A Maximalist Evening Outfit (That I Adapted For Daytime) #iwillwearwhatilike

A Maximalist Evening Outfit (That I Adapted For Daytime) / Bold winter outfit: Pattern mixed floral shirt, berry trousers and platform boots | Not Dressed As Lamb

Minimalism is not my strong point. Ask me to pile on the maximalism and I’m there like a shot.

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Last week I attended an evening event in London, and I had to find an outfit to wear up on the train, an outfit for the evening and an outfit to wear on the train back home next morning. IN WINTER.

I find this sort of dressing a bit challenging (though one I relish) – aaargh what to wear when you require outfits to suit all those needs AND need everything to fit in a carry-on?

Luckily I do this sort of trip a fair bit in my job so I’ve got the whole daytime-to-evening-to-daytime dressing thing down to a fine art. For me, it’s all about wearing really versatile pieces.

 

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A Maximalist Evening Outfit (That I Adapted For Daytime) / Bold winter outfit: Pattern mixed floral shirt, berry trousers and platform boots | Not Dressed As Lamb

RECREATE THE LOOK:

 

I’ve started with the evening look as that was the one I was most excited about: this is what I wore to attend the launch of the wonderful Fantasie It’s Who I Am campaign that I’m proud to be part of (have a read of what it’s all about here – we’re in the March issue of Woman & Home magazine and I’ll be featured more in – I think – the April issue).

I wore the fabulous mixed prints shirt I bought in the Hawes & Curtis sale a couple of weeks ago (the neck tie is included) with my go-to cropped plum trousers* and – just for a change from the usual pointed-toe heels that you always see – my ‘Crocodile Rock’ platform boots. I caught a taxi there so didn’t have to walk far in them, though they ARE comfy for heels.

So far so good… then – accessories!

I amped up the maximalism with pearl hoop earrings and coordinating velvet and pearl headband (the colour picked out the brown in the shirt’s pattern and that of the boots), chucked on a few gold rings and carried my oversized burgundy box bag (similar).

Maximalism, yes. Though it could have been extreme maximalism if the floral trousers I’d originally earmarked to wear with the shirt had fitted me. The stage at which I wondered whether the outfit was a bit plain (PLAIN!!) without the floral trousers was when I realised I should give myself a good talking to…

Would you say you’re more of a minimalist or a maximalist dresser? Tell me in the comments!

(Don’t forget to scroll down to see how I tweaked the outfit to create a comfy daytime/travelling-on-the-train look)

XOXO

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A Maximalist Evening Outfit (That I Adapted For Daytime) / Bold winter outfit: Pattern mixed floral shirt, berry trousers and platform boots | Not Dressed As LambA Maximalist Evening Outfit (That I Adapted For Daytime) / Bold winter outfit: Pattern mixed floral shirt, berry trousers and platform boots | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Maximalist Evening Outfit (That I Adapted For Daytime) / Bold winter outfit: Pattern mixed floral shirt, berry trousers and platform boots | Not Dressed As Lamb
A Maximalist Evening Outfit (That I Adapted For Daytime) / Bold winter outfit: Pattern mixed floral shirt, berry trousers and platform boots | Not Dressed As Lamb

Evening look:
Shirt: Hawes & Curtis
Trousers: JD Williams*
Boots: Asos
Bag: House of Fraser (similar)
Earrings: eBay
Headband: Asos

Fantasie It's Who I Am campaign ladies | Not Dressed As Lamb

Above: Me and the other four ladies from the Fantasie campaign, L-R: Sam Chapman (yes, really!), Charlotte Broadbent, Karen Williams and Lauren Shepherd

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The daytime version

So, how do you create a daytime outfit from an evening outfit when you’re on the road/on a train/flying – and need to travel light?

My secret is in the bottoms (bottoms as in trousers or skirt!). That’s the one thing I make sure works for both outfits. Trousers are bulky things to pack so just one pair makes the most sense to me. I also make sure to take just one coat that works for both day and night, so it’s got to be practical AND stylish IMO.

Onto the coat in a minute; first, the bones of the daytime outfit…

A Maximalist Evening Outfit (That I Adapted For Daytime) / Bold winter outfit: Orange poncho/scarf, berry trousers and flatforms | Not Dressed As Lamb

My beige M&S flatforms (similar / same M&S style in black) have been very good to me, walking me all over London on many occasions. I wore these on the way there and on the way back – the platform boots went into my carry-on and I stuffed them with my clean underwear, t-shirt for bed, etc.

The cashmere poncho (similar) was the triple threat of accessories: it served as a warm cover-up over my outfit once my coat had been taken off (for both on the train and for breakfast next morning), but outside I brought it around and off my shoulders to be styled as a scarf with my coat (details below).

And thirdly, I always, ALWAYS take a big scarf or throw on a train journey so that I have something to rest my neck on to make light snoozing a bit comfier.

A Maximalist Evening Outfit (That I Adapted For Daytime) / Bold winter outfit: Leopard print coat, orange poncho/scarf, berry trousers and flatforms | Not Dressed As Lamb

Above: the outside/travelling version…!

The two-tone leopard coat is Zara AW12 and the fur-trimmed sweatshirt you can just see is also Zara – although I wouldn’t buy fast fashion from Zara/Primark/H&M, etc. anymore, of those pieces I have bought from Zara in the past I’m very glad that they were good quality. I’ve had LOADS of wear out both of them, in fact I’ve featured the coat in my 5 Ways to Wear below. It’s a classic and I’m actually really glad I bought it.

The coat and scarf/poncho also worked well as my cover-up for the evening event. It’s a warm, lined coat – perfect for February. I also carried my dependable orange leather Hobbs tote (similar) as my daytime bag. The burgundy box bag slotted inside and didn’t really take up any extra room (good job as it wouldn’t fit in my carry-on with my makeup, toiletries, boots, etc.).

And that’s pretty much it! How I adapt a daytime to an evening to a travel outfit – and fit it all into a carry-on. If you’re not a “travel-light” kinda gal (like I’m definitely not) then I hope this helps!

 

RECREATE THE LOOK:

Coat: Zara AW12 (this one and this one are my favourite alternatives)
Poncho/scarf: Hope Fashion (similar)
Sweater: Zara (similar)
Trousers: JD Williams*
Shoes: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Tights: Old, unknown (love these tights and these knee highs)
Tote bag: Hobbs (similar)
Headband: Asos

 

5 ways to wear a leopard print coat…

Here are just some of the ways I’ve worn my leopard print coat over the years so you can see the different ways it can be styled:

5 Ways to Wear an Animal Print or Leopard Print Coat | Not Dressed As Lamb

Original posts: Top middle / Top right / Bottom middle / Bottom right (see also this outfit and this outfit with the same coat)

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22 Comments

  1. March 21, 2020 / 8:02 am

    Loving the colors of your outfit! You look great!

    • Catherine
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 9:58 am

      Thank you Celyn πŸ˜€

  2. February 21, 2020 / 8:07 am

    I love your mix of bright colors, Catherine. I dress on the bright side myself most of the time. Your poncho caught my eye in particular. Such a yummy shade of orange and looks great with berry colored slacks.

    Michelle

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 4:02 pm

      Michelle thank you πŸ˜€ I don’t know why I haven’t worn the poncho more… and yes, isn’t it fabulous with the berry colour? All rich colours together, nom nom

  3. February 20, 2020 / 6:47 am

    Now I’m going to have to buy an orange poncho. I love that colour on you. I think it would also work with my colouring.

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 4:02 pm

      Hehe please send my apologies to your wallet, Lorna!! πŸ˜‰ Thank you hon xo

  4. February 19, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    I love Bettye’s idea of a closet tour! You have such colorful clothes that it would be fun to see how it is all organized. I always appreciate when you revisit your other outfits using one of your pieces. I love how you showed here that with a few changes something can go from day to night.

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 4:05 pm

      Love that you like that idea too, Mireille – for practical reasons [in our new house with my new dedicated dressing room] I could probably do one now…!

      And thank you, I’m so glad you like the Ways to Wear feature. It’s so important to encourage that these days #slowfashion x

  5. February 19, 2020 / 2:21 pm

    Most of the time I definitely lean towards the minimal/neutral side of things. Though in summertime I go a little more floaty/feminine/floral. It’s like I’m two different people/ But that’s okay. It keeps me from getting bored πŸ™‚

    Have you ever done a closet tour? I feel like your closet is the Mary Poppins Carpet Bag of closets…you just keep pulling out one wonderful item after another to create interesting outfits with!

    Bettye

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 4:04 pm

      Nope, never done a closet tour, Bettye… I guess probably because I’ve always had about 3-4 wardrobes in different rooms, with shoes in all sorts of places around the house. Since we moved to a bigger house in 2018 I’ve now got a dedicated dressing room so maybe it’s time to do one! x

  6. February 19, 2020 / 7:19 am

    I really admire your skill to tweak the outfit from an evening one to the daytime one just like this – it is always a challenge for me . Both versions look really nice πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing !

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 4:06 pm

      I find it a challenge too, Izzy – I hate carrying a ton of stuff to London so I’ve had to force myself to get creative with this sort of thing! Thank you so much x

  7. February 19, 2020 / 4:17 am

    I am loving these bold colors!

    I hope you have a fabulous week!

    Amber

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 4:06 pm

      I love them too, Amber πŸ˜‰ !! Thank you sweetie x

  8. February 18, 2020 / 6:47 pm

    Love Hawes Curtis shirts! I have a few and love them. I admire your packing skills, Catherine. Remember the Bath retreat with my big suitcase hehe!

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 4:07 pm

      I’ve just discovered them, Laurie… aren’t they fabulous?! And yes, I do remember, LOL!! ;D

  9. February 18, 2020 / 6:35 pm

    There’s something about the word “maximalism” that just makes me giggle with glee. You really do fuchsia and red together like it’s no biggie. I need to revisit this combo. It’s amazing. I really like that look where you’re mixing the two with the simple solid shawl poncho and the solid trousers – the colors do all the talking and it’s amazing.

    • February 18, 2020 / 7:42 pm

      Lots of wow here with the mixed prints shirt, cashmere poncho and two tone leopard coat. You make it all effortlessly harmonious.

      • Catherine
        Author
        February 24, 2020 / 4:09 pm

        Gail thank you so much – I haven’t really worn the leopard coat with anything other than neutrals or denim before so I’m glad I got out of that rut and added All The Brights!

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 4:08 pm

      Aww bless you Kristin, thank you – I just CANNOT do minimalism so “pile it all on and it’ll be fine” really is my mantra!! lol πŸ˜‰

  10. February 18, 2020 / 5:15 pm

    The master of the MAX in action!
    Love it, Catherine.
    BTW…. that orange poncho/scarf is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!
    Love the day look.
    Those M&S shoes are a winner and that coat/scarf/trouser colour combo gave me shivers… (in a good way!!)
    Fabulous.
    XXX

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 18, 2020 / 5:26 pm

      I have to admit I haven’t worn the poncho as much as I should, Sam… I had the idea to wear it as a scarf as well and suddenly it’s so much more versatile!!

      Thanks hon xoxo

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