5 Over 50 is a monthly ‘outfit challenge’ consisting of 5 ladies all over 50 plus one new theme every month, this adds up to five very different outfit interpretations.
5 over 50 July
July’s theme ’50 shades of Monochromatic’ has been set by Laurie from Vanity and me
Monochromatic means using only one colour, not to be confused with monochrome which means two tones.
You may have heard this trend referred to as ‘Tonal Dressing’. Think of Barbara Cartland who only ever dressed in ‘Cartland Pink’ a coral-hued shade she wore head-to-toe, lips included! What a woman – I loved her.
Whilst this theme has endless possibilities and at first glance appeared easy, I had a difficult time deciding which hue to choose and in what tones. Eventually I came up with three!
I couldn’t decide on one, therefore I will show you three outfits, one each in Cream, Black and Sunshine yellow…
For my first monochromatic outfit I choose to wear a lace blouse from JD Williams’ spring collection and some cream high waisted trousers from Mango. Shoes are from Radley and are a few years old, but I love them and because they are good quality they are wearing very well.
2. Sunshine yellow (aka mellow yellow)
I have fallen for yellow in a big way this year, it is everywhere!
I have to admit, I am actually writing this from Florida (I am visiting my Mum who lives here) but managed to photographed 3 outfits whilst I was still at home in Dorset last week!
The t-shirt is from Mango, the plimsolls are very old, the skirt is a charity find that I dyed.The bag is designed by Jane Foster, one of my favourite textile print designers (it’s actually a knitting bag)
This week whilst shopping in the Mall with my Mum I bought some shorts and a pretty top also in a pastel yellow and persuaded my darling Mum to help photograph me. I then bravely donned some shorts for the challenge!
Are you loving yellow this year too?
Shorts and t-shirt were both from TJ maxx (TK Maxx in the uk) but the bargain of the week has to be my yellow Kate Spade flip flops, they were approx £17 !
3. Black is back!
Well yes I do know black is a classic that never goes away, but it does fall out of favour every now and then. However, I still rely on black whenever a formal outfit is called for, don’t you?
Both the trousers and tunic top I have had for a long time. Sometimes I wear the top as a dress and sometimes belted as a blouse. My gold flat sliders/mules are from Mango and my Chanel gold chain belt, I have had for over 25 years!
So there you have it. I simply could not decide which ‘tonal outfit’ to feature, so I chose them all. It simply begs the question does it not?…
Which one do you like best?
Let me introduce to you my 5 over 50 friends and fellow challengers…
Please pop over to their blogs, say ‘Hi’ from me and have a look at their different interpretations of our monochromatic theme.
First up is my stunning friend Laurie: visit her at Vanity and Me Style blog
Next up is Anna who lives in the Scilly Isles, expect beautiful views as well as stylish outfits on her blog Anna’s Island Style
Jacqui is next and is lucky to have a daughter who is not only beautiful, but is also a very good photographer! See more on her blog Mamma B stylish
Last but not least is Gail, who actually had the idea for this marvellous 5 over 50 challenge. See more on her blog Is this Mutton. This pretty picture was taken in Greece whilst she was on holiday.
Are you enjoying our 5 over 50 monthly challenges? I certainly am! Until next month then…