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The Fab 40s - Marsala & Denim!

At the start of the year I made virtual friends with Sheela a fellow blogger who blogs over at Sheela Writes & was honoured to be included in her article all about whether we should dress our age (see here).  

Since then Sheela has started the Project Sister Act which sees a group of bloggers of various ages interpret a theme each to their individual style to demonstrate that style knows no age.  This month Sheela has decided to do a special feature featuring bloggers who are over 40 & she has very kindly asked me to take part in the project.

The theme for March is Marsala & Denim & despite a fair few items hanging in my wardrobe, can you believe that I only own two items of clothing in a burgundy shade?!!  Yup a hole that will no doubt have to be filled at some point but I'm digressing.  Back to my two items - a pleather pencil skirt & a scarf adorned with stars.  

Seeing as we're having a bit of a chilled out day I decided to go with my scarf & follow a stars & stripes theme & team my Boden dipped hem sweatshirt with some distressed denim, trainers & of course a blazer.


My Midlife Fashion, Stripes, Breton, Sweatshirt, Scarf, Stars, Boyfriend Jeans, Distressed Denim, Blazer, Jacket, Trainers, Mango, Zara, h and m, Boden


Scarf - H&M
Sweatshirt - Boden
Blazer - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Trainers - Mango


What I love about the idea of this project is seeing everyone's different take & how each blogger has interpreted the theme to reflect their individual style.  So without further ado here's how everyone else involved in the project styled their look.




The LIFB Issue


Denim Jacket - Levi
Top - Topshop
Trousers - ASOS
Shoes - Zara
Bracelet - The Rubz






Shawl - NY & Co
Jeans - Diesel
Clutch - Diesel
Shoes - Louboutin




Fashion Should Be Fun


Jacket - Lucky Brand
Necklace - Lucky Brand
Tank - The Loft
Dress - Vintage
Shoes - Madden Girl




Kremb De La Kremb


Dress - New Look
Denim Jacket - Gap
Clutch - From a market stall in New Delhi
Shoes - from a boutique in Hong Kong
Earrings - Amrapali




Sheela Writes


Jacket - H&M
Tank - Alexander McQueen
Capris - Babushka
Shoes - Gladiator Booties
Bag - Weekend


I love seeing all the various interpretations & taking ideas to store for future outfits, & especially love the idea of teaming a sequin dress with a simple denim jacket.

Finally just in case you want to 'shop my style', here's how you can recreate my look from finds on the high street.


Denim & Marsala, Boden, Zara, Mango, ASOS, My Midlife Fashion, Shop My Style, Stripes, Breton, Sweatshirt, Checks, Oversized Scarf, White Trainers, Blazer, Jacket


Scarf - ASOS £18
Sweatshirt - Boden £49
Blazer - Mango £39.99
Jeans - Mango £29.99
Trainers - Mango £44.99


So what do you think - do you feel that style knows no bounds?  With age being just a number & provided you cover your modesty & can carry the look off women should dress for themselves & in what makes them feel good?  Or are you in the other camp & believe certain age rules such as women over a certain age shouldn't bare their legs or wear ripped jeans?!!

I think it's safe to say you know my feelings on the subject & of course society has changed so much since our grandparents age.  Hell I believe you're as young as you feel & if dressing for you keeps you young at heart who is anyone to say you can't?!!  Surely it's a matter of wearing what makes YOU feel good but as always I'd love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

Have a fab Sunday I've got another exciting day ahead tomorrow so I'm currently trying to stop the nerves kicking in!!!

See you in the morning.

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20 comments

  1. I love your scarf! Marsala has always been one of my most favorite colors and I can't believe I don't even have any of it my closet right now. I'll be on the look out as I'm hoping since it's a popular color now I'll be able to find something for me.
    Thanks for the lineup!

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    1. Hi Joni it's a stunning colour isn't it & like you I was surprised how little I had in my wardrobe but sounds like the perfect excuse to go shopping ;-)
      Jane xx

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  2. You know my sentiments on dressing and how rules are meant to be broken :) thank you so much for being a part of this, Jane. Your style is such a stark contrast with mine that I very often live vicariously through your outfit posts. For real.

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    1. Sheela I've loved been part of the project & seeing how we each interpreted the theme to adapt to our own style.
      Thank you for introducing me to some fabulous ladies.
      Jane xx

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  3. Love the Project Sister Act - Jane, your blog just keeps on giving!! :) Thanks!!!!

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    1. Aww thanks my lovely :-)
      Jane xx

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  4. Age appropriate style! Really, who coined that phrase, I can't stand it. Bring out the ripped jeans and most of my skirts are above the knee. Love the post and I'm a new follower of Shelia x

    PS. good luck for tomorrow x

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    1. Glad you're with me Lotty - life's too short to not enjoy what you're wearing isn't it.
      And thank you for the good wishes for tomorrow I've been keeping myself busy today to stop myself thinking & have ended up re-arranging our son's bedroom!!
      Jane xx

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  5. Hi Jane! I'm excited to meet you and be introduced to your style. It's so urban chic. Love it!! I also don't have much marsala--hence the sequin shift! I picked it up over the Christmas holidays thinking it'd make the perfect Christmas dress. Now I'm having fun pulling it out for every day wear:D

    Here's to The Fab 40s!!

    Love,

    Ann of Kremb de la Kremb

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    1. Ann it's been amazing to 'meet' you too & I just love your outfit. It contains everything I love - denim, sparkles & of course leopard print!
      Jane xx

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  6. Dear Jane, I truly LOVE your style, love the casual look about it. I would wear this just as it is. By the way: To me there's no such thing as dressing age appropriately, ugh I hate that. Everyone has to find out what looks best on her and that depends so much on what type you are, the body and all. And then wear everything with a smile - you do that perfectly, love it! Love, Kirsten xx

    www.thelifbissue.com

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    1. I totally agree with you Kirsten on people working out what suite them best in terms of life & body shape, after all fashion is about having fun surely?!
      Jane xx

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  7. What a wonderful way to celebrate women and their style Jane! Just proving that there is inspiration is everywhere and proving that it can be adapted to suit any woman, age is irrelevant, it's your attitude and confidence that counts! xx

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    1. I love taking inspiration from everyday life Michelle, after all it's much more wearable than a lot of things we see on the catwalk isn't it & I think there's nothing more beautiful than a woman wearing clothes that make her feel & look good, no matter what her age.
      Jane xx

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  8. What a great idea! I love seeing other women's styles. Age is just a number as far as I'm concerned and as long as we feel confident and comfortable in what we wear, who cares what others think! Lynne xx

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    1. Couldn't agree more Lynne & like you it's lovely to look at other people's style for inspiration.
      Jane xx

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  9. Jane, so great to "meet" you through this project and I'm looking forward to following your blog now! Great casual look!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Dawn & it's been lovely to 'meet' you too :-)
      Jane xx

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  10. What a great project to take part in! I think its a great colour on you Jane! x

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    1. It's been lovely being part of the project Andrea & seeing everyone's interpretations on the theme.
      Jane xx

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