Style and Fashion, over 40.

7 was to be a Villain, over 40 | The fab 40s!

7 ways to be a Villain! | Green Tunic, Vinyl leggings, Silver Boots | Black and Green, over 40.

Welcome back to The fab 40s.

The fab 40s become villainous!

After last month's princess-like behaviour, this month things got a little more mischievous.

Veronica has chosen 'Villains' as this month's theme.
These themes are supposed to be fun, but I also need a real outfit.

How can we be inspired by a villain without resorting to raiding the dressing up box?

7 ways to be a Villain! | Green Tunic, Vinyl leggings, Silver Boots | Black and Green, over 40.

My villain inspiration came from The Viper.
The arch enemy of the (frankly sexy) Wolverine.

So, here I am giving it some 'fierce attitude' with my mini Wolverine!

{Not as sexy as the bigger version, but SO much more handsome. 🐶}

He spots his enemy, circles, then moves in for the kill.... death by licking.
I surrender!

7 ways to be a Villain! | Green Tunic, Vinyl leggings, Silver Boots | Black and Green, over 40.

7 ways to be a Villain! | Green Tunic, Vinyl leggings, Silver Boots | Black and Green, over 40.

7 ways to be a Villain! | Green Tunic, Vinyl leggings, Silver Boots | Black and Green, over 40.

This outfit was easy to wear, and comfortable too.
The main focus of this look (for me) was the green tunic and these vinyl leggings.
The leggings are simple but make enough of a statement... much more interesting than plain cotton leggings.
Layers were essential, as it has turned colder again, so I piled on a couple of under-tops.

{The viper likes to shed her skin, so I could remove layers if things heated up 😒. Hmmm.... they didn't (brrrr).}

7 ways to be a Villain! | Green Tunic, Vinyl leggings, Silver Boots | Black and Green, over 40.

7 ways to be a Villain! | Green Tunic, Vinyl leggings, Silver Boots | Black and Green, over 40.

Vintage jewellery and silver ankle boots finished things off nicely.

7 ways to be a Villain! | Green Tunic, Vinyl leggings, Silver Boots | Black and Green, over 40.

Normally I like to talk about each of the outfits worn by my fellow bloggers, but not this month.
I wanted you to have fun trying to guess who inspired their inner villains!

Pop over to the blogs (links are in the headings) to find out the full story.

Our Guest blogger this month... 

Jaye from Curvatude.

Jaye's blog is all about celebrating curves, and living life to the full!
Pop over to her blog to find out who inspired her (very smart) villainous look...


Sheela from Sheela Writes.

Sheela's villain was my (close) second choice... the flaming hair is a big giveaway for me.


Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

Ann's villain makes me laugh everytime.
Pop over to her blog to find out the full story.



Jennie's real life villain was a tragic tale, and certainly not as chic and glamorous as this (film inspired) look!


Diane's villain is one of my favourite characters... and the actor was one of the best EVER!


Veronica from CID Style file.

Veronica's villain is beautiful, fabulous and super-powerful!



Which of our villain-inspired outfits would you wear?

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


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4 Ways to Wear a Blazer | PPP

4 Ways to Wear a Blazer | PPP | Fake Fabulous | Over 40

Each month Anna, Ann and I are styling a 'classic' item and this month it's the turn of the humble Blazer.

4 Ways to Wear a Blazer | PPP | Fake Fabulous | Over 40

This blazer is a cheerful striped fabric that was calling out for some red accessories.
A classic combination.
So, a cute little brooch and my red clutch came out to play!

4 Ways to Wear a Blazer | PPP | Fake Fabulous | Over 40

Blazers can seem very grown-up and 'sensible' so I decided to go for a geeky look in order to inject a little fun.
A denim shirt (buttoned up to the neck) teamed with a spotty mini and silver boots.
Less serious.
More fun to wear!

4 Ways to Wear a Blazer | PPP | Fake Fabulous | Over 40

Adding a little bit of ladylike style (in the form of these pearl earrings) kept the masculine/feminine mix going.

4 Ways to Wear a Blazer | PPP | Fake Fabulous | Over 40

4 Ways to Wear a Blazer | PPP | Fake Fabulous | Over 40

{Credit must go to my super-talented (10 year old) photographer... she loves her details so I had to include some of them!}

JACKET: Primark... see it HERE, with skinny jeans.
EARRINGS, BROOCH & RING: A gift from a friend.
SHIRT: Urban outfitters
GLASSES: c/o Readers.com
SKIRT: Boden... read about a malfunction with this skirt HERE!
TIGHTS: Gipsy
SHOES: Topshop

Julia from When the Girls Rule.

Julia's blog is full of all things colourful, feminine and stylish.


Julia skillfully teams her longer-line blazer with dark florals and black opaques. 
So stylish, yet simple and flattering.
This lady certainly knows how to dress a larger bust!
A pink bag picks out the pink from the dress, and further enhances the spring-like feel of this outfit.
Fresh, pretty and totally wearable.

Be sure to follow Julia on Instagram for more inspiration.


Anna from Anna's Island Style




Anna's blazer is anything but boring.... nothing run-of-the-mill (like navy) for our Anna.

This is a bolder look, with a new-romantic feel.
The blazer is a definite statement and she has not played it safe when styling it either.
Ruffles, pleats and pearls.
Go girl!

{I have serious shoe envy.}


Follow Anna on Instagram for more style inspiration....prepare for location envy!

Ann from Kremb de la Kremb



Ann has manage to create a totally ageless look.
I think this would look good on anyone, at any age.

{Granted, you need decent legs to pull this off, but the mini could easily be swapped for something you love to wear....jeans, culottes, peg-legged trousers...anything!}

Pink is THE colour of the season and the whole outfit is casual, comfortable and fun.

Follow Ann on Instagram. for more inspiration... especially if you are a fan of cool-comfortable footwear

Is there a classic item you would like to see featured?
How do you style your blazer?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.
I love hearing them!

4 Ways to Wear a Blazer | PPP | Fake Fabulous | Over 40

More Athleisure for Grown-ups! Sportswear in Real Life.

Athleisure for Grown-ups! | Sportswear in Real Life. over 40 | Fake Fabulous

The term Athleisure is everywhere just now, but it can be hard to pull off.
Joggers can easily be unflattering, especially if your figure is falling short of perfect.... and whose isn't?

{I can easily look squared off, flat bummed and a little like an ironing board!}

Sportswear can also make you look like you are heading off the the gym, or you couldn't be bothered to get dressed today.

Athleisure for Grown-ups! | Sportswear in Real Life. over 40 | Fake Fabulous

As someone who (almost) always puts comfort first, joggers seem like a great choice.

I have attempted the full-on athleisure look HERE, and loved the comfort....
BUT, prefered THIS smarter sports-luxe look (my feet disagreed though!).

Unfortunately, the shell-suit-esque feel of the full athleisure look made me want something a little more grown-up, and dare I say "Chic?"
Can athleisure ever look chic?

Athleisure for Grown-ups! | Sportswear in Real Life. over 40 | Fake Fabulous

The easiest way to smarten up a pair of joggers is to add a pair of heels.
They don't need to be uncomfortable (like these killer heels) a little bit of height can work wonders!
These shoes are smart but still reasonably comfortable to wear.
Plus... they match my hair!


Athleisure for Grown-ups! | Sportswear in Real Life. over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Mixing accessories like a sporty bag with a non-sporty necklace keeps things interesting.

Athleisure for Grown-ups! | Sportswear in Real Life. over 40 | Fake Fabulous

A smarter jacket, teal sunglasses and a soft scarf, finishes things off nicely.

Athleisure for Grown-ups! | Sportswear in Real Life. over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Does your figure suit joggers or structureless trousers?
How would you style these trousers?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

JOGGERS: George... these are cool!
UNDER-TOP: Uniqlo... similar.
GREEN TOP: Windsmoor (Charity shop)... this one is lovely!
JACKET: White Stuff (Charity shop...again!)... this one is beautiful.
SCARF: A gift...similar.
NECKLACE: From a Friend... this one is nice.
SHOES: c/o JD Williams...similar.
BAG: Urban Country

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Pleated Culottes, Patterned Tights and a Slouchy Knit.

Pleated Culottes, Zohara Patterned Tights, vagabond sandals and a Slouchy Knit.

Oh, I loved wearing this outfit!
It may not be chic, high fashion, edgy or cool BUT, my goodness, it was comfortable and fun to wear.

Pleated Culottes, Zohara Patterned Tights, vagabond sandals and a Slouchy Knit.

This slouchy, sloppy and easy-going jumper is an old favourite of mine.
I've had it for years, but never tire of it, and it reappears every spring getting lots of wear.

Pleated Culottes, Zohara Patterned Tights, vagabond sandals and a Slouchy Knit.

I love the see-through fabric and it offers a surprising amount of warmth, without any bulk.
It also covers my bum... which is pretty important in these structureless culottes!

These pleated culottes are light as air, floaty and fun BUT offer no real coverage, warmth or structure.
Great on a hot day.
Not so good in Scotland!
So, I popped on this cute pair of tights.
Easy, comfy and warm.

Zohara Patterned Tights and vagabond sandals.

Chunky sandals (with a cosy sheepskin liner in the toe) kept the look feeling spring-like.

Pleated Culottes, Zohara Patterned Tights, vagabond sandals and a Slouchy Knit.

A geometric necklace and a pair of oversized sunglasses finished the look of nicely.

readers.com Reading Sunglasses | Fake Fabulous

These sunglasses have a clever section at the bottom for reading.
Perfect for sitting in the garden with a magazine!

I had my youngest photographer today and she has a great eye for details...

Silver Bangle | Fake Fabulous

Readers.com Reading Sunglasses | Fake Fabulous

I'm so lucky to have such a fantastic photography team!

What are you grateful for this weekend?
Please share in the comments.
Or send me an email....I love hearing for you.

CULOTTES: Matalan...similar.
JUMPER: Old...this one is lovely.
TIGHTS: Zohara c/o mystockings
NECKLACE: H&M... this one is cool!
EARRINGS & BANGLE: Gifts
LACE VEST: Old...this is pretty.
BAG: Saks... this one is fab!
GLASSES: Delia bifocals c/o readers.com
SHOES: Vagabond

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Denim and Khaki | Bare(ish) Legs when it's Cold.

M&S Denim Shirt Dress, Zara Khaki Jacket, Superga's & Topshop Fringed Bag | Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

What can you do if it's a bit chilly outside but you really want to get get your legs out and get into the spirit of spring?
How can you do it without freezing to death?
Fake it, of course!

M&S Denim Shirt Dress, Zara Khaki Jacket, Superga's & Topshop Fringed Bag | Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

The weather here is what I would call "Fresh" or "A bit blowy"... typical Scottish spring weather.
Sunny but windy.
About 10-12 degrees.
Certainly NOT the weather for bare skin!
{You could lose a toe (or two) in an open sandal 😝.}

M&S Denim Shirt Dress, Zara Khaki Jacket, Superga's & Topshop Fringed Bag | Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

So today I am using all of the cheats up my (thermal) sleeve to keep me cosy.
One of the most important being the sheepskin liners in my shoes.

This canvas shoe (and cute little sock) is hiding a roasty-toasty secret.
The outside says "Spring" the inside says "Don't worry, your toes are safe!".
Warm feet make a HUGE difference.

M&S Denim Shirt Dress, Zara Khaki Jacket, Superga's & Topshop Fringed Bag | Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

My legs are totally bare here (apart from a slather of body lotion) but because of my warm feet (and torso) I felt surprisingly cosy.
Under this denim dress is a selection of thermal undies too!
Cosy shorties and a camisole.
Then a long-sleeved thermal layer.
The denim dress works well to hide my secrets... and even the belt serves a purpose.
Keeping those drafts at bay and my layers in place.
Pop on a wool cardigan and I'm done.
Comfy, cosy and ready for a day of running around.

M&S Denim Shirt Dress, Zara Khaki Jacket, Superga's & Topshop Fringed Bag | Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Can you handle the cold, or do you like to be cosy too?
Do you have the opposite problem and need to use tricks to cool down?
Please share in the comments... I always love hearing from you!

SHOES: Superga
SOCKS: Kiddies section at H&M...similar.
SHEEPSKIN LINERS: eBay....similar.
JACKET: Zara... similar.
DRESS: M&S... similar
BELT: TKmax
BAG: Topshop... this one is nice.
SCARF: A gift....similar.
SECRET THERMALS: Various


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Athleisure at any Age | Joggers, hoodies and gutties!

Athleisure at any Age | Topshop Satin Joggers, Next Sheer hoody and Adidas Superstars!

Athleisure is a term that has been around for a few years now.
What is basically means is cutting about* (a Scottish term for going about your business) in your sportswear.

Athleisure is all about being seriously comfortable!

BUT...

Athleisure has been accused of being the ultimate in lazy dressing and the killer of "real" fashion.
Harsh words!

I agree that there is a very fine line between athleisure chic and just looking like you can't be bothered to get dressed.

Athleisure at any Age | Topshop Satin Joggers, Next Sheer hoody and Adidas Superstars!

For me, athleisure is not really gym wear.
I believe that if you are going to seriously work out (whether it be in a gym or on the streets) then comfort is key.

Practical, comfortable and moisture wicking are my essentials!
Gym time is not the time to look 'pretty'.

However, I love athleisure for casual occasions.

Athleisure at any Age | Topshop Satin Joggers, Next Sheer hoody and Adidas Superstars!

This easy Athleisure look may be casual, but it is still interesting.
My late-night-dog-walking Asda joggers are staying in and these satin joggers take centre stage.
Interesting fabrics and patterns (like these satin joggers, see them styled HERE and HERE) have all of the comfort but with a luxe feel.

Heels are an obvious choice to smarten up a look like this but trainers are SO much more comfortable, practical and wearable.

I seem to have borrowed my daughter's again!
Ooops.

Athleisure at any Age | Topshop Satin Joggers, Next Sheer hoody and Adidas Superstars!

A sheer hoody (see this one worn to a Stormzy gig, HERE) and a blue t-shirt keeps things light, bright and spring-like.
A leather backpack continues the casual/luxe vibe.
My geometric necklace, and oversized glasses, finished things off nicely.

Are you embracing the Athleisure trend?
Or, do you think it is just lazy dressing?

Please share your thoughts in the comments...or Contact Me.
I love hearing from you!

JOGGERS: Topshop...these ones are cool!
HOODED TOP: Next
T-SHIRT: Old (similar)
TRAINERS: Adidas
BAG: Clarks... similar.
NECKLACE: Oliver Bonas...this one is very nice, especially with the camouflage joggers
GLASSES: Primark... these are nice.

Athleisure at any Age | Topshop Satin Joggers, Next Sheer hoody and Adidas Superstars!

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