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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Adding Drama to an Outfit With Patterned Tights

Woman in burgundy with patterned tights
AD/Gifted: One of the reasons I like the return of cooler weather is the chance to wear hosiery. I've written before here and here about my love of hosiery, specifically tights, in amazing hues and patterns. UK Tights invited me to select a few pairs and this week I'm featuring the fabulous Brocatelle tights by Cecilia de Rafael, designed by Ulises Merida, a Spanish designer.
Close up of woman's leg to show the intricate design of the Brocatelle tights by Cecilia de Rafael from UK Tights
I thought my new burgundy Hope skirt (bought in the sale a few weeks ago) would add some lush texture to these amazing tights. Being a matchy-matchy girl, I added my burgundy Ted Baker top with detachable bow, matching bag (old) and, perfect for the autumn chills, my old faux fur gilet. Mixing lots of textures - the fur, the velvet from the skirt and bag, and of course the brocade pattern of the tights, adds extra interest.
Framed by a Virginia creeper Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon is wearinbg a monochrome burgundy outfit with a white fur gilet and patterned tights
I'd intended to wear shoes and dug out a silver pair, but somehow, after a summer in Stan Smiths and ankle boots, shoes look.....weird. So I replaced them with silver boots (last winter's).
I have a couple more pairs of tights to show you - blue lurex and green. A perfect green. I always wear tights: stockings and hold-ups do not do it for me. I can see that stockings probably look much more alluring, but I remember an embarrassing slip up a few years when the suspenders pinged and a stocking slid down my leg!
Adding Drama to an Outfit With Patterned Tights: Is This Mutton on adding patterned, coloured and textured tights to liven up a monochrome outfit
If you haven't discovered UK Tights, they have a huge selection of hosiery to suit every taste and budget. I buy all my tights there, they ship right away and I can get my hands on all the designs, textures and colours that you can't buy in the high street.
Style blogger Gail Hanlon in burgundy and white with silver boots and Brocatelle tights by Cecilia de Rafael
Yes that is Mr Mutton in the background. We are very trad, me and Mr Mutton:  he doesn't cook or do housework but he does wash my car occasionally and takes the bins out. Works for us.
Now it's time for #WowOnWednesday. As you read this, I'll be in California for work, attending an annual industry event we run for three days.  So I'll be relying on scheduling tools to deliver this post at the normal time.

I was gifted with the Brocatelle tights by Cecilia de Rafael at UK Tights, the biggest online hosiery store on earth. As always, copy approval was not sought or given, and I always voice my own opinions.

Sharing this post with: #iwillwearwhatiwant at Not Dressed as Lamb, #VisibleMonday at Not Dead Yet Style, Weekly Blog Hop at Claire JustineChic & Stylish at Mummabstylish,  Weekend Wear Link Up at Mom with StyleTop of the World Style at High Latitude Style, Thursday Tell at Muttonstyle, AnythingGoes or BloggerClubUK at My Random Musings,  Linkup on the Edge at Shelbee on the Edge, Fancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style, Red Carpet Linkup at The Glam Adventure 
Last week's most clicked was Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper and her post "The cooler weather means I get out my warmer clothes – hooray! Part 1 – skirts". A girl after my own heart! I love getting my winter clothes out of storage, it's like being reunited with old friends.
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Sunday, 6 January 2019

Hungry for Hosiery

Stylish diamond patterned tights in spruce pull this outfit of a spruce top worn under a green and yellow dress and yellow ankle boots with a splash of pink.
I've never understood the fashionistas who insist on bare legs in winter. I'm only too happy to get the tights out when the weather turns cooler. And many of you agree with me. Hosiery sales are booming and according to Global Industry Analysts, the global market for hosiery will reach $31.6 billion by 2024.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Favourite Shirts and Link Up

Close up of over-45s blogger Gail Hanlon in pink leopard print blouse from POM Amsterdam worn with a burgundy velvet jacket

Leopard print is all around us and I'm already getting bored with how ubiquitous it is, but this gorgeous blouse ticks many other boxes.  It's from POM Amsterdam at and will be a very versatile asset in my wardrobe.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Six tips for must-have accessories

Image showing an over 45 woman showing how to add great accessories to a plain black outfit

When I revived Is This Mutton? two years ago, one thing I quickly noticed was my lack of accessories. I had just two handbags in black and brown, hardly any belts, one or two necklaces I wore all the time, and no hats at all.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Winter in July

Over 40s blogger Gail Hanlon in winter attire in July, to show that you can find timeless bargains from previous seasons in the July sales. Here she is wearing a sequinned star jumper and Jaycee skirt from

Christmas often happens in July. Magazines are already preparing their festive editions and press and retailers will be showcasing their wares to bloggers and journalists. And thanks to some canny sales shopping, I am also showing you a touch of winter in July.
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