This week's #iwillwearwhatilike theme is hats - I'm wearing a wide-brimmed beauty I took with me on holiday to Santorini. But as always you can link up any outfit you like, scroll down for all the details!
So this is a first for me on the blog: Wearing a bikini. It seems incredibly odd to be posting pictures of the sun and a pool when it's pretty damn cold outside and we're all thinking about Halloween, but hey - I hope it's brought a little sunshine into your life this Monday (and warmed you up perhaps?!)
It's an old debate, but one I still read now and then... Should women over XX age wear a bikini? [insert audible groan here.] I think you all know my answer to that one, so I thought it only apt that I should put these pictures in a #iwillwearwhatilike link up post. I always wear a bikini on holiday because firstly, I'd be just too darn hot round my middle in a swimsuit; secondly, I like my tummy to tan the same colour as the rest of me, and thirdly, because I just like them and am comfortable wearing one.
And if you're happy wearing a bikini, wear one. If you don't want to wear one... Don't! It's nothing to do with what others think you should be wearing (or not wearing), it's all about wearing what makes you feel good. I will be absolutely honest and say that I was sucking in my tummy for the photo shoot (too much delicious Greek food at this point) and I was doing my best to put my shoulders back to boost my posture: There's nothing wrong with wanting to look your best in photos either.
I WILL BE ABSOLUTELY HONEST AND SAY THAT I WAS SUCKING IN MY TUMMY FOR THE PHOTO SHOOT (TOO MUCH DELICIOUS GREEK FOOD AT THIS POINT)...
As for the outfit, this was probably my most-worn type of outfit in the second week of my holiday: A bikini, a wide-brimmed hat and a kaftan. I felt very "Miami beach" for some reason(?!) and loved floating about in this full-length kaftan down at the pool. I'm happy on the lounger in a bikini, but do feel a little exposed walking around in one, so this kaftan from Asos was the perfect cover-up.
I know many bloggers posted pictures of themselves in bikinis over the summer, so I'm a little late to the party... What swimwear do YOU wear? Do you wear what you like, regardless of what others expect you to wear? Do share in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!
Kaftan: Asos | Hat: Reiss SS13 (I like this one) | Bikini: Bravissimo (this white one is also made for fuller busts) | Sandals: Asos | Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (similar) | Toenails: Max Factor Glossfinity 'Red Passion'
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Thank you for joining my new #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist's list of "inappropriate" items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!
So link up all your fabulous outfits (or shoes, accessories, make-up, etc.) every Monday at 3pm UK time - it'll stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you're wearing whatever you damn well like!
My favourite PINK outfits from last week's link up:
** The optional theme for 2nd November is HALLOWEEN **[Don't forget the theme is optional - so if you're not in costume you can of course still link up. But I'd love to see as many costumes (or black and orange/black and purple outfits, for example) as possible, so do link up old posts as well. Or how about any Instagram posts you take at a Halloween party? It doesn't have to be a blog post, IG works as well in the link up!]
All I ask of you linking up is that you:
1. Please follow your host Not Dressed As Lamb (via Bloglovin or Instagram)
2. Link up your outfits (blog or Instagram posts) that show how you choose to wear what you like - as many as you like!
3. Include a link back to this post if you're linking from a blog post, or add my button (below)
4. Post your outfit on Instagram (if you use it) with the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike - Monday's the day to join in the IG fun
5. Visit some of the other links and share the love!
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Do share the love and visit as many links as you can (you never know what other lovely like-minded ladies you might meet) - the original Instagram campaign forged some wonderful new relationships so don't miss out!
P.S. On Wednesday I'll be hosting a fantastic giveaway to win a pair of luxury pyjamas (much more season-appropriate) - don't miss it!
Linking up to: iwillwearwhatilike, Visible Monday, Let It Shine, Monday Mingle, Style Sessions, Turning Heads Tuesday, Trend Spin Link-Up, What I Wore Wednesday, Brilliant Blog Posts, Throwback Thursday, Passion for Fashion Friday, Friday's Fab Favourites, Style Stories, A Labour of Life