Style Not Age - January Jumpers

Happy Monday and welcome to the first Style Not Age challenge of the year! It was Anna’s turn to pick the theme and she chose very sensibly given the weather. This month we are styling our January jumpers in an effort to stay warm (and stylish of course!). I wear jumpers every day for probably half the year. I have thin ones for the milder weather, and chunky high-necked sweaters for when it’s really cold. For this challenge I wanted to feature one that I hadn’t worn for a while, so I raided the cupboard in the spare room and pulled out this mustard leopard print jumper.

It was really windy when we took these photos so I had to wear a hat or you wouldn’t have seen my face!

While I love the colour and the leopard print design, I’m not so keen on the three quarter length sleeves. It seems to defeat the object of wearing a thick sweater if it leaves your arms cold. I could maybe try it over a shirt for extra warmth and to give it a different look. It was really windy when we took these photos so I had to wear a hat or you wouldn’t have seen my face! My hair’s fluffy enough at the moment (after the mishap with the straighteners) without the added nuisance of gale force winds. It was even too windy for the bird,s which scuppered our plans to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Luckily I have a couple of mustard-coloured hats in my collection (the other one will feature in tomorrow’s post). I bought this vintage beret on eBay for just a few pounds about a year ago but this is the first time I’ve worn it. It’s not the exact same shade of yellow as the jumper, but then neither are the boots. I rather like having different shades of yellow; being too matchy-matchy might have made the outfit less interesting.

 January Jumpers, mustard leopard print jumper, Mango black high waist jeans

Style Not Age - January Jumpers, mustard leopard print jumper, Mango black high waist jeans, River Island yellow boots

I bought these yellow boots in the River Island sale just before Christmas. I’d ordered a few pairs for myself and Isobel, intending to keep my favourites and send the others back. But I guess you know where I’m going with this…yeah, I kept them all! I was hoping to get a pair in mustard to match some I’d ordered for Isobel so that we could wear them with our yellow biker jackets. But unfortunately they’d sold out in my size so I got these instead. Despite the fairly high heel they’re not too harsh on my feet, although I haven’t worn them for any length of time. I can see myself having fun trying them with different coloured tights and skirts!

Style Not Age - January Jumpers, River Island yellow boots

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Style Not Age - January Jumpers, Ane and Elle grey shoulder bag

Style Not Age - January Jumpers

Style Not Age - January Jumpers, Asos mustard leopard print jumper, vintage mustard beret

Style Not Age - January Jumpers, mustard leopard print jumper, Mango black high waist jeans, River Island yellow boots

Style Not Age - January Jumpers, mustard leopard print jumper, Mango black high waist jeans, River Island yellow boots

Jumper from Asos (old, similar) | Mango jeans | River Island boots (similar) | Ane & Elle bag (old, similar) earrings from Asos (similar) | vintage beret from eBay (similar) | charity shop bracelet

 

Let’s see how Jacqui, Hilda & Anna are styling their January jumpers…

Jacqui is wearing a gorgeous cashmere sweater that she got for Christmas. You were obviously on Santa’s nice list Jacqui! Head over to MummabStylish to see more!

I’m loving the detail on the back of Hilda’s blue jumper, it’s a gorgeous colour too. You can read more at Over the Hilda.

Anna has teamed a cosy roll neck jumper with jeans and bright pink accents. Head over to Anna’s Island Life for all the details.

 

Thanks for checking in on our first Style Not Age post of 2019! I hope you can join me tomorrow for the Style With a Smile link up!

 

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Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

Are you ready to sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective?

Hello everyone! How are your preparations for New Year going? Are you ready to sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective? We’re hosting a little party at home for friends; I still haven’t decided on what to wear yet, but this outfit is definitely in contention. It was my turn to choose the theme this month and it just had to be something sparkly.

I had numerous outfit options for this challenge – I’ve got four sequin skirts for starters. But I wanted something a bit more funky for New Year’s Eve, and it doesn’t get more disco than these sequin boots! I bought them in the River Island sale last Winter but haven’t worn them until now. Not content with one set of sparkles, I layered my sequin jacket over a plain black top. As I said in yesterday’s post, less is never more in my book!

I wore the jacket for a Christmas outfit three years ago, but with the more understated combination of boyfriend jeans and black heels. This time I felt like taking it up a notch by swapping blue denim for coated skinny jeans – the same ones I wore in Tuesday’s post.

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

While I’m not expecting it to be sunny on New Year’s Eve (certainly not after 3pm!) I added these silver glittery sunglasses for a bit of fun. They’re a bit too big and crazy for everyday wear, but I love having fun with accessories on the blog. Maybe I could get away with wearing them out with a plain black outfit. I’m betting my husband would make plenty of Dame Edna jokes though!

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective,River Island sequin boots

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Next sequin jacket (old) | River Island boots (last Winter’s) | Frontrow skinny jeans (from Silkfred) | River Island sunglasses | ring from a charity shop | River Island faux fur bag (belt bag used as a clutch)

Now onto Jacqui, Hilda and Anna’s sparkly outfits!

Jacqui is wearing a fabulous sequin top from Oasis…what a lovely Christmas gift! Head over to Mummabstylish to see more!

Hilda’s dress is simply stunning…doesn’t she look amazing? I love the slits in the sleeves, and the shoes are so elegant. Read the full story at Over the Hilda.

Anna has paired sequins with faux fur…what a super combination! Pop over to Anna’s Island Style for all the details!

So that’s a wrap for 2018! I hope you’ve enjoyed our sparkly outfits. The Style With a Smile link up will be live on Wednesday – a day later than usual as I’ve already posted two days in a row…and I might need to recover tomorrow 😉

Wishing you a very Happy New Year, and thanks so much for all the support you’ve given me over the year, I really do appreciate it! See you next year!

 

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Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard

The Style Not Age collective is back for the penultimate style challenge of the year, and this month we’re “Keen as Mustard” for this season’s hottest colour! It’s amazing how many items of clothing in mustard, ochre and saffron have made it into my wardrobe lately. These warmer shades are much more flattering than pastel and acid yellows.  My mustard skirt co-ord is one of my favourite outfits from the Summer, and I’ve combined my peg leg trousers with tops in several colours (cobalt is probably my favourite).

I’d been wanting a pair of camo print skinny jeans for ages and finally bought not one, but two pairs.

When Hilda suggested “Keen as Mustard” for this month’s challenge I had plenty of options. But I didn’t want to wear exactly the same outfits I’ve previously featured. I’ve worn the ribbed mustard jumper and ochre shoes before with cobalt trousers (one of my favourite colour combinations). This time I teamed them with my new camo print skinny jeans from Gap. I’d been wanting a pair of camo print skinny jeans for ages and finally bought not one, but two pairs. The other pair is a darker, more muted colour palette. This brighter camo print works better with the mustard jumper.

I completed the look with my khaki faux suede biker jacket and tan crossbody bag that I bought in France over the Summer. Although it wasn’t deliberate, I’m wearing the colours of my garden…well and truly camoflaged!

Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard

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Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard, Centime custom name ring

I kept my jewellery relatively understated (for me!) with a pair of pom pom earrings and a gorgeous personalised ring. Centime Gifts have a large range of stackable name rings, as well as personalised bracelets and necklaces. With Christmas not too far away now’s the time to buy those gifts for loved ones. International shipping is free, but you do need to allow 2-3 weeks as the items are handcrafted and made to order. The size guide was easy to understand (the US and UK use different sizing systems) and my ring fits perfectly.

A personalised piece of jewellery makes a lovely gift for Christmas or a birthday; you can even have a soundwave, signature, fingerprint, hand or foot print on your jewellery.

For such good quality – and considering the jewellery is made to order – the prices are amazing. I chose the Script Custom Name Ring which is usually $29, but currently on offer for $26.95. It’s available in sterling silver with 18K yellow and rose gold plate options. Mine is rose gold plated, which I think is more flattering on my skin tone than yellow gold. A personalised piece of jewellery makes a lovely gift for Christmas or a birthday;  you can even have a soundwave, signature, fingerprint, hand or foot print on your jewellery.

As a little treat for Style Splash readers I have an exclusive code – just use 20EMMA at the checkout for 20% discount  on your order 🙂

Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard

Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard

River Island jacket | M&S jumper | Gap jeans | M&S shoes | Scottage bag (bought in France) | ring c/o Centime Gifts

Let’s see how Hilda, Jacqui and Anna are styling this month’s challenge…

Hilda is keeping warm with a gorgeous mustard scarf. It looks so cosy and perfect for cold winter days. Visit Over the Hilda for all the details.

Jacqui has paired her mustard culottes with a fabulous animal print blouse. Head over to Mummabstylish to see more!

Anna really knocked it out of the park with this combination of floral print and tartan…plus a bit of animal print to boot (pun intended!). Pattern clashing at its finest, don’t you think? Head over to Anna’s Island Style for all the details.

That’s it for another month…only one more left of the year! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the different ways we’ve chosen to wear mustard. Until next time… 🙂

 

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Wild About Animal Print

It’s the last Monday in August which means it’s a Bank Holiday (in the UK)…and it’s time for the Style Not Age collective to take on another sartorial challenge! This week also brings the Summer to a close, which I can’t help feel a little sad about. But there’s always lots of lovely new season clothes to ease the pain. This month it was my turn to choose the theme, and I wanted to look towards the A/W trends. Luckily one of my favourite prints looks set to be big this coming season, hence the theme “WIld About Animal Print”. It’s never really out of fashion though is it?

When I think of animal print it’s leopard that immediately springs to mind because it’s my favourite. However, I’m quite partial to a bit of snake, tiger and zebra too.

When I think of animal print it’s leopard that immediately springs to mind because it’s my favourite. However, I’m quite partial to a bit of snake, tiger and zebra too.  My wardrobe is awash with various animal prints, but I chose this outfit mainly due to the weather. It has turned quite cool here, and the day we took these photos it was sunny one minute, throwing it down the next. The ground was wet, so I needed chunky heels to avoid sinking into the grass. Going through some old skirts I found this one from River Island that I bought on eBay a few years ago. It’s a stretch jersey material, so it’s comfortable, but it does cling to tights and bunch up. Are there such a things as cling-free tights or did I imagine it? At least they smooth over any lumps and bumps, which is what I need with a figure-hugging skirt!

I love statement sleeves, but they do make wearing anything on top of them difficult.

Black is the obvious pairing for leopard print, so I chose this jumper with big chiffon flared sleeves. I bought it from Very in the January sales but didn’t get around to wearing it before the Summer. I also ordered it in blush pink but they got the order wrong and sent the wrong top, which was a shame. Now, I do love statement sleeves, but they make wearing anything on top of them awkward. A sleeveless trench or faux fur gilet would both be good options if you want to add another layer while the weather is still mild. For colder weather I’d opt for a thick cape-style jacket.

I extended the feline theme with a panther ring, cat eye sunglasses and velvet kitty bag, which I use so much.

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Henry gave it his approval by falling at my feet…that cat will do anything for a belly rub and a chin tickle!

Let’s see how Anna, Jacqui and Hilda went “Wild About Animal Print”…

Anna is looking radiant amongst the flowers in her leopard print trousers and graphic t-shirt. Head over to Anna’s Island Style to see all the details.

Jacqui has chosen an elegant dress and neutral accessories for a very chic look. You can see the full post on her blog Mummabstylish.

Hilda is a woman after my own heart in that gorgeous leopard print coat and fabulous hat…but there’s a third animal print in there! See the full post at Over the Hilda!

 

Well, that wraps it up for this month. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these very different looks. Are you “Wild About Animal Print” too? What’s your favourite…is it leopard, cheetah, tiger, snake…or maybe giraffe or zebra? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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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

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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