This outfit of a navy striped sweater and khaki wide leg floral pants is one of those strange combinations that I was really unsure about before trying it on -to the point where I thought Nah, this is going to look kind of awful on me. I thought a boxy top and wide leg trousers would look too baggy overall, but this was one of those occasions where you simply have to try something on to see that it works, and then it turns out to be an absolute favourite outfit.
These two pieces (plus the navy wedge sandals) are from the Hobbs SS16 collection, and together they were one of the outfits I chose for the Style Session I hosted last week at the new Kensington High Street store in London. (I chose several outfits which were worn by a couple of gorgeous models, and you can read all about the event and what other outfits I chose in a dedicated blog post this Sunday.)
So this week's #iwillwearwhatilike theme is stripes - scroll down for all the details for linking up and to see what lovely ladies from last week have been featured this time!
MY POINT IS THIS: NEVER BE AFRAID TO TRY SOMETHING ON, AND NEVER INSIST SOMETHING WON'T SUIT YOU. FORGET THE RULES, STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, AND KEEP AN OPEN MIND.
My point is this: Never be afraid to try something on, and never insist something won't suit you. Forget the rules, step out of your comfort zone, and keep an open mind.
This outfit is a subtle nod to pattern mixing with bold stripes and the khaki florals - the reason the colours work is because there is one colour [navy] that is present in both patterns, which is the easiest way to mix patterns. I absolutely adore both these pieces - they're perfect for a British summer - and the chunky wedge sandals are a great style for adding height with wide leg pants where pointed heels would look wrong and too dainty.
Not bad for an outfit I was very hesitant about...!
ARE YOU A SERIAL PATTERN MIXER (LIKE MYSELF), OR DO YOU FIND YOURSELF DRAWN TO STRIPES EVERY SUMMER (LIKE MYSELF!)? COMMENT BELOW, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @NOTLAMB!
SHOP THE LOOK:
Hobbs striped sweater c/o | Hobbs floral wide leg pants c/o | Hobbs navy wedge sandals c/o (30% off at the moment!) | Accessorize camera bag (old - here's a bling camera bag version) | Le Specs round mirrored pastel sunglasses via ASOS | Ring bought in Santorini (this gold leaf ring is almost identical) | River Island watch (this tan leather strap watch is similar) | Chanel 'Peridot' nail polish (Crabtree & Evelyn 'Avocado' is a dupe) | Burts Bees lip crayon in 'Sedona Sands'
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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!
THE OPTIONAL THEME FOR 20 JUNE IS A POP OF COLOUR
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My favourite TOTES and SHOPPERS from last week's link up:
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