I've been feeling a bit stuck with what to write for this post. I like to keep my outfit posts very much, talking about the outfit in question rather than going off on too much of a tangent, however, sometimes that can get a bit repetitive. So today I thought I'd chat about some things I love right now, some things which, in turn, have influenced this outfit. It's rather fitting actually seeing as it was Valentine's Day yesterday. I hope you all had a lovely day filled with love, whether that be from another person, giving yourself some self-love or falling in love with some inanimate (and usually fashion-related) object, which to be honest, can bring so much joy.
TOP: VINTAGE | SKIRT: VINTAGE | BOOTS: OFFICE (OLD) | COAT: VINTAGE | HAT: VINTAGE | TIGHTS: M&S
WEIRD BUT WONDERFUL PATTERNS
I'm a sucker for an interesting print. Don't get me wrong, I love a simple stripe tee or polka dot blouse as much as the next girl but sometimes it's nice to break the mould a bit and rock something total weird and wonderful. Enter this navy blue shirt featuring a print that is none other than a teddy bear holding a sunflower. I mean, what more could you want from a print really? It's fun, it's youthful and it's totally unique, quite literally being a genuine seventies shirt. They certainly knew what they were doing in the seventies, print-wise, and I can totally imagine this pattern being reincarnated by one of the high end or high street giants. You heard it hear first - teddy bear holding a sunflower print is the next big thing! (Ha)
Talking of seventies shirts - I'm obsessed with them! Despite not desperately loving the fact they are normally made from sweat-inducing polyester, the cut and prints always make up for it. I've got quite the collection by now but this one stands out, being a pull on shirt rather than a button-up. I love the V neckline which opens up the shirt at the top to a pointed collar. The dagger collar is the defining feature of any seventies shirt, one which I love oh-so much and if you're into vintage shopping, is a serious clue to the item's era. I have been wearing this particular shirt a lot with a skirt like this but I know it will also look great layered under some dungarees or with some flares for a truly retro look.
If you've been ready this blog or following me on Instagram for a while, you will know that for a while now I have been having quite the love affair with yellow and more specifically with a certain yellow coat that I cannot get enough of. This yellow skirt is the most recent addition to my, erm, yellow collection although it really isn't that recent at all. I picked it up back in summer at a flea market in Montreal for just a few dollars. The zip was broken, it had a couple of moth holes around the hem and it was a bit long, but I know a gem when I see one. This is a genuine sixties skirt made from beautiful yellow wool by a brand called John Meyer Of Norwich, which I found out later was quite a sort after and trend-setting brand in its day. I simply replaced the zip and made it shorter hence giving a new lease of life to this perfectly coloured skirt. I had been waiting since summer for the colder weather to wear this skirt and debut it here on the blog, finally getting round to shooting it a couple of weeks ago. I love how it looks with blue and I've taken to wearing navy tights with it, as they're slightly less harsh than black ones.
BAKER BOY HATS
I know you must be sick to death of seeing me - and the rest of Instagram - in a baker boy hat by now, but I just can't stop! I've been wearing baker boy caps for a few years but it's only in the last year or so that they have really gone mainstream. I have two vintage baker boy (or Greek fisherman) caps - a navy blue and a black - and I recently invested in a lovely cream one from hat brand, Brixton, which you can see in action in my Birthday Outfit post. There are a couple of reasons why I keep reaching for baker boys. 1) They add that sixties vibe to any outfit and that is a win in my eyes, and 2) they keep my hair and fringe in place, which is so so needed on windy shoot days. I'd love to add a super colourful one to my collection next - perhaps a yellow one, eh?