Style Not Age do polka dots

Monday, March 26, 2018


Hello again, and thanks for joining me today when I'm taking part in the monthly collaboration, Style Not Age. Jacqui has chosen polka dots as our style challenge, so let's get on with it!



I'll be honest with you and say that I don't wear polka dots very often meaning I was a tad panic-stricken when the challenge was revealed. As luck would have it though, I found this top when I was on the mainland recently. It's from F&F at Tesco and was reduced to £8 in the sale. Kerching! Problem solved.




It's Jacqui's challenge and she's looking as sleek as ever in this fresh combination of yellow, navy and mustard. Her fashion rule of take three colours works a treat here - see the full story of how she pulled this look together on her blog Mummabstylish.




Hilda has opted for her favourite dotty dress from Biba, topping it with a peplum sweater for a cosy yet trendy twist. Do pop over to her blog Over The Hilda to see more.




Emma from Style Splash is sporting micro mini dot trousers for this month's challenge along with a dotty trimmed top. Her jacket is just like a burst of spring, don't you think? Join Emma on her blog to read more about how she created her look.




When I bought the tunic I somehow imagined that I'd wear it with some black jeans and maybe my silver brogues, but when I started playing around, I thought these culottes (from Primark) were much more suited to my mood of the day - flamboyant, I suppose. I liked the idea of some pattern play with dots and checks in this palette of black, white and grey. 




Plus it also gave me a great excuse to bring out my favourite sockboots. You may be sick of seeing them, but I'm afraid they're here to stay. The brand is H&M, but I fancy they sold out long ago.




My collection of red toned jewellery is ever expanding thanks to all of these charity shop finds.




If you're a regular reader, you'll probably recognise the familiar backdrop, taken just a few steps from my workplace. The gallery is open once again and Polly is firmly ensconced as my  Gallery Assistant-cum-blog-photographer. Cue lots of hamming it up for the camera as Polly tells me off for too much chat and not enough action.







My antics have become so commonplace now that no-one gives me a second glance as I jig about for two minutes in the morning before we start work.






And there you have it, another monthly style challenge in the bag. I do hope you've taken some inspiration for the group and would love to hear from you if polka dots are your thing.

I'd like to take a moment to say hi to our two blogging friends who were part of our previous collaboration the 5 Over 50 challenge. Gail of Is This Mutton just so happens to be featuring polka dots on her blog today so you may want to pop over to see how she's done. Gail is still having fun blogging as well as preparing for a big walking challenge with her husband this year. 

Laurie from Vanity And Me is going from strength to strength with her fashion and beauty blog. Barely a week goes by without this lovely lady popping up in social media and the press. This doesn't surprise me as she is a great role model for the older woman who is refusing to be labelled as one of the invisible generation. Laurie truly has her finger on the pulse of everything that we want to know. Do take a moment to read the varied features about this busy woman's life. 

Linking with -
Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb
Jacqui of Mummabstylish


Anna x

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34 comments

  1. I love the mix of prints and the pops of red Anna! I've just bought a pair of grey culottes so I'm going to try them with my red sock boots!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Ooooo, I can't wait to see how they look Emma! I'm totally besotted with my sock boots and just don't have enough days in the week to fit in all the outfits they inspire.

      Anna x

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    2. I just passed on some pretty blue sock boots in the Primark sale - tut, tut eh? xx

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    3. Oh goodness, what were you thinking?!

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  2. Lovely as always Anna, and what a fabulous footnote about our previous challenge companions. Looking forward to starting the next challenge, I do hope it wont fill you with dread - lol. xxx Jacqui Mummabstylish

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    1. I think that's the whole idea of the challenge though Jacqui, to make us step out of our comfort zone and discover something new. Bring it on sweetie!

      Anna x

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  3. There are so many reasons to love this outfit, Anna! The first---those boots!! I love my sock booties (I told my hubby they are like leggings for my feet--they don't hurt and I can wear them all day).
    And then the print mixing. You are amazing in that sense, and I think I might need more polka dots just to copy you!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes Jodie, sock boots are just so comfortable aren't they? Not only that, but they make me feel really elegant too.
      Thanks for the compliments. I love to play around with my clothes and pattern play is a fun part of that too.

      Anna x

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  4. I'm surprised! I thought you bought the sock boots at Zara. That's where I bought mine.

    You all look lovely in your polka dots and would have fit in perfectly with the Yayoi Kusama exhibit I wrote about today : P

    Suzanne

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    1. I did buy some sock boots at Zara but they're the black and bronze patterned ones.
      Your review of the show was great by the way - what an extraordinary talent!

      Anna x

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  5. We'll never tire of those fab boots, Anna! Love your dots mixed with plaid for an unexpected pleasure. thanks for linking up, xo

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks Patti. The unexpected is a joy for me too!

      Anna x

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  6. So many fun looks here! I thought of you when I was in Vancouver this weekend - a shoe store (Brown's) still has those bright boots in red and yellow (I think they might have been Steve Madden?).

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    1. Oh dear, how very tempting that sounds. Suzanne looks sensational in her yellow ones and wouldn't that be a great colour for spring! Sasha is heading over there in May, but I fancy they'll be sold out by then...

      Anna x

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  7. I LOVE polka dots and I like seeing how they have all been styled differently here! Your red sock boots are great so I will not get tired of them! I used to have some black ones like that from Primark but I do have some M&S Wedge velvet ones still!
    I am glad Polly is back and you have your fun photo sessions again!x

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    1. Kezzie, you and polka dots doesn't surprise me - I've probably seen that on instagram. I'm pleased to hear that you've got sock boots too - they're just so comfy aren't they?

      Have a lovely week!
      Anna x

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  8. What a fabulous polkadot feature!
    I absolutely love the tunic and how you styled it with the men’s wear trousers. The red sock boots are amazing, a perfect pop of color.
    Well done and a refreshing read!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. Oh, thank you Elle, how kind! I love mixing things up and thought this made a nice change from the predictable. The boots really do pep up any outfit!

      Wishing you a good week ahead!
      Anna x

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  9. Dang! I just love the way you bust up my notions of a good print mix!! For some reason a plaid combined with polka dots hadn't occurred to me. It's really fun and funky and YES to those red sock boots bringing in a nice color splash!!
    Your posing looks like a little flip book of a cute dance and it works! Whatever words of inspiration Polly is coming up with are working very well because your joyfulness is shining through Anna!

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    1. Hahaha, I'm so pleased that this combo has provided you with some new inspiration Jude. Anything goes with patttern play you know - you just have to keep trying things out until something gels.
      My morning moves come thanks to the radio DJ, Chris Evans, who I listen to as I get dressed. I tend to dance around in my bedroom (am I 16 or 60 I sometimes wonder?) and then the moves come back to me as Polly heckles me for more! Joy is my middle name sweetie, hahaha.

      Have a fab week!
      Anna x

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  10. That last one was me, Jude, :-)

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  11. You know I like polka dots so this was a definite yes for me!It was windy when the photos were taken I can see but the top is lovely and I like the contrast with the plaid culottes. The sock boots are fab!

    The other women look fab as well. Polka dots rock!

    Hope your week is going well.
    xxxx

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    1. It's funny how some prints are favourites for us isn't it Vronni? Florals and paisley print is much more my thing, but I did enjoy how this print mix came together by the end. And oh goodness, I don't know where I'd be without my beloved sockboots now!

      Happy Easter to you!
      Anna x

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  12. My comment disappeared TEARDROP I was saying how enamoured I am of your look, Anna. And that you can wear those red sock boots as often as you like. They make my heart sing.

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    1. Hello lovely lady, long time no see! Sorry about the technical blip - such a drag when that happens! Glad to hear that this makes the grade with you my dear. Must swing by to see what you're up to!

      Enjoy your Easter day!
      Anna x

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  13. I do love your combination of polka dots and checks with your red boots. I was surprised that you found spots a challenge , I had imagined the fun of spots to be just up your alley.

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    1. I suppose spots and dots just haven't been on my radar Jill. Now that I've got this pretty top I can see I'll be playing about with this print a bit more often.

      Hope you have a lovely Easter!
      Anna x

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  14. Thanks for the kind mention! Loving your bold pattern mixing, and the red boots are sublime. I wish I could find red jewellery in my occasional charity shop forays!

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    1. You're very welcome Gail. My success in chartiy finds comes from a regular seach rather than the occasional foray - it does take time and perserverance my dear, but I love feeling the joy at finding the right piece.

      Have a great Easter day!
      Anna x

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  15. Aw, I've just popped over for a read and seen this oh so lovely message at the bottom. Feeling very humble here at such lovely words Anna. Thank you. As I said before, you are the cool that I am not! Who'd have though of mixing Polka dots and Check like this? Yet it looks perfect.
    Laurie xx

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    1. I have such admiration for you and everything you're being featured in Laurie, so just wanted to flag that up sweetie. Pattern play is always a surprise when it works, especially to me!

      Happy Easter!
      Anna x

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  16. lovely outfit!, I love those mixed patterns and the fab red jewelry which match your boots!, so stunning!
    Gorgeous!
    besos

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    1. Ah dearest Monica, how very kind of you! We have a shared love of all things bright and beautiful don't we?

      Lovely to hear from you!
      Anna x

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