My Style Evolution 2011-2018 (and My 7th Blogiversary) #iwillwearwhatilike

Not Dressed As Lamb - Style Evolution 2011-2018

Not only is today my 7th blogiversary (where have seven years gone?!) but it’s also my 46th birthday…!

Does that make today my blogibirthday I wonder? My blogirthday? Either way I’m really happy right now: We moved house (at last) a week ago today and we are absolutely LOVING it. Our new house is everything we hoped it would be and more. Riley loves it too – he’s so much more settled at night (almost no whining before bed) and he spends half his time out on the grass in the garden.

As I mentioned last week we are without WiFi for a couple of weeks, so I’ve popped round to my parents’ house for some broadband this evening to write this as quickly as possible. Normally I celebrate my birthday BIG TIME, but this year (due to the run-up to the big move) it’s going to be a quiet affair with some tea and cake with the family.

And that’s fine with me!

Each year I write a retrospective blogiversary/birthday post, and this year I thought it would be interesting (or maybe funny/hilarious!) to have a retrospective look back at my style evolution from when I started the blog (waaaaaay back in 2011) to the present day.  There’s no real reason for any of the outfits that I’ve picked other than they caught my eye – they might be really good and still something I’d wear today or something I’d not wear again in a million years. (So there are a few strange ones!!)

Thank you for bearing with me with the lack of blog posts and weird timings – I have to take what I can get WiFi-wise at the moment. The move went great btw, Riley loves his new garden and Keith and I couldn’t be happier about our decision to move. Once I have my office and desk set up, broadband working and the house pretty much straight I’ll be able to start sharing pics.

Exciting times ahead!

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I’ll hopefully be able to photograph today’s birthday party outfit and get that in an outfit post for next week’s #iwillwearwhatilike, meantime do add your outfits to this week’s link up!

WHICH OF MY STYLE YEARS IS YOUR FAVOURITE? COMMENT BELOW…!

Catherine

My style evolution 2011-2018, starting with…

Not Dressed As Lamb - Style Evolution 2011-2018

2011-12

My earliest outfits were the very definition of eclectic when I was still trying to hone my style… lots of pattern mixing, bowler hats and every accessory known to womankind. Note the early milkmaid braids and wedge platform heels.

 

Not Dressed As Lamb - Style Evolution 2011-2018

2013

In 2013 I don’t think I was EVER without either skinny jeans or a crop top: I’d discovered the freedom of wearing whatever I wanted and crop tops were the number one thing to wear to show the naysayers that age doesn’t dictate what you should wear…!

 

Not Dressed As Lamb - Style Evolution 2011-2018

2014

2014: my year of white jeans, dungarees, camo and faux fur gilets. And remember the beanie hats with sparkly crystals?!

 

Not Dressed As Lamb - Style Evolution 2011-2018

2015

I’ll do boho now and then – mostly when on holiday or in the summer heat – and this was also the year when windowpane checks were in and the 70s returned (much to my joy).

 

Not Dressed As Lamb - Style Evolution 2011-2018

2016

One of my favourite years in terms of my style: I rediscovered the colour orange (it’s still my favourite) and I became a fairy princess for the day in tulle and sparkle.

 

Not Dressed As Lamb - Style Evolution 2011-2018

2017

Midi length skirts were well and truly back by 2017 and I wanted ALL THE MIDI DRESSES. I was really into brands like Winser and Hobbs and found M&S to be one of my favourite everyday-wear brands.

 

Not Dressed As Lamb - Style Evolution 2011-2018

2018

So far this year I’ve had to battle with weight gain meaning most of my clothes don’t fit, so that meant a lot of new clothes just in order to be comfortable. But floaty dresses and longline jackets have been my friend and saved my sartorial life on more than one occasion. Hopefully by this time next year I will have got myself fit again and will find dressing a little easier…!

 

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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!


Featured favourites

No featured favourites this week due to the house move… it’ll be back when Wifi is back!

Do share the love and visit as many links as you can (you never know what other lovely like-minded ladies you might meet) – the original Instagram campaign forged some wonderful new friendships so don’t miss out!

36 Comments

  1. August 2, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    Oh Catherine, you’re such a great beauty darling girl. I was thoroughly swept away by this retrospective & it got me thinking…
    There’s a pattern here that came to my mind but it’s nothing to do with clothes or outfits. It’s about your personality. You’re fearless my friend, that’s not to say crazy wear anything mental. I mean you have great style, no doubt but more than that, you have adventure, self confidence, a sense of fun…
    I can see how #iwillwearwhatilike was born. Happy Blogabirthday Catherine xx

  2. July 31, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Your photography has always been excellent, my archives are blurrier than yours..

  3. No Fear of Fashion
    July 31, 2018 / 5:49 am

    I am going through your posts. I remember all these outfits of yours. It is all very you. And I mean that in the most positive way haha. Don’t get me wrong.
    I am glad the house move went through. Would have been such a bummer if it hadn’t.
    Enjoy your new home.
    Oh and happy birthday!! I am late but the good wishes still count.
    Greetje

  4. July 30, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    I love taking a look back at your style journey! What a fabulous idea and so fun. I have always loved your style, each and every year! Happy Birthday and I am happy to hear the move is going well!
    xx
    Suzanne
    http://www.AskSuzanneBell.com

  5. July 30, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Happy Birthdablogiversary! Congratulations on the move! Happy All The Things! Loved seeing your fashion revolution evolution. In the first year’s collage 2011-2012, the picture with the black bowler, you look a bit like Mary Steenburgen!

    Enjoy your wi-fi-less time. Hug your doggo for me 🙂

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

  6. July 29, 2018 / 12:04 pm

    2011-2012? Ummm….. interesting. (I’m being polite….)
    2013 – fantastic.
    It seems that each year there has been a slight style adjustment. Gotten more feminine.
    Or maybe it just is, that times change.
    Fascinating, actually.
    And an absolute leader. Love it all.

  7. July 27, 2018 / 8:37 am

    Happy birthday and blog anniversary !!
    I am following you from this year and I am really happy today that you have shared your previous year photographs with us.
    You are looking amazing catherine in all the dresses, I really wanna dress like you 🙂

  8. July 26, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    Happy Birthday-bloggy birthday!!
    I LOVE your 2013 outfits and yearn for skinny jeans to be HUGE again.
    But my favourite style of yours was your initial bold clashing /over accessorising… Just very bloggy and uber cool.
    XXX
    Samantha

  9. July 26, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    Happy birthday and blog anniversary!! Quite an achievement. Love your style evolution, so fun to look back and to look forward!!

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

  10. July 25, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    Happy blog-birthday to you, happy blog-birthday to you, happy blog-birthday dear Catherine…

    Hope you have a lovely day with plenty of tea and cake.

  11. July 24, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    Happy Birthday and Blogiversary, Catherine! It’s so fun to see how your style has evolved. Thanks for the link up.

    xo,
    Janise

  12. Kathy
    July 24, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Happy birthday and blogiversary. So pleased to read that the move went well and you are all happy there. I’ve been following you since 2017 so was very interested to see the earlier photos. Every possible best wish. X

  13. July 24, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    What a pleasure to look back over all of these looks! I love how you experiment and play and have such a flair for mixing pattern and colour. Happy birthday and happy blogiversary to you, dear friend. Here’s to another lucky seven years! love to you xxx

  14. July 24, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Catherine!! I love the post – it’s wonderful to see how your style has changed. Loved those crop tops! I’ve just been reading about wearing crop tops on Shelbee on the Edge and it’s making me want to give it a go (at last!).
    Thanks for continuing to inspires us all <3
    Suzy xxx

  15. July 24, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    Happy Birthday! Glad you’re enjoying your new home. Your style was a lot more wild when you first started out. I like it better now.

  16. July 24, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    Two milestones on the same day! Congratulations and Happy Birthday. It was fun to watch your style evolve and as far as weight gain goes…well, it doesn’t show and the closer you get to the 5-0 mark, the harder it is to keep at bay. UGH.

  17. July 24, 2018 / 12:04 pm

    Happy birthday and blogiversary and congratulations on the move! I really love your earliest eclectic looks! And how fun to see how your style has evolved. I think my style went from more conservative to much bolder since I began blogging just 3 years ago. And I love that you highlighted your year in crop tops as today I just shared a crop top look and linked back to you as I have pushed my own limits of wearing what I like! Thanks for empowering and inspiring all of us to ignore all the rules and wear what we love!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  18. July 24, 2018 / 8:25 am

    Wishing you a very happy birthday and congrats re: the blog. I absolutely love your looks over the years – so interesting. And another set of congratulations re: your move. I know only too well the challenges a move can bring but it sounds as though it’s the right one. Happy days with lots of gardening (!) from now on!

  19. July 24, 2018 / 6:38 am

    This has been so much fun seeing your look develop. You always look great. Your style is so bold and brave – there’s always something that grabs attention. Happy blogversary!!! xx

  20. July 24, 2018 / 12:43 am

    Oh wow, such a cool way to celebrate both of your brilliant milestones-you are simply stunning in every picture and I love how diverse and bold your looks are, loved every one. Happy Birthday and Blogiversary to one of my all-time faves. The internet is lucky to have you xx

  21. July 24, 2018 / 12:28 am

    Super happy blogiversary! 7 Years is a massive effort. You look amazing in orange so keep wearing it!

  22. Rozanne
    July 23, 2018 / 11:59 pm

    What a fun retrospective! It’s really interesting to see how your style has evolved but there is always a unique twist that makes it ‘you’. Happy birthday, blogiversary and new home x

  23. July 23, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    Happy Anniversary, what a great review of you and your style over the years

  24. July 23, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    Years of great fashion and each and every outfit would be fabulous today – that’s what I call a job well done!

  25. July 23, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    Wow! Massive congratulations on your birthday and your blogiversary! AND for surviving your move, I’m glad you’re all happy in your new home. 🙂
    My favourite look has to be the award winning fairy princess outfit. Tulle and sparkles all the way whatever the occasion haha! Thank you for sharing – so much fun to look back at our outfits.
    Best wishes
    Helen x

  26. July 23, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    Happy birthday and blog-birthday, Catherine. I enjoyed your outfit retrospective. That’s one of the great things about blogging… evidence of out fashion success… and speaking for myself… failures. Ha. Your looks are always chic and interesting. Which is why so many women find inspiration on your blog.

  27. July 23, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    Glad you are getting settled, eventually everything will fall into place – how exciting for you. Have a happy blogiversary. Lovely to see your previous fashion pieces. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  28. Jaymie Ashcraft
    July 23, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Happy Birthday! Happy Blogversary!!
    Jaymie

  29. Kelly Glen
    July 23, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    Happy birthday and blog birthday. I hope you have had a lovely day. This is a great post showing how your style has changed over the last few years.

  30. July 23, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    Happy Birthday (again), Catherine!! I know it is not the usual big birthday party for you this year but definitely again next year, right?
    I remember your 2013 looks so well because (and you know) that’s when we first came across each other’s blogs!
    Have a lovely evening and a big hug xoxo,
    Annette

  31. July 23, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Happy birthday and blogversary! A double celebration is in order once settled. Sounds like it was worth the stress xx

  32. July 23, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Happy blog-iversary! I loved seeing all the ways your style has changed over the years—a common theme is that you’ve always been very adventurous and eclectic in your styling, and that’s what makes you so unique!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  33. July 23, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Happy birth….blog….uh well congratulations with everything! Lovely to see all your different styles through the years!

  34. Jodie
    July 23, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    I love the idea of looking back like this. I think the best thing is that we can evolve over the years, and it’s not bad to change our looks and style.
    And it’s so great that the move has been good!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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