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12 November 2011

Sunday Best: Velvet and Plaid

Plaid and Velvet

There are many stylish ladies that I look to when I am in need of a little inspiration. I often mention the most obvious contenders - Bloggers, 60's models, Edwardian daughters and of course a certain television presenter/muse/model. Only up until now I have failed to mention the ladies who constantly inspire my winter wardrobe - The Scottish Granny. These wee old ladies are always neat as a pin, whether they are shopping in Jenners or walking their Westie in Victoria Park. Always sporting tartan, velvet or tweed expertly pulled together with a lone gilt brooch or a genuine Tam O'Shanter hat.


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I admire their stubborn resistance to change, unlike so many generations. Staying true to their style despite constantly moving fashions. Adam is forever pronouncing my outfit Like a Nana's, while some might be offended by this I can only grin and correct him - like a Granny, not a Nana. So, when I was tapped on the shoulder in the baking aisle of Hobbie Craft by none other than A Scottish Granny and asked where she might find a coat like mine I was more than a little pleased with myself. Only I had some trouble explaining that originally it came from Topshop but I bought it on ebay (both were met with a puzzled expression) after missing out in my size the first time and searching for it ever since. When I told her that I finally found it for under £20, she seized my arms and exclaimed "Oh Hen, what a bargain. Good lass!" and bid me a good afternoon. Leaving me feeling like the cat who got the cream.

These pictures were taken weeks after that conversation but this is essentially the same outfit. I had some trouble keeping my hat on and my hair from whipping around my face in wind but it was worth it to take in the view and giggle at where this sleepy cat choose for her bed.


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42 comments:

  1. You look gorgeous and I love the satchel, I have a vintage M and S one quite similar to it! :)

    xxx

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  2. Hooray! Sunday Best is back! <3 I love your plaid coat, and your pompom beret is perfection!

    x
    Lost in the Haze

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  3. I really love your nails and the satchel is perfection <3 xx

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  4. Gosh, I LOVE everything about this outfit! Your coat is so gorgeous and girly, and I am obsessed with the tam! I have to get one immediately! :)

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  5. Wow I LOVE that coat!! :D
    And hehe, that's so awesome that a granny liked your coat ! :D
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  6. I love old ladies, I completely agree with how you say they're super elegant. You look swell x x tess

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  7. I loved reading this Granny story, Cait! I can totally picture the situation, exactly the same thing happened to me with an old lady, when I was living in Ireland :)
    But now you have to tell me how did you make that gorgeous manicure! It's beyond amazing.
    Ale
    xxx

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  8. Has anyone ever told you look like Odette Annable? She's not hugely famous but she's on House and she's gorgeous! xx

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  9. The plaid coat with the beret makes a darling look. x

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  10. I love your coat Cait! :)

    Jules

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  11. Lovely outfit! I saw a Scottish granny recently, in a beautifully draped red tartan wrap and beret.

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  12. How funny, I am always immensely pleased when an older lady compliments my clothes. If ever there was an expert on vintage style it would be them right?

    p.s. that sleeping kitty picture is precious

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  13. Its funny how fashion now is pretty much whatever we want it to be, if our mums where told they looked like a granny they would have been mortified, but now its one of the best compliments for most of us:) I love how we now have so much freedom. I too also envy your coat v.much!

    Jess x
    http://pinkindielondon.blogspot.com/

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  14. You can't get better than that, a compliment from a bona fide granny! I love the look of the coat and can only hope I get a similar compliment when I crack out my winter coat! xx

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  15. I love your photos!!! love the nails!!!

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  16. I love everything in this outfit, the coat is lovely (and such a bargain, the granny was right!) and so are the satchel and beret. My favourite thing are your nails though, just gorgeous!

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  17. What a wonderful encounter with that sweet woman! I can she why she was so interested in the coat, it is beautiful!

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  18. such a cute granny story, and the coat is perfect! love seeing edinburgh a little in your posts, makes me miss it so much! x

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  19. Lovely post..
    i like ur outfit.. very like it..

    big love:
    kiddieelf.blogspot.com

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  20. What a wonderful conversation! It's a gorgeous coat, definitely one that will be perfect for years to come hopefully!

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  21. gorgeous coat, & that satchel is perfection!

    xoxo.

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  22. that's such a cute story! and my school winter hat was a tam o shanter so i can't picture wearing one outside of that, but it does suit you. :)

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  23. your outfit is very beautiful and i love your manicure. the colors match perfectly and the pattern is really nice, too.

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  24. haha how cute is that conversation with the granny?! bless. I always love it when old ladies compliment me on my clothes.

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  25. Nice to see a high quality post again from you. Plenty in recent weeks have felt like adverts for the various companies who are hiring you to promote their clothes/makeup. I understand that this happens, and you'll get paid for it, but its a shame, espec when this seems to out balance your own stuff. I do enjoy visiting your blog, and will continue to, your photography is beautiful!

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  26. I love this story! And the outfit isn't bad either ;)

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  27. You look lovely! I really like your bag! I often get told I look like a Granny too, I'm in good company and don't get offend either! xx

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  28. Aw, I love this post - your coat is gorgeous! My Grandma's Scottish so I know exactly what you mean. Just reading the word "hen" has made me giggle :) x

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  29. I loved the granny story... I used to love being called hen in Scotland! And the coat itself is wonderful; I can tell I'm going to be hopelessly stalking ebay for it forever more...

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  30. You're the epitome of perfection, as per usual!

    I really hope that you'll do a tutorial on how you did your nails (some more intricate version of the reverse mani?) xx

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  31. Can't get any more classic and winter perfect than plaid and velvet.


    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

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  32. i adore your coat!
    and these photos are absolutely beautiful ♥

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  33. love your blog
    See u soon on my blog !

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  34. Mr Photographer himself here. Just to say there's a few pictures from the Victoria Street area from a post back in February. One of the cities finest places, well worth a visit.

    http://www.waywarddaughter.com/2011/02/edinburgh.html

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  35. Love a wee Scottish granny's advice! Mine gives me tips on make-up and clothes haha. Coat's lovely, I remember admiring it when it was in the store - what a bargain. Have to say....I did just pop on to ebay on the off chance there haha x

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  36. cool nails!

    xo katrina
    theyoungbridgetjones.blogspot.com

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  37. Your beret is gorgeous. I especially love the cute bobble on it too! Suits you so much. As does the coat.x

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  38. Oh, please do a tutorial for those gorgeous nails! This whole outfit is beautiful :)

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