Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

You must all know by now how much I love picking up bargains in charity shops and on eBay. On a recent charity shop spree (when I bought this check jacket amongst other things) I found this Anne Klein dress for less than a fiver. To be precise it cost me £4.50. I didn’t even try it on, I just did my usual rough size check by holding it up across my chest; I know if it fits there it’s a deal. I only ever try jackets and coats on in charity shops, everything else is a gamble.

To make it season-appropriate I opted for navy tights and ankle boots, but added an orange bag and cuff for a shot of bright colour.

Thankfully the fabric is stretchy and slinky so I didn’t need to worry about the sleeves. When I tried it on at home I couldn’t have been happier with the fit. The gathered front allows the dress to drape flatteringly over the midsection, while the false crossover creates definition at the sides. The three-colour print means I can pick out any of these in my accessories. To make it season-appropriate I opted for navy tights and ankle boots, but added an orange bag and cuff for a shot of bright colour. In warmer weather I would wear the dress with either orange sandals or pale grey court shoes and bag for a more neutral theme.

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

I didn’t really need to do any research to know that finding an Anne Klein dress for less than a fiver is another great peachy style steal!

Although I’d heard of Anne Klein from reading other blogs I’d never bought anything from the brand before. As it wasn’t a label on my radar I had no idea about the price point, but I could judge the quality from feeling the fabric and looking at the finish. I didn’t really need to do any research to know that bagging an Anne Klein dress for less than a fiver is another great peachy style steal! I can’t find this dress online so I’ve featured some similar ones in the widget.

Do you ever buy things in store without trying them on? It’s link up day so scroll down to share your outfits!

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

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Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver orange leather bag Mango orange cuff

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver orange leather bag

Anne Klein dress from charity shop | leather bag (old, similar) | Marks and Spencer ankle boots (old, similar) | Wallis gold necklace (old) | Asos sunglasses (old) | Mango cuff

Last week’s favourites were…

SWAS week 45 faves

Joi of In My Joi with her fabulous sparkly trousers, Tina of Tina’s Pink Friday wearing matching taxi bag and sweater, and Mel of Mom With Style looking stunning for her 30th birthday celebrations!


 

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Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

Did you all enjoy the fireworks over the weekend? We went over to a friend’s house for a bonfire and BBQ on Sunday evening. Thankfully the weather didn’t let us down, but boy was it cold! This isn’t my favourite time of year, although it does mean we get to wear gorgeous coats. I’ve actually been waiting to wear this bright yellow coat for about six months – since I bought it back in the Spring when I was invited to meet Jacynth, founder of The Bias Cut.

The attention to detail is what makes this bright yellow coat really unique…

It immediately caught my eye while I was looking through the clothes on the rails. As soon as I tried it on I was smitten. The asymmetric front gives a really modern twist on a classic style. The attention to detail is what makes this bright yellow coat really unique, such as the gold top button and the stunning deep red lining. The fact that it was on sale seemed to be a sign that it was meant to be!

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

I originally planned to work the deep red shade of the coat’s lining into my outfit, but on this occasion I played it safe with navy. This was partly due to having had a lot of rain overnight and the ground was sodden. I didn’t want to ruin any heels, so I chose my navy cone heel ankle boots and a pair of Reiss trousers that were hidden away in my wardrobe. As with all Reiss trousers, they are very long, and although I’m not exactly short (5’7″) they almost cover my feet. They’re fine with a high heel but I wear more mid heel shoes and boots now, so I’d better learn to use that sewing machine!

I’ve come to appreciate how important it is to invest in good quality clothes and accessories; they last a lifetime and always make you feel good.

You all know how I like to bring in a third colour to my outfits, so I opted for the gorgeous zip off clutch from my aubergine Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag (you can see it in more detail here). It adds just the right amount of accent colour, as well as matching the coat in the style stakes. I’ve come to appreciate how important it is to invest in good quality clothes and accessories; they last a lifetime and always make you feel good.

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

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Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

Ellis Coat from The Bias Cut (still in sale but only available in a size 8, so I’ve selected alternatives in the widget) | Reiss pinstipe trousers (old, similar) | navy turtle neck from TKMaxx (similar) | sunglasses from Asos (old) | zip off clutch from the Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag zip off clutch

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr Ellis coat

Rewind to the day I bought the coat…

It was a beautiful warm Spring day and I was actually the first to arrive…Jacynth’s dad was still vacuuming! Its not like me to be early! Jacynth welcomed me into the beautiful family home in Lewisham and I was introduced to her family, along with Joanna Zara who makes the most fabulous hats and headpieces (see her Instagram here).

What I love most about blogger meet ups and press events is that you never know who you’re going to bump into.

Before long more people arrived, including a familiar face…Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen blog! We first met at the 3040 Blogger Meet almost a year earlier, and we hit it off straight away. It was so lovely to see Jacqueline again – in fact after we left Jacynth’s we went for a cheeky glass of wine at Waterloo station before I got my train back to Cheshire. 😉 What I love most about blogger meet ups and press events is that you never know who you’re going to bump into.

The online boutique sources the most stylish, contemporary labels made to high manufacturing and ethical standards.

Below are a few photos of the clothes and accessories available at The Bias Cut.  Although only in her 20s, Jacynth was inspired to start the company, which celebrates style at any age, because of her mum’s frustration with clothes shopping. The Bias Cut’s mission is to tackle ageism and offer women of all ages beautiful and modern pieces. The online boutique sources the most stylish, contemporary labels made to high manufacturing and ethical standards. You can read more about The Bias Cut here, and some of you may already be members of Jacynth’s Facebook group Ageism Is Never In Style.

Do you think brands are catering for 40+ women better now, or do you think there’s still a long way to go? I’d love to hear what you think. It’s link up day so please share your fabulous outfits!

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut shoe and bag display

leopard print fox bag

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut shoe and jewellery display

 

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut clothes rail

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emma, Jacqueline and Jacynth

Photo courtesy of Petite Silver Vixen

Last week’s favourites were…

Jacqui of Mumma B Stylish in a lovely lemon and grey outfit, Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style in a pair of gorgeous checked trousers paired with burgundy, and Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots in her fantastic foxy Halloween costume!


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Red Skirt and Sock Boots Coast asymmetric red skirt Raid red sock boots

It’s Tuesday again already and I can’t believe how quickly the last week has flown by! I spent the weekend visiting my mum as it was her birthday last week. The annual 1940s weekend event was taking place just a few miles away in a neighbouring village, so we spent the afternoon there along with my brother who loves history. There’s a post all about it coming soon!

The double whammy of a red skirt and sock boots is guaranteed to brighten up a grey day.

You may remember that I included red boots in my Key Trends For Your Autumn Wardrobe Update post. Well I’m practising what I preach here with these sock boots from Asos. The stretchy fabric and low heel make them super comfortable. You all know how much I love red, so I’m cock-a-hoop that red is a major trend this A/W. The double whammy of a red skirt and sock boots is guaranteed to brighten up a grey day.

Red Skirt and Sock Boots

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Red Skirt and Sock Boots Zara sequin bag

I bought this skirt just last week in the House of Fraser sale. It was reduced from £79 to £29, so quite a saving. I have a couple of other red skirts, but I love the asymmetric hem of this one from Coast. I don’t usually like asymmetric hem skirts because they tend to make my bottom half look wider, but every now and then (like with this striped one) I’m won over.

Red Skirt and Sock Boots Coast asymmetric red skirt Raid red sock boots

Red Skirt and Sock Boots Zara sequin bag

This bag is perfect for people like me who are prone to indecision: you can change the colour of the sequins with a quick swipe!

Red Skirt and Sock Boots Coast asymmetric red skirt Raid red sock boots

Red Skirt and Sock Boots

I have to say a big thank you to my daughter Isobel who took these photos. She’s only eight but already showing a lot of interest in photography and blogging. My husband usually takes my blog photos but he’s not around much during daylight hours due to work for a few weeks. The shorter days make life difficult for us bloggers, right?

Are you loving the trend for red this season? It’s link up day so time to share what you’ve been wearing!

Style With a Smile link up week 39 favourites

Last week’s favourites were Grace of Color and Grace, Kim of Champagneista and Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust!

 

 

 


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Faux Fur With Silver Sparkles French Connection faux fur jacket silver ankle boots

There’s been a distinct nip in the air since October arrived, which means it’s time to bring out the faux fur! I deliberately left it out of my Key Trends For Your Autumn Wardrobe Update because it’s one of those A/W perennials. I have a few faux fur coats, but when I found this French Connection short sleeved jacket on sale I had to have it. The soft blue/grey shade is very flattering to most skin tones and pairs well with lots of other colours.

As grey is the dominant colour in this outfit I accessorised my faux fur with silver sparkles by adding my glitter sunglasses and ankle boots.

This jacket could be worn a multitude of ways: with jeans, a pair of smart trousers, a maxi skirt, but I chose an old and much-loved skirt from Karen Millen. Faux fur can add inches, and because this jacket has a loose fit I decided to keep the rest of my outfit streamlined. As grey is the dominant colour in this outfit I accessorised my faux fur with silver sparkles by adding my glitter sunglasses and ankle boots.

I bought the silver glitter shades recently from River Island. They were already reduced from £18 to £7, but I had a 20% discount code so I scored them for the bargain price of £5.60! The boots were a January sales purchase, but I haven’t worn them until now. Maybe that’s because I overdosed on sparkles by also buying the black glitter ankle boots I wore in this post around the same time. These silver ones are way more comfortable. I’ll be wearing them lots over the winter.

My little blog helper was making me laugh in the photo above! She took the close up of the sunglasses below – you can see her reflection in the lenses!

The blue grey of the faux fur jacket pairs really well with my new crossbody bag. I bought it in a clearance sale at Brand Alley, along with the grey bag I featured in this post. It’s a really useful size, big enough to accomodate all my essentials, and the strap is nice and thick. For work I’d switch to a bigger bag, but for a day out sightseeing/shopping it’s perfect.

Are you a fan of faux fur too? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to link up!

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French Connection faux fur jacket | New Look silver boots (similar) | Krole crossbody bag (similar) | Karen Millen skirt (old, similar) | River Island glitter sunglasses |

Last week’s favourites are…

Terri from Meadow Tree Style showing us how versatile a jumpsuit can be, Joi from In My Joi looking hot in red and faux fur, and Suzi from Alternative Ageing who braved the wind and rain at the Goodwood Revival and still manages to look amazing in a vintage outfit!


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Autumn Wardrobe Updates
Now we’ve bid farewell to the fickle month of September it’s time to think about those essential wardrobe updates for Autumn. I don’t know about you, but I can’t fully embrace the new season’s trends in September because it can still feel like Summer (if we’re lucky). The first day of October marks a shift in the way I dress. Now I can confidently put the Summer clothes and shoes away and start thinking about how to incorporate the hottest trends for A/W into my everyday wardrobe.

I’ve selected five key trends for your Autumn wardrobe update, all under £50.

When looking for new season buys I try to steer of anything that will quickly look dated. Luckily we see a lot of recurring themes in terms of print and texture so chances are you may already be ahead of the game. I’ve selected five key trends for your Autumn wardrobe update, all under £50.

Wearing sock boots with cropped jeans or a skirt that ends just above the ankle avoids the leg-shortening effect, while still showing off your fab footwear.

One trend that has definitely tickled my fashion fancy is the red boot. Ankle boots are probably my favourite style of footwear on account of their versatility and comfort. Plus, red is my favourite colour, so it’s a win-win situation for me. I already have a pair of western style boots in red, but I couldn’t resist a pair of mid-calf sock boots with their bunion-friendly stretchy fabric. Admittedly, mid-calf can be a tricky length, especially if you’re not blessed with legs like a giraffe (and sadly I’m not). Wearing sock boots with wide leg cropped jeans or a skirt that ends just above the ankle avoids the leg-shortening effect, while still showing off your fab footwear.

The block heel or wedge is the most practical for everyday wear, and thankfully there’s no shortage of choice in this department either.

If mid-calf isn’t for you there are plenty of ankle boots in various styles to add to your footwear arsenal. The kitten heel is having an unexpected revival. I didn’t think I’d ever wear them again but I should know by now that everything goes full circle in fashion! The block heel or wedge is the most practical for everyday wear, and thankfully there’s no shortage of choice in this department either.

If you want to ease yourself into heritage prints gently, accessories are a good place to start.

Prince of Wales check, houndstooth and plaid/tartan are classic prints that never date. A coat in one of these “heritage prints” will instantly breathe fresh life into your new season wardrobe. You don’t have to spend a fortune  either – some of the supermarkets have some great coats that won’t break the bank. If you want to ease yourself into heritage prints gently, accessories are a good place to start. A bag or pair of shoes in a classic check print will serve you well over the years.

The statement blouse

Everyone should have a statement blouse in their wardrobe. They instantly elevate a pair of jeans to create a casual yet put together look. Team one with a pair of smart trousers or pencil skirt and you’ve got a sassy and sophisticated outfit to take you seamlessly from office to night out. Think ruffles, frills, pussy bows, bold colour and dark floral print for an injection of glamour.

Wearing hats is one of my favourite things about the colder months. For someone who never wore hats until a few years ago, I’ve been making up for lost time. I now have a nice little collection, and as luck would have it, I bought a beret from eBay a few months ago. And it really was luck because I had no idea that berets would be the hat of the season this A/W. If you can’t afford the leather Dior version (and let’s face it, who can?) have a look at some of the budget options below. Not even a hint of Frank Spencer.

I love velvet but it doesn’t always love me. It has the tendency to add pounds where I least want them. For that reason I approach it with caution. In fact I have very little velvet in my wardrobe, and what I do have is confined to shoes and bags. That may well change though because I’ve added a few items to my never ending wish list. One of those is a velvet jacket. I actually went about getting one last winter but couldn’t find the right one at the right price. My mission continues, but in the meantime I’ve got my eye on those burgundy flats from Asos and the Mango belt.

What’s your favourite trend for A/W? I’d love to hear how you’re updating your wardrobe for the new season!

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