Monday, 26 June 2017

An Easy Way to Wear Bold, Patterned Trousers #iwillwearwhatilike

Easy, comfy summer style: Cutout scuba fabric jacket \ multi coloured patterned peg trousers \ black wedge espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Okay so the heatwave is over: We're back to grey skies and only bursts of warm sunshine. And some rain. What we'd normally expect in June, in other words...!

The abstract-pattern trousers I'm wearing today are a pair I've had my eye on for absolutely AGES (of course it being June it means summer sales, so hellooooo fantastic bargains). They're from French Connection so were originally quite pricey at £80, but I saw they were reduced to just £24 and had my size... I'll take one pair, thank you very much indeed (French Connection sales are always good). I think I'd held off because I have a lot of bold, patterned trousers - I didn't exactly need a pair. But they're cotton and have a tapered leg so are nice and voluminous round the bum and hip area... perfect for my large waist-to-hip ratio, and nice and cool for summer.

And they're just fun - what better reason is there?!

Annoyingly I needed a jacket as the vest top just wasn't enough to keep me warm, so I went with my white cutout jacket that I don't wear all that often because the weather has to be just right for it. It's scuba fabric so tends to keep you quite warm, but if there's a chilly breeze you get cold because of all the holes in it (never satisfied, me). I got the jacket a couple of years ago from Asos, but if you're looking for something similar French Connection has this one in the sale - a lot less than half price, too.

So this weekend was perfect scuba-fabric-jacket-with-holes-in-it-wearing weather. That's how they actually announced it on the TV weather forecast, I promise ya ;)

Easy, comfy summer style: Cutout scuba fabric jacket \ multi coloured patterned peg trousers \ black wedge espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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I know some people shy away from wearing such a bold print, but if that's you then just keep the other pieces simple and go for colour blocking. Picking out the colours in the pattern is always a good idea. Although my trousers didn't have yellow in them it was a nice contrast to the red and purple, and the white jacket and black espadrilles complimented the black and white bits.


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Another quick mention for the espadrilles: I first wore these a few weeks ago (again when the weather wasn't so nice!) - I talked about them being the perfect summer shoe to wear with flares. It seems they work just as well with tapered trousers, and they'll probably suit every other trouser style as well. I have a feeling my espadrille collection is going to rise upwards from three rather rapidly this year...!

So 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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Easy, comfy summer style: Cutout scuba fabric jacket \ multi coloured patterned peg trousers \ black wedge espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Easy, comfy summer style: Cutout scuba fabric jacket \ multi coloured patterned peg trousers \ black wedge espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Easy, comfy summer style: Cutout scuba fabric jacket \ multi coloured patterned peg trousers \ black wedge espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Easy, comfy summer style: Cutout scuba fabric jacket \ multi coloured patterned peg trousers \ black wedge espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Easy, comfy summer style: Cutout scuba fabric jacket \ multi coloured patterned peg trousers \ black wedge espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Jacket: ASOS (I like this one)
Trousers: French Connection (on sale!)
Shoes: F&F Clothing (similar)
T-shirt: Topshop (similar)
Sunglasses: Asos (similar)

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The #iwillwearwhatilike link up with Not Dressed As Lamb
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!



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Catherine

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Easy, comfy summer style: Cutout scuba fabric jacket \ multi coloured patterned peg trousers \ black wedge espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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32 comments

  1. I have been loving print pants lately!! To me they are the best camouflage for the bottom half!
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  2. I honestly don't think there's a woman on this planet who wears a patterned trouser as well as you Catherine. Fab as always and thank you very much for hosting the link-up, love Liz xxx www.whatlizzyloves.com xxx

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  3. Thank you for hosting. Have a graat week!

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  4. Love a patterned trouser, these are perfect! Jacqui mummabstylish

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  5. You do patterns so well Catherine! Excellent price point on those trousers too.
    Michelle xx

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  6. I love those pants! And I am a fan of the brand French Connection. I love how you styled the pants with the neutrals but wouldn't they be fun with bold colors too! Peace!
    Cheryl Tucker
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

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  7. Very lovely print, and you wear them beautifully.
    I would swap the grey sky for this hell, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Much love , dear friend

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  8. Inspiring post. Time to check out the patterned trousers in my collections! Thanks for hosting!

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  9. Catherine, I love the tiny little pattern clash between the heels of your wedges and your bold pants! But that jacket is the show stopper for me! Fabulous!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  10. Those trousers are gorgeous! I've got a couple of pairs of loud print trousers but I think the wide legged variety suit my shape better. I usually team them with a plain vest top and although I'd love to wear a jacket, it's way too hot here at the moment! You look fabulous!
    Suzy xx
    www.suzyturner.com

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  11. I love a crazy pant and these are fabulous! I totally agree with you on keeping the rest of the outfit simple and in proportion. I really like the jacket you added, that is always a tricky part for me, and i love how yours came together!
    xx
    Suzanne
    www.AskSuzanneBell.com

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  12. Thanks for featuring me. I feel so honored! Also thanks for putting this party together week after week. It's a lot of work! Have a nice week.

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  13. These are my favourite style of pants actually aka Tracky Daks! Sooo comfy yet stylish & hello BARGAIN ;-)
    xx

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  14. Great pants! I love the bold pattern; I can see why you couldn't pass up the deal you got! The top, jacket & espandrilles look fabulous with them!

    Thanks for the linkup & Happy Monday!

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  15. I can't get enough of patterns. Love the jacket you paired with them! Thank you for hosting Catherine!

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

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  16. Why is it that so many interesting pieces are rather impractical - referring to your jacket with cutouts or, say, furry shorts. Heh. I'm glad the weather forecast called for this piece so specifically today. Hahaha! Fun outfit. Thanks for the linkup!

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  17. Lovely explosion of colors ;)

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/israheel/

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  18. Wow what a fun print! Those colors are definitely great for grey skies! Would love for you to join my new Monday style link up today!

    Mariah
    www.likehoneyblog.com

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  19. I guess we traded, dearest Catherine...while your heatwave is over - so sorry! - we're in the midst of one right now in Vancouver!! And like you, I absolutely LOVE it!! I'm also loving your bold and breezy new trousers, and suddenly realizing that my wardrobe is lacking a bit in hot-weather-appropriate bottoms like these. Time to shop the summer sales, like you said!! XOXO

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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  20. I Love colors & patterned pants and these are so Fabulous on you. Enjoy. .

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  21. I so much the details on your jacket. It compliments the popping color of your pants. Oh and that espadrilles is everything. Thank you for hosting me.

    DOMINIKA'S BLOG

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  22. Aww, thanks so much for the feature! What a sweet surprise! I totally get what you're saying about the cool weather and the coat. We've had an unusual cold spell hit us as well and it has thrown me for a loop trying to figure out what to wear so that I'm warm, but not too warm. I wish summer would just get her and stay here. I LOVE that jacket by the way!

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  23. I wear bold printed pants but tend to wear the wide leg variety.I haven't tried a tapered leg yet. Will have to give it a try! Love the soft yellow top with yours and that amazing jacket. The cutout details are outstanding :)

    Theresa
    www.vintagestylefiles.com

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  24. Hmm...just realized that I need to add some bold printed pants to my wardrobe. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    xo,
    Janise

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  25. Totally agree with you on the espadrilles Catherine. There is nothing like it in summer. And you summery and fashionable outfit is wonderful. Love the pop of yellow with it too. Got a patterned trouser just last week by accident. They so much fun, aren't they? Thank you for hosting and have a fasbulous week. xo Sabina

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  26. I saw that weather forecast too Catherine!
    "Aye, it's blowin a hoolie but tough it oot and wear those backless loafers anyhoo!"
    :oP
    I love that scuba jacket and I'm sure with the right layers it could work for any weather.
    Perfect (cooler) summer look.
    Samantha
    XXX
    Fake Fabulous | Style and Fashion, over 40

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  27. Scuba is a great fabric and even more so with the added extra of cut-outs. And surely the British weather is fickle enough to ensure you'll get a chance to wear many times over the summer don't you think Catherine. I love these bright trousers too and bet they're really comfy to boot. Thanks for the link up party.

    Anna x

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  28. You scored a bargain with those fabulous trousers! I love your jacket, even if it does require a very specific type of weather to wear it ;-)

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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  29. What cute trousers, Catherine and they look wonderful on you. I love the jacket too, so good thing it was the perfect weather! Great look! - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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  30. You can't go wrong with £24. They look super comfortable too.

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  31. This is outfit is so fun. You MUST be fun! ;) I love your sassy, unique style.

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