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Monday, 26 December 2016

The Fab 40's | 8 Ways to Wear Tartan, over 40.

The fab 40's in Tartan | Vintage pencil skirt and purple peep toes!

Welcome back to the fab 40's.

I am delighted to be part of a 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.
Each month there is a new theme chosen by one of the group.

The fab 40's in Tartan | Vintage pencil skirt and purple peep toes!

This month's theme is Plaid.

Plaid is a word I never use.
Of course, I have heard it used a lot online but I was not 100% sure what it really meant!
So I looked it up.

I was very pleased to read that plaid does not necessarily have to be a full on tartan pattern, and can include other checks like Madras, Gingham, Windowpane and Houndstooth.

This came as a huge relief as wearing tartan, in Scotland, at Christmas can look a little obvious.

I LOVE a splash of tartan, but sometimes I like to think outside the box.... or the checks, in this case!

{See some other Tartan outfits HERE, HERE and HERE}

The fab 40's in Tartan | Vintage pencil skirt and purple peep toes!

This outfit came together very easily.

My (much loved) vintage skirt was feeling far too "daywear", and deserved a little evening glamour.

{See it looking all sensible(ish)  HERE and HERE}

Tucking in a purple satin top picked up the purple in the skirt's pattern.
An obi belt pulled everything together and gave me a waist!

The fab 40's in Tartan | Vintage pencil skirt and purple peep toes!

Sparkly tights and peep toe heels glammed things up some more.
Simple, but noticeable, jewellery finished my look off nicely.

The fab 40's in Tartan | Vintage pencil skirt and purple peep toes!

TOP: Topshop
SKIRT: Vintage
NECKLACE: V&A in London.
SHOES: Boden, found in a charity shop.
BAG: Fiorelli
OBI: Tkmax
TIGHTS: Gerbe c/o My stockings.

Introducing our Guest blogger this month... 

Alison from Get your pretty on

Allison has kept her outfit wearable and easy going.
An everyday look with fun touches.
I love the look of a statement necklace under the collar of a shirt and you can't go wrong with a touch of leopard fun!
This outfit is ageless, and I would happily wear it tomorrow.

Sheela from Sheela Writes

We can always rely on Sheela to push the boundaries and make us think outside the age-appropriate box.

These leather culottes look amazing on her, and that casual tee makes the whole look seem as easy going as it is edgy.
Another fabulous look!

Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

Ann is the epitome of Christmas cheer!
Full on tartan.
Sparkly shoes.
A bold lip.
This outfit makes me smile.
Merry Christmas to you too dear Ann!! 

Jennie from A pocketful of polka dots

I am loving Jennie's green skirt and her bold mix of vibrant colours.
This is another outfit that makes me happy!
Apple green.
Leopard shoes.
And, the best accessory of all?
Jennie's hair!

I love Diane's choice of colours here.
Muted and elegant.
That sparkly brooch and those flouncy cuffs.... so pretty and feminine.

{Although, I suspect someone else had to do the washing up! :op}

Diane always manages to look cool and effortless.
And, I have serious hair envy.... I love her fabulous wild curls!

Mary from Curlybyrdie Chirps

Mary's got curves to die for in this outfit.
This is how a pencil skirt should look!

{I now feel a bit silly mentioning my waist in my obi belt ;op}

A feminine blouse, velvet shoes and windowpane check...what's not to love here?

Veronica from CID Style file

Beautiful Veronica is a girl after my own heart!
Ripped jeans.
A cosy cardigan and a casual scarf.
This would be my go-to look for everyday.
Simple and cool.

{Notice the touches that give polish and femininity... a bold lip and a glimpse of ankle. Subtle but effective}

Another ageless look.

Over to you...
Do you like to wear checks and tartan?
What would you have worn?

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The fab 40's in Tartan | Vintage pencil skirt and purple peep toes!




  1. I really like how you added a bit of glamour to your houndstooth skirt, which, by the way, I am also glad you added a close up shot of so we could see the colors better. I always enjoy seeing ways you incorporate this obi into your looks and keep thinking I will add one to my wardrobe. The pretty purple satin, sparkly tights, and bejeweled peep-toes are so pretty and I think you look marvelous!

    1. Thank you so much Jennie... I know my houndstooth was a little bit of a plaid cheat :oO
      You should snap up an obi belt if you see one Jennie! XXX

  2. Samantha I loved this look so beautiful and those shoes simply amazing! Happy Holidays lovely lady :)

  3. This skirt has a very unique color combination and you styled it wonderfully Samantha. The sky tights and cool shoes elevate the look to a dressier vibe.
    All of the collaborating bloggers did week with adding tarten but I'm in love with Ann's plaid mixing. Who'd have thought the two plaids would look so amazing together! !
    I'm also very fond of Diane's darling little pant suit. What a charming dressy outfit!! I'm wondering if this is vintage?

    1. Me too Judy! I was bowled away by Ann's look :oD....I knew we could rely on her to take Plaid (or Tartan) to the MAX!!! XXX

  4. Samantha such a rebel, going with houndstooth! LOL Great look and those sparkly tights are too fab.

  5. I love your houndstooth skirt, it's a stunning versatile piece, it fits you like a dream and you look gorgeous wearing it!. Lovely color combo, and lovely satiny top which echoes your shoes color! it rocks!!
    Such and amazing bunch of ladies wearing plaid!, very inspiring!

  6. If I had to describe your outfit with just one word, Sam, I'd say POSH. You look picture perfect posh in those jewel tones. So fabulous and chic, and in a plethora of colours that work beautifully together :)

  7. I love this! I dont own much plaid or tartan! The magenta color in the top and shoes look amazing with the red plaid. And I think I need an Obi Belt. I have been looking for thick belts.. this is cool
    Thanks for linking with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

  8. Magneta, red & purple! Another fabulous, elegant look in these jewel tones. I don't know how you pulled together so many colors so effortlessly! You are the most unique stylish gal I know! Thanks again for more incredible inspiration! xxx Diane


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