Wednesday, 12 October 2016

What to Wear With a Pink Coatigan | Head-to-Toe Black (Almost), Over 40 Style

Retro 80s styling: Pink Winser coatigan and black and white polka dots, block heel pink glitter shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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.

Retro 80s styling: Pink Winser coatigan and black and white polka dots, block heel pink glitter shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

SHOP THE LOOK:

Winser London dusty pink Milano wool coat, coatigan French Connection black polka dot sweater ASOS black cropped flared trousers ASOS pink slingback block heel embellished shoes Lotus tortoiseshell handbag with gold trim New Look black and pearl drop earrings Lizzy O Danon Double Star Ring in Matt Gold

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!

Retro 80s styling: Pink Winser coatigan and black and white polka dots, block heel pink glitter shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Retro 80s styling: Pink Winser coatigan and black and white polka dots, block heel pink glitter shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Retro 80s styling: Pink Winser coatigan and black and white polka dots, block heel pink glitter shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Retro 80s styling: Pink Winser coatigan and black and white polka dots, block heel pink glitter shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Retro 80s styling: Pink Winser coatigan and black and white polka dots, block heel pink glitter shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Retro 80s styling: Pink Winser coatigan and black and white polka dots, block heel pink glitter shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Retro 80s styling: Pink Winser coatigan and black and white polka dots, block heel pink glitter shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Retro 80s styling: Pink Winser coatigan and black and white polka dots, block heel pink glitter shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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 Collective

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" 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 of What Lizzy Loves in Winser London AW16, over 40 style

Liz, What Lizzy Loves

The 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


Lady of Style in Winser London AW16, over 40 style

Annette, Lady of Style

Although 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 of Midlife Chic in Winser London AW16, over 40 style

Nikki, Midlife Chic

Wearing 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 of the Barefaced Chic in Winser London, over 40 style

Michelle, The Barefaced Chic

Always 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 of RetroChicMama in Winser London AW16, over 40 style

Michelle, RetroChicMama

With 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 of The Sequinist in Winser London AW16, over 40 style

Lisa, The Sequinist

How 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


Retro 80s styling: Pink Winser coatigan and black and white polka dots, block heel pink glitter shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb

Follow me on Instagram @notlamb

Catherine

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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.
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14 comments

  1. LOL! Your editorial made me laugh! But I seriously love every single piece you put together here. So stunning Catherine. And thank you for introducing us to these lovely ladies as well.

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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    1. Hehe thanks Heidi - Krystle was the first thing that came to mind as soon as I put the earrings on with my hair like that ;))

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  2. I love this look! The pink coat really does fit and hang beautifully and those shoes are so so gorgeous, I want them! As always a perfectly styled look. :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  3. I think black can be such a classic look. I like that you had polka dots to break up the "all" black look, but you are right Lisa pulls off that all black and it looks very sleek and sexy. I guess it depends on what look you are going for and what pieces you choose. I really like your outfit, especially the contrast between the pale pink and the black. A beautiful pairing. - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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    1. Thank you Amy, I think you're right about the polka dots: I'm not daring enough to do TOTAL black!!

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  4. Love this look on you Catherine!

    bisous
    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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  5. Super look; I adore the styling! That pink coat and those shoes together are just gorgeous... pretty much anything and those two pieces work perfectly. Yeah, you're right, pale pink IS a neutral! xx

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  6. Classy look. I love the pants, I was looking for pants like that (the lenght) but most are worn by large models and then the pants is still on the ankle with me, and I am not small. Is this really a 7/8 lenght? And at first I thought it was a cigarette pipe but it's flared , but not to flared is it?

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  7. Lovely looks. I actually bought a 'coatigan' in soft grey this year - I was a little sceptical about the androgenous style but actually its one of the nicest things I own. I wear it a lot with black- skinny jeans, ankle boots and a breton striped top. I'm so pleased I bought mine.

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  8. I love this look on you Catherine. And, having seen the coat IRL, I can attest to its yumminess! I think it contrasts beautifully with black.
    Michelle xxxx
    http://www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk

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  9. Love it all. The 'neutral' pink looks so good on you. That Lotus bag is gorgeous. I now have it saved in my favourites as a potential Chrimbo present, for me! Haha! x
    Kat

    http://www.kittyandb.com

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  10. Oh I love everything of this outfit. The whole of it, the items separately.. all of them. Great outfit. I have a spring coat in this colour, so yes I love pink. And I have no problems with wearing all black, although these days I usually "do" black and white plus a bright colour. That tortoise shell bag of yours is fantastic. I thought it was ten times more expensive.
    Greetje

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