Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn (With Some Serious Pattern Mixing) #iwillwearwhatilike

Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger

I haven’t been up to my usual pattern on pattern tricks much this year, so a flurry of mixed prints was my sartorial weapon of choice last Saturday.

The weather’s a bit all over the place at the moment – it’s that time of year where we should expect rampant heat, driving rain or even freezing temperatures. So layers are my best friend right now, helping me cope with cold mornings and very warm afternoons and everything in between. My outfit du jour is the jumpsuit* I first wore last year from Italian brand Anonyme (who are THE BOMB when it comes to prints. I want ALL their patterned pieces).

Last time I went minimal and let the jumpsuit sing, this time I went layering and accessories overboard.

 

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Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger

SHOP THE LOOK:

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The main reason I wanted to wear this jumpsuit was one of excitement, really; I haven’t been able to fit into it all summer. But it was a momentous occasion last week when I thought I’d try it on again – and it just fit me. I knew I’d been doing well in terms of my diet and fitness (I’ll be writing a blog post about how that’s going in a few weeks hopefully) and I thought it was worth another try. I can’t begin to tell you how pleased I was that I’d get at least ONE wear out of it this summer.

I think my elation at its lack of tightness made me a bit frenzied when it came to styling it… I wanted a t-shirt underneath so picked a Breton top with a blue (and red) stripe to pick out the colour in the jumpsuit’s pattern. Added warmth with my eternal favourite windowpane check jacket (see it styled lots of ways here). Plain white sneakers (tennis shoe style) to give it a casual edge, and to be able to walk comfortably.

Finally, the accessories: My red aviators with deep orange lenses. My monogrammed necklace and Riley locket. A sparkly Swarovski bracelet* for another splash of red. A soft white belt I recently bought from Amazon (my belt collection was lacking wide, white belts). My taupe hobo bag as a neutral that doesn’t fight with the rest of the colour.

And to top it off, my cherished Karen Mabon scarf as a headband – when folded in a particular way – showed the red and blue part of the pattern so worked perfectly with the rest of the colour going on.

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There we have it: too much for some, just about enough for me. I tend to be at my happiest when I’m wearing colour on colour, prints and a ton of accessories. This girl NEVER said that less is more ;-P

Are you in the ‘More is More’ or the ‘Less is More’ camp? Comment below…!

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Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger
Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger
Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger
Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger
Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger
Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger
Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger
Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger
Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger

Jumpsuit: Anonyme (similar)
Jacket: George, old (LOVE this one and this one)
Sneakers: Unknown, old (similar plain white or similar Converse)
T-shirt: Seasalt (similar)
Scarf: Karen Mabon (gift from a friend – love this one)
Sunglasses: Asos (similar)
Bag: Karen Millen (similar)
Belt: Amazon
Bracelet: Swarovski*
Locket: notonthehighstreet.com
Necklace: oNecklace (similar)
Lips: Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip*

 

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Styling a Summer Jumpsuit in Autumn With Serious Pattern Mixing: Blue patterned jumpsuit, black and white windowpane check jacket, white tennis shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blogger

35 Comments

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 30, 2019 / 3:32 pm

      Thank you thank you thank you, Joi!! 😉

  1. September 13, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    I love the jumpsuit and the mix of prints! Fabulous headscarf too!

    Emma xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 13, 2019 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much Emma – I can see you in this jumpsuit actually…!

  2. September 12, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    Pretty amazing how it all works together!

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 13, 2019 / 8:29 pm

      Aww thanks lovely Mireille x

  3. September 12, 2019 / 7:59 am

    You pattern mix to perfection. Great outfit and well done on losing the weight. I hate when my clothes don’t fit me. Makes me very cross…

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 12, 2019 / 11:16 am

      Thank you Hilda! Yes it’s taken a long time, but I’m finally going in the right direction – and I feel so much better for it x

  4. Celia
    September 11, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    Serious mismatch of the pattern on the jacket’s side seams.

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 11, 2019 / 8:21 pm

      OMG Celia thank GOODNESS you pointed that out to me! I can now get into my time machine and tell myself on all those occasions I wore it to just stop and think again because of course I can’t be seen in public with mismatching patterns on the seams. Thank you so much for letting me know, you’re the best!

      • Meg An
        September 13, 2019 / 10:36 pm

        Wow telling the truth really upsets you. I thought exactly the same as she did. Look at the photo – you’ll see she’s right. Decent quality items are better matched than that. If you love it and other people love it – go for it by all means. But don’t get nasty with someone because they’ve been honest and told the truth – we don’t all have to have the same opinion.

        • Meg An
          September 13, 2019 / 10:41 pm

          I just clicked through to the link you put up and if you look at the model’s jacket and trousers – looks lovely – all lined up as it should be.

        • Catherine
          Author
          September 13, 2019 / 11:50 pm

          I thought about not approving your comment Meg, but I hope this shows anyone who has to express every thought in their head that this isn’t the platform for them.

          Tell me… how was my comment nasty? Nothing rude in my reply, unlike her unsolicited criticism about the quality of my clothes – I reply to stupid comments like this once I’ve stopped laughing at them.

          Please look at the name of the link up – it’s called #iwillwearwhatilike. That explains everything you need to know, I’ve said it a thousand times. I can’t go back and change the jacket, should I then stop wearing it?!! (Doesn’t exactly fit with the current need for everyone to think more about slow fashion, does it). I bloody LOVE that jacket – as proved by the number of times I’ve worn it. The jacket I linked to isn’t the same one, it’s an alternative – my jacket is about 5 years old so you can’t compare the side seams. I (and 99% of my readers) would never DREAM of criticising the quality of someone else’s clothes, that’s just plain rude.

          There’s a difference between being honest and being unable to keep unnecessary things that don’t need saying out loud to other people. It’s called being unkind, not being honest. My readers are better than that – I prefer those that find it impossible to blurt out every thought that comes into their head to stay away from my platform as it’s not for you. Women support women here. Not shame them for the quality of the clothes that they wear.

  5. Erika
    September 11, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    Wow!…this whole mix of pattern looks so good on you. Is it a happily random choice or does pattern mixing need to have rules?! I know, I know….we shouldn’t get bogged down by rules. Makes me want to experiment more though, which has to be good!

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 11, 2019 / 4:44 pm

      Thanks Erika! There is one “rule” of pattern mixing – though it’s more of a guideline to make it work:
      Make sure that the patterns have at least one colour in common, even better two. It stops the pattern mix being so jarring on the eyes (I mean, mixed patterns are already pretty jarring on the eyes – the common colour helps marry them together)!

      That’s why I had blue in the jumpsuit, t-shirt AND scarf, plus red in the scarf and t-shirt. Although the jacket is black and white the white is more ivory IRL, and the background of the jumpsuit is a warm white. The black lines of the jacket grid pattern is then echoed in the sneakers… see how they all tie together? Hope that helps!

      Thank you my lovely x

      • Erika
        September 12, 2019 / 11:08 am

        Thank you….anchoring pattern mixing with common colour makes perfect sense. I am now going to go and play with the contents of my wardrobe…joy!

        • Catherine
          Author
          September 13, 2019 / 8:30 pm

          Have fun and just experiment!! C x

  6. Sarah
    September 11, 2019 / 1:53 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! This outfit just made my heart sing. You look fabulous! It’s coming into spring here (Melbourne), so what a fabulous, inspiring look for our own cold-mornings-warm-afternoons time of year.

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 11, 2019 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you, thank you, thank you Sarah!! 😉 I’m envious of your summer approaching…!

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 11, 2019 / 12:48 pm

      thanks so much Rena x

  7. September 10, 2019 / 9:02 pm

    Your frenzy totally paid off, Catherine! I tend to be a bit meek when mixing patterns and your look encourages me to try to mix it up more often! Congrats on the health plan.

    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 11, 2019 / 12:48 pm

      Ooh thanks Darlene! Always experiment, I’ve made a few mistakes in the past but that’s all the fun of it 🙂

  8. September 10, 2019 / 8:29 pm

    This is a real pattern mix – not sure I’d be able to wear something like this, but you look fabulous. Thanks for hosting, hope you’ll stop by and join #chicandstylish on Thursday. Have a super week, am off to Rome tomorrow – can’t wait. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 11, 2019 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you so much Jacqui – I’ll do my best! I’m away next week so I’ve got a double workload on #eek

  9. September 10, 2019 / 6:15 pm

    Bravo, fantastic pattern mixing. An exuberant outfit full of cool details!

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 11, 2019 / 12:49 pm

      Aww thank you Gail!

  10. September 10, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    Love your mix of patterns, it’s such a great look on you!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 11, 2019 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you Ellibelle x

  11. September 10, 2019 / 4:34 pm

    Depends on what mood I’m in. But I do get inspired by your outfit! That’s going all the way lady!

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 11, 2019 / 12:50 pm

      Hehe I’m always in the mood! 😉 thanks Nancy x

  12. September 10, 2019 / 4:31 pm

    It is such an interesting mix of patterns and colours, but it works for you totally.

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 11, 2019 / 12:50 pm

      Linda thank you – one of my bravest mixes to date!

    • Catherine
      Author
      September 11, 2019 / 12:50 pm

      Aww thanks lovely Shelbee x

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