Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Can you believe it’s May already? That must mean warmer weather is just around the corner, right? Well, we live in hope. Even though the temperature has struggled to reach double figures lately, I’m ready to put away the big coats and jumpers. I’ve been opting for lighter coats, including this coffee-coloured one, to mix things up a bit. It doesn’t have any fastenings, just the belt, so it feels like a trench coat. The belt actually sits a little bit too high, almost over the pockets, so I’ll probably wear it without. I may even add a different belt, maybe a black one for contrast.

It’s not yet sandal weather so I teamed the flare hem skinny jeans and leopard print top with a pair of matching court shoes.

I’ve been looking for some new jeans, trying to move away from the usual skinny and boyfriend styles. I’ve tried a few pairs of flare/ruffle hem jeans but none suited me. Then I just happened to be browsing Asos (I say that like it was an accident, but it’s a frequent occurrence) when I spotted these black flare hem jeans.

I bought Isobel a pair of black flare hem leggings recently (and we do like to outfit twin sometimes) so I thought I’d give them a try…and I really like them. They have plenty of stretch so they fit snuggly on the leg, contrasting nicely with the cropped flare. Jeans like this are made for showing off shoes. Alas, it’s not sandal weather yet so I teamed the flare hem skinny jeans and leopard print top with a pair of matching leopard print court shoes.

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print, flower brooch

I chose a bag with some colour to break up the neutrals, along with a red bracelet and a brooch to add some texture.

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print, Aqua di Perla bag

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print, enamel cat earrings

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

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Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Flare hem skinny jeans from Asos | coat c/o PopJulia | Zara top (old, similar) | New look shoes (old, similar) | Aqua di Perla bag (old, similar)

Do you like to try different styles of denim or do you have a go-to style that you stick to?

Last week’s favourites were…

Suzy Turner, Vanity & Me and La Vida Dulce!

 


 

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Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear

Well, I’m just back from a wonderful holiday in Abu Dhabi and looking through the photos I can’t help but wish I was still there. All good things must come to an end though, and tomorrow I’ll face the mountain of washing and ironing! We did a few outfit photos during the holiday which I’ll be posting over the next week or so.

Styling a long silk gown with streetwear, such as a denim jacket or chambray shirt…is a great way to get more wear from such an elegant garment.

I have quite a few tried and tested pieces that I always take away with me, but this time I wanted to refresh my holiday wardrobe. Fortunately, I was kindly sent this gorgeous silk gown by NK iMode just in time for my trip. The Gypsy Diva Long Gown in Ultra Violet is such a beautiful design and colour. The light and luxurious silk makes it ideal for sultry climes, while the maxi length makes it surprisingly versatile. Styling a long silk gown with streetwear, such as a denim jacket or chambray shirt (as I’ve done here) is a great way to get more wear from such an elegant garment.

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

The front of the gown is quite low cut so layering a shirt over it was sensible in what’s still quite a conservative country. Generally in resorts in Abu Dhabi and Dubai there is much more freedom regarding clothing for women than in public places such as shopping malls. However, I prefer to cover my cleavage and legs (when I’m not by the pool) out of respect for the cultural conventions.

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

I just had to show you the stretch lace section at the back though. This stunning design feature makes the gown very comfortable and means it fits perfectly. Wearing a bra is out of the question but the straps are adjustable so the girls were safely contained!

How would you style this silk dress? Would you keep it elegant or opt for a streetwear look?

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

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Azuni bangle

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

Gypsy Diva Long Gown in Ultra Violet c/o NK iMode | Zara chambray shirt (old) | Les Nereides necklace | Azuni bracelet

Last week’s favourites were…

Linda of A Labour of FashionLife, Terri of MeadowTree Style and Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots!


 

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Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

I did my usual trick recently of going to TKMaxx to return something and coming out with more items than I went in with! I spotted these jeans prominently displayed at the end of the rail, and when I saw the price (£14.99) and the quality of the denim I had to try them on. I loved them so much I bought two pairs! They are by a label called Butt I Love You, and are supposed to make your derriere look perkier. Well, I don’t know if they do in my case, all I know is they fit well and feel great on.

They’re very stretchy and don’t bag or sag, even after I’ve been wearing them all day. Obviously I’m not the only one who loves them because they are sold out almost everywhere. I can’t even find them on the TKMaxx website, but I did manage to track down a lighter wash version here. Poshmark have some too.

I combined different shades of blue with a pop of yellow as it’s one of my favourite colour combinations, especially for Spring.

As the weather wasn’t freezing (for a change) I decided to debut these open toe ankle boots. I’ve been waiting ages to wear them; I bought them at the end of the summer and missed the boat with the weather. I think they’ll work well with skirts as well as jeans. I combined different shades of blue with a pop of yellow as it’s one of my favourite colour combinations, especially for Spring. The faux fur jacket keeps out the chill and the hat covers up my unruly hair!

I’m keeping it short and sweet this week as I’ve been burning the candle at both ends as well as the sides lately working and packing for holiday…by the time you read this I’ll be catching up on sleep by the pool 🙂

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

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Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

French Connection faux fur jacket | Butt I Love You jeans (TKMaxx, similar) | Warehouse jumper | H&M cap (similar) | Bright Bag yellow tote (similar) | Isabelle Jaquelin shoes (similar)

Last week’s favourites were…

Roxanne of Glass of Glam, Jodie, Nancy & Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style and Sheela of Sheela Goh!


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Dotty For Polka Dots 'Style Not Age' March Challenge

You might find it hard to believe, but I found the Dotty For Polka Dots ‘Style Not Age’ March challenge a bit tricky. It seems that despite the ridiculous amount of clothes I have, hardly any are polka dot print. In fact I could only think of three such items off the top of my head, and I’m wearing two of them. After a thorough search of the wardrobe and drawers I realised that I have a few tops with a very subtle polka dot print…a bit too subtle for this challenge. So I pulled out a pair of my favourite trousers.

The outfit needed a blast of colour, and my fitted yellow coat from the-Bias-Cut.com worked perfectly.

Generally when I think of wearing a polka dot print, it’s usually either a top or dress. But these trousers from Finery really caught my eye when I saw them heavily discounted at Secret Sales last year. The micro dot print is actually quite difficult to photograph unless close up. On the full length shots they tend to create a strobe effect. Because the dots are so small they go with almost anything. Last time I wore them I patterned mixed with a floral print top. This time I doubled up on the micro dots with a really old top from New Look that has a dotty chiffon yoke and short sleeves. The outfit needed a blast of colour, and my fitted yellow coat from the-Bias-Cut.com worked perfectly.

Dotty For Polka Dots 'Style Not Age' March Challenge

These shoes from Calla are designed specifically for people who have bunions, and they really are incredibly comfortable.

I bought this gorgeous coat when I met Jacynth (founder of the-Bias-Cut.com) last year and it’s one of my favourite coats. I love the unusual asymmetric front and brass top button. It also has the most exquisite bright red lining. I added touches of animal print with the leopard print bag and snakeprint strap on my shoes. I’ve been suffering with foot problems for quite a while now, the most recent being a suspected hairline fracture. My bunions have been getting gradually worse and now limit my choice of footwear. These shoes from Calla are designed specifically for people who have bunions, and they really are incredibly comfortable.  The double strap ensures they are secure on my feet, while the wide fitting means there is no pinching or rubbing.

Calla Emma shoes

Calla Shoes specialises in stylish, heeled footwear that’s comfortable for women with bunions. The brand is the brainchild of owner of Jennifer Bailey, herself a bunion sufferer. Jennifer made it her mission to design a range of shoes which not only comfortably supports the bunion but are also stylish and elegant. These shoes literally had my name all over them…they’re called the “Emma” shoe!

Dotty For Polka Dots 'Style Not Age' March Challenge

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Dotty For Polka Dots 'Style Not Age' March Challenge
Dotty For Polka Dots 'Style Not Age' March Challenge

Dotty For Polka Dots 'Style Not Age' March Challenge

Dotty For Polka Dots 'Style Not Age' March Challenge

Dotty For Polka Dots 'Style Not Age' March Challenge

Emile Vidal Carr coat | Finery trousers (similar) | New Look top (old) | Emma shoes c/o Calla | bag bought in France

Let’s see how Jacqui, Hilda and Anna from the Style not Age group have styled their polka dots…

Jacqui is looking lovely in mustard culottes and a yellow spotty top…such a gorgeous colour palette!

Anna is also rocking culottes, with a pair of fabulous red sock boots and polka dot shirt!

 Hilda has layered a burgundy peplum jumper over a classic black and white polka dot dress from one of my favourite labels.
Are you a fan of polka dot prints? Would you mix it with another print? Don’t forget to pop back for tomorrow’s link up 🙂
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fun with fur from the new style not age group, Laura Ashley grey knit dress, River Island faux fur collar

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I’m just back from spending a few days at my mum’s in the East of England. I was definitely feeling the Siberian blast there, especially with no central heating! Given the weather conditions it seems fitting to feature Fun With Fur from the new Style Not Age group for today’s post.

We’re kicking it off with Hilda’s choice of “fun with fur” – rather appropriate given the weather!

I’m delighted to be a member of this group of midlife bloggers, along with Jacqui, Hilda and Anna. The group, which was previously known as the 5Over50 Collective, has been rebranded after the departure of Gail and Laurie, and is now being led by Jacqui. Every month one of us will pick a theme for us to style in our own individual way. We’re kicking it off with Hilda’s choice of “fun with fur” – rather appropriate given the weather!

The name of the group conveys our collective attitude perfectly: style matters, age does not! We have all hit our sartorial stride in midlife and are enjoying fashion more than ever.

fun with fur from the new style not age group, Laura Ashley grey knit dress, River Island faux fur collar

This collar is the perfect replacement for a necklace; the burgundy compliments the grey dress, and it keeps my neck warm.

I had no shortage of choice for this “fun with fur” theme as I have several faux fur coats and scarves. When I raided my stash of winter accessories I found three faux fur collars that I’d bought from River Island in sale a couple of years ago. They were all unworn, with the tags still attached. This burgundy one was just what I needed with this grey knit dress. I’d tried various necklaces but couldn’t find quite the right look. This collar is the perfect replacement for a necklace; the burgundy compliments the grey dress, and it keeps my neck warm. Plus, it has jewel embellishments that look like brooches 🙂

fun with fur from the new style not age group, Laura Ashley grey knit dress, River Island faux fur collar

I’m a big fan of jumper dresses, and while I usually prefer big chunky knits, it’s nice to have a more fitted style.

I bought the grey knit dress form Laura Ashley a few weeks ago at half price. I’m a big fan of jumper dresses, and while I usually prefer big chunky knits, it’s nice to have a more fitted style. It contains cashmere so it’s beautifully soft. My boots are really old – I bought them for £10 at least a decade ago. They certainly don’t owe me anything! I almost opted for my burgundy crossbody bag but thought it was too matchy-matchy. When stuck for inspiration, try leopard print. It never lets me down.

fun with fur from the new style not age group, Laura Ashley grey knit dress, River Island faux fur collar

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Here’s what my three blogger pals chose for their “fun with fur” outfit:

Jacqui is wearing a beautiful cobalt blue dress and faux fur gilet. I love those leopard print shoes…looking very chic against the graffiti wall!

Jacqui Mumma B Stylish

Hilda is keeping warm in a gorgeous faux fur hat…ideal for keeping that Siberian blast at bay.

Over the Hilda

Anna has layered a faux fur-lined coat over a stunning floral print maxi dress. Those funky boots finish off the look perfectly!

Anna's Island Style

I hope you enjoyed this first instalment of Fun With Fur from the Style Not Age group! The weather’s set to become even colder over the next few days so I think I’ll be wrapping up warm in one of my faux fur coats!

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