How to Wear Soft Tones of Blush and Blue in Winter #iwillwearwhatilike

How to Wear Soft Tones of Blush and Blue in Winter \ blue tapestry coat, blush pink sweater, camel beret, check trousers, pink ruffle ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Soft tones in winter are something of a comforting way to wear colour during cold weather I think.

We can often feel a little blue – especially when winter seems to be dragging on and on – and brights just seem to rub our noses in it. Wearing lots of bright colours at this time of year almost make me feel like they’re taunting me, saying “Woo hoo, it’s still winter! And you’re still cold! But we’re all bright and colourful and just reminding you that it most definitely isn’t summer, HAH…!”

So this weekend I put my soft tones colour preference in winter into action with a palette of blush pinks, toning wide leg trousers and a blue tapestry coat. Like last week’s shearling gilet outfit post, this outfit is mostly all old items but proves that with a few new accessories and new pairings you can still create totally on-trend and unexpected combinations.

The blue tapestry coat was from La Redoute several winters ago (they currently have this very similar blue jacquard coat) and I’ve featured it several times on the blog. My good blogging friend Michelle Tyler is a huge advocate of slow fashion and restyling items over and over again, and she mentioned she’s going to feature all the ways she’s worn an item when she features it again… I’m pinching that idea, MT! 😉

So scroll down for three more ways to style it – I’ll slip in one of those when I can/when I have time in future outfit posts. I personally LOVE to see bloggers featuring the same items more than once because I get a lot of inspo from seeing how they style something in many different ways.

How to Wear Soft Tones of Blush and Blue in Winter \ blue tapestry coat, blush pink sweater, camel beret, check trousers, pink ruffle ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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The new(ish) additions this time were the camel beret (yes, still in love with berets), the faaaaaaabulous second pair of statement earrings I bought on my trip in Amsterdam last October (these are similarly fabulous – see the first pair I bought here) and the pink ruffled ankle boots from JD Williams. I’ve coveted these boots since I saw them last year when working with JD Williams on some SS18 content and they were kind enough to send me a pair. So all the pink and blue and camel/taupe/brown colours make up all these lovely soft tones that calm me a little more in winter.

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And calm is something I need today… poor Riley is at the vet’s right now and I’m waiting on a phone call from them. He was incredibly poorly over the weekend and it all came to a head with us calling the emergency vet late Sunday night, he’s had to be put under today so they can do some tests to see what’s up. It’s AWFUL having children or animals when they can’t communicate what pain they have or what’s wrong with them, so we’ve had a very stressful night and morning so far. Keep your fingers crossed for us that he’s okay.

Anyway – the link up: please do add your outfits to #iwillwearwhatilike this week – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured next week.

DO YOU ENJOY SEEING BLOGGER REWORK ITEMS AND STYLING THEM IN DIFFERENT WAYS? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS!

Catherine

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The blue tapestry coat styled other ways:
– A Practical (But Stylish) Cold Weather Outfit for a Walk in the Woods
– Mixed Textures | Tapestry, Cashmere, Denim, Leather and Silk
– Tapestry Coat and an Indiana Jones Hat

The blush pink sweater styled other ways:
– Is It Okay to Buy High Street Copies of Designer Pieces?
– How to Do Comfy But Stylish Chic | Blush Knit, Boyfriend Jeans, Tartan Scarf

The wide leg check trousers styled other ways:
– Wide Leg Trousers: How to Get the Katharine Hepburn Look
– Why a Grey Biker Jacket is More Versatile Than Black

How to Wear Soft Tones of Blush and Blue in Winter \ blue tapestry coat, blush pink sweater, camel beret, check trousers, pink ruffle ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Wear Soft Tones of Blush and Blue in Winter \ blue tapestry coat, blush pink sweater, camel beret, check trousers, pink ruffle ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Wear Soft Tones of Blush and Blue in Winter \ blue tapestry coat, blush pink sweater, camel beret, check trousers, pink ruffle ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Wear Soft Tones of Blush and Blue in Winter \ blue tapestry coat, blush pink sweater, camel beret, check trousers, pink ruffle ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Wear Soft Tones of Blush and Blue in Winter \ blue tapestry coat, blush pink sweater, camel beret, check trousers, pink ruffle ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Wear Soft Tones of Blush and Blue in Winter \ blue tapestry coat, blush pink sweater, camel beret, check trousers, pink ruffle ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Coat: La Redoute (this one’s VERY similar)
Sweater: Asos (similar)
Trousers: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Boots: JD Williams c/o
Bag: Lotus c/o (similar – it’s an eBay one-off so don’t delay if you want it!)
Beret: Asos (more colours)
Sunglasses: Mango (similar)
Earrings: Amsterdam boutique (love these)

 

OTHER CHUNKY PINK/BLUSH SWEATERS YOU MIGHT LIKE:

 

3 other ways I’ve worn that blue tapestry coat…

3 Ways to Wear 1 Blue Tapestry Coat | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Original posts: Left | middle | right

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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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How to Wear Soft Tones of Blush and Blue in Winter \ blue tapestry coat, blush pink sweater, camel beret, check trousers, pink ruffle ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

55 Comments

  1. February 16, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    Absolutely loving these colours on you C. That beret … you are making me want to try one but sadly I don’t think they are a short hair hat .. least not on me!

  2. February 15, 2018 / 4:09 am

    Catherine, I am a big fan of restyling pieces over and over. It is so much fun to come up with new ways to show off a piece’s versatility. Love your tapestry coat and all the ways you styled it. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

  3. February 14, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    Love the beret and statement earrings together – and those sunnies rock! I just learned about Fashion Revolution (you can google it) and definitely support buying less things of better quality that you love to wear again and again. Thanks for promoting that concept. Hope Riley is better.

  4. February 14, 2018 / 10:38 am

    You are so dreamy in that camel beret Catherine. You should wear it as much as possible while the weather allows 😉
    Thank you for picking up my idea of *other ways I’ve worn it* I’d really love to spread this theme through the blogging community. So many women look to us for fashion inspo. It kinda gives us all permission to REwear our clothes over & over & not feel pressure to always have something new. You know what I mean?
    Big love to Riley xx

  5. February 13, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    Love printed textured coats, tapestry, jacquards, whatever. I’m checking out that site. Looks like they have several options. You did a great job of mixing patterns in this outfit. And the bag and boots are stunning!

    Sorry about your pup. So stressful for you and Riley!

    Theresa

  6. February 13, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Love your ruffled shoes and soft tones, so soothing. I’m so sorry to hear about your puppy, Riley. I hope he is ok. Having three dogs, I feel like we are always at the vet!

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com
    STYLE NUDGE

  7. February 13, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    I love the idea of slow fashion. There are pieces in my closet that I love and find a lot of enjoyment from creating new ways to style them! For example, my tulle skirt. I ‘ve featured it on the blog 3 times already. lol. I didn’t know it but I was (an am) a proponent of slow fashion! lol. Thank you helping me put that to word! Anyway, I am loving the color blush right now, especially in the form of the sweater. It’s always fun to see what you’re styling from week to week! Thank you for hosting.

  8. February 13, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    I love your bag!

  9. February 13, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    This is the cutest look ever Catherine. I might be a bit biased though because these are my favorite colors 😉 Love the shades darling. Have a lovely week and thanks for hosting xo Sabina

  10. February 13, 2018 / 11:29 am

    Love the whole outfit, but especially those shoes. I hope you get good news on Riley!

  11. February 13, 2018 / 5:30 am

    Softer tones are the way that I always feel most comfortable doing colour, dearest Catherine…so this lovely tapestry coat and plaid trousers combination is getting two thumbs up from me!! And I adore all the special little details you’ve included, too; the camel beret, the tortoiseshell bag, those pink ruffled booties (wow!) and your statement earrings take this outfit into truly “amazing” territory!! P.S. Robin and I had to say goodbye to one of our ferrets last week, so I’m very anxious to hear how your Riley is doing. Sending love and crossing my fingers that he’s making a full recovery.

  12. February 13, 2018 / 12:12 am

    I hope Riley will be ok. Give him a wag and a kiss from me!

    Yes I would like to see bloggers showing how an item has been styled different ways – I enjoyed seeing yours. I hadn’t thought about doing that myself before – would you mind if I nick that idea as well? I’ve worn the same item in different blog posts, but hadn’t linked them up before!

    I love your wide-leg trousers; I had some similar many years ago and don’t know what happened to them and have been looking for some more ever since!
    Best wishes x

  13. February 12, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I love the print and the color of the tapestry coat…and of course, those shoes!

    xo,
    Janise

  14. February 12, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    such a great winter look. love the light colors

  15. February 12, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    The Highlight ist your bag – and I love your barett.
    I’ve been wearing them in different colors for years
    XO Martina – from Germany

    http://www.lady50plus.de

  16. Karen B
    February 12, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Paws crossed for Riley x

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      xoxo

  17. February 12, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    The bag and sunglasses alone have me drooling, never mind the rest of this fabulous look! Xx

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:24 pm

      Aren’t the sunnies fab, Porcelina? I had no idea they’d coordinate so well with the bag!! Thank you lovely, glad you like them x

  18. February 12, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    I had to laugh at your comments about bright colours in winter, taunting us. I’m wearing my tapestry Welsh wool cape for my linkup photo and I smiled when I saw your coat. I like your soft palette too.

    I’m sorry to hear about Riley. I hope the prognosis is good. So distressing.

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      I think it was the contrast of yet another wet, grey day and the bright colours in my wardrobe taunting me one morning that did it, Melanie!! 😉 thank you x

  19. February 12, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    What a lovely warm and soft colour pink of that jumper. It looks like a cosy one and one that you can combine with many outfits and style. A winner I’d say. Love, Lieske

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:20 pm

      I’ve had it a while but I still really love this sweater, Lieske – the colour is fab…! thank you x

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:19 pm

      Cristina thank you! x

  20. February 12, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Layers upon layers of fabulous texture, fabrics and style. You are chic personified, my dear. Xo Jonet

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:15 pm

      Jonet thank you!! x

  21. February 12, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    I love this outfit! And, yes, I very much enjoy seeing outfits that are reworked.

    Sending best wishes for Riley!

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:15 pm

      Thanks Andrea xo

  22. February 12, 2018 / 4:57 pm

    Glad to join you once more. I spend my spare hours on Instagram now, hahaha. I know , I am hooked hahaha, but never forget the blog although at a lower pase.
    Thank you for the link up, dear Catherine

  23. February 12, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    Catherine I am HERE for this mixed prints ensemble with a splash of pastel hues and the cutest vintage bag ever!!
    Best wishes for your pooch 😉
    P.S. Thank you very much for the lovely feature this week!!! Xx
    Joi
    http://www.inmyjoi.blogspot.com

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:14 pm

      I didn’t actually realise I’d mixed my patterns, Joi!! thank you hon x

  24. February 12, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    I love this outfit! It is perfectly on trend for Spring 2018!

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:14 pm

      Thanks Suzanne – actually it reminded me of Pantone’s colour(s) of the year for 2016 – Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue…!!

  25. February 12, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Sending good wishes to your doggie. x Love these boots, I can see why you like them – they are cute. Great different ways to feel brighter. Jacqui
    mummabstylish

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:13 pm

      Thanks Jacqui – I just love the colour and the ruffles x

  26. February 12, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    Oh I do keep my fingers crossed for Riley!

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:12 pm

      xoxo

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:12 pm

      Aww thanks Shelbee!! x

  27. February 12, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    So many lovely pieces in this outfit, and together they are fabulous! Those boots are gorgeous! I hope Riley is ok, it’s so worrying when pets are ill. Fingers crossed he’s soon back home with you.

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

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Thank you lovely Emma xo

  28. February 12, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    My favourite colour tones! A fantastic look Catherine. I hope Riley is ok. Been there and it’s not nice xx

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Thanks Laurie xo

  29. February 12, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    What a pretty look! I love the pink and blue together, and that bag is perfect! I sure hope your baby gets feeling better!

    • catherine
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Thank you Julie x

  30. February 12, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    I hope Riley is ok, Catherine. I know how awful it can be when you’re waiting for news. Fingers crossed it’s nothing serious.
    I love these shades on you. Unfortunately they’re not the best colours for me. I look better in black (for some reason!) or bright colours. I’ve just never been one for such soft tones…. bummer really 🙁
    Hope you have a great week!
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • catherine
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 3:33 pm

      Thank you Suzy, I hate this waiting…! 🙁 x

  31. jodie filogomo
    February 12, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    I love wearing all of the “wrong” colors during the winter!! My mom always gives me heck when I suggest the pastels, but she’s slowly getting used to it!!
    Lovely look, Catherine!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • catherine
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 3:19 pm

      hehe 😉 thanks Jodie – I think I’m more of a pastels in winter fan than I realised looking back at old outfits…!

    • catherine
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks Nicole xo

  32. Andreea Nine
    February 12, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Darling babe in that fabulous beret, thank you for including my Masquerade dress in your features. You are such a doll and I love your style!

    • catherine
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      Thank you Andrea – it was a fabulous dress you wore!! x

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