Eclectic Style: Mixed Patterns and Platform Boots #iwillwearwhatilike

Eclectic Style: Mixed Patterns and Platform Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, Fashion and Style for Over 40 Women

This is one of those outfits that’s all about the details. Oh, and those incredible platform boots…

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After wearing my purple suede platform boots after a long absence from my feet (and loving it), it got me thinking about just how fabulous proper platform boots are. You know the ones – the super high, mega chunky Elton John-style boots your older cousin wore when he was 22 in 1974? Or is that just me…

This outfit started with the croc platform boots and went from there. I spotted them recently in the Asos sale and got WAY too excited about them (not just because of the style but also because they were half price). I’d been wanting to get a pair of brown heeled boots for a while but really didn’t know what style to get: enter these true 70s-style beauties.

 

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I knew that I wanted to wear them with my cropped check trousers (the focus of this week’s 4 Ways to Wear, below).

I knew that I wanted something patterned on top to clash with the trousers.

I knew that I wanted to make this the outfit I (hopefully) wear this week as I have to go to London tomorrow for a photoshoot.

(I haven’t yet decided if the boots will be okay walking around and getting to and from the location, but they’re incredibly comfy and actually not all that high if you take into account how thick the sole is. Also, if you love my floral shirt with the contrasting collar and cuffs and necktie you might love this wildly patterned shirt with a contrasting tie and cuffs.)

I’m just hoping that it’ll be mild enough for me to wear my aeons-old olive green mac (similar). It’ll most likely be wet, let’s just hope not freezing cold as well. I know this mac is the best part of 20 years old as I bought it in the sales in Selfridges when I was still working in London… I left London in 2002. If that’s not what you call an investment I don’t know what is!

 

What’s YOUR oldest item of clothing that you still wear? Tell me in the comments…

 

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P.S. I am FULLY aware that I look like some sort of French super sleuth TV character. I think I was subconsciously inspired by Blake Lively’s incredible wardrobe in A Simple Favor which I saw recently… have you seen it? It was one of those so-much-better-than-it-looks movies. I recommend.

P.P.S. I won’t actually go out with my coat draped over my shoulders like this, it’s just that the lovely details of the blouse would have been covered up had I put it on properly for the photos. And it was cold and I was too much of a wuss to take the coat off.

P.P.P.S. Do add your outfits to this week’s link up – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured in my bi-monthly Women Who Wear What They Like post!

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Eclectic Style: Mixed Patterns and Platform Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, Fashion and Style for Over 40 Women
Eclectic Style: Mixed Patterns and Platform Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, Fashion and Style for Over 40 Women
Eclectic Style: Mixed Patterns and Platform Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, Fashion and Style for Over 40 Women
Eclectic Style: Mixed Patterns and Platform Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, Fashion and Style for Over 40 Women
Eclectic Style: Mixed Patterns and Platform Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, Fashion and Style for Over 40 Women
Eclectic Style: Mixed Patterns and Platform Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, Fashion and Style for Over 40 Women

Boots: Asos (almost half price!)
Shirt: Zara (this one is fabulous)
Trousers: & Other Stories (similar)
Mac: Karen Millen (nearly 20 years old! similar)
Beret: Asos (similar)
Necktie: Came with shirt (this one would create a similar look)
Sunglasses: Unknown (similar)
Gloves: Next (similar)

 

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5 ways to wear cropped check trousers…

Here are some of the other ways I’ve worn my cropped check trousers so you can see the different ways they can be styled:

4 Ways to Wear Cropped Check Trousers | Not Dressed As Lamb, Fashion and Style for Over 40 Women

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27 Comments

  1. January 24, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    I really love the trousers!

  2. January 19, 2020 / 11:19 pm

    What a wonderfully eclectic outfit!

    Suzanne

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 10:27 am

      Thanks Suzanne! Kind of a mish-mash isn’t it 😀

  3. January 17, 2020 / 6:27 pm

    Oh my gosh, thank you for the inspiration Catherine. I just love those platforms.
    They so remind me of Abba and The Sweet….those were the days my friend…:) xo Sabina

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 17, 2020 / 11:12 pm

      Soooooo ABBA, aren’t they Sabina?!! Heehee 😉 (thank you!)

  4. Mathilda
    January 17, 2020 / 4:21 pm

    Oh wow loving this look, love the whole thing, especially the boots. I was trying to work out how to wear my check jacket with pattern and seeing this has given me so many different ideas, thank you for the inspiration.

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 17, 2020 / 11:17 pm

      You’re most welcome, Mathilda – and thank you!

  5. January 15, 2020 / 6:20 pm

    This outfit is just WOW! The plaid pants and flowered top do work well together although my mind is screaming that they shouldn’t. I love the pearl buttons on the blouse cuffs. Great color match between your boots and gloves. What a totally fun outfit!

    Michelle

  6. January 15, 2020 / 1:48 pm

    This is an incredible outfit! Wow!

  7. January 15, 2020 / 2:33 am

    This outfit is so “you”—love the mix of patterns and textures, and as always, your accessories really make the look!
    Cheryl Shops

  8. January 15, 2020 / 12:37 am

    I loved A Simple Favor, and I love your look! The colors in the floral and plaid play beautifully together. And your Elton John boots are fab!! An olive green mac is definitely a keeper.

    xx Darlene

  9. January 14, 2020 / 10:10 pm

    There is so much to love in this outfit that I don’t even know where to begin…love it!
    Debbie

  10. January 14, 2020 / 8:41 pm

    I’m in love with the gloves. I know it sounds stupid with those incredible items you are wearing. But I think the gloves are so sophisticated! Good luck with the shoot!

  11. jodie filogomo
    January 14, 2020 / 8:02 pm

    You continue to inspire me with print mixing Catherine. I’ve been trying but I need to remember to practice more.
    I just love this,
    XOOX
    Jodie

  12. January 14, 2020 / 8:02 pm

    As a midget, I love a platform anything! Love the whole look here. Great pattern mixing xx

  13. January 14, 2020 / 7:19 pm

    Wahhh!!! Oh.em.geeee Catherine, this outfit is totally me and those boots are everything ❤ I’m rummaging through my wardrobe tonight to copy it for my lunch date tomorrow, Thanks baybee xxx

  14. January 14, 2020 / 6:44 pm

    Ooooooh THIS IS AWESOME!!!!! I love this. It’s definitely one of my favourite outfits. The blouse is exquisite. It’s perfect from too to toe xxxz

  15. January 14, 2020 / 6:12 pm

    Loving the mix of patterns and gorgeous boots! A fabulous look on you!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

  16. Susan Dunlop
    January 14, 2020 / 5:58 pm

    Oh my gosh I love this outfit!! So many ideas….

  17. January 14, 2020 / 5:44 pm

    This is so you Catherine. Lots of colours and patterns. Quirky and modern. Love it.
    Greetje

  18. January 14, 2020 / 4:47 pm

    Some amazing pattern mixing there – and the boots, wowzers!

  19. January 14, 2020 / 3:50 pm

    This outfit is so classic British. You look stunning. Such an outfit drew my attention to your blog. I just love that style.

  20. January 14, 2020 / 3:44 pm

    I agree with Shelbee’s comment! I had to just stop scrolling and take in all of the details. This outfit is all kinds of fabulous. The color way couldn’t be more perfect for my preferred color palette, too. Best of luck with the interview.

  21. January 14, 2020 / 3:41 pm

    Those trousers are fabulous, I feel I need a pair in my wardrobe, I love that they have the flare. I have some that are skinny legs and fancy something different. Thanks for sharing and hosting. Jacqui

  22. January 14, 2020 / 3:23 pm

    Catherine, this may very well be my favorite outfit ever on you or any other woman in the world! Seriously! I am in a complete swoon over every detail as well as the whole outfit. The pattern mix is on point, those boots are beyond fabulous, the coat, the gloves, the cuff buttons. I am dying! Love, love, love! Wishing you much luck with your interview! If I was the interviewer and you walked in wearing that outfit, I think I would be compelled to just hand you whatever job it is because you are screaming fabulous on every level!

    Shelbee

    • Catherine
      Author
      January 14, 2020 / 3:27 pm

      Oh wow Shelbee my lovely – thank you!!!!!! What a fabulous first comment/bunch of compliments…!

      Sorry, I confused you about the London thing – when I said a job I meant a job working for a brand, it’s another photo shoot for JD Williams. Though they want to do it on the streets on location in Notting Hill, I think I’m going to be freezing!!!!

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