An Everyday Outfit: A Winter Coat Worn 80s Style #iwillwearwhatilike

An Everyday Outfit: Winter Coat Worn 80s Style (blue check coat, belted) | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Fashion and Style

I’m wearing a blue and white coat with dark trousers for the second week in a row, but this outfit is very different.

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I hadn’t actually realised how the bones of this outfit were similar to last week’s when I wore it, but they’re only similar on paper. Both coats are blue and white, both bottom halves are dark, both pair of boots are dark, both hats are woolly and cream.

Maybe I’d just (subconsciously) found a formula I liked and stuck with it two weeks in a row?!

Firstly, to explain the tardiness of this post: We’ve had some very changeable weather the past week or so. Today’s gales and pouring rain kept interrupting the WiFi, so I had to walk away from writing this as I was getting a little… frustrated. Hence, a very late publishing time.

I think I’d been momentarily transported back to 1998 and my dial-up was making fast internet impossible #eyeroll

 

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An Everyday Outfit: Winter Coat Worn 80s Style (blue check coat, belted) | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Fashion and Style

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The practicality of this outfit overruled anything else that was going on here. The star of the show was the check coat (similar) – one I’ve had for ages and worn loads IRL – but I could only find one other time I’d worn it on the blog (see here – oh, remember the days of Pantone’s Rose Quartz and Serenity)!

The brand was Ganni, as was the sweater. I’d bought both pieces in the Asos sale and they were the bargains of the century at the time: the coat was £320 down to just £54(!), and the sweater was reduced from £150 to £32. So both are top quality, both have been worn loads and loads and both would have been VERY good investments even at the original prices.

I’m not normally one to be swayed by the actual percentage of a discount, but as long as I really love something then a huge reduction means I’m getting great quality at a very low price.

But I DID find many examples of outfit posts with the roll neck sweater, so that’s what I’ve featured in today’s 5 Ways to Wear (below).

 

Wearing this coat 80s style

I actually bought this coat because it reminded me of a coat my sister bought in the early 80s that I’d always, always loved and remembered. A while back I asked her if she still had it (which of course she didn’t), so this one got snapped up when I saw it.

With regards to the 80s styling… it was a super cold day when I wore this. As the coat is a loose style and buttons up low I felt I needed to cinch it in just to keep my middle warm, so I grabbed a wide belt. It created the 80s belted coat look and made the shoulders look HUGE.

Did it make me look bulky? Probably. Did I care? Not a bit. I was warm, I was comfy, I kinda liked the wide-shouldered 80s thing I had going on. I happened to be wearing two of my best bargains ever for the umpteenth time. What’s not to love??

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An Everyday Outfit: Winter Coat Worn 80s Style (blue check coat, belted) | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Fashion and Style
An Everyday Outfit: Winter Coat Worn 80s Style (blue check coat, belted) | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Fashion and Style
An Everyday Outfit: Winter Coat Worn 80s Style (blue check coat, belted) | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Fashion and Style
An Everyday Outfit: Winter Coat Worn 80s Style (blue check coat, belted) | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Fashion and Style

Coat: Ganni at Asos (similar)
Sweater: Ganni at Asos (LOVE this one)
Jeans: JD Williams*
Boots: Josef Seibel*
Hat: Debenhams (similar)
Belt: Unknown (alternative)

 

OTHER CREAM ROLL NECK SWEATERS YOU MIGHT LIKE:


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5 ways to wear a chunky, cream roll-neck sweater…

Here are some of the other ways I’ve worn my chunky roll-neck sweater so you can see the different ways it can be styled:

5 Ways to Wear a Cream, Chunky Roll Neck Sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Fashion and Style

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An Everyday Outfit: Winter Coat Worn 80s Style (blue check coat, belted) | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Fashion and Style
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  1. 19 December 2019 / 6:06 pm

    Ahh I love this outfit so much! The coat is darling, and I love your cozy hat! I feel like you have a really good way of dressing for the cold but still looking good, something I still really struggled with haha!

    • Catherine
      Author
      29 December 2019 / 10:32 pm

      Thanks Kailey – I have to admit I have a huge winter coat collection, it covers a multitude of outfit sins ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. 14 December 2019 / 6:55 pm

    The 80’s are everywhere again, so why not? I was raised in cold country, where fashion follows function, so I totally appreciate wearing what works for the weather! (The place I live now? Not so much… They seem to think that 50 degrees (10C) is cold, but wear what is suitable for 80 degrees and complain that they are chilled. I don’t get it.

    • Catherine
      Author
      17 December 2019 / 5:37 pm

      Hehe we sort of have the same disparity about the cold here in the UK, Liz – but it’s usually between men and women. I go out with about 10 thick layers on because it’s FREEZING, but I see blokes wearing t-shirts and think they’re mad!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 14 December 2019 / 1:18 am

    I love the way you styled this coat! You make me want to get an 80s inspired coat asap!

    XO, Elise

    • Catherine
      Author
      17 December 2019 / 5:37 pm

      Thanks so much Elise – I love that this one was so similar to my sister’s one from the 80s…!

  4. 13 December 2019 / 1:59 pm

    This is such a practical outfit, the cinched in waist is a chic touch that makes it. I had to laugh at your “dial-up” reference Catherine. Lately Kiara has been asking me about this and other old fashioned tech. She thinks it’s hilarious of course and can’t imagine how we coped with slow internet. Lol slow? What about NO internet! Ack kids today, ammiright?

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:28 pm

      Haha remember the noise that dial up used to make, MT?!!! All the “boing, boing, WEEEE, brrrr… boing, ding” Just HILARIOUS ๐Ÿ˜€ (I swear I was listening out for those noises when the WiFi was trying to do its thing the day I wrote this post!)

      Thanks my lovely x

  5. 12 December 2019 / 6:39 pm

    The photos of you and your doggie are SO adorable. Oh, and so is your coat outfit! Is there anything better than your favorite jeans and a cute coat in the winter? NO!

    Happy holidays,
    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:29 pm

      Aww Darlene thank you!! Suki is getting the hang of the posing, though she’s still not very patient… we have to shoot FAST!

  6. 12 December 2019 / 4:18 pm

    Every so often my internet will drop when I am trying to upload pictures which is no fun! I love using a belt with the coat. I haven’t really pull out my wool coat yet.

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:30 pm

      Ugh pictures uploading (or not uploading) are the WORST, Mireille!! Thanks hon, I haven’t worn belts over coats much but I must do it more ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 11 December 2019 / 5:42 pm

    I love this coat! The colors are so pretty as is the pattern. Such a cozy look, too. And the 80โ€™s styling is perfection! I have been having technology annoyances lately myself. It is soooo frustrating!

    Shelbee

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:31 pm

      Thank you Shelbee – I think the coat’s blue is lovely too ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. 11 December 2019 / 10:56 am

    Great outfit – love the coat and the belt look. And funnily enough my latest post is about coats – so necessary these wintry days. Thanks for hosting ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:31 pm

      Thanks so much lovely Penny!

  9. Mary Katherine
    11 December 2019 / 10:47 am

    And that cinched-in belt shows off your slender waist! Well done,

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:31 pm

      Oh bless you MK – thank you! x

  10. 11 December 2019 / 9:18 am

    I am missing gloves in this picture. When it is cold I never leave the house without them. Gianni is a brilliant brand and you were indeed lucky to have found these items for such a bargain price. I like your 80ies take on this coat but prefer the way you wore it with pink the first time. Understandably you came up with this solution to fight the cold. You cannot stay indoors when you have a dog.
    In the Netherlands we hardly ever have internet problems. Because we are such a small and flat country we have a perfect infrastructure for WiFi and cable. Lucky us.
    Greetje

    • 13 December 2019 / 2:01 pm

      Me too! You know what they say Greetje – Cold hands, warm heart

      • Catherine
        Author
        13 December 2019 / 8:34 pm

        hehe I usually have cold hands, warm feet… what does THAT mean?!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:34 pm

      Oh my GOD I wish our internet was that reliable, Greetje… Keith is always telling me that on the continent the Wifi is sooooo much better and faster than in the UK, seems like he was right! It’s definitely a problem out in the country, even if you are in a town…! ๐Ÿ™

      I did have gloves that day, but they were just too bulky and I’d already taken them off to sort the camera settings – they didn’t go back on until the pics were done!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. 11 December 2019 / 8:49 am

    You look super cosy Catherine and you certainly donโ€™t look bulky. I love the belt. And itโ€™s lovely to see Miss Suky again too! xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:35 pm

      Oh bless you Liz, thank you – though I was pretty padded, lol x

  12. 11 December 2019 / 7:46 am

    I belt everything these days! Just love it!

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:35 pm

      I think I should, too Nancy! Thank you hon x

  13. 11 December 2019 / 4:45 am

    I love Ganniโ€”they have an amazing outlet store in Copenhagen if you’re ever in the area! In the meantime, I’ll look for them on ASOSโ€”thanks for the tip!
    Cheryl Shops

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:36 pm

      Ooh that IS a good tip, Cheryl – thank you! x

  14. 10 December 2019 / 11:05 pm

    I am such a coat fan lately and this one has me starry eyed. Great look

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:36 pm

      Aww thanks Linda x

  15. 10 December 2019 / 10:06 pm

    These photos are lovely Catherine. There’s lots of coat inspo here xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:36 pm

      Thanks so much Laurie… I have a lot of coats to be able to provide lots of coat inspo!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. 10 December 2019 / 9:40 pm

    I love the winter white look, one I love to wear, but have to pick and choose due to the weather here – very non-conforming! Jacqui x

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks Jacqui, I love winter whites too… there’s so much mud at the moment though, so I have to be careful! A few times Suki has nearly pulled me over in the slippy mud, eek

  17. 10 December 2019 / 9:39 pm

    Love the coat, such a great pattern! Thanks for hosting the linkup!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

    • Catherine
      Author
      13 December 2019 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks Ellibelle – it’s an almost dead ringer for my sister’s early 80s coat!

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