Wednesday, 2 November 2016

How to Style a T-shirt Dress For Autumn/Fall, Over 40 Style

A rust t-shirt dress layered over grey roll neck, khaki floral wide leg pants, autumnal tri-colour leaf necklace | Autumn style | Fall outfit | Layering | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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A t-shirt dress (or shirt dress) is an easy item to style in the summer: Just add shoes and a bag - maybe a scarf too - and you're pretty much good to go. 

But what to do with it in the autumn? It's always good to make your clothes work hard, however (as the oft-used-by-bloggers expression goes), so a t-shirt dress can be worn in the transitional season with clever layering and some key accessories. Though I did mine a little differently: Buy an item first then wonder how to style it, anyone? That's me more often than I'd like to admit...!

The item in question is this gorgeous rust coloured t-shirt dress that I got for a steal in the sale at ASOS - it's sadly sold out (no wonder when it's less than a tenner), but this one and this one are similar (just add a belt if you want to pull it in like mine). I did think about the "rule" that says if you're wearing something loose up top, go for form-fitting on the bottom... Then I promptly ignored it and went for something loose instead.

I DID THINK ABOUT THE "RULE" THAT SAYS IF YOU'RE WEARING SOMETHING LOOSE UP TOP, GO FOR FORM-FITTING ON THE BOTTOM... THEN I PROMPTLY IGNORED IT AND WENT FOR SOMETHING LOOSE INSTEAD.

I thought that gorgeous rust colour deserved some more autumnal oomph in the form of my khaki floral wide leg pants (less than half price!), some grey pointed heels to go with the roll neck top, and some statement jewellery. The question is, what's the best jewellery to wear with so many autumnal colours?

A rust t-shirt dress layered over grey roll neck, khaki floral wide leg pants, autumnal tri-colour leaf necklace | Autumn style | Fall outfit | Layering | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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I think I've found the ultimate in seasonal jewellery: A statement necklace that simply screams autumn, the stunning tri colour leaf necklace (and matching earrings) by Eternal Collection. (In fact it's a season ahead, as when you walk you sound like jingle bells which I rather love.) The colours in this set are just beautiful and IMHO just enhance the rust, khaki and grey combination.

This post is part of another collaboration with the Over 40 Collective - see below for the six gorgeous ladies and how they styled the jewellery that they chose. So many different styles, so many different ways to wear them...!

DO YOU LIKE TO TREAT YOURSELF WITH FABULOUS JEWELLERY EVEN DURING THE GIFT-BUYING SEASON?

COMMENT BELOW, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @NOTLAMB -  AND DON'T FORGET TO KEEP SCROLLING TO SEE HOW THE REST OF THE OVER 40 COLLECTIVE STYLED THEIR JEWELLERY CHOICES!

A rust t-shirt dress layered over grey roll neck, khaki floral wide leg pants, autumnal tri-colour leaf necklace | Autumn style | Fall outfit | Layering | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A rust t-shirt dress layered over grey roll neck, khaki floral wide leg pants, autumnal tri-colour leaf necklace | Autumn style | Fall outfit | Layering | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A rust t-shirt dress layered over grey roll neck, khaki floral wide leg pants, autumnal tri-colour leaf necklace | Autumn style | Fall outfit | Layering | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A rust t-shirt dress layered over grey roll neck, khaki floral wide leg pants, autumnal tri-colour leaf necklace | Autumn style | Fall outfit | Layering | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A rust t-shirt dress layered over grey roll neck, khaki floral wide leg pants, autumnal tri-colour leaf necklace | Autumn style | Fall outfit | Layering | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A rust t-shirt dress layered over grey roll neck, khaki floral wide leg pants, autumnal tri-colour leaf necklace | Autumn style | Fall outfit | Layering | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
ASOS t-shirt dress (similar) | George at Asda roll neck c/o (similar) | Hobbs trousers c/o (reduced to less than half price!) | ASOS shoes | Debenhams bag (I like this one) | Eternal Collection necklace c/o | Eternal Collection earrings c/o | Leighton Denny 'Rebellious Heart' 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 Eternal Collection pieces - this proves how different women can style pieces from the same brand and come up with completely different styles and looks.

Thank you Eternal Collection and thank you ladies for all your support, love and friendship :)

Michelle of the Barefaced Chic in Eternal Collection jewellery, over 40 style

Michelle LD, The Barefaced Chic

It's hard not to be distracted by Michelle's crazy-gorgeous skin, but her crystal necklace and earrings show off dark colours beautifully and make her eyes sparkle. Read in full >>

Follow Michelle on Instagram @barefaced_chic


Nikki, Midlife Chic in Eternal Collection jewellery, over 40 style

Nikki, Midlife Chic

Nikki's classic V-neck sweater is a perfect backdrop for her pretty necklace (the ideal length and shape for that neckline), and her bright lipstick picks out that striking red. Read in full >>

Follow Nikki on Instagram @midlifechic


Michelle of RetroChicMama in Eternal Collection jewellery, over 40 style

Michelle T, RetroChicMama

A deep rich blue is the colour I associate most with Michelle's style - the turquoise stones of her pretty bracelet complement that classic navy blue and go so well with her gorgeous colouring and dark hair. Read in full >>

Follow Michelle on Instagram @retrochicmamablog


Lisa of The Sequinist in Eternal Collection jewellery, over 40 style

Lisa, The Sequinist

I'm not sure Lisa could look any more Parisienne-chic (in Paris) in her elegant black and white outfit with black sparkly flower and pearl earrings. Read in full >>

Follow Lisa on Instagram @thesequinist


Lady of Style in Eternal Collection jewellery, over 40 style

Annette, Lady of Style

Annette's wearing black so stylishly - as always - and the matching silver necklace, bracelet and earrings  (I love the hammered finish) are all the accessories she needs for her wonderfully flattering outfit of black with punches of red and burgundy. Read in full >>

Follow Annette on Instagram @theladyofstyle

Liz of What Lizzy Loves in Eternal Collection jewellery, over 40 style

Liz, What Lizzy Loves

Liz always looks stunning in bold colour and this red dress has a touch of the 60s which suits her so well - she chose the same bracelet as Michelle T but in a red and purple colourway. Read in full >>

Follow Liz on Instagram @whatlizzyloves


A rust t-shirt dress layered over grey roll neck, khaki floral wide leg pants, autumnal tri-colour leaf necklace | Autumn style | Fall outfit | Layering | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb

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Disclosure: I have written this post in collaboration with Eternal Collection (click here for my full disclosure). All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.
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23 comments

  1. Stunning! I love an unexpected combination that makes me rethink the staid and stuffy rules of fashion. Keep up the hip style, you scofflaw you!

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    1. Thanks Mithra! I had to look up scofflaw... Great word!!

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  2. I love this outfit Catherine.
    The colours are perfect and you know I appreciate a layer (or two, or three...) especially when it involves a polo neck.
    Such a stunning necklace.
    XXX

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    1. I must pop over to Lisa's blog for a closer look at her gorgeous shoes too!! :oD

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    2. You're my layering queen, Samantha!! Thanks sweetie x

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  3. Fabulous necklace! I love accesories with leaves! I bought my first earrings with leaves in the UK when I was 14!

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    1. I have some other leaf earrings too, Nancy - so I too am partial to this type of jewellery...! thanks hon x

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  4. This necklace is absolutely perfect on you. When I was looking through the Eternal site and I saw it, I immediately thought of you. The colours are amazing with you hair, and work so brilliantly with this outfit. Well done, lady! xx

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    1. Hah! I did the same with the website, picking things out for the rest of the collective...! Thank you Lisa my lovely x

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  5. Wow! Such a stunning combination. The necklace is perfect for Autumn/fall. I love the trousers too and they look fabulous with the top. Love Liz xxx www.whatlizzyloves.com xxx

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    1. Thank you Liz!! So glad we collaborated on this, it's been a fun one xo

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  6. Lovely post, Catherine. All you ladies are so beautiful and such pretty jewelry. Let me say, Catherine, that I love this idea of putting this tee shirt dress over the flowy fall pants. And you added the perfect accessories. That necklace is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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    1. Thank you Amy - I was a bit hesitant putting two flowy pieces together, but sometimes you just gotta break those rules...!

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  7. I've always thought there was something special about jewellery with leaves on it - and this necklace and earrings certainly is special. GORGEOUS!! I love that you ignored the so-called 'rules' and wore a loose fitting top with loose fitting trousers - exactly the kind of thing I like to do but usually end up changing one!!
    Suzy x
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. Thank you Suzy - yes I know what you mean about leaf jewellery... This necklace is so lovely with the jingle bells sound it makes! ;))

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  8. You look simply fab with those flowing trousers and gorgeous necklace. I love the way You coordinate your heels with the polo neck. Why don't I do things like that? A fan

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    1. Aww thanks sweetie - just try it!! As with all these things, if it doesn't work you can just wear something else tomorrow...! x

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  9. How amazing does that rust colour look with your hair? The necklace is gorgeous for autumn.

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  10. Gorgeous choice Catherine, simply gorgeous! I love the different colours, perfect with your hair.
    Michelle xx
    http://www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk

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    1. You can probably tell I especially chose this set for the colours, can't you Michelle...?!! thanks hon xx

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  11. Beautiful necklace and perfect for Autumn! I love the orange top with the khaki trousers :-)

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Thanks Emma - rust and khaki work really well together, don't they?! x

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