A Shearling Gilet Instead of a Winter Coat #iwillwearwhatilike

A Shearling Gilet Instead of a Winter Coat, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb

This weekend I was very brave – I went without a coat and wore a chunky knit and a faux shearling gilet instead, despite the temperatures dropping back down again in the UK.

It may seem foolhardy to some, but I just like the word “foolhardy” and wanted an excuse to get it in the post 😉

Just about everything you see here has been worn before. I have a huge collection of winter coats – when you’re a colour lover you want one in every colour imaginable, so that’s a lot of coats. Each winter I try and work my way through them all, making sure each one gets some love and fresh air at some point. I know it’s not strictly a coat, but the faux fur shearling gilet hasn’t seen the light of day OUTSIDE for a while (sometimes I wear it indoors as a quick, snuggly throw-on to keep my bod warm). I last wore it on the blog just over two years ago (hence my want to feature it again!) and that time I styled it with a cream roll neck sweater and a vintage hat.

So, a slightly different version of today’s outfit, then…!

 

THE TRICK IS NOT JUST IN WHAT YOU WEAR ON TOP (ADMITTEDLY THE SHEARLING GILET IS A LIFESAVER), BUT THE FOUNDATIONS UNDERNEATH.

 

As some of you may have seen my outfit with a camel beret a few weeks ago – the first beret I’ve bought in over 20 years – you have noticed that I now have another beret in mustard yellow. It matches the chunky mustard-coloured M&S sweater (last seen here) I bought in the autumn along with the same in deep orange perfectly. 

A Shearling Gilet Instead of a Winter Coat, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb

SHOP THE LOOK:

What’s the verdict I hear you cry: Was she warm enough without a coat?!

Well the trick is not just in what you wear on top (admittedly the shearling gilet IS a lifesaver), but the foundations underneath. Under the chunky knit I was wearing about four thin layers, including a light cashmere sweater (cashmere ALWAYS holds all the warmth in). Combined with three pairs of socks and big school regulation-style pants (did anyone else go to a school with those big thick pants for sports??) yes, I was pretty toasty.

One thing to admit to, however: I took my gloves off for the shoot. I’d just had gel nails done that morning so I wanted to show them off… the gloves went straight back on afterwards, though! No messing with that cold, me.

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Catherine

A Shearling Gilet Instead of a Winter Coat, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Shearling Gilet Instead of a Winter Coat, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Shearling Gilet Instead of a Winter Coat, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Shearling Gilet Instead of a Winter Coat, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Shearling Gilet Instead of a Winter Coat, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Shearling Gilet Instead of a Winter Coat, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Shearling Gilet Instead of a Winter Coat, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style: Faux shearling gilet, yellow chunky sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots and beret | Not Dressed As Lamb

Faux shearling gilet: Asos (similar, similar US link)
Sweater: Marks & Spencer (similar in greeny-yellow, similar in orangey-yellow)
Jeans: !iT Collective c/o (similar)
Boots: La Redoute c/o (similar)
Bag: JD Williams c/o
Beret: Asos (same from Topshop)

 

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58 Comments

  1. February 5, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    I am currently obsessed with mustard yellow. Looks so good on you and I love it with the green bag. Nothing foolhardy, all just fab! ;o) x

    Kat x

    • catherine
      February 5, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      The green bag was a nice touch I thought, Kat…! Thanks hon – I’m obsessed too 😉

      • February 12, 2018 / 2:01 pm

        Very nice touch. Came back to check to see if it was available yet and it is. And with a little discount, too! Thanks lovely! xx

  2. February 5, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    Catherine, I think this is one of my favourites so far! I love that mustard yellow on you and the beret suits your face to perfection. The shearling gilet is absolutely fabulous too. I’ve always loved them but they look silly on me, for some reason. Not quite sure why. Bummer, I know!
    I’d have had loads of thin layers beneath too. Sorry to hear it’s getting cold again. Come over to the Algarve and get some real sunshine 😉
    (Ok….we so we might some real sunshine but the wind is COLD!)
    Hugs
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • catherine
      February 5, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      They are kinda hard to style, Suzy – being so bulky – but to be honest mine is so warm I’d forgive it anything, Lol!! Thanks hon – you can send heat and sunshine anytime you like! x

  3. February 5, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Ochre is definitely your signature colour, yes? I mean bloody hell woman GAWJUS! I’m so pleased you bought a beret in this colour, it’s so unique. Just like you Catherine. I am a tad surprised you found one in Ochre but I guess you have a built in homing device where the signature colour is concerned 😉
    xxx

    • February 5, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      Haha! Everything Michelle said, and I’m sure you have an ochre and orange homing device installed in you. xx

      • catherine
        February 6, 2018 / 12:30 am

        Haha yep as I said to MT – it’s set to all the warm colours Lisa!! thank you thank you xoxo

    • catherine
      February 6, 2018 / 12:26 am

      I’d been holding out for a mustard one from somewhere, MT – I think I bagged the last one at Asos!! Thank you so much my lovely, it was definitely an outfit that looked better in the pictures than I thought it did at the time.

      And yes, I had the homing device installed a little while ago… I had it set to mustard, orange and coral. It works a treat 😉

  4. February 5, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    What a pretty look Catherine! I’m seeing a lot of yellow in posts lately! I think everyone is longing for spring. It must be super cold there, but layers are the best for staying warm. Have a great week!

    • catherine
      February 6, 2018 / 12:32 am

      I think you might be right about the yellow thing for spring, Julie!! Thank you sweetie x

  5. February 5, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    I really like this look especially that chunky jumper. Jacqui
    mummabstylish

    • catherine
      February 6, 2018 / 12:32 am

      Thanks Jacqui – it’s no wonder they all sold out at M&S!!

    • catherine
      February 6, 2018 / 12:18 pm

      Thank you Kate xo

  6. jodie filogomo
    February 5, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    I love seeing you in your beret Catherine. It goes to show that I wore mine too flat in my photo (and thanks so much for the feature!!).
    And the layering is totally key. In fact, I’ll wear hosiery under my jeans for another layer to combat the cold!! It’s amazing how all of these tricks can really help!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • catherine
      February 6, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      I do often wear tights under trousers Jodie (like today)! but not under skinnies, I feel too restricted…! Thanks sweetie x

    • catherine
      February 6, 2018 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks Nancy 🙂

  7. February 5, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    You rock those colours Catherine. There’s so much yellow and mustard around right now. I might have to push myself out of my comfort zone and get something in yellow to brighten up my wardrobe for Spring!
    Steph
    http://www.pricelesslifeofmine.com

    • catherine
      February 10, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks Steph – I can highly recommend yellow as a great pick me up…!

  8. February 5, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    I love mustard yellow…so unexpected and bold. Love the sweater and the matching beret on you.

    xo,
    Janise

    • catherine
      February 10, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      thank you Janise! xo

  9. Courtney Stewart
    February 5, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    I love this look! Cozy, comfy and cute!

    • catherine
      February 10, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      thanks Courtney 😀 x

  10. February 5, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    The beret suits your face shape so well. I look so silly in hats ( I have a big head)
    Loving the ochre too, stay warm and cosy.
    My Mum is over the moon that you picked her to feature with the other lovelies!
    Thank you
    Ashley
    Xx

    • catherine
      February 10, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Oh I’m so pleased she’s pleased Ashley!! She looked sooooooo fabulous 🙂 thank you sweetie x

    • catherine
      February 10, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      It’s unbelievably warm, Shelbee – you’re right! thank you hon x

  11. February 5, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Beautiful, colorful and so trendy outfit 😉

  12. February 5, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    YELLOW is the perfect match for you – I love your pictures – you are such an Inspiration.
    XO Martina from Germany – Munich

    http://www.lady50plus.de

    • catherine
      February 10, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you Martina xo

  13. February 5, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    love the color of the sweater. such a great look

    • catherine
      February 10, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      thanks Stephanie x

  14. February 5, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Amazing. You took something, the gilet, that would not look good on just anyone, and made it look stunning.

    • catherine
      February 10, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      oh that’s really lovely of you, thank yo!u x

  15. February 5, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    I’m keen as mustard on this outfit! I wore mustard and yellow this week too, but it was a sleeveless linen smock in eleventy billion percent humidity in Sydney.

    • catherine
      February 10, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      thank you Kimba – though I can’t imagine what 100% humidity feels like right now, let alone eleventy billion percent…!!!!!!!!!!! lol 😉

  16. allison
    February 6, 2018 / 3:39 am

    The shorter, squarer nails look really modern. Love the color, too.

    • catherine
      February 10, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      thanks Allison, though i am getting gel nails done to get them stronger and longer…!

  17. February 6, 2018 / 4:37 am

    In deed, I do have tricks not to wear a coat. However, at -25C there is no way to apply the tricks. You should wear mustard yellow more often. You looks so young and hip in that color. Great outfit! but it must have been cold in a windy moist country like the UK. That would be a perfect -10C outfit here in Interior Alaska.

    • catherine
      February 11, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      Oh gosh Nicole I don’t think I’d even venture outside if it were -25C…!!!!!!!!! Thanks hon, glad you like it x

  18. February 6, 2018 / 8:08 am

    Love the outfit and the colour which suits you so well. But I’d have to wear more layers as I travel a lot by bus, and yes, I’m in the UK, but standing at the bus stop I need a full-length coat! The colour of the beret is so good – I have many berets but not in that colour, which is crazy as it’s my favourite colour – I’ll have to look for one! Great post, great pics!

    • catherine
      February 11, 2018 / 5:32 pm

      Hmm yes I agree that standing waiting for buses would require a long coat Penny – this gilet doesn’t keep the front bit of you warm (specifically your thighs). Maybe I should consider a full-length shearling coat… how cozy would THAT be?!!!! thanks sweetie x

  19. February 6, 2018 / 11:29 am

    I love this outfit!! I think I would have been plenty warm in it!

    • catherine
      February 11, 2018 / 5:32 pm

      thanks Pam – I was pretty toasty 🙂

  20. February 6, 2018 / 11:58 am

    You are so cute with this adorable knit sweater, the color is pure happiness!
    Hahaha, I tend to layer more this winter too, since I still don’t own a coat that I like, most of my coats I despise cause I look like an ant wrapped into a big ass ugly leaf 🙁
    Love your outfit and of course t he smooth layering, you are a pro ^__^

  21. February 6, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    THAT YELLOW!!!! It looks amazing on you Catherine. And, throwing the shearling vest over it is brilliant. So glad you are feeling better.

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

  22. February 6, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    If the temperatures are above 30 I prefer to wear a vest than a real winter coat. My shearling vest is my favorite! I LOVE this outfit! The vest looks great with mustard.

  23. February 6, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    You MUST share the name of the lipstick you are wearing…. immediately!!! :oP
    XXX
    Samantha

  24. February 6, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    I love the bright mustardy color of that sweater. It looks pretty on you. Of course the shearling looks so cozy, which is what I’m all about when I’m feeling cold. It’s so hard to get motivated when I’m feeling cold!! Have a wonderful and thank you for hosting the link up! 🙂

  25. February 6, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    I keep hearing mustard yellow is the new millennial pink, so you are right on trend! I’ve also been looking for a fur vest (or gilet) for ages, and I’ve never thought to consider shearling. Yours looks fab—thanks for the tip!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  26. February 6, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    I love the colour of your beret. It looks so cute and charming on you. Sunny suits you! Have a great week. Love, Lieske

  27. February 7, 2018 / 2:03 am

    You look gorgeous in that yellow! I love this outfit. It looks so warm and comfy. The shearling vest is the perfect topper to the rest of the outfit. I have numerous coats as well. I also have numerous vests, but most of my vests I wear inside as an extra layer. I am always cold in the winter! Great look, Catherine! – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

  28. February 7, 2018 / 6:23 am

    Oh my gosh…I love, love, LOVE this cute and cozy look, dearest Catherine!! By total coincidence – great minds think alike, right?! – I’m also wearing mustard yellow in the blog post I’ve linked up today!! And now I can’t help but think that I need to add a mustard-toned beret to my own (ever-expanding) hat collection; you’re just looking way too adorable in yours for me not to want to steal a little of that spotlight from you!! ;D

    http://www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

  29. February 11, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    I love that mustard colour and you look smashing in this outfit. Yes, I like a vest sometimes too, instead of a coat. But so right – layers are the secret to comfort. And hot flashes take care of the rest. !!!
    Wouldn’t you know, the one week I miss posting and you’ve featured me. Thank you so much for including me in your lineup!

  30. March 5, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Love this layering Catherine ❤️

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