon offers clothes in a choice of bust sizes, so you can enjoy a great fit all over.  This coral fuller bust-fitting jacket is the ideal piece for you, as is this summer-ready denim jacket.

Never forget your waist!

Cinching in your waist with a belt or just be selecting clothes that come in at that point will ensure your larger bust doesn’t make you look bigger all over – helping to give you that coveted hourglass shape.

We hope this guide helps you embrace your fabulous shape every day!

 

50+ With Benefits

Being fifty-plus is fabulous, and we’re going to show you why! So sit back, grab yourself a cuppa, and get ready to feel good about how many candles will be on that next birthday cake…

 1)      The government just gives you money

Well, kind of… There are lots of different grants that you may be entitled to as you get older, for things like keeping your home warm, saving energy and boosting your home’s value. MoneySavingExpert has plenty of information on this, so visit their site to find out more.

2)      People take your concerns seriously

Have you ever had to call in a handyman to fix something in your home, and suddenly felt a little vulnerable? After all, you’ve had to put your trust in a stranger, with little more than a likely-sounding company name to vouch for his trustworthiness. Good news: Age UK has set up a service where they provide over-50s with easier access to security-checked individuals who’ll carry out things like small repairs and security improvements, so you can rest assured. If you’re living in England, just Google the name of your area and ‘Age UK Handyman Service’.

 3)      Discounts, discounts, discounts

Check you qualify then make sure you’ve got your older person’s bus pass, free prescriptions (if you’re over 60 in England), and cheaper insurance rates (which most companies offer to over-50s). There’s a whole treasure-trove of discounts out there waiting for you! Once again, MoneySavingExpert has plenty of info on offer.

4)      You’ve got style!

Feminine or casual, a little bit sporty or wonderfully glamorous; however you like to dress, and whatever your body shape, Daxon has the clothes to fit and flatter your body, so you can feel fab at any age.

Hearing Loss Awareness

With more than 40 per cent of people aged over 50 suffering from some form of hearing loss, it’s a problem close to our hearts here at Daxon, and we’d like to do our bit to help raise awareness of the issue.

Here, you’ll find a guide to spotting the signs of hearing loss, and what you can do about it

Could you have hearing loss ?

  • Do you have difficulty understanding what people are saying, particularly in situations where more than one voice is competing to be heard or when there is background noise? WebMD notes that you might be able to hear that someone is talking, without being able to distinguish specific words.
  • Do things sound muffled?
  • Do you find yourself listening to the TV or radio on a higher volume than you did in the past?
  • Are you frequently asking people to repeat themselves, or misunderstanding what they say?
  • Do you have tinnitus – a buzzing, roaring or ringing in your ear?

If so, you could have hearing loss, and should visit an audiologist to get your hearing checked.

A particularly worrying side effect of hearing loss

Have you found yourself avoiding socialising or conversing? When you have hearing loss, social situations can be stressful (not to mention extremely tiring) and you may have been avoiding them altogether. This can lead to feelings of depression, and can ruin your confidence as well as your social life. Action on Hearing Loss says that hearing aids can help to give you back confidence and independence, which leads us on to…

What you can do about hearing loss  

The treatment for hearing loss depends on the reason behind it.

  • If it is caused by Ménière’s disease it may be treatable with diet changes and medication.
  • If it is caused by an infection, often antibiotics can treat it.
  • Surgery can be used to treat hearing loss caused by ostosclerosis or scar tissue.
  • Hearing loss can be caused by certain medications, so if this happens to you then talk to your doctor about changing your medication as soon as possible – acting quickly can help your chances of recovery.
  • Most people with permanent hearing loss can benefit from wearing a hearing aid – in fact, Action on Hearing Loss reveals that one in ten adults in the UK would benefit from wearing a hearing aid – that’s four million people.
  • Modern hearing aids can be really tiny – some are even invisible in your ear, so don’t let images of huge contraptions put you off!

If you are at all worried about your hearing, visit an audiologist to get it checked.

Try something new: Flower arranging

The benefits of flower arranging

A beautifully-styled bouquet is the perfect way to bring a burst of life and colour into your home, making this hobby a wonderful way to brighten up a room without reaching for that paintbrush! While this is great news if you like to incorporate the season’s latest colour schemes into your décor, bringing flowers into your house is also a lovely way to lift your mood if you’ve been feeling a little down – after all, who could hold back a smile when welcomed home by an array of brightly-petalled stems?

Not only is this hobby likely to brighten up your own home, it is sure to benefit your friends and family, too. Flowers are the perfect gift for all occasions, and knowing you have taken the time to put a bouquet together with them in mind will mean a lot to the receiver.

As an activity, flower arranging is incredibly rewarding. It is very relaxing, and working with such beautiful subject matter can be very calming and uplifting. It gives you an opportunity to flex your creative skills, and will leave you with a real sense of achievement – and something tangible to show for your time! What’s more, having the skill to create beautiful arrangements that you can give as gifts or display at home will save you money.

Getting started

Perhaps the best place to start is with inspiration! Find out which flowers are available now ( this guide is very handy ) then use sites like Pinterest to get an idea of the type of bouquet you would like to create. You may prefer European style arrangements filled with lots of flowers in many different colours – referred to as ‘mass arrangements’ – or you might favour Oriental style arrangements which are more simple, with only a few flowers and a more conservative use of colour, known as ‘line arrangements‘.

You know which flowers you would like to work with, and have an idea of the look you would like to create, now we’ve brought together a handy list of the resources you need to create something wonderful:
•    Take a look at the ‘Flower Arranging 101′ guide from Real Simple here. It explains how to create an asymmetrical framework, add “face” flowers at different heights, and finish by weaving in wispier elements to complete the look.
•    Martha Stewart’s Flower Arrangements section here is a hub of inspiration, how-tos and tips for creating something truly beautiful.
•    Now you’re feeling suitably inspired, why not use your new interest to improve your social life? You can find out about flower arranging clubs in your area on the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies website here.

Enjoy honing your new skill!

The science of fun: enjoyable, beneficial and proven ways to improve your life

This may sound like a rather overly-optimistic title, especially since reading a blog post isn’t typically a life-changing thing to do, but the interesting little hints and tips here may well inspire you to make a few life-enhancing changes. After all, anything that gets us thinking about how we could enjoy life a little more – while benefiting our health – has got to be worth a couple of minutes’ attention, hasn’t it?

Change #1 Make more friends

It’s not always easy to turn new acquaintances into friends, but Australian researchers have given us a very good reason to get socialising! As WedMD explains, a study which took place over a ten-year period found that older people who they describe as “social butterflies” were more likely to outlive those who had a smaller number of friends. If you needed more convincing, WedMD says that another analysis of results from 148 different studies backs up the link between a well-connected social life and a longer life.
Change #2 Make friends with quitters
While friends are great, friends that have quit, or who are currently quitting smoking are better, if you’re a smoker yourself. Habits are contagious, so friends who are breaking a bad habit could encourage you to do so, too.

Change #3 Get hitched (!)
We’re not sure how serious we are with this suggestion – please don’t go rushing into anything on our account! But we found it rather interesting that, as WebMD reports, several studies have shown that married people tend to live longer than their single counterparts. Even people who are no longer married or who are widowed tend to live longer than people who have never married, the resource says. Apparently many researchers believe the reason lies in the social and economic support that marriage provides.

Change #4 Smile – even if you don’t mean it
Most of us would assume that ‘faking’ our feelings would be a negative thing to do, but it seems this is not the case when it comes to a smile, which a past study indicates can have a positive effect on stress levels. The test, which was reported in the journal Psychological Science, found that smiling during brief stressful activities can help reduce the intensity of the body’s stress response, even if you are only ‘putting on’ the smile.
Smiling is not only a beautiful by-product of feeling happy, it can also make us feel happier, has positive effects on our outlook and on the people around us, and – as the study shows – it benefits our health too!

Change #5 Get fruity (and don’t forget the veg, whole grains, olive oil…)
A Mediterranean diet has been shown to offer impressive health benefits including (as outlined by the Patient website here) a 20 per cent reduced chance of death at any age, mainly thanks to the fact that it reduces the chance of developing, having a recurrence of, or dying from cancer or heart disease. This type of diet also reduces the chance of developing type 2 diabetes, raised blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other serious health complications.

Quick guide to the perfect trousers for your body shape

Let’s take the guesswork out of finding your perfect trousers: Just find your body shape and meet your perfect pair!

Bottom-heavy
Darker coloured trousers will play down a larger lower body, while a front crease will have a slimming effect on the legs. Vertical stripes with only a little space between each stripe will also slim-down the look of your legs. Our Everyday Elegance trousers with darts and permanent pleats are the perfect choice.

Top-heavy
Balance out a larger bust with trousers in a bright or pale colour. They’ll draw the eye down the body, making you look in perfect proportion. Our beautifully bright coral Créaline® linen trousers are ideal for you.

Straight up-and-down
Create the illusion of curves by choosing trousers with a high, nipped-in waist. Not only will this style offer confidence-boosting stomach support, it’ll elongate your legs too! Take a look at our Everyday Elegance tapered trousers - they look fantastic with a contrasting belt to really emphasise that waist.

Tall
A flared leg can be a flattering alternative to straight-leg trousers if you are tall. We recommend our summer-ready Balsamik flared trousers here.

Short
A slim-fitting style will give the illusion of longer legs – perfect teamed with a pretty pair of kitten heels, or flat pumps for everyday style. For a wonderfully smart look, you can’t beat our Everyday Elegance expert design trousers here.

You’ll find many more styles that are designed to fit an array of body shapes and heights in Daxon’s fantastic range of women’s trousers – why not take a peek?

Your guide to bright, healthy and beautiful eyes

Bright sparkling eyes enhance beauty at any age, but with some eye-related issues becoming more likely to affect us as we mature, maintaining those beautiful peepers becomes increasingly important. Here, we bring you a comprehensive guide to looking after your eyes, covering everything from the foods you should eat to clever makeup tips you could employ, all designed to keep those eyes in great working order and shining brightly!

Vision-protecting foods

Zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and vitamins C and E could all help to keep age-related eyesight problems at bay, studies have found, so if you’d like the food you eat to help protect you from retinal diseases such as macular degeneration and blindness-causing cataracts, consider regularly including the following foods in your diet:

•    Oily fish such as salmon and tuna
•    Green, leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and chard
•    Citrus fruits such as lemons or oranges – including juice
•    Non-meat sources of protein such as eggs, beans and nuts.

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Try something new: Pilates

How would you like a stronger, more flexible body? Plenty of us could benefit from better posture and increased stamina, but what if you could also gently exercise your way to relief from back pain? Take up Pilates and all of these things could be yours…

While Pilates has come into fashion in recent years, with star fans like Madonna earning it a lot of attention, it was invented in the 1900s by Joseph Pilates, and has been used  by professional dancers to aid recovery after an injury and by countless people around the world to build and maintain a healthier, younger-feeling body.

This exercise system works the whole body, stretching and strengthening it to improve flexibility, posture, balance and overall muscle condition. It involves some elements of yoga and even martial arts, and is recognised for its stress-relieving effects as well as its physical benefits.

While Pilates isn’t an activity that can help you lose weight, it can complement aerobic activities such as cycling or swimming which will help you shed the pounds. It will, however, help to give your body a more streamlined appearance, as Pilates teacher Anne-Marie Zulkahari explains here.
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