Thursday, 22 June 2017

How to Successfully Clash Preppy and Boho Style in Summer

Hot weather style: Printed green summer dress \ pompom and tassel embellished sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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So this is my third summer dress outfit post this year. I can't quite believe it, and yet I certainly hope it's not the last. What IS different about this one, however, is that I'm wearing a colour I very, very rarely wear… green!

As I mentioned in Monday's post, we're getting a glorious summer right now in the UK, and it's set to last at least a few days - maybe even a week or two (that's good going for Blighty). I'm wearing a couple of new pieces, one of which is a green dress - I have a short emerald green dress that's more of a winter or party dress, but this I think is my first green summer dress, and it's a full-skirted cotton beauty.

The pattern is an original print by Seasalt - I'm an ambassador for the brand till the end of the year (read this post which explains all about our collaboration) - and I love the 1950s day dress look it has. When I was at my parents' over the weekend the family was in much debate as to what the print was exactly: it's actually garlic bulbs. The print was inspired by strings of them that one of Seasalt's designers spotted in France. The dress is 100% cotton, fully lined and my regular size fits me like a dream.

Plus: THE DRESS HAS POCKETS. Need I say more...?!

RATHER THAN GOING FOR ALL-OUT PREPPY WITH BALLET SHOES OR LACE-UP ESPADRILLES, I DECIDED TO WEAR MY FABULOUS NEW BOHO-STYLE POMPOM AND TASSEL HEELS INSTEAD

Although I love Seasalt for their nautical, preppy styles, I decided to style the dress in a slightly different way. Rather than going for all-out preppy with ballet shoes or lace-up espadrilles, I decided to go for boho and wore my fabulous new pompom and tassel heels from Dorothy Perkins instead. I absolutely adore them… The embellishment and warm colours are a perfect contrast to the green day dress.

Sometimes you have to take a few risks and with things that are not "expected" of you or your style – it can be very liberating to free yourself that way and simply experiment! The dress and shoes don't necessarily go together - preppy and boho together is a bit of a style clash, but that's what I love about this outfit. I've taken a bit of a risk, and as far as I'm concerned, it's paid off.

Why? Because I love it and felt good wearing it. And that's what matters...!

Hot weather style: Printed green summer dress \ pompom and tassel embellished sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
SHOP THE LOOK:

Seasalt green Shallots printed summer dress  Dorothy Perkins pink, orange & red pom pom tassel heeled sandals  Warehouse pearl-effect yellow square sunglasses  Asos gold pendant necklace  Essie Peach Side Babe nail polish  Milwood leather strap watch, tan

All the rest of the outfit needed was a long gold pendant (which follows the neckline perfectly and doesn't detract too much attention from the print), messy saltwater/beachy hair (I used Philip Kingsley Instant Beach [US link], a salt-free texturising spray) and some coral nails to pick out the colour in the sandals.

As I said, I'm making the most of this hot weather and wearing ALL my summer dresses if I possibly can. I'm also going to try and introduce more green into my wardrobe - it's severely lacking in grassy hues. I love this "Seasalt green" as I call it… A green Breton striped t-shirt awaits!

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Hot weather style: Printed green summer dress \ pompom and tassel embellished sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Hot weather style: Printed green summer dress \ pompom and tassel embellished sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Hot weather style: Printed green summer dress \ pompom and tassel embellished sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Hot weather style: Printed green summer dress \ pompom and tassel embellished sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Hot weather style: Printed green summer dress \ pompom and tassel embellished sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Hot weather style: Printed green summer dress \ pompom and tassel embellished sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Hot weather style: Printed green summer dress \ pompom and tassel embellished sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Dress: Seasalt c/o
Heels: Dorothy Perkins (on sale!)
Necklace: Accessorize (I like this one)
Sunglasses: Warehouse
Watch: River Island (similar)
Nails: Essie Peach Side Babe
Cup: Amazon


Catherine

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Seasalt as part of my 2017 brand ambassadorship (click here for my full disclosure). All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.
Hot weather style: Printed green summer dress \ pompom and tassel embellished sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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21 comments

  1. Perfectly 'clashed' as always Catherine. I love those shoes, but my stupidly narrow feet would just fly straight through the front :(
    Love your hair like that BTW.
    Michelle xxx
    http://www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk

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    1. Oh no what a shame!! But then you have such pretty delicate feet MLD...! Thank you 😘

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  2. Wow! And the name of the dress!! Fabulous!

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  3. You are right taking a few risks is what it is all about. I love the dress and shoes together. I have taken a massive risk with my outfit today very very bright beautiful print pyjama bottoms. I loved them so much they were too good to wear for bed. So I braved the outside world wearing them today and loved it I will damn well wear what I like x

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    1. Sara that sounds AMAZING!!!!! Good for you!! 💪🏻💪🏻

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  4. Cool mix!! I tend to mix a lot of preppy and grunge :D

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  5. Oo very nice! I actually bought my first Seasalt dress last week - charity shopped, admittedly, but it's a similar style to yours from some years back. I am looking forward to wearing it and taking up an unexpected shoe challenge ;)

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    1. I bet that although it's from a charity shop P, it still looks fresh and modern? That's the great thing about brands that are not overtly "trendy" - they stand the test of time!! x

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  6. Who would've thought the humble garlic bulb could look ever so fancy in a print, Catherine, fancy and pretty :) the contrasting choice of vibe for your heels adds a lovely burst of technicolour rainbow brilliance, and breaks the visual intensity of the dress. In my eyes, it's quite perfect too. I know I ought to try wearing a touch more yellow and orange, and that's something I hope to do this year. Wear more yellows and oranges without appearing like a fruit orchard.

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    1. It's perfect as a print, isn't it Sheela?!! Thank you my lovely - and yes I'd love to see you in yellows and oranges... bring it on!

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  7. I adore that style of that dress, and the quirky print :)

    Sadie
    Aim For Fabulous

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  8. You really should wear green more often. It looks good on you. Green is not a colour I typically wear, although I don't have your hair colour! Maybe I should reconsider colours outside my comfort zone. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. I love the mix-up, well done! The color of this dress is gorgeous on you and I am loving those shoes! BTW, I love your hair, the perfect compliment to the entire look!
    Have a great weekend!
    xx
    Suzanne
    www.AskSuzanneBell.com

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  10. Catherine, first off, you need to wear green more often. That color is very flattering on you. And the garlic bulb print is so whimsical and cute. IMO, the classic shirtwaist style really works with anything. And those shoes are magnificent! Boho and preppy are a great combo. Just have a look at Tory Burch's summer collection. She melds the two styles beautifully.

    Theresa

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  11. Original print for this dress; fits great on you ;)

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2017/06/17/back-from-vancouver/

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  12. Catherine, this is brilliant! Green is my forever favorite color, and this shade of green just takes the cake! And how gorgeous the color is on you with your red hair. Just absolutely stunning! I also adore the 50's style of the dress. I would totally wear an outfit like this. And those sandals are adorable.

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  13. All the feels for this combination, your accessories really add pop to this look, I mean those shoes....droool! Yvadney x #SaturdayShareLinkUp

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