How to Make a Plain Grey Poncho Much More Exciting #iwillwearwhatilike

How to Make a Plain Grey Poncho Much More Exciting \ with mustard peg leg trousers \ giraffe print scarf \ black ankle boots \ tartan plaid backpack \ pastel sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

This was one of those outfits I really did throw together last minute before rushing out the door.

We’ve just finished kitting out our new dressing room in the smallest bedroom of our new house, and in sorting out my wardrobes (I got three doubles, Keith got one double and a single Ikea Pax…) I found lots of things I hadn’t worn in ages.

Case in point: this very plain grey poncho. Charcoal grey isn’t a colour I normally go wild over, but I do like to have a lot of neutrals (grey, camel, navy, brown) in my wardrobe to pair with all the brights I own.

I knew I wanted to wear the poncho – honestly, I don’t think it’s seen the light of day for about four or five years – so decided to go with it and try to style in a much more exciting way than just pairing it with yet more neutrals, i.e. jeans. I’m a bit over jeans right now and am much more in favour of peg leg trousers.

More comfortable where skinny jeans are not, for starters…!

How to Make a Plain Grey Poncho Much More Exciting \ with mustard peg leg trousers \ giraffe print scarf \ black ankle boots \ tartan plaid backpack \ pastel sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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The piece I really loved with this outfit was the giraffe print scarf that my gorgeous friend What Lizzy Loves bought for me. She knows me SO well – it was a gift for taking her with me to the Vuelio Awards as my work wife. So very, very naughty of her but I LOVE IT OF COURSE as she knows all about my giraffe obsession! It’s got little touches of orange which go with just about everything in my wardrobe, not least the mustard paperbag trousers I’m wearing here.

Special mention to my new pastel sunglasses from Mango which are perfect for winter when the sun isn’t really that strong. The colours of this pair are DIVINE, and I can never resist a pair that have light, see-through lenses. Only really for overcast days and adding that extra something to an outfit.

To tie in the black of the scarf I wore long black gloves and black Western ankle boots which also haven’t been worn in donkey’s years (in fact the same goes for the tartan backpack).

New house, new wardrobe, new outfit combinations: I’m finally shopping my closet as they say and loving it. It’s great to have more to choose from simply because you’ve got yourself organised at last. However a cull is STILL needed as there’s still not enough room to move the clothes freely in my three (THREE!!) double wardrobes 🙁

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Anyway – got a plain poncho? Add some fabulous accessories, a splash of colour somewhere and you’re good to go. Easy peasy winter outfit formula.

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 in my monthly Women Who Wear What They Like post!

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Catherine

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How to Make a Plain Grey Poncho Much More Exciting \ with mustard peg leg trousers \ giraffe print scarf \ black ankle boots \ tartan plaid backpack \ pastel sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Make a Plain Grey Poncho Much More Exciting \ with mustard peg leg trousers \ giraffe print scarf \ black ankle boots \ tartan plaid backpack \ pastel sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Make a Plain Grey Poncho Much More Exciting \ with mustard peg leg trousers \ giraffe print scarf \ black ankle boots \ tartan plaid backpack \ pastel sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Make a Plain Grey Poncho Much More Exciting \ with mustard peg leg trousers \ giraffe print scarf \ black ankle boots \ tartan plaid backpack \ pastel sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Make a Plain Grey Poncho Much More Exciting \ with mustard peg leg trousers \ giraffe print scarf \ black ankle boots \ tartan plaid backpack \ pastel sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Make a Plain Grey Poncho Much More Exciting \ with mustard peg leg trousers \ giraffe print scarf \ black ankle boots \ tartan plaid backpack \ pastel sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Make a Plain Grey Poncho Much More Exciting \ with mustard peg leg trousers \ giraffe print scarf \ black ankle boots \ tartan plaid backpack \ pastel sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Poncho: Old, unknown (love this one)
Trousers: Asos (these are similar)
Scarf: Steve Madden (a gift from my friend What Lizzy Loves)
Boots: Asos (similar)
Backpack: Asos (I like this one)
Sunglasses: Mango (on sale!)
Gloves: Next (old)

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Not Dressed As Lamb #iwillwearwhatilike link up

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 Tuesday 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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How to Make a Plain Grey Poncho Much More Exciting \ with mustard peg leg trousers \ giraffe print scarf \ black ankle boots \ tartan plaid backpack \ pastel sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

36 Comments

  1. January 23, 2019 / 10:36 pm

    I love the poncho paired with the beautiful scarf and the orange pants! Great outfit!

    • catherine
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 12:22 am

      Andrea thank you!! I’m rather loving this grey and orange/mustard combination RN…!

  2. January 23, 2019 / 2:35 pm

    Yep you totally nailed it!
    Love the rich iron ore grey of this poncho coupled with the background colour and your glorious red hair. And Liz my love, the scarf is gorgeous BRAVO!
    I quite like giraffes although not to the same extent as you Catherine, this print is quite abstract with a truly retro vibe. Definitely one I’d wear a lot with my wardrobe.

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:18 pm

      Liz chose well, didn’t she?!! Thank you MT xx

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks Shelbee my lovely – not sure I’ve worn mustard and grey together before but I LOVE IT!!

  3. January 23, 2019 / 9:21 am

    That is such a great look – the colour, the colour! I absolutely love everything you’re wearing but the trousers are the best.

    Thanks for hosting 🙂

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:19 pm

      Thank you Penny, thank you!!

  4. January 23, 2019 / 6:36 am

    I often find that the outfits that are thrown together turn out better than the ones I plan! I love how you styled this with the scarf! Plus, your photos are absolutely gorgeous!

    -Katie
    http://www.hellokatiegirlblog.com/

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:20 pm

      I think you’re right, Katie – they often are!! And thank you, I’ll also tell the photographer (it’s a great spot lighting-wise) x

  5. January 23, 2019 / 6:27 am

    Grey and mustard look so good together. Your accessories take it up a level , especially that gorgeous giraffe scarf.
    Many thanks for hosting Catherine.

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:20 pm

      Thank you so much Jill xxx

  6. January 22, 2019 / 10:37 pm

    Love those sunglasses. I might just have to buy those. I like to wear them in winter too. Especially in the car. Dee has three double pax and I have two! such a diva! xx

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:21 pm

      They’re really pretty sunnies, aren’t they Laurie – I just ADORE the colours! And how come you didn’t get an equal number of Pax wardobes, eh…?!! lol 😉

  7. January 22, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    Some of my favorite outfits have been ones that I’ve put together at the very last minute—there’s something to be said for spontaneity! Love how you’ve styled the poncho in a way that’s true to you!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:22 pm

      YES to spontaneity Cheryl!! Thank you so much xoxo

  8. January 22, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    Love this, you look so warm too without being hidden under a giant duffle coat!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:23 pm

      I was a LITTLE chilly, Sarah, but we were mostly in the car and in and out of shops so it was actually better than a massive parka or puffa (which get too warm in the car and in the shops)! Thank you x

  9. Christine
    January 22, 2019 / 7:44 pm

    You have put this outfit together with such flair and the way in which you’ve done your shoot is perfect – well done to your photographer too!

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:24 pm

      Christine thank you!! I’ll tell him 😀

  10. jodie filogomo
    January 22, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    This is why neutrals are so great at times….that’s when we can pull out our fabulous accessories!!
    XOOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:24 pm

      You’re absolutely right, Jodie 😀

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:25 pm

      That’s true, Maria – I love finding “new” clothes in my wardrobes that are actually just new combos…!

  11. January 22, 2019 / 7:04 pm

    I do have an old grey poncho as it happens. I think I might wear it tomorrow with one of my Rew scarves. Thanks for the inspo!

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:25 pm

      OOh that’s a good idea Gail (I have a mustard REW which I could wear with mine too)! x

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:25 pm

      Thank you so much Cristina x

  12. January 22, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    I love your outfit Catherine – I’m so over jeans too – I haven’t worn any in a couple of years now I think! Having said that; I know I have a few pairs at the bottom of my wardrobe, so I know I need a bit clear-out as well. Good luck – I’m rubbish at getting rid of clothes!
    Helen x

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      Thanks Helen – go get Marie Kondo-ing your wardrobe STAT!! 😉

  13. January 22, 2019 / 4:55 pm

    I think that the colour of your hair looks fabulous on that beautiful poncho. But the photos are fantastic too!

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      Aww thanks Nancy – the photos are getting a lot of love today! x

  14. January 22, 2019 / 4:32 pm

    Love your giraffe scarf. My daughter would have scarf envy if she sees it

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      Hehe tell her to get her hands off, Jill!!! 😉 Mine’s a keeper…!

  15. January 22, 2019 / 4:28 pm

    Awww, I’m so glad you like your giraffe scarf. I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to buy it for you. You look fabulous as always. Your hair looks exceptionally swoon-worthy and as for those sunnies. Well, they’re divine. Thank you for hosting and lots of love xxxx

    • catherine
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you SO much my darling Liz. You know me only too well… I’ve actually worn it loads, but this was the first time I had a chance to photograph any of the outfits with it! x

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