Slow Fashion: Mixing Your Existing Summer and Winter Prints #iwillwearwhatilike

How to Mix Summer and Winter Prints: Palm print cropped trousers, Prince of Wales check blazer, heels and longline roll neck sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style Over 40

With the importance of slow fashion at the moment, I’m looking to make the most out of my wardrobe every single day.

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To be honest, rewearing my clothes is something I’ve ALWAYS done in real life and on the blog (the latter of which is showing my IRL outfits anyway). Lately, however, I’ve tried to make more of a feature of the pieces I’m rewearing here on the blog. And from what you guys tell me, the 5 (or 4) Ways to Wear feature I feature at the end of my outfit posts are proving to be very popular.

This weekend I wanted to wear something a little 70s-inspired. I keep seeing outfits where there’s a belted roll neck (longline) sweater with a midi skirt/culottes and blazer, so that was my inspiration.

I based this outfit on that late 70s look, starting with the basics of the camel roll neck* and Prince of Wales check blazer (similar save, similar splurge). Sometimes I’m asked how I put together an outfit: the answer is usually “haphazardly”. As long as I have a starting point with a single piece or a look I want to recreate then the rest just follows. It’s usually a case of trial and error as I pull things out of my wardrobe and see what works.

Take this outfit, where I rewore my palm print, cropped trousers yet again:

 

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How to Mix Summer and Winter Prints: Palm print cropped trousers, Prince of Wales check blazer, heels and longline roll neck sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style Over 40

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Not only are the trousers proving to be very versatile despite it being a summer print (see the 4 Ways to Wear below), but the Prince of Wales check blazer (traditionally more of a winter print) goes with just about EVERYTHING. Putting the two together just seemed a natural choice.

The rest of the outfit was put together based on the colours in the trousers’ palm print. I ended up with a multitude of colours with a pink headband, blue tights, a brown snakeskin belt and terracotta heels. Like I spoke about in last week’s maximalist outfit, I just can’t help myself when deciding what accessories to add… I just Wear All The Things!

Mixed any summer and winter items lately? Found any unexpected pairings of pieces from different seasons that really work? Comment below…

XOXO

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How to Mix Summer and Winter Prints: Palm print cropped trousers, Prince of Wales check blazer, heels and longline roll neck sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style Over 40
How to Mix Summer and Winter Prints: Palm print cropped trousers, Prince of Wales check blazer, heels and longline roll neck sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style Over 40
How to Mix Summer and Winter Prints: Palm print cropped trousers, Prince of Wales check blazer, heels and longline roll neck sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style Over 40

Trousers: Mango (I love these)
Blazer: Zara AW17 (similar, so’s this one)
Sweater: JD Williams*
Heels: Next (similar)
Tights: Unknown (similar)
Belt: & Other Stories (similar)
Headband: Asos (similar)
Bag: Marks & Spencer
Earrings: Asos (love these)
Sunglasses: Mango (I ADORE these)

 

4 ways to wear cropped print trousers…

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

4 Ways to Wear Cropped, Palm Print Trousers | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style Over 40

Original posts: Top right / Bottom left / Bottom right

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How to Mix Summer and Winter Prints: Palm print cropped trousers, Prince of Wales check blazer, heels and longline roll neck sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, Style Over 40

27 Comments

  1. March 11, 2020 / 4:09 pm

    Hi Catherine
    Those are some fun and fashionable sunnies! ! I always wished I could just wear sunglasses but need a prescription. So many cool ones! I love the blazer very much, great colors in there. I have slowed down on buying January and Feb and will add some pieces for Spring. The cullotes are fun and unexpected with the blue tights, but eye catching!
    thanks for linking!
    jes sxx

  2. February 29, 2020 / 7:53 am

    I just love that you “wear all the things.” Maximalist. Perfect! The palm trousers are a lot of fun!

    Michelle,

    • Catherine
      Author
      March 2, 2020 / 10:01 am

      hehe thanks Michelle…! x

  3. February 27, 2020 / 7:25 pm

    Thank you for this post and all your repeat outfits Catherine. It’s Women like you that will normalize rewearing our clothes and loving them into a sustainable future xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      March 2, 2020 / 10:02 am

      Aww thanks MT – isn’t what we always did before Instagram came along and made everyone feel like they’re “meant” to wear new outfits every day (or, worse – just for the ‘Gram)…?!!!!

  4. February 26, 2020 / 9:38 pm

    Great options Catherine. Loving those cropped trousers.

    • Catherine
      Author
      March 2, 2020 / 10:03 am

      Thanks Hilda, they’re becoming a fave in my wardrobe x

  5. February 26, 2020 / 4:13 pm

    Hi Catherine – I discovered you via sweet Loree in Malta when she included us in her kind post recently!

    I’m from Torquay but have lived in the USA a looooong time! It’s still home though and I come back across the pond to visit every year. Seeing that you’re in Devon I just had to check your colorful, and really great, blog – will definitely keep in touch – to see stylish you and perhaps some photos from home!

    I love clothes and fashion – thanks to my late Mum who was a London-based dressmaker to the Royal family in the early 1930’s! She also made lovely clothes for me until she was in her 70’s – and of course taught me to sew my own from early childhood.

    Cheers – hope the rains quit there soon!
    Mary (North Carolina)

    • Catherine
      Author
      March 2, 2020 / 10:07 am

      Hi Mary from Down the Road!! Another coincidence – my maternal grandmother was also a dressmaker to the royal household; she taught my mum who then made me lots of my clothes all through my childhood and teens (she also made my [first wedding] wedding dress and jacket). I have the skills myself, but I just don’t do any dressmaking per se… my skills are only ever utilised when taking up hems or similar! 😉

      Lovely to e-meet you, so glad you’re enjoying the blog xoxo

  6. Mary Katherine
    February 26, 2020 / 1:56 pm

    This outfit just exudes confidence and creativity. This is a woman of substance, people!

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 26, 2020 / 2:11 pm

      Hehe that’s a fabulous description… thank you Mary Katherine!!!!!!!! XOXO

  7. February 26, 2020 / 5:43 am

    I’m loving the slow fashion trend – although I have to put most of my summer clothes away because I don’t have room for them. Maybe more storage solutions needed.

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 26, 2020 / 2:10 pm

      I don’t have room for them either, Gail (all but a few versatile summer pieces are currently packed away as they always are)… I barely have room for all the winter stuff – it’s so bulky!! 😉

      But I LIKE the changeover of new season clothes, it’s like having a whole new wardrobe #woop

  8. February 26, 2020 / 5:06 am

    Loving your print mixing here – and all of the ways that you’ve worn these pants!

    I hope you have a fabulous week!

    Amber

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 26, 2020 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you so much Amber! x

  9. February 25, 2020 / 8:44 pm

    I love it when you can wear one piece over and over in different ways. As always you give a masterclass on how to do it. And yes, I love your 4 (or 5) ways to wear… series. It really is so inspiring. Thank you as always for hosting the link up xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 25, 2020 / 8:51 pm

      Liz that’s wonderful of you to say, thank you so much! I think now more than ever we should be promoting our “rewears”…!

      • Catherine
        Author
        February 26, 2020 / 12:03 am

        Pleasure, Lafayne x

  10. February 25, 2020 / 7:52 pm

    Great look! Why limit our clothes by wearing them only one season. I also don’t have a winter and summer wardrobe. It all hangs together.

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 25, 2020 / 8:51 pm

      I would if I could, Nancy – there’s barely space in my dressing room for one season of clothes, let alone two!! 😉 Thank you x

  11. February 25, 2020 / 7:36 pm

    I have been wearing my summer skirts year round this year. They usually add a nice pop of color and layers make them weather appropriate.

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 25, 2020 / 8:52 pm

      It’s amazing how summer pieces can really work in the winter, isn’t Mireille..?!

  12. February 25, 2020 / 7:17 pm

    Cute, cute, cute, Catherine! I love the pattern mix and all the beautiful colors together! I rarely wear the same exact outfit twice but I do love remixing the pieces I own. I wore some cute outfits during my recent vacation that I didn’t take any photos of. I think I may restyle them now that I am home and take some outfit photos.

    Shelbee

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 25, 2020 / 7:28 pm

      Shelbee thank you – remixing your existing pieces is sometimes far more exciting than buying new I find!

  13. jodie filogomo
    February 25, 2020 / 7:08 pm

    I’m all about wearing our items all year long like this. You’ve reminded me to pull out my culottes!!
    XOOX
    Jodie

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

      Yes, Jodie!! x

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