Embracing Florals and Matching Lips to Sunglasses #iwillwearwhatilike

Spring fashion: Blue floral trench coat white trousers black lace-up ghillie shoes oversized 70s sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Happy Monday – hope you’re having a great day whether you’ve got a bank holiday or not!

I thought it was time to fully embrace some simple, spring-like florals following the madness (and glamour!) that was the UK Blog Awards last week.

I have to say a massive, massive thank you first of all for all the messages of goodwill and congratulations from everyone – I have been absolutely deluged with lovely, lovely comments on the blog and social media, so please bear with me while I reply to them all… I’ve written about what my win means for the over 40 blogging community and did a whole outfit post about (what is now known as) my lucky red gown, so do check those posts out if you haven’t already.

As for today’s outfit: It couldn’t be easier to recreate and shows the power of a great coat, in this case my SS15 trench from Hobbs which I still absolutely love (try this blue floral one if you’re after something similar). It has a honeysuckle pattern and the blue is the prettiest, softest blue ever… Team it with white (a shirt buttoned up to the neck and cropped trousers) and black (lace-up ghillie shoes) and you’ve got yourself something very simple and very spring-like.

Spring fashion: Blue floral trench coat white trousers black lace-up ghillie shoes oversized 70s sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Something that looks intentional but I promise you wasn’t is the “matching” sunglasses and lipstick: I’ve not thought to do this on purpose but if you have sunglasses with pink/red/coral tinted lenses, it’s a great trick to match your lip colour to your sunnies. It means you really don’t need much in the way of eye makeup – the sunglasses and lipstick do all the work when it comes to adding colour to your face.As it’s now May and my favourite month, I can’t wait to get my summer wardrobe out and revisit all the “happy” clothes in my wardrobe – though I have to admit it only seems like the other day that I put them all away and got my winter coats out. Where does the time go…?!!

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!


Spring fashion: Blue floral trench coat white trousers black lace-up ghillie shoes oversized 70s sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Spring fashion: Blue floral trench coat white trousers black lace-up ghillie shoes oversized 70s sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Spring fashion: Blue floral trench coat white trousers black lace-up ghillie shoes oversized 70s sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Trench: Hobbs SS15 c/o
Shirt: ASOS
Trousers: ASOS
Sunglasses: ASOS
Lips: Maybelline In With Coral

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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!

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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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My favourite outfits from last week’s link up (they’re all skirts and dresses, so yay for spring!):

(L-R) Meadowtree Style | A Pocketful of Polka Dots | Walking in Memphis in High Heels | Mary Murnane | Mummabstylish

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!




  1. 13 May 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Oh yes, what a cute coat is this!! (I am trying to catch up with your posts… so short comments.)

  2. 6 May 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I love your blog and that coat is amazing! My take is we should always cheer others on when the do well, the ole saying goes what goes around comes around…so true! Have a wonderful day….! Thanks for the link up, first time here!


  3. 2 May 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Love the entire outfit; head to toe. The trench and shoes are fabulous together and I love that you match up lipsticks. Just a sweet addition. Thank you for hosting!

  4. 2 May 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I love your gorgeous floral print trench coat! The oversized sunglasses are fab and really compliment your hair colour.

    Emma xxx

  5. 2 May 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I totally remember this pretty patterned coat of yours, dearest Catherine; and I agree – it's a "natural" combined with black and white!! And while I don't think I've matched my lipstick to my sunnies, I HAVE been wearing my pink-framed sunglasses more often lately…you know, to go with my hair!! ;D


  6. 2 May 2017 / 2:08 pm

    I see why you love this coat so much Catherine, it's beautiful & so incredibly versatile! Two reasons why it'll never date but you already know that, clever lady 😉
    p.s. I want your entire sunglasses collection! There isn't a pair you have that I don't love.

  7. 2 May 2017 / 12:12 pm

    I love your Hobbs coat! I've matched lips to sunnies before, but I have a few red/orange/pink pairs of sunnies, so it isn't too much of a stretch. Your sunnies are fab here! xx

  8. 2 May 2017 / 11:50 am

    That jacket is gorgeous! I love those flowers behind you as well!

  9. 2 May 2017 / 7:49 am

    Time to catch up with friends after a long weekend.
    Looking fantastic in your gorgeous floral coat.
    Happy May, Catherine.

  10. 1 May 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Hurrah for spring and your ode to the season full of promise Catherine. The floral trench is so pretty on you and I love your idea of matching lippie and sunglasses. Thanks for the link up party x


  11. 1 May 2017 / 6:29 pm

    I love how you matched your lipstick with your sunnies. I'm quite boring…I have about 5 sunglasses and most of them are black tinted…and black color lipstick does not complement my olive skin 🙁

  12. 1 May 2017 / 5:49 pm

    Your jacket reads spring! Love it. I've done matching once with blue sunnies and blue lips – not a favourite look but it was fun for a day. I like what you've done here with the matching. Thanks for the linkup.

  13. 1 May 2017 / 4:57 pm

    Such a pretty trench, and I love the colour of those lenses. Very Springy! x

  14. 1 May 2017 / 2:52 pm

    You look really great with the color of your lipstick. It's amazing that soft shades of pink work so well with your skin and hair color. Romantic, but grown-up. Great blend of the look!

  15. 1 May 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Awe, just seen I made your favourite outfit list – many thanks. x I've not seen a patterned trench coat – it's very sweet. Looks great styled like this. x Jacqui

  16. 1 May 2017 / 2:28 pm

    Oh, I adore this fabulous floral jacket! I am holding off on new prescription sunglasses myself, but I have a post coming soon revealing my fabulous new regular eyewear that I recently purchased from a local eyewear boutique! You look beautiful!


  17. 1 May 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Well the color is great! It s a bank Holiday and her in the Netherlands it s raining! Thank you for hosting!

    • 4 May 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Sorry for your rain, hope it's gone, Nancy…! x

  18. 1 May 2017 / 2:08 pm

    I just ordered some prescription sunglasses like these, Catherine!! I wouldn't have thought about matching my lipstick to them—but why not??

    • 4 May 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Why not indeed, Jodie, it made perfect sense once I saw these photos…!

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