Bringing Back the Bowler Hat (and a Modern Nordic Sweater) #iwillwearwhatilike

Bringing Back the Bowler Hat and a Modern Nordic Sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style for Over 40 Women

I don’t know what possessed me, but last week I wore my bowler hat for the first time in years.

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I knew I wanted a hat (potential for rain, hair not styled as I caught a crazy early o’clock train) and looked through my (somewhat vast) hat collection for the right one to go with this outfit. At first I put the bowler hat aside, as I always do… then stopped and thought about it.

Why NOT wear the bowler? I knew it wasn’t very “now” (you can’t get them at Asos, that’s always a good measure of what’s on trend), but that wasn’t a reason to reject it. So I decided that Operation Bring Back the Bowler would be my most important mission for 2020.

(Of course I’m not actually serious. Operation Sort Through All My Clothes and Get Them Organised is hard enough for me at the moment.)

 

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Bringing Back the Bowler Hat and a Modern Nordic Sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style for Over 40 Women

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The last time I wore this hat was around seven years ago – and the last time it appeared on the blog was in October 2013 (scroll down to see the 5 Ways to Wear, with some very old outfits!). I must have been right to decide it needed bringing back (yes, I’m fully aware that I’m making it sound like I have Kardashian-style “influence”, as if #eyeroll), because on the train a lady told me she thought it looked fabulous, and that bowler hats need bringing back.

So there you have it – if a stranger on the train said Let’s bring back the bowler, who am I to argue with her…?!

The other star of the show is that ughhhhhhh-my-god-it’s-so-gorgeous Nordic sweater. (I got it in the sale at Warehouse, but there are only a few small sizes left so hurry if that’s you; another size is available here.)  Orange and olive green are colours I have all over my house, so of course it was totally coming home with me. Or just arriving in a box via a courier driver, I should say…

Paired with my coral coat (similar), the recently seen ‘Crocodile Rock’ platform boots and olive green trousers* (similar) and I was done.

Bold, warm, winter outfit? That mission was definitely accomplished.

Have you ever been a bowler hat wearer – and if so when did YOU last wear yours? Or what is your go-to hat style? Comment below!

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Bringing Back the Bowler Hat and a Modern Nordic Sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style for Over 40 Women
Bringing Back the Bowler Hat and a Modern Nordic Sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style for Over 40 Women
Bringing Back the Bowler Hat and a Modern Nordic Sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style for Over 40 Women
Bringing Back the Bowler Hat and a Modern Nordic Sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style for Over 40 Women

Bowler hat: Asos (very old, similar, 9 colours & lots of sizes available)
Sweater: Warehouse (on sale! Also one other size here)
Coat: La Redoute (similar)
Trousers: Next* (similar)
Boots: Asos (on sale!)
Bag: Next* (similar)
Sunglasses: Old (similar)

 

5 ways to wear a bowler hat…

Here are some of the other ways I’ve worn my bowler hat so you can see the different ways it can be styled:

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5 Ways to Wear a Bowler Hat | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style for Over 40 Women

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Bringing Back the Bowler Hat and a Modern Nordic Sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style for Over 40 Women

38 Comments

  1. Nina
    January 28, 2020 / 8:12 pm

    This is my new favourite blog. Your style makes me so happy

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 2, 2020 / 5:45 pm

      Oh wow Nina thank you!!! That’s so kind of you #daymade

  2. January 28, 2020 / 3:46 pm

    The bowler hat is absolutely ACE!!! It is so unexpected and fabulous with that sweater. I love the Hobbs orange coat, darn you for making me aware of its existence!!

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 2, 2020 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks lovely Lisa… and sowee about the coat, I should have warned you in advance…! 😉

  3. January 27, 2020 / 6:33 am

    This outfit is fabulous on you! I love your bowler hat!

    I hope you are having a fabulous week so far!

    Amber

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 27, 2020 / 11:39 am

      Thank you so much Amber, happy Monday to you! x

  4. January 25, 2020 / 4:20 am

    Your bowler hat makes the entire outfit fun! And I love the bold colors for winter.

    Michelle

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:30 pm

      Thanks Michelle – that’s the best way to describe a bowler I think 😉

  5. January 23, 2020 / 10:04 pm

    Wow how beautifully you have added the Bowler hat in this whole look. I will totally try this <3
    Vaishali

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:30 pm

      thanks so much Vaishali! x

  6. January 23, 2020 / 12:17 am

    Hm…I don’t think I have ever worn a bowler hat actually, but I did rescue two of them – properly made; probably 1930’s – from the dusty corners of a wardrobe clear-out of my village amateur dramatic society! I am very inspired to clean out the mouse poo and give a bowler hat outfit a try. Thank you for the inspo!
    Thank you for hosting. 🙂
    Helen x

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:31 pm

      Oh wow if they’re vintage Helen you HAVE to wear them!!

  7. January 22, 2020 / 9:40 pm

    Ah love this look! Yes to the bowler hat, You look great 🙂

    Allie of

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:31 pm

      aww thanks Allie 😀

  8. January 22, 2020 / 9:26 pm

    I love it! Catherine you’ve done it again, showed me a new look I hadn’t thought of. Woman, ya still got it ✌

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:31 pm

      Bless you MT – thanks mate xoxo

  9. January 22, 2020 / 8:59 am

    That Hat is making me very happy!
    I’ve seen a couple of coloured bowlers online Catherine…. an electric blue and a red…squeal!!
    Unfortunately, I can’t squeeze my big “Baw Heid” into the women’s styles and the gents tend not to be bright colours.
    Curses.
    XXX
    Samantha

    • January 22, 2020 / 9:00 am

      BTW… totally agree about hats and their ability to “style” hair ;oP
      XXX

      • Catherine
        Author
        January 25, 2020 / 7:32 pm

        that’s true 😉

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:32 pm

      Samantha the bowler hat I linked to here is a man’s one – in all those colours – it’s available in all sizes from small to very large!! Go check it out!!!!!!!!!!

  10. January 22, 2020 / 3:27 am

    Another brilliant mix of colors, Catherine! I love the bold coral in that Nordic sweater and the coat is gorgeous. Hey, we can wear a bowler hat if we like, right? Yes, do bring it back…

    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:33 pm

      Thank you Darlene – yes the coral (and green) was what drew me to it…!

  11. January 21, 2020 / 9:53 pm

    Catherine, the stranger on the train was completely on point! You definitely need to bring the bowler hat back! It looks amazing on you. And Ugh is right…this sweater is so freaking fabulous! I love the orange and olive green combination, too. Simply brilliant. Your entire outfit is magnificent straight down to your feet and that adorable messenger bag, too.

    Shelbee

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:33 pm

      Oh bless you lovely Shelbee, thanks so much hon x

  12. January 21, 2020 / 9:27 pm

    I love reading your blog each week because I love the unexpected looks you come up with and they are always on point and very fashionable. I love all the different ways you wore your bowler hat: so cute!

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:34 pm

      Oh Mireille sweetie that’s so kind of you! Thank you so much!!

  13. January 21, 2020 / 9:13 pm

    Gorgeous colours in that jumper Catherine. I’m envious that hats look so great on you. They look awful on me! xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:35 pm

      I think they probably WOULD look great on you Laurie – sometimes it’s just about whether you feel comfortable wearing them. And if you don’t, then they’ll never convince YOU that they look good, no mater what anyone else says! I believe there’s a hat style for everyone though 🙂

      (and thank you)

  14. jodie filogomo
    January 21, 2020 / 7:52 pm

    I’m so glad to hear you say that about the bowler hat. I think that about my beret too. And even my faux fur vest. Yet I love these things so I don’t always want to be swayed by trends. Just like you always say….I will wear what I like!!
    XOOX
    Jodie

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:36 pm

      Oooh you’ve made me want to dig out my faux fur vest (waistcoat) now, Jodie!

  15. January 21, 2020 / 3:50 pm

    Love the colors in the sweater. Especially the olive green with the orange! Lovely!

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 7:36 pm

      Thank you Jess – your kinda colours, I bet 😉

  16. January 21, 2020 / 3:47 pm

    That hat is so CUTE!!!! The color of that coat though…PERFECTION!

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 21, 2020 / 4:31 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa… I’m kinda in love with the coral colour too!!

  17. January 21, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    Oh Jodie wore a similar sweater on our The Good Buy/Good-Bye Book series with sweaters last week. She had knitted it herself. I said that these kind of sweaters are the real winter sweaters! This is how a sweater should look like!

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 21, 2020 / 4:32 pm

      Thanks Nancy – how amazing that she knitted it herself?! I can’t claim to anything like that 😉

  18. January 21, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    OMG those colours together are absolutely DIVINE!! And YES…. bring back the bowler hat because they’re FABULOUS!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 21, 2020 / 4:32 pm

      Oh wow Suzy THANK YOU my darling!

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