Fashion and beauty blog for the more mature woman not ready to hang up the high heels yet.

08/05/2017

Bonmarche - Relaxed Style In Neutrals


Hi Everyone
Sunglasses are stuck firmly on my head again in the hope that they might be needed and not on my eye's. When is the weather going to pick up in the south?!!

Here I am showing you one of my favourite styles that I have worn so far for our better weather and it's freezing!!




I'm styling casual Neutrals today. Now, if you have been reading for a while you will know by now that these are my favourite colours. Pure and simple. I like colour too, but for me, I always feel good in a blend of Neutral shades.

Bloggers are always banging on about how we need to "use more colour" but I actually think it's ok to go completely the other way too.


This jacket from Bonmarche has been so popular it's already low in stock, but I'm sure they will get more in pretty soon. I say this is Neutral, but it actually has Navy, Aqua and white stripes in the material. 



The trousers are Linen blend, flared and have a tie waist detail. I travelled to this location to have a coffee beforehand, and I'm quite pleased that they haven't creased much at all. I'm normally put of Linen for this reason, but this material is really soft and not stiff like some Linen can be. You can buy these in Black too if you prefer here a bargain price of £18.00


I styled the outfit easily with Gold and wood tones. The lock I'm wearing was my daughters from her charm bracelet when she was just five years old. As it became heavy with charms, a new lock had to be purchased, and she gave the redundant one to me. It's been on my neck every day for around eighteen years.



A linen and leather bag in Blue and new Espadrilles finished the look. It's all very natural!



I love sitting here! It's got to be one of the most peaceful parts of Kew in London I love this seat and would love something like this in my garden!

What do you think about the Neutral blends of the outfit? I know I will swap this for Navy when the weather turns to Autumn. Mind you, I could have done that today! It feels like Autumn!


Do take a look at the Bonmarche website. There's a huge sale on there at the moment. Or pop into the store and grab a bargain!

Jacket c/o Bonmarche
Trousers c/o Bonmarche
Bag - Zaeem Jamal
Watch - Daniel Wellington

XO Laurie

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  1. Laurie as usual you are looking cool, elegant and bright and brezzy at the same time how do you do it? Plus who is your fab photographer?
    best wishes
    Ashley xx

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    1. Thank you Ashley! The photographer is sometimes my OH or other wise it's just me! I will pass on the compliment, it will make up for all my bossing about! xx

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  2. Gorgeous outfit, gorgeous you! I love neutrals, especially in summer. I have a passion for white and light beige. I love the cut of your trousers and the tie arrangement. Super all round!

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    1. Thank you Mary. The trousers are highly recommended! really comfortable!!

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  3. I love this natural monochrome outfit. You look so amazing. These trousers look great! Glases for hairaccessoire, cool idea :)
    XO Tina

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    1. Thank you Tina! Glasses are always on my head! Bad habits die hard! xx

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  4. again another shop i've ignored having associated it with my gran

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    1. Oh shame! Do take a look! It's changed so much this last couple of years. Worth a look for sure. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you return xx

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    1. Thank you Rose. It's good to see you back here! xx

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  6. Gorgeous outfit, Laurie. You really do suit neutrals as well as colour. I'm not to great in light beiges and creams - I'm better in darker tones but I would definitely give this outfit a shot. It's gorgeous, especially that jacket!
    Hope the weather warms up for you soon!
    Suzy xx
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. Thank you Suzy. I guess it's our colouring. I always envy how good you look in the darker tones that I can't wear xx

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  7. Lovely outfit Laurie. I always avoid linen because of the creasing so I'm interested in the trousers!
    Gail

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    1. Yes I have to say I was dubious about the creasing too. hat's why I made a point of it. After sitting in the car for twenty minutes, there was only slight creasing to the pockets, so I was quite impressed. This material is softer and not like your hard starched Linen xx

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  8. It's a wonderful outfit, Lauri! Black may be the most elegant color but I find neutrals so chic :)

    www.memoriesofthepacific.com

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    1. Thank you Cristina. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you return xx

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  9. This looks very elegant on you Laurie, I love it! I see what you mean about this style of jacket - it's great. I'm styling white linen palazzo pants on Thursday - so hope you can stop by. Oh and the photos are super. x Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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    1. Thank you Jacqui. And of course I will be there to read! looking forward to it xx

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  10. Love these pants and this blazer! I love this for work!

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  11. I think you should wear the colors you love to wear! And neutrals look great on you! I love the simple white tee with that beautiful necklace!

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  12. What a lovely outfit - it looks stunning on you. I'd be terrified I'd spill something on it.

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    1. Lol!! I mostly all washable! Thank you so much Mrs Tubbs, and it's great to see you return. xx

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  13. So elegant!! love it :)

    www.lacaleya.com

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    1. Thank you! Thanks for stopping by xx

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  14. Gorgeous look! Love the neutral pairings! So chic!

    Mary
    http://marymurnane.com

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  15. Love the look, and I'm with you on the wonky weather. Here on the east coast it can't seem to get with the program either. I seem to gravitate towards neutrals too. I try adding color, but always go back, lol! I guess that's just part of my "style".

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    1. That's right! At the end of the day it all boils down to what makes us happy. Not what everyone else thinks. Thank you for your kind compliment. I hope you return xx

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  16. I am with you, I love neutrals too! I think that it depends one your skin tone what neutrals look best. I love the texture here and those pants are so smart! You look lovely!
    thanks for linking
    Jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  17. Oh Laurie, this is gorgeous on you. I love that jacket. I'm going to pop in at lunchtime to see if it's in stock. I have linen trousers that are years old but great for work in the summer. An essential in every wardrobe. Creasing is part of the appeal in my wold. ...yeah right haha.

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    1. Thank you Anna. The jacket is worth every penny. I have one from last year that's very similar from Bonmarche and I get so much wear out of it. Let me know if you get one. xx

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  18. Lovely outfit Laurie, love your trousers :) Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday blog hop.

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  19. I can see why you don't like black colour any more, Laurie. The neutrals look great on you, it is very soft and feminine outfit with a subtle hint of elegance.
    www.lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au

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  20. I love this neutral outfit! It is classic and classy but looks so comfortable! Peace!

    Cheryl Tucker
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

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    1. Thank you so much Cheryl. The trousers are soo comfortable! Very soft and easy to wear. Thank you for stopping by. xx

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  21. Great monochromatic work outfit! Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

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  22. Looks fabulous Laurie. I love the way that a simple white tee sharpens up a beige or taupe - great contrast. Tie belt linen pants are always my go-to summer wear, very laid-back look and flattering for a tummy. But... I don't have this color - well, I may have some later as I've just called and they're saving some for me!! Thanks x

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    1. Thank you Pamela. I'm so glad you like them. They are really soft and comfy. Let me know how you get on with them xx

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  23. I love the style, but I'm afraid it's a bit too neutral for me, i'd carry the turquoise from the bag into a subtle pattern in the t shirt and shoes, but otherwise i love the style

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    1. Thank you Suzanne. And thanks for your honesty! I actually like your idea too. I can be a bit monochromatic I'm afraid! This is my fashion downfall,being too monochromatic xx

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  24. The weather up north has been crappy also... crossing my fingers for the warmer weather to soon arrival. I am all about color, but I can never say no to an all nude look!!
    Thank you for linking up with Weekend Wear

    xo
    Mel

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  25. I love the neutral tones on you Laurie. I usually avoid linen because of creasing but I may to give it another chance. I bet the trousers will be lovely and cool in hot weather, and that jacket will go with so many outfits.

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Thank you Emma. The Linen is not at all stiff like some. These are your perfect lounging around trousers. x

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  26. This is a great-looking suit, and I love the bag and shoes that you paired with it. Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I'm sharing your post on social media.

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  27. I love this outfit, Laurie. The pop of blue color from your purse has a wonderful effect!
    #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty#15

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  28. Laurie, you're so right - neutrals do work so well for you! Understated is a look that you carry of with such ease, and yet you always look so effortlessly chic. Bravo!

    Anna x
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Anna. And yet I always admire your colourful style x

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  29. Thanks Laurie for linking up again at #overthemoon. I love neutrals! I've pinned and shared.

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  30. Love the outfit, looks very comfortable and casual. Thank you Laurie for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

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  31. Love this Laurie! Thanks for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. You look so elegant - as usual. I've shared on social media.

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  32. Great look Laurie! I love what you said about your daughters lock charm, its little things like that, that really allow us to relate to each other, my daughter is just 4 years old so this touched my heart so much! #sharethejoy

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    1. Thank you Lizzie. And yes I get what you mean.It's good to share those memories xx

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  33. I love that jacket! Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

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  34. As usual, I love your style. Thank you for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

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  35. This outfit looks so nice on you, you wear it very well. I think the neutral shades are great! Thank you for sharing at #bloggingGrandothersLinkParty.

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  36. Laurie I've found that as I've gotten older I also tend to prefer neutrals as well. It is much easier to wear them then having to deal with so many colors. Pops of color are nice here and there. I love your outfit.

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    1. Thank you Mary. That's what I love about neutrals. You can add anything xx

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  37. such a great outfit!!! love the pants and neutral shades!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie. Thank you for stopping by xx

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  38. This is a lovely look - its just a shame that here in the UK there's fair chance it will rain!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes :)
    Debbie

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    1. Oh boy didn't it rain! Lovely today though xx

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  39. You look great wearing the Zaeem Jamal canvas bag! -ZJ

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