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Monday, 19 October 2015

Wearing a Vintage knit, over 40 | Skinny cords and a pussy bow.

Berry tones, Autumn layers and Vintage style for real life.

How to wear a pussy bow knit, and not look like a frump.

After being inspired by the Gucci geek-chic look (that has now filtered down onto the high street) I was pleased as punch, to pick up this Pussy bow jumper in a charity shop.

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 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.
Oh crumbs! It is not looking good, is it?
But, as I love a bit of a challenge, I decided that the pussy bow would have to be beaten!

Autumn layers | pinks and berry tones with denim, over 40.

I wanted to wear it with my burgundy/plum cord trousers.
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 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).

Denim Jacket and a pussy bow jumper, over 40.

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.
That's better!

Pussy bow over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Here is a close up of the beautiful quality of the knit...and my attempt at a knotted Tie (apologies for that!). 

Pink pussy bow knit.

and here is my photographer, living up to his cheeky reputation:
"Nice pussy.....bow! What else?"
"Why are you laughing?"
Cracks me up!
Pussy bow knit and cords.

Check out these brogues.
I think I have a pair of tights to match every colour here!

Oxblood leather brogues with a tartan trim.

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!

Pink satchel from Cambridge satchel company | Fake fabulous.

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.

Jumper: Vintage
Cord Trousers: Gap
Bag: Cambridge satchel company
Jacket: Boden (old)
Scarf: Newlook



  1. I like how you've tied that bow and I like the mix of colours. Those shoes are wonderful!


    1. Thank you Suzanne, It is a pinky toned berry-fest! :oD

  2. I think you hit the nail on the head with this! The way you tied the bow is absolutely perfect...really!! And with the jean jacket & shoes, you're unquestionably showing that you're not matronly! jodie

    1. Thank you Jodie, it was annoying me, flapping around. I thought it was probably intended to wear with a pin but that is not my style......maybe something for me to consider though!

  3. Good job!, love how you've styled your vintage jumper, particularly love how you've tied the pussybow as a tie knot, a masculine-sailory twist which I'm loving!
    And such a fabulous color combo, the cord pants, the scarf, the pretty bag, everything work together nicely!. Obviously, your shoes have stolen the show! oh yes, they're fabulous funky tartan brogues!!!

    1. Hahaha I am glad you approve of my shoes! So comfortable and easy to wear.
      I had not thought about the sailor inspired look, but now that you mention it...I like that idea!
      Maybe the Navy would consider a uniform change? Pink anyone??

  4. I would have had a tug of war in the charity shop with you for that jumper. I love it. It would go fabulously with my retro pink/maroon wool trousers :-)

    1. That made me laugh, Lynn. I can just imagine us ( a sleeve each) ready for battle. I would like to think I would put up a great fight for it but, to be honest, I would probably have said "You have to have goes perfectly with those trousers!".. :oP
      Your retro wool trousers sound fab! Now That is a photo I would like to see.

  5. Samantha, I only have one thing to say about this - send me those brogues! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them.

    Anna xxx

    1. Thank you Anna! I had an inkling that you would approve :oD

  6. Dear Samantha, your comments are true poems, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    You look fantastic in those shades.
    Gorgeous always.

  7. I think it's really cute!! And it works really well with the rest of your outfit!
    Suzy x

  8. I adore the entire look, truly. That said, it's the denim jacket and scarf which transform that cheeky pussy bow from a Princess Di 80s signature accent to a really cool twist to your outfit :) I particularly adore how the plaid motif on your brogues mirrors your scarf.

    1. Thank you Sheela! Princess Di...Gosh, she had some truly awful (but so VERY 80's) looks. I totally agree that the scarf and Denim Saves the day.
      I am so glad you like my shoes :o)

  9. Sam, I promise you , I read through your blog post I wish I could visit more frequently but the link up allows me to comment on many people, and takes up a fair amount of time, I appreciate you posting your 3 or more posts so I can get to comment on them! I am such a fan of the pussy bow, I didnt know that is what it was called I love this vintage style look, and am going to have to try this color combination sometime, it looks amazing on you, the burgundy and pink. I also love the brogues, such style my friend!!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx

    1. Thank you so much Jess! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment so thoughtfully. You would look amazing in this pepto bismol pink and burgundy combination..and brogues too!

  10. The outfit looks so cute on you! Thanks for linking up.

  11. Lovely knit sweater, your hubby is too cute what a fun conversation to have about the grandma wearing haha!
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

    1. Thank you Rachel! I can rely on him to have a cheeky comment... :oD

  12. You totally got away with it! Of course. You look so sweet. I like to think we should be going to get coffee together right now and then you could tell me in person all about more of the details of what you're wearing.

    I'd like to finish my comment by telling you how lovely all the trees are in your yard. You are so lucky! And I love how you always match them!!

    You're a cutie Samantha!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

  13. I love pussy bow tops and how feminine they are but they never photograph right. I am drooling over those amazing oxfords!!!

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


    1. Thank you Alice! This bow did have a mind of its own....I even considered a pin (for the purposes of the photograph) but settled on a Tie. XXX

  14. Lots of things on point here: the tonal dressing of the pinks and maroons work really well together. Even the fall colors of trees are cooperating! Also, I'm a vintage girl myself so I love the pussy bow style. Very sweet. I like that you balanced the cutsie quality of the bow with denim jacket, pants and brogues. For another look, try the sweater with a skirt...I think that could work, too.

    1. Thank you Norbyah! I need to talk myself into pairing it with a skirt. You mentioned the cutsie factor and that is what I fear a little. Thank you for your encouragement, I just need to find a not-so-cute skirt to wear it with...hmmmmm.

  15. This is such a happy outfit. I love how you have combined different shades of pinks/maroons to get this look. And yes, a denim jacket is such a closet staple. I use mine almost daily. :)

    1. Thank you very much! I don't know what I would do without my denims. XXX

  16. As a new reader I am enjoying a light troll through past posts, but came to this one through your pattern mixing post - as I fell in love with the New Look scarf! Rushed to the site (ditto ASOS) but no joy, neither does eBay or Amazon have anything vaguely similiar. So many scarves that look like your Mum's car rug :( Yours is BRIGHT and has loft and the colours are cool, not warm. COOL - like you! I am bereft and feel there is a market for a website where someone can place an ad saying "Go to your local New Look/insert-store-here and find me this item and I will give you x% more than the price for it." Signed, Sad in Cádiz


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