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Make a Jacket Part of Your Signature Look

Make a Jacket Part of Your Signature Look

Dear Reader, welcome to Gloriously Vintage today. In the UK we are enjoying a great September, with the summery temperatures continuing into the month from August.  There is an autumnal nip in the early morning air and the evenings are cooler. We are moving into the time of year where a cool morning can give way to a warm afternoon.

 

Twice a year I do my Big Seasonal Changeover. I am not quite ready to do it as autumn officially starts on 22nd September.  It feels like an Indian Summer this year, which is lovely.  Once August is over I have a self imposed curfew on white shoes and handbags. I will still wear cream shoes and accessories but the adored white shoes of high summer are the first to be put away.  They are still in my wardrobe but very soon the largest white handbag will be exchanged for a large black patent one in the wardrobe space.  The shoes will have to wait now until next spring to be worn again.

 

Do you have a favourite garment you love to wear? Are you a dress or separates lover?

 

Well dear Reader, I love separates and suits.  Do chat in the comments about your best jackets!

It all stems from childhood as my “best outfits” when not in school uniform were suits.  My mother dressed me in matching skirt and jacket sets from about 5 -13 years old.  I had party dresses too, but the love of separates was rooted early on!

 

If pressed to choose I must say it is the jacket that is my all time favourite garment.

 

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In this photograph I am wearing my Gina Jacket.  It is a terracotta colour and was about £6 from Oxfam on line in the sale, about 3 years ago.  My dressmaker shortened the sleeves for me.  Here I am wearing it with a black pencil skirt, a lovely splashy bright scarf and pearls.

 

Why? Oh, dear Reader, jackets are versatile, can add texture and interest, work hard in the wardrobe and can take you from day to night with a change of accessories and jewellery.

 

You will see from my summer styling posts that it is not wearing a coat or a jacket that marks out the summer for me.  So once we hit September there is that glorious “in between seasons” time roughly mid September to mid October when the jacket comes into its own.

As cooler temperatures advance a Winter Coat can cover a jacket making snug layers. However when the suit or separates can be worn in all their glory – on view and accessorised perfectly – that is a golden point in the year.

 

If you really know your body shape, you can know the jacket style that works for you. Couple that with an awareness of cut and fit for different eras and you have an almost magic formula for elegance.

Why is a jacket so important? What makes it stand out?  How to wear it? How do you know when you have found the right one?  I will try you answer these questions using my personal style as an example.

 

Why is a jacket so important?

Here are some thoughts in answer to this question in no particular order or priority!

  • It can make or break an outfit
  • It must fit well and do what you want it to do
  • It will take a skirt/top combination up a number of gears
  • It will be a backdrop to display wonderful jewellery and scarves
  • Fur collars can change a jacket in A/W as no other accessory can.
  • If you can make it work as hard – match 3 or 4 skirts at least. I choose not to wear trousers for a dressed up look so I expect each jacket to match a minimum of 2 skirts and more if the choice has been expertly made!

What makes a jacket stand out?

To answer this question I have identified some key points to bear in mind when choosing one.

Cut and Fit

How long should the jacket be to suit your body shape? Does it nip in at the waist?  How long are the sleeves? For me, dear Reader, shorter lengths work well – about 24″ nape to hem.  I can wear 26″ and 22.5″ but; longer that 26″ is not so good on me.  Length makes all the difference to the outfit because of the proportion.

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This is a new purchase from Oxfam on line.  It is a Hobbs tailored jacket .  It is 68% wool and 32% Acrylic.  I loved the cut  immediately and the hounds tooth fabric.  It can be dressed up with different collars for the A/W – I am looing forward to making this jacket work hard in my wardrobe!

 

 

 

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The nipped in waist looks good with a straight skirt, but will also go with a pleated or fuller one.

 

The shoulder fit is vital.

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The shoulder looks good on this jacket.

Brush your hand down the opposite upper arm from the edge of the shoulder.  The shoulder of the jacket should be in line with your shoulder.  If it is too short then your shoulder fit is all wrong.  Equally, if the shoulder comes out too far past your natural body line the fit is not good.

 

Length

If I find a wonderful jacket in a great fabric that is too big I look and see if it can be refitted and shortened by my dressmaker. It is worth it as the finished jacket with be unique and of great quality. New jackets that are expertly tailored are beyond my budget.  I also hate to see other people in “my” jacket as can easily happen with new clothes.  So 23″ -24″ is a good length for me.

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This Eastex jacket was inherited from my mother in law.  My dressmaker took 4 inches off the length to remodel the jacket and give it a new lease of life!

 

 

When you are shopping for vintage it is so important to know your measurements and to be sure about the length that looks best on you.

 

Colour and Fabric

I love wool mixtures for in between seasons. Man made fabrics like polyester are great too but will have no warmth in them when the wind blows!  My man made jackets go away in early autumn.  The one or two I keep out for evenings are the first ones to go under a winter coat as the season progresses.  Colour and texture are the key to the success of the jacket.  Can you match tweed to jewellery?  Does the colour/texture compliment many of your scarves?  How does it sit with the skirt of your choice?  I love plain jacket/ patterned skirt combinations.  Plain jacket/skirt combinations take jewellery so well and complimentary patterns can work too.

 

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This is one of my “in between seasons” jackets.  I love the texture and colours in it.  In this photograph I am wearing it with a S/S look.  In the coming weeks I will be wearing it with a navy blue pencil skirt and navy court shoes and handbag.

 

If you look critically at the colour and texture of the fabric you can see the possibilities of the jacket working hard with pieces that are already in your wardrobe.

 

Collar

If you know the length that suits you, chances are you are very sure about the best style of collar. I love shawl collars.  They are soft and feminine and take scarves well.  Notched or revered collars are so smart.  It is very important to really understand whether one or two buttons and a deep V or a higher buttoning jacket suits you.  This depends on the fullness of the bust.  I am aiming at an hour glass figure and suit one or two buttons.  I have found some higher buttoning jackets to work too.

 

Buttons

Does the jacket have great buttons?

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This is another new purchase from Oxfam on line.  I have been watching this jacket on line for some time before buying it!   It is polyester, so now belongs in my S/S wardrobe.  I wanted a cream jacket to compliment most of my Summer skirts on cooler days.  The buttons are mother of pearl and have a slightly greenish tone in certain light.  The skirt in the photograph above looks great with this jacket because of the buttons.

 

It is possible to build up a collection of vintage buttons.  This is something I am doing now.   I try and buy some vintage buttons so can change then on jackets quite often to upgrade a look or to give faithful jacket a new look.  Buttons can be very tying.  A suit I bought in a charity shop had cream buttons on it.  I had them changed to a smoky grey and immediately the suit went with a lot of other tops and shoe /handbag combinations.

I buy jackets in charity shops for the buttons. The jacket will probably be too big or too long for me but will sport great buttons.  It can be cheaper to acquire buttons this way.  New buttons are expensive now and the quality does not compare to vintage buttons.

 

How to wear it?

Dear Reader the three ways I like to wear jacket are:

  1. Buttoned up
  2. Open
  3. Slung around the shoulders, like a cape.

Buttoned Up

Buttoned up is always more formal and smart.

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This jacket has an unusual style.  It almost has a peplum – you can see the split on the hip.  I like the way it adds interest to the side view, showing the skirt through the split.

If you make the jacket and skirt appear as “one” and treat it like a “dress” you can use accessories to powerful effect.  I love to wear at least one brooch or a group of smaller ones.  If I am going to a meeting and want to feel confident I choose a jacket that fits well on the shoulder and I wear it buttoned up.  The vital “first impression “is of elegance and power and can be very useful in some contexts.

I attend many meetings to do with the planning and organisation of Care for my elderly mother. It is always my objective to have the sartorial advantage, which silently reinforces the message that I mean business and will not settle for poor service or standards!

Open

An open jacket is more relaxed and can show off a lovely top underneath. It can work beautifully with brooches and scarves too.  Always try on the jacket open and look at the back view.  Some jackets look too baggy open.  Do think of this when you try on your outfit.  My grandmother always used to say to me that the back view was just as important as the front!

 

Around the Shoulders

Around the shoulders works well as long as it does not fall off! I use this way of wearing a jacket if I expect to take it off.  So going down to breakfast at an hotel, or going to the theatre for example.  Last A/W this was a popular way to wear coats and jackets loved by Victoria Beckham particularly.

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I am wearing this jacket round my shoulders, over my scarf and top.  A good fit on the shoulder helps the jacket to stay in place!

 

It is not so warm and is great for in between seasons. In winter I drape my winter coat around the shoulders if I have a light wool jacket and am getting into the car, for example.  It is fun to experiment and do some styling or trying on at home in front of a full length mirror.  Always check the back view.

Dear Reader, I use my landing as a dressing room at home with a full length mirror and hooks to prepare outfits I am going to wear and to air outfits before they are returned to the wardrobe.

 

How do you know when you have found the right one?

The answer to this question is dear Reader, the feeling of absolute delight when you put on a jacket that fits well on the shoulder, is the best length and just looks amazing on!

 

It is that moment when you say to yourself “Yes!  This works”! 

 

I plan my outfits for the whole of the Christmas period about 12 or more outfits – this involves going for as many “YES” moments as I possibly can.

 

 

The jacket that works hard in your wardrobe can be a powerful part of your signature look. Dear Reader, for me a plain black skirt can come into its own with a contrasting jacket and look different each time because of the accessories!  I think it is an easy way to extend the scope of the pieces in my wardrobe and I just adore adding fur collars or scarves, brooches of varying sizes and seeing the effect with various shoes and handbags.

 

Sometimes I have a styling session that is one skirt and jacket to see how adding different accessorises can push the outfit in many directions and find looks for different occasions! A styling session like this can confirm the jacket as part of your signature look.

 

Thank you to Glenn for taking the photographs of me in this post.

Can A/W 2016 Trends “do” Vintage?

Can A/W 2016 Trends “do” Vintage?

Hello and a big welcome to Gloriously Vintage. I hope you will enjoy a quick round up of the A/W 2016 Fashion Trends and start thinking about how they could work with your wardrobe.

 

 

 

I love to wear vintage style and always mix in a few new pieces as well. My favourite Era is the 1950’s and I love influences from the 1930’s and early 1960’s too.  Looking at the seasonal fashion trends is a big part of my interest in styling outfits and it always exerts some influence on my wardrobe  – even if the influence is very small.  That is the freedom of wearing vintage style – you are outside or above high fashion – but a “nod” to it adds piquancy to wardrobe choices.

 

Twice a year I do “The Big Seasonal Changeover” – S/S and A/W. Around that time I check out the fashion trends and have a long look at my wardrobe, accessories, and jewellery and shoes to see which trends will suit me and what I have in my wardrobe.  This enables me to ring the changes a little and enjoy a “nod” to what fashionistas are doing!

 

So where do I find the A/W 2016 trends?

Well dear Reader, I make sure I have bought the August copies of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and then certainly buy the copies of the key month of September. Fashion Magazines are always a month ahead.  The previews in the August issue acts as a taster for the full reveal in the big September issue.

I have been following this pattern for some years now and find it to work well and be fun at the same time.

If I am searching out a few new pieces for my wardrobe on Oxfam on line for example I may as well choose current colours or shapes that will fit in beautifully and allow me to be creative.  Also when I am in charity shops or at vintage fairs I have a clear idea of what I am looking for.  If none of the trends suit me – well dear Reader I just happily do my own thing and rejoice in my individuality!

 

I have two maxims about style:

Nothing is smart unless it suits

And

Always dress up because others will wish they had!

The first maxim is essential and came from my Grandmother who was a professional dressmaker. The second one came from a style book years ago.  It has stood me in good stead over my life and has helped to increase my confidence to dress how I want to and enjoy it immensely.

 

So dear Reader here is a quick round up of the A/W2016 Trends. I have specified which publication they are from as the two magazines have highlighted some different trends this season.  Sometimes there is a great overlap in what they present as you would expect.  However this year it is a little different because the trends have been interpreted differently.

TRENDS (Vogue)

Mini Trends

  1. Winter sandals
  2. Long gloves for evening
  3. Heavy metal handbags
  4. Shearing – worn curly side out
  5. Red boots, shoes and handbag- pop of scarlet
  6. White 1980’s style shoes
  7. Adorned sweaters
  8. Buttons down the back – reversing tops and jackets
  9. Statement belt
  10. Matchy matchy accessories

TRENDS (Vogue)

  1. Modern British – heritage tweed and clashing tartans
  2. Silk – Boudoir dressing continues from S/S 16
  3. Mood indigo – Denim
  4. Velvet
  5. Coat check – leather and Vinyl and THE CAPE
  6. Duvet coats and jackets
  7. Shearling
  8. Military
  9. Boots
  10. Glasses with embellished frames

THE 7 BIG TRENDS (Vogue)

  1. Extremely large totes
  2. Soft military
  3. Polished Punk – a strong 1980’s influence here
  4. Tweed Redux – mixing heirloom tweeds and prince of Wales checks with stylist separates or just add white accessories
  5. Tweed with Vinyl
  6. Badass Florals – clashing prints
  7. Chokers
  8. Embellished velvet and rich brocade.

TRENDS (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

10 LIKES NOW

  1. Shoulder barring top – this trend caries on from S/S 16
  2. The cape
  3. Heritage handbag – either top handle or chain handle
  4. the roll neck sweater
  5. Hiking boots – chunky boots
  6. Corset belt – worn over a winter coat to cinch the waist
  7. Re-worked trench – leather
  8. Oversize trousers
  9. Velvet puffa coat both luxe and street style
  10. Ski Pants

TRENDS (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

  1. Scotland the Brave – tartans and tweeds
  2. Victorian Luxe – black lace, ruffles and pearls
  3. Great outdoors – classic autumn colours
  4. Rich velvet
  5. Contrasting prints
  6. The nomad – free spirit with inspiration from around the world.
  7. Embellishment
  8. Brocade

TRENDS (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

10 LIKES NOW

  1. Shoulder barring top – this trend caries on from S/S 16
  2. The cape
  3. Heritage handbag – either top handle or chain handle
  4. the roll neck sweater
  5. Hiking boots – chunky boots
  6. Corset belt – worn over a winter coat to cinch the waist
  7. Re-worked trench – leather
  8. Oversize trousers
  9. Velvet puffa coat both luxe and street style
  10. Ski Pants

 

TRENDS (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

  1. Scotland the brave – tartans and tweeds
  2. Victorian Luxe – black lace, ruffles and pearls
  3. Great outdoors – classic autumn colours
  4. Rich velvet
  5. Contrasting prints
  6. The nomad – free spirit with inspiration from around the world.
  7. Embellishment
  8. Brocade

 

Style Guide A/W TRENDS (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

TAILORING

  1. Monochrome chick
  2. Long and loose trouser suits – double breasted with exaggerated slouch
  3. Evening Detail – shoes adorned with jewels
  4. New waist the paper bag waist.
  5. The Ageless icon – jacket with extended lapels over a pleated silk corset = Timeless glamour
  6. Cinched and Sleek – wide belts
  7. Modern and playful
  8. Cape – The investment piece this year
  9. Embellishment – The finishing touch
  10. Pearl adorned Trousers for evening

 

ACCESSORIES (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

  1. Heart’s Desire – Pinks, golds, rosebuds and diamonds
  2. Forbidden forest – dark jewel colours- teal, emerald , black velvet embellishes bags
  3. Folktale
  4. Moonlight magic – black velvet with night stars embellishment

 

Sumptuous jewel colours and all shades of pink into lavender are the strong colour influences this season.

 

 

Here are the trends. Can they “do” vintage?

If you take a very purist view that vintage is separate completely, then the answer to this question must be a resounding “NO!”

I think there are certain trends here that can do vintage. The companies producing reproduction vintage fashions do produce collections for each season and therefore must take their influences from somewhere.  If like me you are putting your look together from vintage, vintage appropriate and new pieces the trends are open to interpretation.

 

What will I be following this A/W2016?

I will be looking at shades of pink, from blush and nude to deeper tones, to work them into my wardrobe. Rich berry tones are always wonderful as the autumn unfolds.

The jewel colours offer a lot of scope with jewellery and accessories.  I will also be trying to work in some lavender as well.  Dear Reader I will be using my Style Book to see what worked last year and it will help me to tweak some outfits to give them the “on trend twist” that is both fun to do and a bit of a challenge!

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I love British Heritage fabrics checks and tweed and Scottish influenced plaids so these will feature greatly in my choices. The pieces I own will come out really on trend.  Tweeds are so versatile depending on what they are paired with.

This trend can certainly “do” vintage and look good whatever eras you prefer. Mixing tweed and plain fabrics always works and I may add nude courts instead of darker coloured shoes too.

VELVET

I plan to work this trend into my wardrobe with evening bags and separates.

I have my eye on a number of items on the internet and have some velvet items I would like to rework with my dressmaker.

A black devore full skirt I have will come into its own this year for the Christmas season.

THE CAPE

I do not own a cape currently, but have some large wraps that ore flowing like a cape. They go over a suit or jacket and skirt adding warmth and a bit of drama to the finished look.  The silhouette is the important shape here.  Also dear reader wraps bridge the gap before really warm coats are needed as the season progresses.

SHEARLING

My heart is always glad when this is on trend as have two wonderful coats – both with the curly side out as luck would have it.

EMBELLISHMENT

Dear Reader, do check out this post from earlier this year to see how you can create your own embellishment with vintage brooches. I will be looking at ways to embellish outfits this way.  Grouping brooches is the way to add flair to many different outfits.  It is possible to emphasis eth waist, they can go on pockets and on sleeves – you can be really creative here.

 

BROCADE

A fabric that is more for the evening, but one that brings immediate glamour and luxury to your outfit.

 

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I will be wearing this jacket as my “nod” to this trend. I wore it at Christmas last year and also for my 60th Birthday Party in February.  Brocade is quite difficult because you do not want to look as though you are decked out in upholstery fabric or curtains!  (It was OK for Scarlet O’Hara, and the Von Trapp Children!)

Mini TRENDS can “do” Vintage too!

Handbags

Handbags with a top handle or chain handle are the bags to have this A/W2016. These can certainly be found in the vintage bags of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  They can be worked into vintage style outfits easily.  I have a Laura Ashley handbag with a chain strap that I am thinking of bringing out this season.

 

Matchy Matchy Accessories

Dear Reader, I am so delighted about this mini trend because I have loved matching accessories since I was a teenager. There is nothing quite like them to really pull together the look of matching shoes and handbag.

Yes, dear Reader, I do miss-matched very happily as it enables me to use bags that it would be impossible to match the shoes.

If the handbag and shoes do not actually match – I make sure the colours are very close. Browns can vary a lot and I often get round this by wearing black shoes with a tan or brown handbag to avoid a really glaring mismatch.

Red Shoes and Handbags

This is a favourite combination that I love t wear. My personal choice is to wear them with grey, but I do pair them with blue and black too.  Reds can be very tricky to match.  What do you think? I go to where the natural light is best in my home and have a good look at the tones!

They always give a lovely shot of colour and there is something about red shoes … The Dorothy effect, I think!

 

Jewellery

HB features jewellery each season which I find interesting and helpful. I will be bringing into my outfits rich jewel colours – emerald, sapphire blue, ruby red and rich berry tones with gold.  These are lovely autumn hues that bring luxurious colour in to an outfit.

Silk

I will be working this mini trend with silk scarves and silky camisoles worn under tailored jackets. The boudoir dressing wit chemises dresses from the S/S is continuing into the autumn.

Pearls

Of course, dear Reader, I could never ignore the trend for pearls – I will be choosing pearl brooches to embellish bags and jackets and wearing pearls as much as possible.

Pearl embellishment is very to the fore this season.   I will be sporting pearls at every opportunity and feeling very happy in them.  Will you wear pearls this A/W?

 

Well I hope dear Reader you have enjoyed this quick round up and can get on with planning marvellous outfits for the coming A/W2016 season

 

I will cover beauty trends on another post soon. Certainly this post has helped me to feel rather excited about A/W2016.  Yes dear reader it is sad to say goodbye to lovely summery outfits.  However, it will be fun to wear vintage and be able to “nod to high fashion too!

 

There is very little faux fur this year. I do wear Vintage fur and faux fur collars and also leopard print is not prevalent at all. I will still wear leopard print with red and black and taupe, because I like it.  I also think of Marilyn, Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds” and Wendy Hiller in “I know where I’m going”- 2 of my all time favourite films.  How about you dear Reader? 

Do share your thoughts in the comments!

 

 

A big thank you to Glenn for taking the photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Big Seasonal Changeover – Is this something you do?

The Big Seasonal Changeover – Is this something you do?

I do hope you are enjoying the way the temperature is creeping up  – certainly in the UK and we are having some warmer days.  Spring is here and the summer officially starts on 20 June!   So, for the last month of May, I have been busy working through my Seasonal Changeover and will be completing it this weekend as I do the final part which is changing over my handbags and gloves from A/W to S/S.

Welcome to Gloriously Vintage, dear Reader, is this something you do, have different clothes and accessories for the changing seasons?  Do you put away your “out of season” clothes and bring out the ones you want in the wardrobe for S/S or A/W?  Do you have any tips that have worked really well?  I have some tops that I wear all year, but my “top clothes” change.  I also do this changeover for my husband and my mother who will be 92 this August.

 

“Clothes make a man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

Mark Twain

 

This is a well known quote from Mark Twain as is often quoted, and is based on a quotation from Hamlet by William Shakespeare.  Clothes are important to us and express so much about us.  Having the clothes for each season is very much a part of that expression for me.

I work on the Seasonal Changeover twice a year in May and in September.  In recent years this is something that has grown into a much bigger exercise because of taking it on for my mother too.

Now that I am wearing vintage style that changeover has taken on a greater significance because I find it is easier to categorise my clothes by season.  The reality of living in the UK is that we need “in between season “clothes as the seasons are changing too.  So once we come to May, I start organizing the clothes in the house and moving them around to be in the right place when needed.  The “out of season” clothes for us all are in my loft, waiting their turn to shine.  I have allocated parts of my wardrobe for my out of season shoes, scarves, gloves and handbags.  My makeup also changes twice a year with darker shades of lipstick and blusher that come out in September to see me through the autumn and Christmas time, giving way to the brighter, lighter and more vibrant shades I wear in the spring and the summertime.

 

This changeover is always tinged with a little sadness and also a frisson of excitement.

I keep my clothes for a long time because I am following my own 1950’s influenced style and am not trying to only wear current fashions.  I have been there and done that at earlier stages in my life – and I can honestly say that it felt like pressure and was not really all that much fun.  Dressing in vintage style is always fun. The wonderful memories attached to some of the outfits add layers of pleasure I feel in the swish of a skirt or the neatness of a jacket!  Oh yes, I also bring out the wonderful Fox’s Umbrella I had last year for the family Wedding .  I am using it now as a parasol.

 

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My Fox’s Ladies Deep Frill Umbrella – a most special Summer accessory

I will be sharing with you some of my favourite summer looks and best Oxfam finds, with added treasures from my collections in future posts and all this is starting as summer is near and everything is now in place!

 

Why bother?  Life is just too short for all this!

 

Well, yes, it is a busy time and sometimes hard to make the time to do it, but I would never stop planning and doing my Seasonal Changeover because of the delight and expectation of happy times coming as the months are passing.  I am keeping up with the seasons and my year has real structure.  This has been going on for at least 20 years in this house and has gathered momentum because I am taking care of the clothes for my husband and elderly mother now.

We all like to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  When thinking about this post I found this article about how the catwalk shows of London Fashion Week and others have changed the way we look at our fashions.

As a woman who likes tradition – I love to be in 100% wool in the A/W and am happy in cotton or polyester in the S/S.  Our climate is changing too in the UK.  The clearly defined frosts and snow from October to March do not happen regularly now.  The summer we always hope for does not always appear!  Temperatures even out and there are only a few degrees difference between spring and summer some years.

All this has given way to the “Resort” collections before S/S and the “pre season” collections before A/W which greatly influence what is available to buy in the shops.  This is one reason why I buy from Oxfam, aside from supporting their invaluable charitable work.  They offer winter clothes and summer clothes and by reading the fabric content, I have been very successfully attaining pieces for my wardrobe that I love and that are warm for A/W and just right for S/S.

 

I buy a few new pieces each year and rotate my separates depending on the fashion trends.

 

I love to keep abreast of the fashion forecasts and follow the trends that are show cased in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and also in the major newspapers which I read on line.  Harper’s Bazaar also features current trends in jewellery and embellishment which is of great interest to me with my brooches! You can see from this post why! Do you follow the trends?

Once I understand the trends, I pick what I like and go to my wardrobe for colour, shape and texture.  It is marvellous that at the moment ladies fashion is much more feminine and is influenced by drama like “Mad Men” for example.  The 1930’s – 1950’s exert a powerful influence on fashion and although designers bring out new collections every year these influences can always be appreciated.

So I have S/S and A/W and a small collection of “in between season “pieces that are made up of 45% -50% wool, that I move into around April-May and September-October depending on the weather!

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Outfit Details

Taupe Suedette shoes    Dorothy Perkins

Light green Viyella Pleated skirt   Oxfam on Line

S/S “Chateaux” Tweed Jacket   Oxfam on Line ( my dressmaker changed a boring button for this vintage mother of pearl one, making the jacket go with more separates)

1980’s Taupe Leather Clutch Handbag   bought at a Vintage Fair

Cream V neck top   Marks and Spencer

Trifari Bow Brooch on lapel

Trifari Knot Clip on earings

2 Rows of Lotus Pearls

Trifari Pearls and gold coloured bracelet

Napier twist Bracelet

This outfit is from my “in between Season” collection.

The changeover started to include Lipsticks, blusher and nail varnish about 10 years ago as I started to take changing my look more seriously, when I was 50 years old.  So when March -April have passed and May arrives that’s me- changing my make up a little at a time over the whole of May.  My look is getting lighter and I know the summer is on its way!  Around mid May, I do my scarves.

My scarves are in boxes by season. It always feels sad to put away my furry collars, thicker scarves and more autumn hued silk squares.  However it is like meeting dear friends again when the S/S ones are there in the box, in the wardrobe ready and waiting!  New scarves are there too like the beautiful silk find in Stratford upon Avon, to be worked into summer “looks”.

 

“You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” —Christian Dior

 

Shoes are dealt with next, after the scarves.  I only wear white or cream shoes with other coloured ones from May to September so when they come out there is great excitement!  I love nude and blush shoes and do wear them all year round because they go with so many outfits.

Some of my summer shoe collection have amazing stories attached to them as they were bought to go with specific outfits for family weddings and special events.

Lastly, I do my gloves and handbags, putting away the dark rich colours of the A/W for white, ivory and pink gloves to wear in S/S.

 

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Very snazzy pink gloves!

 

The pink gloves were from the Chronically Vintage Etsy Shop who I recommend to you for marvellous vintage items and wonderful customer service from Jessica.

 

 

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This cream handbag is a real favourite of mine

 

For my husband, he has heavier fabrics for trousers and he wears a lot of lovely viyella shirts too that are 80% cotton and 20% wool.  They all go away into the loft with lots of cedar wood to stop them being nibbled by pesky moths.  I do a one in, one out exchange using my hangaways (I have2) and it does not take long to put on the clothing bags and whisk the out of season clothes into the loft!  He sits with me and chooses the pieces he particularly wants each season.  It works very well.

The changeover I do for my mother is more complex because she lives near me.  So clothes must be transported!  The hangaways are a wonderful help – her out of season clothes are hung on a rail in my loft in clothes covers and are also folded into a large box.  Everything goes into her bedroom, is then put onto hangers, onto the hangaways and then the swap begins.  It is a time for sorting out items to be discarded and lovely pieces to keep.  I look after her wardrobe and buy her new items as she is now too old to “do” fitting rooms now.  The S/S changeover is hardest because her wool items are dry cleaned and then stored on appropriate hangers.

 

I am very fussy about hangers and always put jackets and coats on ones that support the shoulders!

 

 

So dear reader, as this post is going out at the start of June, it is all done.  I am feeling thrilled at the welcome return of dear skirts, jackets and a few dresses for S/S.  Think of me positively revelling in wearing white shoes with my collection of lovely white handbags!  Yes, recording the ensembles in My Style Book and looking back over last year for original and memorable outfits and creating some new ones too!

 

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Glenn has taken all my photographs, so a big thank you to him.

 

 

 

Treasure Hunting in Stratford upon Avon

Treasure Hunting in Stratford upon Avon

We have been away for a long weekend in Stratford upon Avon staying at our favourite hotel to celebrate our 15th Wedding Anniversary, which is actually on 5th May.

 

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So dear Reader, as you would expect there were opportunities for treasure hunting in the charity shops and the antique shops in the town centre.  Stratford is a wonderful place to visit.  It is full of half timbered buildings, historical places and lovely shops.  There are all the big shops you would expect to find in the UK and a lot of small independent ones that are always a joy to explore.

The weekend away is a great opportunity to plan some great outfits and to fit in as much jewellery as possible.  The highlight this year was to wear the Pennino demi parure and an outfit from my S/S clothes with the Schreiner demi parure I had for my birthday this year.

 

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Here I am wearing a red collarless jacket made from 100% wool.  It has jolly gold buttons on the front and also on the cuffs.  The scarf is a modern graphic print silk from Accessorize.  I like to wear it with the Penninio jewellery because the shapes on the pattern echo the shape of the flowers on the brooch.  The red stones in the brooch and the earings are unfoiled and reflect the colour of the jacket, deepening the red colour.  My black 1950’s handbag is leather pressed to look like lizard skin.  I like it with these shoes which are pointed courts from Dorothy Perkins.

 

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In this photograph I am just about to go down to dinner.  You can see the Hobe bracelet that I bought at the same time as the Pennino demi parure.

 

It is one of my traditions that I wear something from my S/S wardrobe on this anniversary weekend to herald the big changeover that I usually affect by the end of May.  My choice of jacket to arrive and depart in had to be changed, as I needed one that was made from wool.  A man made fabric would just not have been warm enough.  I took a lightweight rain coat to wear over my outfits for shopping and I was pleased to have it, as it was showery on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

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I am ready to go down for breakfast.  What a treat, smoked kippers a really English breakfast!

 

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This is the outfit from my previous post on silk scarves.  It is useful as I can change the tops and accessories and just look a bit different.  Here I am wearing a soft peach top from Kettlewell Colours.  The Zara spot scarf is a very good match and I had a new pair of blush pointed courts to complete the outfit.  The gold brooch is unmarked and the round design goes with the scarf well and does not snag the threads.

 

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Time for a quick touch up to my makeup, before getting ready to go out into the town.

 

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As we get to know each other, dear Reader, you will understand that I never go anywhere without my dressing table!  More about that in future posts…

 

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My husband proposed to me in the Hathaway’s Tearooms in Stratford.  He bought my engagement ring from Howards.  We also bought our Wedding Rings in Stratford, thus making it a most special place in our life together.

 

 

 

So we went on Saturday for a cup of hot chocolate and a toasted teacake!  We could not sit at “our table” but sat nearby and reminisced about the day he proposed and I accepted and had my lovely engagement ring to wear.

 

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Dressed for dinner on Saturday evening, I am sitting at my dressing table.  Wearing a ruched cream square neck top from Kettlewell colours, my black pencil skirt with the evening pearls set.

 

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The dear little black and gold evening bag is from the 1930’s.

I always wear it with this outfit.  I purchased it at Antiques for Everyone, from Diane Ashman a few years ago.  When I saw it, I just fell in love with the small shape and the very interesting clasp.

It was a case of have the bag first and an outfit will follow!

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May I introduce you dear Reader, to my husband, Glenn?

This is the man who takes my photographs.  He is my support and stay.  We are dressed to go out on the town on the Sunday morning.  I have added a large graphic print scarf with mauve and purple in the pattern.  The mauve clutch bag was from a charity shop last year and the purple leather gloves go very well.

On the Sunday and the Bank holiday Monday in Stratford there was a Festival of Motoring event.  We wandered around looking at interesting cars and also did some more shopping and I found some more treasures!

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We went to this amazing tearoom that has been recommended to us by the hotel.  It was cleverly named The Fourteas.  It was a marvellous experience!  Have a look at their photographs – It really felt as though we had gone back in time!

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When our drinks arrived we were charmed – a spitfire for Glenn and a Union Jack for me!

 

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This was my outfit for the last evening.  Here I am wearing a pleated skirt from Viyella that I purchased from a dress agency in 1999.  It is a light taupe and the fabric has the appearanceof slub silk.  The neutral colour is perfect with a cream top when wearing coloured jewellery.  The litte red satin bag was from a charity shop last year.  It is modern and is made by Marks and Spencers.  My dressmaker has relined the skirt and repaired it over the years and it just keeps on going!  It was important for me to wear the Schreiner demi parure this weekend.  As the earings and brooch are very showy I deemed 2 rows of pearls were enough!

 

In my next post I will show you the treasures I found on this wonderful weekend away.

 

Thank you for visiting Gloriously Vintage today, do leave me a comment to say hello!  I hope we can catch up soon.

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