Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes

Welcome to the monthly edition of Match Made in Seven! We are an international group of fashion bloggers who meet once a month. One of us chooses a theme in turn, and that can be anything. A book, music, a color, a movie –  and then we style an outfit based on that theme. This month it was my turn to choose, and I decided to push us all way out of our comfort zones with neon!

Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes

You’ve probably seen neon appearing in the shops again recently, and also in street style photos. Love it or loathe it, it’s back. Only this time it’s not so “in your face” as the 80s. I remember wearing mismatched neon towelling socks as a child. The 80s was not a good decade for fashion!

You don’t have to dress head to toe in retina-scorching fluorescent shades. Just a few neon accessories teamed with a neutral outfit can make an impact.

But if you shudder at the thought of wearing neon, fear not. You don’t have to dress head to toe in retina-scorching fluorescent shades. Just a few neon accessories teamed with a neutral outfit can make an impact. Me, I’m more a “go hard or go home” kinda gal. Well, strictly speaking I was at home when we took these photos, but you get my drift 😉

I searched high and low for the perfect neon roll neck jumper and found exactly what I wanted at New Look. I ordered a size 10 and it was a bit snug, so I sized up to a 12 which fits more comfortably. Sometimes ribbed knits can size small. Partly because I’m indecisive (and also because they were on sale) I also ordered it in pink, which I’ll feature very soon in another post.

Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes

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Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes, Skinny Dip faux fur flamingo round bag

The inspiration for this outfit actually came from Pinterest (I have a board dedicated to neon). My M&S culottes are a couple of years old now, but I’ve linked to some alternatives in the widget. I was going to add a blue bag (just like the Pinterest outfit) but on second thoughts it was a bit too much. Instead I opted for this fun flamingo bag from Skinny Dip. It’s not very practical on account of the shape, and it’s virtually impossible to get into it. But the novelty factor more than makes up for all that.

Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes

The neon print of the shoes bring the pink and yellow together nicely. I used to wear these shoes a lot for work, but I find them a bit too hard on my feet now to wear all day.

I added some bright pink earrings and hot pink lipstick to complete the look!

Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes

New Look jumper | M&S culottes (old, similar) | Carvela shoes (old) | Skinny Dip bag (similar) | Moschino sunglasses | Asos earrings

SO THAT’S THE SECOND INSTALLMENT FROM THE MATCH MADE IN SEVEN COLLECTIVE. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT HOW THE OTHER LADIES ARE WEARING NEON!

Debbie of https://www.debbiestyleslife.com/

Darlene of https://aquamarinastyle.com/

Sonja of https://www.yustsome.nl/

Bettye of https://fashionschlub.com/

Anna of https://www.muttonstyle.com/

Nancy of https://www.nancysfashionstyle.com

 

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Style Not Age Spring Greens, Laura Ashley green coat, Pia flower brooch, Frontrow coated skinny jeans

Well it certainly feels like Spring, even if officially we’re not quite there yet. In meteorological terms (that’s as hard to say as it is spell!) March 1st is the start of Spring, but the trees and plants have other ideas. I woke up this morning to a tree in beautiful blossom but frost on the rooftops. These photos were taken in my mum’s garden by my little blog assistant, Isobel. Always super keen to help, she insists on getting my clothes ready and folding them up afterwards…so sweet 🙂 We had a lovely few days in Cambridgeshire, it always goes far too quickly.

I love wearing green because it’s such a calming, balancing colour, and it compliments red hair.

It was almost as if Jacqui knew what lovely, unseasonable weather we’d be having when she chose Spring Greens for this month’s Style Not Age theme. I love wearing green because it’s such a calming, balancing colour, and it compliments red hair. While I was at my mum’s I saw my regular hairdresser and had a couple of inches chopped off, which got rid of most of the heat damaged hair. I think I prefer it shorter actually, it’s much easier to manage.

I wore this coat two years ago this month, with the same brooch, but with a brown skirt and boots. This time I decided to add yellow accents which pick up on the print in this fitted blouse. Both the coat and blouse are charity shop purchases. I bought the Hawes & Curtis blouse along with two others in the same style late last year (you may remember I wore one of the others with the Pom Amsterdam jacket). They cost £3.75 each…what a bargain!

Style Not Age Spring Greens, Laura Ashley green coat, Pia flower brooch, Frontrow coated skinny jeans

Style Not Age Spring Greens, Laura Ashley green coat, Pia flower brooch, Frontrow coated skinny jeans

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Style Not Age Spring Greens, Laura Ashley green coat, Pia flower brooch, Frontrow coated skinny jeans

Style Not Age Spring Greens, Laura Ashley green coat, Pia flower brooch

Style Not Age Spring Greens, Laura Ashley green coat, Pia flower brooch, Frontrow coated skinny jeans, Hawes & Curtis blouse

Style Not Age Spring Greens, Hawes & Curtis blouse, Frontrow coated skinny jeans, Hawes & Curtis blouse

Style Not Age Spring Greens, Hawes & Curtis blouse, Frontrow coated skinny jeans, Hawes & Curtis blouse

Laura Ashley coat (charity shop, similar) | Hawes & Curtis blouse (charity shop, similar) | Frontrow skinny jeans (from Silkfred, similar) | M&S shoes (similar) | Oasis velvet bag | Pia flower brooch

 

Let’s see how my Style Not Age friends are wearing their Spring Greens…

Hilda is also wearing a green coat and skinny jeans…great minds think alike! You can find out more at Over the Hilda.

I’m in love with everything Anna is wearing, especially the skirt. I would never have thought to put all of these pieces together but it works beautifully. See more over at Anna’s Island Style.

Jacqui is ready for the new season in a pretty floral print dress from Next. Head over to Mummabstylish for all the details.

So that’s how we’ve styled our Spring Greens, and now we’re all ready for the new season! How are you preparing your wardrobe for Spring? I skipped yesterday’s link up post due to being away but I hope you can stop by for tomorrow’s Style With a Smile link up 🙂

 

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Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

During my recent Asos shopping spree when I bought the multi-coloured faux fur coat, I did purchase something a little more “sensible” too. Straight or flared leg trousers are wardrobe essentials for me. I have lots of cropped peg leg trousers, which are great for Summer, but not brilliant for colder weather, unless you wear with sock boots.

I teamed these classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat for a simple two-colour outfit.

I’d had my eye on these Finery flared trousers for a while and was contemplating ordering them from their website. They were reduced to £44, but then I found them at Asos marked down to £32. Well, at less than half price I had to order them. I have a few pieces from Finery (including this shirt dress) and have always been very impressed with the quality.

I teamed these classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat for a simple two-colour outfit. Often I prefer to add a third colour, but I didn’t want to dilute the impact of the navy and red. The flared sleeves of the jumper have black edging and the earring tassels are also black, so strictly speaking there is a third colour, not that you’d notice immediately.

Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

This a typical work outfit for me: comfortable, stylish and warm. I usually wear a baker boy cap because it’s so windy where I work that an umbrella isn’t an option. They’re easy to carry in my bag and pop on when I’m going outside. But I think a wide brim hat looks better with this outfit, balancing out the flared trousers. I may wear hats less frequently when I’ve had my hair cut on Thursday…seriously, I’m counting the hours! I’ll be heading down to stay with my mum for a few days and let my regular hairdresser pick the bones out of the mess caused by my straighteners. I’m at the point where I don’t care about having it chopped off, I just want the damaged hair gone. Watch this space!

Are you a fan of this classic colour combination?

Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

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Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat, Laura Ashley navy tassel bag

Navy Warehouse pointelle jumper

Finery navy trousers, Warehouse pointelle sweater, Laura Ashley navy tassel bag

Finery navy trousers, Warehouse pointelle sweater, Laura Ashley navy tassel bag

Finery trousers ( now reduced to £32) | Warehouse jumper (similar) | Laura Ashley bag (similar) | Wallis red coat (old, similar) Zara hat (similar) | Marks & Spencer ankle boots (similar) | Dark Horse Ornament earrings (from the-Bias-Cut.com)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Terri of MeadowTree Style, Darlene of Aquamarina Style and Alicia of Between the Pearls!

 

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Valentine's lunch date outfits, Asos faux fur coat, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

One benefit of working in the same place as Pete is that we regularly get to meet for coffee or have lunch together. If we didn’t make the most of these opportunities we’d see each other a lot less with us both working shifts. Occassionally we get to car share too, which keeps travel costs down and helps the environment: win win! It also means I can pester him to take photos 😉 As it’s a special occasion I persuaded him to feature in this Valentine’s lunch date outfits post.

With Valentine’s Day falling in the week it makes more sense to make a lunch date of it.

We rarely go out in the evening due to working patterns and childcare. But to be honest, I prefer to go out for lunch because I’m usually too tired to out at night (I know, I’m a party pooper!). With Valentine’s Day falling in the week it makes more sense to make a lunch date of it.  Luckily we have plenty of options close by work that cater for both our preferences…I’ve sussed out most of them for the vegan options 😉

Valentine's lunch date outfits, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

Pete isn’t one for dressing up (he won’t mind me saying that!) so he usually wears jeans and trainers for work. Thankfully there’s no dress code so we can wear whatever we want. He did make the effort with his footwear though and wore shoes for a change. Pete doesn’t like to spend a lot of money on clothes (ahem, unlike me!) so finding good quality jeans at a reasonable price point is important. These V by Very straight fit jeans are great value for only £35. They contain 2% elastane, making them really comfortable, especially when you’re sitting for most of the day. The only improvement would be to make the belt loop a little wider as it doesn’t seem to be a standard fit. As well as their own range of denim, Very also sell classic names like Levi’s and Wrangler.

Valentine's lunch date outfits, Asos faux fur coat

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The statement coat

Working a ten hour shift means I also have to dress comfortably, and it doesn’t get more comfy than a jumper dress. Teamed with thick tights and long boots, it also makes for a warm and cosy outfit, if a little bland…which is where a statement coat proves invaluable. You can put a coat like this on over the plainest outfit and still feel fabulous. To be honest, when I saw this faux fur coat online I wasn’t totally convinced. I’d been deliberating over several in the Asos sale, but I was drawn to the mix of colours and textures in this one. Once I put it on I was completely smitten! It’s one of those items of clothing that instantly lifts my mood and just makes me feel good. That’s how all clothes should be in my opinion! All hail the statement coat!

Are you going anywhere to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you have a special oufit for the occasion?

Valentine's lunch date outfits, Asos faux fur coat, Jennifer Hamley Model KT aubergine laptop bag

Valentine's lunch date outfits, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

Valentine's lunch date outfits, Asos faux fur coat

Asos faux fur coat | River Island jumper dress (similar) | Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Valentine's lunch date outfits, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

Valentine's lunch date outfits, Asos faux fur coat

Valentine's lunch date outfits, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

Valentine's lunch date outfits, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

V by Very jeans c/o | Berghaus fleece (previously seen here)

 

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French Connection Tartan jacket and check ankle boots

Where did the weekend go? I think I blinked and missed it. But then most weekends pass by in a flash when I’m not working. It was certainly busy, mostly due to taking Isobel to various activities. Plus she had her friend round for a sleepover…midnight feasts, making slime, you know how it goes! I remember how much fun it was having sleepovers at that age; now I have fun with fashion rather than staying up late and having pillow fights!

I certainly found a bargain with this French Connection tartan jacket…it cost all of £5, plus the postage was free too!

I’ve always loved a charity shop or eBay bargain, but I’m now trying harder than ever to make more environmentally friendly purchases. Of course, I’m still partial to a little Asos spree once in a while, but I’m thoroughly enjoying buying preloved clothes. Bagging a bargain and being eco-friendly is a winning combination. I certainly found a bargain with this French Connection tartan jacket…it cost all of £5, plus the postage was free too!

French Connection Tartan jacket and check ankle boots

My attention turned towards tartan while thinking about what to wear for the Match Made in Seven punk theme. A few months before, I’d had my eye on a tartan biker jacket on eBay, but I didn’t get round to buying it…and then it sold. So when Nancy announced punk as the group’s first theme I was kicking myself for not snapping it up. I looked for a tartan A line skirt instead but couldn’t find one in time. In the end I wore a Sex Pistols T-shirt, leather skirt and biker boots. But once I get an idea in my head I have to see it through, so I carried on searching.

I really like the unusual mix of orange, dark red, grey and black.

As luck would have it I found this French Connection tartan biker jacket with a starting bid of just a fiver. Nobody else bid on it so it was mine! I really like the unusual mix of orange, dark red, grey and black. It pairs well with my the check print ankle boots I bought in the January sales, and I had the perfect matching accessories with the orange bag, earrings and bracelet.  I think tartan/plaid might be my latest obsession!

Thanks so much for all of your kind comments about the theft of my foxy friends, I really appreciate every one of them. Still no news I’m afraid, but we’re trying to stay hopeful.

French Connection Tartan jacket and check ankle boots, Tibi black trousers

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River Island check boots

French Connection Tartan jacket, orange bag

French Connection Tartan jacket, Mango orange resin earrings

French Connection Tartan jacket, Mango orange resin earrings

Tartan jacket and check ankle boots

French Connection jacket (from eBay, similar) | Tibi trousers (old, similar) | River Island boots (similar) | Zara hat (old, similar) | Alexia bag (old, similar) | Mango earrings and bracelet

 

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