Inspiration for this outfit came via an early morning read of one of my favourite blogs, The Dashing Eccentric. I love her style, even though it’s usually quite different from mine, and she’s just a darn good read in general; her colour theory post series is seriously awesome, and made a lot of things click for me. Her example has given me the courage to wear hats, which is something I’d have loved to do today, except rain was forecast, and I’m not sure the hat I wanted to wear is colour-fast.
Reading today’s post and viewing the accompanying outfit photos sparked an idea of how to style a couple of recently-thrifted pieces. Inspiration hit at the right time, too, because I really hadn’t a clue what to wear today, and I decided to make some time (I am woefully behind on my blog reading and commenting, due to extreme busyness, and I spent some time trying to get caught up this morning) to see if I could find some guidance, which I did.
I would like to emphasize that The Dashing Eccentric is in no way responsible for the creases in my linen skirt. Four buses, two downpours, nine hours on my feet, and linen’s very nature did that. Fortunately I can accept that; I like to think that linen’s wrinkles show character and a life well-lived, just as human faces can. (Says the woman who turned 45 last week, and holy shit, how did that happen?)
Lots of summer fabrics in autumnal shades in this one, and really quite a retro feel; a trip into one of the better local vintage shops got me lots of smiles from the sort of people who wear their hair (and look fantastic in!) victory rolls. I looked in the mirror, after putting it all together, and thought I rather resembled a dowager’s companion from a country house murder mystery flick, but in a totally good way.
Blazer: Hobbs, thrifted. More shoulder-paddy and slightly puffy of sleeve cap than I would normally dream of wearing, I think the fitted waist and flared hem gave me enough balance to really like this jacket, and not feel like a linebacker.
Scarf: Biba, remixed. Gloriously heavy silk, I snapped this thing up in the post-Xmas sales last year, and I really need to get a better photo of it, because this one is doing it no justice at all.
Top: All Saints, via TK Maxx.
Belt: Next, thrifted. Nice, well-worn, soft leather. I was really pleased to find this.
Skirt: Hobbs, thrifted. This is a wrap and button skirt, which may not be apparent in the photo. I have my midi length issues, but I’m happy with this; it’ll be easy to style.
Bag: Vintage Louis Vuitton, thrifted, remixed. I wanted structure and neutral, and this hung beautifully from my shoulder, with no slipping, thanks to those grippy braided straps. I have Visible Logo Issues, as in, I totally hate them as a general rule, but this is the subtle checked print, so it doesn’t trigger them.
Shoes: Deichmann, remixed. Fairly high-but-sturdy heels are something I love a lot, and these have ‘em.