Monday, 30 May 2016

Winser London Blogger Collaboration | Pink Sweater and Camel Wide Leg Pants + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

Winser London pale pink sweater, camel wide leg trousers, black cross body bag, flat cap, grey heels | Not Dressed As Lamb
I'm really excited to be not only wearing sugary pastels (this week's #iwillwearwhatilike theme) but to be wearing Winser London for the very first time. Until a couple of months ago I hadn't heard of this young brand before, but I'm officially in love with their quality and styling. It's run by Kim Winser, herself a 40+ woman, who is obviously someone who understands what older women want from their wardrobes.

The key pieces I'm wearing - the pink cotton sweater and the jersey wide leg trousers - are so beautifully made and comfortable that I could probably wear them as loungewear. In fact I've worn the trousers to London and back, and anything that copes with a total of five hours on the train and doesn't annoy me or make me uncomfortable is a winner in my eyes.

The gorgeous pastel colours really make the outfit, but I wanted to add a little hit of bold so (unusually for me) I went with black: An embossed cross body bag from Zara and my trusty black cat eye sunglasses. My third pastel was the grey pointed toe heels from ASOS I first wore a couple of weeks ago - and who doesn't want a fourth? The taupe flat cap adds a certain boyishness to a somewhat ladylike outfit, plus I've always been a hat girl. I have to thank Carrie Bradshaw for making flat caps acceptable...!

This is a very special post for me as I'm introducing for the very first time a blogger collaboration I'm very proud to be part of and the reason I'm wearing Winser London today - scroll down for all the details and to see what this new project is all about. Good times ahead!

And of course do add your outfits to this week's link up and you may be featured next week if you've linked up pastels!


Winser London pale pink sweater, camel wide leg trousers, black cross body bag, flat cap, grey heels | Not Dressed As Lamb

Winser London pale pink cotton v-neck sweater Winser London camel jersey wide leg trousers Zara embossed cross body bag Zalando grey block heel shoes Beige linen flat cap Black cat eye sunglasses Onecklace gold monogram necklace pendant

Winser London pale pink sweater, camel wide leg trousers, black cross body bag, flat cap, grey heels | Not Dressed As Lamb
Winser London pale pink sweater, camel wide leg trousers, black cross body bag, flat cap, grey heels | Not Dressed As Lamb
Winser London pale pink sweater, camel wide leg trousers, black cross body bag, flat cap, grey heels | Not Dressed As Lamb
Winser London pale pink sweater, camel wide leg trousers, black cross body bag, flat cap, grey heels | Not Dressed As Lamb
Winser London pale pink sweater, camel wide leg trousers, black cross body bag, flat cap, grey heels | Not Dressed As Lamb
Winser London cotton sweater c/o | Winser London jersey wide leg trousers c/o | Zara black embossed cross body bag | ASOS shoes (sold out in grey but they're available in black, or try these grey block heel shoes) | Debenhams flat cap (similar linen flat cap) | Lulus sunglasses c/o (similar black cat eye sunglasses) | Onecklace monogram pendant c/o | Crabtree & Evelyn 'Lilac' nail polish c/o (Butter London 'Fancy' is similar)

The Over 40 Collective and the Winser London Collaboration

The Over 40 Collective | A group of 40+ European fashion bloggers working together to bridge the gap between brands and the 40+ woman

The Over 40 Collective (O40Co) is a group of seven European bloggers in their 40s and 50s working collectively for women of a similar age to prove that style doesn't have to stop at 40. Our aim is to work with all brands who want to spread this message, not just those specifically aimed at an older demographic. The fact that we all have such different styles proves that the "rules" (that I abhor) for dressing over a certain age are utter nonsense - we dress to suit our personalities and then our shapes, and not at all "for our age".

I can't begin to tell you how proud I am to be part of this group of bloggers. With a couple of exceptions, we all met each other for the first time at the Blognix Retreat in February and found that we not only got on like a house on fire (pretty unusual for a group of seven women), but we also shared similar goals and aspirations for our blogs. To say these women are my closest blogging pals who I've come to love and admire greatly is no understatement...!

The close friendship and support system that we have created through daily contact online and meetings in person since Blognix have resulted in what we think is an incredibly exciting and progressive blogger collaboration. This Winser London collaboration is just a brief introduction to The Over 40 Collective - expect to see a lot more of these incredible inspiring and stylish ladies in the months (and years) ahead!

We'll be launching the O40Co properly very soon, but in the meantime do take the time to visit their blogs and see how they've styled all their Winser London pieces - this proves how different women can style pieces from the same brand and come up with completely different styles and looks.

Thank you Winser London and thank you Annette, Lisa, Liz, Michelle, Michelle and Nikki for all your support and friendship...!

Retrochicmama in Winser London | Camel/ivory silk top, white shorts and heels

Michelle - RetroChicMama

Follow Michelle on Instagram: @retrochicmamablog

The Sequinist in Winser London | Red jersey dress, statement necklace, fierce heels

Lisa - The Sequinist

Follow Lisa on Instagram: @thesequinist

What Lizzy Loves in Winser London | Pale pink Chanel-style jacket, embroiderie blouse, skinny jeans, brogues

Liz - What Lizzy Loves

Follow Liz on Instagram: @whatlizzyloves

The Barefaced Chic in Winser London | Striped dress and jacket with pink heels

Michelle - The Barefaced Chic

Follow Michelle on Instagram: @barefaced_chic

Midlifechic in Winser London | Cobalt blue midi dress and jacket with red heels

Nikki - Midlife Chic

Follow Nikki on Instagram: @midlifechic

Lady of Style in Winser London | Red fit and flare wrap dress

Annette - Lady of Style

Follow Annette on Instagram: @theladyofstyle

Winser London pale pink sweater, camel wide leg trousers, black cross body bag, flat cap, grey heels | Not Dressed As Lamb

Catherine - Not Dressed As Lamb

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#iwillwearwhatilike | Not Dressed As Lamb
Thank you for joining the #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!

The link up goes live every Monday at 3pm UK time and will 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!

This is for linking up what you've been wearing (or would like to wear) only. I like to keep it all looking tidy because I'm a bit of a neat-freak, so non-outfit links will be removed - it's only fair to others linking up!


Linking up? Please be a good sport and do the following...

CLICK HERE to read the rules of linking up (and to grab the #iwillwearwhatilike button)

No featured favourites this week I'm afraid as I've featured the Over 40 Collective instead! To get yourself featured next week, link up something following this week's theme and make sure you've included a link back to Not Dressed As Lamb or my button in your post/sidebar.




Linking up to: iwillwearwhatilikeShoe and TellVisible MondayMonday MingleStyle SessionsTurning Heads TuesdayTrend Spin Link-UpBrilliant Blog Posts, My Refined StylePassion for Fashion FridayFriday's Fab FavouritesFun Fashion Friday

Disclosure: I was gifted these pieces from Winser London but was not compensated for writing this post (click here for my full disclosure). All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.


  1. Oh wow such fabulous ladies!!!

    Come check out the 3rd installment of my collab with Los Angeles-based brand TOBI – I’m so sure you’ll love this one!

    Have a great week!


  2. I cannot help but being jealous of all you bunch of gorgeous ladies, but you, even though I do not like pants, as you well know, are absolutely ON FLEEK and Slaying the look. ( i am learning latest slang words, hahahahhha)
    You are an angel on my shoulder.
    Besos from Málaga

  3. I hope it's OK to post the blogger meet post (sort of non fashion !) This is a fabulous idea by the way. All my favourite ladies in one post. Thank you for hosting xx

  4. The O40Co sounds like a fabulous collaboration! Each one of you is so stylish yet different. Yes, style does not stop at 39, and all of you are great examples of that! Looking forward to all the fabulousness that is sure to come!

    I love your outfit, Catherine! It's the perfect pink sweater. And even better that the outfit is comfortable.

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  5. WOW do i love this color palette and perfect on you. The rose pants are chic and the pastel pink so perfect with your hair. The bag is fab as I love a great textured bag!
    jess xx

  6. I love what you ladies stand for, and you all look gorgeous! Amazing inspiration.


  7. Catherine, you look gorgeous as always. I love how you've styled the trousers and the hat adds your signature touch of quirkiness! Thank you so much for being an inspiration to all of us, your fellow OC40Co members. It is true that every day is a school day with you and thank you for sharing your expertise. I can't wait to work together as the Collective very soon, love always xxxx

  8. As usual, you look fabulous. The O40Co is a fantastic venture with a truly marvelous purpose and I look forward to seeing what you all will be sharing and featuring.


  9. Love this neutral colored palate and the pink sweater top. You always look so put together and beautiful!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  10. You look fabulous in the pastel pink (one of my new favorite colors!) and the tan trousers are so sophisticated and look so comfortable. Winning combination there! Now I'm going to hop on over and visit the other beautiful ladies of the Over 40 Collective!


  11. Gorgeous outfits XO! Would love for you to stop by and #LINKUPWITHLISA @

  12. I know many older women shy away from the pastels, but I think they can be worn----maybe with a little tweaking here & there! Of course, you're not quite old enough to worry about that!
    I love the hat...I've been trying to wear them more, but sometimes I don't pull it off well---and I think now I know why from your photo. I think they work better when the outfit isn't too busy---like your outfit is fabulously simple, and the hat adds a little panache!
    Thanks for the fun link up and the intro to these other bloggers!! You're always on the cusp of the fun!
    I put my mom in the linkup---her jacket is mostly white but with pastel polka dots---and she's wearing her pink pants!

  13. I have such a soft spot for Winser, such great quality and beautiful cuts. Your outfit is effortlessly chic, gorgeous and I'm considerably in love with your bag! Yvadney x

  14. With your fabulous look you really show the versatility of Winser London's collection and our individual styles, Catherine! The icecream colours are stunning, so soft and elegant - love the twist you added to your look.
    I couldn't be happier to be part of this group - our friendship and mutual support is outstanding. I really look forward to our future path in the blogosphere (and elsewhere!).

    Much love,
    Annette | Lady of Style

  15. This look works wonderfully on your slender frame. Very sleek. It looks so comfortable too. The shoes are a great touch, and the gold on the purse plays on the tan of the slacks so it all works well.

    Let's all take a moment to thank Carrie Bradshaw for a million fashion encouragements, shall we? She gave me courage to try all sorts of crazy things that had never even occurred to me before.

    I shared a very sugary pastel post with you this week: a pink, gingham, day dress from about 1960. I'm crazy about it. Be sure to check out the pink, vintage, Sherman brooch too. It's a dream.

  16. I have such a soft spot for Winser, such great quality and beautiful cuts. Your outfit is effortlessly chic, gorgeous and I'm considerably in love with your bag! Yvadney x

  17. Great soft colour palette but I love how you added those punches of black to make the outfit sing. Great idea! Another great idea is your Over 40 Collective. All the women here look very chic even in the boldest of colours. Thanks for the linkup, Catherine.

  18. The simple yet stylish cut of both the trousers and top are really beautifully understated here Catherine, but I do love that you've added your own twist with that cap. And how gorgeous is that bag?! Your latest venture with these lovely ladies looks like it will be one worth watching. Congratulations to you all. Thanks for the linkup party x

  19. This sounds like an amazing idea Catherine. Most of the lovely fellow bloggers I already connected with :) Will make sure to follow your upcoming posts just as closely. Love the pastels here and the loose fit. Elegant and extraordinary at the same time. Thank you for hosting and have a lovely day. Sabina

  20. I'm already a big fan of Annette, Lizzy, and Michelle, and now can't wait to meet all the other bloggers as well. You look lovely in pink! Pastels are horrible on me with my coloring. But I do like to add a bit here and there with accessories.

    Dawn Lucy

    1. Oh duh, I also know Nikki and Lisa! Anyway, the point is: FAB GROUP!!!! :D

  21. I know JUST how cozy and squishy and lovely the fabric is on those trousers, because my red dress is made of the same fabric! I love it. I wish they made a blanket out of it, lol! You look gorgeous, Catherine. I love how you've styled this outfit; it is SO YOU! I love how it manages to be elegant, quirky, and feminine all in equal measure. Love you xx

  22. I love the way you always add a twist and make your clothes your own Catherine and this is no exception. You look lovely and I'm so excited to be part of this. xxx

  23. This looks great together, I love pastels, and what a super combination you've put together....nice! Jacqui

  24. You looks so darn snuggable in this outfit - yep, I made a whole word up just for you :)
    But you know what I mean, it looks so soft and comfy. And I'm loving the had, the perfect quirky twist.
    I'm so pleased and proud to be a part of the O40co and even more pleased and proud to call you all my friends!
    Michelle xxx

  25. Super cool chic retro look. Love it all, especially the hat.


  26. Ooh...gorgeous colours...reminds me of toffee and strawberry ice cream! I love the cap too. You all look amazing in your Winser outfits!

    Emma xxx

  27. Love, love, love camel and pink together and your extra touches make it you, Catherine! Thank you for hosting.


  28. I like your outfit especially the pants. And I love the colors.

  29. Oh I adore these colors together! Sorry I missed the link-up - traveling - but I will be there this week! xox



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