Fashion Over 40: A Beach Dress Styled For Daytime and Dinner #iwillwearwhatilike

Fashion Over 40: A Beach Dress Styled For Daytime and Dinner | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style

Seems strange to bring you a glorious summer outfit when it’s cold and pouring with rain outside…!

I’m sure we’ll see the sun again eventually here in the UK, but for now I just want to revel in the outfit that I wore a couple of weeks ago when we were having some warm temperatures and beautiful, sunny evenings.

I featured this beach dress* – that’s NOT been worn as a beach dress but rather for daytime or dinner – on my Insta feed but it seemed too good not to be featured here as well. Plus, I just got back from the same detox retreat I went to back in September and as part of my new overhauled lifestyle and routine I’m not working myself into the ground. A photo shoot straight after getting back is too much pressure. I’m all about the work-life balance right now!


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Fashion Over 40: A Beach Dress Styled For Daytime and Dinner | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style


Land’s End
Land’s End
Village Hats
Marks & Spencer

As we’re not doing a beach holiday this year (and we haven’t for a few years, we won’t all the time we don’t want to leave Riley with anyone for longer than a day or two) then it seemed a bit counterintuitive to get a beach dress. But I loved the wrap over top and the coral colour so much that I couldn’t resist… I just needed to style it for when I’d wear it: daytime, lunch, dinner, an evening out.

I found the quickest way to get that smarter, daytime/evening look was the addition of a long waistcoat. (I guess it’s my spring-to-summer transition from wearing a longline blazer.) Take said longline blazer, chop off the sleeves [for goodness sake don’t ACTUALLY do this!], make it white and there you have a summer version. I love the mahoosive lapels on this one – with those gold buttons it has a touch of the nautical about it as well. The maxi dress/longline waistcoat combo just seems to work.

The less-beachy-more-smart casual look also comes via the accessories: smart Panama hat, statement earrings and a good quality canvas tote bag* (which Land’s End kindly embroidered with my name for me). I’ve wanted a monogrammed bag for aaaaaaaages, but I only have two initials and I feel monogramming needs three.

I thought about having “LAMB” on it, but that would confuse those who think my name is ‘Catherine Lamb’ even further…


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Fashion Over 40: A Beach Dress Styled For Daytime and Dinner | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
Fashion Over 40: A Beach Dress Styled For Daytime and Dinner | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
Fashion Over 40: A Beach Dress Styled For Daytime and Dinner | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
Fashion Over 40: A Beach Dress Styled For Daytime and Dinner | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style

Dress: Land’s End [gifted]
Waistcoat: Amazon
Bag: Land’s End [gifted]
Shoes: Office
Hat: Village Hats (similar)
Sunglasses: Borrowed from Keith (similar)
Earrings: Amazon (similar)

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Fashion Over 40: A Beach Dress Styled For Daytime and Dinner | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style


  1. 25 June 2019 / 12:06 pm

    That’s a great way to style a beach dress for a smart casual look! I love the waistcoat and hat. Looks like we’re getting beach weather over the weekend, although I’ll be sitting on a train on the hottest day! Thanks for joining in the link up!

    Emma xxx

    • Catherine
      25 June 2019 / 1:54 pm

      Thank you Emma – but oh no to the train journey!! NOT the way you want to spend the hottest day of the year so far, is it…?!!

  2. 21 June 2019 / 3:40 pm

    Hi Catherine,
    I know busy! I see this dress as much more than beach too and it looks lovely on you. I love the coral color and orange, one of my favorites. The waistcoast really makes it unique as well. I love dresses in the Summer!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • Catherine
      21 June 2019 / 7:38 pm

      Thanks Jess! Yes, blogging makes for a very busy life, doesn’t it πŸ˜‰

    • Catherine
      21 June 2019 / 11:07 am

      As do I, Jennie! x

  3. 12 June 2019 / 4:09 pm

    I love when an outfit piece is so versatile. Great style of maxi, i just love it. Thanks for sharing and hosting. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Catherine
      12 June 2019 / 9:35 pm

      I love this style of maxi too, Jacqui (it’s the wrap top that makes it for me). Thank you hon! x

      • 27 June 2019 / 10:13 pm

        A big thank you for joining me on the #chicandstylish #linkup – much appreciate your support. xx Mwahh. x

  4. 12 June 2019 / 12:29 pm

    Such a pretty dress!

    • Catherine
      12 June 2019 / 9:34 pm

      Amy thank you! x

  5. 12 June 2019 / 11:13 am

    What a fantastic pairing, Catherine! I never would have thought to pair the long structured vest over the flowing beachy dress, but it works wonderfully. I have a few vests like this one and may have to give this styling a trick a try!


    • Catherine
      12 June 2019 / 11:38 am

      Thanks Shelbee – I think I just wished for my longline blazers but it was too warm (at the time, not now!!)…

  6. 12 June 2019 / 5:31 am

    If it makes you feel any better, it’s been in the 90s in San Francisco and no one has air-conditioning. I would gladly trade weather with you!
    Cheryl Shops |

    • Catherine
      12 June 2019 / 11:08 am

      Haha no that’s probably the worst thing you could say to me, Cheryl…!! πŸ˜‰ I LOVE the heat and we don’t have AC anywhere in the UK (apart from some shops and offices). I was BITTERLY cold yesterday – I wore gloves on our dog walk and yet my hands were still frozen!!!!! I’ll trade you any day, how about now?!!

  7. 12 June 2019 / 12:21 am

    love how you styled that dress. it is perfect

    • Catherine
      12 June 2019 / 11:05 am

      Thanks so much, Stephanie! x

  8. 11 June 2019 / 7:37 pm

    Catherine, you styled that perfectly as a cute casual look! I bought pieces from Lands End in the same color and pattern–a knee-length dress or cover-up and swimsuit–and love it!

    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 10:35 pm

      Darlene thank you! The pattern and colour are fabulous, aren’t they x

  9. 11 June 2019 / 7:02 pm

    I didn’t realize Lands’ End had such pretty beach dresses. I love the long vest over it–I’d like to find one of those myself!

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 10:37 pm

      I didn’t know either, Kimberly! I’m so glad I found this one x

  10. 11 June 2019 / 5:49 pm

    This is a gorgeous colour for you Catherine πŸ™‚
    Please can we have that lovely weather back again!! We’ve discovered the south Dorset and Devon coast isn’t as far away as we thought – I know it’s not the same, but perhaps you and Riley can enjoy some beach days rather than beach holidays! Our dog LOVES the beach and flops down and rolls in the sand the second he steps onto it!
    Helen x

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you Helen – and YES to the warm weather, where has it gone?!!!!

      It’s really hard to get Riley in the car right now, and he doesn’t enjoy long journeys… makes taking him anywhere really hard unfortunately. He loves home and his bed too much!

      • 12 June 2019 / 9:24 pm

        Oh poor Riley – give him a little fuss from me! x

        • Catherine
          13 June 2019 / 4:09 pm

          awww thanks Helen… we just take each day as it comes! Fuss has been made xxxxx

  11. 11 June 2019 / 5:24 pm

    I love that orange dress, Catherine. That colour on you is fantastic. Especially with the crisp white. Yum.

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 10:44 pm

      Thank you Sue – I think the coral/orange with the white is yum too! πŸ˜‰

  12. 11 June 2019 / 4:53 pm

    I have worn beach dresses for other wear before. Why not? I love how you have styled with a waistcoat. I have one on my wishlist because I love this way to wear xx

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 10:45 pm

      I think as long as the fabric isn’t see-through there’s no reason not to wear beach dresses throughout the summer, is there Laurie…? Thank you my lovely x

  13. 11 June 2019 / 4:20 pm

    Love the look and who needs a beach anyway. I totally understand why you would not want to leave him for anytime, such a sweet pup and time spent with is what is needed more. Looks great with the vest over top

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 10:47 pm

      Aww you’re quite right Linda – he loves his home and he loves being with us so we don’t feel like we’re missing out on anything at all. Thank you sweetheart x

  14. 11 June 2019 / 4:09 pm

    What beautiful photos, Catherine. You certainly had gorgeous light and sunshine when you took them. I’ve been reading the news today and seeing that most of southern England in flooding! I hope you guys are ok!
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 10:48 pm

      Thank you, Suzy – we’re really lucky that the sun hits our driveway so beautifully in the evening!

      Luckily we live high enough not to be affected, but the water is running everywhere…!! Can’t believe it’s June πŸ™

  15. 11 June 2019 / 4:09 pm

    Mm, you make vests look very stylish.

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 10:49 pm

      thank you Nancy…!

  16. jodie filogomo
    11 June 2019 / 4:05 pm

    Now that’s the best way to make items so versatile, Catherine…I love it.

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 10:49 pm

      Aww thanks Jodie πŸ˜€

  17. 11 June 2019 / 3:12 pm

    Perfect on you, C but of course, it is orange!!
    Beautiful light as well. I hope there will be many lovely summer evenings for you!
    xx Annette

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 3:46 pm

      Haha no it’s not orange, Annette – it’s CORAL! There’s a big difference! πŸ˜‰ LOL

      Thank you x

  18. Grace Liang
    11 June 2019 / 3:11 pm

    Your white slip on sandals are to die for. I want them haha!

    Grace Liang

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 3:46 pm

      I thought they’d be a real “love em or hate them” pair of shoes Grace, but it seems most people love them! Thank you!

  19. 11 June 2019 / 3:07 pm

    Fantastic light in those pics! Good multi tasking for a beach dress. Currently on a beach hol in Greece and not looking forward to the UK weather tomorrow!

    • Catherine
      11 June 2019 / 3:45 pm

      Thanks Gail – the golden hour really was golden that evening! Hope you’ve had a wonderful time in Greece… I’m very envious!

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