How to Cleverly Style a Floral Jumpsuit in Autumn/Winter #iwillwearwhatilike

Dark floral jumpsuit styled for autumn / fall / winter layered with a roll neck, boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Continuing my theme of getting the most out of your summer clothes as autumn settles in, I wore a floral jumpsuit in very cold weather this week.

Now a floral jumpsuit may not seem like a particularly versatile piece – especially when it comes to colder weather – but the beauty of this one I got from ASOS is that it has a dark background, and dark florals always work in autumn and winter: You simply layer up and you’re good to go. I added a ribbed grey roll neck (similar) that I got last winter, and you can’t see but I was also wearing tights underneath my jumpsuit.

I know that some people can’t wear tights at all, and some absolutely can’t wear them under trousers, but I absolutely can – and have to – when it’s really cold…!

The only problem I encountered (and those of you who’ve ever grappled with a jumpsuit may know what’s coming) is that I wore this when travelling up on the train to London. I was almost out the door when I realised that unzipping the jumpsuit and getting through all the layers to go to the bathroom might be a bit of a nightmare, but it was too late to change into something else.

Dark floral jumpsuit styled for autumn / fall / winter layered with a roll neck, boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style



However, apart from it taking an awfully long time to practically undress to nothing (thank goodness for the roll neck), going, and then getting dressed again it actually wasn’t too much of a problem. I think I was just excited about finding a way to style florals in winter temperatures that I forgot to think about the practicalities.

The finishing touches were practical, however: Mirrored aviators to prevent squinting on the train (it’s somehow always blindingly sunny on train journeys for me and my reserved seat is always on the sunny side), my trusty orange tote (similar) and comfy worker boots (similar) for a day trudging round London.

In case you were wondering, I did wear a wool coat due to the sudden drop in temperatures but I’ll show you that in another outfit post next week (it’s the grey Mark & Spencer coat I featured in my amazing M&S things to buy post).

Yes, I braved biting cold winds without a coat to bring you the jumpsuit outfit in all its glory…!

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Dark floral jumpsuit styled for autumn / fall / winter layered with a roll neck, boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 styleDark floral jumpsuit styled for autumn / fall / winter layered with a roll neck, boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Dark floral jumpsuit styled for autumn / fall / winter layered with a roll neck, boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Dark floral jumpsuit styled for autumn / fall / winter layered with a roll neck, boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
ASOS jumpsuit | ASOS roll neck (similar) | La Redoute boots (similar) | Hobbs bag c/o (similar) | QUAY Australia sunglasses via ASOS | ASOS watch (similar) | Rimmel Kate ‘Saturn’ nail polish


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  1. 13 November 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Love the idea of wearing a polo neck under a summer jumpsuit, had never thought of that and yet it looks amazing. Thank you for hosting #SaturdayShareLinkUp Yvadney x

  2. 11 November 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Love wearing dark florals especially in Winter. Thanks for the link up and have a great week. Sabina

  3. 9 November 2016 / 11:07 am

    I love dark florals for winter! Great idea to wear a sweater under the jumpsuit. I've got a grey roll neck on my radar (I hate having a cold neck!) but maybe I'll hold on for the sales and buy a nice cashmere one..or two 😉

    Emma xxx

  4. 8 November 2016 / 11:45 am

    It is getting cold over here in Southern Spain … although I'm sure not as cold as it is where you are. My latest post is about a dark floral dress that I paired with tights and boots, in fact! I find if it's darker, go for it!


  5. 8 November 2016 / 10:12 am

    oh yes and I love layering under lighter dresses as well as over. I'm a big fan of a pretty dress, roll neck, woolly tights and boots (plus hats, scarves and gloves at the moment with snow forecast. I also like layering tights – coloured under lacy black

  6. 8 November 2016 / 6:19 am

    I've been a bit sceptical about a jumpsuit, (due to toilet issues!) but am slowly coming round to the idea.
    As for the floral I'm definately for winter floral, they tend towards larger prints and are definately in darker colours. Love your pop of colour with the orange bag, it lifts your outfit to the next level.

  7. 8 November 2016 / 12:28 am

    I love how elegant this piece is and actually it even seems like it could be pretty versatile! Gorgeous Catherine.

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  8. 7 November 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Catherine, I love your inventiveness and the way you make your wardrobe work hard throughout the seasons. The dark floral is stunning on you and your hair looks amazing. Thank you for hosting as always my lovely. Love Liz xxx xxxxxxxx

  9. 7 November 2016 / 9:26 pm

    That is a stylish way to layer your jumpsuit!

  10. 7 November 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Catherine, the thing that is great about this outfit is the dark background of the jumpsuit. Summer florals are so often light backgrounds with pastels, but this has the feel of fall and winter because of the black background. Great idea to put the sweater underneath and I could also see it with a cardi or jacket over the top. I love layers and it gets quite cold here in the winter, so I would be wearing tights, a sweater underneath and a jacket or blazer over top….so I would be in the bathroom quite a while. Ha, ha. Great look. Thanks for sharing. – Amy

  11. 7 November 2016 / 8:16 pm

    The shape of that pantsuit is really great. I like the tapered legs. I would be inclines to try one again with pantalets like that. I had one with wide legs, but I immediately got rid of all of my Palazzo-style trousers after one pair sent me sprawling all over the floor of the Toronto airport. SUPER embarrassing, and I had to rehab my knee for 2 months!

  12. 7 November 2016 / 8:14 pm

    That is clever styling. I really like it. I haven't got many patterns or florals in my wardrobe. Funny thing to come to such conclusion. Like the time when you had the I will wear what I like challenge with 4 colours and I found out I never use more than three. Conservative hello.

  13. 7 November 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Aside from the bathroom issue this outfit is wonderful.

    I will also sometimes wear tights under pants as an extra layer. I don't like to freeze but then as soon as you head indoors you die from heat. There is no winning.


  14. 7 November 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Catherine I love this winterising of a jumpsuit and am with you on a roll neck with functional boots, but am completely not with you regarding tights under trousers! Samantha also talks about tights as an extra layer, but I just can't abide that rubbing and catching sensation that seems to happen to (maybe just) me. Ah well, there's nowt as queer as fowk, as they say! Thanks for the link up party and the chance to make some new friends.
    Have a great week x

  15. 7 November 2016 / 5:05 pm

    SUPER cute and a great idea. I do love to make my wardrobe work for me and you have done it here.

  16. 7 November 2016 / 4:33 pm

    With our (generally!) more moderate autumn and winter temperatures here in Vancouver, I feel very lucky that I can wear most of my pieces year-round, dearest Catherine!! But I DO feel the chill, so layered looks like your sweater-under-a-jumpsuit combo make me a very happy girl!! XOXO P.S. The definition of a true fashionista?? Someone who doesn't care about mundane practicalities when putting together a fabulous outfit!! ;D

  17. 7 November 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Since I have the bladder of a small child, that might annoy me! hehe. Regardless, the jumpsuit is beautiful on you, i love the soft blue and pink flowers in this jumpsuit Catherine! I have been thinking of ways to wear my spring dresses with layers, and I love the grey turtleneck you chose with these pastels. Your hair styled wavy looks very pretty as well.
    jess xx

  18. 7 November 2016 / 4:06 pm

    What better than flowers when the weather gets colder.
    It is even getting colder here, soooooooooooooooooooooooo glad
    Much love

    • 7 November 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Oh Sacramento I'm glad (for your sake) that it's getting cooler – though I wouldn't wish the temperatures we have here on you…!!

  19. 7 November 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Absolutely love how you made this gorgeous jumpsuit suitable for colder temperatures. And your orange tote is such a great pop of colour too. Thanks so much for the feature my love. Much love, Kirsten xx

  20. 7 November 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Great idea to wear a turtleneck under a jumpsuit, Catherine. Jumpsuits are hard for me to find… my long legs and a short torso make most jumpsuits too short in the leg and too long up top. I just bought a lace-up pair of ankle boots, since I'm so tired of my old pull-on ones. Love yours.:)

    • 7 November 2016 / 4:06 pm

      Thanks Susan! I know the feeling about certain types of clothing that just don't fit you properly – I have a large waist-to hip ratio and trying to find trousers that fit me without gaping at the waist is a nightmare!!

  21. 7 November 2016 / 3:07 pm

    That is a clever way to style a jumpsuit for autumn. And yes, I love to wear dark florals in autumn and winter.

    • 7 November 2016 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you Amy… Dark florals suit cold weather better than hot weather, don't they?!

  22. 7 November 2016 / 2:59 pm

    It's true that there is some extra work to go to the bathroom in a jumpsuit, but half the time you basically need to reconfigure your outfit anyways! Even if it's a dress or trousers!! Besides, it's definitely easier to add a turtleneck like this, than a jacket over top!
    I love making your clothing versatile, like you've done!! It's not only economical, but very smart!

    • 7 November 2016 / 3:59 pm

      Good point about other outfits needing time in the bathroom, Jodie… Sometimes belts and zips and buckles all take ages too!! Thanks sweetie x

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