The 80s called, Krystle Carrington wants her look back. Or so I thought when I looked in the mirror at this outfit...(which, by the way, I absolutely love. More on that in a bit). In fact I'm so enamoured with this ever-so-slightly 80s look that it makes me want to go out and get a huge pair of shoulder pads, dump a whole can of hairspray on my head and start practising my best breathy Krystle voice. Feel free to use the comments section to say how excited you also are at the news that Dynasty is returning. Shoulder pads and red fingernails (to scratch out Alexis's eyes) at the ready.
What I'm actually wearing (and not really intending to "Dynastify") is a stunning pale pink Winser London Milano wool coat from their new AW16 collection. (I'm calling it a coatigan though, because it's beautifully crafted from a floppy unlined knitted wool. And if it's floppy, it's a cardigan. But if it's smart enough and thick enough for outerwear then it's a coat. Thank goodness someone portmanteaued those two to make coatigan.)
Anyway, yes - you may remember that I wrote about this British brand in May, when I wore their camel wide leg trousers and a pale pink sweater (I seem to like their pink clothes). That was a collaborative post with the other members of the Over 40 Collective, and we're doing the same again for Autumn/Winter.
I'VE ACTUALLY DONE SOMETHING VERY DARING FOR ME - I'VE DONNED HEAD-TO-TOE BLACK. WELL, I KNOW IT'S NOT TOTALLY BLACK - THAT PALE PINK COAT DOES COVER MOST OF IT - BUT I RARELY DO A BLACK TOP AND BLACK BOTTOMS.
I've actually done something very daring for me - I've donned head-to-toe black. Well, I know it's not totally black - that pale pink coat does cover most of it - but I rarely do a black top and black bottoms.
SHOP THE LOOK:
I'm wondering whether it's the influence of the rest of the collective (see below) that's rubbing off on me, or whether it's because it makes me feel all grown up. I like the look of all black on others, but I put it on and feel like I'm on my way to the morgue. They say it can be very draining on your face as you get older, and without make up I don't have the rosiest of complexions.
So this is the nearest I get: Black and white polka dot top, black trousers and pink everything else. (That's my kind of daring.) It was nicely finished off with the very popular tortoiseshell handbag I debuted last week and the pink glittery block heels (see these).
In our previous Winser collaboration I mentioned the quality of Winser clothing - it's true it's not the cheapest of brands, but the old adage about "you get what you pay for" is so true here. I wanted a longline coat/blazer/cardigan (see how much easier "coatigan" is?) in another colour as I wear my camel one to death every spring and autumn, and I can see myself wearing this a lot when I need something to throw on over all my other usual colours.
Because pale pink's a neutral, isn't it? Isn't it...?
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HEAD TO TOE BLACK? COMMENT BELOW, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @NOTLAMB - AND DON'T FORGET TO KEEP SCROLLING TO CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE OVER 40 COLLECTIVE'S WINSER OUTFITS!
Winser coat c/o | ASOS polka dot shirt (love this polka dot sweater) | ASOS trousers (try these cropped trousers) | ASOS heels (these pink heels are very similar) | Lotus tortoiseshell handbag c/o | New Look earrings (these black drop earrings are fabulous) | Lizzy O gold double star ring c/o | Leighton Denny 'Speakeasy' nail polish c/o
The Over 40 CollectiveThe 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" 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".
The close friendship and support system that we have created through daily contact online and meetings in person have resulted in what we think is an incredibly exciting and progressive blogger collaboration.
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 ladies for all your support, love and friendship :)
Liz, What Lizzy LovesThe most elegant of cocktail dresses on the most elegant of women - navy is so classy and makes Liz's black accessories pop. Follow Liz on Instagram @whatlizzyloves
Annette, Lady of StyleAlthough known for her ladylike dressing, Annette does casual just as well and her layering and sporty shoes are first class. Follow Annette on Instagram @theladyofstyle
Nikki, Midlife ChicWearing a coat I nearly chose myself(!), Nikki looks French chic in burgundy and black with a taupe bag that compliments her blonde hair. Follow Nikki on Instagram @midlifechic
Michelle, The Barefaced ChicAlways looking half her actual age, Michelle looks country fresh in her Winser jacket with perfect-for-autumn white jeans and boots. Follow Michelle on Instagram @barefaced_chic
Michelle, RetroChicMamaWith just a touch of pattern in the plaid scarf, Michelle's paired silk and flat front wide leg trousers with a fedora to create a beautifully smart autumnal outfit. Follow Michelle on Instagram @retrochicmamablog
Lisa, The SequinistHow anyone makes all black look amazing is beyond me (I still had to wear pink with my all black), but Lisa looks super chic and on trend with her black roll neck and cute heels. Follow Lisa on Instagram @thesequinist
Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb
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Disclosure: I was gifted this coat by Winser 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.