A Colour Block Coat With Straight Leg Jeans #iwillwearwhatilike

A Colour Block Coat With Straight Leg Jeans | Not Dressed As lamb, over 40 style

A few degrees above freezing means a winter coat is inevitable, right? I’ve succumbed…

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Okay, so not a full-on, thick, padded winter coat – here’s what I call a “mild winter” coat. It won’t be warm enough for a deep freeze, but on a cold, crisp morning when the day temperature then gets a little warmer, this is the style of coat that won’t have you melting by lunchtime.

This colour block coat* was gifted to me by JD Williams, a brand I’ve been championing a lot lately. It’s got my favourite autumnal colour camel as well as a splash of red. The sleeves are brilliant: they’re not wool like the body, but jersey. So you won’t have that restricted arm thing going on; easy bending and stretching are easily doable. You WILL reach that itch in the middle of your back wearing this coat.

Plus its styling is very, very clever…


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A Colour Block Coat With Straight Leg Jeans | Not Dressed As lamb, over 40 style



Firstly, I’m loving the asymmetric zip. It creates a double-breasted effect without the buttons. That’s ingenious, making it nip it at the waist. Finally, the black panels down each side create an optical illusion to make you look longer and more shapely – perfect if you want to create a longer body shape and emphasise/create a waist.

10 out of 10 to JD Williams for such a clever, stylish coat.


In support of straight leg jeans

I’m going to say it: I think skinny jeans have FINALLY had their day. Sure, they still have a place in my wardrobe, but when actually ON me that place is tucked inside long boots. I may be about the #iwillwearwhatilike but personally, when it comes to jeans, I think an out-of-date style can be ageing. I have no scientific(!) explanation, that’s just what I think denim does to us.

All sorts of styles of jeans are “in” at the moment (as is generally the case these days), but straight-leg jeans are having a moment. For someone with chunky knees and calves, this is a blessing for me. Not only do my calves get the room they deserve, but CRIKEY these jeans are more comfortable to wear.

The straight-leg jeans* I’m debuting here are also JD Williams, purveyors of Trousers With Comfort. I’m a girl who hasn’t met an elasticated waistband she didn’t like, and this brand gets that. These jeans also have stretch and a high waist (woop whoop)!

They come in three lengths – I’m taller than average (5’7″ or 170cm) – but I still went for the long length. It allows me to roll up the jeans to create a deep cuff; I’d like them even deeper if possible.

A Colour Block Coat With Straight Leg Jeans | Not Dressed As lamb, over 40 style

A rekindled love for my brown cable knit sweater

And lastly – I wore my very, very old brown cable knit sweater for the first time in aaaaaaaages with the coat and jeans. (Scroll to the end of the images for some of the ways I’ve worn it and for some alternatives to shop.) If you’ve never considered brown before, now’s the time to do it. This one is almost orange and I’ve always been inclined to call it tobacco brown. If you want to buy just one sweater to see you through autumn, get one in a warm shade of brown. It’ll go with everything.

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A Colour Block Coat With Straight Leg Jeans | Not Dressed As lamb, over 40 style
A Colour Block Coat With Straight Leg Jeans | Not Dressed As lamb, over 40 style
A Colour Block Coat With Straight Leg Jeans | Not Dressed As lamb, over 40 style

Coat: JD Williams (gifted – currently reduced to only £52.50!)
Jeans: JD Williams (gifted)
Sweater: Asos (VERY old, similar)
Boots: Finery (I like these)
Bag: Yosa (similar)
Headband: Asos


5 ways to wear an autumnal brown sweater…

I thought I’d show you some of the other ways I’ve worn this brown cable knit sweater so you can see the different ways it can be styled (I haven’t worn it on the blog in SIX years)!

5 Ways to Wear an Autumnal Brown Sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Fashion and Style

The other times I wore the same sweater as shown above, all from 2011-2013: Top middle / Top right / Bottom middle / Bottom right.

In the post where I’m wearing sunglasses, I even apologised for wearing the same sweater yet again.

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5 Ways to Wear an Autumnal Brown Sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Fashion and Style





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A Colour Block Coat With Straight Leg Jeans | Not Dressed As lamb, over 40 style


  1. Elizabeth
    3 November 2019 / 12:09 am

    Great look! Love the sweaters.

    • Catherine
      6 November 2019 / 11:58 am

      Thanks Elizabeth x

  2. Bola
    31 October 2019 / 7:55 am

    Hello Catherine, I love your outfit. The coat is stunning and those indigo straight leg jeans compliment your figure so well. I ordered them as soon as I saw them on you, something I never do but I have been looking for a straight leg pair of high waisted indigo jeans for a while now and there you were wearing them. I hope they suit me as much as they suit you.
    Have a lovely day.
    Bola x

    • Catherine
      6 November 2019 / 11:59 am

      Wow Bola that’s so great to hear – I hope you love them as much as I do! They have a lot of stretch which I was so happy about, it makes them so much comfier. Thank you xx

  3. 30 October 2019 / 5:12 am

    Your JD Williams coat makes such an eye-catching statement, Catherine! I’m guilty of owning way too many black coats and jackets, even though I know a more colourful topper can be a wonderful way to add interest to cold weather ensembles. And ANY style of denim will forever be a go-to for me…skinny jeans included! 😉 Monika

    • Catherine
      30 October 2019 / 11:58 am

      I think I own just ONE black coat, Monika – I got it after realising (not that long ago) that I didn’t own one!!

      Thank you my lovely, glad you like the coat x

  4. 30 October 2019 / 2:53 am

    I am also Team Straight Leg—I finally came to the realization that skinny jeans are just not flattering on me (not to mention anything low rise)!
    Cheryl Shops

    • Catherine
      30 October 2019 / 11:59 am

      I don’t think they were that flattering on me either, Cheryl… well they definitely wouldn’t be now, I’m a very different shape now compared to when they were THE jeans to wear!

  5. 30 October 2019 / 12:08 am

    That is truly an insanely fabulous coat…love it!

    • Catherine
      30 October 2019 / 11:59 am

      Thanks Debbie – aren’t the colours so cool 😀

    • Catherine
      30 October 2019 / 12:00 pm

      Pleasure, Debbie – thank you! x

  6. 29 October 2019 / 10:46 pm

    I’ve found myself loving that shade of brown this fall. You’ve shown some great combinations to wear it with, so I will try them–especially with the cobalt blue. Love that! Your colorblock coat is gorgeous and SO flattering!

    xx Darlene

    • 29 October 2019 / 10:47 pm

      Oops, and I agree about the jeans! I’ve been enjoying my straights and slightly bootcuts, too!

    • Catherine
      30 October 2019 / 12:00 pm

      Thanks Darlene, I’ll try and remember the do that feature at the end more often when something’s on repeat (I keep forgetting)!

  7. 29 October 2019 / 9:08 pm

    Love the colorblock coat. Such a great look on you with the straight leg jeans!

    Ellibelle’s Corner

    • Catherine
      29 October 2019 / 10:04 pm

      Thanks Ellibelle! x

  8. 29 October 2019 / 8:51 pm

    I don’t buy winter coats that much. Can’t seem to find a one that I really love. But I’m glad that brown is everywhere this season!

    • Catherine
      29 October 2019 / 10:05 pm

      Oh gosh I have so many Nancy, I think I have a coat addiction!! 😉

  9. 29 October 2019 / 8:20 pm

    Fabulous coat Catherine, so you! I’m a big fan of brown, always have been actually and I love a cable knit so this jumper should really be mine. You have my address lady, any time you’re ready I’ll be waiting for it 😉

    • Catherine
      29 October 2019 / 10:06 pm

      Haha I should have loaned it to you for the six years between the last time I wore it and now, MT!!!! Thanks hon xx

  10. 29 October 2019 / 6:52 pm

    I love that you shared the different ways you have worn the brown sweater! Looking back at my outfits for the past month has inspired me to rewear certain items in different ways.

    • Catherine
      29 October 2019 / 10:09 pm

      I’m so glad you liked the ways to wear feature, Mireille! I must try and do them more often x

  11. 29 October 2019 / 5:00 pm

    Oh wow Catherine, that coat is gorgeous. Such clever styling as you say. And might I say how slim you’re looking. You look very happy and so youthful xxxxx

    • Catherine
      29 October 2019 / 10:10 pm

      Aww Liz you absolute love, thank you so much xx

  12. 29 October 2019 / 4:52 pm

    Catherine, this is a really cool coat! Very unique. I love the colors and the funky zipper. I hear you on the skinny jeans. I am sure I will still wear them, but I certainly have not been reaching for them nearly as often as I had in years past. I am way more into my baggy boyfriend jeans and flared ones. Oh, and those booties are spectacular, too! Gorgeous Fall look!


    • Catherine
      29 October 2019 / 10:27 pm

      Shelbee thank you! Flared jeans and my BF jeans are my other go-to styles as well…!!

  13. 29 October 2019 / 4:37 pm

    You can never have enough coats in this temperamental climate of ours! Looks great on you with the hairband and boots. And Hurrah for non-skinny jeans. Xx

    • Catherine
      29 October 2019 / 10:30 pm

      I’m so with you on the coats thing, Porcelina! Thank you sweetie (and congrats on your fabulous news btw)!!

  14. 29 October 2019 / 4:18 pm

    Love everything about this outfit, Catherine. The colours in particular, like that cable sweater (swooooooooon!!!). I can’t believe you’ve not worn it for years, because it’s just FABULOUS!!
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      29 October 2019 / 10:32 pm

      I don’t know why I’ve not worn it either, Suzy! (Though maybe I have worn it, it just hasn’t been photographed for the blog.) Thank you sweetie! xx

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