How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (Plus a Touch of the Elton John) #iwillwearwhatilike

Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog

It may seem an unlikely candidate for such an accolade, but a floral jumpsuit can be one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe.

Everything in this outfit – with the exception of the sunglasses which I’ll talk about in a sec – has been worn and seen on the blog before. Some of the items (most of the items?) have been worn and seen many, MANY times.

I think sustainability, buying secondhand/vintage and re-wearing your wardrobe is going the be THE topic for 2019, and quite rightly so. So many bloggers I know and respect are dialling up their eco-attitude, and I’m thinking of writing a featured bloggers post about eco-warrior fashion bloggers – let me know in the comments if you like the idea of seeing a list of those who shop their closets, buy secondhand and care about where their clothes come from… I think it could be a great post.

Anyway, I digress! Floral jumpsuits are what we’re talking about today. I’ve worn this jumpsuit many times, and you can see how I styled it to wear to a wedding last year and in its pared-down, throw-it-on-and-add-heels state the year before. I am SO relieved it’s now spring (I go by meteorological spring, to me if it’s March that means sayonara, winter), so call me obvious but on the first day of the new season I broke out my favourite floral jumpsuit when I was up in London last week.

 

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Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog

SHOP THE LOOK:

 

We may have had an unseasonably warm February in the UK (t-shirt weather some days?!) but that doesn’t mean it’ll last… layering is key at this time of year. I think that The Saviour of Layering – the piece that’ll work hard for you whenever you need an extra bit of insulation – is the roll neck sweater, preferably white, but a bold colour works well too. Put them under jumpsuits, dresses, blouses, loose t-shirts… the list goes on. That little touch of the 1970s is ALWAYS stylish.

 

And finally – the Elton John sunglasses. In 2017 I looked for a pair of square sunnies I could DIY Gucci-style with the gradient colour glitter, but I could never find quite the right shaped pair. Then whilst browsing for [I don’t actually know what] on Amazon, up pops this Gucci copy in the warmer colours I really wanted.

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To be honest they’re a bit theatrical and over-the-top, and the huge square shape TOTALLY reminded me of a 1970s Elton John. The glitter in this pair is more of a subtle sparkle (see the close-up shot below), but I’m not complaining. I love them, they make me smile – I couldn’t resist!

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 (the next one will be published on Wednesday 13th March).

HAVE YOU BROKEN OUT THE FLORALS (OR ANYTHING ELSE) IN CELEBRATION OF SPRING YET? COMMENT BELOW…!

Catherine

Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog
Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog
Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog
Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog
Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog
Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog
Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog
Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog

Coat: Jaeger (similar)
Jumpsuit: JD Williams – only size 20-24 left (I love this one, this one and this one though)
Boots: Asos (these burgundy knee-high boots are AMAZING)
Bag: Hobbs (similar)
Roll neck: Asos (similar)
Sunglasses: Amazon

 

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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 prerequisite is that you’re wearing whatever you damn well like!

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Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog
Fashion Over 40: How to Layer a Jumpsuit in Spring (and a Touch of the Elton John) \ navy and red floral jumpsuit \ white roll neck sweater \ burgundy slouch boots \ navy pinstripe coat \ Elton John-style sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb style blog

48 Comments

  1. Alexa
    March 15, 2019 / 10:30 am

    I love your dress sense Catherine! Great outfit x

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:51 pm

      Thank you Alexa!

  2. March 8, 2019 / 6:53 pm

    I still don’t have a jumpsuit but you almost make me want one. I love the way you styled it with those boots and that long jacket.

    • catherine
      Author
      March 10, 2019 / 10:00 pm

      Thanks Scarlet – it’s surprised me how versatile it is!

  3. March 6, 2019 / 8:04 pm

    I’m so glad everyone is thinking about sustainability in fashion – I’m hardly ever able to link to the exact item I’m wearing in my fashion posts because everything is old!
    Gorgeous jumpsuit – I love it! And I’m definitely wearing the florals already!
    Helen x

    • catherine
      Author
      March 10, 2019 / 10:01 pm

      Good to hear you’re in florals already Helen!! Thank you x

  4. Lily
    March 6, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    Not for me I’m afraid. Everything about this look is too big. But I am petite .

    • catherine
      Author
      March 10, 2019 / 10:05 pm

      Hippps can hold their breath for five minutes or longer when submerged

    • catherine
      Author
      March 10, 2019 / 10:06 pm

      Thanks Andrea!

  5. March 6, 2019 / 11:59 am

    I love your layering finesse and the color combination of this outfit, Catherine! And how fabulous are your sunglasses. There really are some pretty amazing eco-warrior bloggers out there and I would love to see a round up of them! I have been doing much more thrift shopping lately (my blog post today features a thrifted dress) and I have been trying to shop my closet much more these days…I have a sickening overabundance of things in my closet so it really is best environmentally and economically that I wear what’s in there! Another great post!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • catherine
      Author
      March 10, 2019 / 10:08 pm

      Thanks Shelbee – and good to hear you’re interested in an eco fashion warriors blog post!!

  6. March 6, 2019 / 11:36 am

    I shop 90% secondhand now – happy to be interviewed! It didn’t happen overnight.

    Lovely floral print on that jumpsuit, it’s funny how well it works all layered up. I wouldn’t perhaps think to do that!

    Xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 10, 2019 / 10:09 pm

      Don’t worry I’d already earmarked you to be one of the featured bloggers, Porcelina…!!! 😉

  7. Anne
    March 6, 2019 / 11:14 am

    Yes to the eco idea!!

    • catherine
      Author
      March 10, 2019 / 10:09 pm

      I’m so glad Anne : -)

  8. March 6, 2019 / 11:11 am

    I love that jumpsuit – the colours are lovely – I would never thought of slipping a polo underneath.
    It’s great to work the wardrobe. I have some items that I still love to wear and I’ve honestly forgotten how old they are. I also regret some things I have parted with over the years. There are some things I have kept but they are so beautifully made. For example I have a really old Monsoon cream waistcoat and the embroidery is amazing though it’s a little snug now ha ha! I don’t spend a lot on clothes but I would be fibbing if I didn’t admit to the odd update along the way.
    Alison xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 10, 2019 / 10:11 pm

      A roll neck works wonders under so many things when you need warmth, Alison…!!
      Glad to hear you’re also a re-wearing fan, and thank you xx

  9. March 6, 2019 / 7:39 am

    Eco-fashion makes so much sense and I’m on board. I used to get my clothes from jumble sales as a young teen. But, these days I’m more into buying wiser and wearing everything until it wears out. I love dark florals and a jumpsuit, so your look really appeals to me. I’ve always loved 70’s fashion – it’s so effortlessly cool xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:52 pm

      I can’t remember the last time I saw a jumble sale, Maria… I loved them too! So glad to hear you’re on board, thank you x

  10. March 6, 2019 / 2:49 am

    Catherine, those shades totally channel Elton John! Who I love, by the way–I saw him in Vegas a few years ago and he’s still great. We’ve had very cool weather and rainstorm after rainstorm here in Southern California, but I pulled out the spring colors and patterns a few weeks ago. Cause I’m with you–it IS Spring! I do shop my closet but am unsure about thrift shopping. I may have to give it a try…

    xx Darlene

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:53 pm

      Oh WOW that you saw Elton, Darlene!! He was made for Vegas…!

  11. Sarah
    March 6, 2019 / 2:39 am

    Gorgeous outfit pulled together with fabulous styling, as ever, Catherine! And those sunglasses are fab — what fun, especially after a long winter. A big YES, PLEASE to a sustainability/shop-my-closet post. I’m aiming to buy nothing new to wear this year and it’s amazing the way even that resolution changes the way you look at the clothes you have. You spend the money on repairing and maybe even tailoring them rather than buying something else. Blogs are brilliant for showing you how things can be styled — so that you buy more thoughtfully and with ideas for how different items can be mixed, matched and reworn, again and again, as you’ve done here with these intelligently chosen pieces. x

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:54 pm

      Sarah I’m really glad you’d like to see a post about eco-warrior bloggers – watch this space! And thank you xx

  12. Heide V
    March 6, 2019 / 1:43 am

    Great post!! Would love to see a list of bloggers who shop their closets or buy secondhand, etc…. looking forward to reading any and all of your future posts 🙂

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:54 pm

      That’s so kind of you, Heide – thank you! Watch this space!

  13. Kelly Deschenes
    March 5, 2019 / 10:00 pm

    I would love to see more on using what you have, shopping the closet and recycling clothes. I saw a fashion influencer recently list a bunch of her clothes for sale (ones that she had just received from vendors and done a try-on with). I was rather put off with the fact that she gushed over these items and then wore them, maybe once, before getting rid of them. Most of us can’t afford a new outfit everyday and I’d rather find inspiration in reworking existing pieces and making the most of my wardrobe.

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:55 pm

      Hmm I can’t say I’m too happy about seeing so much gushing over so many clothes that then get discarded either, Kelly! 🙁 Glad you’re into the idea of a post about eco fashion, secondhand etc.

  14. March 5, 2019 / 9:00 pm

    I’m for it. It’s good to work the wardrobe wear as long as possible. I have some items that I still wear 20 years on! The sunglasses, what an amazing find! xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      I have some pieces that old too, Laurie!! Thank you x

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      Hehe it was the first thing I thought when trying them on, Julie!! 😉

  15. March 5, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    What a fun look and a great way to extend the wardrobe. Those glasses are funky and cool.

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks so much Linda!!

  16. Susan
    March 5, 2019 / 7:39 pm

    Yes, pleeezee – eco & sustainable fashion!

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:57 pm

      I’m on it, Susan!!!!!!! x

  17. March 5, 2019 / 7:31 pm

    I have not yet broken out my spring things, because it’s still raining (and raining and raining) in San Francisco, but hopefully sunshine (and warmer weather) is on the way. And I am with you on the sustainability movement—I’m wearing mostly old stuff in my post this week!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:57 pm

      Oh gosh I hope you have sunshine now, Cheryl! A post is in progress…

  18. March 5, 2019 / 7:18 pm

    Yes that’s a double snap from me too Lisa! With all of us on the mission, I’m hoping to convert everyone into concious consumers before too long
    And Catherine you have quite the cheeky minx look in the second to last photo , I love it xx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:58 pm

      Expect contact from me about being featured, Michelle – you were one of my main inspirations behind compiling this post!!!!

  19. March 5, 2019 / 7:03 pm

    Fabulous colors you are wearing. I just discovered my love for pre owned since 7months. Before that I thought it would be frumpy and smelly, especially smelly. But I hardly buy something new now! In fact, I just got back from the UK and bought a spectacular DvF wrap dress. Preloved of course!

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 2:59 pm

      Thank you Nancy! So glad to hear you’re discovering preloved items…!

  20. March 5, 2019 / 6:56 pm

    Well, SNAP on the topic of your post today! Sustainability and ethics has been missing from fashion for FAR too long. I hope my post resonates with some people. I never really liked the idea of second hand clothes until Michelle Tyler made it look so good. It makes so much sense, and the quality is often FAR superior to modern stuff at a similar price point. Anyhoo, your jumpsuit is fabulous, no… BEYOND fabulous on you. You still won’t get me in florals, but I love every other bit of that outfit, gorgeous lady. Those colours sing on you like nobody’s business. xxx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 3:00 pm

      Bless you Lisa, thank you!! Amazing that you and I published posts about similar things on the same day #greatminds

  21. jodie filogomo
    March 5, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    I never thought of a floral jumpsuit as versatile, but it’s posts like this that can change our perspective.
    I love the idea of eco-warriers inspirations!! I’ve finally gotten back to second hand shopping, and find it feel so good!! Either there is more press about it, or I’m just noticing more. Especially in my area, there seems to be many consignment/thrift shops. In fact, in the one blog post I added to the link with my camo jeans…those are preloved!!!
    OXOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 3:00 pm

      Thanks Jodie – expect a post on the topic in the near future!

  22. March 5, 2019 / 6:53 pm

    Well of course I LOVE florals. And of course I’ve fallen in love with that amazing eyewear. You look stunning. I love the pinstripes with the florals. Gorgeous outfit xxxx

    • catherine
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 3:00 pm

      Thank you Lizzy – I think the jumpsuit is very “you”, too!!

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