Bold Floral Pattern Mixing With Bright Heels + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

Springtime pattern mixed florals with longline blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb
This week’s #iwillwearwhatilike theme is florals – yesterday was the Spring Equinox for the northern hemisphere so it seemed only fitting to welcome in spring this way!

I’m wearing a slightly different styled version of the same mixed florals outfit I wore to welcome in spring last year. The same floral top and floral leggings have been paired with my longline blazer and the same coral heels I wore with my ‘Neapolitan ice cream’ outfit a couple of weeks ago, and I like how the muted camel colour of the blazer tones down the loudness of the florals somewhat. Though I did stay true to my colourful style and added those bright heels… You can’t keep a colour addict completely tied down!


I’m always aware that pattern mixing does scare a lot of people, and while I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going all out to begin with by wearing a top and trousers in two wildly different patterns, but wearing two versions of the same pattern in different (but coordinating) colourways does work. Though you don’t have to go for co-ords from the same brand if you don’t want to – try a pair of patterned trousers with a dark background and team them with a patterned top with a light background. Simply make sure at least one, preferably two, colours in both patterns match and you’ll find they harmonise beautifully.

I always believe spring and summer is the time to be braver – and get bolder.

Don’t forget to add your outfits to this week’s link up: Scroll down for all the details, I look forward to seeing what you link up!


Springtime pattern mixed florals with longline blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb
Floral leggings with longline blazer, coral ponted heels | Not Dressed As Lamb
Springtime pattern mixed florals with longline blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb
Springtime pattern mixed florals with longline blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb
Soft florals, camel blazer, oversized round sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb
George at Asda leggings SS15 c/o (love these blue floral print trousers) | George at Asda top SS15 c/o (this floral shell top would work beautifully with the trousers I suggested) | ASOS blazer (I like this taupe lightweight long coat) | ASOS heels (I like these peach pointed high heels) | Yosa ‘The Catherine’ bag c/o | ASOS oversized round sunglasses | Maybelline Superstay nail polish ‘Modern in Mauve’


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#iwillwearwhatilike | 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!

So link up all your fabulous outfits (or shoes, accessories, make-up, etc.) every Monday at 3pm UK time – it’ll 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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This is for linking up what you’ve been wearing (or would like to wear) only. I like to keep it all looking tidy because I’m a bit of a neat-freak, so non-outfit links will be removed – it’s only fair to others linking up!


(because it’s Easter Monday)

Please be a good sport and do the following…

1. Follow your host Not Dressed As Lamb via Bloglovin or Instagram
2. Link up your outfits (blog or Instagram posts) that show how you choose to wear what you like – as many as you like!
3. Include a link back to the post if you’re linking from a blog post, or add my button (below)
4. Post your outfit on Instagram (if you use it) with the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike – Monday’s the day to join in the IG fun
5. Please do not link up anything other than outfits, shoes, accessories or make-up  non-outfit links will be removed. This link up is for linking up what you’ve been wearing (or would like to wear) only
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Fashion bloggers in monochromatic looks #iwillwearwhatilike

My favourite MONOCHROMATIC outfits from last week’s link up:

(L-R) Sed Bona | The Cooking Wardrobe | Tones Stil | Une Femme | Teatime With Trina

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 – as there’s no theme next week I’ll just be picking my favourites!





Linking up to: Style StoriesiwillwearwhatilikeShoe and TellVisible MondayLet It ShineMonday MingleStyle SessionsTurning Heads TuesdayTrend Spin Link-UpWhat I Wore WednesdayBrilliant Blog PostsThrowback ThursdayPassion for Fashion FridayFriday’s Fab Favourites, Fun Fashion Friday


  1. 23 March 2016 / 11:10 pm

    What a cute and clever outfit. You're obviously in the advanced fashion class. Pattern-mixing is beyond my ken.

  2. 23 March 2016 / 2:37 pm

    I simply HAD to wait until Wednesday to join this linkup, dearest Catherine…because today's the day my own blog post is featuring what's probably my boldest floral combination yet!! πŸ™‚ And I'm totally crediting your sartorial creativity for – little by little – pushing me out of my neutrals comfort zone; after all, who wouldn't be inspired by this wonderfully cheerful top and leggings ensemble of yours?! Loving those pretty pink pumps, too…and the little caramel-coloured bag is delish!! XOXO

  3. 22 March 2016 / 1:14 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring me, I am honored. I always get bolder towards spring and summer, bye bye to the boring boots and hello to my crazy heels (as one example) πŸ™‚

  4. 22 March 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the feature Catherine. Lovely outfit that I will totally wear. Enjoy the rest of your week. xo

  5. 22 March 2016 / 9:20 am

    Really like the way you are mixing bold prints with calm camel coat and bag. That is the way I would love wearing it too! Thanks for hosting Catherine! And thank you so much again for the advice. Really helped! xxxx Sabina

  6. 22 March 2016 / 8:50 am

    I love this post Catherine – had to laugh as we had exactly the same idea at the same time as Sunday morning I also published a floral dress post – smile.
    Wishing you loads of fun with your floral prints and adoring the pink shoes…

    XX Yvonne

  7. 22 March 2016 / 2:58 am

    Yes to florals! Mine are smaller and more delicate, but I love them all!

  8. 21 March 2016 / 11:07 pm

    I would never have thought of mixing patterns like this but it so works!
    Beautiful x

  9. 21 March 2016 / 11:06 pm

    I just love the colours and print combined in this outfit! The shoes look stunning with this look and I love that they aren't a predictable choice. Amazing styling as ever dear Catherine πŸ™‚

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  10. 21 March 2016 / 9:28 pm

    I love the mixing of floral prints and pattern, they work really well together complimenting and contrasting each other.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  11. 21 March 2016 / 9:08 pm

    I love this prints, pastel and beautiful and they look like they were meant to be together, the bright neon flats add another color mix and I am a big fan of colored flats. Great breakup withe nthe neutral trench. Lovely! ( i am at pattern mixing 101 tomorrow…)
    jess xx

  12. 21 March 2016 / 8:19 pm

    So, so gorgeous Catherine. I've been clashing prints like crazy over the last few months-I have a clashy post ready to go live on Friday-it was meant to be live last Friday but you know, a night with Hugh Jackman and things got messy-hahah (a night stood next to him I should add)! Love this whole look and those heels *swoon x

    • 25 March 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Ohhhhhh you and your Hugh Jackman gallivanting, Vicki… I'm not envious at all. AT ALL!!!!! hehe πŸ˜‰ Seriously, thank you my lovely, you're a sweetheart, if a bit of a jammy one!! x

  13. 21 March 2016 / 7:53 pm

    I think the balance between your chosen prints is perfect Catherine, but that's not surprising for a fashion icon like you. I love that you chose those gorgeous coral shoes again – they're adorable (sorry if I'm repeating myself!)
    I must admit I've found that since I started my own blog I've become bolder in my dressing. Am I guilty of playing to the gallery, perhaps? Maybe. I'd like to think that there's an audience out there who appreciate a over 50 fashion blogger who loves colour and print which helps me justify having fun dressing up.
    Anna's Island Style

    • 25 March 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Oh bless you Anna – hardly a fashion icon but I'll take it graciously, thank you!!!! I definitely think having a blog influences your style, that's for sure… So few people see my outfits IRL but then I think about how many people see them online and it's a bit mind-boggling!! x

  14. 21 March 2016 / 7:24 pm

    I love the pattern mix in your outfit. As far as I'm concerned, florals are the new neutral and should be matched with other prints. Your look fits in with my Powers the Flower link-up. Would you consider adding your post to it?

  15. 21 March 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Florals, a great theme for the spring equinox; I like the look you've chosen to celebrate it. Thanks for the linkup.

  16. 21 March 2016 / 5:35 pm

    This double floral look is outstanding! I like the eclectic punch that mixing them up adds to usually-sweet florals. I saw it on Instagram and had to rush over to see more photos of it. Love love love. xx

    • 25 March 2016 / 7:35 pm

      Hehe to get you to like something florals is an achievement I'm super proud of, Lisa!!!! Thank you sweetie xx

  17. 21 March 2016 / 5:16 pm

    Love the double florals and those candy sweet shoes.

    Thanks for hosting.


  18. 21 March 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Gorgeous mix of prints, and I especially like them paired with those fabulous pumps!

  19. 21 March 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Pretty! You really make me want to buy some patterned pants! πŸ™‚

    • 21 March 2016 / 5:38 pm

      Haha I'm sure you don't, Michelle!!!! I have to admit I thought I looked odd at first, but I think with anything different to what you're used to you eventually get used to it. You've got such beautiful bone structure I bet you'd look fabulous in them! Thank you hun xx

  20. 21 March 2016 / 4:01 pm

    It is funny how springtime—the birth of a new season & greenery—brings about a different way of thinking! I'm definitely being bolder in my clothing choices, but I think most of it is because of bloggers like you! I see your wonderful outfits and think "i can do that"! Thanks for all the inspiration (and for the link up)! jodie

    • 21 March 2016 / 5:36 pm

      I think springtime does that more than any other season, Jodie – it's probably because people are usually fed up with winter and want to celebrate its end!! And thank you, I'm glad to give you some inspo! x

  21. 21 March 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Sooooooooooooooooooo very lovely and ready for spring, dear Catherine.
    Tons of love and admiration

    • 21 March 2016 / 5:35 pm

      MUAH thank you Sacramento my darling xxxx

    • 21 March 2016 / 5:35 pm

      Aww Lauren thank you so much! We'll have to see if that's possible, not easy trying to fit everything in…!!

  22. 21 March 2016 / 3:54 pm

    I like dresses with a floral pattern, but never wore a pants like that. I think it sreams Spring is coming! But not yet here in the Netherlands.Lol!

    • 21 March 2016 / 5:34 pm

      It isn't really spring here in the UK either, Nancy – not the temperatures anyway! I only really wore this outfit indoors, I had the jacket on inside because we just didn't warm up even with the fire on!! x

  23. 21 March 2016 / 3:40 pm

    I have a pair of pants with a floral pattern and got brave last fall and paired them with a polka dot blouse. I ended up really liking the outfit and dabbled a bit more in pattern mixing here and there. Your do it SO well! I love everything about your outfit!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • 21 March 2016 / 5:32 pm

      That outfit sounds lovely, Andrea – can't say I've teamed florals with polka dots with florals before but I must remember that for the future! Thank you sweetie x

  24. 21 March 2016 / 3:28 pm

    That taupe coat is so lovely with the florals and with the bright shoes. Sigh. Now if we'd just get some warm weather.

    • 21 March 2016 / 5:31 pm

      Hehe yes, it definitely warm when we took these photos, Susan! Thank you my lovely x

  25. 21 March 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Catherine I'm absolutely honored to be featured — monochrome is one of my favorite dressing techniques so I'm thrilled to have been featured for that week especially!

    As for your fabulous outfit, where do I start? The beautiful 'Catherine' tan bag or the stunning floral-on-floral combination you're in? I love it all — so fresh and edgy for spring!


    Ashley || Sed Bona

    • 21 March 2016 / 5:31 pm

      Oh Ashley I'm so pleased – your lovely soft pinks outfit was a dream!! And thank you, really glad you like my outfit xx

  26. 21 March 2016 / 3:24 pm

    I love the top and leggings, they are perfect partners! The camel coat is fab too! Hope you have a great week πŸ™‚

    Emma xxx

  27. 21 March 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Catherine, I have always loved how brave you are with pattern and colour combinations and you just seem to make everything "work". I love your florals and as a fellow lover of bright shoes, I love those too. Florals form a significant part of my wardrobe and this link-up has definitely put me in the mood for spring! Thank you and much love xxx Liz, xxx

    • 21 March 2016 / 5:29 pm

      Oh bless you Liz, thank you!! I had a feeling you'd be all over the theme this week… I was right!! x

  28. 21 March 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Lovely spring look. I just looked out of the window: a fresh coat of snow makes sure I won't expect to see any spring flowers quite yet…

    • 21 March 2016 / 5:29 pm

      Oh no, Tiina – here's wishing some warmer temperatures your way!! Thank you sweetie x

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