Catherine Summers

Catherine Summers
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Not Dressed As Lamb is my personal style blog, started on my 39th birthday to see if I could improve my style as I approached my 40th. That was three years ago, and I now freelance as a full time blogger and freelance writer - and couldn’t love it any more if I tried.
Post40Bloggers - underwear as outwear
So, I may be a bit behind the trend of wearing underwear as outwear, especially if we hark back to Madonna donning lace everything in the 80s, but when you see a pretty lace-trim camisole top you just have to go with it, no? I wore this as far back as Boxing...
Fashion shopping
The Instagram theme I launched at the beginning of August – I Will Wear What I Like (#iwillwearwhatilike) has been a wonderfully surprising success, with women sharing photos of themselves wearing items of clothing that we've been "told" we shouldn't be wearing over the age of 30 and It's...
Bardot black and white gingham dress
Fit-and-flare dresses make me think 1950s. Gingham makes me think summer. A gingham fit-and-flare dress just makes me think 1950s Brigitte Bardot in the French Riviera. Whilst I may be more Ann-Margret (hair-wise) than Bardot and I'm just here in a little lane in South West England, I think...
Spring showers floral raincoat, photo credit Catherine Summers
I'm desperately wearing brights and florals in a vain attempt to bring out the sun... so far it's not worked. But there's something about wearing brights that lifts your mood, despite the cold and the wind and the rain. I still love my mint loafers even though they were "The" colour...
Knee-high tan boots
Several years ago I bought myself a pair of tan, studded knee high boots, and before receiving them I wondered whether I'd made a huge mistake colour-wise. They weren't cheap - I'd bought them from Duo Boots to get my calf width exactly right - and almost straight away...
Blue-gold suit
A few firsts for my blog: menswear ideas on how to style a blue-gold suit, the first post taken over entirely by my husband, and outfits photos shot entirely by yours truly. I hope you'll take a minute to check out these images of a beautiful suit that I...
Older fashion woman
Today I'm musing an expression that's heard a lot in the media today with regards to fashion for ladies of a certain age: age appropriate. I guess it's meant as a term that's there to make older women feel reassured that they're doing the right thing, that they're dressing 'correctly', as society...
Older woman wearing hat
Fashion bloggers over 40... This may be a surprise to some, but it's actually great blogging in your forties (and, I should imagine, in your fifties, and sixties). If I were able to choose between starting a blog in my twenties or in my forties - the latter would...