Sunday, 5 November 2017

Petworth Posing

Today's outfit post is a his-and-hers special, from the stately surroundings of Petworth house and parkland.  I mentioned in my recap of our West Sussex road trip that we'd called in to Petworth on our journey home.  It was the most gorgeous day of autumn sunshine, and we made the most of walking around the lovely grounds to stretch our legs before getting back into the car for several hours.  As usual, we were perhaps on the overdressed side for a visit to a National Trust property, standing out in a sea of gortex and trainers.  (I'm sure many of you dear readers empathise with this, I've seen what some of you wear to National Trust places too!)

It's amazing to think that the mansion building you see was actually built in 1682.  It's not the prettiest of stately homes, but it's when you're indoors that you realise the whole place is really geared towards the wonderful parkland setting - those windows are designed to look out of, not peer into.  The other thing to notice is that there is no long sweeping drive from which to approach and admire the house.  Today's visitors arrive via a short woodland pathway from the car park, so that the appearance of the house is almost unsuspecting.  This again is intentional.  The original long driveway and formal gardens were removed by Capability Brown, who created the lake and rolling hills in their place.  The overall effect of this carefully constructed landscape is very pleasing.

Petworth posing @porcelinasworld



Petworth posing @porcelinasworld

Petworth posing @porcelinasworld

Petworth posing @porcelinasworld

Petworth posing @porcelinasworld

Petworth posing @porcelinasworld

Petworth posing @porcelinasworld

Petworth posing @porcelinasworld

Petworth posing @porcelinasworld

Petworth posing @porcelinasworld

Petworth posing @porcelinasworld

The day turned out as a last-hurrah for my bare legs, before packing them away in tights for winter.  That wasn't entirely intentional, as I simply hadn't packed any tights but black, and my houndstooth skirt is navy and white.  It always feels a shame to wear black tights on a sunny day anyway.  As it was, I was perfectly warm enough.  It truly was the last day without a nip in the air, and I've since been encased in tights.  I try and last until at least October each year without wearing opaque tights for day time, so this year is a record reaching nearly the end of the month.  It's a variation on the game of 'how long we can last without putting the central heating on'.  Any fellow players?

He's wearing: Vintage John Collier coat from community shop, vintage 1960s Harris Tweed Burton jacket from charity shop, cravate from community recyling centre, vintage Christy's flat cap from car boot sale, Hollister jeans from charity shop, Alfred Sargent chelsea boots from car boot sale, M&S shirt from charity shop.

She's wearing: M&S cream jacket from car boot sale, vintage scarf (gift with purchase from Chronically Vintage), black sash from dress worn as headscarf, vintage houndstooth skirt from Revamp in Midhurst, Clarks lace-up metallic shoes, vintage early plastic brooch from car boot sale, white sunglasses from Primark.

Linking up with: #iwillwearwhatilikeVisible MondayPassion for FashionFancy Friday

15 comments:

  1. You two are the most dapper of all couples! I love how you both enjoy dressing up to go out, or stay in. You are lucky you found each other and have similar tastes.

    I often save your hubby's outfits to my men's Pinterest board. This is going there as well. Great job!

    Suzanne

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    1. That's very kind Suzanne, I hope being 'pinned' doesn't go to his head! Our tastes have certainly evolved alongside each other's xx

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  2. Fantastic how the two of you look! I look a lot less interesting on a day in a national trust park!

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  3. You guys look so good! I need to show these photos of your husband to my boyfriend - he's also a big fan of vintage fashion, and he's been trying to figure out how to incorporate jeans into his look recently. I'm really digging his cravat, and your adorable acorn brooch.

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    1. Thanks lovely! There's a lot of scope for men's jeans, I think if you stick with a darker wash and avoid distressed details they can be quite sharp when paired with good jackets or coats. Would love to see some pics of Brian dressed to the nines! X

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  4. I think it's only fitting to dress up when visiting a splendid National Trust property like Pethworth. I actually think it's sad that goretex and trainers seem to be the norm. You are both looking fabulous. I especially love your cream jacket and - suprise! - the acorn brooch. Your husband is looking especially dapper in that splendid coat! xxx

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    1. The acorn brooch was bought in Dorchester back in May - most unique in my collection, I have never come across anything similar.

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  5. I love how you both dress, not matching, but with coordinating tastes!
    And, I play the, "how long can I last before I have to pull out my winter coat" game. This past week I had to give in, as we got snow and -17 celsius! :(
    The Artyologist

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  6. I love when you do his-and-hers posts! And National Trust posts. So a great combination.

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  7. You and your husband look amazing, love both of your outfits! Also wow what a place to visit and take photos at! So much history! :)

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  8. A truly stylish and chic couple, you are! i swoon for your ivory swing jacket. Thanks for linking up, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  9. You both look gorgeous in a suitably grand setting. Glorious autumnal sunshine, too!
    Just shows that quality stands the test of time! We've sold two identical John Collier coats to Chris's! Eternally popular. xxx

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  10. You do look so good in 60s styles. You convey that sense of freedom, of being unfussy, of freshness.

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  11. Stylish couple! You’re never overdressed, everyone else just doesn’t make an effort - that’s how I see it! Love that cream jacket, works wonderfully with your colouring too xx

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  12. What a sharp looking couple :)

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