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Saturday, 19 September 2015

How to wear coloured tights | Vintage pencil skirt & Cropped top.

Styling a Vintage pencil skirt with coloured tights and a cropped top.

Vintage style, over 40.
Coloured tights are perfect for transitioning your wardrobe from Summer into Autumn (and on to Winter...groan) and anyone who has read my previous posts will know about my love of hosiery:
So, I am not ashamed to admit to being genuinely delighted when UKtights gifted me these fabulous tights by Fogal.
UKtights just happen to be the company I would normally use to buy my tights (see my previous posts) so I was thrilled to bits.
And these colourful, purple ones are Right up my street!

Vintage houndstooth pencil skirt and purple tights.

They are a superb quality knit, feel great on the leg, and went perfectly {little jump for joy} with this gorgeous vintage pencil skirt I had recently found on one of my charity shop trawls.
It is a beautiful wool fabric and a cute houndstooth pattern (in black, pink and purple) how could I resist?

I decided that it was the perfect partner for my cropped jumper...the pink and black plus the houndstooth was a match made in heaven, in my book!

I popped a slim-fit polo neck underneath, to protect my modestly and to stop the wool tickling me.
But, to be honest, the skirt is so well fitted at the waist (and a high enough cut) that only the most toned part of my midriff would be exposed, all stretch marks were well hidden.
I do get cold though and a draft up my jumper is not what I want!

My sleeveless duster / waistcoat seemed the perfect transitional cover up...not too chunky, just enough coverage for a cool and breezy day.

Cropped jumper, vintage pencil skirt, trilby and coloured tights.

Woman wearing a trilby.

Cropped jumper, vintage pencil skirt and coloured tights by Fogal.

Calf length boots are going to be big this Autumn/Winter, and I had almost forgotten I owned these beautiful leather ones.
I bought them over 10 years ago, from ebay because they were almost identical to a pair Chanel were doing at the time, except with a bargainista's £20 price tag!
They are a half size too big, but this means they are perfect for adding a contrasting sock to my outfit.
This is a favourite look of mine.
I love to layer from head to toe.
I think it stems from having such narrow legs and never being able to find boots that fit.
I usually resort to 'padding out' the space between the boot and my leg with either chunky socks or leg-warmers!

I could not resist adding another pattern into the mix with my baby cord floral bag.
Are three different patterns in one outfit too much? I really don't think so!

My wool trilby finished things off nicely.
I am a gent's XL so this was from a 'proper' hat shop and is such a pleasure to wear.

This fun outfit made me feel very feminine and a little bit sexy.
Was it the wiggle of the pencil skirt, the jaunty angle of my hat or my fabulous new tights?
Who knows? I just felt good!

Do you have any vintage items that could do with a POP of colour?
Would you wear coloured tights?
How bright would YOU go??

Please let me know, I love to read your comments.

XXX
Samantha

Tights: c/o Fogal 30 denier (from the lovely people at Uk Tights)
Wool Skirt: Vintage (I like this one)
Boots: Ebay (I like these)
Jumper: Illustrated people (I like this cropped one from topshop)
Hat: Christys (I love this one!)
Sleeveless jacket: French Connection (Similar)
Bag: Tk Maxx
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47 comments

  1. I love your style!!! Great boots!
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com
    Fridays Fashions link up

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    1. Thank you Jaymie....my bargain boots, I have almost forgotten I had them. They are older than half of my children!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  2. ...just as cute as can be.....love those boots...and now that I have several pair of the higher boots, the calf highs are going to be popular....bummer...:)

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    1. Thank you bj.
      I wouldn't worry about your long boots, ALL boots are in style this year. I am looking for a nice pair of over-the-knee ones.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  3. This is so cute! And the fall colors! You blend in perfectly Samantha!!

    Love,

    Ann

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    1. In disguise....amongst the Acer (it's leaves are purple all year round though!). The green Acer (next to the purple one has the most beautiful colours in the Autumn...with red bark, so very pretty. I must remember o instagram them!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. Totally love this outfit Samantha and you've nailed the different patterns! I love it when I rediscover an item in my wardrobe I'd totally forgotten about....the boots look great! I really wish I could find a nice hat but I really struggle to find one small enough. I must have a pea sized brain, haha.😀

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    1. I have the opposite problem Caro... I have a big head (like a celeriac!? ;op)
      XXX
      Samantha

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  5. Perfect layering always, dear Samantha.
    I don´t own a pair of tight too warm here. Yours look lovely
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    1. You have no need for tights Sacramento! I, on the other hand, have wooly tights and thermal leggings and layers of other cosy things. I envy your warmth, but I would miss my tights! :oD
      XXX
      Samantha

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  6. Hey Samantha, you've got it all going on here! Loving the entire outfit with the pencil skirt being my fav piece. Great to see you having fun. You look fab as ever xxx

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    1. Thank you Anna, This vintage skirt is a beauty.... I think I will be wearing it a lot his winter, it fits like a dream!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  7. This is exactly how my mother should wear her purple tights (she always wants to wear them with her purple skirt & purple shoes---and, of course, being the loving daughter that I am---I tell her she looks like Barney)!! Bravo, bravo to you!! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you so much Jodie!
      Barney....???!!!! Hahahahaha, hilarious!
      Tell your mum to get those purple pins out and I will look forward to seeing them on your blog.
      She is a stylish lady.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  8. Love, love, love the photo of your gloved hand holding your hat. You have such a beautiful smile. And I seriously still don't believe you have an gent's XL size head!!! What a find with that houndstooth skirt and I love the pattern mixing. Great colour of the nails and tights to finish it all off.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much for your lovely comments. <3
      I'm so glad you noticed my dark blue nails...it's my new favourite!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  9. Oh I love this look. You have done a fabulous job of combining the different items. I would never ever have thought of purple tights, but they work so well. I wish I had your talent.
    Greetje

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    1. Thank you so much Greetje! Your comment is most appreciated. I was initially nervous of coloured tights...especially after hating my legs for most of my life...but now I am really getting into the swing of wearing them. My collection is growing and getting more colourful!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  10. Absolutely wonderful! The purple tights were the perfect choice and yes, I would wear them in a heart beat. I love the combination of red and purple so this entire ensemble is speaking my name. Looking splendid, cute lady!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that, Trina!
      We need more colour in the world...especially in the Darker months (although the sun is shining today...I am typing this from the back garden).
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  11. I found another vintage lover! Fantastic and very lady like. o)

    Anna
    www.newskinyme.com

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    1. Thank you Anna,
      I am a vintage novice... I get a little nervous about styling it and keeping it modern.
      It is quite a skill, that I am still trying to figure out.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  12. Dear Samantha,

    Thanks for your including our tights in this post. I'm personally a big fan of red and purple styled together, so I love your outfit!

    Thanks again!

    Marta. UK Tights

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    1. Thank you so much Marta!
      There is a purple accent in the skirt (see The Instagram Sneak peek) so it would have been rude not to pick out that purple!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  13. I came across your post in a linkup. I'm digging the edgy and fun look of this outfit--you look so happy in your purple and black and pink! Love the mix of houndstooth and the contrasting pattern of the cropped top!

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    1. Thank you very much, Ginger! :oD
      I started with the skirt and more colours and patterns just kept falling out of my wardrobe, into my arms!..LOL..anything to dull (or too matchy) just seemed wrong. It is almost like the clothes choose me, not the other way round!
      I have the most fun that way.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  14. I'm the biggest fan of wearing coloured tights in the Winter months so I loved your outfit today. The purple is the perfect colour to go with the black and pink. You look great.

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    1. Thank you so much!
      It feels pretty cool, here, today....I am actually wearing coloured tights under my ripped jeans, they look cool peeking through and a keeping me warm. :oD
      XXX
      Samantha

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  15. Stunning autumn outfit - love the colour palette and the silhouette!!

    Lu | www.balgarka.co.uk

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  16. This look is perfect for autumn! Love the boots :) #allaboutyou
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you Debbie...If you hang on to something long enough {these boots}, it feels like NEW again. :oD
      XXX

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  17. awesome outfit! I love those tights and the skirt! you look great :)


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  18. You look great! Love the tights! Would I wear them? They are not in my comfort zone, but I think I should step out of it once in a while... :-)

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    1. Thank you Andrea....maybe you could try a more subtle colour to start with?
      XXX
      Samantha

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  19. THis is a great look, I love the textures and colors here Sam. I told you my fascination with textured tights,, well I had a troll last year that told me I looked like a "mummy"because of the pattern. So,I will still wear them, love the purple with this a vibrant look!!
    Thank you for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish,com

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    1. I'm glad you didn't listen to that nasty, jealous person. I always think that if you have nothing nice to say (or type) just move on a look at something you DO like. There is never a need to be horrible.
      I thought you looked beautiful in your textured tights...not Mumsy at all (that troll was an idiot).
      Textured and lace tights are perfect for your romantic and girly looks.
      I am looking forward to seeing more of them as it cools down over there!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  20. Wow! The colours are brilliant and work so well - I never would have tried them together. You look gorgeous. Jess x #streetstylesunday

    www.mummyofboygirltwins.com

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    1. Thank you so much Jess!
      I was not expecting this outfit to turn out like this....I just kept grabbing things and putting them on, and I liked it! I am always better not 'thinking' too much about matching.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  21. What an amazing combo of patterns and colors! I am still too frightened by colored tights and never know how to wear them. Thank you for the outfit inspiration!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Alice.
      Maybe purple is a tricky starting colour...try something more muted or darker?
      Let me know how you get on.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  22. I am so in LOVE with this outfit! I will feature this look of yours on my Friday’s post, 10/9. I run different themes everyday and that day is called They Got It Right!
    Take care and keep in touch!
    Please stop by today for Color and Grace Fashion link up!
    Grace
    http://colorandgrace.com 

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