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!
HAVE YOU ROCKED THE PASTELS YET THIS YEAR? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!
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 (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...!
Michelle - RetroChicMamaFollow Michelle on Instagram: @retrochicmamablog
Lisa - The SequinistFollow Lisa on Instagram: @thesequinist
Liz - What Lizzy LovesFollow Liz on Instagram: @whatlizzyloves
Michelle - The Barefaced ChicFollow Michelle on Instagram: @barefaced_chic
Nikki - Midlife ChicFollow Nikki on Instagram: @midlifechic
Annette - Lady of StyleFollow Annette on Instagram: @theladyofstyle
Catherine - Not Dressed As LambFollow Catherine on Instagram: @notlamb
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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!
THE OPTIONAL THEME FOR 6 JUNE IS TOTE BAGS or SHOPPERS!
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.
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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.