A Parisian Chic Winter Outfit, Over 40 Style #iwillwearwhatilike

A Parisian Chic Winter Outfit, Over 40 Style \ camel wool cape \ ear muffs \ orange thick knit sweater \ rolled-hem jeans \ two-tone ankle boots \ rainbow-stripe tote bag | Not Dressed As Lamb

For some reason Parisian chic was what I wanted to go for on Saturday (I think I saw something on Pinterest that made me think “1960s French fashion is my go-to look this weekend”)…!

It just inadvertently turned into a Parisian chic DEAD OF WINTER outfit, because here in Blighty we are back to freezing temperatures and snow. Snow!! In late March!!!!! I am so over cold weather and am yearning for spring, it just can’t come soon enough for this warm temperature-loving girl.

 

A lovely girl said to me that she loved my outfit and that “it made her very happy”..!

 

I’m going to make my write-up on this post quick today, because after seeing the house we want to move to last week (see Friday’s post about someone’s else’s advice being the best idea you never had) we now have SO much to do in terms of getting our house sold and buying the new one.

Exciting times ahead!

A Parisian Chic Winter Outfit, Over 40 Style \ camel wool cape \ ear muffs \ orange thick knit sweater \ rolled-hem jeans \ two-tone ankle boots \ rainbow-stripe tote bag | Not Dressed As Lamb

SHOP THE LOOK:

With that in mind I’ll say this much: I wanted to wear my camel cape to get that sixties Parisian chic, so I braved The Beast From the East MkII and teamed it with my chunky roll neck sweater, rolled hem jeans and my fave two-tone suede Finery boots. In order to get the French girl hair I did a half updo (my hair is growing so quickly!) but a hat might have ruined it, so I wore fluffy earmuffs instead.

They definitely add a soupçon of je-ne-sais-quoi to this look…!

I think the outfit must have worked because I popped into Specsavers at the weekend for an eye test (and to order my new Twiggy glasses) and a lovely girl who worked in there said to me she loved my outfit and that “it made her very happy”… what a sweetie!

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You’ll have to excuse my strained facial expressions in these photos – we took them just as it started to snow and the wind was BITING. That sort of weather is not fun to shoot photos in, so we took a few shots then ran back in. Smiling was a bit too much to ask for in that freezing cold wind 😉

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Catherine

Like this outfit? You might like the other ways I styled the same cape here…

Styling a Camel Cape | With a Sweater Dress and Black Boots
and here…
How to Style The Classic Windsmoor Camel Cape | With Double Denim

A Parisian Chic Winter Outfit, Over 40 Style \ camel wool cape \ ear muffs \ orange thick knit sweater \ rolled-hem jeans \ two-tone ankle boots \ rainbow-stripe tote bag | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Parisian Chic Winter Outfit, Over 40 Style \ camel wool cape \ ear muffs \ orange thick knit sweater \ rolled-hem jeans \ two-tone ankle boots \ rainbow-stripe tote bag | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Parisian Chic Winter Outfit, Over 40 Style \ camel wool cape \ ear muffs \ orange thick knit sweater \ rolled-hem jeans \ two-tone ankle boots \ rainbow-stripe tote bag | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Parisian Chic Winter Outfit, Over 40 Style \ camel wool cape \ ear muffs \ orange thick knit sweater \ rolled-hem jeans \ two-tone ankle boots \ rainbow-stripe tote bag | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Parisian Chic Winter Outfit, Over 40 Style \ camel wool cape \ ear muffs \ orange thick knit sweater \ rolled-hem jeans \ two-tone ankle boots \ rainbow-stripe tote bag | Not Dressed As Lamb

Cape: Windsmoor c/o (similar)
Sweater: Marks & Spencer (alternative orange, alternative red)
Jeans: Asos (similar)
Boots: Finery c/o (50% off!)
Bag: Mango (same in blue stripe, or I love this orange/black stripe shopper bag)
Earmuffs: Accessorize (similar)

 

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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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A Parisian Chic Winter Outfit, Over 40 Style \ camel wool cape \ ear muffs \ orange thick knit sweater \ rolled-hem jeans \ two-tone ankle boots \ rainbow-stripe tote bag | Not Dressed As Lamb

29 Comments

  1. Georgina
    April 3, 2018 / 1:28 am

    Hi Catherine
    I love your posts and just doing some catch up. Albeit l do visit and revisit for ideas and inspiration.
    On this occasion l disagree. l just cannot correlate your look with being Parisian. It is a fun look that takes confidence to wear. Chic Parisians rarely have a fun look, consider Brigitte Macron Lesley Caron, Coco Chanel etc . Gorgeous women but dressing a fun look – not that l have observed.
    You have a vivacious look. Chic Parisians seem to go for a paired down classic style – definitely not as adventurous as your look.
    l could be totally off piste on this one – these are just my thoughts.

    • catherine
      April 3, 2018 / 11:29 am

      We’ll have to agree to disagree, Georgina – I was thinking of 1960s French style – my sister visited France in the 1960s as a schoolgirl and came back with a cape almost exactly the same as this. Pierre Cardin did loads of them and to me an old-fashioned cape says French style (and Paris as it’s the fashion capital) more than anything else… And the hair is definitely inspired by French 60s style. And of course once I’ve added my own styling to it, it changes it – I’m never one to copy a look exactly, so no – I’m not going to “look like a Parisian”, I want to look like me. It’s only inspiration, that’s all – not to be taken literally! x

      • Georgina
        April 3, 2018 / 5:21 pm

        Hi Catherine
        I understand perfectly now
        I was a teenager in the ‘swinging sixties ” and loved the Courrege and Cardin look along with our own Mary Quant and Jean Muir – l still aspire to look ‘ very Jean Muir’ in well cut navy!
        Actually l have a camel cape in the darkest depths of my wardrobe so l think l will try to style it – probably with navy blue !!!
        My comments were not meant to be a critique just an observation from an avid follower.

  2. March 22, 2018 / 6:24 am

    Well done on braving the elements for these photos! Love the French vibe. I’m hoping that spring is truly here in Vancouver. We’ll see. Exciting times for you. Happy house hunting! Thanks for the linkup.

  3. March 21, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    You look darling…and not the least bit miserable in the cold! Last weekend I was out in just above freezing temps in a dress AND BARE LEGS, what was I thinking? Ha.

    So you’re buying the new house?? That’s so exciting! I don’t know if you’ve ever done a home tour where you are now, but I for one would love to see (snoop at heart right here)!!!

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

  4. March 21, 2018 / 12:21 am

    Best wishes for your move and new home, Catherine. I’ve been trying to figure out how to adequately say what I think of this outfit, and this is it: gorgeous! quirky! and totally fabulous…….

  5. March 20, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Great news on your new home Cathrine, that is very exciting. Always nice to make a change like that. Love your cape, and that bag!!!

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

  6. March 20, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    As I already told you on Instagram Catherine, this is the cutest outfit ever. Love the 60s style hair. Ready for spring? Of course. But cannot be helped I guess 🙂 So we just gotta troup on…haha…Have a lovely week. xo Sabina

  7. March 20, 2018 / 9:50 am

    Oui, I am a fan! Love the colours and the boots and the bag are très jolie! I will, however, be glad to see the end of the snow. I’m excited for some spring colours and clothes!

    Kat x

  8. March 20, 2018 / 5:27 am

    Oh no!! I can’t believe you were struggling with snow while Robin and I were cruising around in our convertible; that’s downright cruel, dearest Catherine!! But you certainly made the best of some nasty weather with your adorable Parisian-inspired outfit; that Specsavers associate got it exactly right when she used the word “happy”!! I’m thrilled to see you wearing your Finery boots again – they’re amazing! – and I think that cheery striped tote bag could make even a blizzard tolerable!! P.S. A HUGE congratulations on your decision to move house; I know it’s something you and Keith have been contemplating for quite a while now!! XOXO

    http://www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

  9. March 20, 2018 / 4:17 am

    These booties are so cool, as is the colorful bag. Looks like you guys also got a new load of that white stuff. One should think that it should be over by now. Well,….

  10. Kareema
    March 19, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    Fabulous outfit….I suddenly need a cape in my life and those boots are so eye catching xx

  11. March 19, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    Aha, so Keith must have liked the house then! Brilliant. Best of luck getting it all sorted. This is a happy look, the shop assistant was right!

  12. Lynda
    March 19, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    I love the color of your sweater, and that the color is echoed in some of the stripes of your bag. Best of luck with your move.

    Lynda

  13. March 19, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    I am glad I am not the only one finding it hard to take pictures in this cold. Fortunately it isn’t snowing in my area. I do not envy you.
    I missed Friday’s post, so I am going to pop over as “Moving House” is indeed a big thing.
    And for once I have found the time to link up with you again.
    Greetje

  14. March 19, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    Your outfit makes me happy too. There’s a bit of Star wars about it too to my eyes. Very pretty winter look. Yes I know that wind. I’ve had my fluff rimmed hood up on my parka today to keep out that biting air.

    http://www.muttonstyle.com

  15. March 19, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    How exciting for you, I love moving! Thanks for sharing your Parisian look. Styled a Parisian look myself recently before the Beast hit and destroyed our thought of nearby Spring! I’m sure it won’t be far away now – I hope! Thanks for the linkup Catherine, I’ve just started my first ever linkup. Every Thursday, hope you might be able to stop by and check it out. xx
    Jacqui Mummabstylish

  16. March 19, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I really love the Parisian look! I sometimes find myself asking ‘would a Parisian like that when I’m picking out an outfit. Well done battling with the low temperatures!! x

  17. Karen Ball
    March 19, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    Just read your previous post too, so pleased for you about moving ! So true that often others can just give you that push that you need, perhaps its people who are close to you sense that you need your inner thoughts endorsing ?! ( oh heck hope that makes sense !) fingers crossed for you and exciting times ahead x

  18. March 19, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    Such a great cape! Looking fabulous!

    Good luck with the “house stuff!” I’m sure it’s very exciting and very busy times!

  19. March 19, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    Those boots aaarghhhhh ! If you lived nearer I’d be round to ‘borrow’ them !
    Looking beautiful and as real as ever !
    Thank you for the feature so pleased you like it !
    So exciting to be planning a move, your head will be filled with plans !
    Bestest as ever
    Ashley xxx

  20. March 19, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    Even though you do look a little cold (!), you still managed to look absolutely gorgeous, Catherine! I do get that French Parisienne look you were going for. LOVE IT!!
    So excited about your house move 😀
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com
    P.S It’s still cold and pouring with rain here in the Algarve too, if that makes you feel any better 😉

  21. March 19, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    I love that bag! Thank you for hosting!

  22. jodie filogomo
    March 19, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Capes are such a great item to look chic yet stay warm!!!
    And I can’t imagine all the work in front of you with this move….I remember our move 2 years ago, and I’m hoping we don’t need to do it again for awhile!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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