cream summer jacket

A cream jacket can be one of the most useful wardrobe items. It is extremely versatile.  There are a variety of  special occasions where a cream jacket would come in handy. It could equally well be dressed down with a pair of jeans and flats or sneakers.

I purchased the one I am wearing last year from Zara. This year there are an even wider range of cream jackets in various styles and fabrics available in the shops and online.

I have added a touch of the modern and on trend by teaming my classic cream jacket with a pair of new style wide ankle length trousers by MeandEm.  and a classic black tee also by MeandEm. I have added a pair of  black medium heel court shoes. Some years old (similar John Lewis and Nordstrom). If heels are not your thing and I do admit that I mostly wear flats these days; you could easily substitute a dressy pair of flats for the heels.

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 maxi dress with trousers

Maxi dresses with trousers are like peaches and cream. In my opinion they naturally go together. I have been wearing dresses/tunics over trousers on and off for many years. For me they are the ideal combination. The trousers help to cover my legs (not the greatest aspect of my anatomy) and the dress covers my wider hips. This look is back in fashion. An added bonus as suitable dresses abound on the high street.

Here I am wearing a long cream and black stripe shirt dress by Mango. Teamed with a pair of cream cotton/linen crop trousers and long line cream tee Both by MeandEm.

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Can older women wear pink?

I continue my love affair with all things pink. I guess I have always loved this soft pastel feminine colour. I have a memory of being about five years old and wanting to wear a frilly pink party dress to go out and play in the garden. My mother had other ideas!

The sweater I am wearing above is a gossamer fine cashmere from WoolOvers (US link). It is  slightly transparent so I wore a camisole underneath.

I was introduced to WoolOvers last autumn (See how I wore their deep pink cashmere here.) They currently have a sale on selected items here (US offers). I have teamed the sweater with a pair of linen/ cotton blend crop trousers by MeandEm. I am beginning to embrace the new crop trousers. When you add the appropriate accessories, especially shoes I think they are a fresh look for summer.

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Special occasion dressing

It is that time of year again. Invitations to summer weddings, garden parties, charity events are beginning to arrive. Dress codes to have become more relaxed over the last few years. Trousers now seem to be acceptable at even the most formal of occasions. Even Royal Ascot allows trousers to be worn, as long as they have a matching top and therefore constitute a “trouser suit”. Even jumpsuits have become acceptable attire. The Steward’s enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta still require that shoulders be covered and dresses/skirts are worn on or below the knee. Trousers are not however acceptable in the Steward’s enclosure.

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Blue hat // White dress with blue pattern  // white cotton jacket  // Blue clutch bag  // silver block heeled shoes  // Perfume

Special occasion dressing

Another problem with special occasion dressing is the “wear once phenomenon”. Not a good use of our clothes budget. I have chosen items that in my opinion can be adapted after the big event. Wear the dress without the jacket, change the accessories et voila a simple summer outfit. Wear the white jacket with jeans and simple flats. The blue straw hat can be worn on the beach with a stunning 50s style swimsuit.

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Grey occasion hat  // cream/grey pattern coat  // silk top  // grey wide trousers  // Grey clutch bag  // neutral sling-back pumps  // Cream/grey print dress  // perfume

You might like to check out last years post on what french women wore for a summer weddings at the church in our french village.

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Classics always look chic

Classics always look chic. When it comes to our basics it is worth investing in the classics. I have owned this Winser London short trench coat for over two years now (how I wore it in 2015). It has served me well and has been worth the initial outlay. Cost per wear I have lost count. It is lightweight and therefore ideal for Spring/Summer. It is made from a showerproof techno fabric and washes like a dream. Very practical.

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