A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt, Over 40 Style #iwillwearwhatilike

A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt \ Duran Duran t-shirt \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ pointed flats \ baggy chinos | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Before I stepped out the house in this outfit, it was at that (super) casual stage, not yet smart casual:

– it only took two items to take it up that one level smarter than its initial “slobbing around the house” vibe. This was a weekend outfit comprising of simply a band t-shirt (more on that in a minute) and baggy chinos. Nothing exciting, but to step out the house for something other than dog walking I needed to make it at least a LITTLE smarter – smart casual, in other words. So all I added was the Prince of Wales check blazer (last seen here) and the pointed two-tone flats which I’ve had forever, and voilà – smart casual.

Finally – accessories. Sunglasses? Check. Studded cross body bag? Check. Brushed hair? Nearly forgot, but check…!

Those of you who’ve followed me for a while may know that I was a serious Duranie back in the day (anyone remember me wearing my Duran Duran tour t-shirt from when I was 11 last year?), and this graphic t-shirt of the Rio album cover has finally made an appearance on the blog. I’ve worn it several times since Keith bought it for me for Christmas, but I’ve had to cover it up with layers of knitwear and coats until now.

Although it would make sense that I have a Rio album cover tee because I have a Seven and the Ragged Tiger t-shirt already and needed to prove my undying loyalty to my Eighties obsession, the real reason I have it is completely different…!

A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt \ Duran Duran t-shirt \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ pointed flats \ baggy chinos | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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In Thor: Ragnarak (or Thor: Fraggle Rock as I can’t help saying it after Michelle Tyler called it that), Bruce Banner has to borrow Tony Stark’s clothes and ends up wearing a Rio album cover t-shirt under a jacket. I came out of the cinema saying I NEED THAT T-SHIRT… and low and behold, Keith indulges me at Christmas with one of my own. Bless that boy 😉

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WHAT BAND OR ARTIST T-SHIRT FROM YOUR YOUTH WOULD YOU WEAR (OR DO YOU WEAR)?! COMMENT BELOW…!

Catherine

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A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt \ Duran Duran t-shirt \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ pointed flats \ baggy chinos | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt \ Duran Duran t-shirt \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ pointed flats \ baggy chinos | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt \ Duran Duran t-shirt \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ pointed flats \ baggy chinos | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt \ Duran Duran t-shirt \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ pointed flats \ baggy chinos | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt \ Duran Duran t-shirt \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ pointed flats \ baggy chinos | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt \ Duran Duran t-shirt \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ pointed flats \ baggy chinos | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt \ Duran Duran t-shirt \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ pointed flats \ baggy chinos | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt \ Duran Duran t-shirt \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ pointed flats \ baggy chinos | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

T-shirt: Redbubble
Blazer: Zara (similar)
Trousers: New Look (similar)
Shoes: Daniel Footwear (I love these)
Bag: JD Williams c/o
Sunglasses: Mango (similar)
Lipstick: Max Factor Baby Star 035 Coral c/o
Dog: Not for sale 😉

 

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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!

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A Smart Casual Way to Style a Graphic T-shirt \ Duran Duran t-shirt \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ pointed flats \ baggy chinos | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

50 Comments

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  2. May 17, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    I’m quite partial to a band T-shirt – especially AC/DC. I have a Sex Pistols Never Mind the B@llock$ one too…definitely can’t wear that on the school run!

    Emma xxx
    www,style-splash.com

  3. Stephanie
    May 17, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    The first time on your blog and you’re wearing a Duran Duran tee! It must be kismet. From one Duranie to another, love the look and coming back for MORE!

  4. May 17, 2018 / 5:51 am

    I’ve been toying with a similar bit of styling with a new graphic tee and now I definitely will after seeing this on you Catherine. The shoes clinch the deal with me as I just love the two tone effect. Thanks again for hosting another link up party and have a lovely week!

    Anna x

  5. May 16, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    Oh I was a major Duran Duran fan back then. Apart from loving Spandau Ballet and Abba etc etc :)))

    Thats a really cool look Catherine. Love the blazer, too. Thanks for the link-up. xo Sabina

  6. May 16, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Is it fair to say that I think this is the coolest way to style a blazer?? I love this!

  7. May 16, 2018 / 4:19 am

    This is a great example of classing up a look. The T looks great with the blazer. Thanks for the linkup!

  8. Hilary
    May 15, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    Absolutely! And I do wear: The Clash, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie (heavy sigh – sadly missed)…..

  9. May 15, 2018 / 11:01 am

    It does look really smart, the flats are especially nice (look like heels a bit at first). Jackets are fab, I have been trying to wear them more instead of cardis to smarten up. Thanks for hosting! X

    • catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2018 / 11:23 am

      They do have a low block heel, Porcelina… they’re super comfy! I bought them in yellow as well I loved them so much 😀

  10. May 15, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Checking out redbubble now for some red hot chili peppers yum!!
    cheers darl have a great week!
    Ash x

    • catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2018 / 10:54 am

      Good luck with checking out Redbubble Ashley – you’ll be there for HOURS, I guarantee it…!! 😉

  11. May 15, 2018 / 3:17 am

    I pretty much wear a graphic tee and a pair of sneakers on the daily! Ha! It’s my uniform–literally.

    I’m considering a re-brand since that’s all I wear. Maybe The Sneaker Lady? What do you think?!

    Haha. I love your Nagel tee–he was a favorite artist of mine during my high school years.

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    • catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2018 / 10:53 am

      I think that’s mostly the sort of daily outfit I wear too Ann (though the t-shirts always get covered up in the colder weather)!! And yes – Nagel was the best… all those 80s posters were AMAZING 😀

      Most bloggers rebrand these days to change their blog name to their actual name – as you already have your name in your blog name maybe you should keep it? If your blog name was very common (starting with “style” or “fashion” for example) I’d say definitely change it… however rebranding is a massive upheaval, it affects your SEO, domain authority and visibility and takes a while for your blog to recover and get back to where it was before the rebrand. So it’s only worth it if your blog name is really detrimental to your brand and the benefits of a new name outweigh the disadvantages that come with changing everything… personally I don’t think it’s worth it (though The Sneaker Lady IS a cute name)!!

  12. May 15, 2018 / 1:19 am

    I’m a big fan of graphic tees, love yours and your doggy! Thank you for the link up Catherine.

    Cherie
    STYLE NUDGE

    • catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2018 / 10:47 am

      Me too, Cherie! thanks sweetie x

  13. May 14, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, my sister had that Duran Duran album when we were little and wouldn’t let me play it—I was so jealous! Thankfully we share now. 🙂 Love how you’ve styled your tee with the boyfriend blazer!
    Cheryl Shops

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 11:27 pm

      I still have my copy, Cheryl – I have ALL my original Duran Duran LPs, in fact!!! 😉

  14. May 14, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    A perfect example between casual and chic in this outfit!

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 11:05 pm

      Why thank you Lui! x

  15. May 14, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    Love a blazer and tee look. Great story about recreating the look with that shirt 🙂

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 11:05 pm

      Hehe thanks Becky x

  16. May 14, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    Thanks for hosting. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 6:28 pm

      Pleasure, Jacqui my lovely x

  17. May 14, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    I love the way you’ve styled a band t-shirt – it looks so perfect on you with the jacket. I still wear my Nirvana t-shirt and hoody!
    Thank you for hosting 🙂
    Helen x

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 6:28 pm

      Oh wow if your Nirvana items are originals I wonder if they’re worth a bit, Helen..?! thanks hon x

  18. May 14, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    I still wear my Siouxie and the Banshees tee! Oh, music in the 80 s was fabulous!

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      Oh wow I’d love a SATB t-shirt, Nancy!! That’s sooooooo cool (and yes I agree, it was) 😀

  19. May 14, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Aaaaah, you already know mine! I still wear my AC/DC t-shirts, but they aren’t old ones. Those ones I bought back in the day were far too big because they only made them for boys who drunk too much beer. Luckily now we’ve been allowed into this most male of mysteries, meaning I have a black t-shirt with the band name in silvery glittery letters (not real glitter!). In fact, it’s in the link-up for this week.

    Love the Duran Duran t-shirt! And yes, I can admit I always liked them now since I don’t have to worry what my “cool” punk friends think (they all liked them too ). X

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 5:16 pm

      Haha yes I do remember your AC/DC obsession Emerald – as strong as my DD one!! 😉

  20. May 14, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    This is such a great way to style a graphic tee.

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks Ivana!

  21. May 14, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    Aw thanks for picking my outfit as one of your favs Catherine
    I wear a Bowie tee quite regularly btw and I’m 66!
    BIG hug, Sarah aka Badassbabyboomer

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 5:08 pm

      Pleasure, Sarah! You absolutely CAN’T go wrong with Bowie, can you…?!

  22. May 14, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    Talk about birds of a feather!! The jacket is my favorite way to add some professional to any look!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 5:08 pm

      Never underestimate the power of a blazer, eh Jodie 😉 x

  23. May 14, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Thanks so much for the feature!!! 🙂 I was so surprised. I love this graphic tee, especially with the blazer. I need to try this combination!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks Carrie, and it was my pleasure x

  24. May 14, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    Love this casual chic look. You do it beautifully! Happy Monday!

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa, and to you! x

  25. May 14, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    I liked Duran, but my heart was and still is with U2. Which has got me into thinking about searching for a vintage U2 T-shirt! I’m literally going to start looking now! Have a great week xx

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 5:10 pm

      Laurie you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it at Redbubble (see the link to my t-shirt) – their range is infinite…!

  26. May 14, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    That tee shirt OBVIOUSLY needed to be in your collection! Well done to Keith for finding it. I love how you’ve styled it here, and I love your furry accessory, Riley! He tones very well with the tee 🙂

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 5:11 pm

      The furry accessory is the best accessory I have, Lisa…!! 😉

  27. May 14, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    I laughed when I saw your post, Catherine. Because my post is on the same thing… graphic tees. I’ve been searching for just the right one for a bit. Ha. Great minds? Love the idea of wearing the tee with a patterned jacket.

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 5:11 pm

      Great minds are ALWAYS thinking of graphic tees, Sue…!! heehee x

    • catherine
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 5:12 pm

      You’re very welcome Nicole, and thank you x

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