Sunday, 9 October 2016

Floppy Hat & A Pearl Lowe Tea Dress

At rain's end,
Here in the valley.
Late afternoon light
Suspends us here.

We hop-scotch
Over puddles on the bridge.
Trees stoop,
Cheery with bright berries.
 
Pine trees on the hill tops
Fingertip-touch the sky.
Bracken's crack underfoot,
Breaks the spell

We pay no mind.
We'll cast another.

70s hat and Pearl Lowe tea dress

70s hat and Pearl Lowe tea dress

70s hat and Pearl Lowe tea dress

70s hat and Pearl Lowe tea dress

70s hat and Pearl Lowe tea dress

70s hat and Pearl Lowe tea dress

70s hat and Pearl Lowe tea dress

70s hat and Pearl Lowe tea dress

70s hat and Pearl Lowe tea dress

70s hat and Pearl Lowe tea dress

70s hat and Pearl Lowe tea dress
Dress: Pearl  Lowe for Peacocks, via car boot sale (£1)
Boots: Next, via charity shop (£6.99)
Leather bag: Vintage 1970's, via charity shop (£1)
Leather jacket: Next, via car boot sale (£3)
Hat: Charity shop (£3)
Total outfit cost = £15

Our first Autumnal stroll was spur-of-the-moment after a morning's heavy rainfall, when the clouds suddenly gave way to blue skies.  We are lucky to live close to this picturesque spot, where a path winds around a lake and waterfalls spill out of the bracken-covered hills.  It's a tranquil place; all you can hear is the water, sheep bleating, and birdsong.  I returned from our walk feeling a bit poetic - no doubt in part because we went to a book launch this weekend - so please excuse me bursting into prose at the start of this post!

The dress I'm wearing in these photos is by Pearl Lowe for Peacocks, and it gets such regular wear that it's one I have forgotten to show you all on this blog before now.  It is easy to wear and wash, looks fairly smart, and is easy to accessorise.  The jacket is a fairly recent purchase.  It's a tad long, so I tend to wear it for '70s looks as it doesn't look right with 1950s' styles that sit on the waist.  I couldn't be too picky for £3 though! In fact, the whole outfit today consisted of second-hand bargains; I didn't realise until totting things up for this post that my total outfit spend was just £15.

I'm afraid you're going to be seeing a lot more of my Autumn 'uniform' of a dress, boots, and a hat.  I do have quite a hat and boot collection now, so hopefully I will vary it enough not to bore you all senseless!  I'm also looking forward to wearing my tweed jackets, and faux fur as soon as it's cold enough.  The summer dresses are all packed away until next year, and to be honest I'm not mourning them too much now that I've unpacked Autumn things that I'd forgotten I'd bought.

Do you have an Autumn uniform?

24 comments:

  1. Such a bargainous outfit - and it all looks so good! The jacket and boots go together perfectly. You get some brilliant bargains round your way.

    How gorgeous is that scenery, too? Beautiful Wales.

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    1. We are lucky to have such amazing scenery, it was a major factor in buying our house in the location it's in. And yes, we do get a lot of bargains round our way, one of the perks of living in a bit of a deprived area, everything's cheap!!

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  2. I have the same Pearl Lowe dress, I love it too. I wish she would get around to designing and selling some more I actually had to throw away another of her dresses this week because I have literally worn it to pieces!

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    1. Oo yes, I can see how you'd have this dress to, I can mentally picture you in it! You can usually find Pearl Lowe dresses on Ebay, maybe you can replace the one you wore out. x

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  3. Gorgeous photos! Suddenly I need to up my scenery game... We certainly don't have anything like this round these parts though. I was obsessed with the Pearl Lowe range but never managed to get hold of the styles I wanted before they sold out - no doubt they would have been a bad fit on me anyway. Super cute on you though! Looking forward to seeing more of your hat and boot collection :D xx

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    1. Try Ebay, the Pearl Lowe dresses do pop up on there from time to time! There's a green dress that's a tad short on me that would be perfect on you, I'd let you have mine but you're a few dress sizes smaller than me! I've actually just found it on Ebay in red: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ladies-Pearl-Lowe-For-Peacocks-Red-Floral-Tea-Dress-Size-8-/302100473495?hash=item4656976697:g:4hMAAOSw8gVX-RKY

      Good luck! x

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  4. The scenery is gorgeous and a perfect backdrop for that outfit. I'm crazy about the colour of the hat.

    I have a feeling this year my fall uniform will be midi skirts with boots and long tapestry jackets.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Oo now that sounds like a good uniform Suzanne!! I look forward to seeing some pics x

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  5. Beautiful scenery and awesome outfit!! That dress is really gorgeous, the fabric collar and buttons really make it special. Love the hat and boots for this look too, you do the 70's so well x

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  6. A gorgeous outfit and beautiful scenery! I so love autumn walks, although our local beauty spots aren't as picturesque as yours. Only eight more months ... xxx

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  7. Ooohh, bring them on, pretty please! This combination is pure styling perfect on you, sweet lady.

    These images are so beautiful - as is your ensemble. The fact that there's grass actually growing on the bridge itself helps to create the most enchantingly of fairly tale-esque settings here.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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    1. It is indeed a magical spot Jessica, there is a stillness about the place that feels wonderfully calming.

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  8. Such beautiful scenic photos. I love your boots, hat and jacket, all great thrift-ed finds there that's for sure! :)

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  9. That dress, and indeed the whole outfit, is very Pearl Lowe! I love the 70s vibe on you, it really suits you. Did you know that Pearl Lowe often shops in Frome for her vintage, she's a big fan of there. xx

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    1. She lives there now, doesn't she? She deffo did a couple of years back.

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    2. I've never made it to Frome, would love to, maybe I'll make it for one of their Christmas fair things that they run. I should wear this dress just in case I bump into Pearl ;)

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    3. The next Vintage Bazaar in Frome is on the 29th of October. Their Christmas one is in Devizes which is closer to me. xx

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  10. Perfect outfit for a gorgeous setting! I love your floppy hat and boots and the print on that dress is so pretty. Looking forward to seeing more hats and boots from your collection. I just rotated my closet for Autumn and winter too! I love seeing all the clothes I haven't seen for a while come back out again :)

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  11. You look just gorgeous from top to bottom! I especially love that hat - I tend to buy hats, but then chicken out when it comes to actually wearing them... I think you may have inspired me to give it another try!

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    1. Baby steps, build your confidence! Most people don't bat an eye, but occasionally I get comments. Because I'm tall, the last time I wore a black fedora and long black coat, I overheard two men commenting that I looked "sinister as f***"!! I'm okay with that :)

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  12. Fabulous look, bargains or not! I really love that dress, and it's perfect for fall with the little leather jacket, knee high boots, and floppy hat. Your location sounds like a wonderful place to get away, I would love to go for a long walk there any day!

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  13. Six years ago I sold Pearl Lowe a 1940s tea dress which she copied and that's the one. It looks lovely on you with the boots and hat! xxx

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    1. Oh my goodness!!! That's a great story, and I'm THRILLED to be wearing a copy of the dress. I bet the original was probably too small for me anyway. I bet you have lots of other celeb stories xx

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  14. You were made for the 70s! I love the floppy hat and boots combo especially! You are incredibly cool!!!

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