Monday, 31 July 2017

Colourful, Cooler Summer Weather Dressing (and the 100th #iwillwearwhatilike)

Summer dressing for cooler days: Pale pink blazer \ loose floral trousers \ red striped block heel shoes \ neck scarf \ white fringe cross body bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

How crazy is this: This is my 100th #iwillwearwhatilike post - it's been going for nearly two years now...!

It's quite apt that today is the link up's centenary as over the weekend The Times published an article called "What not to do, wear and say over 40: Take the age limit test".

Yes, it was THE TIMES. Not the Daily Fail or The Sun, but The Times. One of the broadsheets, and one that's (generally) considerably classier than the aforementioned rags. I was very proud to have appeared in their Sunday Times Style magazine a couple of years ago. Anyway I won't go into that now, I can see it becoming the subject of this week's Saturday Share post (sign up to my posts by email so you don't miss it)!

So, 100 link ups celebrating women wearing whatever they damn well like, and for the 100th I'm simply featuring what I wore at the weekend. And it's one of those outfits that you don't think too much about at the time - sure, I thought it was nice enough - but when I saw the photos I liked it a LOT more. It had some really stylish elements and the colours all worked beautifully together.

Isn't it weird how the mirror does that to you? Just like it doesn't tell you when an outfit isn't working, it also doesn't tell you when an outfit really IS working. That's the beauty of fashion blogging - as I said only last week: Trust the camera, not the mirror...!

JUST LIKE IT DOESN'T TELL YOU WHEN AN OUTFIT ISN'T WORKING, [THE MIRROR] ALSO DOESN'T TELL YOU WHEN AN OUTFIT REALLY IS WORKING. 

As for colours, the outfit can be broken down into reds, purples, pinks and white. (With a big dollop of orange on my head, but we can blame that on my hairdresser - my hair was freshly coloured this weekend and I love it when it's this vibrant.)

Summer dressing for cooler days: Pale pink blazer \ loose floral trousers \ red striped block heel shoes \ neck scarf \ white fringe cross body bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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The trousers are years and years old, but when you're struggling for clothes that fit you (hello, new eating and exercise regime courtesy of the husband) then you go for the stretchy elasticated ones, don't you? Thankfully they're a great contrast to the bold red block heel shoes I was kindly gifted by Lotus - and believe me when I say they are INSANELY comfortable. I have the same shoe in faux black crocodile and they're so, so comfy. Perfect for a wedding or other summer event when you'll be on your feet all day.

This outfit needed just an extra something, and I tried necklaces but they just didn't look right. In the end I went for a neck scarf - the red of the heels pick out the red rose in its pattern. I tied it in the way I was reminded about in the 6 ways to feature a bandana article I featured in my unmissable reads post from last week: It's my favourite way to tie it at the neck.

It's not been particularly hot here in the UK recently - we've had a lot of cooler days. It's still mild, but annoyingly (for someone who loves heat and the summer) it's been raining and only just about what you'd call warm. I wore the blazer all day and didn't get hot... That's the UK for you!


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If you haven't linked up an outfit before PLEASE do so as it's the 100th #iwillwearwhatilike link up post... As far as I can remember I haven't missed a Monday yet, but I think this year will be the first I do because Christmas Day falls on a Monday. And that's the last time I mention the C-word for many months yet, don't worry...!

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!

DID YOU SEE THAT ARTICLE IN THE TIMES? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

Summer dressing for cooler days: Pale pink blazer \ loose floral trousers \ red striped block heel shoes \ neck scarf \ white fringe cross body bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer dressing for cooler days: Pale pink blazer \ loose floral trousers \ red striped block heel shoes \ neck scarf \ white fringe cross body bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer dressing for cooler days: Pale pink blazer \ loose floral trousers \ red striped block heel shoes \ neck scarf \ white fringe cross body bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer dressing for cooler days: Pale pink blazer \ loose floral trousers \ red striped block heel shoes \ neck scarf \ white fringe cross body bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer dressing for cooler days: Pale pink blazer \ loose floral trousers \ red striped block heel shoes \ neck scarf \ white fringe cross body bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer dressing for cooler days: Pale pink blazer \ loose floral trousers \ red striped block heel shoes \ neck scarf \ white fringe cross body bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Jacket: Oasis (similar)
T-shirt: Yunion T c/o
Trousers: Asos (old - similar)
Neck scarf: Asos
Shoes: Lotus c/o
Bag: New Look (similar)
Watch: Daniel Wellington (a birthday present from the lovely RetroChicMama)
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!



Linking up etiquette...

CLICK HERE to read the rules of linking up (and to grab the #iwillwearwhatilike button). Basically it's just good manners to link back to here - to leave a comment is even nicer!

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Fashion bloggers who believe in #iwillwearwhatilike
My favourite outfits from last week's link up:

To get yourself featured next week, make sure you've included a link back to Not Dressed As Lamb or my button in your post/sidebar!

DO SHARE THE LOVE AND VISIT AS MANY LINKS AS YOU CAN (YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT OTHER LOVELY LIKE-MINDED LADIES YOU MIGHT MEET) - THE ORIGINAL INSTAGRAM CAMPAIGN FORGED SOME WONDERFUL NEW FRIENDSHIPS SO DON'T MISS OUT!


Catherine

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Linking up to: iwillwearwhatilikeShoe and TellVisible MondayTurning Heads TuesdayBrilliant Blog PostsFun Fashion FridayPassion for Fashion FridaySaturday Share Link Up

Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links which means if you click through and buy I may receive a small commission. I was gifted the shoes by Lotus Shoes but was not compensated for writing this post (click here for my full disclosure) or under any obligation to blog about them. All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.
Summer dressing for cooler days: Pale pink blazer \ loose floral trousers \ red striped block heel shoes \ neck scarf \ white fringe cross body bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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37 comments

  1. I love this color combination, Catherine!!
    And I must admit, that the mirror vs the camera thing is true. But annoying, really! I don't want to have to take a photo every time I'm getting dressed. There has to be a better way....(whining here!!)
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I think honing your style when you're unsure of it by studying photos is the way to go, Jodie... it's more of a tip for those who have no clue what suits them! x

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  2. congrats on 100 link ups of I will wear what I want. I adore this concept. Loving todays look and just catching up on a few older posts. Loved your 6th Blogversary recap.

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    1. PS A Labour of Fashion goes live every Thursday, would love for you to hop over.

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  3. Congrats on the milestone. I was exasperated by the Times article - we still have a lot to do to convince men that we can wear our hair, and anything else, however we want, at any age.

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  4. the first thing i noticed was how amazing your hair is looking! So so good!! Love this colour palette too (as always!. How tricky is it dressing in this stupid British weather. You've managed to put a perfect outfit together though of course! Thanks so much for the linkup, wishing you a wonderful week
    Rxxx

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  5. Congrats on 1oo link up posts, and I love that pink blazer , so cute on you!

    Valerie
    xo

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  6. Congratulations on your milestone! Looking lovely in colours to cheer up our British summer. I'm spending my days in swimsuits and shorts, or jumpers and jeans. No just-right days in between for lovely summer dresses and skirts, eh? :-(.

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    1. you're right - too few days for summer dresses! :(

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  7. Congratulations and thanking for keep us linked up. It's a lot of work and we all do appreciate what you do :) Have a great week!

    xo,
    Janise

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    1. aww Janise that's so lovely of you, thank you! x

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  8. Congratulations, dear Catherine.I was with you from the very beginning and I am so glad to see it grow.
    I will have a blogging break from next week. We are off to Scotland for some nice cold weather, hahahhaha
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  9. Congratulations on your milestone! 100 link-ups Wow! Thanks for keeping us all together. I love your pink blazer.

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  10. Very nice colors in this outfit and nice shoes ;)

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/holidays-in-tuscany-the-apartment/

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  11. I have always loved your blog and style Catherine. Thank you for being bold, bright, fun and unique always, in what you wear! What a great way to wear a pretty neck scarf. Your floral pants and colorblocked pumps are gorgeous. Times, In Style, Glamour, Baazar and whatnot can never tell us what to or not to wear.

    Congratulations on 100 successful linkups!

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  12. Catherine,
    Sending you huge congrats on you 100th #iwillwearwhatilike it takes a lot of work I bet I am right in thinking?
    bestest Ashley
    Ps looking forward to meeting you and Mid life chic in August!(shhhhh?)

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  13. Congratulations! Hope you host it for many more!

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  14. Congratulations on your 100th link up! I didn't see the article in the Times but I can imagine that we've heard it all before and decided to ignore it!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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  15. Interesting... Trust the camera, not the mirror!

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  16. Congratulations with the anniversary of I will wear what I like. And with your colourful outfit. That is my girl, the daring colour queen. Keep up the good work.
    Greetje

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  17. Congrats! Keep up the amazing work and keep posting your amazing style!

    Liv

    http://livforstyle.net

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  18. I'm adoring this jacket, it's a pretty colour for summer, and would work well with tan in the Autumn - Cute. Thanks for the link up. x Jacqui
    mummabstylish

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  19. Of course, I love your outfit, but I still can't stop looking at your hair! Such a gorgeous color!

    Much love from Napa Valley!

    Paulina | Shenska

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  20. It's not something you'd normally say of a blazer-and-trousers ensemble...but with addition of your oversized sunnies and that pretty scarf, you've got an expectedly glamorous look going on here, dear Catherine!! And as always, you've outdone yourself with this eye-catching combo of colours, too; hard to remember there was ever a day when red hair was considered a challenge to dress for!! P.S. I totally agree with "trusting" the camera versus the mirror when it comes to putting together a great outfit; I've often fallen much more in love with a look once I see it in photographs!! P.P.S. Happy 100th "birthday" to the #iwillwearwhatilike linkup...here's to the next 100!! XOXO

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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  21. Congratulations on your 100th hosting party. Wow, time flies. So much has happened since you began. You're wearing an awesome colour combination. I love it. Cheers to your next 100 posts. I looked for that article - I'll check on your Saturday linkup again.

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  22. Wow, 100th linkup! That's a good milestone. What a lovely community has formed because of it. Because of you!! Xx

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  23. CONGRATULATIONS!! 100 eh? That's totally mad. I LOVE it. I also love your outfit. You look absolutely stunning, as always, Catherine.
    Suzy, Yogadocious

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  24. Congratulations Catherine and thank you for inventing the link-up party. Happy to be part of that over 40 community. And I love your color combination. Have a great week. xx Sabina

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  25. No, I didn't see the article, but in America we have one saying every time we read or hear something we don't like or disagree with "Fake News!" and this article certainly applies! Ha-ha! Love your shoes and the neckerchief really completes the outfit.

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  26. Congrats on 100 successful I Will Wear What I Like! It has been fun to join in and a good message to be sending out! I often go back to outfit posts to figure out what to wear to an event because I think the camera is a better report on how it looks! Peace!
    Cheryl
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

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  27. I must say that I love your pants and the shoes the most. You look gorgeous.
    X
    Miri
    http://currentlywearing.com

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  28. Congratulations on your 100th post and thanks for hosting this great link up for us all. It's lovely to see so many different styles and personalities

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  29. Dearest Catherine,
    I can't thank you enough for honoring me as one of your Featured Favorites. Your blog exemplifies the highest standards in sharing informative, insightful information and style advice with your many subscribers. You've truly made my day.

    Sending much love from America,
    Xo Jonet

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  30. I love this pretty color combo! Can't believe you've posted 100 linkups! I just recently counted mine up and was over 200. Where oh where did the time go? Congrats!

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