Dressing in Shades of Two Basic Colours (Navy and Orange) #iwillwearwhatilike

Over 40 Style: Dressing in Shades of Two Basic Colours (Navy and Orange) | Not Dressed As Lamb

As much as I’d like to be sharing more spring-like outfits, I still have some with coats to show you. Roll on SS19…!

This week we’re having a VERY pleasant spate of mild temperatures and wall-to-wall sunshine (it’s been blazer weather at last! Hurrah!), but a week ago it was still a bit chilly. So this is what I wore when we went out for a birthday lunch last week: warm enough to go without socks, but chilly enough to still need a big(ish) coat.

What I loved about this outfit (albeit thrown together very quickly because I was running late for our reservation time) was that it was, effectively, only navy and shades of orange. Okay, I’ve taken a BIT of a liberty with the interpretation of orange and included brown, beige and tan, but they’re still warm colours and muted shades of orange, right?!

 

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Over 40 Style: Dressing in Shades of Two Basic Colours (Navy and Orange) | Not Dressed As Lamb

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All the items I’m wearing are old/not brand new, and with the exception of the trousers (very comfy M&S bootcut leggings), no longer available unfortunately. But as always I’ve found some alternatives for you, including an almost-identical long tunic sweater (it may be maternity, but who cares?), a gorgeous tan leather tote with ring detail and a lightweight brown check coat that’s perfect for transitional spring dressing.

So like my ‘I’ve-cracked-it’ approach to packing for a week away that I shared last week, the ease of this way of dressing is to 1. Pick a neutral (navy, brown, grey or camel work well), and 2. Pick your favourite colour colour, and find everything in shades of that colour to build your look.

I kept my base items (trousers and top, just seen) in the neutral navy, and added everything else in warm brown-orange shades. The coat* is mostly navy and orange, so I was already onto a winner in that regard.

I hope the weather is behaving itself wherever you are – roll on, new season!

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Over 40 Style: Dressing in Shades of Two Basic Colours (Navy and Orange) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 Style: Dressing in Shades of Two Basic Colours (Navy and Orange) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 Style: Dressing in Shades of Two Basic Colours (Navy and Orange) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 Style: Dressing in Shades of Two Basic Colours (Navy and Orange) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 Style: Dressing in Shades of Two Basic Colours (Navy and Orange) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 Style: Dressing in Shades of Two Basic Colours (Navy and Orange) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 Style: Dressing in Shades of Two Basic Colours (Navy and Orange) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 Style: Dressing in Shades of Two Basic Colours (Navy and Orange) | Not Dressed As Lamb

Coat: Next [gifted] (love this wool coat, and this lightweight coat)
Sweater: Asos (old, similar)
Trousers: Marks & Spencer
Shoes: Finery (love these)
Bag: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Sunglasses: Asos (love these)
Necklace: JD Williams (similar)
Lipstick: Maybelline Liquid Matte Colorstay (Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Babe Alert is very similar)

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NEW STYLE LINK UP INFO (INLINKZ HAVE HAD A FACELIFT)

Some of you may be aware of this already (it’s likely if you partake in a lot of link parties): Inlinkz have had an update and changed the look of link ups a little. (Not my choice, but the old look is being retired next week so I’ve been forced into it.) There is ONE major thing that you need to know, and it’s in light of the GDPR data collection stuff:

The first time – and ONLY time – you link up to a new-style Inlinkz link party (this is a one-time thing on ANY blog, not for each blog you visit), you will need to register using either a Facebook or Google account (or Inlinkz account if you host link ups yourself). Once you’ve done this you can continue to link up as before on any Inlinkz link up on any blog, no further registration required.

A bit of a pain, but GDPR makes us do these things…!

Also: they’re working on increasing the number of characters allowed in the caption they told me. So apologies for the caption being a bit restrictive at the moment, hopefully it’ll change soon! Let me know if you have any problems at all.

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45 Comments

  1. April 1, 2019 / 7:42 pm

    I love the colour tones, navy and orange look great together! I am seeing a lot of earth tones for Spring too which I kind of love as it’s not something we see often. Your hair looks amazing with this palette too!

    • catherine
      Author
      April 2, 2019 / 10:02 pm

      Those colours ARE unusual in spring, you’re right… I’m glad because I love earthy colours!! Thanks Steff x

  2. March 28, 2019 / 2:43 pm

    I love your check coat and it looks lovely on you. You also picked the perfect colors to go with your coat!

    • catherine
      Author
      April 1, 2019 / 9:54 am

      Thank you Lanae – I know I’m a bit of an orange addict but I do love it, especially with navy!

  3. March 27, 2019 / 3:49 pm

    Where on earth do you get off calling this fabulous ensemble basic? Woman!!!! I mean seriously fabulous xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:47 pm

      Haha did I say that? Just a basic b*tch, me 😉 (thank you MUAH xx)

  4. March 27, 2019 / 2:28 pm

    My experience was that the number of bloggers linking up decreased. However, they are going back up since now nearly all bloggers are forced to use the new system.

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:48 pm

      Hmm that’s interesting, Nicole… though you might be right with regards to the new system, maybe (like all these updates) it just settles after we get used to it #FingersCrossed

  5. Jennifer
    March 27, 2019 / 12:35 pm

    Splendid sunglasses!

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:48 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! One of my fave pairs 😀

  6. March 27, 2019 / 11:36 am

    That choice of colour is the @Bees knees ‘ on you C … cant wait to see what you will find in your wardrobe next!!
    Ashley

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:48 pm

      Aww thanks Ashley! I’m looking to the spring wardrobe coming out soon…

  7. March 27, 2019 / 11:30 am

    This is a beautiful dress and you are looking gorgeous in this colorful coat.

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:49 pm

      Many thanks Alexa xx

  8. March 27, 2019 / 8:21 am

    Your checked coat is absolutely gorgeous Catherine! I’m kinda wearing Winter, Spring and occasional Summer items – I think I’m as confused as the weather!! xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:49 pm

      Thank you Maria – can’t say I’m sad that I’m still getting to wear it (though this week is soooooooo much warmer!!)

  9. March 27, 2019 / 2:51 am

    This is such a stunning color combo on you! Love the coat and the addition of the snakeskin shoes! Thanks for hosting and enjoy the rest of your week!

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

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:49 pm

      Katie thank you, and you too x

  10. March 27, 2019 / 2:29 am

    Catherine, you are right to mix hues and shades of the orange and yes–this outfit works!! Love that coat. You have a lovely collection of coats–nothing boring going on there! lol!

    xx Darlene

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:50 pm

      Thanks Darlene – and yes I think it’s safe to say I have quite a few coats…!

  11. March 27, 2019 / 12:05 am

    Your hair colour is simply wonderful Catherine. Your check coat is perfect for a cooler Spring day and so good with the sandals, a nod to Spring. Hope your Spring sunshine has returned, Autumn down here , my favourite season.
    Many thanks for hosting, apologies for my image, I have really stuffed up big time, on my side and no head, not sure how I managed this.

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:51 pm

      Thank you Jill – it’s a new (to me) colour and I’m really happy with how bright it is!

      With regards to your link up: did you know you can delete it and start again? Just hover over your thumbnail and you’ll see a delete (trash) icon x

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you Cheryl – they’re SO comfy and great for walking which is such a bonus!

  12. March 26, 2019 / 9:23 pm

    Catherine, I love this coat so much! And those shoes and your sunnies! We still have so much cold weather left here that I will be sharing coats for at least a few more weeks. Many of my photos still have snow! And we are getting even more on Saturday. One day Spring will arrive!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:53 pm

      Oh no to the snow, Shelbee – that must be so frustrating for you (especially when people like me are banging on about the warm temperatures)!! Thank you hon x

  13. March 26, 2019 / 9:03 pm

    Wow for the coat and wow for your hair – this look is brilliant on you! Thank you for hosting the #linkup Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:53 pm

      Aww thanks so much Jacqui xx

  14. March 26, 2019 / 9:02 pm

    You’ve definitely found your colour palette, Catherine! Looking fabulous xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 5:54 pm

      You’d think orange was the only colour 😉 , wouldn’t you Laurie?! Thank you x

  15. March 26, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    I love this coat so much, always have, always will! It is so perfect on you, Catherine . I love how you’ve styled this with the cropped trousers, and also, while I am here fangirling, OMFG that hair is magnificent.

    • catherine
      Author
      March 26, 2019 / 8:27 pm

      Hehe I know how you love that coat…!! 😉 I’m kinda loving the hair colour too, thank you Lisa! x

  16. March 26, 2019 / 7:40 pm

    Such a gorgeous vibrant outfit Catherine. I hope you had a lovely lunch too. And as Jodie said above, it’s great to have a “formula” for building an outfit! xxxxx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 26, 2019 / 7:51 pm

      Thanks Lizzy – and yes lunch was lovely!! Just six of us in the family for my mum’s birthday 🙂

  17. March 26, 2019 / 7:29 pm

    What a fabulous hair color! Thanks for hosting and have a great evening.

    • catherine
      Author
      March 26, 2019 / 7:52 pm

      Nancy thank you x

    • catherine
      Author
      March 26, 2019 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks so much Julie! x

  18. March 26, 2019 / 7:04 pm

    Your hair is making me happy!
    That could ain’t arf bad either… :oP
    Loving this look!!!
    XXX
    Samantha

    • catherine
      Author
      March 26, 2019 / 7:07 pm

      Thank you lovely Samantha – bright, isn’t it?!!!!! It’s the same colour as last week but the different light really affects the brightness of the hair colour in photos…!

  19. March 26, 2019 / 6:05 pm

    Great colour combo with your hair! Stunning

    • catherine
      Author
      March 26, 2019 / 7:04 pm

      Thank you Gail 😀

  20. jodie filogomo
    March 26, 2019 / 5:56 pm

    I loved reading how you made your packing easier, and I almost think that’s the basis for our entire wardrobe….which is why this outfit pulled together so effortlessly, Catherine.
    Of course the shoes just tickle my fancy!! How perfect they are!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • catherine
      Author
      March 26, 2019 / 7:05 pm

      Thanks Jodie – yep, the same principle works for both! x

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