Why You Should Try Orange, Green and White (and Marmite Shoes) #iwillwearwhatilike

Fashion Over 40: Why You Should Try Orange, Green and White (and Marmite Shoes) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

Looking pretty much like the Irish flag this weekend, I wore an orange, green and white combination I’ve been wanting to try for ages.

Not only does Ireland have this delicious colour combination on their flag but so do India, Niger and the Ivory Coast. These countries have made some seriously bold colour choices, and seem to know what they’re doing when it comes to putting fabulous colours together (of course!)

The reason that I went for these specific colours was not due to a burgeoning interest in vexillology [the study of flags, I’ll admit I looked it up…], but instead something MUCH more arbitrary. We’d had a lot of washing on the line and included were these green trousers, the tangerine orange sweater and all our white towels.

(Don’t worry, I didn’t mix my coloureds and whites, we did more than one wash. I got you worried there, I know.)

We brought the dry washing in and (as you do) threw them over the armchair – my eyes fell onto the trousers, sweater and towels next to each other. I thought WOW I love that colour combination! I neeeeeed to wear orange, green and white PRONTO.

That all sounds very fortuitous – and somewhat made up for the purposes of this post – but I swear, that IS what happened…!

 

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Fashion Over 40: Why You Should Try Orange, Green and White (and Marmite Shoes) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

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If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll recognise this jacket – it’s been worn countless times. (I’m not sure I’ll ever get sick of it, to be honest.) I always get so many people asking where it’s from, and sadly it’s many years old: I did see an ivory windowpane check jacket which is a pretty good match, otherwise similar jackets are hard to come by!

(Scroll down for an “all the ways I’ve styled it on the blog” roundup.)

The sweater was an impulse supermarket purchase – seems NO ONE wanted this colour if the on-sale price tag of £4 was anything to go by. This tangerine knit is a dead ringer and probably really good quality.

The green trousers are pretty unusual for me in that they’re not orange, yellow, pink or red – or any other warm colour. Despite being on the cold end of the colour spectrum I do wear these trews every now and then (these are similar), but the best bit is that they’re elasticated at the back, so great for parties and eating out. It was my dad’s 90th birthday at the weekend and the food baby I acquired at his party thanked me later for the joy that was the elasticated waistband.

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I’ve featured lots more green trousers you might like at the end of the photos – there are so many gorgeous shades of green I’m pretty tempted myself…!

And finally I must address the elephant in the room… the white slider sandals. The Brits among you will know what I meant in the post title by “Marmite” shoes: basically you’ll either love them or you’ll hate them.

(Marmite is a VERY British spread – made of yeast – that goes on toast, and even the advertising slogan plays on the fact that everyone loves it or hates it. ANYONE who eats this heinous devil’s food should be quarantined for at least 24 hours in case they breathe their venomous breath on any unsuspecting Marmite haters. And that’s all I have to say about that.)

Unlike Marmite, I actually LOVE these sandals. For a start, they’re from Office – who make quality shoes – and they were reduced to a ridiculous £15. Like the tangerine sweater, it works in my favour that I love the things everyone else seems to hate…! They’re incredibly comfy, they make my legs look longer without any high heels and yes, they’re pretty ugly (my Sindy doll had an EXACT pair in the 1970s), but who’s to say ugly can’t be fabulous?!

So I urge you to try this happy, springlike combination of orange, green and white – AS WELL as something off the sale rack that no one else wants. At least you won’t end up looking like everyone else…

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!

HAVE YOU TRIED THIS ORANGE-GREEN-WHITE COMBINATION BEFORE? ARE YOU A MARMITE LOVER OR A MARMITE HATER?? COMMENT BELOW…!

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Fashion Over 40: Why You Should Try Orange, Green and White (and Marmite Shoes) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Fashion Over 40: Why You Should Try Orange, Green and White (and Marmite Shoes) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Fashion Over 40: Why You Should Try Orange, Green and White (and Marmite Shoes) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Fashion Over 40: Why You Should Try Orange, Green and White (and Marmite Shoes) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Fashion Over 40: Why You Should Try Orange, Green and White (and Marmite Shoes) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Fashion Over 40: Why You Should Try Orange, Green and White (and Marmite Shoes) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

Jacket: George at Asda (old, similar)
Sweater: F&F Clothing (in-store only, similar)
Trousers: Asos (similar)
Sandals: Office (down from £26 to £15!)
Bag: Asos (old, similar)
Headband: Asos
Earrings: Accessorize (similar)
Sunglasses: Lulus (similar)

 

5 ways to wear a black and white check jacket…

I thought I’d show you the other times I’ve worn this black and white windowpane check jacket on the blog so you can see the different ways it can be styled (and why I love it so much)!

Over 40 fashion: 5 ways to wear a black and white windowpane check jacket | Not Dressed As Lamb

The other times I wore the windowpane check jacket as shown above: left is today’s post / top middle / top right / bottom middle / bottom right.

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You’d think I have one yellow sweater that I wear all the time, but no – they’re three different ones in varying shades of yellow/orange…!

 

OTHER GREEN TROUSERS YOU MIGHT LIKE:

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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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38 Comments

  1. Kate
    May 16, 2019 / 10:02 pm

    I love the headband but… I have a really big head!!! Was this on the cosy or the generous side? The tighter headbands just ping off me. Fab outfit x

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 22, 2019 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks so much Kate! I have a reasonably small to average sized head ( 😉 ) and I’d say it’s a comfortable fit – not tight, not loose. But why not just order it and see – Asos do free delivery and returns anywhere in the world, so you’ve got nothing to lose! x

  2. May 16, 2019 / 12:31 pm

    It doesn’t sound made up at all, I’ve actually done the same thing! Also love your shoes, hate Marmite, love Vegemite (p.s. also a welcome gift now we’re Stateside) When you describe it as a yeast based spread I bet the Yanks cringe

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 22, 2019 / 12:20 pm

      YES to hating Marmite!! I like you even more now MT, hehe 😉

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 22, 2019 / 12:21 pm

      Thank you Mireille – I’ve worn it sooooo much over the years!

  3. May 16, 2019 / 8:15 am

    I’m with you on those sliders Catherine, not only fab but comfy! And those colours together are pretty cool too. I just love the sale rails for providing me with style inspiration by way of the rejects no-one else wants – hurrah that we want to different! Thanks for the link up party x

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 22, 2019 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks Anna! I’m surprised so many people here love them…!!

  4. May 15, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    Marmite shoes?!
    Surely not.
    They are FAB!
    I can’t imagine anything more comfortable or flattering.
    AND a big yes to rejected colours.
    I love the fact that the best colours end up on the sale rail for a few quid.
    No one wants them apart from US… and other colour-crazy people.
    You look fabulous and I love the mix of colours.
    It’s also great to see that jacket again.
    It’s been a great buy, hasn’t it?
    XXX
    Samantha

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 22, 2019 / 12:22 pm

      I think you and I are kindred spirits when it comes to the bright colour thing AND Marmite shoes, eh Samantha?!!!!! Thank you my lovely, and yes the jacket has been very good to me over the years!

  5. May 15, 2019 / 3:40 pm

    Holy smack us in the face awesome. This is such a cool combination, striking but you can carry it off so well. I do so adore that Jacket everytime you wear it.

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 22, 2019 / 12:23 pm

      Haha best description EVER, Linda!!! Thanks so much sweetie 😀

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 22, 2019 / 12:23 pm

      Thank you Amy my lovely! x

  6. Lollo
    May 15, 2019 / 12:25 am

    I had to come out of long-time lurking to say this is a great colour combo! Love it. (I love your colourful outfits in general, but this one is particularly bright and a bit unusual, and orange is my favourite colour as well.) I will have to recreate this somehow … Thank you!

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:04 pm

      Lollo how lovely that you “unlurked” this time – thank you!! So glad to have given you some colour inspo xx

  7. May 14, 2019 / 11:24 pm

    I LOVE Marmite!!!! Beautiful colour combo Catherine and how lovely to see your jacket again. That’s what true style is all about. Finding a fabulous piece and wearing it over and over in different ways. Happy birthday again to your dad too xxxxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      Liz I’m not sure we can be friends anymore if you love Marmite…!! 😉 lol

      Thank you my lovely xx

  8. May 14, 2019 / 8:15 pm

    I love that laundry proved to be a source of inspiration for you!! Also, I applaud you showing all the ways you’ve worn that jacket. That is what true style is all about in my book. xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:06 pm

      It comes from the strangest of places…!!!!! Thanks Lisa – rewearing is where it’s at #ThumbsUp

  9. May 14, 2019 / 7:42 pm

    Catherine, I love how you discovered this color combo! Great story! And those shoes don’t just look comfy, they look super cute!

    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:06 pm

      Aww thanks Darlene, I love the shoes too!

  10. Mary Katherine Graetz
    May 14, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    I’d be wearing that jacket to shreds. And thanks for my new word of the day: vexillology!

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:07 pm

      I DO wear the jacket to shreds, Mary Katherine!! 😉 thank you x

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:07 pm

      Thanks so much Joi 😀

  11. May 14, 2019 / 6:05 pm

    I like seeing the different ways to wear at the bottom of the post here. And how lovely is it that we can have bare feet again xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:08 pm

      Oh good I’m glad you like the ‘ways to wear’ bit, Laurie – I think it’s good to see how things are worn and reworn! Thank you x

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:08 pm

      Thank you Julie! x

  12. May 14, 2019 / 5:14 pm

    I applaud you for your joyful mixing of colours! It works really well. I used to hate Marmite too but it’s surprisingly OK if you have it on toast under a poached egg.

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:09 pm

      Oh Gail thank you!! I’m not sure thinking Marmite is “okay” (rather than either delicious or disgusting) is actually allowed… you can’t sit on the fence where that’s concerned, lol!! 😉

  13. May 14, 2019 / 4:26 pm

    I’ve definitely never tried orange and green together before (orange looks horrible on me), but I love when colors just effortlessly come together like that. I’m a fan of green with leopard print—sounds crazy, but it works!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:10 pm

      Green and leopard DOES sound a bit crazy, Cheryl – but I’m always willing to give things a go! I just don’t have many green things though…

      And thank you xx

  14. May 14, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    love that outfit. The jacket is perfect!

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Stephanie – I love it too as you can probably tell! 😉

  15. jodie filogomo
    May 14, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    I always call those happy accidents when outfits come together like that!! Sometimes it’s such a surprise.
    XOOX
    Jodie

    • Catherine
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 12:11 pm

      Such an odd way of finding new colour combos, Jodie!! x

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