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How to wear a Chunky Twisted Cable Knit | Casual layers, over 40.

Simple and casual Autumn layers.

Oversized and Chunky, twisted cable knits have really caught my eye this AW15.

I have been coveting those at Acne, Chloe and Christopher Kane.
Structural and edgy, but they are unfortunately in the realms of budget fantasy.

So, when I saw this jumper (in the realms of budget reality) I had to order it.

However, I am always a little wary of Internet shopping as the online photography can make even the nastiest item look edgy and chic.
You know how it goes:

Looks great on the model, looks ghastly in the mirror.

So I did resign myself to the fact that this jumper would probably be at least one (if not all) of the following:
  • Cheaply made
  • Rubbish material
  • Poor fit (usually involving not enough sleeve length)
  • Sloppy and without structure
  • Too thin and not warm enough
  • A disappointing 'real' colour
  • Have a patterned front and a plain back (always a major disappointment for me)
Imagine my delight when the jumper arrived, and it is none of the above.
And, that colour!
I just love the colour.
It was described as yellow, but I would say it is a zesty olive.
Anyway, regardless of the name, it is a really rich autumnal hue.

Chunky twisted cable knits, casual layers | Fake Fabulous

I stood next to one of the trees in the garden (below) and I think I look like I am in camouflage gear, this made me smile.
I love the these colours!

Chunky twisted cable knits, casual layers | Fake Fabulous

Chunky twisted cable knits, casual layers | Fake Fabulous

I honestly feel that it is important to keep up to date with trends, especially as we get older.
I don't mean that we have to be a head-to-toe-straight-off-the-catwalk-fashion-victims.
Just a hint is enough.
Whether it is an item of clothing, a nail colour or a shoe....it keeps us away from the gates of Frumpsville!

This jumper was just the 'hint' I was looking for.
Not so chunky and structured as to be unwearable, but just enough of a 'nod' to those extreme trends on the catwalks.

So, after my trendy nod, I reached for my old leopard print shirt.
I like the familiarity of a well-worn item when wearing something new.
And, this adds more autumnal tones to the mix... always a good thing, in my book. 

All of that volume on top meant that I needed my lower half to be a slim fit.
I can easily look sloppy, and I wanted to avoid the 'sack effect'.

I was tempted to grab my trusty, old, black skinny jeans but these fun ones caught my eye.
They are a little bit animalistic (Snake or Zebra? I am not too sure...any suggestions?) and they add just enough interest to an essentially simple outfit.
I do wish they were a little neater on my leg, but they are so much fun that I forgave them!

Chunky twisted cable knits, casual layers | Fake Fabulous

Chunky twisted cable knits, casual layers | Fake Fabulous

I have to admit that I was pleased the weather was cold enough for my 'walking boots'.

These platform boots are seriously high and I can't help but like how long they make my legs look!

They are surprisingly comfortable too (because of the platform) but by no means practical!
A definite no-no in icy conditions....unless I want to be sprawled all over the pavements (not the look I am aiming for).
Great for a day like today though, I can walk around in them for hours.
I did have a chunky wooden necklace picked out to wear, but it all seemed a little 'too much' so I left that at home. There was enough going on without it.
A simple pair of hoops finished things off nicely.

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What do you think?
Are you a fan of the oversized cable knits?
Do you like to add colour and texture to make a simple outfit come alive?
Please let me know, I love to hear from you!




Jeans: Fragile (I like these
Shirt: Topshop (this one is nice too)
Boots: Aldo (These are fierce!!)
Bag: Barbour

The photo below is a snap of me laughing after hubby almost fell backwards down a hole he had just dug in the lawn..too funny...I did not have much sympathy for him but I did check the camera was Ok!

Chunky twisted cable knits, casual layers | Fake Fabulous


45 comments

  1. I love a oversized sweater! Zesty olive!!! Love!
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com
    Fridays Fashions link up

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    1. Thank you Jaymie....It is becoming a favorite!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  2. As a knitter, I adore any knitted sweater and this one is no exception! But, I too, would call it olive...not even close to yellow??? You are such the master at mixing your prints...i will try it one of these days, I promise!! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodie!
      The cables are not 'real' (unfortunately) but plaited knitted ribbons, it is a nice effect though, and I love the little bobbles :oD
      XXX
      Samantha

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  3. Yellow? Why on earth did they call it yellow? It's not even a mustardy-yellow which if it was, I'd say they could sneak in on a technicality! But yes, it's olive! And what a fabulous knit; lovely textures in it. Looks very much like one of the designers you mentioned but without the price tag! And I love how the purple of the jeans picks out the purple undertones of the jumper. Um... snakebra or zebranake? Either way, they're fab. And I know exactly what you mean about being disappointed when the online doesn't match the reality but you totally scored with this jumper.

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    1. Yellow is an odd description...I did expect it to be more Sulphurous, but I was delighted with the Zesty Olive!
      Zebranake....now THAT is a good name. Hahaha.
      These are now officially my Zebranake trousers.
      Love it!
      Thank you.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. ha, ha, forgot to say, I love the way you checked the camera was ok after he almost fell in the hole! Priorities!

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    1. Hahahahaha...yes, he tried his best to act like it was intentional (needing a shot from a lower angle...What?!) but it was a comedy moment.
      XXX

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  5. oh yeah, lovely cable knit, and lovely color too, and you styled it with usual cool & elegant style!, you're gorgeous and love particularly your leopard printed shirt and fabulous chunky boots!, they look really high heels, nice that they're comfy too!
    And such an evocative color combo, love that beautiful autumnal leaves matching your pullover and hair!
    besos
    (so funny last pic)

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    1. Thank you so much!
      This is definitely one of your colours...I would love to see what you would wear it with! As for these boots....They ARE sky high, and I am not normally a fan of mega heels. However, the platform makes them really comfy.
      The heel does not feel high at all.
      It is very weird to be so tall ,though, yet handy for reaching things!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  6. I love the color of this jumper too! And the print mixing is awesome!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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    1. Thank you so much Jessica, what a great compliment!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  7. Yet another great outfit, Samantha. My two fav pieces are the jumper and those booooooots! Much as they pretend to be walking boots they really are posing pieces. They look amazing. And the jumper is fab too xxx

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    1. Thank you very much, Anna.
      They ARE super high but I can walk in them pretty easily...Okay, I admit that heading up a Ben would be tricky (especially the descent!!) but for 'normal life' they are fun to wear.
      I love being a little taller now and again...I can reach things on high shelves :op
      XXX
      Samantha

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  8. Where did you get the sweater! It's awesome! I can't believe how well you wear that color too. It would make me look dead--like seriously dead. I love it though. I really like how you wore blue eyeliner! Perfect compliment. Also, I'm so kicking myself. I used to have these absolutely fabulously rouched leggings--kind of similar to yours here in the picture. They didn't make the cut from Beijing to Hong Kong. I got rid of so many clothes knowing that once I got here to HK I'd have a lot less space. There are a couple of items I'm wishing I would have kept--like the leggings. I think everything about this outfit is perfect! And the sweater--do share!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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    1. Ann, it is from La Redoute.
      It is a french-style catalogue. I am sure they ship all over!
      I used to think of it as the posher version of my Mum's Kay's catalogue from the 1980's. Basically allowing poorer people to buy things and pay them up each week. My Mum used to get clothes from our holidays and when they arrived it was so exciting.
      Thank you for noticing my liner! I felt so tired (and haggard) that day that I had to do something to pep me up a bit.
      I think that when we have a major wardrobe cull (whether it is seasonal or for a big move) there are always things that we miss. I am forever clearing out and then looking for the item I gave away. That is just an unfortunate symptom of tidiness!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  9. Definitely olive and I absolutely love it! You're right...just the right amount of chunkiness without going overboard. And those boots? Love. Them.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. Thank you Debbie. I am glad you like my jumper....I think these boots would be right up your street!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  10. Love the outfit. Carefully and well chosen. Leaving the wooden necklace was probably wise. You know what Chanel said: "when in doubt, leave out the last accessory". I always hear that in my head as I tend to overdo it with accessories.
    I love these sweaters, but I like them a little longer as I am 5ft74. So rather tall and skinny around hip and bum.
    Greetje

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    1. Me too, Greetje!
      Sound advice. Sometimes less is more, yet other times more is more.....we should trust our instincts.
      I have to disagree with you needing a longer jumper! You can never be too long in the leg!!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  11. That jumper is amazing! I'm wearing one of my chunkiest ones today (hand knit via a charity shop, my destination of choice for finding knitwear with long enough sleeves!) and I'm super cosy :)

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    1. Thank you Elise.
      Now yours sounds perfect for me today! Hand knitted? I bet that is super cosy and full of character. I am glad to hear that I am not alone in my hunt for enough sleeve on a jumper (or anything for that matter). It can be very frustrating.
      I love that feeling when a sleeve actually fits!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  12. Great layering! Perfect for the cooler weather!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  13. Great look! Your layering skills are on point!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Friday Favorites! Hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

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    1. Thank you Christie...see you next week.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  14. It is a fabulous outfit! I love the color and texture of the sweater, and the shirt you wore under it is a great accent piece. I love how you wore skinny jeans to balance the outfit out, and those boots are amazing, My only question is, why are you calling a sweater a jumper? I was so confused reading this post. Isn't a jumper a one piece outfit?

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    1. Hi Amy, Thank you for your comment.
      I smiled at your jumper/sweater question....very much!
      I suppose it can be very confusing, and get lost in translation a little.
      A Jumper = A sweater = A pullover (they are all the same thing here in the UK)
      A Jumpsuit is a long legged version of a romper (or a playsuit, here)....sometimes called a onsie!
      I love these differences in language.
      It makes for very interesting conversations :oD
      Now I am imagining a gigantic cable knitted jumpsuit, Ankle to neck in cosiness...hahahaha I want one!
      XXX
      Samantha

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    2. How funny and interesting! Thanks for the explanation!

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  15. I love all the prints and textures!! Such a pretty look!

    xx, EE
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  16. Love the outfit. absolutely smashing! I LOVE the leopard top you layered it with, very chic styling, love your style!!

    Valerie
    Fashion And Travel

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    1. Thank you Valerie! I appreciate your lovely comment. XXX

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  17. Fantastic details on this chunky sweater! Yellow?! Good thing you love the olive shade! I do, too. It suits you wonderfully. Great layering and those platform boots are Amazing! Looking good, lady!

    Jennie - A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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    1. Thank you very much, Jennie.
      I love these boots too...I feel so tall, and can reach things on high shelves! I found a penguin biscuit that must have fallen out of the packet at the back of the cupboard... result! Something to dunk in my tea :oP. XXX

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  18. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great look. Cute ducks!

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  19. Beautiful way of layering, love the sweater and leopard like print.
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

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    1. Thank you Rachel...I like a touch of leopard sometimes :oD XXX

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  20. What a great sweater and love how you styled it!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  21. Hey Samantha,
    I just discovered your blog via notdressedaslamb. I love it, and I really love your vibrant style! I'm quite a bit younger, still got a few years to go until 30, but I really feel your style is something to dive in. It makes me smile, and I would have never guessed your age if you hadn't written it onto your header.
    I'd be happy to stick around, and I'm hoping here I'll finally find good ways on how to wear my coloured tights (cream, red,grey - these are my absolute favourite colours, but in winter, I always seem to fail at styling these!)

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    1. Wow...thank you so much.
      You are at the perfect age to wear ANYTHING...old enough to be taken seriously (no longer a girl) but young enough to rock any look you want from serious to ironic. So much fun to be had! Those coloured tights you have mentioned are quite tricky to style (especially the white and red) but you just need to make your choices and believe in them...confidence is key. I often "pretend" to be confident (shhh, don't tell) and nobody really knows the difference. I would love to see what you do with the red and cream (I am always looking for more inspiration). Thank you for taking the time to comment I really appreciate it.. XXX

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