Monday, 10 April 2017

A Simple, Pretty Way to Style a Classic Breton T-shirt #iwillwearwhatilike

Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb

Rather unusually for April, the sun was out in full force for most of the UK over the weekend and it was nothing short of glorious (and, dare I say it, even a bit hot). So out came the Breton stripe t-shirt, midi skirt and bare legs for the day! 

HOWEVER (such is the English weather), by the time we were able to get out and shoot some photos not only had the sun gone behind the clouds but the temperature dropped significantly and there was the mother of all winds hampering our efforts. Damn you, Mother Nature (I'm sure she can't be a feminist, that one, otherwise she'd do what she can to actually HELP us poor fashion bloggers in times of need)!!

IF BRETON STRIPES AND THE OBLIGATORY BLOSSOM BACKGROUND DOESN'T SCREAM SPRING TO YOU, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL

But really, it was such a beautiful weekend and a welcome change in April. We sat outside and ate lunch and I even dared to show my bare legs with my white midi skirt (similar) I haven't worn in an age. I've worn my red Breton stripe t-shirt over the winter a couple of times by layering it over a white roll neck and pairing it with dark denim or navy trousers... It takes on a whole other spring-like, preppy meaning when you put it with white.

If Breton stripes and the obligatory blossom background doesn't SCREAM spring to you, I don't know what will...!

Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb

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I decided to tie up my hair in a loose roll at the back to keep my neck cool (proof it really was that warm!) - I also like how it looks with my oversized tortoiseshell sunglasses Jaeger kindly gifted to me. They've just launched their new sunglasses range and as you can probably guess the styles are all classics and top quality so do check them out.

Next stop: Fake tan I think (to stop my winter white legs blending into my white skirt again)...!


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As mentioned last week I've switched over to shooting in RAW and editing in Lightroom, and I'm so happy with the results. The dull weather window during which these images were shot were helped enormously by the clever editing software. If you're interested, it's about £10 (or is it USD?) a month for both Lightroom and Photoshop Elements - well worth it if you can shoot in RAW and take the time to learn how to use it. I've barely scratched the surface of what it's capable of and I couldn't be more excited about getting to grips with it and making my photos even crisper, brighter and more dreamy.

Link up: Do add your outfits to this week's link up - and if you've added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured next week!

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Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb
Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb
Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb
Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb
Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb
Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb
Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb
Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb
T-shirt: Damart c/o (similar: sizes 6-12sizes 14-18 / with three-quarter sleeves) | Skirt: ASOS (I adore this one, but this one's similar) | Heels: Aldo (similar) | Bag: House of Fraser (love this one) | Sunglasses: Jaeger c/o | Nails: Nails Inc Porchester Square | Lips: Maybelline Fab Orange (matte liquid Orange Shot is similar)

VARIATIONS OF STRIPE BRETON TOPS TO TRY:



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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!



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Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb
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30 comments

  1. Love that lipstick colour on you Catherine. And you're right - Breton stripes and blossoms = Spring!
    Michelle xx

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  2. Looks like Spring to me!! Classic and classy look Catherine. Boy has the temperature dropped today though, need a coat. Xx

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  3. You look so pretty in this outfit! No, I haven't bared my legs yet. It's still too cold where I live.

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  4. I used to be all about the fake tan....but I'm really trying to embrace my whiteness and love my body as is for now! Besides---I could argue that it's a better vertical line if my legs match my skirt--ha ha!!
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  5. No bare legs yet here in chilly Ottawa. But...no boots either...which is wonderful!

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  6. Wonderfullllllllllllllllll photograph They scream Spring and it is soooooooooo nice to see you bear legs.
    One of my favourites.
    Much love and plenty sun, my friend
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  7. The first thing i noticed was the red lip... How much do you rock a red lip.. wowie! And this is such a beautiful classic look. Absolutely love it from head to toe.
    Rxx

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  8. I bared my legs for the first time this year on Saturday! I probably blinded a few folk, they are eternally white but still, it was so freeing not to have to wear tights! Hasn't the weather been absolutely gorgeous? And the blossom in your photos is the perfect background to your sweet and simple outfit. Stripes and a skirt - perfect for Spring.

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. No bare legs for me yet, but fake tan will be used before I dare to bare.
    Love your hair in this post, any chance of seeing it from the back?

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  10. Your photos are just so fabulous today! It makes me so excited for spring and spring fashion. I love how you combined that fun top with that skirt! Peace! Cheryl Tucker

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  11. Well Catherine I have to tell you even reading this on my phone your pictures are almost like 3d! It is incredible the impact shooting in raw has even on images that are already pretty awesome. As for your question about whether to tan or not just yet....I have become increasingly accepting of my white skin with every new summer. Is that my age or are we less obsessed about tanning? I'd say it's my age because I also feel no shame in my cellulite these days either. It's all OK by me I'm pretty comfortable in my skin at last πŸ˜‰

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  12. Well Catherine I have to tell you even reading this on my phone your pictures are almost like 3d! It is incredible the impact shooting in raw has even on images that are already pretty awesome. As for your question about whether to tan or not just yet....I have become increasingly accepting of my white skin with every new summer. Is that my age or are we less obsessed about tanning? I'd say it's my age because I also feel no shame in my cellulite these days either. It's all OK by me I'm pretty comfortable in my skin at last πŸ˜‰

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  13. I just switched to Lightroom as well and don't yet have a clue what I'm doing. The photos in my latest post, therefore, are completely unedited: no filters, no cropping, nothing. The light that day was fantastic so it works.

    I love your little purse. It's too cute for words.

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  14. What an elegant and classic look! Fabulous!

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  15. These shots look pretty awesome to me, but the all the bells and whistles are way over my head! You look so fresh and dare I say it, summery, in these photos Catherine that it's difficult to believe that you were shivering away in the breeze. A lovely, classic bit of styling.

    Thanks for the link up party once more x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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  16. Looking lovely! I posted striped today, too, but not ready for a skirt yet. LOL

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  17. It was super weather here in the UK wasn't it! I actually had bare legs too, had me reaching for my Dove Summer Glow, probably a little late, but at lease I've made a start. Lovely white and stripes, very cool! Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  18. WOWZA, I can see the difference in your RAW photos! Your photos are always amazing anyway, so I'm curious to see how they change going forward. You are a classically pretty picture in your stripes and midi; it is a timeless outfit that could be worn 40 years ago or today. I'm loving you in a red lip too. xx

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  19. Your photos look stunning! I love this outfit too, the red stripes with the white midi skirt equals Spring perfection. It was indeed a beautiful weekend that we just had, though like you said got very chilly. We also went to shoot some photos after a lovely warm almost hot day but it was freezing by the time we took them. Gotta love the British weather :D

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  20. This is a massively spring-like post. Hurrah. Sadly, we have yet to feel the new season here in Vancouver. Your photos - they are stunning. You already had impressive photos but this is a new level. Something to aspire to. I need a camera and lens that can handle this beautiful depth of field.

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  21. Thanks for hosting the link up!

    Jonathan

    The Hosiery Spot

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  22. Honestly, I didn't think your photos could get any more "picture perfect", dearest Catherine...but these are truly stunning!! And the fact that spring has sprung for you (and you're doing bare legs and short sleeves!) has me beyond envious; here in Vancouver, we STILL can't seem to get out of our warm-and-woollies!! P.S. I'm not a fan of tans, so as far as I'm concerned, your ivory skin is perfect as is!! P.P.S. I'm SO thrilled to be included in your round-up of faves from last week...muah, muah, MUAH!!

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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  23. My legs are as white as yours and I live in a much sunnier climate Catherine! I really must get them out a bit more lol!
    As usual, you look gorgeous. I do like your hair up.
    Suzy xx
    www.suzyturner.com

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  24. Definitely screaming Spring to me. Simple, gorgeous, feminine Spring loveliness! I am loving midi A line skirts at the moment. This one looks fab on you! 😘

    Kat x

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  25. Im back in woollie pullies and tights now the weather has turned cold again. The sun and heat were nice while they lasted. My breton tops are all charity shop finds. I'm getting quite a little collection now

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  26. Such a classic look - love it Catherine!

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com
    STYLE NUDGE

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  27. Catherine, you look fabulous! I love the bright striped tee with the white skirt! A perfect spring/summer combo. - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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  28. Such a lovely way to wear a Breton top with the midi skirt! The weather was glorious at the weekend. No bare legs for me, although my toes did see the light of day for the first time in ages!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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  29. Nice look and the black heels are perfect here ;)

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/back-from-holidays/

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  30. So fab for a simple t! Same sometimes applies with our homes....simple in a different light can be amazing!-Laurel Bledsoe

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