Why a Longline Coat or Blazer is Your Wardrobe’s Best Friend (& I Chopped My Hair) #iwillwearwhatilike

Fashion Over 40: A Longline Coat or Blazer is Your Wardrobe's Best Friend \ longline orange coat \ camel wide leg trousers \ red leather tote bag \ pink snakeskin lace up shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb

Before I talk about how a longline coat is your wardrobe’s best friend, I’ll just point out the fact that yes – I cut off my long hair AGAIN.

After just growing out the last bob.

I started growing my hair again just over a year ago when I felt like a change after having had the long bob for a while. I also grew out the fringe, then promptly had it cut back in again at the end of last year.

Then last time I was at the hairdressers they handed me a book they’d had made up of all their Instagram posts (it was a whopper of a coffee table read) and there it was, a picture of my newly trimmed and coloured long bob they posted back in April 2016. And I fell in love with that cut again.

So I thought I’d keep my hair long over the summer, make the most of the milkmaid braids I’d been working towards, then cut it off in the autumn.

Did I make it that far? No, of course not. I asked for it to be chopped in my very next appointment (impatient, much??).

 

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Fashion Over 40: A Longline Coat or Blazer is Your Wardrobe's Best Friend \ longline orange coat \ camel wide leg trousers \ red leather tote bag \ pink snakeskin lace up shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb

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What I love about this cut is that it takes MUCH less effort to make it look good in the morning. I grew my hair with grand plans to have it beautifully curled at the ends every day, and what happens in reality (i.e. the real life of someone who DOESN’T have a beautiful #InstagramPerfect life, who has to walk the dog, empty the dishwasher and sit on a computer at home for much of the day) is that it looks like a bird’s nest most of the time. I ended up always putting it in plaits or bunches and leaving it like that till I next washed it.

(And the less said about how long I left it between washes – because #Can’tBeArsed – the better.)

Talking of washing hair, it’s SUCH an ordeal when it gets long. I know some people who have long hair and wash it every day – I am not that person! So off it came. (The fringe is back to stay too.) I just have a feeling that that was the last time I’ll ever really grow grow my hair – it just wasn’t that much fun this time around.

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Never say never though, eh?!

Shall we talk about the outfit now…?

 

Ignoring the fact that I’m in orange again (you can’t say I’m not dedicated to The Art of Wearing Orange), the longline coat or blazer has become my absolute best friend in my wardrobe. My closet BFF, if you like.

Some of you may know my longline camel blazer well has been worn countless times on the blog (see here, here and here for example), and I’m rather keen on the same style in a winter wool coat.

I have to admit I thought this orange coat (by New Look, I got it through Amazon interestingly) was a lighter fabric like my longline camel blazer. It’s perfect for the current milder weather we’re having, though when the sun comes out it’s actually TOO warm. If you went for a similar style in either a neutral (camel, stone, navy, brown, etc.) or your favourite bright colour (or one of each?!), then you’ll find it works with so many outfits as the perfect thrown-on.

I’ve worn my camel one with cropped jeans with a raw hem, over a vintage evening gown, over a preppy stripey dress and with navy culottes (ooh look there’s the same scarf again).

It’s just the right length to wear over just about anything, and the long length is flattering and, er, lengthening. It hides big bum days, no waist days, and food baby days. Now that it’s taken me THIS long (how many years?!) to realise how incredibly versatile it is, I’m going to find it hard to not buy one in every one of my favourite colours this year.

Now, I’m off to search “yellow longline blazer”, “coral longline blazer”, “pink longline blazer” – wish my wallet luck…

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 bi-monthly Women Who Wear What They Like post!

WHAT NEUTRAL COLOUR AND WHAT BRIGHT COLOUR WOULD YOU CHOOSE IF YOU COULD ONLY CHOOSE ONE COAT IN EACH? COMMENT BELOW…!

Catherine

Fashion Over 40: A Longline Coat or Blazer is Your Wardrobe's Best Friend \ longline orange coat \ camel wide leg trousers \ red leather tote bag \ pink snakeskin lace up shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb
Fashion Over 40: A Longline Coat or Blazer is Your Wardrobe's Best Friend \ longline orange coat \ camel wide leg trousers \ red leather tote bag \ pink snakeskin lace up shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb
Fashion Over 40: A Longline Coat or Blazer is Your Wardrobe's Best Friend \ longline orange coat \ camel wide leg trousers \ red leather tote bag \ pink snakeskin lace up shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb
Fashion Over 40: A Longline Coat or Blazer is Your Wardrobe's Best Friend \ longline orange coat \ camel wide leg trousers \ red leather tote bag \ pink snakeskin lace up shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb
Fashion Over 40: A Longline Coat or Blazer is Your Wardrobe's Best Friend \ longline orange coat \ camel wide leg trousers \ red leather tote bag \ pink snakeskin lace up shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb

Coat: New Look (similar in a rust colour)
Scarf: Asos (love this one)
Trousers: Winser (similar)
Shoes: Finery (LOVE these)
Sweater: Unknown (similar)
Bag: Brenda McLeod (LOVE this one – use FREE25 for 25% off, though I don’t know the expiry date so hurry!)
Earrings: River Island
Sunglasses: Asos (old, love these)

 

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36 Comments

  1. Lata Martinez
    March 5, 2019 / 10:25 am

    Came across your blog while looking for information about styling fashion trends.
    Loved your look, amazing!

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 3:32 pm

      Thanks, Lata!

  2. March 1, 2019 / 12:51 am

    I am loving the cut and colour, Isnt it funny that we think we ant a change and then ee a picture that takes us back to square one. I was so sure I wanted red hair again and as soon as I took the step towards that the “blond” pics started popping up in my time hop and I wanted to go back. Life and gals with their hair we are so fickle. Great outfit

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 3:47 pm

      Thanks Linda – you sound like me, chopping and changing your mind!!

  3. February 27, 2019 / 8:36 pm

    I love your new hairstyle. A great cut definitely makes styling so much easier. And orange, well, my linked photo says I’m into that vibe too. I’m feeling slightly traffic cone/squished pumpkin. Thanks for hosting.

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:50 pm

      Your traffic cone is amazing, Melanie!!!!! 😉 😀 Thank you sweetie x

  4. February 27, 2019 / 11:40 am

    I love the new do! I’ve just had a couple of inches chopped off mine too and it feels great…and it’s much easier to manage. Fabulous blazer, I love the colour. Camel and red would be my top choices if I had to choose just two!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:51 pm

      Isn’t it soooooo much easier, Emma?! Thank you xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:51 pm

      Aww thanks Fonda x

  5. February 27, 2019 / 11:26 am

    Love the haircut Catherine! After spending years growing mine as long as possible, I’m thinking about doing the same!

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:51 pm

      It’s very liberating, Helen…!

  6. February 27, 2019 / 11:20 am

    Yes, that’s a versatile length, hair and coat!
    My hair’s long and fringeless as I find it easier maintenance (for me) than short, plus I look absolutely awful with short hair! And there’s always dry shampoo between washes … I wish you much happiness with your shorter length and fringe, you’re looking super stylish in your long bob and long jacket.
    Hugs, Mary.
    thepoutingpensioner.blogspot.com

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you so much Mary xo

  7. February 27, 2019 / 7:46 am

    Love your hair Catherine! You are looking very Spring like and Orange suits you, not many can wear it. Sarah aka Badassbabyboomer xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:52 pm

      Thanks Sarah – a few years ago I wouldn’t have touched orange…!!

  8. February 27, 2019 / 7:38 am

    I noticed your new hairstyle immediately. You look great with it. And the look is a real eye-catcher.
    XO Martina from Munich

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you so much Martina!!

  9. February 26, 2019 / 11:46 pm

    I think your hair looks very chic! But I am with you, trapped in a perpetual cycle of growing out my bangs, then getting them again. The last time I got a haircut, I was about to ask my stylist whether I should try bangs again and he said, “Before you ask me to cut bangs, the answer is no!” 😉
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:53 pm

      Hehe I love that your stylist preempted your query with a no, Cheryl…!!!!! 😉 Thank you x

  10. February 26, 2019 / 10:05 pm

    Great outfit, Catherine! I love the colors. And I am the same way with my hair. As soon as I grow it out, I chop it off, then begin growing it out immediately. This is the longest I have let my hair grow in years! I love the new cut on you. It looks darling!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:54 pm

      Thank you Shelbee my lovely… how great that hair grows, isn’t it – good job, seeing as we’re so fickle!!

  11. jodie filogomo
    February 26, 2019 / 8:12 pm

    I feel like my hair just keeps getting shorter and shorter, so I totally understand, Catherine!!
    As for the coat….I love that length. It’s the ones I reach for more and more now!!
    XOOX
    Jodie

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:54 pm

      It’s such a versatile length, isn’t it Jodie?!

  12. February 26, 2019 / 7:42 pm

    You know I adore this hairstyle in you Catherine, it’s just so chic. I wonder if you’ve ever had this length without a fringe and if so what was it like? I love my hair in a bob too but am actually enjoying the longer length at the moment so I won’t be cutting it any time soon. Although I worry it’s aging and drags my face down a little, what do you think?
    Great outfit and totes agree on the longline xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:57 pm

      I have had this length without a fringe, but always with a side parting…!

      I don’t think your hair drags your face down AT ALL Michelle, I think you look more modern with longer hair than shorter. But then, it’s entirely up to you… you have to cut it (or not) to suit YOU, and no one else – but you know that already!!!!

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:57 pm

      Aww Maria thank you! The trousers are by Winser and I can thoroughly recommend their jersey trousers 😀

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:58 pm

      The time it took to brush, wash and dry my hair means I don’t miss it at all, Jill…!! 😉

  13. Mary Katherine
    February 26, 2019 / 6:36 pm

    I think you hair looks just gorgeous! And why does hair grow like that, if not for us to cut it off or grow it out whenever we like, right?

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:58 pm

      You’re absolutely right, Mary Katherine!! Thank you x

  14. February 26, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    Fabulous hair cut Catherine, & love that long line blazer, I picked one up in the Wallis sale, have worn it twice already in this wonderful weather. Roll on the Spring I say. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:59 pm

      Thank you Jacqui! I say roll on Spring too…!!

  15. February 26, 2019 / 6:11 pm

    Firstly the hair looks amazing! Second, wide legged trousers are my favorite. Stylish and they make your legs look longer. A bonus for me! xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 6:59 pm

      Thank you SO much Laurie… these are one of my favourite pairs of trousers!!

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