Style Tips & Fun with Fashion, over 40.

Monday, 26 September 2016

The FAB 40's in Hats!

Fake Fabulous | Christys Trilby, floral pencil skirt, sleeveless jacket, patent vagabond boots | Hats

Welcome back to the fab 40's.

I am delighted to be part of this group of international bloggers, called The fab 40's.
The purpose of this diverse group is to show how eight (very different) women interpret a specific style.

{Although, we are a "man down" this time, see below}

Each month there is a new theme chosen by one of the group.
These ladies prove that being in your forties does not mean you have to be dowdy, frumpy, boring or forgettable.
All of these women are 40+ and fabulous!

Fake Fabulous | Christys Trilby, floral pencil skirt, sleeveless jacket, patent vagabond boots | Hats

This month's theme was Hats.

I love hats!
Most of the ones I own are berets, or other winter styles, and I wear them for warmth.

It was great to be able to get my favourite hat out again, and wear it just "because".

Today's outfit came together with ease.
It (obviously) started with the hat, but it was the lips that came next.
Deep purplish-redish-pinkish-plum.
Perfect for Autumn.

{See my post about trying lipstick, here}

Fake Fabulous | Christys Trilby, floral pencil skirt, sleeveless jacket, patent vagabond boots | Hats

The floral skirt was sent to me by the lovely Ann (of Kremb de la Kremb... see more of her below), she knew I would love the colours.
Perfect for an autumn look.
I decided to pick out the subtle blue from the pattern, as a contrast to the warm tones.
Adding a green belt held everything together.

{See this belt here, here and here}

My sleeveless coat was the perfect coverup.
Not too heavy, but just enough warmth to stop my lips turning blue... not that you would know under this vibrant lippy!

Plum tights and my (now favourite) patent boots finished things off nicely.
{See a simple guide to wearing coloured tights, here}

Fake Fabulous | Christys Trilby, floral pencil skirt, sleeveless jacket, patent vagabond boots | Hats

LIPS: NYX
COAT: French Connection... this one is cool and on sale.
JUMPER: Asos... this is perfect!
BELT: Tkmax (this is cool)
SKIRT: A gift from Ann!... this one is nice.
TIGHTS: Gipsy 100
NAILS: Ciate
BOOTS: Vagabond

Do you love the look of hats, but need some more outfit inspiration?
Well, check these out...

Fake Fabulous | Christys Trilby, floral pencil skirt, sleeveless jacket, patent vagabond boots | Hats

Introducing our Guest blogger this month... 

Janeane from Designing from my closet.

Janeane is a interior designer, stylist and blogger.
She proves that being plus sized (and over 40) is no barrier to wearing what you want, and celebrating your personal style.
I would quite happily wear this entire outfit.
White jeans, a slouchy tee and a long necklace... simple.
It looks so comfortable, and those shoes are fab!
Check out her blog (link in the title) for more style tips and outfit inspiration.


Sheela from Sheela Writes.

Sheela never fails to bring a fierce attitude to her outfit.
This outfit is very sexy...and looks like great fun to wear.
Definitely not a look for a wallflower!
Sheela knows how to have fun with fashion, and make a bold statement.

You must check out her blog if you are a high heels lover, but prepare yourself for serious shoe envy!



Fuchsia Hat: Ruby Lane 
Sequined Cardigan & Bangles: Thrifted
Rings: gifts
Lacy Bra Top: Victoria’s Secret
Leather & Velvet Skirt:Urbanog
Brolly: Betsey Johnson
Heels: Ami Clubwear
Lipstick: Pink Lust from NYX

Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

I was hoping Ann would do something a little different, and she has not let me down.
Who else could pull off a turban?
The fact that the reset of her outfit is quite androgynous works well to contrast with the statement headwear.
Such an individual look.
However, shorts Annie??
I am in tights! :oP


Turban: H&M
Pin: Zara
Too much jewellery to explain! Hoops and bangles from Saudi Arabia, long necklace from Bali, and two more baubles from the Seattle Airport
Watch: my Fitbit!! I've been getting in 10,000 steps almost every day!
Sleeveless Blazer: DIY Forever 21
Cutoffs: DIY Wranglers
Drawstring Purse: Zara (precious gift from my students!)
Trainers: Lacoste

Jennie from A pocketful of polka dots.

Jennie is cute in her baker boy cap (I almost wore mine).
I think this style looks great with a short bob... especially if it happens to be flame red!


Diane from Fashion on the fourth floor.

Diane is absent from this month's line up... I'm sending her my best wishes and hope she make it next month.
She is missed.

Mary from Curlybyrdie Chirps

Mary is showing us how to mix a rich burgundy/plum with shades of blue.
Her colour combinations are always spot on!
Rich and autumnal.
I think it is safe to say that I live in the cooler climate than Mary.
There may be rich autumnal hues but plenty of bare skin too!


Dress : Jcpenney ­
Bag: Jcpenney ­
Necklace: The LImite­d 
Vest: The Limited ­
Shoes: Jessica Simps­on 
Hat: Old 

Veronica from CID Style file

I can't believe this is the same lady as last month!
Veronica was super-fierce last time, in her bomber jacket, and looks sweet and feminine in her floppy hat and olive maxi.
A simple look that works!


Maxi Dress: c/o CGGMe
Hat: American Egale
Shoes: MIA cutout sandals (although you can't seem them in this pic)

Over to you...

Do you wear Hats?
What styles do you like?
If you don't, what puts you off?

Please let me know your thoughts by leaving me a comment.
Or contact me!
I love hearing from you.




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28 comments

  1. That is one dandy hat, Sam, and I absolutely adore it. Seriously though, what a stylish man it'd be, to parade this in all its purple and coral glory!!! For once, I can't quite pinpoint which specific element of your outfit calls strongest to me, my friend, so suffice it to say that I am greatly enamoured of the entire look. Lock, stock and feather!! xoxo

    p/s do come and link-up https://sheelagoh.com/2016/09/23/comparison-bites-a-link-up/

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    1. There are some gorgeous gents hats Sheela... I just wish we saw more men wearing them! I am so glad you like it (That spotty feather is my favourite too!) XXX

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  2. I had to swing by and check out the whole look...you did not disappoint Samantha! Everything, literally everything, right down to the tights and lipstick is absolutely stunning. The entire look is simply perfection.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. Wow Debbie! What a compliment. Thank you so much for your kind words :oD
      This hat is great fun to wear and calls out for purple (or bright red) lippy. No point in doing things by halves, eh? :oP XXX

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  3. I just new you would ROCK this skirt Sam! What's interesting is I never thought to pull out the pale blue in it, but of course it's there. Marvelous!

    The hat, well if I'm honest, which I will be, it's my favorite out of all of ours. Sheela's is a close second, but yours has got something really special to it. It suits you so well.

    Guess who's up next month!? Me!!! Hehehe.

    Love, Annie

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    1. Hahaha... thank you Annie!
      I wanted to mix some warm and cool colours together and the pale blue was calling out to me.
      Thank you for this skirt. It was the perfect partner for my hat... they were made for each other!
      So.......what have you got up your sleeve for next month??? :oP
      XXX

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  4. A lovely hat but it's also fabulous the way it goes with all the great colours in your outfit. Kx

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    1. Thank you! This hat is my old favourite...although it is a lint-magnet! :oP XXX

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    1. Hi and thank you for your comment. Unfortunately all links that do not redirect to blogs are deleted. XXX

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  6. Samantha I adore these colours on you - it's like autumnal jewel colours were made for you!! Plus could that hat BE any cuter?! It's got a lovely Bavarian boyish charm to it which suits you beautifully!

    I'm sure you know I love hats too - I often feel "undressed" without one - so it's a big fat YES to hats from this gal!!

    Catherine x
    http://notdressedaslamb.com

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    1. Thank you Catherine! You are a hat-master :oD...I think it is because you have such striking features that you can carry off most styles. I LOVE a flat cap on you and need to get myself one this winter. XXX

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  7. Such a creative beautiful Lady s! It s again a jou to see all of your fantastic outfits!

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  8. Such a creative beautiful Lady s! It s again a jou to see all of your fantastic outfits!

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    1. This is such fun Nancy! Every month is full of surprises. I am so glad you enjoy it! XXX

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  9. Your outfit is spectacular Samantha. You're like an exotic pheasant displaying all the rich hues of fall in all their jeweled glory! The hat is the perfection. I so wish that hats would come back in a bigger way. They would certainly do the job of providing that extra layer of protection from the nasty UV rays!! There is a whole layer of chique added when we add a hat to an outfit.
    I also love how Anne and Sheila were true to their own inspiration and I think the weather in their parts of the world played a role as well.

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  10. Your outfit is spectacular Samantha. You're like an exotic pheasant displaying all the rich hues of fall in all their jeweled glory! The hat is the perfection. I so wish that hats would come back in a bigger way. They would certainly do the job of providing that extra layer of protection from the nasty UV rays!! There is a whole layer of chique added when we add a hat to an outfit.
    I also love how Anne and Sheila were true to their own inspiration and I think the weather in their parts of the world played a role as well.

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    1. An exotic pheasant! Hahaha, I love that. :oP
      I totally agree with you about hats. I wish they would come back too.
      There seems to be plenty in the shops and people do buy them but I hardly see a soul in anything other than a skip cap or beanie.
      The weather does seen to dictate out outfits, you are right there!
      I am becoming aware of the fact that I am the cold-weather member of the group. I will be very interested to see what happens as the mercury continues to fall. :oD
      Thank you for your comment, Judy... it is most appreciated!! XXX

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    2. By way of explaining my pheasant comment...My husband is an avid pheasant hunter. That season is almost upon us and he is readying our two English Springer Spaniels for going afield. I see LOTS of pheasants and I must say that you really come close to emulating the vibrant colors of these birds quite consistently through your colorful fashion choices! Another blogger who does this well is Anna od Anna's Island Style. Hmmm... You're both Scottish women. COULD there be something in the DNA???:-)
      I also am of Scot and Irish heritage so perhaps that explains why I love the two of you so much!!

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    3. By way of explaining my pheasant comment...My husband is an avid pheasant hunter. That season is almost upon us and he is readying our two English Springer Spaniels for going afield. I see LOTS of pheasants and I must say that you really come close to emulating the vibrant colors of these birds quite consistently through your colorful fashion choices! Another blogger who does this well is Anna od Anna's Island Style. Hmmm... You're both Scottish women. COULD there be something in the DNA???:-)
      I also am of Scot and Irish heritage so perhaps that explains why I love the two of you so much!!

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  11. You look amazing in this hat and skirt! I am drooling over the fabulous skirt Ann gave you. Simply gorgeous. Your gentleman's hat suits you to a Tee. Loved this month's theme and cannot wait to see what Ann throws at us next.

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    1. She is a clever cookie, isn't she Jennie?!
      Lots of pretty colours for me to play with... and a perfect partner for my hat.
      Thank you so much for popping over to leave a comment. XXX

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  12. Sam, I love this whole look! The skirt wiht all of tis colors is beautiful! The green grommet belt really plays up nicely the colors in the skirt. Love the long vest and this style of hat on you.. perfect shape! I like cloche hats for myself, and I have a couple for winter. Now, you know I love colored and textured tights! Just waiting on weather..
    Enjoy the weekend!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydresswdnadstylish.com

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    1. I LOVE cloche hats Jess! They are so beautiful but look terrible on me :o(
      My head is far to big and they don't make them for the gentlemen's section :oP XXX

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  13. I adore your hat, what a fun cloche for such a colorful ensemble! The Fab 40’s are certainly fabulous and creating within a group can be so rewarding. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

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