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Summer Dressing Outfit: Boho Embroidered Loose Tunic Top, Multicoloured Patterned Wide Leg Pants, Olive Green Suede Slouch Bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 50 Fashion & Style

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again… Is there anything better than summer dressing?!

Not just warm weather dressing, but (especially for the type of icky, sweaty days we had so many of last month) I really mean comfy dressing, i.e. loose outfits. The thought of wearing skinny jeans and a restrictive top in the heat of summer leaves me feeling a bit panic-stricken.

I love the simplicity of getting dressed in the summer: throw on your main piece(s), add shoes and you’re ready to go. But me being me, I like to add one or two accessories to elevate it tenfold.

Want to see what I mean with an embroidered tunic top plus wide-leg trousers, and a maxi dress?

 

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This is a paid partnership with Afibel. Full disclosure

 

Summer Dressing Outfit: Boho Embroidered Loose Tunic Top, Multicoloured Patterned Wide Leg Pants, Olive Green Suede Slouch Bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 50 Fashion & Style

I’ve partnered with French brand Afibel to bring you two outfits styled from three main pieces that’ll meet all my loose summer dressing needs. I LOVE me a great print and I LOVE me some comfy dressing. I don’t want to feel restricted in the summer – who enjoys heavy denim wrapped around their thighs at this time of year?!

First up is this boho-inspired embroidered tunic top and patterned wide-leg trousers. On the very first day I wore them out, I was stopped in the supermarket and complimented on the trousers. She desperately wanted to know where they were from as she loved the multi-coloured pattern and the wide cut. She also discretely asked if the waistband was elasticated… it was a resounding Yes, thank goodness! from me.

This was a woman after my own loose-outfits-in-the-summer heart.

I went along with the easy/relaxed style of these two pieces by adding a straw trilby hat, ombre aviators, gold jewellery, a slouchy suede bag (so many colours in the trousers mean your accessories can really be any colour) and chunky buckled sandals.

Summer Dressing Outfit: Boho Embroidered Loose Tunic Top, Multicoloured Patterned Wide Leg Pants, Olive Green Suede Slouch Bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 50 Fashion & Style
Summer Dressing Outfit: Boho Embroidered Loose Tunic Top, Multicoloured Patterned Wide Leg Pants, Olive Green Suede Slouch Bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 50 Fashion & Style

I’ve always had a hankering for these 70s-style seersucker tops: they scream summer to me. In fact I don’t think the two pieces have even been hung in my wardrobe yet as they’ve been worn on repeat as soon as they’ve been washed and laundered, I love them that much!

Two simple separates + a few accessories = a loose, stylish summer outfit.

Summer Dressing Outfit: Boho Embroidered Loose Tunic Top, Multicoloured Patterned Wide Leg Pants, Olive Green Suede Slouch Bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 50 Fashion & Style

As a new-to-me brand I’m super impressed with the quality of the pieces I have, which brings me to the second outfit…

The safari print maxi dress. Ohhhhh, this print is ALSO The Bomb.

 

Maxi dress: a safari print of dreams

As if the pattern of the trousers wasn’t enough, of course I had to have MORE pattern. A maxi dress (or any summer dress) is the easiest thing to throw on in warm weather. If you’re in a hurry, you can literally add nothing more than shoes and you are ready to go.

I, however, always like to add a little more.

Summer Dressing Outfit: Safarai Print Maxi Dress, Sloucy Brown Coverup, Olive shoulder Bag with Gold Chain, Black Flatform Sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 50 Fashion & Style

To be honest, with this fabulous print in every [warm – my favourite] colour, I didn’t want anything to “fight” too much with the print. Whether you’re wearing this on holiday or in a cooler British summer(!), a loose coverup is wise for the evenings as I’ve done here with a (very old) neutral-coloured floppy knit.

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I did originally add a big chunky chain necklace but it didn’t need it – this indeed did fight with the neckline and the print. Sometimes simpler IS better, even for me.

The cut is just right: not too low on the bust and the cleverest gathered/wrap-over design under the bust. My bag echoes those gathers and has a little bling, and the sandals are black to bookend the matt black cat eye sunglasses. And I’m always happier with a longer-length dress: I’m 5’7″ and it skims my ankles just in the right place.

 

Afibel the brand

One other VERY important factor to mention about Afibel is their inclusivity: clothes come in sizes [UK] 6-34 and always have done since their launch in 1954. Many of the clothes are shown on models in sizes 18-20 for example, not just the smaller sizes, so there’s no wondering “Yes but what will this look like on me?” – top marks to them for that.

 

Have a scroll through and tell me which type of look – top and trousers or dress – is your favourite for summer?

 

Thanks for reading and supporting the brands that support me!

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Summer Dressing Outfit: Safarai Print Maxi Dress, Sloucy Brown Coverup, Olive shoulder Bag with Gold Chain, Black Flatform Sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 50 Fashion & Style
Summer Dressing Outfit: Safarai Print Maxi Dress, Sloucy Brown Coverup, Olive shoulder Bag with Gold Chain, Black Flatform Sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 50 Fashion & Style
Summer Dressing Outfit: Safarai Print Maxi Dress, Sloucy Brown Coverup, Olive shoulder Bag with Gold Chain, Black Flatform Sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 50 Fashion & Style

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16 Comments

  1. 5 August 2023 / 11:35 pm

    Two fabulous summer outfits! I love the relaxed, 70s boho vibe of the top and trousers, and the dress is gorgeous, I love the print! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      6 August 2023 / 5:07 pm

      Thanks Emma! They’re all sorts of summer fabulousness, aren’t they 😉

  2. 2 August 2023 / 7:40 pm

    That dress is so pretty and I love it! I also like anything with embroidery so I like that first outfit a lot too. Both great pieces!

    • Catherine
      Author
      2 August 2023 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks Mireille – I love the 70s vibe that those embroidered seersucker tops give…!

  3. Lizzie
    31 July 2023 / 8:11 pm

    Hello Catherine! Just catching up on your new posts and wanted to say, firstly: so lovely to have you back! And secondly: these outfits are fab & I have just spent a happy ten minutes browsing the Afibel website. I’m aaaallll about the stretchy waistbands these days… and the prints are so uplifting. That peacock print dress on the website! Lizzie x

    • Catherine
      Author
      1 August 2023 / 12:46 pm

      So glad you loved the Afibel website Lizzie – and yes to elasticated waistbands!! Thank you my lovely xx

  4. Sarah Clarke
    29 July 2023 / 8:56 am

    A new to me brand too, but I will definitely check it out as I am tired of brands who only show slim/tall models. You look really fab, that dress is especially fantastic!

    • Catherine
      Author
      29 July 2023 / 11:35 am

      Thank you Sarah, and yes I agree that it’s fabulous seeing the clothes on regular-size women!

  5. 29 July 2023 / 8:35 am

    I love that dress. The lenght, the print, the colours! It’s beautiful! Summer dressing is so much more feminine.

    • Catherine
      Author
      29 July 2023 / 11:35 am

      I think it would suit you beautifully, Nancy…! Thanks my lovely x

  6. Mary Katherine
    28 July 2023 / 5:50 pm

    Also – KUDOS to Afibel for showing “real” women models – age- and size-inclusive! I may buy something from them just for that…

    • Catherine
      Author
      28 July 2023 / 6:20 pm

      My sentiments exactly! I love how you don’t have to wonder what an item will look like on a larger/curvier/older woman…!

  7. 28 July 2023 / 5:41 pm

    How gorgeous are both of these!?! The dress is the real star, though – I love that clever bit wrapping around the bodice – would be kind to this girl with big “girls”. The whole vibe is kind of Out of Africa meets 70’s Street Style? Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Catherine
      Author
      28 July 2023 / 6:19 pm

      Thanks MK – that under-bust wrap bit is so clever, isn’t it?! Love your description of the dress, and you knowwww how I love me a bit of 70s styling…! 😉

  8. 28 July 2023 / 2:38 pm

    I haven’t heard of Afibel, but will definitely check them out, as this is my kind of style. The colours of the print on the dress and trousers are stunning and you wear them so well.
    Alison xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      28 July 2023 / 5:29 pm

      Oh Alison I could definitely imagine you in BOTH these outfits, you’d look stunning in them! Thank you my lovely x

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