Fashion,beauty and jewellery for the non-invisible woman over 45

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Striped Maxi Dress

Get s cool boho vibe with a colourful striped maxi dress, ideal for long balmy summer nights. Is This Mutton, the blog for the sassy over-45s, has found a great floaty dress from Monsoon.
Surprising confession:  I've never had a maxi dress.  I've often meant to put that right, after seeing other bloggers looking fabulous, or women wafting around in maxis on holiday.
It was the eye catching colourful stripes that attracted me to this dress from Monsoon, even though it's sleeveless, normally not something I embrace. Lately though I've been thinking: who cares about someone's arms? Life is too short. Older women get bingo wings, no matter how many bicep curls and tricep dips you do.
Styling a striped maxi dress for summer nights:  Is This Mutton? the style blog for the over-45s
The dress has a fun, floaty vibe and doesn't look too formal. I can imagine wafting around Skiathos, getting on the water taxi and going to one of the lovely restaurants in this dress.
I've styled it with old accessories- my Pure Collection sequin straw bag from last year;  pink sandals and a necklace. The hat was in the Next clearance sale a few months ago for around a tenner - I knew it would come in handy one day!
Gail Hanlon from over-45s blog Is This Mutton? in a colourful striped maxi dress from Monsoon

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Sequins for summer

Woman wearing rose gold sequin top and  white denim skirt, in a garden
I know ladies that most of you have a soft spot for sequins. My green sequinned look for daytime was one of my most popular posts on Instagram.
Image showing Is This Mutton? blogger wearing a rose gold sequin top and white denim skirt
This stretchy rose gold sequin top, which was a bargain on eBay a few years ago, adds a touch of glamour to any outfit.  Here it's dressing up a white denim skirt from TU at Sainsbury's. The gorgeous Lotus Cattleya sandals, last seen here, and cute peachy clutch, add a little more glamour. The rose gold leaf earrings are also from Sainsbury's.  A perfect outfit for date night or cocktails (or both!).
Woman in a rose gold sequin top and white pencil skirt
Molly's latest hobby is photo bombing shoots, so see if you can spot her each time.

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Disclosure:  I was gifted the Lotus Cattleya sandals.

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Sunday, 3 June 2018

The new midi dress

The new look for summer dresses is unstructured, flowing and midi length with contrasting patterns or unsugary florals. Is This Mutton? looks at this trend for the fashionable over-40 woman
I absolutely love this Teatum Jones dress - the silky fabric, the swooshy hem, the contrast prints. But unfortunately it's a shape that doesn't suit me.

As Mr Mutton put it  (and you can always rely on men for an honest opinion), "it would look better on a slimmer body."

It's the shape of dress which suits a straight up-and-down figure.  As you can see, I did try a belt with it but you lose a lot of the casual, boho vibe when you add too many accessories to this look.
Over 45s blog Is This Mutton? tries the new shape of unstructured contrast print midi dress
I love this new style of midi. This contemporary style is breathing fresh of air into the high street. I should still be able to wear this trend by choosing a shirt dress or wrap dress style.  Plenty to see below in the shopping guide. Zara has lots to choose from too.
Contrast floral dress by Teatum Jones at Next worn by over-45s blogger Is This Mutton?
Dress, £180, Mix/Teatum Jones at Next. Sandals, £39.50, Marks and Spencer,

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Dressing up black cropped trousers

In part two of a special on how older women can wear summer 2018's cropped and wide trousers, Is This Mutton dresses up a pair of black trousers with a red top and pearls.
Last week in part one of my Cropped and Wide Trousers special, I hopefully showed that this scary type of pant can be surprisingly flattering. This week I'm wearing a more conservative pair of trousers which could easily be worn to work and also dressed up for evenings.
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Monday, 21 May 2018

Wide and cropped trousers

How easy is it for an older woman to wear this summer's wide and cropped culottes and trousers? Over-45s blog Is This Mutton? tries a couple of pairs for size.
Now there's a line to strike fear into most older women's hearts:  wide cropped trousers. Last year we had ankle grazers but they were mostly straight or narrow legged.  This year, "what's trending" on Asos tells me that wide, cropped trousers/ culottes are going to be very big this summer. In more ways than one.
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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Thoughts on the royal wedding

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Image: USA Today
Image: USA Today

Thousands of column inches have been devoted to analysis of the royal wedding but undeterred, I'm going to give my two'pennorth  (or 10 cents, for US readers). Hold on to your hats ladies!
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Friday, 18 May 2018

Find your perfect Mother of the Bride/Groom dress

Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon in a violet dress and lace shrug by Gina Bacconi for her step son's wedding
Shopping for a mother of the bride or groom outfit is a minefield. You want to look cool and contemporary, in an outfit that flatters. But too many dresses are sleeveless or in a fabric that clings.  And you don't want to go too mainstream in case someone else is wearing the same dress. Here are some tips on finding your best outfit.
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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Dance your way through summer with Vionic Ainsleigh wedges

Dance and walk in comfort all summer with Vionic's Ainsleigh wedge sandals. Is This Mutton wears them with an elegant tangerine dress from Lavish Alice.
Summer presents us with all sorts of shoe challenges ---- how do we stay comfortable at a wedding, for example, where we might be on our feet all day and night? The answer my friends is Vionic Shoes.
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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Lotus Cattleya sandals and Joseph Ribkoff dress

A summer dream team for parties or weddings: Lotus Cattleya sandals in nude with a flattering Joseph Ribkoff dress in lime and leopard print.
I was thrilled to be gifted these gorgeous Cattleya high stiletto heel peep toe sandals from Lotus. Look at the elegant cut out style, which has some diamante that sparkles very invitingly.  And they slip on, with no straps needing to be adjusted. Even better, they're a neutral colour which goes well with anything.
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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Transforming a plain dress with accessories

How to use accessories to transform a dull outfit, in this case a plain navy shift dress, Over 40s blog Is This Mutton? adds fuchsia pink and blue and a cute sequinned bag.
This dress was featured in Nancy and Shelbee's Bad Buy Book. I had bought it for a particular presentation when I wanted to have gravitas and I wore it with hardly any accessories.  I used to be fairly minimal on the accessories front. But suggestions of adding a scarf and funky bag piqued my interest so I decided to try to brighten up a dull dress.
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Monday, 23 April 2018

What I Wore in the Bluebell Wood

Is This Mutton blogger and husband in a secret bluebell wood outside London, spring 2018
We're lucky to have a secret bluebell wood not too far away, in Epping Forest. At this time of year the wonderful delicate English bluebells are out and their sweet scent drenches the forest glade.
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Monday, 16 April 2018

White and lilac blouse three ways

Styling a white and lilac striped blouse three ways. Bring any outfit up to date by adding inexpensive fashion bags and sunglasses.
My blogger friend Jacqui from Mummabstylish and I both have the same blouse - a complete coincidence, but when we realised, we thought it would be a great idea to style it a few different ways.

The blouse itself is from Marks and Spencer and has a pale lilac stripe. I've been wearing it in winter under a purple cashmere jumper but I've tried three different looks here.

The first is a playful look ideal for going out with friends, or shopping  (see the flat shoes?). The lilac cropped trousers with a delightful fringe are from River Island.  Team this with a circle bag - very "in" - and this one, in lilac, is from Acccessorize - and finally a purple beret. I bought mine on eBay for less than a tenner. The shoes are rose gold delights, old, from Boden.
Styling a white and lilac striped blouse three ways. Bring any outfit up to date by adding inexpensive fashion bags and sunglasses.
Next up: we have Melania Trump to thank for this look.  Pencil skirts are de rigeur this spring, and they can be worn with voluminous belted tops. My silver pleather skirt from Next is a bit too big and so it was a better look than tucking the blouse in. This is a more dressy outfit, ideal for a date night dinner.
Styling a white and lilac striped blouse three ways. This look is ideal for date night. The blouse is worn with a silver skirt, silver shoes and belt, and a cute purple evening bag.
I added silver shoes, a silver belt, silver lurex tights, a purple evening bag and hexagonal lilac sunglasses from River Island.
A dressy look ideal for date night:  white and lilac blouse worn with silver skirt, belt and shoes, and a purple evening bag
Finally, a look for the office. Metallic is the key here.  I'm wearing straight legged navy trousers, several years old, from Marks and Spencer, and a peplum jacket from Phase Eight (now reduced in price).  To add some interest, I have metallic brogue shoes and lurex socks from Sainsbury's, and an embellished circle bag from Accessorize.
A look suitable for the office with the blouse paired with navy trousers, a navy peplum jacket and metallic brogues.

The office look. Navy jacket and trousers and an eye catching embellished circle bag are perfect for office wear.
Up-to-the-minute bags and sunglasses can instantly update an outfit, and you can buy these relatively inexpensively from retailers like Acccessorize, River Island, Asos. Don't assume that these stores won't have anything for older women. I find they have lots of desirable items, and if you order online, you don't even have the trauma of rubbing shoulders with teenagers.

Now let's see how Jacqui got on.
Over 50s blogger Jacqui Berry from Mummabstylish styles a white and lilac blouse three ways, along with blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton?
Jacqui is wearing her M&S blouse with M&S cropped jeans that she DIY'd frayed herself;  M&S navy court shoes,  grey jumper from F & F, and silver Zara bag. Don't forget to visit her blog, Mummabstylish, to see the other outfits Jacqui has created with the blouse.

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Trying it on: Jumpsuits

Over 40s blogger Is This Mutton? in black v-neck crepe jumpsuit from Whistles, SS18
I've never had a jumpsuit. They've always struck me as vaguely problematic, requiring strapless bras, fake tan and an endless search to find one where the waist is in the right place and the trousers aren't making my legs look short.

I thought it would be good to break out of my comfort zone and see if I could find a good one. I have two weddings this summer and I've started to look for outfits. But, I asked myself, are jumpsuits even still a thing?
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Sunday, 25 March 2018

White bouclé jacket and polka dots

Image showing a woman in a white boucle jacket with a polka dot above the knee skirt and pearl necklaces
I was idly browsing new arrivals to embellish my "latest fashion picks" Pinterest board, when this delightful white bouclé jacket from River Island stopped me in my tracks. I love a bouclé jacket because they look so elegant and Chanel-like when worn with pearls and a skirt, but they also go brilliantly with jeans.
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Friday, 23 March 2018

A Brief History of the Brassiere

Image showing a young woman wearing lace underwear on a sumptuous bed.
Our relationship with the brassiere is one of love / hate. Many women say it's the first thing they take off when they get home.

But like them or loathe them, our figures would be considerably worse without the support, particularly as we get older.
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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sequins for daytime

Image showing over 45s fashion blogger Gail Hanlon wearing sequins as daytime attire


Image showing over 45s blogger Gail Hanlon wearing sequins for the daytime.  A green sequin top is worn with a green and black skirt, wide black belt and black boots.
I spotted this pretty dark green sequinned top in the sale when I was staying with my Mum in Plymouth. I'd nipped into the Co-Op for a paper, and came out with the top and a parka (as you do). It crossed my mind that the top would be great for work attire. Yes! Not just for evenings.  
Image showing over 45s fashion blogger Gail Hanlon wearing green sequin top with work attire
I've styled it with a skirt from TU at Sainsbury's (another bargain) and over-the-knee boots. The jacket is one of my favourites and I've had it for years, It's from Max Mara and I firmly believe you should invest in the occasional jacket, coat or bag that will stand the test of time.
 I'm also wearing my "Gok Wan" belt, which is great for acting as punctuation in an outfit, particularly when you have a skirt with no defined waist band, and a top that looks strange if it's not tucked in. The hoop earrings are from Sainsbury's and the pearl pin (on the jacket) was from Marks and Spencer, but sold out now.
Image showing Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon demonstrating that a dark sequinned top looks great with black as office wear

What do you think of sequins for daytime? A big yay or nay?

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Monday, 19 February 2018

SIA: Inspired by Chicago's Cloud Gate sculpture

Image showing a woman in midi length metallic pleated skirt, black sequinned bomber jacket and silver Edie shoes by Vionic
The Style Imitating Art challenge is something I haven't done for ages, but I was inspired by the choice of Chicago's "Bean" sculpture. We saw this iconic sculpture in Millennium Park back in 2008 when John was taking part in the Chicago Marathon.  Like most visitors, we attempted a "selfie" in front of the sculpture's reflective surface.
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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Five ways not to be invisible as an older woman

Image showing four famous women over the age of 50: Robin Wright, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna and Elle McPherson
Four ladies over the age of 50 who I greatly admire - not just for their talent and intelligence, but their determination to look wonderful for their age.

Yet even the likes of Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker have had "off" moments when they've been pictured them on their way to the gym or shops without any make-up on and, shock horror, looking their age.

Unfortunately once we're over 50, it takes a lot of effort to look good. Unless your face or body provides your living, few of us have enough time and money to look fantastic all the time.
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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Lilac Coat and Purple Blouse

Image showing  a woman with blonde hair over 45 wearing a long wool coat in lilac
I wrote recently about the "colour of the year," ultra violet, and it has inspired me to look for two of my favourite shades, lilac and purple. Ultra violet itself is close to cobalt blue, a colour which does little for me. But it's easy enough to find shades that suit you, for any colour. And ice-cream colours of all hues are big news for spring.
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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Getting Through January

Image showing a woman at her desk wearing a black and white striped jumper decorated with cherries
Well dear reader, I had a stellar new outfit to show you this week but the weather had other ideas. It was so GREY and while we had a brief snow flurry in London, it didn't settle and so I couldn't get any "winter wonderland" photos. So instead, I've put together a post about what I've been doing in this hideous month so far, and my work outfits.
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