The Fab 40’s is a group of seven stylish fashion bloggers from around the globe. Each month we choose a different theme and invite a guest blogger who is also in their forties to join us. This group’s goal is to take on style trends and show how we each interpret and incorporate them into our own lives. With eight widely varied views, you are certain to find something that speaks to you each month and encourages you to continue to have fun with fashion after 40.
This month The Fab 40’s are entering the bright and colorful world of Pop Art fashion. When our theme for this month was revealed I have to admit I was quite stumped on how I would proceed with the challenge. Images of Andy Warhol and his famous soup can dress , as well as his colorful, bold, repeating portraits immediately came to mind. The next thing I thought of was cartoon style pop art clothing that looks as though it came straight from comic strips, a’ la Roy Lichtenstein. Well, as I have nothing of the sort in my wardrobe and I had no intention of purchasing something just for this post, I was off to shop my closet and make it work.
The first piece I decided to build my look on was this black and white Vintage Highwaisted Houndstooth Midi Skirt. The oversized, repeating print gives a nod to the multiple imagery Warhol favored. I knew it would also bring balance to the bright palette I would be building around it. Pop art is also all about bold and bright colors, and since I don’t own anything that is particularly pop-arty, I realized color blocking would be the best direction for carrying off this theme. Now y’all know I love playing with colors, so I really enjoyed trying on several color combinations until I found the one that truly spoke Pop Art to me. The little details of my flower necklace, textured tights, and Perfect Look Quilted Bag completed the look with a bit of whimsy that is important for this particular style.
Details: Cardigan – NY&Co.| Cami – Worthington, JCPenney| Vintage Highwaisted Houndstooth Midi Skirt – c/o YoSHop| Tights – Isadora Paccini| Shoes – Nine West “Martina”| Ring, Necklace, & Perfect Look Quilted Bag – Charming Charlie| Belt – Belle Donne
Lisa – The Sequinist
Details: Sunglasses – ZeroUV| Sweater – Crew| Sequin Patch – Etsy| Skirt – J.W. SequiAndersonnist| Shoes – Kurt Geiger
Ann – Kremb de la Kremb
Details: Sunnies, Skirt, & Socks – Forever 21| Denim Patch Shirt & Clutch – Kremb de la Kremb DIY| Tee – Shein| Tennies – Asics
I knew Ann would have fun this theme, as she always adds a bit of whimsy to her looks. She did not disappoint with all of these fun pieces. Ann is a DIY queen and incorporated her skills with her cute clutch and patched denim shirt. I just love her sequin tee, too!
Diane – Fashion on the 4th Floor
Details: Sweatshirt & Sneakers – Forever 21| DIY Die Cut, Shimmer & Glitter Heat Transfer Paper – Hobby Lobby| Bracelet – Boho Betty| Clutch & Earrings – Express
Diane remained true to her casual, athleisure style with this challenge. She did a cute DIY and added repetitive hashtags all over her sweatshirt for a modern spin on Pop Art.
Mary – Curly Birdie Chirps
Details: Jacket – Shein| Skirt & Top – The Limited| Shoes – JCPenney| Purse – Target Kids| Necklace – T & J Designs
Mary is looking pretty in her bright colors and bold pattern mix. How cute is her little bag? She picked it up in the girl’s department at Target. It just goes to show we should keep our eyes open for wardrobe additions in unexpected places.
Samantha – Fake Fabulous
Details: Boots – Vagabond| Socks – Burlington| Trousers – Topshop| Shirt – Asos| Coat – Primark| Necklace – Online| Brooches – Various| Gloves – John Lewis| Bag – Linea| Charm – TKMax| Lips – Mac
Sheela – Sheela Writes
Details: 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
Sheela looks completely at home with all of her fun cartoon/graffiti print items. Not a solid in sight! That’s some statement pattern mixing there, and she wears it with such bravado.
Veronica – Cid Style File
Unfortunately Veronica was unable to join us this month, as she was traveling and then under the weather. I certainly missed seeing her take on this month’s theme and know she would have done a fabulous job.
Even though this month’s theme was Way outside my realm, I am really happy with the final result. I am even more pleased I was able to style this theme in a way that still represents my personal aesthetic. Have you ever tried Pop Art fashion? Is this a style you might try in the future?