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Monday 6 November 2017

5 Over 50 Challenge: Boots!

Image showing over 40s blogger Gail Hanlon in all black with a wide leather waist belt and over the knee sock boots
Anna from Anna's Island Style has set this month's challenge for the intrepid 5 Over 50 fashion bloggers, and it's "These boots are made for walking."
I've never owned over-the-knee boots and thought it would make a change to give them a whirl instead of my usual ankle boots. They are, I'm assured, still "a thing" for autumn.

I'm a bit wary of wearing them in too brazen a way as it might be a little, er, mutton. So I've chosen to wear them with a favourite skirt that is normally a tricky proposition for boots because there's a gap between skirt hem and boot top, which I hate.  If you were more daring you would wear a shorter skirt or dress in a different colour than your over-the-knee boots. Hilda is wearing over-the-knee boots over trousers which is another great way of wearing them.
Over the knee sock boots worn with an all black outfit for a stylish office or after work outfit
The boots are soft pull-on "sock boots," which put an end to the misery of struggling to get boots over stout calves. They really are a fantastic invention and comfortable too!

I'm wearing the boots with a wide belt which is crucial to pulling the look together. I'm a great fan of belts like this - it's made of leather but has a little elastic so that it hugs the waist. You may remember a navy version which I wore here. These belts hark back to the days when stylist Gok Wan had a style show on Channel 4, and his advice to ladies of all sizes was to use a belt to emphasise their shape.

It definitely works, and I find it's useful to wear a waist belt over a long top when tucking it in looks too bulky. What I'm wearing looks like a dress but it's a black top worn over what must be my best skirt ever. This little skirt came from Marks and Spencer a few years ago and I've worn it nonstop, even though I've since bought newer black skirts. The black top from Finery London has a spectacular corsage embellishment.
Embellished top from Finery London worn with over the knee sock boots
You may be able to detect from the lighting and my hair colour that the photos were taken a while ago. Early September.  I had just done this shoot when Anna told us the challenge for November. I'm already feeling nostalgic for the summer. 
Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon in an all black outfit
All I needed to add was my leopard print clutch and large faux pearls, and I'm good to go for after work drinks or out for dinner.
Corsage top from Finery London worn with a wide waist belt and over the knee sock boots

Outfit Details

Black embellished top, Finery London; belt, Julian Clarke from Once Upon A Belt; skirt, Marks and Spencer, old; leopard print clutch, Next, past season; over-the-knee sock boots, Next 

Sharing this post with Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, Fake it Until You Make It at Fake Fabulous, Creative Mondays at Claire Justine, Emma at Stylesplash, Jess at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

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Let's see how the other ladies got on ------

Image showing over 40 blogger Jacqui Berry from Mummabstylish in pink patent ankle boots and grey pleated skirt
Jacqui from Mummabstylish has created a very lux look with her pale pale pink boots and grey pleated skirt. Love the accessories and matching jacket!
Image showing a close-up of the pink patent boots worn by Mummabstylish blogger Jacqui Berry
Hilda Smith, below, from Over The Hilda looks stunning - and warm - in her black leather over-the-knee boots, red coat and hat. 
Image showing over 50 blogger Hilda Smith in black over the knee boots black hat and red coat

Image showing a close up of the black leather over the knee boots worn by Hilda Smith of Over The Hilda in the 5 Over 50 Challenge These Boots were Made for Walking
Anna from Anna's Island Style set this challenge and is rocking a 60s vibe to tie-in with Nancy Sinatra's record. Her Lotus boots are ideal for walking as she says they're super comfy.
Image showing over 50s blogger Anna parkes from Annas Island Style in 60s influenced oufit with black patent boots

Image showing a close up of the black patent boots worn by Anna Parkes for the 5 Over 50 Challenge These Boots were Made for Walking
The ever stylish Laurie from Vanity And Me is breaking one of her own rules and wearing mostly black, with faux leather jeans and black Gabor ankle boots. She always chooses the most amazing scenery, in this case a striking mural.  
Image showing a 50 plus woman next to a colourful mural wearing black leggings black ankle boots and a tweed coat

Image showing close up of the black ankle boots worn by Vanity and me over 50s blogger Laurie Bronze

Sharing this post with Catherine at Not Dressed As Lamb Fake It Until You Make It at Fake Fabulous, Creative Mondays at Claire Justine, Spread the Kindness at Shelbee on the Edge, Emma at Stylesplash, Jess at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish,  Ashley and Laurie Link UpFabulous Friday at A Pocketful of Polka Dots,Fancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style and Top of the World Style at High Latitude Style

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  1. Wow - love that look and the boots really suit you. That belt is good too!

  2. Love both the skirt and that blouse is so pretty. A very nice outfit Gail. xx Jacqui

  3. Fabulous looks on you and the other gorgeous bloggers! I adore the wide belt and I think you rock the OTK boots. xox


  4. Fabulous looks on you and the other gorgeous bloggers! I adore the wide belt and I think you rock the OTK boots. xox


  5. Great boots. So cute with your belted dress!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. Gorgeous Looks and perfect boots - every Lady looks so pretty.
    Martina from Munich

  7. Such a fun series! Everyone's boots are great & I love all the different ideas!

    Great boots & great outfit! I love your belt! And wearing OTK boots with a longer skirt is a great idea.

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  8. I didn't realise that these were sock boots too Gail. I've yet to try some of these on - they look like a good idea though. Gok Wan gave us a few lasting tips didn't he? I'm a big fan of belts for that very same reason.

    Have a lovely week!
    Anna x

    1. I used to groan at the show - every outcome was the same - but some of the tips were quite good!

  9. This is a fabulously sassy outfit , Gail, I love it! I'm not familiar with that type of boot so I'm heading over to read up on them.
    Hugs, x.

    1. They're surprisingly comfy and easy to wear (no zips!). I'm a convert.

  10. Some great looks here Gail. I love wearing boots in Autumn/Winter :) Great outfit, your boots look stylish and comfortable. Happy Birthday. Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays :) Hope you can join us tomorrow.

  11. Very well put together. All those pieces really compliment each other. I hope you'll wear the look somewhere sometime.

    1. I was thinking I might try a shorter party dress with the boots!

  12. I would never consider this brazen, and I think you look incredible Gail!!
    Glad you tried the OTK boots!! The 3 of us are wearing them next week on my blog!
    Thanks for linking up with the Ageless Style Party!!

    1. Can't wait to see what you'll come up with! Thanks Jodie

  13. What a great and stylish collaboration Gail. You are rocking this elegant yet rocker all black look. Your top and belt are fabulous!

    Welcome by the blog and join my new linkup this week. Linkups go live every Thursday, come share your pretty style. =)


  14. Love how you each styled your pair of boots. Thanks for sharing on the link up over at A Pocketful of Polka Dots' Fabulous Friday.

  15. Hi Gail! I made mention I LOVEd everyone's take on their looks with boots, all beautiful outfits. I love the textured sweater on you, your new boots and your textured belt really looks great added to this look. im on the hunt for a thick leather belt thats similar in brown.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  16. I love this all black outfit Gail! The corsage detail on the top is beautiful and the belt looks great with it. I'm so pleased that stretchy sock boots are on trend at the moment because they're really comfortable. I hope they stay around for a while longer. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx


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