How excited am I today? I'm co-hosting Rachel's Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me Tuesday link-up party. Thank you Rachel for having me as your co-host to start the last month of the year!
With Autumn finally slipping away I find the need to wear colour becomes even more important in Winter. If you dress in neutrals only, there's the danger of becoming invisible. Blending into buildings and wintry skies; de rigueur if you're a secret agent on reconnaisance, a handicap if you're a 40+ style blogger!
I'm not saying you can't wear neutrals but if you're wanting to build colour and pattern into your Winter Wardrobe, then this type of outfit is a great starting point to do that. You can take a basic white shirt and pencil or tube skirt and ramp up the visibility factor!
Let's start with the pattern mixing. If the idea of mixing leopard print and florals for example is a little too extreme, then you can't go wrong with polka dots and stripes. They are the easiest patterns in the world to mix and are timeless! Way back in September, I did a very simple Polka dots & stripes outfit with a spotty bag and striped tee.
I suspect alot of women will have a black pencil skirt or a striped pencil skirt in their wardrobes, or a variation there of. I saw quite a few striped pencils and tube skirts over the summer, mostly in classic navy and white. Mine is black and white so rather than go down the black jacket route over the white shirt, which would have sent me to sleep, sartorially speaking, plus done nothing much for my skin tone, I wore my cashmere polka dot jumper, as
- cashmere gives the layer of warmth
- the grey softens the black and white stripes and
- the polka dots are fun AND stylish and allow me to go to town with my red beret and gloves!
As I picked out my red, insulated gloves (what the heck has happened to the temperatures this week, people???), with black outline bow, it would have been too safe to reach for a black bag and a red one would've looked to matchy-matchy with the gloves.
This is about building colour into your Winter wardrobe, meaning the bag was the perfect opportunity to bring in another colour and what better colour than blue?
It's fresh looking.
Compliments the red.
Looks great with the black, white and grey.
Can you wear a midi as a petite? Absolutely! As long as it's not trailing to your ankles!
Like any body shape or height size, you only need to be mindful of the proportions. Keep the balance as I've done here with the length of the jumper and skirt being roughly the same and you avoid looking either top or bottom heavy.
I didn't need a necklace - that would've been overkill - BUT a wee brooch... just peeking out over my jumper...? Thank you very much, don't mind if I do.
When I was about 4, I was given a big (well, it was big for a 4 year old!) panda bear for Christmas.
T'WAS THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER!
I still have that bear. When I was 9, I was taken to London Zoo as a birthday treat to see the two Chinese pandas - Chia Chia and Ching Ching.
T'WAS THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!
So you see, I have a soft spot for Pandas. My Panda brooch has to be my all time favourite brooch, EVER! I've had him about 30 years and he's steeped in sentimental value.
Isn't he just too cute? A delicate touch that keeps the neckline of the shirt neat and tidy.
And the sparkly brooch ties in with the sparkly beret, without going overboard on the bling!
Grey tights that have a slight blue-ish tinge to them are a lighter look than black ones and make the pointy ankle boots stand out more.
Points are sleek and stylish, elongating my petite feet without unbalancing my frame or looking as if I'm wearing clown feet!
White Shirt (thrifted)
TK Maxx Sanctuary Black & White Striped Tube Skirt. Here's a similar skirt: Kristen Pencil Striped Skirt from Abercombie & Fitch
TK Maxx Crystal Faceted Red Beret and Red Gloves
TKMaxx Grey Polka Dot Jumper. Here's a fun Polka Dot Jumper with a yellow collar
Jane Shilton Blue Mini Tote. Similar Blue Grab bag from the same company.
Dorothy Perkins Grey Melange Tights. Currently on offer
M&S Black Leather Pointy Ankle Boots (old) but these Leather Pointy Boots look almost identical.
Panda Brooch (ancient and much loved)
Now do excuse me, I must tootle off into town. This lady has some serious lunching to do. I'm hob nobbing, chin wagging and prosecco sipping with the editors of several Uber Doober Glossy magazines.
Taxi? I say Taxi? Le Gavroche, please.
Now on to the link up:
Meet your Host: Rachel of Garay Treasures blog:
Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.
Meet your Co-host Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen.
Hi, I'm Jacqueline, a 40+ style and lifestyle blogger from the UK. My blog, Petite Silver Vixen is mostly about my personal style but you'll also find posts about some of the great places on my doorstep, living near enough to London to take advantage of all the diverse things a capital city has to offer. I only started blogging in June of this year as a way to rediscover the 80% of my wardrobe I found myself wearing less than 20% of the time and to share the tricks and tips I use when dressing as a petite! And yes, it's definitely working; I'm wearing far more of my wardrobe now than pre-blog! I'm loving my blogging journey but even more, I've loved connecting with amazing and creative women from all over the world. When not blogging, my career is as a matwork and studio Pilates teacher, with a particular interest in working with pre and post natal women and with clients using Pilates for rehabilitation after injury.
You can follow Jacqueline through the following links: Instagram, Bloglovin, Pinterest & Twitter
Now on to the featured five from last time and link up: I am so glad to be back. Last Tuesday there was no "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me" so I am featuring bloggers from two weeks back today. I can't wait for you to see who is featured and to see your posts.
Irene's romantic look is not only festive but beautiful. I love the layering and mix of textures. You can view the outfit here.
I am not one to remember to include snacks with my travels but when I do I found these healthy snack options from Casey to be a good starting ground for traveling snacks.
I loved this look on Ana and found it funny that it kind of goes with the outfit I am posting about today as well (see above), matchy matchy! See Ana's post here.
Liz brought together a few tips for how to get a more polished look in your everyday life. See her tips here.
This is the perfect way to style a little floral chiffon dress, check out the look here.
Now it is your turn, please follow the rules below and enjoy!
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How do you mix your colours and prints in Winter? Do you gravitate to wearing more colour or are you a secret agent on reconnaisance?
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