Berry tones, Autumn layers and Vintage style for real life.How to wear a pussy bow knit, and not look like a frump.
I was drawn to the quality of the knit.
I usually run my hand along the rail of clothes, stopping at things that feel good and just hoping that they fit!
It is pure merino wool and a beautiful quality.
The size on the label was a 14, but it is a vintage 14 and I wanted to wear it slightly oversized (so I can get enough length at the cuff).
A good tip is to never dismiss a vintage item because of it's size label, always try it on, you just never know. Vintage clothes are (for the most part) smaller made.
I was quite pleased with my find.
When I brought it home, my husband was not so impressed,
"Oh dear. what is that? It looks like something my granny would have worn"I had to point out to him that it is so old his granny may well have worn it!
Could it really look stylish or was it an epic fashion fail?I took comfort in the fact that I had given £5 to charity, whatever the outcome.
I have to concede that the pussy bow can be almost impossible to pull off.
They can look very matronly, frumpy and just plain awful.
The irony of the look on a 20 year old is lost at 40.
This jumper posed some major challenges for me:
- The pussy bow would not sit nicely....it was all flappy and annoying.
- It could look really old fashioned.
- The jumper itself is not a shape I would normally choose.
- I find this shade of (pepto-bismol) pink quite challenging to wear.
These are very skinny with a comfortable stretch and a really good rise.
I am NOT a fan of the muffin top.
I don't think it matters what dress size you are, unless you have abs like Sarah Jessica Parker, there will be some kind of ooze...it is never a good look.
I am not saying that your waistband should be under your chin, just enough to cover your fleshy bits.
My micro-muffin was tucked away nicely.
I am loving the berry tones this Autumn, and I know these trousers will be great with boots in the winter months. Cosy and warm.
I had to wear these gorgeous brogues today though.
I just love them!
Burgundy/oxblood leather with a tartan trim....Look at all of the great colours in the tartan.
I did pop a thin sheepskin insole inside them so I could go without socks (just keeping my feet cosy enough for an autumn day).
I then reached for my old faithful denim jacket. Denim never fails to give that laid back vibe.
It almost acts as a security blanket over a tricky item, if I am in doubt I add denim.
See how I styled Denim Jackets Here and here and here.
It was quite chilly today, so an oversized scarf was a must.
This fluffy one had all of the colours I needed to pull everything together, and is so cosy.
I was going to use a different bag (a blue one) but I thought I may as well go all-out on the pink and keep up the vintage theme.
This pale pink satchel was just the job!
Simple jacket-style earrings finished things off nicely (they are little sparkly balls, like shamballa).
The pussy bow had a mind of it's own and was going all over the place so I decided to tie it like a gents neck tie.
Here is a close up of the beautiful quality of the knit...and my attempt at a knotted Tie (apologies for that!).
and here is my photographer, living up to his cheeky reputation:
"Nice pussy.....bow! What else?"
"Why are you laughing?"Cracks me up!
Check out these brogues.
I think I have a pair of tights to match every colour here!
My monogramed bag.
A great gift from Hubby (cheeky but a talented gift chooser).
It still looks brand new, despite being a good few years old and pale pink.
See how I styled it in an early post Here...with a backless top!
So what do you think?
Did I get away with this pussy bow jumper? Or is it a little too Matronly for your liking?Please let me know in the comments.... I love to read your thoughts and opinions.
Cord Trousers: Gap
Bag: Cambridge satchel company
Jacket: Boden (old)