5 Over 50 July 50 shades of Monochromatic

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 June 50 shades of Monochromatic

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…

  1. Cream:

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic

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.

cream trousers from mango and blouse from Jd william

5 over 50 june cream trousers from mango and blouse from Jd william


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!

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic

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)

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic


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?

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic

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 !

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic


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?

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic

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!

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic

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

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic


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

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic


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 

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic


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.

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic

Are you enjoying our 5 over 50 monthly challenges? I certainly am! Until next month then…

Have you seen the May and June challenges?

Linking with Catherine from not lamb / Patti of not dead yet style



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  1. 10/07/2017 / 21:22

    Stunning outfits, as always! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday! xx

  2. 04/07/2017 / 22:50

    Wow, you’ve got some super outfits here Ashley, I love the white – it’s super stunning. Snap with the yellow – great minds eh? Jacqui

    • 05/07/2017 / 15:43

      Thank you yes i am loving all the yellows this year!

  3. 04/07/2017 / 10:05

    Love ’em all! They bounce between simple elegance, playfulness and pure sophistication. What is there not to like about that range?! Well done on the work put into the challenge.

    • 04/07/2017 / 14:45

      Hi Mary!

      So pleased you like my choices! thanks for your comment too. I very much appreciate it!
      have a super day…
      best Ashley xx

  4. 04/07/2017 / 00:53

    I love all of your monochromatic outfits! I really can’t pick a favorite – all are great! I haven’t worn just one color in a very long time. I should change that…

    • 04/07/2017 / 14:51

      Hello and thank you, it is a nice idea and very easy if you have a fave colour that you buy all the time!
      Ashley xxx

  5. 03/07/2017 / 22:07

    So much to learn from you in this post Ashley, in particular the difference between Monchrome and Monchromatic! Hahaha, I maybe chose to misunderstand that as one colour didn’t really inspire me…

    You on the other hand clearly revel in monchromatic styling. The love all the yellow which is a perfect way to conjure up the sun on a British summer’s day.

    Love all of these Ashley x


    • 03/07/2017 / 23:29

      Ha ! Anna I must admit I had to look it up as I kept getting confused too……please dont worry you look fabulous as usual!
      Ash xxx

  6. 03/07/2017 / 14:53

    All these monochromatic looks are terrific! You’ve all inspired me to try it today. And thanks for linking up with Vis Monday. xox


    • 03/07/2017 / 23:28

      hello Patti!
      Glad you approve! I love your link up?
      Ashley x

  7. 03/07/2017 / 09:38

    Three great looks Ashley – the knitting bag with the yellow maxi skirt is inspired!! Looking forward to your challenge next month!

  8. Sharon
    03/07/2017 / 09:24

    As ever, you rock everything you wear – I really love the yellow on you and particularly like the skirt you dyed – a great idea! x

    • 03/07/2017 / 13:17

      Sharon thank you! I think you may be my biggest fan!!

  9. 03/07/2017 / 08:38

    I’m the new Barbara Cartland! You did a fantastic job on this challenge. I love all the looks. I will give you my postal address for that lace top! xx

    • 03/07/2017 / 13:15

      Hhaaa thanks Barb! popping over to you now!
      mwah mwah !