Monday, 7 August 2017

How to Style a Denim Boilersuit (or Jumpsuit) For Summer #iwillwearwhatilike

How to style a denim jumpsuit / boilersuit for the summer \ leopard print belt \ red studded crossbody bag \ pointed toe snakeskin Finery flats | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

I'm starting to build up quite the collection of jumpsuits in my wardrobe - is there anything easier to wear? (Discounting bathroom issues, of course, but then I guess there has to be at least ONE drawback of wearing something that's so easy to style.)

This denim jumpsuit (similar), however, was described on Asos's site as a boilersuit... it made me wonder: What's the difference between a boilersuit and a jumpsuit?* It seems that a boilersuit simply isn't as fitted. So a light denim is actually the perfect fabric for a boilersuit - and when I saw this one in the Asos sale I knew it had to be mine.

It's yet another easy-to-wear, wear-anywhere item for my jumpsuit collection. This year I've worn my dark floral jumpsuit, the red floral jumpsuit at the JD Williams photo shoot and the khaki Winser jumpsuit on the blog. Never mind the times I've worn them on an everyday basis - when you work from home all you have to do is throw it on, add a belt (maybe) and shoes. Add a layer of a t-shirt or roll neck underneath (depending on the time of year) if you need a little extra warmth... AND THAT'S IT.

And as long as you cross your legs and never need the bathroom during the day, you're absolutely fine 😜

I KNOW THE BOILERSUIT IS MEANT TO BE BAGGY, BUT I LIKE TO ADD A LITTLE DEFINITION TO MY WAIST WHERE I CAN. 
This weekend I wore my boilersuit with my super comfy Finery snakeskin flats (so comfy I can walk the dog in them) and added a leopard print belt. I know the boilersuit is meant to be baggy, but I like to add a little definition to my waist where I can.

How to style a denim jumpsuit / boilersuit for the summer \ leopard print belt \ red studded crossbody bag \ pointed toe snakeskin Finery flats | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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Other than that I grabbed my newest crossbody bag (the studs! the studs! I love it!) and that was pretty much it. A lot of you have been really complimentary about my hair lately which is very kind... I'm actually growing out the bob and the fringe - who knows how long I'll go this time?!

Thank you for also being patient about the tardiness of my posts recently. I mentioned the other week that we were having WiFi problems - it seems the problem isn't going away. Everything is taking me twice as long so we are DEFINITELY going with a different broadband provider. The amount of time I sit looking at a white screen while it tries to connect is driving me insane, and I can't watch Instagram stories at home with this Wifi either it's so bad. We're thinking of switching to SKY, if anyone has any experience (good or bad) of their broadband please let me know!


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*(Little bit of trivia for you: Boilersuits were originally made for men maintaining coal-fired boilers. Jumpsuits were made originally for parachuteers. I guess it's kind of obvious when you think about it, and I love how items of clothing that were invented for purely practical reasons were taken over as fashion garments. Does that mean we'll be wearing tabards or high-vis jackets in the future as everyday wear...?!)

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!

ARE YOU THE PROUD OWNER OF A BOILERSUIT - AND IF NOT DID YOU WEAR THEM IN THE 80S (OR LIKE ME: BOTH)??! COMMENT BELOW, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @NOTLAMB!

How to style a denim jumpsuit / boilersuit for the summer \ leopard print belt \ red studded crossbody bag \ pointed toe snakeskin Finery flats | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to style a denim jumpsuit / boilersuit for the summer \ leopard print belt \ red studded crossbody bag \ pointed toe snakeskin Finery flats | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to style a denim jumpsuit / boilersuit for the summer \ leopard print belt \ red studded crossbody bag \ pointed toe snakeskin Finery flats | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to style a denim jumpsuit / boilersuit for the summer \ leopard print belt \ red studded crossbody bag \ pointed toe snakeskin Finery flats | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to style a denim jumpsuit / boilersuit for the summer \ leopard print belt \ red studded crossbody bag \ pointed toe snakeskin Finery flats | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to style a denim jumpsuit / boilersuit for the summer \ leopard print belt \ red studded crossbody bag \ pointed toe snakeskin Finery flats | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to style a denim jumpsuit / boilersuit for the summer \ leopard print belt \ red studded crossbody bag \ pointed toe snakeskin Finery flats | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Boilersuit: Asos (similar)
Bag: JD Williams c/o
Shoes: Finery London c/o (love these)
Belt: New Look (love this one)
Earrings: Accessorize (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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Catherine

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20 comments

  1. I love your jumpsuit! So cute and love the accessories you added on. Thanks for sharing and hosting :)

    www.tipsyheelz.com

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  2. Catherine, I love how you have styled this jumpsuit. I still haven't found a jumpsuit that is flattering on me. And I have tried and tried and tried. Your shoes, belt, and bag are superb and perfectly paired against the denim suit! And how fabulous are all 3 of your featured favorites! I need to go check out their posts now!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  3. I love how you included the history of the pieces with this. It's true how some items transcend into fashion. Kinda like the camo print. I'm only thinking about that because I'm working on a post about it for next week. To think that I'd be wearing it as a fashion statement...crazy!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  4. I wore them and wore them in the 80'summer. One was turquoise and my evening one with white shoes (oh yes). The other khaki. I have a khaki one now and it may be the answer to a dilema I have for next weekend.

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  5. Love the jumpsuit, I'm styling mine today for our 5Over50 challenge - hope you can have a look and see what you think.http://www.mummabstylish.com/2017/08/5-over-50-orange-is-new-black.html
    Loving the bit of history too Catherine - fab as always. x Jacqui
    mummabstylish

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  6. I was with Virgin Media and ad the same problem. I switched to Sky and find that much better. I hope you get it resolved, nothing worse! The Boiler suit looks fabulous btw xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  7. Catherine, I didn't know they referred to those jumpsuits as boilersuits. Thanks for enlightening! Makes total sense. And, yes, the addition of a belt to define your waist, especially a leopard print one, was the great idea! Love that red studded bag with the star design too.

    Theresa
    www.vintagestylefiles.com

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  8. You look prettily comfortable in your boiler suit, and the accessories finish it stylishly. Maybe wanting to connect with Sting who knew how to rock the boiler suit, I had a French navy boilersuit in the 80s, similar to in design to but with a simple round neckline. I remember the toilet issues! I thought this might have been resolved with this current jumpsuit phase, must still be designed by men - I'm alright, Jack!

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  9. I absolutely love boiler suits but I'm yet to find the right one for me. I did find a gorgeous khaki one recently but they didn't have my size... sigh! I shall continue looking! You look fab! Perfectly accessorised as usual, Catherine!
    Suzy xx
    Suzy Turner
    Yogadocious

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  10. That star-studded (teehee!) bag is SO my thing too, dearest Catherine!! And I will forever be in awe of the way you manage to up-style even the most "basic" pieces into a truly street-worthy ensemble; this denim boilersuit definitely does NOT look workmanlike on you!! XOXO

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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  11. Like you, Catherine, I've worn boilersuits both times around. And like you I love to give them a bit of shape with a belt too. Yours looks perfect with those awesome shoes - Finery (big sigh). Re broadband, we're with Plusnet and they're very good. I wonder if it does vary from area to area how good the connection is? Thanks for the link up!

    Anna x

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  12. I just commented on another blog post that I've been thinking of getting a jumpsuit. Knowing me, I'll get around to getting one once the trend has completely passed... ;-)

    I really like you in this boilersuit! The belt you added is perfect, and I just adore the flats you are wearing!

    Thanks for the link up & I hope your week is off to a good start!

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  13. You're very on trend for AW17 with your boilersuit Catherine! And the hair is indeed looking fab xx

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  14. I've never heard the term boiler suit before. I love the added touch of the leopard print belt. And the bag is fab!

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  15. I never thought about where Boiler suit or Jumpsuit come from, but you're right, it does make perfect sense! Like everyone else, I'm loving your hair in these shots. Maybe it is time to have it long for a while?! This denim boiler suit looks great, and super versatile. I don't think you can have too much of a staple. xx

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  16. You look great in the boilersuit, the accessories are fab! After wanting a jumpsuit for ages I've finally got one - it's a light summery one that's easy to get in and out of so I'm hoping there won't be any bathroom dramas!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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  17. Now I know the difference. Thank you. Very interesting background. I love the bagginess of the boilersuit, so flexible for styling, belted or loose. I must keep my eyes open for one too. I love your featured favourites this week too.

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  18. Thank you for hosting dear! I'm linking back to you HERE Hope you'll check out my latest Fashion post

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  19. Looks so comfy yet chic on you, love the leopard print belt with it!

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