For today’s post, I am wearing a Pop Art themed outfit. Why, you might ask? Well, there is a supportive group of international bloggers called the Fab 40s, each with VERY different style, who get together online once a month to show how they interpret a particular theme. This month, Samantha, writer of the superb blog Fake Fabulous, chose the theme of Pop Art and chose me for their monthly guest. So, here I am, very excited to be part of the Fab 40s women this month with my take on a Pop Art theme!
I focused on the graphic, bright, comic book aspect of Pop Art because to me, Roy Lichtenstein is THE master of this genre. I love the glamour and wit in his work, like this riff on a comic (above). When I was in my twenties in New York, I remember the thrill of having frequent meetings in a building which had an enormous two-story-tall Roy Lichtenstein painting in the lobby.
So here goes!
I wore a bright, graphic, striped skirt and a black cashmere sweater to which I added a sequin patch. I chose shoes which I imagine a glamorous femme fatale in a Lichtenstein painting might wear! A bold pair of red sunglasses, Swarovski earrings (which I love so much I’ve worn them for three blog posts in a row), and my enormous blue Swarovski crystal ring (I have a few for sale in my blog shop) were the finishing touches.
It was an alternately sunny, shady, and windy day thanks to storm Doris, so taking photos was tricky. Every time we got the camera settings sorted, the light changed again (let’s not even discuss the wind and my messy hair)! I brought along my favourite Winser London red coat which has been on the blog a couple of times before. Today, I wore it slouchy and off the shoulder, because I am a blogger and we do ridiculous things like that.
Sweater- J.Crew (old), patch: Etsy
Skirt- J.W. Anderson (old)
Shoes- Kurt Geiger (old)
Earrings- sold out
Now to introduce you to the lovely online girl gang of the Fab 40s ladies…
First up is Samantha of Fake Fabulous. She’s wearing Pop Art brights with her own unique twist– a statement blouse printed with typical everyday items (a favourite motif of Pop Art) and a scattering of cheery brooches on her cosy monochrome coat. Berry red, from lips to gloves to brooch to trousers and top, pull her whole fun look together. And don’t miss those socks! Sam’s outfits always sing due to the small striking details; she never misses.
Gloves- John Lewis
Next is Diane of Fashion On The 4th Floor (or as I call her, ‘the best legs on Instagram!’). She’s wearing a cool hoodie dress (you know I love those) with a DIY modern twist. Pop Artists loved repeated patterns, so she made hashtags out of glitter iron-on fabric, and voila…Modern Pop.
Sweatshirt & Sneakers- Forever 21
DIY die cut, shimmer & glitter heat transfer paper – Hobby Lobby
Bracelet – Boho Betty
Clutch & Earrings – Express
Next is Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots. I ADORE her fearless colour and print mixing. I never knew just how much I needed hot pink mesh tights until I saw this photo.
Cami- Worthington, JCPenney
Skirt- c/o YoShop
Tights- Isadora Paccini
Necklace, Ring, & Bag- Charming Charlie
Pumps- Nine West “Martina”
Here is Hong Kong blogger Ann Krembs’ take on Pop Art. Like me, she’s a lady who loves sparkle, so I’m particularly loving her sequin lips top and clutch bag.
Sunnies, skirt, and socks- Forever 21
Denim Patch Shirt and Clutch- Kremb de la Kremb DIY
Now we have accessories queen, Sheela Goh. Cultural icons like Mickey Mouse are about as Pop Art as it gets; here Mickey has had a bright painterly treatment. I love the graphic print mini, and never ever does Sheela disappoint on the shoe front.
Candy Hoodie – Harajuku Lovers
Mickey Tee – Disney
Riley Print Mini Skirt – Alice & Olivia
Graffiti Art Boots – AmiClubWear
Rainbow Bead Bracelets – WhatWouldVWear.com
Red Glass Ring & Sunnies – borrowed from Eve
Lipstick – Rose from Peak Cosmetics
Next up is Mary Byrd of Curly Byrdie Chirps. She wows with this fabulous statement jacket and a mix of eye-popping prints and colours. Her signature curly hair is the best accessory of all.
Skirt and top- The Limited
Purse- Target Kids dept $3
Necklace- T and J designs
Thank you so much to the lovely ladies at Fab 40s for having me this month. They’re such a fun and supportive group of women; it is always a pleasure working with clever women who build each other up.
Speaking of supportive clever women, coincidentally, today is the day that the Over40Collective launches its website. The launch is exactly a year to the date since we all met each other at an event. The site is made to target brands who are interested in working more effectively with our demographic. We already have several collaborations under our belt pre-launch, and we’ve done some consulting work for a few big companies on how to improve their offerings to stylish women who happen to not be 20 anymore! Here’s to girl power at any age.