Beating April Showers in Metallics and Warm Colours #iwillwearwhatilike

Beating April Showers in Metallics and Warm Colours \ rose gold raincoat \ orange-red sweater \ burgundy and red stripe trousers pants \ Ted Baker Queane trainers sneakers \ polka dot socks | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Metallics are always a bit of a showstopper (and conversation starter!) – this rose gold raincoat always gets so many compliments whenever I wear it.

Seeing as the classic colour for raincoats is beige, a metallic raincoat is certainly not for the fainthearted. But when I wore this outfit we were right in the middle of April showers so something bright and warm was essential. The UK is set for a “hotter than Greece” style heatwave this week (I am not joking), so within the space of just four weeks we will have had full-on snow, a lot of rain and then a heatwave.

What on EARTH is going on…?!!

I actually said to Keith that Mother Nature is more of a man at the minute (Brother Nature anyone? Parks & Recs reference there for you…) – you know how men tend not to have any idea of a happy medium? Ask them to turn the heat up in the car a bit and they’ll change it from pure cold air to the hottest setting. To hell with warm/lukewarm – let’s go for ALL THE HEAT! So yeah, she’s heard us moaning about the snow and thought, I know, I’ll give them a heatwave, that’ll show ’em…!

The day I wore this I felt like a weight had been lifted (that’ll be the huge winter coat, thick scarf, hat, three pairs of socks and gloves then) – it was such a novelty to be wearing a light JACKET. I piled on all the warm coloured things because it’s spring! And we like nice colours in spring! The British spring may not (at this point) have seen weather warm enough for florals or light cottons (oh how it’s going to change…), but I did my best to wear something cheery to counteract grey skies and drizzle.

What we ended up with was reds, oranges and burgundys alongside the warm metallics, and the side stripe trousers that I bought last year and have worn many times (but not yet featured on the blog). 

Beating April Showers in Metallics and Warm Colours \ rose gold raincoat \ orange-red sweater \ burgundy and red stripe trousers pants \ Ted Baker Queane trainers sneakers \ polka dot socks | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

SHOP THE LOOK:

The black trainers/sneakers (US link) are new and were kindly gifted to me by Ted Baker… they are UNBELIEVABLY comfortable, like wearing a pair of slippers. They’re also somewhat on the pricey (three figures) side, but when they’re this comfy I think they’re totally worth the investment. Unusual for me is the fact that I went for black; I’ve actually been after a pair of black trainers for a while – I really like the no-laces, slip-on style. I expect to be wearing these for a long time as the style is classic, but with something of a twist.

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What I REALLY like about this outfit is the little styling details, so here are a couple of tips for you:

Add patterned tights or knee highs instead of leaving your ankles bare. Better than socks, they still stop bare feet getting icky inside trainers but have the added bonus of some detail (these were Asos but you can get spotty tights from UKtights).

Roll the sleeves of your sweater out and over your jacket sleeves. It’ll add a bit more colour to your outfit and actually look like an accessory, tying in the colour of the sweater to itself.

And so ends today’s Styling Tips 101 😉

 

The UK Blog Awards – this Friday…

Once again it’s here – the finals of the UK Blog Awards is this week! I’m a finalist in the Fashion & Beauty category once again, and I’m under NO illusions that I’ll win a second year in a row (can’t see them doing that), but I’ll be there for a fun night and to get dressed up.

Follow along on my Instagram account on the night (mostly Stories I should imagine!) for behind the scenes and details of who won what and what I wore…!

Do add your outfits to this week’s link up – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured next week.

ANY CLUE AS TO WHAT I MIGHT BE WEARING TO UKBA18 THIS YEAR?? ANYONE WANT TO HAZARD A GUESS?! COMMENT BELOW…!

Catherine

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Beating April Showers in Metallics and Warm Colours \ rose gold raincoat \ orange-red sweater \ burgundy and red stripe trousers pants \ Ted Baker Queane trainers sneakers \ polka dot socks | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Beating April Showers in Metallics and Warm Colours \ rose gold raincoat \ orange-red sweater \ burgundy and red stripe trousers pants \ Ted Baker Queane trainers sneakers \ polka dot socks | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Beating April Showers in Metallics and Warm Colours \ rose gold raincoat \ orange-red sweater \ burgundy and red stripe trousers pants \ Ted Baker Queane trainers sneakers \ polka dot socks | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Beating April Showers in Metallics and Warm Colours \ rose gold raincoat \ orange-red sweater \ burgundy and red stripe trousers pants \ Ted Baker Queane trainers sneakers \ polka dot socks | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Beating April Showers in Metallics and Warm Colours \ rose gold raincoat \ orange-red sweater \ burgundy and red stripe trousers pants \ Ted Baker Queane trainers sneakers \ polka dot socks | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Beating April Showers in Metallics and Warm Colours \ rose gold raincoat \ orange-red sweater \ burgundy and red stripe trousers pants \ Ted Baker Queane trainers sneakers \ polka dot socks | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Raincoat: Asos (similar)
Sweater: Finery c/o (similar)
Trousers: Oasis (similar)
Shoes: Ted Baker c/o (US link)
Socks: Asos (similar)
Bag: Karen Millen (old, LOVE this one)
Scarf: Unknown (old, I like this one)
Watch: Henry London c/o (on sale!)

Disclosure: I was gifted the trainers by Ted Baker but was under no obligation to feature them (click here for my full disclosure)This post contains affiliate links which means if you click through and buy I may receive a small commission at no cost to you 

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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 around 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!

Linking up etiquette…

CLICK HERE to read the rules of linking up (and to grab the #iwillwearwhatilike button). Basically it’s just good manners to link back to here – to leave a comment is even nicer!


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Beating April Showers in Metallics and Warm Colours \ rose gold raincoat \ orange-red sweater \ burgundy and red stripe trousers pants \ Ted Baker Queane trainers sneakers \ polka dot socks | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

25 Comments

  1. April 16, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Lovely as the coat is I’m hoping not to need one for a while! Here’s to some good sunshine! I can’t believe how quickly your hair has grown Catherine!
    Laurie xx

  2. jodie filogomo
    April 16, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    You gotta bring in the sun and happiness some way!! And color and shine are the perfect ways to do it, Catherine!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

  3. April 16, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    good luck with the awards and I adore the metallic raincoat

  4. April 16, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    What a fun rain jacket. I used to have one {in beige but with a purple floral lining} and now I have no idea where it’s got off to. Although I suspect my kid may have something to do with it… LOL She’s known to pilfer clothes when she visits.

  5. April 16, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    I love the metallic raincoat, and the black trainers are fab! They look great with the spotty tights!

    Emma xxx

  6. April 16, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    I really love the polkadot ankles peeping out! I have a pair of polkadot sheer socks somewhere, I might dig them out to wear tomorrow to work – thanks for the inspo!
    How exciting that you have the blog awards to look forward to, you were a vision last time in that red dress, you must be excited to bust out another fabulous frock xx

  7. April 16, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Oh how exiting! I will be watching your IG Friday! Good luck and have a great evening!

  8. April 16, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    All the c’s from me today Catherine….. super casual, looking colourful and comfy too!
    Win win win eh?
    Good luck on Friday and never say never I really hop you do win again lovely xxx
    Ash xx

  9. April 16, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    You’re a girl after my own heart with this metallic jacket – Sasha and I posted ours last autumn so I’ll link through to that today. The rose gold version is pretty too and very feminine. I love that you’ve gone bold with all the other colours, it’s really punchy! Good luck with the award xx

    Anna x

  10. jacqui
    April 16, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Wow , well done, good luck for Friday, I hope you have a fun evening. Thanks for hosting the #linkup. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  11. April 16, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    I love this colour palette, Catherine! Rosy and optimism are words that come to mind. And HUGE GOOD LUCK for the awards. Why not two years in a row?

  12. April 16, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    Raincoat today. Bikini tomorrow. Brother nature is so apt.
    That one distinctively different beauty of a raincoat, shame you’re going to have to pack it away now that our heatwave is a-comin’.
    Hugs, x.

  13. April 17, 2018 / 12:07 am

    I love the whole outfit, but I really love those shoes!

  14. April 17, 2018 / 12:35 am

    Such a pretty raincoat! Rose gold is one of my favorite colors for metals and this raincoat is perfect. I love all the color in your outfit. Enjoy the heatwave. We are revisiting old man winter!! Ugg. Have a great time at the awards! – Amy

  15. April 17, 2018 / 1:27 am

    Love the rose gold coat and those sneakers!!!

  16. April 17, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    I had such a laugh
    Mother Nature is more of a man at the minute (Brother Nature anyone? Parks & Recs reference there for you…) – you know how men tend not to have any idea of a happy medium? Ask them to turn the heat up in the car a bit and they’ll change it from pure cold air to the hottest setting. To hell with warm/lukewarm – let’s go for ALL THE HEAT! So yeah, she’s heard us moaning about the snow and thought, I know, I’ll give them a heatwave, that’ll show ’em…!
    You are soooooooooooooo good.
    Fingers crossed for you on Friday, and will keep an eye on your Instastories.

  17. April 17, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    What a fabulous combo with the red and the metallic rose! There is something so fun about a raincoat isn’t there? You look great. Enjoy the new shoes. And thanks so much for hosting.

  18. April 17, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    I love the way you put colors together—you come up with combinations that I don’t see anywhere else! And who doesn’t love metallics? 😉
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  19. April 18, 2018 / 12:20 am

    Luke warm? Should be Lucywarm! 😉
    I like your idea of a metallic (or bright) raincoat for the reasons you point out. I mean, how have I not realised this before? Of course! Cheery coat in dreary weather is the best idea I’ve heard in a long while. I think I need one now actually xx

  20. April 18, 2018 / 6:29 am

    How do you do it, with such panache and flair? Looks great. (as usual…)

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