A Multicoloured Stripe Sweater in My “Wrong” Colours #iwillwearwhatilike

Bright autumnal outfit: Multi-coloured stripe sweater with fluted sleeves  grey peg trousers  pink suede block heel fringed shoes  pink Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud satchel | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

On Friday I talked about wearing things we’re not “supposed” to wear – in other words, items or outfits that are not deemed flattering to our own particular body shape, or patterns that are wrong for us, or colours that don’t suit us… le sigh.

So in the true spirit of the #iwillwearwhatilike link up, I thought I’d feature my new, fantastic multicoloured stripe sweater from Asos. That has big fluted sleeves. And has stripes in all the colours I’m not meant to wear with my colouring.

You’ve probably noticed I tend to wear a lot of orange. And peach. And yellow. And khaki. And coral. And all the lovely rich warm (what you’d call) autumnal colours. But hey, I was attracted to this sweater in all its pink, lavender, sky blue, mint, grey-blue and black “cold” colour glory. I ordered it despite me knowing it wasn’t made up of any of the colours that I know suit me so well, but you know what? I loved it anyway, and thought What the hell, I’ll just try it.

OF COURSE IF I DIDN’T LIKE HOW IT LOOKED ON ME THAT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALL GAME, BUT JUST BECAUSE IT DOESN’T FALL IN MY AUTUMN/WARM/WHATEVER COLOUR CHART THEN WHY SHOULDN’T I WEAR IT, I SAY. 

And of course I ended up loving it. Not only that, but when I wore it I received so many compliments about it, like Oh, what a lovely happy jumper! – isn’t that the main thing? That it made me feel happy in it, and I loved the colours anyway?

This one in orange, brown and yellow is much more what I “should” be wearing, but where’s the fun in wearing what we ought to be wearing, and not what we fell in love with? Of course if I didn’t like how it looked on me that’s a whole different ball game, but just because it doesn’t fall in my autumn/warm/whatever colour chart then why shouldn’t I wear it, I say.

Bright autumnal outfit: Multi-coloured stripe sweater with fluted sleeves  grey peg trousers  pink suede block heel fringed shoes  pink Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud satchel | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

SHOP THE LOOK:

As I wanted the sweater to do all the work I paired it with plain grey trousers in the end: Not very adventurous for me, I know, but I tried it with all my usual warm-toned trousers and none of them complemented the sweater. So grey it was – and the sweater stayed the star of the show.

(I have two pairs of pink trousers – which would have been perfect – but I can’t fit into them currently. The same goes for just about all my jeans at the moment… I can’t fit in ANY of them. Something’s gotta give on that front soon – I wrote about my weight and lack of confidence in that area the other week, you might like the read.)

And by the way, this is brilliant: This sweater comes in just about every fit known to womankind: TallPetiteCurve and Maternity as well as my Regular fit. So everyone can have a little slice of the happy that is this multicoloured bundle of knitwear… How fabulous!

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So ladies: The moral of the story is, as always – if you like it, WEAR IT. Who gives a monkeys whether or not they’re “your” colours, or if you’re petite and wearing a maxi skirt, or any of those other nonsense “it must flatter you” rules. They’re just as bad as the age appropriate stuff ‘n nonsense.

Do you, and no one else.

(As an end note: I personally don’t think the colours look that bad on me at all… I normally don’t ask this, but in the interests of marketing – what do you think of the colours on me? It won’t stop me wearing the sweater again of course but it’d be interesting to see if the colours are so obviously “wrong” for me from the point of view of others.)

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Bright autumnal outfit: Multi-coloured stripe sweater with fluted sleeves  grey peg trousers  pink suede block heel fringed shoes  pink Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud satchel | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Bright autumnal outfit: Multi-coloured stripe sweater with fluted sleeves  grey peg trousers  pink suede block heel fringed shoes  pink Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud satchel | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Bright autumnal outfit: Multi-coloured stripe sweater with fluted sleeves  grey peg trousers  pink suede block heel fringed shoes  pink Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud satchel | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Bright autumnal outfit: Multi-coloured stripe sweater with fluted sleeves  grey peg trousers  pink suede block heel fringed shoes  pink Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud satchel | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Bright autumnal outfit: Multi-coloured stripe sweater with fluted sleeves  grey peg trousers  pink suede block heel fringed shoes  pink Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud satchel | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Bright autumnal outfit: Multi-coloured stripe sweater with fluted sleeves  grey peg trousers  pink suede block heel fringed shoes  pink Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud satchel | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Bright autumnal outfit: Multi-coloured stripe sweater with fluted sleeves  grey peg trousers  pink suede block heel fringed shoes  pink Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud satchel | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Bright autumnal outfit: Multi-coloured stripe sweater with fluted sleeves  grey peg trousers  pink suede block heel fringed shoes  pink Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud satchel | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Sweater: Asos
Trousers: Asos (similar)
Earrings: Asos
Shoes: Asos (similar)
Bag: Cambridge Satchel Co c/o (similar, 50% off)

SHOP THE SAME SWEATER IN ALL ITS DIFFERENT FITS:

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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!

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Bright autumnal outfit: Multi-coloured stripe sweater with fluted sleeves  grey peg trousers  pink suede block heel fringed shoes  pink Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud satchel | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

37 Comments

  1. December 17, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Found you via a Google search for this jumper – how can these colours be 'wrong' they look amazing on you. I've just bought this jumper, so far I've only worn it with jeans, but I love it mixed with grey.

  2. September 18, 2017 / 9:32 am

    You look amazing in that sweater! And I love your bag too! I find the colors quite soft and flattering to your skin tone. Nice post, you look fab, oh and I love your trousers. But there are many people who are healthy and obese so they should wear shapewears to get a perfect shape.

  3. September 13, 2017 / 1:05 am

    Hello Catherine, and thank you for hosting the party today! I think the sweater looks lovely on you, and I like the way you've combined it with your lip color, purse, pants and shoes–it's beautiful.

  4. September 12, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Thank you for talking about color this week! I have the same issue with pinks and have decided recently, to hell with it! If it makes me feel good, I'm wearing it. That is all.

    And these striped sweater you've linked are a godsend. I want them all!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  5. September 12, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    I think you're absolutely right about colour being subjective Catherine but right now all I see is your BAAAAGGGG! Omg it is sooo divine & I'll have those earrings too please 😉 xx

  6. September 12, 2017 / 10:18 am

    I think it looks great on you!!! I love the shoes!

  7. September 12, 2017 / 10:00 am

    I absolutely agree with you, Catherine – we should wear whatever colours make us feel good and you can tell that's exactly how this jumper makes you feel! You look gorgeous in it. Gorgeous and happy!
    Suzy xx
    Suzy Turner at Yogadocious

  8. September 12, 2017 / 1:15 am

    I actually think the pastels are flattering on your fair skin-tone!!!! I would have thought it was your colors!! I think tone of color near the face can be something to work with in general—so most people can wear flattering shades of any color!

  9. September 12, 2017 / 12:48 am

    Catherine, I don't mean to come across as argumentative, but I think these are your colors! Remember a while back when your picture was in a purple and orange (maybe) face shot? I think I'm going to try to pull it up….Found it! http://post40bloggers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/P40B-profile-pic-Catherine-Summers-Not-Dressed-as-Lamb.jpg

    Here you are looking amazing in navy blue and purple! I love these two colors on you. Remember? This sweater looks smashing on you! You have blue eyes!! Work them girl!!

    Love, Annie

    • September 12, 2017 / 12:48 am

      PS It's been a while since I linked up, so thank you for this opportunity! A x

  10. September 11, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    "Your colors" or not, I think it looks gorgeous! And I am a huge fan of wearing whatever you love even if it isn't always the most flattering. Thank you so much for the shoutout Catherine!
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

  11. September 11, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    There's no doubt about it, dearest Catherine…wearing what we love (as opposed to what the "rules" tell us to wear) is the only way to ensure maximum personal style confidence!! And this striped sweater looks GORGEOUS on you…I personally love cool tones worn with coppery hair!! XOXO

    http://www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

  12. September 11, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    This sweater looks fabulous on you! Don't I detect a bit of pale peach an:-)d also a coral right at the neckline? Perhaps not, but there's no denying that you look very pretty in this multicolor sweater. Jude Gramith

  13. September 11, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Catherine, you and I are similar in colouring and I have no qualms about wearing all sorts of forbidden shades and colours. I'm sure you know that these rules are just part of fashion propaganda and not to be taken on board, ever. The stripey sweater looks adorable on you and I'm sure will go with endless items in your wardrobe. Thanks for another link up party and I hope you have a lovely week!

    Anna x

  14. September 11, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    A) That sweater is amazing. I'm coveting it on ASOS as we speak.
    B) That sweater is amazing on YOU. I think "color" is so much more complex than "red" or "blue," there's tones and hues and saturation and combinations and all that stuff that plays into what we like on ourselves.
    C) WEAR WHAT YOU LIKE! (ha, where have I heard that before?)

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub

  15. September 11, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I love the sweater, and I love the sweater on you! I totally think the colors work. And the sleeves are fabulous!

    Thanks for the link up & have a great week!

  16. September 11, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Wrong or right. That freaking sweater/jumper/chandail is fantastic and looks great on you. I' headed to ASOS now. Bye! Buy!

  17. September 11, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    This is now one of my favourite pieces on you. The cut, the colours. Really, the sleeves are stars. I've never really "done" colours. Their mixes can tend to the warms or cools so there are infinite variations. And a "wrong" colour can be close to our face or away, which also makes a difference. I'd hate to limit my options. Heh. Thanks for the linkup!

  18. September 11, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    I think because the peaches and pinks of the sweater have yellow undertones it works. Interesting how we find things when we step out of our comfort zone.

    • September 11, 2017 / 9:46 pm

      I agree about the pink stripe Gina, but the other colours are definitely cool… but hey they work, so who cares eh?! thank you xx

  19. September 11, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    I think it's a glorious jumper! It really suits you, the pinks in it are lovely with your hair and skintone. Here's to more happy jumpers!! X

    • September 11, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Thanks Sarah… it could be the happiest jumper in the world! hehe xx

  20. September 11, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Nice post, you look fab, oh and I love your trousers! Jacqui Mummabstylish

  21. September 11, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    As a trained colour consultant, I sometimes look at women and think according to the 'rules', that shouldn't work but it does. And I don't know why! Yes the jumper looks fab on you. I think possibly because your hair is mid-toned and the colours in your jumper are mid-toned too so complement each other. Maybe if your hair was a much deeper shade, it might be a little bit more difficult to pull off. That said, I break the rules ALL THE TIME. I think it's all about confidence and knowing how to tweak things here and there. So if I'm wearing a stronger colour (I 'should' do soft ones and I know I look better in them), I'll wear a stronger lipstick and take my hair off my face. I find it all absolutely fascinating. You mentioned purple last time, I think you said that it didn't suit you. According to Munsells theory of colour, purple suits everyone because it's not too deep or too light, not to warm or too cool and not too soft or too clear. It's one of the very few colours right in the middle of the colour wheel. Personally, I think I look sh*t in purple but then there are many different shades and maybe I haven't tried the right one. Great post Catherine x

    • September 11, 2017 / 9:44 pm

      I didn't know that about purple Donna… I think a cold purple definitely doesn't suit me, but a warm reddy/pinky toned one does. It's all complicated – I think I just need to stick with what I like the look of and then "feel" looks right!! Thanks hon 😀 xx

  22. September 11, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    You look amazing in that sweater! And I love your bag too!

  23. September 11, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I find the colors quite soft and flattering with your skin tone. And it is happy and very lovely sweater, indeed! I also have been addressing issues of breaking out of the "appropriate trap" this week on my blog. I am linking up the posts…one I have quoted you from your Saturday Link Up post…so thank you for the inspiration.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  24. September 11, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    I don't think that you can go wrong with a mixed palette of colors like those in your sweater even if colorists would advise against those hues. You look lovely in this outfit. Thanks for the insightful thoughts and for the link up.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • September 11, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      thanks, Rena (I was very interested to hear your thoughts after Friday's comment)! x

  25. September 11, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    I'm not a great person to ask for advice on colors, Catherine. For some reason, I don't see them as good and bad. Maybe because I like color so much, so I concentrate on the color itself and not so much on how it looks with someone's complexion.
    So when I say I love this sweater on you, it purely from the fact that it's not only fun with the colors and stripes, but the sleeves make it even better!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • September 11, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      I think I'm with you on the colour analysis, Jodie!! thank you x

  26. September 11, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    I love your pink bag and shoes! You are fabulous in this outfit, happy Monday!
    xo
    Valerie

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