Fake it until you make it! Style Tips and Fun with Fashion, over 40.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Tailored Checked Shorts & Chunky Boots, over 40!


Fake Fabulous | Prince of Wales Checked Shorts, Blue Finery Jumper & Chunky Patent Vagabond Boots.

This outfit shouldn't work for someone aged 42.
There is nothing particularly "age appropriate" about this look.

The boots are too shiny, and too chunky.
There is too much (over 40) leg on show.
The shorts are too boyish, masculine and baggy.
The jumper is an awkward colour, and an even more awkward (boxy & asymmetric) shape.

The only thing really 'grown up' is the handbag, and even that was picked up at a charity shop for a few pounds.

There is nothing high-end, or high-fashion.
Nothing very elegant.
Nothing particularly classy.

But guess what?
I love it!

This outfit is comfortable, practical and easy to wear.
And, these boots are my (current) favourite pair.
Is there anything that won't work with them?
If so, I'm yet to find it!

Fake Fabulous | Prince of Wales Checked Shorts, Blue Finery Jumper & Chunky Patent Vagabond Boots.

These shorts are the perfect piece of clothing to add an androgynous feel to an outfit.
Slightly school-boyish.
A little bit cheeky and mischievous, without being revealing and cheap-looking.

Adding this asymmetric jumper, in a cool tone, picked out the cool coloured threads in the weave.
The jumper is also boxy, and structured, so not at all clingy.
Great for days when cling is the last thing you can be bothered with.

{See these shorts here, picking out the warm tones.
And here, in a full-on, casual, androgynous look... helped along by my cropped hair!}

Fake Fabulous | Prince of Wales Checked Shorts, Blue Finery Jumper & Chunky Patent Vagabond Boots.

The heel on these patent boots keeps the shorts looking feminine, without compromising on the boyish chunkiness.

Even with my skinny ankles, I love chunky shoes.
Maybe it is because fierce chunky boots (with serious hardware) were THE thing to wear in the 90's?

{Who else remembers DM's, chokers and flannel shirts with fondness?}

The patent leather also seems to bring light and life to my legs, and every time I look down they make me smile!
That's my idea of the perfect footwear.

Fake Fabulous | Chunky Patent Vagabond Boots.

Contrasting cool and warm tones can add more interest to an outfit.
Personally, I love to mix cool and warm colours, but it can easily look messy.
Clashing colours can work, but it has to look deliberate and not like an eccentric accident.

As long as each element of your look ties in with something else (even if it is a tiny detail, like a thread running through a weave) then it will work, no mater how different your colours are.

Try to use your own colouring as a guide.
(For example, if you are blonde, a light tan bag would look great with any outfit.)

My own colouring is a mixture of warm and cool elements, so I use that to my advantage.
Mixing warm reds with cool blues is a favourite combination of mine.

{See other mixtures of cool and warm colours, here, here, here and here.}

Red nails always help to give the impression of being feminine, and polished... even if I'm faking it!

Fake Fabulous | Prince of Wales Checked Shorts, Blue Finery Jumper & Chunky Patent Vagabond Boots.

Do you like to mix cool and warm colours, in the same outfit?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Or, contact me.


BOOTS: Vagabond (Bought on sale)
TIGHTS: Gipsy 100
SHORTS: Joseph (from eBay)
JUMPER: Finery
EARRINGS: Matalan
BAG: Lango (From a Charity shop)
Silk SCARF: A gift

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20 comments

  1. Its funny that sometimes you mix some items together(most of the time items I dont like very much individualiteit)and the the outfit is great! It s so much fun to be creative with clothing. And what is age appropiate. It s what others think! You look great!

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  2. Its funny that sometimes you mix some items together(most of the time items I dont like very much individualiteit)and the the outfit is great! It s so much fun to be creative with clothing. And what is age appropiate. It s what others think! You look great!

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    1. Thank you Nancy, I agree with that.
      Although in this case I like both of the items separately too... which is great for someone who needs to stretch their wardrobe as far as it can go! :op
      XXX

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  3. Btw I meant individuality and I do not know why my comments appear twice! I shall look in to it.

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    1. Are you are using a mobile device? Mine appear twice if I use my phone to comment. Please keep commenting ...even if it is a doubler :oP
      XXX

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  4. Guess what Samantha - I love it too!! To be honest you'd look in a potato sack as the saying goes(!), but I think the sweater is heavenly. IMO it's the PERFECT shade of blue and a great shape. Ahhhh I've just seen it's Finery... that explains it!!

    Add those endless legs of your with shorts and boots and it's a winner for me!

    Catherine x
    http://notdressedaslamb.com

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    1. Thank you Catherine. I love the blue too! It's not a colour I've seen anywhere else, which I like... but it's a bit awkward if matching is you thing (I know it's not yours :oP). Finery is such a cool brand ... it is easy to spend too much!! oops XXX

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  5. I still need to find some winter shorts to wear---I just love this idea!!
    I really like the color pairing too---the lighter blue seems to lighten up the whole outfit! And I'm a sucker for asymmetrical pieces---to me they are adultish??
    Lovely, Samantha!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Adultish Jodie...I love that! Hahaha.
      Funny how even at 42 I still sometimes feel like a girl.
      You certainly have the legs for winter shorts and they are perfect on petite frames. XXX

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  6. I'm with you on these fab chunky boots Samantha - they do go with everything! I'd love to see them topped with a chiffon dress and some blazing bright tights sometime/maybe/never? Hahaha! Anyway, you've done a grand job as usual and I must admit I do really like that shade of blue, it's just so different isn't it? Have a great week x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. Blazing tights Anna? You got it!!
      I am definitely going to be experimenting with more colourful legwear and these boots. I am sure they will work well with some colour....hmmm... cobalt blue maybe? :oD XXX

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  7. Look how cute your hair is!!!!
    I can't believe how quickly it seems,to be reaching one length.
    This outfit I'd darling. The blue of the sweater is enchanting,like a fairy tale sky. The boots are just perfect because of the rough/tough silhouette mixed with the fancy patent leather. I bought a pair of this style boots a couple of years ago (biker boots) and I've worn them to death!! Who knew they would be so versatile!
    And I agree with Jodie F.you look adultish and charming too!

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  8. Look how cute your hair is!!!!
    I can't believe how quickly it seems,to be reaching one length.
    This outfit I'd darling. The blue of the sweater is enchanting,like a fairy tale sky. The boots are just perfect because of the rough/tough silhouette mixed with the fancy patent leather. I bought a pair of this style boots a couple of years ago (biker boots) and I've worn them to death!! Who knew they would be so versatile!
    And I agree with Jodie F.you look adultish and charming too!

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    1. Thank you Judy. My hair is quite wavy so it hides it's grown-out-ness quite well.
      As for the boots... chunky biker boots sound perfect with anything too! XXX

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  9. I always like the color combos you create, they look so appealing to me!, and I love warm and cool colors all together in an outfit!
    I'm also a huge fan of chunky shoes (give me some DM's and all that stuff!) and I like your boots, they look amazing with everything you wear!. And I'm loving your shorts, and your assymetric top, 'cause I love boyish outfits with a twist!, you rock it (once more)
    The best part is that you look absolutely comfy and beautiful!
    besos

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    1. I was very comfortable Monica! There was no compromising with a tight waistband or an uncomfortable shoe. Outfits like this one are so easy to wear. I think that comfort becomes more and more important as we are getting older, but we never need to be boring do we? There are so many fun options out there! XXX

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  10. Love, love, LOVE the asymmetrical detail in that sweater; I wish I could track down a similar one here! Perhaps in a more neutral colour because I have this new skirt in kitschy prints but for the life of me I cannot figure out what to wear with it, but if ONLY I own a similar sweater!

    Liyana | Affordorable

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    1. Liyana, if you lived down the road I would gladly let you borrow this jumper! It would look great on you. I am sure there are some neutral versions out there...in shopping cyberspace, waiting to be delivered to your house! Good luck hunting. XXX

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