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!

 

Disclosure: I was gifted these pieces by Land’s End for a paid Instagram post but was not paid for writing or obliged to write this blog post (click here for my full disclosure)It contains some 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.

 

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

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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.

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

DO YOU WEAR YOUR BEACH DRESSES AS DAYTIME WEAR? HOW DO YOU STYLE THEM? COMMENT BELOW…!

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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

37 Comments

  1. June 12, 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
      Author
      June 12, 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

    • Catherine
      Author
      June 12, 2019 / 9:34 pm

      Amy thank you! x

  2. June 12, 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!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Catherine
      Author
      June 12, 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!!)…

  3. June 12, 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 | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • Catherine
      Author
      June 12, 2019 / 11:08 am

      Haha no that’s probably the worst thing you could say to me, Cheryl…!! 😉 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?!!

  4. June 12, 2019 / 12:21 am

    love how you styled that dress. it is perfect

    • Catherine
      Author
      June 12, 2019 / 11:05 am

      Thanks so much, Stephanie! x

  5. June 11, 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
      Author
      June 11, 2019 / 10:35 pm

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

  6. June 11, 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
      Author
      June 11, 2019 / 10:37 pm

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

  7. June 11, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    This is a gorgeous colour for you Catherine 🙂
    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
      Author
      June 11, 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!

      • June 12, 2019 / 9:24 pm

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

        • Catherine
          Author
          June 13, 2019 / 4:09 pm

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

  8. June 11, 2019 / 5:24 pm

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

    • Catherine
      Author
      June 11, 2019 / 10:44 pm

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

  9. June 11, 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
      Author
      June 11, 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

  10. June 11, 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
      Author
      June 11, 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

  11. June 11, 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!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      June 11, 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 🙁

  12. June 11, 2019 / 4:09 pm

    Mm, you make vests look very stylish.

    • Catherine
      Author
      June 11, 2019 / 10:49 pm

      thank you Nancy…!

  13. jodie filogomo
    June 11, 2019 / 4:05 pm

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

    • Catherine
      Author
      June 11, 2019 / 10:49 pm

      Aww thanks Jodie 😀

  14. June 11, 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
      Author
      June 11, 2019 / 3:46 pm

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

      Thank you x

  15. Grace Liang
    June 11, 2019 / 3:11 pm

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

    Grace Liang

    • Catherine
      Author
      June 11, 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!

  16. June 11, 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
      Author
      June 11, 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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