5Over50 style challenge - orange is the new black

Monday, August 07, 2017

Welcome to our August edition of the 5Over50 style challenge.This is where one of the fashionable five over 50's choose a theme for us to style and yes, this month we're giving our interpretations of Orange is the new black, thanks to Ashley who's a huge fan of the TV series. My fellow bloggers have all entered into this one with great gusto so let's not shilly-shally any longer...

Here's a taster of what I've offered up -


Never one to be too predictable, I've chosen orange with accent colours of white, blue and lilac along with a sprinkling of metallics to round things off nicely. But more of that later...


Jacqui of Mummabstylish has given us textbook orange in all its glory. I love her long statement necklace that adds an elegant edge to this two piece. See the full story on her post here.


Orange trews, orange bag, orange hat and even orange lippy - yep, Gail has entered into the challenge big time. This casual look suits her down to the ground (no pun intended!) and you can see the whole shebang on her post here.


Laurie is sporting a summer chic style in her orange ensemble and it's pretty stunning to say the least. The pops of colour sing out against her sharp white trousers and white shopper. Visit her blog to get the lowdown here.


Ashley has donned her Orla Kiely tee shirt dress for today's challenge partnered with orange sandals and a cute raffia bag. A picnic must be waiting just off camera, don't you think? Sadly, this is her last post with the group due to work commitments, so do pop over to her blog for the final feature.



These silver glitter socks serve a dual purpose. Firstly they make a fashion statement, whatever that may be - I'll leave you to decide. But secondly, they help ease the rather tight fit of these new sandals which I've had since last summer without managing to stretch. Et viola - today I can!





If you're a regular, you'll have seen this dress before (a purchase from Tu at Sainsbury's from last summer) so I've tried to mix it up a bit with the white and metallic trim belt as well as the socks and mules. For some reason I felt I was channelling Vivienne Westwood the minute I donned this footwear - have I seen her in this combo I wonder, or is it just wacky enough to make me think of her? No matter, I broke the sandals in and they fit much better for having been stretched a bit at last.

Outfit details - dress and sandals: Tu at Sainsbury's, belt: charity shopped, heart pendant: Vanilla Boutique, rings: charity shopped, watch: Michael Kors, sunglasses: Quay Australia.

Linking with - 
Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb



Anna x

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24 comments

  1. This dress is so crazy good, Anna!! You have such an eye for great pieces!!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Hahaha, crazy good is a fab observation Jodie, thanks for that!

      Anna x

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  2. Looking super stylish in your pretty frock, you work these styles so well Anna. x
    Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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    1. Awww, thanks so much Jacqui. It's great that we all have our own sense of style - that's what makes it so interesting.

      Anna x

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  3. Another stunning look from you Anna, I love how you take a dress and add trendy elements that all work together so well. The ankle socks are a master stroke, and love the metallics which look great next to the different shades in the dress.

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    1. I had four orange outfits ready for this, but that's because I wear orange at least once a week at this time of year. This version was my first idea so I decided to stick with it. The rest will turn up on the blog over the next month. And yes, the socks were my marmite piece - love 'em, hate 'em, but you can't ignore them!

      Cheers!
      Anna x

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  4. Anna you are looking fab and fun and oh so young as ever, will miss you...wishing you luck I will be following along, stay in touch
    lots of love
    Ashley xx

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    1. Dear Ashley, this part of our collaboration is over far too quickly and I shall miss you too! Thanks for all your lovely comments and I expect to see more of you as conquer cyberspace x

      Anna

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  5. Anna, your styling of this dress is absolutely brilliant! This is my favorite style of dress and my closet is quickly filling up with them. And I adore the metallic socks with sandals and may be following your lead on that one very soon. I think I have been afraid to be so bold, but I am afraid no more thanks to your inspiration. The belt and necklace are so fabulous, too. And this print is to die for! So magnificent!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Dear Shelbee, what is there to fear? Fashion should be fun and life is too short not to try out these quirky little ideas. It's important to just wear it with confidence, own it, as they say and no-one will blink an eye. I'm so pleased to have inspired you - that's lovely to hear!

      Anna x

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  6. You all look fantastic! Love this theme!

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    1. I'm with you on that Nancy - orange is so inspiring!

      Anna x

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  7. Only you could look so good in ankle socks! Great dress, it must be perfect for so many summer's day occasions - hope we get one!

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    1. Ankle socks at 59 could be questioned, but what the heck! The dress is really cute and lovely material too. Yes, a bit of summer would be good before it's too late.

      Anna x

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  8. So many lovely ladies! Orange is an awesome colour and it's well-deployed in all of these outfits. Love the dress, Anna - I'm not so sure about the socks (for me)...but you look fabulous!

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    1. I love all of these outfits too Sheila, but orange does that for me. I knew the socks would have the marmite effect. No worries!

      Anna x

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  9. Orange is such a happy color! I love seeing all the orange outfits! And I love your dress! Orange looks great with white, blue, and lilac!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. Orange is indeed a happy colour and one that I wear for most of the summer. It's great to see all the different styling here isn't it?

      Thanks for dropping by!

      Anna x

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  10. Even your sneak preview of this great print had me excited for the full reveal and as usual you didn't disappoint dear Anna! I love the color combination and have decided that orange plays well with lots of other colors! Your little anklets are cute! They're unexpected and here they're being put to good work too! Win win!!
    Your fellow bloggers illustrate alot nice range of orange hues and stylings. Orange and yellow just seem to sing summer.

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    1. Thank you for your enthusisatic support as usual Jude. The challenge this month was no hardship for me at all - the difficulty was choosing which of my many orange outfits to feature! The anklets are not to everyone's taste, but that won't stop me having fun and trying out something different. "Dare to be different" is another of my mottos.

      Have a great week!
      Anna x

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  11. I love the dress and I really like the ankle socks with the sandals. It's a sock/shoe style that I haven't tried before, but I think you have inspired me!! Love your style!
    Debbie@debbiethisandthat.com

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    1. Hello Debbie! I'm delighted that the sock and sandal styling has captured your attention and do hope you like it when you try it out yourself.

      Thanks for dropping by x
      Anna

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  12. Fabulous look, Anna! Love the print of your dress and the fact that you truly made this look all your own by adding the metallic accessories. So fun!

    Mary
    http://marymurnane.com

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    1. Thanks so much Mary. These challenges are always fun - it's so good to find something new to add to the mix.

      Have a great week!
      Anna x

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