How to Wear Flat Lace Up Boots (Masculine Chic Style) #iwillwearwhatilike

Over 40 fashion: How to Wear Flat Lace-Up Boots (Masculine Chic Style) | Not Dressed As Lamb

An alternative title for this post could have been, How to Style This Longline Camel Coat for the 427th Time.

And although it would have been pretty accurate (with a longline camel coat whose cost-per-wear is probably in the minus figures by now), I went with How to Style Flat, Lace-up Boots. Because let’s face it, they’re not the most feminine of boots, but oh BOY do I love this style… masculine chic forever, I say!

I’m hoping that this is my last slightly-wintery-style look for a while… this time last year we were about to be bombarded by a weird April heatwave that pretty much lasted till October. (Here’s hoping.) I definitely have plans to feature a VERY spring/summer outfit next week – florals and toenails may make a surprise appearance.

For now, it’s all about warm chalky colours, a little knitwear, the longline (and much worn) duster coat, and these fabulous lace-up boots*.

Disclosure: I was gifted the boots by Josef Siebel under no obligation (click here for my full disclosure)The post contains affiliate links which means if you click through and buy I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. Any items listed as* were gifted within the last 12 months.


Over 40 fashion: How to Wear Flat Lace-Up Boots (Masculine Chic Style) | Not Dressed As Lamb



The boots were kindly gifted to me from Josef Siebel, a new-to-me brand that approached me to offer me some shoes of my choosing. I’ve only just got round to featuring them, but I’ve worn these ankle boots LOADS. They’re the kind of boots that you can put on for the first time and walk ALL DAY in them, they’re that comfy. I wore them to travel to Prague the other week so they’re now my go-to for train and plane travel.

I checked out their range online and it seems that all the glowing reviews from customers say the same thing: they’re comfort personified. I’m all about the ultimate in comfy, stylish footwear for everyday wear (I have a similar black pair that you can see styled here) and what I also love about these boots is the fact that they come with a worn-in look. They’re not the sort of boots you want to keep pristine. They NEED a little scuffing and for the leather to be a touch on the dull side.

They form the main part of this particular masculine chic look for me. Heels would change this outfit ENTIRELY, but a great pair of flat, ankle boots with laces would be the foundation of anything masculine chic. Warmer, chalky colours also help to keep the look soft if you’re worried about looking too ‘hard’!

Final note on the boots: Is it just me or do they look French to you? I can’t think of any reason why – or any look that I connect with that idea – but they just look… French. Je ne sais pas pourquoi!



Flat batteries, rain and other problems

Today was a total disaster where this blog post was concerned (as you might have realised by its extreme tardiness). The list of problems that added up to a super-late publishing time surmounted to:

  • The camera battery dying after 10 photos, despite it showing as full before we left the house (thank goodness for Keith’s iPhone X)
  • Big, FAT rain coming down mid-shoot and “staining” my light pink trousers (so we had to keep waiting the showers out)
  • The PC deciding to be incredibly slow and practically die on me once we’d got home and then demand a (very slow) reboot
  • The photos taking FOREVER (I’m talking nearly 3 hours) to upload from Keith’s phone as The Cloud refused to play ball
  • Riley barking for attention from me from his bed because I was upstairs working, despite having Keith on the sofa right next to him
  • Riley then REFUSING to go on his evening walk without me and standing in the driveway till I put a coat on and joined them
  • The linky widget disappearing from the blog post JUST before I hit publish, and the awkward code (that I have to tweak to make the thumbnails appear on this page) not behaving
  • The beer I then needed to drink to cope with everything that went wrong (maybe I should have finished the post first…)
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Over 40 fashion: How to Wear Flat Lace-Up Boots (Masculine Chic Style) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 fashion: How to Wear Flat Lace-Up Boots (Masculine Chic Style) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 fashion: How to Wear Flat Lace-Up Boots (Masculine Chic Style) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 fashion: How to Wear Flat Lace-Up Boots (Masculine Chic Style) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 fashion: How to Wear Flat Lace-Up Boots (Masculine Chic Style) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Over 40 fashion: How to Wear Flat Lace-Up Boots (Masculine Chic Style) | Not Dressed As Lamb

Boots: Josef Siebel [gifted] In green they’re still available at John Lewis – all colours reduced!
Sweater: Seasalt (LOVE this Audrey Hepburn-style one)
Trousers: Mango (similar)
Coat: Asos (you might like this one, this one or this one)
Bag: Maxwell Scott (similar)
Necklace: BonbiForest at Etsy
Sunglasses: Lulus (similar)




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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…!

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  1. 4 April 2019 / 6:49 pm

    Those boots look so comfortable! I love your brown tote bag too. I’ve had a few days like that lately where nothing seems to go right, and nothing frustrates me more than technology! I was ready to wing my laptop across the garden a couple of weeks ago, and then I had all the bother of my site going down frequently, so I ended up moving hosts (which of course didn’t go as smoothly as it should have!). Nothing is ever as easy as it should or could be!

    Emma xxx

  2. I’ve had a week of hell but it sure does make a normal day feel good. Well done for fighting through – and sweet Riley keeping it real and realising whats most important xx

  3. 3 April 2019 / 12:26 pm

    Love the boots, love the pants (I have the same colour) and of course who doesn’t love a camel coat!
    I had the same pain in the butt shoot last week Catherine. An almost flat battery that just wouldn’t click the remote control no matter how hard I pressed that button wahhh! So frustrating. And the week before my camera was knocked over by a huge gust of wind even though it was weighted. Ack the joys of shooting outdoors eh? Let’s not even start….

  4. 3 April 2019 / 10:01 am

    Good to see how a versatile camel coat can be styled so many ways! And the boots are right up my street, must be mega comfortable.

    Blogging can be so stressful, I don’t know why we do it 🙂 At the weekend I went to Mum’s in Devon, with the tripod, prepared to take lots of pictures. But the camera / smartphone app had disappeared (and been replaced by a new one) which I couldn’t get to work as we stood outside in the freezing cold. Then I left the tripod behind!! So I have a new one arriving today.

  5. 3 April 2019 / 8:22 am

    Great boots – Oui! I’d say slightly ‘French’ looking . How lovely to start seeing all the link bloggers gtadually wearing spring clothes, albeit a tad (lot) cooler thank we would like, but hints are showing that Spring is just around the corner! Thanks for sharing and hosting, as always a pleasure to read. x
    Jacqui Mummabstylish

  6. 3 April 2019 / 7:56 am

    I love those boots of yours. Yes, one of those days but the pix look great so they were worth the wait! And thank you for hosting – have a better week!

  7. 3 April 2019 / 5:40 am

    Sorry to hear you have had one of those days when nothing seems to go right. Hope the rain has left and you are having Spring sunshine.
    I had to smile when I saw your boots as I was admiring them in a local store recently, Autumn here so new season Winter. Maybe I should try them for size.
    Many thanks for hosting Catherine. A quick question, has anyone else mentioned problems posting vertical shots or is it just me, I am somewhat tech challenged.

  8. 3 April 2019 / 1:10 am

    Ugh, I just had a couple of days like that. My Pinterest Pin It button disappeared, my WordPress scheduler wouldn’t work…and on and on. So, I totally sympathize, Catherine. Nonetheless, that coat deserves to be styled as it’s the perfect coat for spring. It seemingly goes with everything in your wardrobe!!

    xx Darlene

  9. 2 April 2019 / 11:41 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who has those kinds of days, although sorry you had to soldier through all of that! Love your boots—they seem perfect for traveling—and the menswear-inspired way you’ve styled them.
    Cheryl Shops |

  10. 2 April 2019 / 10:09 pm

    Days like these… I’m home for a mere three days ( stuff to do in Essex) and I have so much to fit in that small amount of time, photos etc and the heavens open! If your hair got caught in the rain it looks bloody amazing! xx

    • catherine
      2 April 2019 / 11:17 pm

      We’ve had so much sun Laurie – the one morning I had free to shoot and it rains!!!! Thanks for the hair compliment… this is how it dries naturally!

  11. 2 April 2019 / 9:56 pm

    Catherine I agree with Lisa I am loving that wavy hair today!
    Rain or shine wifi or camera phone you photos and you are always gorgeous.
    Riley sounds as if he is worried you are going on a trip again and leaving him?!
    love as always
    Ashley xxx
    Ps I had trouble linking my latest post so you are not alone!

    • catherine
      2 April 2019 / 11:18 pm

      Aww bless you Ashley thank you!! Riley seems to sense when I have a lot of blog work on, the tinker…!

      I assume you sorted out the linking okay as I see your thumbnail…? xx

  12. jodie filogomo
    2 April 2019 / 9:31 pm

    Well, I’m glad those problems don’t just happen to me. Except I finish my day off with wine instead of beer, LOL!!
    But I do love these more masculine boots. I wore some brogues in one of my posts that I included in the linkup, and they are a great change for me.

    • catherine
      2 April 2019 / 11:20 pm

      Oh you probably know I love me a brogue (or 11) too, Jodie! Thank you my lovely xx

  13. 2 April 2019 / 9:31 pm

    What a comedy of errors you’ve had, Catherine! But here you are, in glorious sunshine, looking fabulous. I love your hair slightly wavy, is that from the rain?

    Your boots remind me of some I had years ago that I wore for an entire year when I went travelling. They were indeed super comfortable and I loved the tough edge they added to outfits, especially dresses. I’m liking these the more I look at them! xx

    • catherine
      2 April 2019 / 11:24 pm

      Actually this was how my hair was when I left the house Lisa… it’s pretty much air dried – it has a natural wave to it these days o think because of all the wiry grey hairs!!!!!

      The boots are sooooo comfy, I’m so glad I found this brand : -)

  14. Nancy
    2 April 2019 / 9:29 pm

    Sometimes, only sometimes, a day can’t pass by quick enough! What a fantastic bag! Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

    • catherine
      2 April 2019 / 11:25 pm

      Hehe it dragged on and on for me Nancy because nothing was going right! xx

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