One More Mixed Stripes and Florals Summer Outfit #iwillwearwhatilike

Summer style mixed stripes and florals: Blue floral pyjama-style top  orange stripe Breton top  wide leg denim trousers  orange lace-up ghillie shoes  orange-tinted aviators  yellow ochre hobo bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Seeing as the summer just hasn’t really happened in the UK this month, I thought I should squeeze a few classic summer combinations out of what’s left of this season. I’m writing this wearing about four layers, including a thick sweater and scarf… It’s not funny anymore!

The combo I went with during one of our (numerous) cold August days was the classic stripes and florals – is there a better pattern mix than those two for summer? It may not be sunny or warm here but at least these two scream summer style.

I’d not worn the floral pyjama-style jacket for ages, in fact I’d almost forgotten I had it. It’s a lovely silky fabric (similar to this one) and was delighted to discover it went beautifully with my orange stripe Breton top – I’m a bit ashamed to say my favourite colour orange is popping up just about everywhere in this outfit.

We’ve got orange stripes, orange sunglasses, orange flowers in the jacket and orange lace up ghillie shoes. For someone who couldn’t stand the colour a few years ago, I’ve gone the other way and surrounded myself with all things tango-hued…!

On a different note: I was thinking the other day about when the last time I wore skinny jeans was (not counting wearing them on a photo shot) – meaning of my own accord, just generally at home or anywhere. And I simply couldn’t remember. I favour flared, tapered and wide leg trousers so much more these days, especially as skinny really are so uncomfortable (and even more especially when you can’t fit into yours anymore). These ones from JD Williams are almost identical to the ones I’m wearing, which brings me onto…

Summer style mixed stripes and florals: Blue floral pyjama-style top  orange stripe Breton top  wide leg denim trousers  orange lace-up ghillie shoes  orange-tinted aviators  yellow ochre hobo bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

SHOP THE LOOK:

… the fact that I’m going to be shooting a video with other bloggers and influencers for JD Williams tomorrow in Manchester – it’s another collaboration I’m working on with them. Make sure you follow them on Instagram as I’ll be taking over their Stories for the day on Tuesday… I think it will be a whole lot of fun: Behind the scenes of the shoot, talking to the other influencers and all sorts!

And finally…

On Friday I talked about how I’m okay with missing the total eclipse and how we were supposed to be in the US for an east coast road trip organised around the main event (😭) – if you’re over there and watching it today, please let me know how it was, I’ll live it vicariously through you! I thought I could at least watch it live on TV, but would you believe it I’ll be on the train to Manchester this afternoon. The train’s Wifi and 3G was dire the whole way the last time I went up, so I doubt I’ll see it live.

This eclipse and I were not meant to be!!

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Summer style mixed stripes and florals: Blue floral pyjama-style top  orange stripe Breton top  wide leg denim trousers  orange lace-up ghillie shoes  orange-tinted aviators  yellow ochre hobo bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer style mixed stripes and florals: Blue floral pyjama-style top  orange stripe Breton top  wide leg denim trousers  orange lace-up ghillie shoes  orange-tinted aviators  yellow ochre hobo bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Summer style mixed stripes and florals: Blue floral pyjama-style top  orange stripe Breton top  wide leg denim trousers  orange lace-up ghillie shoes  orange-tinted aviators  yellow ochre hobo bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Summer style mixed stripes and florals: Blue floral pyjama-style top  orange stripe Breton top  wide leg denim trousers  orange lace-up ghillie shoes  orange-tinted aviators  yellow ochre hobo bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer style mixed stripes and florals: Blue floral pyjama-style top  orange stripe Breton top  wide leg denim trousers  orange lace-up ghillie shoes  orange-tinted aviators  yellow ochre hobo bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Pyjama top: Debenhams (love this one)
Stripe top: La Redoute (similar in red)
Trousers: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Shoes: Asos (I like these / US link)
Bag: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Sunglasses: Asos (similar)
Earrings: Marks & Spencer

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29 Comments

  1. August 29, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Love the stripes and florals combo! I also love your hair up, and the cognac shoes and bag, an excellent look! I am so sorry you did not have a good summer season..that is unfortunate! I did see the eclipse, and was enthralled by it, to my surprise!
    I enjoyed this post !
    Xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

  2. August 23, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    Fabulous. That's how you must feel walking around town in this outfit. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love how the red stripes make the red in the floral top, well, pop. Also love the shades. Thank you for hosting week to week! Love a place to land.

  3. August 22, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Stripes and floral print always looks fab! I love those lace up shoes. I haven't worn skinny jeans for a while but I probably will when the weather turns cooler (as if it isn't already!). I'm trying to hold on to the last bit of summer for as long as possible!

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

  4. August 22, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    I'm pretty much into all styles of jeans… as I read this I'm wearing trackie daks, jumper & socks booooo ๐Ÿ™

  5. August 22, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Love your hair up Catherine. It is so cute xo Thank you for hosting. Have a great week. Sabina

  6. August 22, 2017 / 8:46 am

    Florals and stripes…. a classic in my book!
    I'm in striped trousers and a floral top today and loving it (cosy cardigan too)
    As for orange…..it's hard to resist.

    Summer never really happened in Scotland.
    All of the stories I heard about people melting in ridiculous heat seemed so far away from my (thermal clad) world.
    I've just placed an order for my annual winter thermals as stocks are running low! LOL (funny but NOT really funny)
    XXX
    Samantha
    Fake Fabulous | Fake it until you make it! Style Tips & Fun with Fashion, over 40

    • August 22, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      I saw the eclipse in Cornwall when my (now 19 year old) son was a baby on my back.
      We climbed up a hill to get away from the crowds and sat alone in a field with horses on one side and sheep on the other.
      The stillness and silence was the most amazing part of the experience.
      I am convinced that if we had stuck with the crowds that special link I felt with nature and the universe would have been lost.
      It sounds SO corny but it was true.
      A magical moment for sure.
      At the moment the sun was covered and the air went cool the birds went crazy and the horses started to whinny and run around their field.
      It was so spooky.
      If you ever get a chance to chase another eclipse I recommend moving away from the masses and experiencing it with someone you love.
      XXX
      Samantha

  7. August 22, 2017 / 4:14 am

    You have captured me with those shoes and bag especially. I understand your weakness for orange. It is an almighty colour. Too bad about the missing summer month. Here has been cooler than normal but I like it – which surprises me. Thanks for the linkup.

  8. August 21, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    Catherine, you're a master of mixing prints! I need to do better at it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Much love from Napa Valley!

    Paulina | Shenska

  9. August 21, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I've recently renewed my love of skinny jeans, dearest Catherine…but who am I kidding?? I'm gaga over pretty much EVERY denim style…your wide-leg trousers included!! So sorry that the UK's summer has been a dud as far as the weather goes (I'm not going to be a mean girl and brag about ours!) but your cute orange-on-orange outfit definitely makes up for those cool temperatures with its spicy colour combo!! P.S. I DID get to step out of the office for a few minutes to watch the solar eclipse live…and if what I saw was any indication, you really didn't miss much!! I guess I was expecting the "Hollywood" version!! XOXO

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  10. August 21, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I love your jacket. The eclipse wasn't much to see where I live in. I didn't have glasses so I couldn't look directly at it. The sky looked a little different, and there were some unusual shadows, but nothing extraordinary…I've seen more interesting light/sky scenes with summer storms.

  11. August 21, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    What a shame that summer isn't giving warm temperatures. We are back in the (weather) saddle over here. Hope it will come to the UK too.
    I have joined I will wear what I want and link back to it next week. OK? I already have had a lot of readers yesterday and today.
    Greetje

  12. August 21, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    What a fabulous way to wear summer when the skies won't deliver it! You're a genius at colour and pattern mixing! X

  13. August 21, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Although I do love my skinnies, there's no way I can squeeze my butt into them at the moment. It had made me try other stylers though, so there's that. Always a silver lining! You look awesome, as always and I'm looking forward to watching those stories!
    Michelle xx
    http://www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk

  14. August 21, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    What a fabulous project since you couldn't be out experiencing the eclipse!!!
    And you're such a fabulous print mixer, Catherine. I can totally say that because of you, I've gotten more comfortable doing it—thanks!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  15. August 21, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Stripes and leopard is one of my favourite combos. I still love my skinnies! You look fab- the colours are stunning as they are with all of your outfits xxx

  16. August 21, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    Love how you styled the mixed prints…fabulous look!

    Valerie
    xo

  17. August 21, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    We will be watching the eclipse from our back yard here in Idaho. We are supposed to get about 10 seconds of total eclipse and we are very excited! Great post today! Peace!
    Cheryl
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

  18. August 21, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    I still live in skinnies in the cooler weather. I find them super comfy – probably because I tend to go for ones with a little stretch in them. Having said that, I do love wearing looser fits too. I just love jeans, full stop lol!
    I'm loving this outfit – the colours, the prints together, your hair up! Gorgeous!
    Suzy xx
    Suzy Turner at Yogadocious

  19. August 21, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Keep the orange coming! I love cheery warm colours. Looking forward to seeing how you wear orange in Autumn – with khaki maybe? Let's hope September is sunny!! X

  20. August 21, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Still a fresh print mix for end of summer ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. August 21, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Still into my skinnies, but being late to this particular party I suspect they'll be going strong for a while. And you've inspired me to wear my short floral kimono over a srtiped tee tomorrow…
    …with my skinnies!

  22. August 21, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    You look great in bold orange. Your shoes are show stoppers!

  23. August 21, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Catherine I no longer wear skinnies unless all my other jeans are in the wash !!
    Btw can't wait to catch up with you later! See you soon xxxxx