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09 January 2011

Sunday Best: The Subtle Art of Casual Styling

Royal Terrace
After having so many occasions to dress up over the festive period and yet another fall of snow this weekend, I haven't felt like wearing anything fancy. Instead I've been dressing in simple outfits like this one.

I can't help but feel once the festivities are over, fresh flurries of snow and frosty temperatures cease to be enchanting and instead become a tiresome bore. With this in mind, I raise my glass to all the other bloggers who trudge out in the snow to take pictures while their fingers loose all feeling and their cheeks are pinched with cold. It would be so easy to hibernate all Winter and blog again in Spring, so Thank you! I appreciate it and I'm sure everyone else does too.

Royal Terrace
Royal Terrace
Ideally I would have worn this outfit with heels, heeled desert boots to be specific but I am yet to find the perfect pair. Any suggestions? The pinafore is one of my favourite items of clothing, it's so versatile that I never seem to tire of wearing it even though it is years old and considering it is from Primark I'd say that it's holding up admirably.

Royal Terrace
Royal Terrace
Usually, I wear it with a blouse but in the Subtle Art of Casual Styling called for Breton stripes. Is it just me or is it impossible to have too many striped tops? This is my favourite one, which was super cheap from H&M but I have a drawer stuffed full of them. Top it off with my trusty beret, a school boy's scarf and a gold brooch... or two and I'm ready to go. I promise that I do actually take that hat off (sometimes) but it's winter and I am always taking pictures outside. As for the brooches, I am quickly developing an addiction to the small gold variety.

These shots were taken on route to an antique fair, where I bought four brooches. A golden teacup and strawberries, yet another bow and this cute little needlepoint pin. It matched my scarf so perfectly that I had to have it and what's better is that I still came home with change from a £5 note. I love those kind of thrfting trips!

Royal Terrace pair 5
Royal Terrace

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45 comments:

  1. A great outfit, love the shoes and that scarf! Sounds like a fab thrifting trip to! x

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  2. I'm exactly the same post Christmas. And I too have lost count of how many striped tops I own... Nice loafers too.

    Penny x

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  3. i agree about the cold. as soon as christmas has passed, i am ready for summer. ugh. so many more months to go! but i just love your simple style and beautiful photos. the way you wear plaid is so fabulous! and your little antique brooches are so adorable.

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  4. Fabulous outfit. Love the subtle stripes and the pattern on your scarf is lovely x

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  5. Lovely outfit, the brooch is so nice!! And I love the shape of your beret too-I know it sounds like a compliment, but so many people wear theirs the 'wrong' way, yours looks absolutely perfect.
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  6. I love this outfit, I know how you feel about 'dressing up' after Christmas, far too much effort! I love your gold broochs and you can never have too many stripey tops!!!

    xXx

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  7. Winter always sounds so exciting in Autumn.... then Jan kicks in and all you put it to be in your cut-offs and flip flops! Love the fact you are braving the snow! x

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  8. Such a lovely simple outfit - I adore your brooches.

    And there's definitely no such thing as too many striped tops!

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  9. I just discovered your blog and your style is amazing as well as your styling to each different outfit!!

    I think my favorite piece of this outfit is the shoes!!
    o

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  10. I love those stripey t-shirts from h&m, they are a true wardrobe staple. In fact, I think I need some more!

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  11. that brooch is the finishing touch. you look so put-together, i'm envious (but in a good way!) x

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  12. I don't think snow and flurries will ever become a bore to me.

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  13. can't wait for that t-shirt printing tutorial! Your tee the other day looked brilliant.

    Yes, summer. Now. Please. I'm one of those terrible people that long for the summer in winter and the winter in summer. I'm never happy :(

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  14. What a lovely outfit, I would love to wear something similar these days.

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  15. I love this. The subtle print mixing, and all the black are so chic.

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  16. lovely as ever, you look amazing. the bow brooch is my favorite detail.

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  17. Love the outfit. Happy new Year.

    xo,
    nicolette

    http://www.simplycolette.blogspot.com
    http://www.photographygetaways.com

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  18. I love the brooch! I always think that they look so pretty on other people but I've never yet tried to wear one myself!

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  19. Love the scarf and brooch. It does seem miserable right now doesn't it, I wish we could keep decorations up all winter because it just makes people sad taking them down. I am thinking of making some special winter decorations so I'm not so unhappy once Christmas is over! And I definitely think we should have another public holiday to look forward to at the end of January ;)

    http://www.pennydreadfulvintage.blogspot.com/

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  20. I use to complain about winter becase it is very difficult to have a good outfit and even more when it is windy and raining.....since last year in chis context I use to wear skirts in all colours with boots or shoes.....luckily here we don´t have besides the wind or rain the problem of cold and snow...

    I like your style sooo mcuh!!!

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  21. This outfit is perfect!
    I love the scarf and the brooches...and I completely agree, you can never have too many striped tops!!

    x

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  22. Very pretty and simple (I cannot seem to master casual dressing either). I love the beret! Oh, and I found some heeled desert boots on sale at Clarks, of all places... : )

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  23. Your tartan details are always adorable Cait! You look lovely :)
    Have a great week!
    Ale

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  24. I don't know if this is a good one, but it's definitely new, my little blog: jojography.wordpress.com
    just come over, I would be very grateful.

    PS: striped tops are more than essential, I have them in all variations- vests, shirts, longsleeves, cardigans.

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  25. Cait I just had a look at your tumblr, I adore Lingering Still too ;) It's my favorite from Volume Two!

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  26. I feel exactly the same about post-Christmas. Please take me to sunnier climes, immediately! (I can definitely see why January is the busiest month for booking summer holidays....!). The casual look is lovely on you Cait, a girl can never have too many striped tops. (or PP collars for that matter!). Sally x

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  27. I feel lucky that winters here are nowhere near as harsh as other places. For the most part, it doesn't drop below 40 degrees! So I don't have to fight the bitter cold. But I admire bloggers like yourself who do brave the snow!

    I really love this outfit. The color palette is amazing and looks great on you!

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  28. Those brooches are adorable; amazing finds! I love your outfit, too, especially the scarf... finishes the whole look off perfectly. x

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  29. A Lovely outfit, great loafers! I love a good (and cheap) thrifting trip.
    xo

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  30. You look amazing! I love this outfit, it's so pretty. I'm over the cold too, but my idea of cold isn't what others would call cold! (I've been freezing in 50 and 60 degrees)

    xo,
    Kirstin Marie
    http://www.kirstinmarie.com

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  31. Oh my god what a stunning outfit. You look gorgeous, really!

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  32. gorge outfit, I loooove the brooches!

    I follow you, follow me too ;)


    http://angystearoom.blogspot.com

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  33. hmm ... a good blog, huh?

    well, mine, of course! ;)

    bex.
    http://www.bargainbex.blogspot.com/

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  34. lovely outfit as always! :)

    I'm sure you've been asked this many a time, but could you tell me what camera you use for your pictures? Thanks xxx

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  35. lovely outfit!'Moda tutkusu' means fashion passion:)that's how i found u:)

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  36. Your outfit is very lovely and the photos are great (just like always), ohh and the loafers are cool :)
    xx

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  37. Your shoes are (I don´t even know how to express them in words) great. :)

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  38. Hello just found your blog -it's so fabulous! So many amazing outfits (so inspiring) and such beautiful photographs. I love it all. I am now following. xx veronika

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