Jennie Lamm (47) lives in Spartanburg, SC, and works as an Executive Assistant. She documents her outfits over at A Pocketful of Polka Dots. Her edgy rainbow hair is the focal point of her style, and makes a statement no matter what she wears. Jennie’s relatable style is Modern Classic and on trend. She also remixes Boho and the occasional Preppy touch into her style. Our petite blogger likes a good bargain, loves colour and is not afraid of patterns.
“My current style is quite eclectic, as I enjoy trying out new trends and pushing myself to think outside my normal style box in ways I never considered before. I am quite fond of contrast dressing — pairing hard and soft pieces, mixing fun graphic tees with my office wear, or throwing on heels and a blazer with my shorts. I am thrilled to be involved with a wonderful group of fellow over 40 bloggers — The Fab 40’s — where I am creatively challenged each month with a theme and it has truly helped me grow sartorially, as well as finding inspiration from my fellow group members. However, I do have to admit I lean towards a classic, polished look when I am left to my own devices.
My sartorial choices have made an impact on my life in other areas, as well. I was in my early forties making changes to my life all around, and choosing to start dressing differently at first did not seem that important. Except it was. It unearthed a different creative side to me I had not recognized before. To be stopped by strangers on the street with compliments on my outfit, or shoes certainly boosted my confidence level. I am known as our office fashionista. Then there is also my blog and how nice it is to hear from other real women who find my style inspiring.”
Jennie found this patterned shift dress too short to wear on its own, so she has repurposed it as a tunic. For colder days she pairs the Boho tunic with fleece-lined leggings and flat suede over-the-knee boots. The leggings echo the tunic’s black background, while the tan boots pick up the gold and neutral shades. The V-neckline and asymmetrical drape across the front create vertical integrity. So does the long necklace. A stack of thin gold-toned bangles, big sunnies, and pale pink lipstick finish off the look. Finally, Jennie’s bright pink hair makes a statement in all her outfits.
A simple black tee and blue boyfriend jeans are the starting point for this on trend casual look. Jennie uses a crocheted gilet with Boho vibe as a third piece to pull the outfit together and make it extra fashionable. The long gilet streamlines the look and creates textural interest. The scoop neckline and bare arms break up the expanse of black up top. A silver statement necklace adds a touch of Hard Edge. The contrasting brown wedge heel on Jennie’s sandal works beautifully with the outfit’s blue and black colour palette, and pick up the warmth in our blogger’s red hair.
Our 5’2″ blogger adores colour, but also wears a monochromatic look with the best of them. Here the different shades of grey and texture-rich materials make for an elegant ladylike look. Jennie is wearing a pleated velvet midi skirt with a soft wool V-neck sweater with flattering dolman sleeves. The tonal lace cami peeking out above the sweater creates an alluring touch. Sheer black hose looks polished and lengthens the leg line. Grey patterned pointy toe pumps further elongate the leg line and add elegant pizzazz. Jennie’s diamanté necklace fills in the V-neckline and adds dressy bling. Her bright raspberry pink hair and lippie create colourful edge.
When asked if she approaches putting together outfits differently now that she is sporting bright rainbow hair, Jennie said:
“My hair — hmm… Once I started my style transition one of the very first things I did was get a pixie cut. My first bold choice. It didn’t take long for me to move on to my ever continuing journey with color, which has been fun. Initially when I chose red hair I shied away from wearing red, as I wasn’t sure how to do it properly, not being a natural redhead. Then I was asked to participate in a collaboration showing how redheads wear red, forcing me to look at all the red hanging in my closet. I loved the look I presented so much — It encouraged me to defy all of the old rules and go for an in your face, I Will wear red, and as much as I want attitude. Except for that brief period of time, I don’t believe I have altered how I approach building my looks.”
Skinny jeans and a cosy duffel coat in a fun grey and red plaid is an easy-to-put-together look for busy casual days. It’s hard to see in the photo, but Jennie has paired the skinnies with a long-sleeved teal top with high-low hemline in the exact same colour as her scarf. As a matter of fact, the top came with the pretty patterned scarf. How’s that for easy accessorizing! The red in the coat picks up Jennie’s hair colour, and the scarf makes for fun pattern mixing. Rolling the jeans showcases whiskey-coloured booties that add a touch of warmth to the cool colour palette. A black newsboy cap is the playful finishing touch.
Aren’t the different shades of brown delightful! They look extra rich with our blogger’s bright red hair. Jennie built this polished casual dress outfit around a simple black knit dress. Adding black fleece-lined tights keeps her gams warm, and elongates the leg line under the black dress. A moto-style leather jacket in reddish brown dresses up the look and gives it a Sporty touch at the same time. Refined high-heeled pointy toe booties add sassy elegance. A brown and cream leopard print scarf and oversized sunnies are the accessories of choice.
An explosion of happy Spring colours to make you smile. Jennie dresses down a one-of-a-kind statement coat with intricate floral embroidery in bright colours. She’s paired it with blue boyfriend jeans and a grass green scoop neck top that echoes the green in the coat. A long necklace in different shades of green is wrapped around her neck twice, and fits the outfit’s aesthetic beautifully. Jennie isn’t one to shy away from extra colour so she’s added a pair of shocking pink ankle strap ballet flats that amp up the girly factor. Bright pink lipstick and our blogger’s wavy ‘do fit the vibe of this feminine Modern Classic look perfectly.
What do you think of Jennie’s fun and colourful style. Let us know in the comments, and then check out the rest of her outfits on her blog, A Pocketful of Polka Dots.