This week I’ve clashed some classic navy (trousers) with a graphic tee for a rock chic meets corporate style. The #iwillwearwhatilike link up theme today is graphic tees –
one of the original items on the list of “banned” things for the over 30s that kicked off the original #iwillwearwhatilike campaign back in August (scroll down for an explanation).
I have quite a few rock/graphic tees: My beloved David Bowie t-shirt; the (very apt) 1972 Adidas t-shirt; the superhero-style Obama tee and my “Confidence is the best outfit” tee, amongst others.
What I find crazy about this notion that women over 30/40/50 are too old for graphic tees is that the difference between a printed t-shirt and a plain one, or even a graphic tee and a patterned tee, is the matter of a bit of extra ink in a few different places. Unless you’re spouting some vile message via a slogan, what difference does it really make to anyone else if your t-shirt has some pattern or words on it?
If someone has an issue with whether a mature woman’s t-shirt has a bit of extra print on it, then I reckon they must have very little to worry about in their own life if they’re concerning themselves with that with regards to someone else. Lucky them, eh…?
Anyway – to far more important matters! This is one of those mish-mash outfits that I really liked because of its contrasts: Biker jacket in mint, a grungey grey rock tee, smart navy trousers and a floral skinny scarf. Nothing new here except for the stunning Lizzy O snake print and diamante wrap bracelet – this adds that extra touch of bling and edge to an outfit and suited the mint jacket perfectly.
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE MISH-MASH OUTFITS THAT I REALLY LIKED BECAUSE OF ITS CONTRASTS: BIKER JACKET IN MINT, A GRUNGEY GREY ROCK TEE, SMART NAVY TROUSERS AND A FLORAL SKINNY SCARF.
So do add your outfits to this week’s link up – don’t forget you may be featured next week if you’ve linked up an outfit with a graphic tee – that includes rock tees, logo tees and slogan tees too… Otherwise link up everything you’ve been wearing, old posts and new!
DO YOU HAVE A COLLECTION OF GRAPHIC/ROCK TEES LIKE ME? DO TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITES IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!
SHOP THE LOOK:
ASOS rock tee (I really like this grungey Diesel print t-shirt) | Gray & Osbourn jacket c/o (alternatives: Sage green biker jacket / Pale green biker jacket / Blue biker jacket) | ASOS scarf (this floral skinny scarf is a close match) | ASOS trousers (these classic navy chinos are almost the same and really smart) | ASOS loafers (these black patent loafers are pretty close) | Debenhams bag (this black leather hobo bag is similar) | ASOS oversized round sunglasses | Lizzy O snake print and diamante wrap bracelet c/o
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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!
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!
THE OPTIONAL THEME FOR 18 APRIL IS TRENCH COATS
(for April showers…!)
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My favourite YELLOW outfits from last week’s link up:
(L-R) Andrea’s Wellness Notes | Midlife Chic | Prosperity by Renata | Elegance Revisited | What Lizzy Loves
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HI Catherine!! I have to say because of you I now have a Super Obama Tshirt which has to be my all time favorite!! I wear it with so much pride and love! Thanks again
Oh wow Sue Ellen – that's amazing!!!!!!
Hi Catherine! Been away celebrating a Big Birthday, planning a big move and suffering a lack of Internet, so good to check in on this post.
I will certainly join in this challenge with my AC/DC t-shirt. If a whole stadium of follically-challenged gents of a certain age 😉 can wear them, so can I :)!
Emerald please do!! Look forward to seeing you 😀
I really like this look as well. You know what a sucker I am for a graphic tee. Never too old!
Haha yes I do know, Kristin!! 😉 Never too old for anything, as you say!! Thank you x
I really love the graphic tee, the design is right up my street being a bit of a rock chick! The neckline isn't too high, which is a bugbear of mine with some tees. The mix up of preppy and edgy is fab!
YES about the high necklines, Emma! I was really pleased this one was much lower. Thanks sweetie! x
Love your jacket and the way you put together your looks, Catherine. Always very inspiring to me ! Thanks for sharing your link-up 🙂 I gladly joined.
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As you know, I'm stuck in scrubs at work…but if I DID have to dress for a more "corporate" environment, this outfit of yours would certainly be my ultimate inspiration, dearest Catherine!! The graphic tee, skinny scarf and moto jacket are classic rocker pieces that you've magically managed to elevate to a totally office-appropriate look; I absolutely LOVE it!! P.S. I'm dying over that gorgeous wrap bracelet!! P.P.S. The notion that someone "shouldn't" wear a graphic t-shirt past a certain age isn't even worth the time it took for me to type this sentence!! 😉
hehe I love that last PPS, Monika!! I never thought about this outfit being office appropriate, though now you point it out it probably is! Must be all those office chic bloggers I featured last week having an influence on me 🙂
Thank you so much my dear xx
So well said, and well done, C. I shall wear my graphic tees as long as they please me! xox
I don't get what the big deal is about older people wearing graphic tees either. But I don't think it really matters, because everyone does anyway. People love to wear their favorite sports teams or bands on their chest with pride! I don't have any band or sports graphic tees, but I do have lot of tees with designs on them. A solid colored tee is just too boring. Cute outfit! I love your pants.
Quite right Amy that we all do anyway… As I said in the post what a thing to worry about about (other women wearing them I mean)! Thank you my lovely x
Such a fun look Catherine! Considering the fact that I have a rather healthy graphic tee collection, it's apparent I'm not really concerned with the fact I "shouldn't" be wearing them either!
Hurrah for all of us and our throwing caution to the wind, Debbie…!! Thank you my lovely x
If we all followed the silly fashion rules the world would be a boring place! I have a couple of tees from the V&A with vintage images on. Have a super week x
Can't go wrong with a graphic tee as cute as this – Have a lovely week!
I do love a great graphic tee and always want more but have to stop myself since I can only wear them on the weekend!
Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!
Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.
I love your turquoise jacket!!! It's so springy and playful. You look super cute and comfortable in this outfit #iwillwearwhatilike <3
Suzanne Carillo made one of my favourite graphic T's ever: Dressed to piss you off! Heh heh. It fits well with your theme. But I linked up my own DIY graphic T this time – so glad my post coincided with this theme. The look you're wearing here is one of my faves on you – casual, strong-minded, going places. And you could whack someone with that bag if you needed to (hope you don't!). Love it.
Hehe no whacking over here, Melanie!! ;)) Thanks sweetie x
I am a huge fan of graphic tees. I don't care what anyone says. : )
Thanks for hosting!
Actually, now that you mentioned it, I realized that I do not have any graphic tee, and it's true that there are not many mature women wearing them. I wonder why? I personally do not wear them because my bust is too big and I am afraid that such a tee would emphasize it too much ;)Your new pants stole my heart!
Thank you for selecting my outfit as one of your featued favorites! <3
Renata that would be a valid reason for not wearing one (if you choose to avoid them because of your bust, though even if you didn't avoid them then that would be fine too) – as opposed to us being told that because we've reached XX number of years we can't wear them. I know it's kinda obvious considering the name of this link up but we will wear what we like!!!! hehe ;))
Thank you sweetie, and glad to have featured you this week! x
Although I don't own a graphic tee (linked up my new printed top though) you are so right, again it has nothing to do with age and I love how you styled it. A stylemix became my favourite style anyway!!
The bracelet is the perfect accessory with your look and I also have to check out your shopping links as I love your shoes.
Annette | Lady of Style
Thank you Annette my lovely! Let's raise a glass to clothes having nothing to do with age :)))
You are def rocking this look but I am in love with that scarf, what a great touch to complete the outfit!
Oh yes, In love to wear my Siouxie and the Banshees tee on my leather pencilskirts!
OMG a Siouxie Soux tee would be awesome!!!!!!!!!
Lovely yellow outfits last week. So many familiair faces who won the week.
As for graphic T's… I like your casual and still smart look. Love the shoes.
Very pressed for time lately.
I always look forward to your link up, dear Catherine.
Love, love your shoes.
Besos from Málaga
Thank you for including me in your featured favourites!
I love graphic tees, and I think I have a few. Or tees with prints, why not?
I love that mint leather jacket, so nice to have something other than the basic black (that being said, I do like my black leather jacket, too…)
My pleasure, Tiina! Thank you x
Another ridiculous 'rule' well and truly put to death Catherine! And that green jacket you've styled your tee with works a treat.
I still wear graphic tees, though mine tend to have Minions on them – I refuse to grow up, EVER!!
hehe I can just imagine you in a Minions tee, Michelle…!!!! thank you xx
Love wearing graphic tees especially in summer so nothing to add here but a trenchcoat one week sooner than planned 😉 Love your flat lovers! Soooo cool Catherine! xo Sabina
Don't forget you can add old posts, Sabina – no restrictions! xx
I love that look! I don't really have any graphic tees that aren't old and worn out, but I'm looking one. 🙂
I wish I kept all of my concert tees! Whitesnake, ZZtop, Journey, I had alot as I was an avid concert goer as a kid. I miss going to concerts that dont run $300 a pop! Love the tee and such a fun look, the bright greenish mint blazer is perfect color on you and love the scarf tied for some extra fun! Looking great!
Wowww I bet those rock tees were amazing on you, Jess…!! What a shame you don't have them anymore 🙁
Thank you my lovely x
OMG I LOVE that mint biker jacket!!! And it's even especially more gorgeous with the navy pants. You never fail to impress with your amazing combos, Catherine! You're such an inspiration. It was really fun having something to 'aim for', for today's link up! And it was the first time I'd managed to wear my graphic Harry Potter tee!!
Aww Suzy I'm so glad – and thank you for those lovely compliments!! x
Graphic tees are probably my fav thing on the "don't" list … they're just fun and casual … with a sense of humor. Great styling and thanks for the fabulous link up!
Catherine, you look fab as always. I love the colour of your jacket. It looks stunning with your hair. Thank you for being such a wonderful model for the Lizzy O snake print wrap bracelet too. I can never resist a bit of animal print and thank you for featuring me and my yellow brolly too! I feel like I spend my life thanking you for the support you show to me and your fellow bloggers. Through blogging, I feel I/we have a true friend in you and I feel lucky to know you and to be on the receiving end of your brilliant advice. Sending the biggest hugs and a million thank yous! xxxxxxxx Liz (www.whatlizzyloves.com)
Ohhhhh Liz you're too kind… I don't really feel like I do that much – no more than anyone else in the Collective!! The feeling is mutual on the friendship thing, I'm just glad that someone else is benefiting from the advice which is only a result of all my trial and error (soooo many mistakes)!! hehe 😉 Much love to you, thank you from the bottom of my heart…!!!! x
I love a good graphic tee,I have one slogan tee in my capsule. They're just so wonderful to wear for adding a little bit of interest to an outfit. You my dear, looking marvellous. Your hair is just phenomenal lately. I can't believe you've not had a full fringe for all this time and yet it completely and utterly suits you!
Oh and also that jacket.. i loved it last year, i still love it now. its so different yet classic all at the same time. Plus the beautiful colour against your hair.. uhhh I die! 😉
As always thank you so so much for hosting, a pleasure to participate.
And also chats this week? Shall email you!XX
Rachel thank you!!! I thought it was about time I dug out the mint jacket again – I'm so glad I did…!
Look forward to your email sweetie x
I only just bought a graphic t-shirt—I used to think they were too "casual" and not very sophisticated! Ha—how wrong I was!
I've worn mine with a long necklace, but haven't tried the skinny scarf with it—love it! Thanks for the idea! jodie
I really like your graphic tee and that you styled it with classic pants and a blazer. I've been looking for a graphic tee but haven't found the "perfect" one yet… But I'm sure I'll find one soon if I look hard enough… 🙂
Thanks so much for including me in your featured favourites!
It was my pleasure, Andrea – lovely to see a yellow bandana, that's very unusual! Thanks sweetie x