Style and Fashion, over 40.

Casual daywear, over 40 | Short floral dress and coloured tights.

What do you wear when you want to be comfortable but still look feminine?

A floral dress and coloured tights.
My love affair with coloured tights continues...and my tendency to go for a short hemline is something I can't resist. 
I will keep reaching for the mini-length until the flesh above my knees trails on the ground, and even then I might just invest in some support tights!
I just can't give them up, despite what the 'Rule-book' is telling me that I should have done about 10 years ago.... I'm not even sorry.

Today it was quite warm (and sunny at times too) so there was no need for a jacket BUT still just chilly enough for me to require a chunky cardigan. I really dislike being cold.

A long cardigan also acts as a security blanket for me, it covers my rear, adds a layer of warmth but also gives me the confidence to wear such a short and flimsy dress (no fear of it blowing up around my ears).
This dress is so pretty and fluid, you can see it moving and rippling in the wind in my photographs.

I did need to put a full slip underneath, for modesty and also to reduce static. 
The dress is made of polyester and, unfortunately:

  • Polyester + Tights = Annoying static electricity + Plenty of cling*
*Not a good look at any age

My top tip for reducing the dreaded cling is to spray some hairspray onto your tights, where they will be touching the dress or skirt, it seems odd but really does work.

Tights weather always makes me happy, it means my legs can come out again.
I never really get a tan but my legs do go a slightly off-white colour in the summer but I still need plenty of lotions, potions and leg makeup to make then look half decent when bare.

Today, I would rather go for the easy option and cover them up with some funky blue tights.

These tights are a 'denim' blue, with a very slight purplish tinge to them.
They are supposed to be matte, but are not as matte as I would like...for that I need to spend a bit more money (these were only £6.99).

Cheaper tights tend to have a slight sheen, even on my skinny legs. A more shapely leg can exaggerate the shine effect as the elastane is stretched and, unfortunately, can start to resemble sausages....yikes!

As a tights collector, I would always recommend spending as much as you can afford. Cheap tights are hard to wear, unless you are about 16 and have perfect legs, then everything looks great.
For the rest of us, we deserve something a little more special.
Once you have treated yourself to a great pair with a beautiful quality knit, you will never go back.
The fit, feel, look and comfort really make the extra money worth it...and they can make the rest of your outfit look more expensive. Brilliant.
However, it does seem odd to be wearing (as I often am) tights that are more expensive than the rest of my outfit put together!
My legs and feet do thank me for it though.
Wearing a short dress, over 40.

Floral Topshop dress, Boden chunky cardigan, Blue Charnos tights, oxblood leather boots.
I also have an enormous soft spot for my shoe collection, as you will have probably guessed by now if you have read my previous posts.

The end of August is time for new shoes....the joy of payday!
So, it was inevitable that I bought this pair of oxblood ankle boots. I have had my eye on them for a while, with their low cut-outs at the side and chunky sole.
Perfect for late Summer/Autumn and perfect for showing off colourful hosiery...in the sale too, result!
This colour really does go with everything, and is a great alternative to black if you are wanting to branch out into wearing more colour on your feet in the colder months.

I kept my accessories quite understated...which is not like me as I usually lean towards layering. 
My bag was a free-with-purchase gift and is actually pretty decent (I never hold out much hope for these freebies) and once my Pom Pom's were attached it was perfect.
You are going to see a lot more from my furry friends, and I'm not going to apologise for it!
My cute name necklace finished things off nicely.

Oh, and a hairy photobomber turned up again for a cuddle, and to try and ladder my tights!
Bedlington whippet lurcher, family pet.
Are you treating yourself to any new shoes or boots soon?
Please share in the comments

XXX
Samantha

Dress: Topshop (Charity shop find, but THIS one I like too)
Tights: Charnos 
Ankle boots: La Redoute
Cardigan: Boden (similar)
Bag: La Redoute (free gift)
Pompoms: New look
Necklace: Tatty Devine
Nail polish: BarryM

La Redoute, Oxblood red leather boots, Blue tights.

Tatty Devine Name Necklace.

New Look Furry Pom Pom's

35 comments

  1. I'm 40 and I love tights!!! :) Thanks so much for linking up with Fridays Fashions. :)
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com

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    1. Thanks, Jaymie.
      I have a few (ahem....lots!!) of pairs.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  2. I love this look. So perfect for fall. And those boots are fantastic!

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    1. Hi Gracey, I love these boots!
      They are so comfy too (a must for me).
      XXX
      Samantha

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  3. I love oxblood and the boots look great against the colour of the tights. And to hell with the rule book. You've a great pair of legs. And speaking of new shoes. I treated myself to a new pair last week. Pop on over. I've just posted about them and I've included you in my post (that's if you don't mind) ...

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Mind? Ha, delighted more like! On my way over for a peep.....
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. Love your boots, ah I cant get enough burgundy! I just am waiting on a pair as well. Love the blue tights with this flowy look. I am a fan of printed tights and wear them in the fall. We both have the thin calf thing going on with boots, it is a bt easier with booties right? Looking great!!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning heads Tuesday!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. These boot have a narrow ankle too...a dream for me (I am normally rattling around in boots, like a pencil in a pot). Long boots are hard, finding them is an epic adventure of disappointment.... I hope to find some this winter, and I will definitely be sharing!
      Patterned tights are perfect for our legs too, I'm looking forward to seeing how you style them. Much later in the year for you though!
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  5. I think I need to embrace colored tights this season. I wear a lot of black and the tights would be an excellent source of color. love the look you put together here!

    Trish - tales from trish

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    1. Go for it Trish! I started with subtle shades and Dark hues, which can look very chic and sophisticated. Then it becomes addictive...teal, pink, orange...not so sophisticated but much more fun!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  6. Your new shoes are simply gorgeous! One of my very favorite booties I own are this wonderful shade of Marsala. I just ordered a new dark floral mini dress for fall with the thought of pairing it with with tights, booties, and a cardigan. Thoroughly enjoying this relaxed look.

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    1. Thank you Jennie.
      I love the thought of Marsala-coloured shoes! Yummy.
      It is interesting how this colour is described in so many ways: Burgundy (in the shop), Oxblood (me), Red and now Marsala! Brilliant.
      I know it is not exactly 'high fashion' or in any way 'edgy' but you really can't go wrong with that simple combination. I'll look forward to seeing your dress :-)
      XXX
      Samantha

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  7. You look fab! I love the red boots, I'm not very fashion forward myself but I would love a pair!
    #brilliantblogposts
    Carla
    x

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    1. Hi Carla, I'm so glad you like them...ankle boots are surprisingly easy to wear and are a bit more modern than the knee highs. Give them a go! I'm sure you will realise you are more "Fashion forward" than you give yourself credit for!
      Thank you, so much, for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  8. I love this look for fall! Those boots are fabulous!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Thank you very much, Jill!
      Comfortable too :-)
      XXX
      Samantha

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  9. So cute! This is my to-go-to look for fall and winter. Love tights, boots, and short dresses

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    1. Thank you Amy!
      It is not a very 'edgy' fashion look, but you can rely on it to work....perfect for a busy life!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  10. Love the edgy style of these boots!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Rebecca....they seem to go with everything too.
      I feel they could be my "Hero of the season" footwear!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  11. Love this...I even copied it over to my mother who also has tons of tights (and purple ones). She likes to wear them with her purple dress & purple shoes so I'm hoping you'll be good inspiration of how to mix it up!!! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Wow Jodie, Thank you!
      Your Mum is a stylish lady and I would love to see what she can do with her coloured hosiery.
      I hope it goes on your site (when your weather cools down).
      XXX
      Samantha

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  12. You look fantastic Samantha and tights do look good on you. I haven´t worn tights for years.
    Love, love your shoes.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. You don't need them, Sacramento....in that lovely sunshine!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  13. Great look and love the color of your ankle boots!!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  14. The tights are so fun and look fabulous on you! Great, fun shoes, too!

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    1. Thank you so much, Andrea. Coloured tights are surprisingly easy to wear!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  15. Samantha, you look so cute in this outfit. I love the tough boots/flimsy dress combo and like you I'm a big fan of coloured tights so these get a thumbs up too. Fab, fab, fab. My top tip for static is body lotion. I have trouble with static when I wear floppy trousers or skirts with too much synthetic material, but discovered that if I slather myself in body lotion before hand it disperses! xxx

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    1. Great tip, Anna!
      I will definitely be giving that a go.
      Synthetics are awful for cling....but a budget-must!
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samanta

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  16. I am 40, and I still believe in showing off knees (normally in tights cause it's always cold in the UK). :) I need those boots. Love your outfit and your style! #streetstylesunday

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  17. This is such a super cute look for fall!! Thanks for sharing with us at Mommy Monday :)
    XOXO
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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