Nautical Stripes, Hot Pink Accessories And The Over 40 Collective

I do love an outfit with a bit of a nautical twist. And, cliché or not, when we’re staying in Ramsgate I do lean towards clothing that gives more than a nod to my marina surroundings.

So when Mr Chic and I received an invitation to a private viewing at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, I knew I wanted to stay true to my boaty attire, but I also knew I needed to ramp up the glam a notch or two.

This striped jacket and dress from Winser London is the perfect outfit for a spot of cafe culture, I’ve worn it a couple of times dressed down with brightly coloured deck shoes and accessories to while away a few hours, sipping coffee and watching the world go by.

In fact, it’s quickly become so ingrained in my mind as my ‘cafe culture’ outfit that I almost dismissed it when trying to decide what to wear for our gallery visit. But I’m so glad I didn’t! Teamed with hot pink court shoes and clutch, it takes on a whole new look.

As I knew that our invite also included a few cocktails in the courtyard, I also took along a ginormous white sun hat. Well, you know me – I can’t resist a big hat.

Standing on the bough of a boat wearing a nautical navy blue and white striped dress and jacket and hot pink accessories.

Showing the back of a nautical outfit.

Close up of the fabric on my nautical striped jacket.

Full length view of my nautical outfit showing the hot pink shoes.

Standing on the bough of a Sunseeker wearing a nautical inspired blue and white outfit with hot pink accessories.

Close up of hot pink court shoes and hot pink handbag.

Standing on the bough of a boat wearing nautical stripes and hot pink accessories

Unusual view of huge white sunhat.

Showing the back view of a huge white sunhat.

The back of my hat and nautical blue and white striped dress.

Sitting on a sun lounger enjoying the sunshine on the bough of a boat.

Dress – c/o Winser / Jacket – c/o Winser / Shoes – Dorothy Perkins / Bag – Dorothy Perkins / Earrings – Mataln (old) / All Other Jewellery – Gifts from Mr Chic.

If you’re looking for an easy to wear, comfortable outfit that you can glam up or dress down I can highly recommend this Winser two piece (the pieces are sold separately). One thing I did find though; the sizes are on the large side. A standard size 12 is usually too big for me, but a 10 is OK (sometimes too small). I ordered the Winser blue and white striped dress in a 10, and I had to have it altered down.

Before I leave you, I have a piece of advice and some exciting news. Advice first; for the love of all that is holy do not think that I teeter around our boat in heels, or think it’s OK to visit a boat wearing heels. Believe me, I’ve fallen in the marina once, it’s not something you want to be doing! I only slipped heels on for the pics and then carried them to dry land. There endeth the lesson for the day.

And what is this news of which you speak, I hear you cry.

Well, there’s been a whole lot of excitement behind the scenes here at Barefaced Chic HQ. It all started when seven mature bloggers met at The Blognix Retreat, found that they had masses in common and became firm friends. And through that friendship, a seed of an idea took root and began to blossom. After many meetings (both physical and digital) they found a way to move forward, to work together as a collective – The Over 40 Collective.

Over the coming weeks Lizzy, Catherine, Lisa, Annette, Nikki, Michelle and I (the “O40Co”) will be working together to create a platform, a way for brands to easily work with a group of highly motivated, talented, mature bloggers. Our intention is to share with our readers brands that offer stylish, yet affordable fashion which targets this affluent age group. Watch this space, because the future is bright, shiny and over 40!

And just to show you how diverse the style of seven 40+ women can be, here are the ladies from The Over 40 Collective – all wearing Winser London in their own unique way.

Michelle from RetroChicMama wearing WinserAbove: Michelle Tyler. BLOG:  RetroChicMama. INSTAGRAM:  @retrochicmamablog

Michelle is an Aussie Brit and mum of three. She has a knack for buying great pieces and styling them really, really well – sometimes with a bone meltingly delicious retro twist. Her photography is stunning, her style and makeup advice is spot on and her sense of humour is a joy.

Nikki from Midlife Chic wearing WinserAbove: Nikki Garnett. BLOG:  Midlife Chic. INSTAGRAM:  @midlifechic

Nikki lives in the Lake District with her three sons, two cats and a dog called Garry. For nine years she was the editor of Selfridges’ magazine which gives her a unique insight into fashion, styling and what’s ‘out there’ for the mature woman. Her writing is perfection on a page, and The Midlife Chic community is both strong and supportive.

Catherine from Not Dressed As Lamb wearing Winser

Above: Catherine Summers. BLOG:  Not Dressed As Lamb. INSTAGRAM:  @notlamb

Catherine has been dubbed ‘The Queen of Clash’, her skill for combining patterns and colours which ‘shouldn’t’ work is legendary. Her photography is total eye candy, her blogging/photography tips are amazing (she is one of the most generous bloggers out there when it comes to sharing her knowledge) and her style is unique. An advocate of not dressing ‘age appropriately’, she encourages women to be fabulous at any age.

Lisa from The Sequiniist wearing Winser

Above: Lisa Lennkh. BLOG:  The Sequinist. INSTAGRAM:  @thesequinist

Lisa lives in London, writes for a fashion retailer and is mum to one gorgeous boy. She got married fashionably late at 40, and decided to trade the world of finance for the world of fashion. As her blog name suggests, Lisa love sequins (though definitely not patterns/florals) and her style is strong, bold and absolutely beautiful!

Lizzy from What Lizzy Loves wearing Winser

Above: Elizabeth Yeowart. BLOG:  What Lizzy Loves. INSTAGRAM:  @whatlizzyloves

Lizzy is an optometrist by profession and lives in Skipton with her two children. She skilfully juggles her blog, family life, editing a lifestyle magazine, writing for an optometrist magazine and running her own jewellery business. Her megawatt smile can light up any room and her style is incredibly accessible.

Annette from The Lady of Style wearing a red winter dress

Above: Annette Höldrich BLOG:  Lady of Style. INSTAGRAM:  @theladyofstyle

Annette is an executive assistant and travel manager for an international organisation and has two children. She lives in Bavaria, Southern Germany which offers the most perfect backdrop for her effortlessly elegant fashion shoots. She writes her blog in both German and English and shares her incredible style with an international audience.

I think you’ll agree that they all look truly gorgeous. And believe me, they are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the out. So go check out their blogs and say hi from me πŸ™‚

As we move forward with The Over 40 Collective I’ll keep you updated – exciting times lay ahead people, exciting times!!



  1. May 30, 2016 / 8:26 am

    What a fabulous post; these photos on the boat are SO beautiful they almost make me want to get over my sea sickness and put on my deck shoes! You look gorgeous, Michelle. The stripes are so chic, and the fuchsia shoes are gorgeous (and can we talk about those legs, please? WOW!). xx

    • May 31, 2016 / 9:43 am

      Thanks Lisa!
      We will seriously have to get some anti seasickness tablets down you πŸ™‚
      I loved putting together the whole post, not least because I got to show off the wonderful ladies from The Over 40 Collective! Thank for being one of them and for your amazing friendship.
      Michelle xxx

  2. May 30, 2016 / 9:57 am

    Wow Michelle! You look fabulous. So elegant and so “you”. The bright pink shoes compliment the navy stripes perfectly. And that hat!!! The backdrop is stunning too. Thank you for your lovely words about me. I’m very touched and feel humbled to be among such stylish women. Thank you for your friendship, support and amazing sense of humour xxxx

    • May 31, 2016 / 9:47 am

      Thank you so much Liz! I meant every word Liz, you are a shining example of how strong we women are. The friendship and support we offer each other makes me so glad that I met you all – it makes me smile every day.
      Michelle xxx

  3. May 30, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Your outfit and the location (not to forget the bottle of champagne!) are outstandig, Michelle. Your smile just adds to the whole picture.

    I am so honoured to be part of this amazing group, thank you so much for your support and friendship!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • May 31, 2016 / 9:53 am

      Well you know me, there had to be a bottle of fizz in there – why do you think I’m smiling so much πŸ™‚
      It’s been brilliant to showcase the style of the O40co. You are all such talented, beautiful ladies and I am proud to call you my friends!!
      Michelle xxx

    • May 31, 2016 / 9:57 am

      Thanks Samantha!
      I thought the hot pink would give the whole outfit a bit of a twist. Judging by the comments I think it worked πŸ™‚
      Michelle xx

    • May 31, 2016 / 10:01 am

      I do like delivering the odd unexpected twist Shelbee πŸ™‚
      Glad you like the look.
      Michelle xx

    • June 1, 2016 / 10:08 am

      Thanks Suzy πŸ™‚
      I am a big fan of stripes but I never, ever used to wear pink. Now it’s beginning to sneak into my wardrobe, and I’m rather pleased it is!
      Michelle xx

  4. May 31, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Invitation to the Turner Contemporary, alright for some! What a stunning guest you must have been stepping out in this fabulous Winser suit. The fuscia accessories are inspired, can’t imagine anybody noticing the works of art when you walked in Michelle. You look amazing my friend, simply delectable x

    • June 1, 2016 / 10:12 am

      Yep, that’s what happens when you have a father-in-law with good contacts πŸ™‚
      It was a really beautiful afternoon/evening, and I must admit I felt like a million dollars in this outfit – it was just so comfy!
      Michelle xx

  5. Christina
    May 31, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    You look fabulous Michelle! Great outfit! Are you wearing nude tights?

    • June 1, 2016 / 10:13 am

      Hi Christina
      Well spotted, yes I am πŸ™‚
      My fake tan had worn off my legs and it’s not easy fake tanning on a boat! So I went with the safe option and wore tights.
      Michelle xx

  6. May 31, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Gosh Michelle – those legs, you’ve been hiding them! You look amazing and I’m so very pleased to have you as my friend xxx

    • June 1, 2016 / 10:18 am

      Thanks Nikki πŸ™‚
      I don’t wear dresses that often. It’s not that I don’t like them, I’m just feel more able to ‘mess around’ in trousers. I’m not great at sitting demurely, I fidget too much (my mother used to tell me I had ants in my pants). Which means I’m constantly adjusting my skirt.
      Michelle xx

  7. May 31, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    I’m not normally a fan of navy and white stipes but the pop of pink is totally fab. The hat takes it up a notch too, so well done for some wonderful styling. Great news about the forthcoming collective.

    • June 1, 2016 / 10:20 am

      Thanks Anna
      I thought the pink would just give the outfit a smattering of the unexpected, I think it worked πŸ™‚
      Michelle xxx

  8. June 1, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    You’re so right about exciting times ahead Michelle – I can’t wait to do more collaborations with you lovely lot! You’ve said such lovely words about us all (thank you!!), I can’t tell you how much I love you all and appreciate your friendship. Onwards and upwards…!

    You look absolutely stunning in Winser – defying every single one of your 50+ years as usual… Looking like a right sexy minx in stripes and hot pink!!

    Soooooooo much love to you
    Catherine x

    • June 6, 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you Abby!
      It’s an unusual combination, but I think it works really well πŸ™‚
      Michelle xx

  9. June 7, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    You have a gorgeous blog. Your ensemble is incredible and I enjoyed reading about the dynamic Over 40 Collective. Love your white sun hat and thank you for sharing it and your beauty with Hat Attack!

    • June 8, 2016 / 7:56 am

      Thank you Judith!
      I’m so pleased that you like my blog, I’ve worked really hard creating it.
      Michelle xx

  10. June 12, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    Love your outfit and the way the pink shoes and bag make it pop! I enjoyed reading about The Collective. What a great bunch of smart, classy women! Hope to meet you all in person at the next big blogger event. Cheers, Deborah Fabulous After 40

    • June 13, 2016 / 12:12 pm

      It would be lovely to meet you Deborah! Glad you liked the outfit πŸ™‚
      Michelle xx

  11. Penny
    March 6, 2017 / 11:34 am

    I cannot believe those shoes are from Dotty P’s. Massive shoe lust. Great photos.

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