Four Transitional Season Ways to Wear One End of Summer Outfit #iwillwearwhatilike

Four Transitional Season Ways to Wear One End of Summer Outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style

Mid-September means autumn is fast approaching, so let’s do transitional season outfits.

That is, as much as I don’t want summer to end(!)

Something a bit different today in terms of format: Normally I focus on one outfit and shoot some ‘official’ outdoor photos. It’s hardly practical if you’re trying different things on and want to record them, so maybe these quick photos in my dressing room are a good way to see what works – and what maybe doesn’t.

(Let me know your thoughts and if you like the format…!)

I’ve taken one basic end of summer outfit made of two new pieces I bought in the summer sales and switched up belts, shoes and jackets. So when the temperatures drop I can now see what the outfit looks like when I have to throw on a jacket, and which combinations I like the most.


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The main picture above and this one below show the ivory sleeveless drape neck top and the warm green wide leg trousers, both of which I’m TOTALLY into right now:

Four Transitional Season Ways to Wear One End of Summer Outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style

And the best news is that they’re both still available; the trousers are from French Connection and a steal at only £30 (down from £75).

As for the top, I’ve wanted a top in this drape-neck, sleeveless style for absolutely bloomin’ ages… since I wore a similar style one in lime green at a photo shoot in about 2014, in fact. I was convinced that the style wouldn’t suit my square shoulders, long arms and ample bosom, but the stylist (luckily) persuaded me otherwise.

I just think this neckline is so elegant and – dare I say it – something that I can say“This!” in answer to the eternal style question of WWGKW (what would Grace Kelly wear).

ANYTHING I think Grace Kelly might wear gets a big style tick in my box.


Shop the basics:


That’s all there is to this post, really: a try-on session for some summer-to-autumn outfits. Right now we’re having an Indian Summer in the UK (it nearly ALWAYS happens in the middle of September), so the nice light top and flappy trousers are perfect for a hot day and then a jacket will keep you warm as the temperature drops in the evening.

The three jackets I picked out are all old faves from my wardrobe and have been on rotation for many years. The outfits and the styling were all impromptu with things I pulled out my wardrobe – hope you like!


Which is your favourite version of this outfit? Comment below…!


Stay safe, XOXO

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Option 1: with a grid pane jacket

Four Transitional Season Ways to Wear One End of Summer Outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
Four Transitional Season Ways to Wear One End of Summer Outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
My black and white grid pane jacket comes out year after year after year. It goes with EVERYTHING.

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It’s actually a warm white with black checks, and the top is an ivory/warm white as well so it works so much better than stark cold white. Orange gives it the colour the outfit needs.

And next time I’ll actually roll up both sleeves of the jacket #eyeroll


Other black/white jackets that would also work:



Option 2: with a double-breasted peach blazer

Four Transitional Season Ways to Wear One End of Summer Outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
Four Transitional Season Ways to Wear One End of Summer Outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
The warm peach of the blazer works beautifully with the warm green of the trousers. It brings out the goldy-tone in the fabric.

I’m not sure whether to take the trousers up as they’re a little long, but then they work so well with my chunky white trainers I’m in two minds as to whether to change the length? I think maybe just over an inch or so is all they need to be shortened by…


Other peach/pink jackets that would also work:


Option 3: with a mint green suede biker jacket

Four Transitional Season Ways to Wear One End of Summer Outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
Four Transitional Season Ways to Wear One End of Summer Outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
Wow this jacket is SO old the brand (Gray & Osbourn) doesn’t even exist anymore… I’d almost forgotten I had it in fact (you can see me wearing it here with jeans a few years ago). Rather than a regular belt I tried a long neck scarf tied in a bow, and I picked out the navy blue in the pattern with my pointed Finery platforms.

I think this is my least favourite combination of the bunch as the jacket is a cold green and the trousers are a warm green so it’s not quite right. But it’s good to experiment and see what works.


Other green jackets (that would probably work better than mine):



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  1. September 24, 2020 / 2:05 pm

    Looooove this blazer.

    Purchased one similar not too long ago – always adds a pop of colour to my outfit!

  2. September 21, 2020 / 10:20 pm

    I like the format! I love color, so I am apt to pick with peach jacket with the smart trousers. I think they are all beautiful though. I love the color of the trousers as well as the jackets with your hair and complexion!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  3. September 20, 2020 / 3:26 pm

    You look amazing, these outfits are stunning!


    • Catherine
      September 21, 2020 / 12:54 pm

      Danielle thank you! x

  4. September 19, 2020 / 10:58 pm

    I love the trousers and top, so elegant! My favourite look is with the peach jacket, but they are all fabulous! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 11:32 pm

      Thanks Emma my lovely! x

  5. September 18, 2020 / 10:30 am

    The indoor pictures are just as fabulous, Catherine. And I hear you. Shooting different versions outside can be quite exhausting but much easier indoors. Go for it.

    The whole outfit is simply stunning. Love everything about it. Grace Kelly would be totally jealous 😉 xo Sabina

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 1:37 pm

      They ARE exhausting, Sabina!! Not sure I could go back to the days of taking several outfits in the car with me and doing quick changes, lol 🙁

      Thank you hon xx

  6. Erika
    September 17, 2020 / 6:36 pm

    Well for a start you look just great in every one of these looks….happy and healthy. So elegant but not in an intimidating way!!

    As for colour combinations and styles…I like the peach jacket and also the shoes (orange/coral) in the top photos. I get what you say about the green jacket being cool and looking ‘wrong’, but I’ve surprised myself by somehow really liking the whole look. …….thank you!!

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 1:38 pm

      Erika that’s really lovely of you, thank you!! Never thought of myself as elegant so that’s a wonderful compliment 😀

  7. Christine
    September 17, 2020 / 2:06 am

    Catherine – you are looking stunning & glowing with good health. The outfits look wonderful on you. I like them all but if I have to pick I like the basic by itself & then with the peach jacket. Well done.

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 1:39 pm

      Christine you’re such a love, thank you so much xoxo

  8. September 17, 2020 / 1:44 am

    I SO love that draped top. That neckline is just so elegant, especially with those super cool pants!! I like the grid pane jacket best, but then I am kind of into boyfriend blazers right now! Lol! You are looking good, Catherine!

    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 1:39 pm

      Thank you Darlene! Yes I agree about the neckline of the top, it’s one of those timeless styles, isn’t it…

  9. Lise
    September 16, 2020 / 5:16 pm

    The peach jacket outfit is my favourite. Fabulous outfit and love the colour scheme. I like the new format as well as looking at different styling options with one anchor piece – so helpful. I suggest you do hem these lovely trousers to a more practical length.

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 1:40 pm

      I agree about the peach being the best jacket with the trousers, Lise! And yes, now seeing the pictures the trousers do definitely need to be hemmed a bit. Thank you xx

  10. September 16, 2020 / 4:33 pm

    I’m voting for the top two looks. The 1st one *if* I have to narrow it down! The format is good!

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you Kimberly, so glad you like this new style of post! x

  11. September 16, 2020 / 4:03 pm

    you look so fabulous. Love all the looks but the peach I think is standoutish and then the black and white plaid.

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you so much lovely Linda xo

  12. September 16, 2020 / 2:37 pm

    OMG I’m DYING over Option 2 right now!! It’s freaking gorgeous!!
    I would totally wear it. And it looks so amazing on you. I do love that sleeveless stop on you – it’s perfect with your shoulders, Catherine! Can’t imagine why you would’ve thought it wouldn’t suit you.
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 1:43 pm

      Oh bless you lovely Suzy – thank you!! I do like my shoulders, but I always thought this style would make them look TOO square and then make my bust look EVEN bigger. It’s probably the draping that makes it work – and it goes to show that you should never follow style rules even for your shape (because that’s what I was doing avoiding this style)!! x

  13. September 16, 2020 / 12:04 pm

    Catherine, this outfit is so Grace Kelly! I love the elegance of the drapey pants and that beautiful drape neck top. All 3 jackets look so great with it, but I think my favorite is the grid print one! And how cool that you found that amazing mint moto jacket hiding in your closet.


    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 1:43 pm

      Being ANYTHING GK is a massive compliment, Shelbee!! Thank you <3 xxxxxx

  14. September 16, 2020 / 4:41 am

    I know where you’re coming from, Catherine…I’m NEVER ready to let go of the summer either! That’s probably why I like the bare-shouldered look of your “basic” outfit the most; you look so glowy and sleek! But I will admit that the peach jacket is stunning with those olive-toned trousers…it’s not a colour I usually gravitate towards, but on you it’s beyond lovely! XO

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 11:33 pm

      Hehe I shall miss having bare shoulders in a few weeks, Monika…!! Thank you hon xoxo

  15. Liz P.
    September 16, 2020 / 4:11 am

    I have to add that the mint green jacket looks really good with your coloring. That jacket and blouse and sash belt with black pants or skirt would look very chic. (But that’s me with no imagination and always pairing everything with black pants or skirt.)

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2020 / 11:33 pm

      Thank you Liz! Funnily enough, I think I have no imagination by teaming orange with everything…!! 😉

  16. Liz P.
    September 16, 2020 / 3:50 am

    Catherine, you look mahvelous darling! Can’t wait to hear about how you slimmed down. (I stopped eating meat in March and have made a concerted effort to eat lots of fruits and vegetables daily. Would love to know what really worked for you.) You could get some modeling jobs!

    I really like the peach jacket for the color and the cut with the pants. This is a good reminder to start wearing my blazers and jackets with sleeveless tops. I have a lot of colorful suits and I never think to just pop on one of the jackets.

    I really like the orange belt with the gold buckle. It reminds me of the preppy interchangeable belt sets. The orange looks very chic.

    • Catherine
      September 21, 2020 / 3:13 pm

      Aww Liz thank you – strangely most of the jobs I get these days ARE “modelling” jobs… I say “modelling” because the traditional line between pro models and the average woman on the street these days is blurring; many brands are using bloggers to model for them which is fabulous I think. It means we get to see many more shapes, sizes and colours than we have seen in advertising and the media for years and years. So in no way am I saying I’m model material (far from it!!), but it does seem to be where I make most of my money these days strangely!

      As for the weight loss, I don’t follow any special diets and simply found the weak spots in my daily routine that prevented me losing it for so many years. A post IS in the pipeline, don’t worry! Thank you so much my lovely x

  17. September 16, 2020 / 3:44 am

    I’ve taken everything you said into consideration and my question is – Do you think it’s all about your self confidence growing? I mean I think you look amazing in every outfit but especially the first take, sleeveless. The one you thought you wouldn’t like before you tried it. I’ve been thinking about how we perceive ourselves based on images in the media. So when we ignore or reject those images, what we’re left with is just us, normal gorgeous women.

    • Catherine
      September 21, 2020 / 3:22 pm

      Oooooh a bit of Freudian analysis MT – I love it!!!! 😉 Do you know you might be right – what I think it actually is is my confidence growing because I’m feeling back to my old self again. It’s as if a little bit of the Catherine that loved clothes and putting outfits together died in me very gradually over the last five years, and I’ve now realised she’s back in my life and am enjoying having her back. But I’m definitely not one for comparing myself to images in the media: I compare myself to me, and how I know I feel [and look, which is the bonus of getting fit] when I’m at my strongest and fittest. My rejection has always been of a lazy slob of a person which is just reflected back in the mirror at me when I’m unfit and unhealthy, nothing to do with wanting to look like models or celebs who’ve had a ton of surgery…!

      Anyway enough of that psycho babble: thank you for those lovely compliments!! MUAH xoxo

  18. September 16, 2020 / 3:37 am

    I love all of these jacket options, but my favorite is the windowpane one!

    I hope you are having a great week!


  19. Rona
    September 16, 2020 / 2:19 am

    Gorgeous! Love the original look–I do so LOVE orange as a ‘neutral” pop! The windowpane and peach jackets are nice, and I agree, shorten the hem by a couple of inches. Did you think of topping it with a white or off-white Moto jacket and same boots, you know, kinda “rough up” the sweet girly drape a bit, with maybe a scarf for interest? You, BTW, look stunning. XOXO

  20. September 16, 2020 / 1:45 am

    Such a fun new post format! The peach blazer is my favorite, although I love the first look (without the blazer) too. Also, lady, your arms are looking ah-MAY-zing! Think I need to go back and read your fitness posts 😉
    Cheryl Shops

  21. Sue Dunlop
    September 16, 2020 / 1:35 am

    Catherine -so great to see you in outfits again. I like this dressing room idea with different combos – maybe a new regular segment?

    Great pants and top – love the slouchy look and so flattering. Thanks for the ideas!

  22. September 16, 2020 / 1:16 am

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  23. September 16, 2020 / 12:26 am

    Really fun format, Catherine! My favorite is option one, but option two is nice as well.


  24. September 16, 2020 / 12:15 am

    You look amazing Catherine! Love this whole transitional fall look!

    Thanks for the link-up!

  25. September 16, 2020 / 12:08 am

    Oh so pretty! I love that pop of color too! Fabulous! ~ Sherry

  26. Caroline
    September 15, 2020 / 9:37 pm

    Really like this. I think the top and jacket work well for video meetings from home too. Did the top fit true to size? I’m tempted but between sizes….

  27. Cathie
    September 15, 2020 / 9:33 pm

    Peach jacket makes you glow. You are looking so well. Love the dressing room shots, light is good so might be useful as you go into those grey days. Love the new format and bigger font too.

  28. September 15, 2020 / 9:07 pm

    You are rocking those pants! I just love each and every outfit you’ve put together!

  29. September 15, 2020 / 9:07 pm

    I adore the peach jacket version! And love the new format. Would love to know what kind of camera lens was used for these fab close-up, but full-length shots

  30. September 15, 2020 / 9:02 pm

    The peach blazer sure looks good with it but that summer look without a layer is so pretty!

  31. September 15, 2020 / 8:18 pm

    Peach with trainers. Honestly, you look like a supermodel in it. Throwaway chic.

  32. September 15, 2020 / 7:52 pm

    I love the third option! But also loving it with just the basic and without the jacket!

  33. September 15, 2020 / 7:41 pm

    I like the peach one best…… simplicity!

  34. September 15, 2020 / 7:31 pm

    I like the peach one most. Love the trousers but can you imagine me in them. Haha. They look gorgeous on you Catherine xx

  35. September 15, 2020 / 7:13 pm

    Wow!!! You look so toned and so very happy!!!! I love the format too. It’s easy to take inspo this way. I love how you’ve styled it with the peach jacket the most, but honestly love them all xxx

  36. September 15, 2020 / 7:03 pm

    Everything is perfect but I vote for the windowpane jacket as my absolute favourite.

  37. September 15, 2020 / 6:59 pm

    As Ashley said, SVELTE is the word, Catherine! They say dogs and their owners start to look alike, and Suki’s look sure suits you;) I have the same features that blouse compliments, and share the Grace Kelly-rule, so will be looking for something similar. I love all the outfits but the last one, and agree 100% on the 2 greens not working.
    I also like the dressing-room shots, because that’s exactly what I’m doing in front of my own closet and mirror, and that makes this exercise so instructional.
    Congrats on re-discovering your health, your fitness and your GLOW – it looks so good on you!

  38. September 15, 2020 / 6:58 pm

    Oh I think the peach jacket looks gorgeous on you and with those trousers. And the ivory top looks very elegant. I love this kind a,, Indian summer,,. I can’t get enough of the sun and eating outside!

  39. Pilar Collignon
    September 15, 2020 / 6:49 pm

    Love the first two outfits. The third one is not for me. I do think you could take up a little bit from the trousers because even though they look amazing slouching over the orange shoes, they will rip quickly (at least that’s what has happened to my too long for me jeans)
    I would’ve never thought of the orange and the peach!!! I suffer from a case of the matchies and end up matching everything all the time!!!
    Love to see you wearing fun color combos to inspire me!!!

  40. September 15, 2020 / 6:42 pm

    I’ve never worn this colour trousers before. They look great. I especially love them with your peach jacket. Thanks for hosting 🙂

  41. September 15, 2020 / 6:42 pm

    You’ve styled these trousers perfectly! And so loving the white sleeveless top! They look great with each jacket but my favorite is the pink!
    Thanks for sharing and for hosting the linkup!

  42. September 15, 2020 / 6:27 pm

    Well. . . Mrs Summers, Knock me down with a feather but you look very elegant and oh so svelte, congratulations gorgeous!

    Im now inspired to lose 2 stone and need to know more details, please tell us how much weighed then and now?

    …plus those brown trousers are fab!

    Yes I do Iike the format too…
    Ashley xxx
    PS I even remembered to add an actual link at the bottom of my post this time!

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