5Over50 Style Challenge – Hats

Hi, everyone. Hats. You either love them or hate them and I am of the latter. Don’t get me wrong, I love to see them sitting proudly on anyone else’s head except my own!

I own two hats, both are summer hats that are worn only when absolutely necessary in really hot scorching sunny weather!


vintage silk jumsuit

When this challenge was set for this month it filled me with dread! I did hope that our summer would be just about finishing off like it was this time last year. It was still really warm, and I was hoping to wear one of those summer hats but this year it’s completely different and more wintery.

This silk jumpsuit belonged to my mother!

The only other hat that was available was this one that my nearest and dearest wore to a party yonks ago! I decided that this would have to do! And the outfit is even older! This Silk jumpsuit belonged to my mother. I raided it from her heaving Alladins cave of a loft some time ago. After doing the shoot for the challenge I sent mother a photo so she could have a laugh. And laugh we did! We worked it out that this jumpsuit was actually purchased in 1981 from a shop in Petticoat Lane London called Ozzies. It was our most favourite shop ever!

I thought the Brown, copper and gold tones sort of worked together. The belt was purchased to go with the jumpsuit, it was still attached!

I’m not over keen on the colour of the jumpsuit, but I love how this is so old and yet could have been purchased out of a shop yesterday! I styled another outfit from mothers loft a while back and you can read about that here I’m not going to say too much about the hat other than that I rose to the challenge! Enough said!

Let’s see how the other girls got on with the challenge

Anna from Anna’s Island Style has done yet again another fantastic job of creating a look  based around her hat with pattern mixing

Gail from Is This Mutton is looking very ladylike. I love Velvet!

Jacqui from Mummabstylish has created a great sophisticated daytime look

Hilda from Over The Hilda is bang on trend here and if I was ever going to buy a hat it would most probably be this one.

Do pop over to the girls and read how they put their outfit ideas together for the challenge. Let me know your thoughts on hats. Send me a photo if you like and I will post them on the blog. I’m sure that you will all do a better job than me!

I love to hear your thoughts, tick the box notify box for a conversation or even better tick the notify me of new posts. That would really make my day.

Xo Laurie



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  1. October 11, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    You certainly did rise to the challenge Laurie, and in a grand way at that. Plus the colors are perfect for fall and Halloween so there you go. It is nice that you were able to find this in your mother’s stash. What a great way to share memories with mum.

    • laurie
      October 13, 2017 / 11:29 pm

      Thank you Mary! It’s not the first time I’ve raided her clothes cave in the loft! We often have a giggle over some of the items xx

  2. October 10, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    You look absolutely stunning the orange pants-suit. It is truly the perfect color for you. Also, it was such a good idea to pair it with a hat. This is a beautiful look for fall.
    Thank you for linking up this week!

    ~xo Sheree

    • laurie
      October 13, 2017 / 11:29 pm

      Thank you Sheree xx

  3. October 9, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I love hats but struggle to find them to fit my small head! Love the orange jumpsuit from the 80’s! #sharethejoylinky

    • laurie
      October 13, 2017 / 11:30 pm

      I have a small head too! It’s so hard to find a hat isn’t it. If at all. Thank you Lizzie xx

  4. October 9, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    Love the hat, love the orange jumpsuit. All very cool! I think that’s a great style of hat – really like them and the embellishment makes it perfect for the outfit. Thanks for sharing!

    • laurie
      October 13, 2017 / 11:31 pm

      Thank you Charlie xx

  5. October 9, 2017 / 10:38 am

    You look great in the hat Laurie, you should wear them more often! I was visiting my mum over the weekend and we went to a 1940s weekend where I bought a hat. As I was already wearing one I had to carry the new (well new to me) one, but when it started raining my mum put it on. This really surprised me because she never wears hats but she looked great in it. It’s all about getting used to wearing them. I love that orange jumpsuit – I always say that hoarding pays off! Everything comes back in fashion!

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      October 13, 2017 / 11:33 pm

      Thank you Emma. The sizing is difficult for me. Everything looks like it’s protection on me! xx

  6. October 9, 2017 / 7:52 am

    You look fantastic in this jumpsuit and hat! How wonderful that this jumpsuit was your mother’s! It really is beautiful, and it suits you to a T! Glamorous look, very 1980s (disco music please!). From Visible Monday, Natalia

    • laurie
      October 13, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      Thank you Natalia. I keep thinking of Joan Collins! Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you return xx

  7. October 6, 2017 / 5:24 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. You look awesome in that jumper. The color combination is stunning!

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:09 am

      Thank you Nicole xx

  8. October 5, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Wow to that orange jumpsuit. Also love the red ankle boots (although not to be worn with said orange jumpsuit) 😘

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:10 am

      I totally agree on that one! Thanks though. And thank you for stopping by xx

  9. October 5, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Love your jumpsuit, Laurie. I don’t think I own a hat, well I do own a wollie one for when its cold and I am out running 🙂 Thanks for linking up/

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:15 am

      Like me then Claire. Not a hat lover? xx

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:16 am

      Thank you Gemma xx

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:17 am

      Thank you Rachel. It so lovely to get comments like this and much appreciated. xx

  10. October 4, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Orange is definitely your color! That jumpsuit is amazing


    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:18 am

      Thank you Michelle. xx

  11. October 4, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Oh Laurie, I cannot do hats. I have tried but suffer from bad hair syndrome. Give me a good pair of heels any day. You look good though. Plus you have better hair than me. #TweensTeensBeyond

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:18 am

      I’m with you sister! Heels all the way for me too! xx

  12. October 4, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I’m a recent convert when it comes to hats but I’m still not a regular wearer of them. That said, I love berets and I’m looking forward to wearing those in winter! I absolutely love the jumpsuit, and you’re right: it could have been bought new yesterday instead of the early 1980s. How wonderful that your Mum kept it! xxx

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:20 am

      Thank you Ann. Mothers loft is like her memory box! It’s one of my most favourite places to rummage! xx

  13. October 4, 2017 / 9:37 am

    You look amazing in the jumpsuit, as do all the ladies. I have never pulled a hat off but quite inspired here. I also hope I look this good in the years to come. Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest x

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:20 am

      Thank you Sarah. That’s lovely xx

  14. October 3, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Laurie, I am like you, as i dont think i look great in hats ( I do enjoy the 1920s clothe hat) and have 2 for winter. But you do look great in this, very savvy! Love the metalic brown mixed with the orange jumpsuit and the belt is a lovely touch!

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:22 am

      Thank you, Jess. I’m so pleased that the belt was attached and I could style it just as the mother did xx

  15. Sam
    October 3, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Fab outfit. It is a slightly different look for you but imo, you are really working it!

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:24 am

      Thank you Sam. Thank you for stopping by.I hope you return xx

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:25 am

      Thank you Suzi. Our challenge is each first Monday of the month xx

  16. October 3, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Laurie, I love everything about this look! That vintage jumpsuit looks amazing on you and is so gorgeous!!! You pull off the hat perfectly! Love it!


    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:25 am

      Thank you Mary. Boosting my confidence xx

  17. October 3, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Woweee Laurie, you look fabulous!
    That jumpsuit is a stunner and when you are bored of it you MUST send it to Scotland.
    (Lucky you that your mum had a great eye back in the day!)
    Gorgeous look.

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:27 am

      Thank you Samantha. I love rummaging through Mothers treasures in the loft! Her purse was lined so there are lots of designers hiding up there! xx

  18. October 3, 2017 / 7:09 am

    So much fun these series! I always love how you all interpertate a theme differently!

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 7:28 am

      Thank you Nancy. And yes I find that’s what makes this challenge so enjoyable. having your idea and then seeing everyone elses xx

  19. October 2, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    What a fun challenge! Everyone looks divine. I’m thrilled that you are wearing your mom’s jumpsuit. It’s so fantastic.

    • laurie
      October 8, 2017 / 8:07 am

      Thank you Carrie. Mum has really enjoyed this post seeing her outfit styled here. Thank you xx

  20. October 2, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    Laurie! Amazing jumpsuit, amazing look. Ozzie? Ossie Clark?! Love this look on you and your mum has superb taste. Oh and you DO do hats, BTW, and very well too! Hugs, x.

  21. October 2, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    To say that you’re not keen on hats, you really suit this one Laurie. I love the story behind this outfit as it appeals to my thrifty nature. I’m rather envious of you having this Aladin’s Cave of clothes to dip into when you’re needing some inspiration – lucky you!

    Have a lovely week!
    Anna x

  22. October 2, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Oh my goodness that jumpsuit is amazing! And how neat that it was your mothers! I love the hat you chose. It really goes so well with this look!


  23. October 2, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    You look amazing Laurie, you have a natural style and I love the colour!
    Ashley xxx

  24. October 2, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    I love a good hat! That jumpsuit is fabulous! How awesome that it was your mom’s!

  25. jodie filogomo
    October 2, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    That’s so cool that the jumpsuit was your mum’s!!! It look incredible on you, Laurie!!
    And, of course, I love the hat—they are my fave accessory lately!

  26. October 2, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    I love that sumptuous velvet jumpsuit, and the hat gives it a chic, polished look – very Marlene Dietrich!

  27. October 2, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I do love a good hat. I have a lovely big straw summer hat


  28. October 2, 2017 / 11:40 am

    This jumpsuit belongs to your mum? It’s really like it was bought yesterday. So trendy! Even you don’t like this color, in fact it is nice on you. o)


  29. October 2, 2017 / 8:59 am

    I love seeing all the different hat styles and how you lovely ladies styled each one. I’m a huge hat fan…we won’t go into how many I have. Everyone always says they love my hats when I wear them…which is usually on the weekend when I don’t want to take hours on my hair…

  30. October 2, 2017 / 8:43 am

    Lovely post Laurie, I love the jumpsuit that colour is divine on you. x Jacqui

  31. October 2, 2017 / 7:40 am

    I actually really like the aht with this – you wear it well! 🙂

    I’m not really a hat person either, big sun-blocking hat sin summer being the exception. I think everyone needs a good sun hat, especially with the heat here.

    I love your jumpsuit too – you’re right that it looks so incredibly modern, even though it’s vintage. What a great piece 🙂

    Hope you have had a good weekend! I’m currently enjoying the long weekend as it’s a public holiday today in Brisbane 🙂

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