My signature colour - July's Style Not Age challenge


Welcome to another Style Not Age challenge!

Suddenly it's the last Monday in July and time for this month's style challenge. Where has this month gone? Since returning to work three weeks ago I've fallen back into that crazy headless chicken mode again. In fact, it's as if I never had all of those months on furlough, getting on top of chores and making home a place of order, tidiness and calm. Now it's back to the chaos that seems to come with normal working life. But hey, let's focus on the challenge of the month - My Signature Colour. As you can see I have opted for a veritable rainbow of colours as I have no single one that is my signature. We'll have a closer look at the outfit in a minute, but first let's check out the rest of the Style collective to see what colours they chose.




Jacqui from Mummabstylish is bit like me, not able to choose only one colour, instead she's opted for this pretty pink and blue patchwork dress that she picked up in the Next sale.




Style Splash's Emma is a big fan of red and is sporting this fabulous creation by Dark Pink from Asos with co-ordinating shoes from M&S.




Blogger Gail from Is This Mutton has chosen lilac as her favourite colour and how very flattering it is! I do love the pink accessories too Gail. 




Hilda says orange/red is her colour and this looks stunning on her. She's recently had her hair coloured and it, and she, look great. Catch up with Hilda on her blog Over The Hilda.




I'm never happier than when I'm wearing bright colours and this look has it all! The Jaeger skirt is a vintage piece, pre-loved of course and a much loved favourite of mine. 




The net underskirt gives body to the skirt and add that bit of pizzazz that I so love. There's nothing understated about this outfit today, but sometimes I'm just larger than life!




The white ruffle blouse is by Jovonna, a find from TK Maxx last year and perfect for this over the top bit of dressing up. 




Much as I think the skirt and pop art shoes are perfect together...




... by adding this handbag it takes the outfit to a whole other level. It's pure riotous assembly in colour and yes, represents my signature style colourwise. 




The handbag has no label and is a charity shop find from my November shopping trip in London with my friend Ben. My rings are both charity shopped too.




A show-off outfit deserves show-off sunglasses and these old favourites are just the job! In case you've missed them before, the brand is Quay Australia.




Steve and I had an interesting time when we did this photo shoot last weekend. Within a minute of leaving the house (which is actually exactly here in this photo) the heel of my shoe came apart from the sole. In true the show must go on style, Steve bashed said heel and squeezed it back into place so that I could walk about (albeit gingerly) for the shots.




The heel came off the other shoe almost a year ago so I posted it to the cobblers in Truro to have it mended. And then when it came back, a funny thing happened. I had lost its partner. As it sat on a book shelf during the winter I kept looking at this beautiful solitary shoe mocking me for having paid £30 to have it repaired and now it seemed that it would forever be a showcase piece with its wearing days a thing of the past. I even put it out of the way at one point, annoyed at my stupidity. I questioned the chain of events. Had I just thrown the partner away when the shoe broke as I was appalled at the quote to have it repaired? The shoes had cost me £8.50 in a charity shop in Harrogate, worn only once before and now it'd cost me £30 to have it fixed? Yes, clearly I'd been so cross that I'd chucked the other one away in disgust. From time to time throughout the winter I'd come across the single shoe and get all excited that I'd found the other one. Only it wasn't! And then when I was unfurloughed I was digging through a pile of boxes at work and hey presto! The partner was in a shoebox under some files. So here's another £30 gone as I have this one repaired too. Man these shoes aren't quite the bargain I thought they were!

                                                                                   Anna x

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  1. OMG the colours in the skirt and shoes are just fantastic. I adore your rainbow colours..though you did make it difficult to analyse you... Ha Ha. xx

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    1. I found it impossible to just choose one colour Hilda and then it came to me to wear this skirt. I'd like to think I'm rainbow bright most of the time x

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  2. Wow, what a fabulous skirt! I love the shoes and bag too, they go together so well! I share your pain with the shoes - my favourite boots that I bought on eBay split across the sole and the cobbler said they can't be repaired. I can't bear to throw them away though.

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. I must admit it wasn't so much that the heel came off, more that this was only the second time I've worn them - the first time was when the other heel came off!!!!

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  3. Funny story about the shoes... well not so funny for you. That happens to me so often. Not being able to find both shoes or just the one. I just never throw them out.
    Your outfit is so you: larger than life and celebrating it. Perfect. Love it and all the items you chose. Why be a chicken when you can be a bird of paradise, right?
    Greetje

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    1. I've definitely learnt a shoe lesson here Greetje and won't be throwing any of mine out in a hurry! How lovely to be referred to as a bird of paradise x

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  4. oh anna! the shoe thing has happened to me before! such a bummer, because such a great pair of shoes! and the skirt is so amazing!!
    xo eva

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  5. When I first saw this post in my Reader, I thought, "Anna's signature colour is WHITE?? Since when??" as I couldn't tell that the skirt was patterned! Phew, thank goodness - your favourite is actually All The Colours! It would be hard for me to choose too.

    I adore this wonderful skirt and YES to the Floofy Underskirt! I love that you pattern-mixed all of these rainbow-hued items together. So much fun!

    I'm glad you found your shoe! However, a shoe that breaks like that - both shoes! - is a piece of crap. I'd bin it.

    Lovely to see you, Anna, and I'm happy that things are relatively back to normal for you. I'm still on part time work days, sigh, but am gearing up for a bunch of folks coming back to the office in a couple of weeks.

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    1. I found it impossible to choose just one colour and so this skirt was the perfect solution. It was great fun pulling this together and yes, it's a bummer that the shoes have been a cheap buy, but the first repair was sound and I know the guy will fix them good and proper this time.

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  6. What a brilliant skirt, love that it has tulle under it! I love it with that gorgeous frilly blouse, that will go with so much! Great challenge again, loved it. Jacqui x

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    1. Cheers Jacqui. I loved this challenge too, although it did perplex me at the start as to what to choose!

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  7. Great to see the vibrant pattern up close on your skirt and shoes, amazing kaleidoscope of colour! I love the ruffled blouse too.

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    1. Wasn't this a great challenge Gail? I loved you in lilac - it's such a good colour for your skin x

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  8. That skirt is fab; I love the riot of summer colours and totally understand that it’s difficult to choose a signature colour when you love all colours and enjoy a vibrant way of dressing.
    I think that I too might have struggled to choose a colour for this challenge; but, I do love orange; it always seems to cheer me.
    My goodness, those shoes Anna; I don’t think I’d pay for another repair ..why not check out eBay for another pair that are the same/similar!

    Wishing you a happy week ahead. X




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    1. I love orange too, but there again, I love so many bright colours that this skirt seemed to be the best answer. I'm on a twelve month shopping break and it somehow seemed better to just get the other shoe fixed. Not only that, but you can see how well they work with my existing wardrobe x

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  9. loving that your signature colour is 'all of them' ;DDD
    Such a fabulous outfit!, the prints and colours are so stunning and you're so talented mixing and matching them!. Looking Gorgeous!
    And these shoes are living such an adventurous life!, one of them being repaired, then losing its partner, meeting it again, and having to be separated once more!. ;DDD
    besos

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    1. It was great fun putting this outfit together - all of the colours and patterns just seem so very me. The shoes are indeed having an adventurous life, but I'll cherish them all the more when they're finally back together again!

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