Thursday, 30 June 2016

How to Dress for a British Summer | White Scuba Jacket and Tailored Trousers

Dressed for a cool British summer: White scuba jacket, grey rock t-shirt, yellow tailored trousers | Not Dressed As Lamb
This outfit had to serve several purposes last weekend: To suit the typically British summer's day (rain, a bit chilly but warm when the sun came out) and the two very different activities planned.

Firstly, the wind and light rain (yes, really - in June...) meant a light jacket was required so I wore the embroidered scuba jacket I bought in the spring of last year (and worn with my first flirtation with flares after a long hiatus). The embroidery means it has "natural ventilation"(!) so it's actually perfect for a British can't-make-its-mind-up summer. Luckily the sun did come out eventually.

Secondly, I had a hairdresser's appointment in the morning and I don't like to look like a total scruffbag when I get my hair done, so I chose tailored trousers in a bright sunshine yellow and smart flats. The acid-wash rock tee kept it a little more funky.

Dressed for a cool British summer: White scuba jacket, grey rock t-shirt, yellow tailored trousers, pointed two-tone flats | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

My SS16 Summer Sales Picks | 33 Things I Wore on the Blog, Now Reduced

Summer Sales Picks SS16 - Hobbs, Jaeger, Jacques Vert, La Redoute | Not Dressed As Lamb
The summer sales are in full swing and once again I'm bringing you the best of my SS16 picks! As always I'm mostly featuring things I wore on the blog so you can shop the outfits I've posted at a reduced price (up to 50% off in some cases). Each January and June I research all the items I wore that are still available online and now reduced in the sales.

I LIKE TO SHOW YOU MY SALES PICKS WITH MY OWN PHOTOS SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE STYLED INTO AN OUTFIT.

I like to show you my sales picks with my own photos so you can see what they look like styled into an outfit, and I've shown different colour options where available. Some things may sell out so do move fast (I also can't guarantee all sizes are available), but all information and prices were correct when the post went live (29/06/2016, E&OE).

I'm really pleased that some of my most popular pieces are now reduced - from everyone's favourite orange jumpsuit to the stylish navy and white stripe Hobbs sweater (not forgetting the chic round mirrored pastel sunglasses!), hopefully there's something for everyone. I always recommend ASOS, Zalando, Hobbs, La Redoute and John Lewis for some fantastic bargains at sale time.

I've also included some items at the end that I've either bought and not yet featured on the blog or things that I wore a while ago which are available in just one or two sizes.

HOPE YOU FIND SOME BARGAINS - DO YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON ANY OF THE ITEMS? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

Summer Sales Picks SS16 - Jacques Vert white chiffon top, pleated maxi skirt, ASOS paisley scarf | Not Dressed As Lamb
Jacques Vert layered top c/o (was £59, now £29) | Jacques Vert pleated maxi skirt c/o (was £109, now £54) | ASOS paisley scarf (was £12, now £7)

See the original post here >> White Maxi Skirt and Layered Blouse (With Blue and Orange)


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Monday, 27 June 2016

My Favourite Yellow Sun Dress With Heaps of Orange + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

Summer style: Yellow sun dress with orange and coral | Not Dressed As Lamb
It seems only right that - as we're nearing the end of June - this week's #iwillwearwhatilike theme is summer dresses. Despite the UK's hit-and-miss summer so far I was determined to wear my favourite yellow sun dress with gold and orange at the weekend.

This dress was first seen on the blog two years ago (another one of my Grace Kelly-style outings) and to be honest there haven't been many opportunities to wear it since. The coral cashmere sweater was either around my shoulders preppy-style or worn properly over the dress depending on whether the sun was in or out. The joys of a British summer...!

YELLOW DRESSES ARE MY NUMBER ONE WEAKNESS WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING SUMMER CLOTHES

Yellow dresses are my number one weakness when it comes to buying summer clothes: I already have about four of them and it's always the colour I automatically reach for when browsing the summer sales. The yellow Twitchill dress I wore for the Hobbs photo shoot last month is a firm favourite - I'm still debating whether it's just too similar to warrant buying.

(This is where you tell me in the comments to stop being ridiculous and NOT buy it... please?!)

Summer style: Yellow sun dress with orange and coral | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Simple Summer Dressing: Floral Jumpsuit With Tan Accessories

Simple summer styling: Blue floral jumpsuit with tan accessories | Not Dressed As Lamb
I've realised I've featured dungarees as well as a jumpsuit this week, though the latter is even easier to style. I heard - or read - someone say recently that a jumpsuit is basically a dress with legs. (I'm so sorry I can't remember who said/wrote it.) You just put it on, add shoes, and go.

That's not to say you shouldn't accessorise a little more than that, as I've done here...! Although I'm not usually a fan of matchy-matchy accessories it seemed right to wear everything tan with this M&S jumpsuit I bought last year (this star print jumpsuit is really similar if you like mine). The sandals are aeons old and still a firm favourite - together with a bit of ankle showing from a rolled up hem they give you an elegant look and do that wonderful thing of elongating your legs.

THAT'S SOMETHING WE DON'T DO ENOUGH OF, US WOMEN - COMPLIMENT OURSELVES! I'M SHOWING OFF ALL MY BEST BITS AND PLAYING DOWN MY LEAST-FAVOURITE BITS HERE. 

I don't know what it is, but I feel very tall, elegant and at my slimmest in this outfit. (That's something we don't do enough of, us women - compliment ourselves!) I think it's because I'm showing off all my best bits and playing down my least-favourite bits here.

Best bits: Waist, arms, shoulders.

Least favourite bits: Hips (hidden with looser fabric), legs (ditto) and ankles (lengthened with the heels).

Simple summer styling: Blue floral jumpsuit with tan accessories | Not Dressed As Lamb

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