How to Wear Head-to-Toe Bold Florals in Winter #iwillwearwhatilike

Wearing Florals in Winter: Wide leg orange floral jumpsuit from Mango with black accessories | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion and style

It’s my first outfit post of 2018! Let’s start the way I mean to go on, with something seriously bold and colourful (nothing new where I’m concerned)… but florals? In winter? Whoever heard of such a thing?!!

In case you’re wondering, this jumpsuit is not from a new spring collection, it’s AW17 (and on sale)! And what’s stopping us wearing head-to-toe bold florals in winter, I say?

I’ve had this Mango floral jumpsuit for a few months now, and some of you may have seen that I first wore it to the Thirty Plus Blogger Awards where I wore it with a black and white camisole and the same shoes. However, this time I wore it on Boxing Day because it was comfy (great for burgeoning food babies). I usually end up wearing trousers the day after Christmas because we always dress up for Christmas Day in our family (I wore a stunning red midi dress but I was glad to squeeze myself out of it at the end of the day) and after that I need comfort but still want to be dressed up to some extent.

By the 27th I’m back in my pyjamas – in my case it was my new giraffe onesie Keith got me for Christmas 😍 #yearmade

This time I went with a wide black belt over the matching tie belt, it kinda adds an extra bit of oomph to the whole thing (and ties in the shoes of course).

Though it’s really the earrings that have stolen the show here!

Wearing Florals in Winter: Wide leg orange floral jumpsuit from Mango with black accessories | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion and style

I bought these earrings (plus another statement pair) when I went to Amsterdam in October – I’ve worn both pairs a few times but this is the first time they’ve appeared on the blog. I was there with my wonderful friend Greetje (No Fear of Fashion) and we passed by a jewellery boutique… needless to say these bold orange and black beauties were screaming my name from the window display. Greetje was very restrained when we went in – despite her trying on several necklaces – but I ended up with two fabulous pairs of statement earrings.

My excuse was that Keith always buys me a piece of jewellery whenever we go on holiday somewhere (although I was in Amsterdam for work I did have a free leisure day with Greetje), so I texted Keith to say this was what he was buying me. Yep, any excuse, I know…!


The UK Blog Awards: A big thank you

Finally – if you voted for me to reach the 2018 UK Blog Awards Fashion & Beauty shortlist then I have to say a massive thank you!! I’m so happy to say I’ve been shortlisted and I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone that voted. Of course I’m not expecting to win AT ALL seeing as I won in 2017, but it was important to me to represent 40+ bloggers in this tough category. It’s a great start to the year 🙂

So, onto the link up: do add your outfits below – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured next week!


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Wearing Florals in Winter: Wide leg orange floral jumpsuit from Mango with black accessories | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion and style
Wearing Florals in Winter: Wide leg orange floral jumpsuit from Mango with black accessories | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion and style
Wearing Florals in Winter: Wide leg orange floral jumpsuit from Mango with black accessories | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion and style
Wearing Florals in Winter: Wide leg orange floral jumpsuit from Mango with black accessories | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion and style
Wearing Florals in Winter: Wide leg orange floral jumpsuit from Mango with black accessories | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion and style
Wearing Florals in Winter: Wide leg orange floral jumpsuit from Mango with black accessories | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion and style

Jumpsuit: Mango (33% OFF IN THE SALE!)
Tank: La Redoute
Shoes: Asos
Belt: Unknown
Earrings: Amsterdam boutique
Sunglasses: Jaeger c/o
Bracelet: Lizzy O c/o

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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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  1. 7 January 2018 / 1:41 am

    That's really bold and unique, florals in winter? Doesn't sound good, but when I saw your pics Catherine, you just nailed it. Looks great on you, I think everyone should try florals in winter. Have a great 2018 ahead…

    • 7 January 2018 / 7:37 pm

      Thanks so much – and HNY to you too! x

  2. 4 January 2018 / 2:50 pm

    Yay! I love your bright, cheery floral! January can be so dismal, what a great way to add some "sunshine". Also, You just made me feel better about my floral print choice. I know. I shouldn't need validation but it is nice sometimes. Anyway, the earrings are fantastic and I think it was brilliant of you to text your hubby to "get" them for you. 😉 Thank you for consistent, inspiring content and congrats on being short listed!

    • 5 January 2018 / 5:19 pm

      Thank you thank you Chrissy for all your good wishes! Yes, the husband is used to me saying "oh and this was from you…" when I bring stuff back from days out or trips away!! ;))

  3. 4 January 2018 / 12:28 pm

    Such a gorgeous and happy outfit Catherine, you look wonderful. Also, a very happy New Year to you. And thank you so very much for featuring my outfit. Love, Kirsten xx

    • 5 January 2018 / 5:18 pm

      My absolute pleasure Kirsten – you do summer AND winter dressing so well!! Thank u and HNY to you too x

  4. 4 January 2018 / 11:08 am

    Thank you lovely Monika – it was definitely a surprise being shortlisted this time as I think the awards are getting more and more popular each year…!!

  5. 3 January 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Gucci has some killer head to toe floral looks!!!! Love it 🙂

    • 3 January 2018 / 8:30 pm

      You're right they absolutely do, Becky!! x

  6. 3 January 2018 / 7:35 pm

    I agree that florals can work in winter as well as summer but weren't you FREEZING??! I couldn't wear that in the water because I'm always so cold lol. Even living in Portugal I'm freezing (probably because the houses aren't really built for cold) and here where we're holidaying in the States its OMG freezing old temperatures. For the past few days it's been –19C!!! Shocking, I know! Hence my current wardrobe consisting entirely of thermals, lots of layers, puffer jacket, scarves, hats and gloves!!
    But I must add, you look stunning! Although I'd have liked to have seen you in your new giraffe onesie 😉
    Suzy xxx

  7. 3 January 2018 / 5:53 pm

    Thank you very much,again and again for the shout out. Such a great friend.

    • 3 January 2018 / 7:34 pm

      My pleasure, Sacramento – it's wonderful to see you in trousers, you rocked that jumpsuit!! and thank you x

  8. 3 January 2018 / 5:51 pm

    Flowers are always such a good idea in any season.
    Looking great Catherine.

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      9 January 2018 / 8:52 pm

      I know for sure that YOU love florals all year round Sacramento… you’re their best advocate!!!! Thank you xoxo

  9. 3 January 2018 / 9:34 am

    Very pretty and cheery jumpsuit, just what you need on dull and grey day! Gorgeous earrings too. Happy New Year!

    Emma xxx

    • 3 January 2018 / 11:16 am

      Thanks Emma – I can imagine you in these earrings in fact…!

  10. 3 January 2018 / 7:50 am

    Thank you so much for featuring me Catherine – so so sweet of you!!!

    Have the most wonderful 2018. I love your all floral outfit and the fact that your hubby buys you jewellery whenever you go away – such a lovely souvenir;-) I always get a piece of clothing or pair of shoes but buy in myself…must talk to hubby hahaha!!!

    Huge hugs, Yvonne

    • 3 January 2018 / 11:15 am

      My pleasure Yvonne, your coat is awesome!! Thank you hon (and yes, talk to your husband)!!!! 😉

  11. 3 January 2018 / 12:00 am

    Happy New Year. You look stunning in this outfit!

  12. 2 January 2018 / 9:22 pm

    What a fabulous outfit, Catherine, quite the perfect introduction into a new year. Bold and completely unapologetic.

    • 3 January 2018 / 1:06 am

      hehe I think apologetic is something I've never been when it comes to whjat I wear, Sheela…!! thank you x

    • 3 January 2018 / 1:06 am

      I agree, Debbie – our weather in the UK is dreadful right now so we need cheering up!! thank you x

  13. 2 January 2018 / 9:00 pm

    Ah now my no-spend commitment is in jeopardy, that jumpsuit combines two of my favourite things, orange and beautiful flowers, and just the sight of it has lifted my spirits on an otherwise not very perky day. You are always a shot of sunshine, a real happy dresser! Have a great year x

    • 3 January 2018 / 1:05 am

      Thank you so much Suzanne – that's exactly why I bought it because I just couldn't resist the combination of florals and orange in a jumpsuit!! =sorry= 😉

  14. 2 January 2018 / 7:24 pm

    Yes, great to see such bright colours in dreary January! I wore bright purple tights with a red coat today, it made me feel very chirpy! xx

    • 2 January 2018 / 7:54 pm

      Oooooh I love me some bright tights, sounds fab x

  15. 2 January 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Happy new year Catherine! I need an outfit like this in my life after all the Christmas binging! I love the floral design xx

    • 2 January 2018 / 7:54 pm

      Thank you Laurie – when I bought it I had no idea it'd be so perfect for Christmas time…!

  16. 2 January 2018 / 6:50 pm

    I love that everyone is all bundled up in coats and scarves and you wear this fantastic bright jumpsuit in your first post of the year. Happy new year, and I can't wait to see what you have in store!
    Cheryl Shops |

  17. 2 January 2018 / 5:54 pm

    What a fantastic way to start 2018! I love floral prints anytime of the year and this one is absolutely gorgeous! Happy New Year and thanks for hosting!


  18. 2 January 2018 / 5:39 pm

    I love that idea, and actually I also wear floral clothes during autumn/winter! All the best in 2018 Catherine, may all your dreams come true and have this year full of prosperity :). Renata xox

    • 2 January 2018 / 5:41 pm

      That's so lovely of you to say, thank you Renata! xx

  19. 2 January 2018 / 5:33 pm

    Florals in winter? Why, yes! Bring it on, as you have done here, Catherine. They brighten up the most dreary day. Happy New Year! Thank you for providing this excellent forum. And congratulations on being short-listed.

    • 2 January 2018 / 5:40 pm

      Aww Melanie thank you – I agree about florals (and the day we shot these pics was most definitely dreary)! x

  20. 2 January 2018 / 5:30 pm

    I will say that you know how to make an outfit bold and beautiful, Catherine. You are such a shining example of how to be an inspiration to us no matter what age!!
    Happy 2018

    • 2 January 2018 / 5:40 pm

      Jodie thank you! That's a lovely compliment xoxo

    • 2 January 2018 / 5:39 pm

      It can't come quick enough for me, Nancy…!!

  21. 2 January 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Lovely, just what we need bright, bold colours to bring on Spring – Yay! Jacqui

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