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Sunday, 27 March 2016

The FAB 40's | 8 Ways to Wear Florals in your 40's.

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's | Florals

Welcome to part two of the fab 40's.

I am honoured to be included in a group of international bloggers, called The fab 40's.
The purpose of the group is to show how different women interpret a specific 'theme', or style.

{There is a different theme every month}

Proving that being 40+ does not mean you have to be dowdy, frumpy, boring or forgettable.

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's | Florals


This month the 'theme' was florals.
I don't mind admitting that I was quite apprehensive about my outfit options, this time around.
Last month's pink and red colour clash was something much more within my comfort zone.
Florals scare me a little.
They are a thin on the ground, in my wardrobe.

I have a floral-ish jumpsuit, but it is more of an 'oversized splodges' pattern than a true garden floral.
And, I also own a linen, floral skirt, but I hardly ever wear it.

This was a tricky one for me.

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's | Florals

Today's Floral outfit came together very awkwardly, at first.

I originally had a different look laid out to wear.
A floral shell top and my striped trousers, but it felt nothing like "me".
More like a game of dressing up, and I knew it would look contrived and fake.

So, I binned it.
{Not literally!}

I was struggling to come up with anything else.
I put it down to me being more of a spur-of-the-moment mood-dresser, than a planner.
When my hand is forced (as it were) I end up feeling like I have nothing to wear.

{This is, of course, ridiculous.}

I needed to stop moaning, and get a grip!

So, in order to feel more like myself, I stepped into the familiar territory of pattern mixing.
Four patterns, to be precise!
This comforting pattern mix gave me the confidence I needed.

My floral blouse is not a loud and proud floral, but it felt right.
Sheer and petty, with a soft and muted floral design.
I decided to keep on the girly theme and wear a mini skirt.
This navy mini is quite short, and has a cutaway at each thigh (read about my wardrobe malfunction here) so flat shoes {in my opinion} are a must!
These snake print, pointed flats were the obvious choice.
I am wearing a pair of sheer tights, for warmth and to prevent the dreaded corned-beef-leg syndrome.

{It is March, in Scotland, after all!}

These tights are so beautiful that you can hardly see them on the leg.
Money well spent.

The shoes are just cheap, but quite comfortable after adding a stick on supportive liner.
Super flat, thin soled shoes are really bad for our feet and posture.
Luckily, stick on liners and supports are a cheap and simple solution.

{I always laugh at how big my feet look in nude flats.
They do elongate the leg and foot. I am only a UK 4 (37) , but look much larger here}

The floral blouse seemed to go nicely with the spots and the snake shoes, but I needed more...

My beloved, vintage Topshop, silk jacket added more familiar comfort (see it styled here and here,in summer).
Asymmetric, oversized earrings and my grab-bag, finished things off perfectly.

Over to you...
Do you love florals?
Or, are they out of your comfort zone?

Please let me know how you style your florals, in the comments...or tweet me @samantha4blair

Jacket: Topshop (vintage)...similar.
Skirt: Boden (this one is nice, and flirty!...and this one is lovely)
Blouse: Unknown (from a charity shop)..this is beautiful...this is a similar style without the florals!
Tights: Wolford
Shoes: Topshop (similar)
Bag: Hidesign (similar)
Earrings: H&M (these are nothing like mine...but pretty!)

Let me introduce...

Now it is time to introduce my fellow bloggers and their fabulous Floral outfits.

Dawn (from California) is making me a envious of her easy-breezy floaty dress, and the sunshine that goes with it!
There are only two colours in her that is something I could happily wear myself.
{I just need the mercury to rise a little more!}
This is a simple, but feminine, look and I am loving the extra floral "hit" from her vintage bag.

Floral dress: Calvin Klein
Floral handbag: Vintage
Gold weave wedges: Italian Shoemakers Brand (DSW)
Earrings: Bauble Bar

Sheela from Sheela writes.

Sheela is fearless and fiercely stylish!
This mix of patterns and colours is right up my street...and those shoes? Sigh. I love them.

Navy Blazer & Top: Thrifted
Polka Dot Leggings: JC Penny
Sunnies: Poshmark
Polymer Clay Rings: Etsy
Camellia Booties: ShoeDazzle

Andrea from Living on Cloud Nine.

Andrea is our guest blogger this month, from the Midwest.
Her blog is full of positivity and girly fun!
Her look is super-feminine, from head to toe.
Even her denim shirt can't escape the feminine touch, with a tie front and those fab chunky pearls!

Shirt: Loft
Maxi Skirt: Vintage Emanuel Ungardo
Shoes: Rosela 
Necklace: Fashion Bella
Bag: Hat Attack Tote
Bag Charm: Lenora Dame

Ann from Krembe de la Krembe

Ann is one talented lady.
She made this beautiful skirt and I want one (hint hint, Annie!).
I love how she tones things down, with a masculine shirt, and then amps up the femininity again with metallic heels and lacy socks!

Sunnies and earrings: Topshop
Necklace: from my Mom
Shirt and socks: Forever 21
Hamsa clutch: ASOS
Blue pumps: Vanilla Suite
Skirt: Kremb de la Kremb (hahahaha!)

Jennie from A pocketful of polka dots.

Jennie is someone who is not usually a fan of florals...although you would never guess from this shot!
The entire look, and the complimenting background, took my breath away.
I love how she tones down the floral punch with a plain tee and jeans.
So wearable.

Coat: Shein
Jeans: jcp
Shoes: Bamboo
Ring: Charming Charlie
Necklace: Old

Diane from Fashion on the fourth floor.

Diane usually adds a tomboy twist to her looks.
And this is no exception!
Her skirt maybe a full-on punch of florals, but she tones it all down with her casual gutties and a simple tied shirt.
Feminine, but not frou frou...making a statement skirt more wearable, for real life.

Shirt:  Target
Skirt:  Beulah 
Sneakers:  Cole Haan (Zero Grand) 
Watch:  Fossil from Macy's
Bracelet:  Charming Charlie

Mary from Curlybyrdie Chirps

Mary's take on the theme is classy, elegant and feminine.
I was not at all surprised, she oozes femininity.
I love the floatiness of the dress with her fabulous hair!
Her darker accessories make the look seasonless, too.

Dress: Taylor via Steinmart 
Shoes: Kohls 
Bag: Coach
Necklace: Walmart

If you liked his post you might also like:

The Fab 40's do Red and Pink...together!

Inspired? Join in the floral fun, and get my look...



  1. Wow! All these ladies have really outdone themselves!

    Some truly great inspiration here.

    I love that you kept with your brilliant ability to mix patterns. That floral top is lovely.


  2. It's such a great variety here!!
    All the same age group yet such different looks!! Isn't fashion wonderful that way?
    Can we just talk about that skirt on you? Makes your legs look oh la la!!

    1. Why thank you Jodie (blush)...You are right, the ladies all look so different. Style diversity is the spice of life! XXX

  3. You're such a doll!!! Thank you for all your kind and gracious words and thank you for your style inspiration!! Love your class, edge and beauty!!

  4. All so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the floral party with Vis Monday, xox


    1. Thank you for hosting Patti...and popping over to leave a comment! XXX

  5. Samantha, I am just loving how you made floral work for you! The muted stripes, tone on tone dots, and python flat mix brilliantly with your subtle floral blouse. Fabulous interpretation that still reflects your style.

    1. It was a tricky one Jennie...I was all at sea at first. Luckily some old favourites saved the day! XXX

  6. You pattern mix like a champ, Samantha! Love having you as part of our Fab 40's group!

    Dawn Lucy

    1. Thank you Dawn! I love being part of the group too. We are all so different, which is the best part. XXX

  7. I simply can't imagine you being apprehensive of anything remotely with a print, Sam, you're the colour whisperer. The pattern maestro. There's nothing you can't do when it comes to playing the colour and print game, and this outfit is no different. You've done a brilliant job in putting things which, at first glance, look completely at odds with each other but which, in the end, come together most stunningly!!

    1. It was a tricky one Sheela. Florals make me think of duvet covers and table cloths! Hahaha. Luckily I managed to make them more comfortable with my pattern-pals :oD. I may even wear this blouse with my dungarees next week, it is growing on me. XXX

  8. Well, this outfit looks very "you!" I love it!

    1. Thank you so much Andrea! It was touch and go for a while :oP XXX

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    1. Thank you so much. I love a pattern mix, it hides all kinds of trouble! XXX

  10. Why not? I am 50 and I love florals lol! Love how you ladies rock the trend - check out how I did it in my latest post and let me know what you think. Hope you had a lovely Easter!


    1. Age is no barrier to enjoying a little bit of what you love...florals included! Thank you for stopping by. XXX

  11. it's absolutely lovely how pattern mixing gave you comfidence to create a fabulous floral ensemble!, mwhaha, I'm loving it!! and loving that you added florals to your beautiful style as another element in a subtle clash of shades, and it's fabulous!
    love your accessorizing, as usual, particularly those big earrings!

    1. Monica, you are too kind! Thank you. These earrings were a bit of a weird one for me, I loved them but thought they would be heavy and sore. Fortunately they are (relatively) light and reasonable comfortable to wear! Result :oD XXX

  12. I too am a spur of the moment mood dresser. Anytime I try to force something it comes off looking just that; forced. You totally took florals and made them your own...this outfit is so you, I love it! I'm thinking I might have to check out those tights, they are completely undetectable on your legs.

    1. Thank you Debbie. I am glad you agree with mood-dressing, too.
      As for these tights, they are worth a look if you ever feel you need a little something on your legs. XXX

  13. I love florals and both you and those ladies are fab in them ! I love your mix of patterns, great inspiration as always. Many kisses !

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion & beauty blog

  14. Hi Sam, I hope to get more into pattern mixing this year.. Baby steps! Live this mix and the blouse is true love. The answer to your question is I was nicknamed the Floral Queen at one point. You will see me in many florals. Love them and it is fun to see everones take.😍

    Thanks for linking with THT

    1. Of course, Jess...I knew that you were a fan of the florals!
      You are indeed the floral queen. This would have been a doddle for you. XXX

  15. Hi Sam, I hope to get more into pattern mixing this year.. Baby steps! Live this mix and the blouse is true love. The answer to your question is I was nicknamed the Floral Queen at one point. You will see me in many florals. Love them and it is fun to see everones take.😍

    Thanks for linking with THT

  16. You know I am not much of a pattern mixer, but I really like your outfit. Looks so good! And of course, your fellow Fab 40 have done equilly well. Pro's really.

    1. Thank you Greetje. I know you are not a pattern mixer....not yet, anyway! (there is time)


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