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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.
I set about acquiring the different outfit elements, starting with the black lace skirt which has tabs to allow you to alter the length. The black fascinator has netting and an interesting skull motif. The cream lace blouse is a romantic, pretty piece which makes a pleasing juxtaposition against the severe black. Finally I added black lace gloves for my Madonna touch, my old black pointy ankle boots and old MaxMara black jacket. The green cross-the-body is a new acquisition.
Amazing Lace interpreted by Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon with a black Gothic look

The 5 Over 50 Challenge Amazing Lace interpreted by Is This Mutton

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton chose a Gothic inspired fascinator and black lace skirt for the challenge Amazing Lace

Pearl brooch and cream lace blouse with pearl buttons worn by Is This Mutton
Mr Mutton's comment on the outfit was "I wouldn't want to go out with you dressed like that" and "I don't see why you can't smile in the pictures." which is something he always says.  (Try showing husbands pictures in Vogue where they NEVER smile!).
Close up of the black fascinator worn by Gail Hanlon in the 5 Over 50 Challenge Amazing Lace
Close-up of the fascinator 

Outfit Details

Fascinator: Lis Larson Hats, Etsy;  skirt and gloves, ebay; green cross-the-body bag, Uterqüe; cream lace blouse, thrifted; jacket, belt and boots, old. 

Amazing Lace translated by.....

Over The Hilda blogger Hilda Smith in a dramatic black lace dress from LK Bennett
A big welcome to Hilda Smith from Over The Hilda. Irish blogger Hilda is the latest addition to the team, replacing Ashley from Daisy Jones Style who has gone on to new challenges. How glamorous does Hilda look in this LK Bennett dress and dramatic black heels?
Wearing a black lace dress and high heels, Mummabstylish over 50s fashion blogger
Here's Jacqui from Mummabstylish who set the challenge, also choosing black lace which is great for transitioning from summer to autumn and can be dressed up in many ways. 
The 5 Over 50 Challenge Amazing Lace gathered some amazing interpretations including this black lace dress and high heels from Mummabstylish
A close-up of the lace detail on Jacqui's dress, and of course those fabulous shoes. 
Anna Parkes from Annas Island Style in the 5 Over 50 Challenge Amazing Lace
We're very proud of Anna from Anna's Island Style because she featured on Johnnie Walker's Sounds of the 70s on BBC Radio 2 yesterday and did a fantastic job ( (available on the BBC iPlayer for UK readers). Anna has chosen a fresh and pretty lace look with a pink embellished top and cream lace skirt. 
Close up of the Amazing Lace outfit worn by Annas Island Style
I always love the detail of the accessories that Anna adds. And another marvellous pair of vertiginous heels.
Laurie Bronze from Vanity and Me in black lace top and elegant black tailored trousersFinally Laurie from Vanity and Me takes us "Back to Black" but in the most stylish and sexy way.
Details of the lace and accessories in the outfit worn by Laurie Bronze.
I love the way she has styled crisp, smart black trousers with a sheer black lace body that gives a tantalizing glimpse of flesh (although she is wearing underwear, I hasten to add!).

All our outfits are featured on a Pinterest board here, plus the previous challenges.

Sharing this post with the Creative Mondays blog hop at Claire Justine, Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, I will wear what I like at Not Dressed as Lamb, Hat Attack at Style Crone, Style with a Smile at Stylesplash, Turning Heads Tuesday at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish,  and Ashley and Laurie Link Up at Vanity and Me, Link Up on the Edge at Shelbee on the Edge and Fabulous Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style.

What do you think of our lace looks?


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  1. I've really enjoyed this challenge Gail. I also found it the hardest! Your looking fantastic here and rose to the challenge well. Definitely imaginative. xx

    1. I thought it would be the hardest because I only had 1 lace item (a pale blue skirt) that I don't like very much! I tend to associate lace with weddings and find it a bit scratchy. So that's why I came up with my "fancy dress" option!

  2. Hi Gail well what can I say? Brilliantly imagined and photographed.
    great to see everyone again!

  3. Amazing looks, love the attention for details, those cute brooches and the elegant choices of the bags and shoes.
    Wish you a gorgeous day.
    Flo from

  4. You are looking fabulous in black lace, Gail. And I understand, my husband is always urging me to smile more in my photos. Maybe I am feeling serious at the moment :-) Thanks for linking up, xo


    1. I wasn't sure that smiling in Gothic garb while in a cemetery was the done thing :-) But will try to do better!

  5. Rocking that lacy skirt with the country riding look. You look like a film star! All lovely ladies. Popping by from #CreativeMondays

    1. Great to see you visit and thanks for the lovely comments!

  6. Gail, you look so cool! I've always loved the whole goth style (I was a bit of a goth as a kid!). Love the setting too!!
    Suzy x
    Suzy Turner at Yogadocious

    1. Thanks Suzy - I don't think anyone has ever called me cool before! Chuffed!

  7. Wow, what a skirt! Love it. And I love the whole outfit. Excellent styling there - and you look great!

    1. Thanks Penny - and did you notice I managed to get a thrifted item into it? Finally getting more success finding stuff.

  8. Gail...this is stunning on you!!
    I've finally converted to lace, and I love how it can be worn with anything!

    1. Thanks Jodie. Still not fully convinced on lace but it was fun!

  9. This is such fun Gail. You sound like you enjoyed it even if you weren't smiling. We know the lack of smile is for dramatic effect. You need a Mr D'Arcy not a Mr Mutton. Actually D'Arcy didn't smile much .

    1. He'd be happier as Mr Froome or Wiggins. Neither of them smiles very much either!

  10. I love this-that is quite a skirt, with those straps it reminds me of steam-punk for some reason. The belt on the jacket is super, well there's just nothing I don't love about this.And you thrifted the jacket-that is so neat. I don't know if you do linkups, but I have my September 2nd loved going on now and this would be so perfect. If you don't want to, that fine but here is the link in case you would be inclined. Again,love this! http://www.inlinkz.com/new/view.php?id=735108

    I need to find someone in my neck of the wood to do something like this, it sounds like so much fun.

  11. Thanks Teresa - I'd love to participate in your link up. I was also thinking steampunk. I nearly bought some cog necklaces!

  12. I love this series!

    This is a fantastic outfit, Gail! The skirt, the hat, the jacket, the blouse, the boots - they go perfectly together and create a great look! Great photos, too!

    I hope you are having a good week!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    1. Thank you so much Andrea - having a great week and hope you are too.

  13. Dramatically stunning, Gail. Your artistic approach to the challenge has given us a super look and given you lots of fun, I'm guessing! X

    1. Also gave me a little anxiety as I take all my photos on my own with a tripod, and was a bit nervous in the cemetery lest someone tell me to leave! But it was certainly fun gathering all the items and surprising everyone.

  14. I love everyone's outfit and am a fan of well made lace myself. You brought out such gorgeous details with your hat, brooch and lace blouse.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  15. Such a great look. I love lace :) Everyone has styled this challenge perfectly. Thanks for sharing at #CreativeMondays

  16. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. love this outfit, the skirt and fascinator!

  17. I'm delighted to be home and back online again Gail, and must say thank you so much for the extra shout out about my radio debut. I love the dramatic way you tackled Amazing Lace which really did live up to its name. You've really raised the bar here, well done!

    I have the hat in place for next month, but am without direction as to what to wear it with - wish me luck!

    Anna x

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  19. What a fantastic fascinator, I adore the uniqueness of the skull detail! You all rocked the Amazing Lace Challenge wonderfully. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

    1. You're so welcome! You are my role model when it comes to rocking any type of hat.


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