If I were to describe my style, the first word that comes to mind is Uniform. Not necessarily in terms of shape but more often in the colour scheme. I like to keep things simple, mostly because I'm not very brave with colour and I don't like lots of accessories. I am always drawn to Blair Waldorf-esque collared shirts with bow ties and maybe a little bit of plaid for good measure but when it comes down to it, I'm always worried about the sexual connotations surrounding this look. And I don't want to look like I've come in fancy dress.
Then I read an interview with Leith Clark (which I can not find) where she talks about choosing a brown dress because she wanted to wear a uniform that day. This, I completely understand. Some days you just need an outfit that has specific rules - prim, proper and classic.
Molly Shoes - Kate Kanzier Smock - Topshop
Satchel - Cambridge Satchel Co at Urban Outfitters.
Having officially overcome my fear of the colour brown and with a little inspiration from the Topshop AW10 collection, I started pining after a vintage Brownie uniform. Not one like I had in the early 90's with gaudy yellow sweater and brown culottes - when I almost didn't gain my hospitality badge because my fellow Brownies and I boiled our eggs in cold water for only 3 minutes, not so hard boiled as it turned out - but a smart little 1940's brown dress and matching beret. Finding one to fit me is an unlikely event, as the oldest Brownies were about 11 years old and I'm 5'6 with a DD cup.
I need not have fears because, of course, Topshop came to my rescue. When the leaves start to turn auburn and autumn is upon us, I'll be wearing this with maroon accessories and dark grey tights.
I'm afraid I'm not sure where most of the pictures are from except from the centre shot on the top row which is from sallyjanevintage and the final one which is from Topshop Unique's AW10 collection.
P.S Thank you so for all the lovely comments on my last post, its so nice to hear your feedback and I'm so grateful that I still have readers after such a long break xx