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Sunday, 17 September 2017

In the Pink

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton fashion blog for the over 40s
So the latest instalment in the saga of my new office wardrobe is this pink jumper worn with a grey skirt and pewter shoes.
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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Asymmetric Skirt and Polka Dot Blouse

Look smart and fashionable at work in an asymmetric midi skirt, polka dot blouse and square toed Mary Jane shoes
Followers on Instagram will know that tomorrow is a big day for Is This Mutton? Yes, I start work in a new job, a full-time marketing role after a few months off, and this will probably be the inaugural outfit.
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Monday, 4 September 2017

Amazing Lace: 5 Over 50 Challenge

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton adding a gothic vibe to lace in a black skirt, fascinator and belted jacket
This month five intrepid bloggers over the age of 50 are all rocking "Amazing Lace", the challenge set by Jacqui at Mummabstylish. I knew immediately I wanted to do something different with lace. A little Gothic maybe, or a little Madonna circa Desperately Seeking Susan.
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Monday, 28 August 2017

Prince of Wales check

With the shorter days but the last rays of summer sunshine, a Prince of Wales check skirt is a nod to Autumn and worn with sandals and a crisp silk blouse, smart and transitional for work
Prince of Wales check, along with hounds tooth, is a huge trend for Autumn / Fall. I find it very exciting - I don't remember these styles being in fashion for a very long time.  I recall having a hounds tooth jacket in my teens!

I'm wearing a new arrival at Boden, British tweed pencil skirt in Prince of Wales check, in fallen fruit (there are three other colourways). The UK weather is unusually great for a public holiday at present, so I didn't wear it with a jumper (sweater) as planned but with a silk shirt in millennial pink.  My pink sandals with silver block heels and slouchy velvet hobo bag finished off the look, along with a couple of cocktail rings.

I have some more hounds tooth and PoW check on the way: the latest Next collection has many desirable items and I have ordered a coat and jacket.

On the subject of Prince of Wales, I'm going to be talking about Prince Charles and the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana in Mutton's Choice Cuts later this week. Gird your loins for controversy!
Wearing a Boden new arrival, the Prince of Wales tweed pencil skirt

Yes you can start wearing exciting new Autumn arrivals and still stay cool while the weather is hot

Pink, berry and Prince of Wales check for an on-trend transitional summer to autumn look


Gail Hanlon from over 40s women's blog Is This Mutton

Outfit


Skirt, Boden; silk shirt, Autograph by Marks and Spencer;  hobo bag, Russell and Bromley, past season; new version here; pink sandals, Top Shop, sold out.

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This Week on Is This Mutton?

Wednesday (30 Aug) Luscious Lipsticks
Friday (1 Sept):  Mutton's Choice Cuts 
Monday (4 September): 50ver50 Challenge: Amazing Lace 
Wednesday (6 September) The dazzling Sapphire: birthstone of the month for September

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Plenty of Pearls

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton showcases a glamorous outfit for the over 40 woman: black velvet trousers and a top embellished with pearls
There were lots of pearls in clothes on the Autumn/Fall/Winter catwalks and I love them,  so I snapped up this Zara pearl embellished jumper (sweater) as soon as I saw it. Zara has a lot of new arrivals with pearls on them, including a very nice frock coat (below) which I have my beady eye on!
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

What I'm buying for AW 17

Creating a mood board and identifying where you have gaps in your wardrobe are great for giving you a head start in buying clothes for a new season.
The good news is, I have got a new job and will be back to work very soon. While being a lady of leisure has been fun for the last few months, I'm looking forward to being back in the hubbub of office life. Plus I can splurge again on clothes!
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Monday, 14 August 2017

More green in 2017

How to colour match a problem skirt
I started this year with a post about "Green in 2017," and it's been one of the best read so far. It was about my love of the colour green, and how green had been chosen by Pantone as its colour of the year, in the "greenery" manifestation.
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Monday, 7 August 2017

5 Over 50 Challenge: Orange is the New Black

Is This Mutton? blogger Gail Hanlon's take on the latest challenge for five fashion bloggers over the age of 50. Orange kick flare trousers from Missguided teamed with a hat and vintage bag, and a cropped cashmere cardigan. Stunning necklace by Eternal Collection.
I had a few false starts before I finally got an outfit together for Lazy Daisy Jones's challenge this month. Strangely, orange has never really been on my radar, so I didn't have anything to use. Then I was gifted a beautiful orange toned necklace from Eternal Collection, so that was my first acquisition.
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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Autumn/Fall Preview Part 2: The Trends

Uterque leading the way with a very directional line up including these wide, cinched waist jeans
At this stage of early August, most of the new arrivals are transitional pieces rather than anything very new or directional. So the statement sleeve is still with us, as is the ruffled skirt, in plain colors. The pleated skirt is still around and there's lots of silver pleated skirts.
Silver Pleated Metallic A-Line Midi Skirt, Marks and Spencer, £35
The backless shoe and sliders have been updated in more luxurious velvet and brocade fabrics, as has the kimono.

There are some new silhouettes with the wider leg and the belted waist making a return. The jeans above are by Uterque. They're worn with another key trend, the soft pull-on shoe boot.
Soft pull-on boots are new for Autumn 2017. This pair from Uterque
These are also from Uterque, who have a very strong Autumn line-up so far. The longer pull-on boot is great for those with less than slender calves because there's no zip to impede progress. Over-the-knee boots are still big this autumn and will also be in soft pull-on style, so now there's no excuse not to wear them.

Odd shoes were seen on the catwalk, and Zara is showing this with identical shoes but in different colours. I have to say, I quite like it!
An emerging trend for AW17 is mismatched shoes, as shown by Zara UK

Several summer staples are given an update for Autumn including the kimono, which is now in sumptuous brocades and embroidery. This one from Zara, £119.
Gingham is still around too, as seen in this luxurious silk crepe de chine jumpsuit, £390, from Diane Von Furstenberg.
The asymmetric skirt is a big trend in autumn. This pleated lamĂ© and tulle midi skirt is by Christopher Kane,  £1,445.
Corsets and waist belts were seen in the summer collections but failed to make a huge impact. They're prominent again this autumn and more likely to take off because oversize jumpers and coats look far more flattering belted.
Here Zara have used a wide red belt to cinch the waist of the model wearing this elegant dress, £79.99.

Florals have gone in a new direction with dark backgrounds. There's an example from Zara in my Pinterest board AW 17.

Knitwear is given a flattering dusting of shimmer, and fake fur in the form of coats and jackets will provide some warmth and color. For evening, midi skirts in pale pink and cream, and fabrics like silk and velvet, offer something alternative to metallics and red. Pleated skirt below in pink from Oliver Bonas, £65.

Velvet pencil midi skirt, £35 in gold mix, £55, Marks and Spencer Autograph
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COMING SOON ON IS THIS MUTTON?

Saturday: If you love green, you'll love the Peridot
Monday (Aug 7): 5Over50 Challenge

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Cobalt blue and white

 A dynamic colour combination, cobalt blue and white is stylish and invigorating. Shown on Is This Mutton? in a drapey tunic and white jeans.
I've had a cobalt blue top for a while which I've never worn, so I was inspired to get it out by Jennie at A Pocketful of Polka Dots who showed cobalt with black. Cobalt is a refreshing and invigorating shade and looks good with either black or white.
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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Autumn/Fall 2017 Preview Part 1

Part One: The Colors

It's around this time that I get a bit bored with summer fashions, having been on holiday in June and endured the sales. So I have been looking eagerly at new arrivals online in my favourite stores, and studying the colors which the Pantone Institute has decreed will be the colors for Autumn/Fall. Find the colors here.
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Sunday, 23 July 2017

More ways with a gingham skirt

Styling a gingham skirt with a cashmere cardigan for cooler summer nights and with Converse trainers for a casual look
I've been getting good wear out of my gingham skirt this summer. You first saw it here, although I didn't keep that skirt in the end, it had too much fabric. Instead I went for one from Marks and Spencer, which is featured today and also here on holiday. 
A cropped cashmere cardi, in many colours from Boden, is a warm alternative to a top as the weather inevitably gets cooler.
Fuchsia pink is definitely one of my favourite colours, and now that we've passed the Summer Solstice and August is nearly here, we'll soon be needing cardigans and sweaters. So I paired the skirt with a cropped cashmere cardigan from Boden and pink sandals with silver block heels from Topshop. Bag from Asos, sunglasses Ray-Ban, necklace Topshop.
For an evening prom in the park, a cashmere cropped cardi is ideal along with block heeled sandals and your favourite sunglasses

Black and white gingham goes with anything, and fuchsia pink is always a striking colour to choose. Pair it with a white clutch and block heeled pink sandals.
I saw one of the younger bloggers wearing Converse with her gingham skirt, so I thought I'd try it. To be honest this is a look that will never really work on me because my legs are not slender enough. I'm wearing another item which has more than proved its value this summer, my white denim jacket* from Bonmarché, and some long gold chains.
Create a more casual, edgier look to your gingham skirt by adding pristine Converse and a white denim jacket
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Disclosures: any gifted items are marked *. My editorial is always objective.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Styling a floral skirt

Make sure your floral skirts look contemporary by adding an up-to-date top, maybe with statement sleeves or off-the-shoulder. Is This Mutton? styles a colourful Boden floral skirt
I love Boden's floral cotton skirts and have several. They're great for easy summer dressing. But on the over-45s they can look a little old-fashioned. You'll see any number of elderly ladies wearing floral skirts, albeit probably not from Boden, along with flat sandals and a plain white t-shirt or sleeveless top.

To make sure your floral skirt looks contemporary, choose a top with the latest look, whether it's asymmetrical, off-the-shoulder or featuring statement sleeves. Then have fun with your accessories, particularly shoes.

I highlighted the blue colour in the skirt with my accessories and the red colour with my top. Cinching my waist works for my shape - I'm using a blue belt which was known as "the Gok Wan" when he had that TV show telling women what to wear. When he gave larger ladies makeovers, they were inevitably hiding themselves under loose clothes and he always told them this made them look larger, and recommended these partially elasticated belts.  It's very true. The necklace was another of my great Etsy buys - I love that site!
Statement sleeves, a waist cinching belt and a stunning glass necklace bring drama to a Boden floral skirt. As featured on Is This Mutton?
 This Virginia Creeper will soon be a sight to behold when it goes red in the autumn.
Choose one of the colours to highlight in a floral skirt and use it for  your accessories.

Cinching your waist really works with a skirt that hasn't got a very defined waist. This one is part leather, part elasticated.

Close-up of Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon in an article showing how to style a floral skirt to give it a contemporary edge
 The lippy is by Boots No 7, Soft Paprika.
Molly Hanlon, the cat owned by Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon
The photographer's assistant, Molly, faithfully following me around.

Outfit Details

Skirt, Boden (past season) - check out their lovely Richmond skirts here. Red top, F&F at Tesco. Denim wedges, Marks and Spencer, past season. Cobalt necklace, Sacred Cake at Etsy. Clutch, Accessorize. Belt: Julian Carter, buy here.

Sharing this post with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, Emma at Style Splash. Dawn Lucy at Fashion Should Be Fun, Fabulous Friday at A Pocketful of Polka Dots and Fancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style.


Coming next on Is This Mutton?

Monday: More ways with a gingham skirt
Wednesday: How to fake flawless skin
Friday: Remember these summer fashions from 20, 30 years ago?

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Monday, 10 July 2017

Chic dresses for the office

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton? in red skater dress and red Golf car in an article on chic, quirky dresses for the workplace
Office dressing is a hard thing to get right. Depending on the culture and style of the office in question, you might feel like a round peg in a square hole. Or you might wear clothes that don't suit you in order to feel part of the tribe, or give yourself more gravitas.

I recently shared a photo of me for Nancy and Shelbee's Bad Buys Book, where they feature outfits that just didn't work.  For me it was a plain navy blue dress , the type that many of us wear in the office when we need to impress. Everything about that dreary dress makes me despair. I knew I could have added bright pink accessories, but I also knew it would still look like that boring navy blue dress. View that post here.

For me, office wear needs to be a little quirky and "me." In the hi-tech multinational world I'm used to, men are still the majority and they have adopted a uniform of sorts by mostly wearing unfashionable jeans and t-shirts or polo shirts with logos - and not fashionable logos, usually logos of suppliers or their own company.

The women either wear what they like or adopt a similar uniform.

I like to wear knee-length print skirts (usually from Boden) with tops that have some interest - a Peter Pan collar or fancy buttons - and a jacket for customer meetings or a cropped cashmere cardi for normal work days, with some interesting jewellery and wedge or block heeled shoes.

Sometimes, if it's a very early start, I might pull on a plain black outfit - trousers or jeans and a top - and add some accessories: a statement necklace, metallic belt or boots.  And occasionally, a dress is called for: particularly when I am going to an agency meeting in central London,  and most of the women at the ad or PR agency are millennials.

A dress like "the dreary" would not be at all appropriate:  I want a quirky dress, something with little details that made it a bit fun:  buttons, collar, a splash of colour.
Red skater dress with gold buttons from Marks and Spencer, summer 2017: ideal workplace outfit when you want to feel confident. Worn by Gail Hanlon, over 40s blogger from Is This Mutton.com
This contrasting edge button skater dress from Marks and Spencer ticks all the boxes. It looks a little quirky, it's a flattering shape and it's red, a colour that instantly gives you confidence. It goes nicely with my red car for an extra touch of "wham!" I like the gold buttons on the shoulder and the "pocket" detail on the waist. I don't feel I need to add much in the way of accessories.
Image featuring a red skater dress from Is This Mutton's article on finding dresses with a litttle quirkiness for the office.
Meanwhile this dress from Next appeals because of the coloured panels in the skirt. These give the dress a little uniqueness and present several opportunities for different colours of accessories. I opted for a yellow felt flower corsage and yellow and white bag to pick out the yellow stripes, but there are also red , white and blue.

The dress is the wrong shape for me unless I cinch the waist. Shapeless shift shapes do nothing for me and tend to make me look wider unless I add a belt. It's perhaps a little shorter than I like, but lately I've been thinking that slightly above the knee is hardly a felony is it?
Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton? in a black panel pleat dress from Next in an article on how over-40s women can look individualistic in the office
Gail Hanlon, blogger from Is This Mutton.com, adds yellow and silver accessories to a black panel pleat dress from Next to add some individuality for a cool workplace outfit.

Over 40s women looking for chic dresses to wear in the office can find a dress like this from Next and add accessories that echo one of the colours in the panel pleats. Article from Is This Mutton? featuring a dress from Next

Details of the Outfits 


Red dress, Marks and Spencer, £39.50. Also in blue and black. Crystal block heeled sandals, Dune, last year; similar here.
Black pleat panel dress, Next, £50 (sold out). Yellow flower felt brooch, Crafty Jo Designs at Etsy. Bag, Marks and Spencer, last year. Silver belt, Madeleine (old).

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Disclosure: no items were gifted.

For more office wear, visit my posts here here and here.

This Week on Is This Mutton?


Wednesday: Mutton's Choice Cuts

Friday: Lose weight with the Diet Plate

Monday (17 July): Styling a floral skirt

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Monday, 3 July 2017

#5 Over 50 Challenge: 50 Shades of Monochromatic

A monochromatic outfit - all white - for summer, shown by Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon. Different textures from lace, pearls, leather and denim create interest.The July challenge to our fab collective of over-50s fashion bloggers was 50 Shades of Monochromatic. I chose to style an all-white outfit. When I'm on holiday I always save a white outfit for the last day when I have a light tan, so the photos were taken "on location" by Mr Mutton in Kassandra Bay Resort & Spa, Skiathos, Greek Islands.
White looks great with a tan and against a blue sky, as Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon shows in this shot for the 5 Over 50 Challenge: Monochrome.
I was keen to mix different textures of white - lace, leather, denim, pearls - and paired my Boden white jeans, now £40 in the sale, with a white lace panel blouse from Mango which has lovely floaty sleeves.

It was a bit too see-through for my taste  (I didn't want to go the whole hog of "50 Shades!") so I wore a Pure Collection camisole underneath. Finished off with white sandals with perspex heels  (M&S Autograph, last year), white bow bag from Asos and large pearls. Plus my pearly white nail polish, Happy Anniversary by OPI.
White is a great choice for a summer outfit particularly if you have a tan - mix your textures to create interest. Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton? is wearing a lacy blouse from Mango, white jeans from Boden, chunky pearls, leather sandals and white  pearly nail polish

White can come in many shades and textures: lace, pearls, cotton, leather. Combine the textures and shades to create an outfit with impact for summer.
Close-up showing the lace detail of the top.
Now let's see what my four cohorts came up with.
Showing how stylish monochrome can be, Vanity and Me blogger Laurie is elegant in pale pink
Laurie from Vanity and Me is a master at using monochromatic, and is a picture of elegance and sophistication in her blush and white tones. I love the feminine drapiness of the skirt and the accessories she has chosen. 
Showing how you can have fun with black and white and pattern mixing, Anna Parkes from Anna's Island Style in gingham, check trousers and a fun circles umbrella
Anna from Anna's Island Style  was the only one to go for the black and white option with her funky trews and shoes, gingham top and circles umbrella. Superb pattern mixing! I love the black and white frame to her sunglasses.
Monochrome can mean different shades of one colour as blogger Jacqui Berry shows with her zingy yellow outfit and accessories
Jacqui from Mummabstylish is delivering a blast of colour with her gorgeous citrus lemon, all the more stunning for being photographed in a field of rape seed.
Ashley from Lazy Daisy Jones shows us several different colours in her interpretation of the 5 Over 50 Challenge: Monochromatic, including this all-white version.
Ashley from Lazy Daisy Jones  also chose white as her monochromatic choice, with a lacy top and belted trousers, and beige sandals. She tried other colours too including yellow and black. 

For the outfit details make sure to visit each of the blogs!

Check out the previous #5Over50 Challenges for May and June.

There's also a Pinterest board showing what we wore for the various challenges. 

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What would your interpretation of the challenge be?

This week on Is This Mutton?

Wednesday: The beautiful ruby, birthstone for July 
Friday: Can a non-surgical face mask improve your chin and neck?

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Skiathos Holiday Highlights

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton? at the Old Port of Skiathos
We're back from the Greek island of Skiathos. It's a lovely relaxing break for those who like good food, boats, pretty scenery, and, if you have kids, safe swimming in calm turquoise waters.
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Friday, 23 June 2017

The indispensable denim skirt

A denim skirt goes with so many looks, in this case a brightly coloured patterned top
I've worn denim skirts ever since I was 15 and they were really big news worn with denim waistcoats (unfortunately so). I buy a new one every year - this one is from John Lewis Weekend.

Inevitably there's some criteria attached to my ideal denim skirt. Stretchy denim, but not too tight: I really can't bear it when it's hard to walk in a denim skirt. Knee length. So this one is spot on. I'm wearing it with a brightly coloured top from Next (out of stock) and gold collar from Marks and Spencer. Plus my denim wedges, which are a couple of years old: similar here. Blue clutch bag, £15, Acessorize.
Ready for summer 2017 in a denim skirt from John Lewis and a patterned top from Next
I've also got a darker denim skirt, below, which I've teamed here with a Next t-shirt (old), a silver belt  and my new sequin beach bag from Pure Collection.  



Blogger Gail Hanlon from over-50s fashion blog Is This Mutton?

Denim skirts to die for

Boden Isabelle skirt, reduced to £23.80. Hurry!


Seasalt St Endellion Skirt, £34.95

Roman Originals Denim Denim Pencil Skirt, £22.00

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