There were still cold days in April, so there’s that awkward transition between bulky winter dressing and light summer dresses.
Jasmine Guinness skirt and jacket
Red fine knit sweater (with What Katie Did cone bra)
Dune heels (nice Fifties shape to the heel and toe)
Vintage earrings from a vintage fair
I haggled for the earrings because there were one or two beads missing. It’s always a good idea to check vintage jewellery carefully before agreeing a price with the seller. With earrings, compare the two, because sometimes the imperfections won’t be noticeable when you’re wearing them, but it might save you a couple of pounds.
Other times, jewellery can be mended. Beads can be redistributed if they look uneven.
Checked wriggle dress – charity shop
Seamed hold-ups – Primark
I took the dress in at the waist, by removing the buttons on the tabs, and stitching them further into the middle. Wearing this dress like a pinafore means I don’t cover the details with a cardi or jumper.
This was a vintage dress from eBay that I modified. I loved the pale green print and the piecrust collar, decorative button placket and mutton sleeves. It was a maxi dress supposedly my measurements, but it looked frumpy and shapeless when I got it.
I chopped the middle section of the skirt out, sewing the bottom edging on at knee-length. I took in the side seams around the bust, which completely changed the look. I also changed the generic small shirt buttons for some vintage ones from our button box.
Emma Peel Chelsea boots – Dune
Cardigan – I knitted from a Rowan pattern in Rowan Tweed
Dress – Vintage. From my Nanna’s unfinished projects. I finished it by adding the buttons and finishing the placket detail with some thin ribbon.
Elasticated belt – Nanna’s, vintage
Stockings – What Katie Did (as well as all my underpinnings in Peach)
Shoes – La Redoute
Earrings – H&M
Jacket & skirt – Matalan. As with most modern clothes I buy, the fit of the waist and hips is cut too straight. I had the skirt waist taken in. As I got this in the sale, the jacket was one size too big, but by moving the buttons over, it looks okay. The boxy fit is in keeping with some Fifties and early Sixties styles, like Grace Kelly in Rear Window and vintage Vogue shoots.
Cropped jumper – designed and knitted myself. Colours and stripes inspired by watching Poirot and Thirties photos.
Bra – What Katie Did padded bullet bra
Shoes – Next
Vintage scarf, Next shoes, polo shirt: Mademoiselle R from La Redoute.
While always going back in time for my style, I like to incorporate some current fashion themes. The last two include a slight sporty reference with the stripes and polo shirt. – Spring/ Summer 2016 Chanel