The Fab 40’s in Marsala and Denim!

March 22, 2015

A group of 40-something bloggers got together to participate in a fun group style challenge to celebrate being forty, fun, and fabulous!  What better theme to chose than color of the year, marsala, combined with the always classic wardrobe staple, denim. (Thanks, Sheela, for organizing and inviting me!)
Here’s my look … 

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The funny thing was when I got the email about this cool challenge, I had just posted this marsala and denim outfit. I decided I wanted to try something creative and different this time around!  After all, middle age is a time in our lives when we feel confident enough to take risks, right?  So here’s a dress, styled as a vest.

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And it’s not the first time that I’ve played around styling this dress!

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What do you think? A little wild, sure, but fun ….

My outfit details:
Lucky Brand jacket and necklace
Royalty for Me skinny pants
Madden Girl shoes
The Loft tank
Vintage Blue dress (wearing as a vest)
Let’s see what the rest of the fab 40 bunch came up with …
Kirsten of The LIFB Issue is looking so chic and on trend in her wide leg pants, striped top, and denim vest.  Don’t you love her hair too?

Outfit details:
Levi’s Denim Jacket
Topshop Crop Top
ASOS Wide Leg Trousers
Zara Pumps
The Rubz Bracelet
Sheela of Sheela Writes is looking foxy in this fab marsala coat and those sexy denim studded shoes.
Outfit details:-
H&M Marsala Tweed Jacket
Alexander McQueen Tank
Babushka Black Capris
Studded Denim Gladiator Booties
Grey Leather Weekend Millionaire Clutch
Jane of My Mifelife Fashion is casual perfection in boyfriend jeans, with a striped top, blazer, and that cute star scarf. Adorable!

Outfit details

Scarf – H&M
Sweatshirt – Boden 
Blazer – Zara
Jeans – Zara
Trainers – Mango
And here’s Dixie of Inside Outer Style. Who looks so tall, lean, and chic in an oversized poncho sweater? This gal!
Wearing: | Jeans: Diesel | Pumps: Louboutin | Clutch: Diesel | Shawl: NY & CO. |
Ann of Kremb de la Kremb mixes fancy and casual and does it so well!  Great combo, Ann!
Sequin Shift Dress: New Look
Denim Jacket: Gap
Clutch: Janpath Market, New Delhi India
Leopard Kitten Heels: boutique in Hong Kong
Earrings: Amrapali
Lipstick: Bonjour Velvet Rouge Edition in Nude-ist
Henna: Rishikesh, India 
Fashion can be a youth obsessed industry and it’s time that women of all ages stand up and show their style! 
As bloggers in our 40’s we’re loud, proud, and looking pretty darn good!
Thanks for being a part of our little Fab 40’s celebration … and look for more to come!

Dawn Lucy


  • Reply March 22, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    You genius you!! I hadn't realised that was a dress 🙂 I love it when style is so witty and tongue-in-cheek.

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Aww thanks Dear! OXOX

  • Reply jodie filogomo March 22, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    That's brilliant…to style that dress as a vest….i'm so going to do that! jodie

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Let me know when you do and I'd love to check out your look! OXOX

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga March 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Dawn
    I really like that you chose the dress to style as a layered look vest with jeans and jacket.. I havent tried that. I do agree, and think we need to try and think outside the box at times. Love the other looks too!!

    Happy Sunday
    jess xx

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks dear Jess! OXOX

  • Reply J Trogstad March 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I love your floral marsala number and those shoes are so so cute!

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks, J! I love those shoes too and am glad it's finally warm enough to wear them again! OXOX

  • Reply Pam @ over50feeling40 March 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I like the way you did this alot…you will inspire many more looks showing how to re-fashion an item! Great job!

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Aww you're sweet, Pam! I hope I do inspire some re-fashioned looks! OXOX

  • Reply Jane G March 22, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    It's been lovely to 'meet' you Dawn through the project & I love how you styled the dress.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      So nice to "meet" you too, Jane! Love your blog! OXOX

  • Reply Ann Krembs March 23, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Hi Dawn! So happy to meet you through The Fab 40s!!

    I too, like the other commenters, am going to try this out. I mean you just totally increased the wear of this dress by turning it into an open vest. Duh! And love it!!

    So happy to have found out about you.


    Ann of Kremb de la Kremb

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Me too …. thanks so much, Ann! OXOX

  • Reply Dixie March 22, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Hey Dawn,

    It was awesome collaborating with you. Loved it. I truly love your dress over pants idea. Those sandals are lovely. Great look!

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Aww thanks so much, Dixie! OXOX

  • Reply Patti March 22, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Well Dawn, this is a fabulous round up of 40+ fashionistas and you look wonderful in your marsala dress. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo.

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks Patti! OXOX

  • Reply Kirsten Wick March 23, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Dear Dawn, It's wonderful to meet you. How genius is the idea to wear a dress as a vest? It looks absolutely awesome, so does your whole look. Love, Kirsten xx

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks so much, Kirsten! OXOX

  • Reply Darcy March 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Cute! Love your shoes the most!

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Darcy! OXOX

  • Reply Rachel Dinh March 23, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Love you look! Fabulous as always!

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Hon! OXOX

  • Reply Kristina March 24, 2015 at 2:23 am

    This looks great…both the outfits and your little project.
    Is this going to be a repeat thing because I would also like to join in if possible?

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      We'll keep you posted for sure! OXOX

  • Reply Lorna mai ltd March 23, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I never thought of wearing a button down dress as a vest. Such a fun look. Looks like a great blogger meet up!

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks, Lorna! OXOX

  • Reply Garaytreasures March 24, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Lovely dress/vest and challenge! I loved seeing what the other ladies were wearing, or styling as well.

    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks Rachel! OXOX

  • Reply Elegance and Mommyhood March 24, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Marsala is my current favorite color. Love that floral duster/kimono thing and how well it layers with the denim jacket.

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Hee … love that …"floral duster/kimino thing" …. perfect! 😉

  • Reply Doused In Pink March 24, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    You look so pretty in marsala! Genius idea to style the dress as a vest! I love this layered look!

    Doused In Pink

    • Reply dawnlucy March 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks Jill!

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga March 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Fab dress over the jeans. Very inventive friend and love the color marsala!

    I appreciate you participating in Turning Heads Tues! xx


  • Reply J. Elle March 24, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Aren't you so clever?! Love it! Such a wonderful mix of Marsala looks – each so unique and stylish! I would love to be considered for a fab forty collaboration in the future – looks so fun!

  • Reply cherie at March 24, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Dawn, love the dress as a vest and denim jacket over it – very cool!! It is one of my favorite things to do, to use something intended for one function differently. It is so much fun to play! Thank you so much for linking up with SHOE AND TELL on Style Nudge!


  • Reply nancy @ adore to adorn March 25, 2015 at 4:35 am

    lovely! great color to showcase! =)

  • Reply Carrie March 26, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    I am 37, so not too far from my 40's and I love how fun you make fashion look in this age group! I really love that marsala sequin dress that Ann has on! Gorg! I would have never guessed your vest is actually a dress, what a fun outfit and the denim jacket looks perfect with it! I love taking risks when putting together outfits, it is how I've found some of my faves!

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen March 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Oh, SNAP! Yes please … gotta try this. In some form, anway. Lovely you, O Charming Hostess Dawn Lucy, and lovely ladies all! Made my day, seriously!

  • Reply Happiness at Mid Life March 30, 2015 at 5:27 am

    What a great round of fashionable ladies! Love the way your wore your dress. Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.


  • Reply A Labour of Life April 1, 2015 at 12:32 am

    some awesome looks from some fab bloggers. Thanks,Thanks for linking up with the Thursday Files and I hope to see you at my thursday linkup

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