Wide Leg Trousers: How to Get the Katharine Hepburn Look #iwillwearwhatilike

How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Masculine chic is one of my favourite looks, and although it can come in many forms one of the chicest is classic Katharine Hepburn style. 

Really all you need is a pair of wide leg, turn up trousers – they were her signature style and she was probably the person that made them incredibly popular for women. I styled mine for a meal out to celebrate a family birthday party last week – but first, my hair!

Oh, how I confused everyone last week… I mentioned that my hair had since changed colour (it was dyed for a magazine photo shoot) and that it was now completely different – well THIS is the new hair colour. I had several compliments on last week’s hair colour (thank you!!) but that light strawberry blonde colour was no different to how it had been for months…!

I wasn’t sure if I liked the new colour, but these shots were taken after it had been washed a few times, so the colour has gone from a much darker shade (it really just looked “mid brown” to me at home in the mirror) to this vibrant red. The light in our location always enhances whatever my hair is doing, so it looks wonderfully bright red here and I love it, but sadly it’s not this bright IRL!

Now that that’s cleared up, back to my Katharine Hepburn thang…

How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

SHOP THE LOOK:

I’d had my eye on these M&S wide leg trousers for a while and finally bought them at Christmas time (around the same time as my grey sweater dress, sleeveless coatigan and yellow ochre bag featured last week, but in usual M&S style they’re now out of stock I’m afraid. I found these brown fleck trousers and these grey high waisted ones which are both pretty fabulous if you’re after something similar). I was drawn to my peach polka dot blouse which hadn’t seen the light of day for quite a while – as I wanted to wear my black pointed heels (they have a touch of the 1940s about them so they’re perfect for channelling Ms. Hepburn) I added a splash of black to the top half with the bow neck tie.

The final touches: The black masculine chic coat (similar) and the dainty box handbag. Both absolutely perfect for the whole outfit.

And that’s pretty much it! If you’re not familiar with Katharine Hepburn’s masculine chic style check out the trousers in this photo and the blouse/bow combination she wore here. Taking inspiration from film stars and celebrities is something I’ve done since I was quite young – I was always copying outfits I’d seen at the cinema or on pop stars, like the Madonna at Live Aid tribute I wore last year which was 30 years in the making.

Maybe I was always more stylish [as a kid] than I thought…!

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 A FAN OF THE MASCULINE CHIC LOOK (OR WIDE LEG TURN UP TROUSERS)? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 styleHow to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers  masculine-cut black coat  polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie  black box handbag  cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
La Redoute coat c/o (similar) | ASOS shirt (I like this black & white one and this plain peach one) | ASOS bow neck tie (this one and this one are good) | Marks & Spencer trousers (sold out – I like these in brown fleck and these in grey) | ASOS shoes | Therapy at House of Fraser handbag

OTHER WIDE LEG TROUSERS TO TRY:

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67 Comments

  1. February 3, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    Changing your eyebrow color is really perked up your entire face…it's pretty remarkable. You look beautiful and fresh.

  2. January 28, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    This is a really nice outfit. I am all for Katherine Hepburn. I think I would have called it Marlene Dietrich style. I once had a light grey summer suit with trousers like these. I loved that suit. Cannot remember why I gave it away. Did I put on weight? Was I bored with it? So nice. You tempt me with that perfect little black bag which is not expensive but … with my credit cards in the freezer….
    Greetje

  3. January 27, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    A lovely outfit! Especially love the pants. They look like they have very nice pockets too… shame they went out of stock. πŸ™

    C

  4. January 25, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the masculine chic look that Katharina Hepburn has made so popular over the years. In fact I just bought a gorgeous pair of wide legged trousers in the John Lewis sale (Joules, I think) which I absolutely LOVE. They're not turn-ups though but they'd still look pretty cool with pointy shoes. I shall give it a go!
    You look stunning as always and your hair looks gorgeous!
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

  5. January 25, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Love the mix of prints in this outfit! Just wondered if you're planning on doing a fitness update and letting us know how you've found the Joe Wickes plan? Be interested to hear your thoughts and see your progress!

  6. January 25, 2017 / 1:36 am

    I love the masculine chic look – it's definitely a favourite of mine. And you look fantastic in your wide-leg trousers. I love how that style drapes and moves. So funny about your hair. Yes, I do see the difference now. I like the vivid colour in this light but hair is constantly changing. Thank you for including my pink gown look as a Featured Favourite this week!

    • January 25, 2017 / 10:30 pm

      My pleasure to have included you Melanie! And thank you, I love the drape of the trousers too x

  7. January 25, 2017 / 12:39 am

    I love your hair like this! It's how it was when I first "met" you, so for me it's like seeing an old friend. Your complexion works so well with this hair color. I'm rather amazed by the whole hair coloring process. I've never done it! Call me a virgin!! Hahha. For now I simply pull out the whites I see–and they're growing. Eek! But, I think I'll let it go natural–not sure yet. I'll wait for it to happen, which I'm sure it will. For now, my hair goals are to grow it out. If you recall, I had long locks when you "met" me too. I miss those locks, so those are my hair goals at the moment. BUT, I must lose the extra weight I'm caring to carry off long hair….Hmm, we both celebrate a birthday next month I believe!!

    Great outfit Catherine! You are our modern day Hepburn!!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    • January 25, 2017 / 10:30 pm

      Yes it was much more this colour, Ann (though much longer)! And that's amazing that you've never coloured your hair… Just unusual for a woman I mean! Thanks hon xx

      (btw my birthday is in July, so not 45 just yet)!

  8. January 24, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    There's something so sexy about a woman in masculine clothes isn't there? Well that's the whole point I know, Catherine, but what I'm trying to say is "Heck, you look hot in this!"
    Oxford bags are my fav trousers, but you have to get the right material for them to hang well. They need to be drapey and these are exactly that. I love the peach blouse to give some warmth to the black and echo your fab new hair colour. I like to have my hair a darker tone in the winter, then get lighter as the sun comes back again.

    Have a fab week x

    Anna
    http://www.annasislandstyle.com

    • January 25, 2017 / 10:28 pm

      Oxford Bags!! Of course that's what they're called, Anna…! And thank you soooo much my lovely – I'm blushing, I'll take 'hot' anyday! πŸ˜‰

  9. January 24, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Catherine, I adore this outfit. I have always like the masculine chic look. Being a bit of a tomboy, but also love being a girl, it is the perfect combination of both worlds. As much as I love it, I've never been good at making it work. But I love what you did with this. Those pants are divine and your color choices, print mixing and accessories perfect the look. Thanks for sharing this, Catherine. I'm saving this, so I can refer back to it. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

  10. January 24, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    I like your combinations of colors and prints. I have always been a fan of Katherine Hepburn and I enjoy seeing how you are channeling her style. Have a great day!

    debbiethisandthat.com

    • January 25, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      I've always loved both Hepburns (Katharine and Audrey) – thank you so much Deborah…!

  11. January 24, 2017 / 10:57 am

    Your hair looks amazing Catherine! The mix of prints with the blouse and trousers is stunning. I love the neck tie and dainty box bag. Beautiful!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

  12. January 24, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Catherine, this is one of my favorite outfits of yours ever! I am a huge fan of menswear influences in women's clothing. These pants are amazing and the combination of plaid and big polka dots has just left me swooning for real! Add the bow, the pointy shoes and the long black coat and you are a vision of style inspiration!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  13. January 24, 2017 / 6:30 am

    I know exactly what you mean about the way lighting can affect the appearance of your hair colour, dearest Catherine; my own hair is "smokey amethyst" right now…but depending on the light, it can look anywhere from silver to bright purple!! πŸ™‚ Your 'do looks stunning in these photos – very much like that of the OTHER "Katharine!" – and this wide-leg plaid trousers (yes, I'm a fan!) and polka-dot blouse combo?? Sooo striking!! P.S. Loving that black patent box bag, too!! XOXO

    http://www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

    • January 25, 2017 / 10:50 am

      Monika my lovely thank you – amazing how the light affects the look of your hair, isn't it…?!!

  14. January 23, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    Your new hair color looks amazing with this outfit! Also what magazine did you have a photoshoot for? Are you becoming famous ;)?

    Nina
    aworldofdresses.com

    • January 25, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Thanks Nina – it was Good Housekeeping, and no, I'm not becoming famous… I've been featured in it before! πŸ˜‰

      It'll be in two issues, the April and May I think x

  15. January 23, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Wowza, I LOVE this outfit! I love the plaid and polka dots together (classic Catherine) in these warm tones (classic Catherine). The details of that fabulous bag, the tie, and your shoes just know this RIGHT out of the park. Gorgeous work, lady! xx

  16. January 23, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Katherine Hepburn is my favourite vintage icon, she balanced masculine and feminine with such mastery. I love this outfit on you, the trousers and bow particularly. Thank you for hosting!

    Yvadney Mums That Slay xx

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      She's up there with the best of them, isn't she Yvadney…?!! thanks sweetie x

  17. January 23, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    I love the hair colour and the blouse with the bow. It's the little details that make this work.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! The bow made all the difference I thought πŸ˜€

  18. January 23, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Looking absolutely wonderful darling! Huge kudos to you! xox

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      Oh MLD thank you, I was so nervous about how it was going to look in these pictures!!

  19. January 23, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    I love wide legs pants. They have such a dressy feel to them. No one can pattern mix better than you! Peace! Cheryl Tucker

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      I agree about the dressy feel Cheryl!! thank you my lovely x

  20. January 23, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Such a perfect clash of prints, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Rifgr up my alley.
    Happy MondaydearCatherine
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      I have to admit I didn't realise I'd mixed them, Sacramento…!! hehe, thank you my dear friend xx

  21. January 23, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    A lady in my local charity shop was rocking a pair of wide trousers this week, she looked fab and best of all she's bought them from there

  22. January 23, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    This is beyond chic! I think it may be one of my favorite looks of your to date. Those pants are exactly what have been missing from my wardrobe. I hope your week is off to a great start!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  23. January 23, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    I am indeed a big fan of this look! Yours is a particularly snazzy take on it. X

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks Porcelina – I remember you've worn wide leg trousers a lot, I love the retro styling of them…!

  24. January 23, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Great look. It also reminds a bit of Diane Keaton's Annie Hall from the 70s.

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:15 pm

      Yes it does me too, Teresa!! Though I think you need a waistcoat (vest) to be full-on Annie Hall…! πŸ˜‰

  25. January 23, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    Great Katharine Hepurn look! And I like the new hair color. It looks great with the pretty polka dot blouse.

    Thanks for the link up & have a great week!

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Thank you so much Jess!! I loved the silhouette too πŸ™‚ xx

  26. January 23, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    I'm a fan of the masculine or androgynous look too Catherine. This outfit is bang on, love it! Especially your tie which is very cool indeed, me want πŸ˜‰
    xx

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Thanks mate – Asos had the bow tie available for ages – years in fact – this is the first time I've looked in a few years and it's not been available!! I shall keep looking for a similar one…!

  27. January 23, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I love masculine chic Catherine and your outfit is the perfect homage to Ms Hepburn. Your hair looks stunning but I know it's not what you expected it to look like!!! Gorgeous photos as always xxx

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      The hair colour in these photos was a pleasant surprise, Liz…!! And thank you xx

  28. January 23, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Looking great Catherine – I love the polkadot blouse! I'm a wide-leg trouser girl, but that probably has more to do with my chunky thighs than style choice! Skinny jeans just do not suit me at all so I steer well clear of them. I particularly like the wide-leg linen trousers that are easier to find in summer. (Ah, summer *sigh*) πŸ™‚
    Helen x
    whenIgrowupblog.com

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:11 pm

      Hmm I'm not keen on skinny jeans on me at all either any more, Helen…! And oh gosh now you've mentioned summer I'm longing for it too!! Thanks hon x

  29. January 23, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    Oh hello gorgeous! The hair is fantastic! It looks lovely both ways, but i really love it darker.. it brings out your beautiful features and makes your eyes super sparkly! I hope its growing on you and that you're liking it (i like it even when its darker on IG too) And as for the outfit? Those trousers are da bomb (i dont think i can actually get away with saying that can i?! but you get my point). I'm in need of a great pair of wide legs.. these look beaut!
    Thanks for hosting Catherine, wishing you a wonderful week xx

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      Yes of COURSE you get away with saying da bomb, Rachel…!! hehe thank you Rachel lovely, you have a fab week too x

  30. January 23, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    I'm really in love with this outfit. And i'm trying to figure out the exact reasons why. Maybe because of the different silhouette of those trousers? But also that print mixing is fabulous? But I also love the black details of the tie, shoes & coat—it seems to bring it all together so terrifically!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      Don't question it, Jodie – just go with it!!! πŸ˜‰ thanks sweetie x

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