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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Black velvet jacket and culottes

There are some trends that come around every Winter, velvet being one of them. It’s easy to see why this luxurious fabric is so popular: it’s soft to the touch, comfortable and easy to dress up. And yet, it took me a while to warm to velvet. It’s not always the most flattering fabric – body con dresses in thin, cheap versions should be avoided.

A couple of Winters ago I had my heart set on a black velvet jacket, but despite my best efforts I couldn’t find one that I liked. Most of the high street offerings were baggy and unflattering. I didn’t have a massive budget so I decided to bide my time. I’m so glad I waited because I found this jacket in a charity shop for just a few pounds! And then not long afterwards I picked up one in burgundy for a bargain price too 🙂

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

…I had reservations about ordering these velvet culottes but as soon as I put them on I knew they were keepers.

A velvet jacket adds a touch of luxe to any oufit and works particuarly well with lace, frills and ruffles. (I wore this jacket over a red lace dress for a wedding in March.) In the run up to Christmas those after work parties can mean dashing from office to bar…yep, that’ll be me next Friday! Although I still haven’t decided on my outfit, this jacket is a strong contender. I will probably wear a dress or jumpsuit, but for more informal after works drinks these culottes would be perfect. I’ve got to be honest, I had reservations about ordering these velvet culottes but as soon as I put them on I knew they were keepers. They’re as comfortable as pyjamas…and they have pockets 🙂

Worn together, the black velvet jacket and culottes look like a suit, making it an office appropriate look.

I love co-ords because you wear them as a set or break them up. Well I’ve taken the reverse approach with this outfit. Worn together, the black velvet jacket and culottes look like a suit, making it an office appropriate look. There’s a slight difference in the fabric making the culottes appear a little lighter and shinier. This showed up more on the photos as we had to use the flash, even though it was only 2.30pm…I really miss the sun! It also started to rain just as we stepped outside – you can see rain drops on my jacket in some of the photos.

As it was such a dull day I wanted to add some colour to the outfit, and what better shade than bright red? I’ve worn this red frill bouse more than I thought I would. You may remember it from the Style Not Age October challenge when I teamed it with coated skinny jeans and trainers.

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

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Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

I’ve switched the tote bag for a clutch, which is all you really need for a quick day to night change. Of course, you could also substitute the blouse for a camisole if you feel too trussed up, but I’m loving high neck tops right now. I’m looking forward to trying this velvet duo with a black lace Victorian-style top. The clutch is actually the multiway bag from Zara, which can also be worn as a belt bag or shoulder bag. I love this three-for-the-price-of-one approach so much I bought it in black too!

Black velvet jacket and culottes, Zara multiway bag

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

My new favourite earrings

The red and black combination gave me the perfect opportunity to wear my new earrings that I bought at the-Bias-Cut pop up in London a couple of weeks ago. I’ve got so many pairs of tassel earrings but these are by far by favourites. They’re so light and comfortable that I forget I’m wearing them. If only all earrings were like that!

Are you a fan of velvet? Would you wear it top to toe?

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

Next velvet jacket (from charity shop, similar) | RJR.John Rocha velvet culottes from Debenhams (similar) | & Other Stories blouse (similar) | Mila Blu tote bag (similar) | red shoes (similar) | Dark Horse earrings (from the-Bias-Cut) | Zara multiway bag (worn as a clutch)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Maria of Passion Fruit, Paws and Peonies, Lisa of Coast to Coast and Bettye of Fashion Schlub!

 

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Camel Coat and Grey Baker Boy Hat

This week marks the first anniversary of the Style With a Smile link up! Thanks so much to you all for visiting, linking up and commenting every week – I really appreciate your support 🙂

I’ve been wearing this long camel coat and grey baker boy hat on repeat over the winter.

To mix things up a bit we shot these photos in my lunch break near MediaCity. Don’t be fooled by the bright blue sky – it was bitterly cold! I’ve been wearing this camel coat and grey baker boy hat on repeat over the winter. I’d been looking for a good quality, classic camel coat for ages and came across this one from Great Plains on sale for about £30 back in the summer.

Camel Coat and Grey Baker Boy Hat

I often buy clothes out of season and store them away, even though it feels a bit odd buying a winter coat in summer. Sales are great for picking up classic items at a bargain price, and a camel coat will never go out of fashion. I added my cute wooden fox brooch, which I bought on eBay, to add detail.

The boots just happen to be the exact same shade of tan as the trousers which creates a leg-lengthening effect.

My favourite style of jumper this season is most definitely the turtleneck. I used to avoid them for fear of looking too chunky on my top half, but I’ve discovered that as long as they fit well and aren’t too bulky, they can be flattering on an ample bosom. Paired with the tan flared trousers the outfit has a bit of a 70s vibe. The boots just happen to be the exact same shade of tan as the trousers which creates a leg-lengthening effect.

Camel Coat and Grey Baker Boy Hat

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Camel Coat and Grey Baker Boy Hat

I bought this grey baker boy hat from a market stall in Plouha – a small town on the north coast of Brittany where my dad lives. It was rather expensive – almost 50 euros – but in terms of pay per wear it has proved to be one of my best buys. A lot of hats are too tight on me and leave a mark on my forehead (as well as flattening my hair) but this one fits perfectly.

This cobalt pashmina is one of my favourites, and I take it with me when I go on holiday to use as a cover up on cool evenings.

Even with a turtleneck jumper, I still needed a scarf. This cobalt pashmina is one of my favourites, and I take it with me when I go on holiday to use as a cover up on cool evenings. I have another one in grey but I prefer the bright blue for a shot of much-needed colour on cold, winter days. Shortly after we took these photos the sun disappeared and the temperature dropped even more, so we dived into a nearby restaurant for a plate of warming pasta – I have to keep my long-suffering photographer (aka the husband) rewarded 😉

Is it cold in your part of the world? What are your winter wardrobe favourites?

Camel Coat and Grey Baker Boy Hat

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots, Tilden of To Be Bright and Roxanne of Glass of Glam!


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Pop of pink Per Una coat

One of the best things about Winter is wearing lovely coats and boots. A bright and bold coat is a great way to inject some colour into your wardrobe and add some cheer to the cold and grey days. I bought this bright pink coat for less than £10 on Ebay, bargain! I decided to finally wear my knee-high Kurt Geiger boots which have been in the loft for a year. Knee-high boots are a tad tricky to wear as they can make your legs look a bit too straight up and down (well they do mine anyway). But I’ve found over skinny jeans they can work, it’s just a case of getting the proportions right. Underneath I’m wearing a cute French Connection jumper which I bought recently in the sale.

Have you invested in a new coat for Winter? What’s your favourite coat trend – military, faux fur, bright colours? Let me know in the comments!

Pop of pink Per Una coat

Kurt Geiger knee boots Modalu satchel

Pop of pink Per Una coat French Connection crackerberry jumper

french-connection-crackerberry-jumperCoat: Per Una at M&S, jumper: French Connection, jeans: Gap, boots: Kurt Geiger, bag: Modalu.

 

 

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Asos bw faux fur collaar

I recently visited the lovely city of Chester for the first time and was bowled over by the beautiful buildings and spectacular cathedral.  With Spring hopefully around the corner it was also a last chance to wear one of my favourite winter coats and my sale bargain from Asos – this gorgeous black and white faux fur collar. It looks like a scarf from the front but actually extends down the back for maximum impact. Monochrome seems to be one of those trends that never goes out of fashion so even when the weather warms up I'll be getting plenty more wear out of this, although hopefully I won't be needing the gloves for too much longer!

Asos black and white faux fur collar

Collar: Asos, coat: Jasper Conran for debenhams, hat: Marks and Spencer, gloves: John Lewis, bag: Ri2K.

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