Outfit: the check jacket – cosy casual edition

If you hadn’t already guessed, there’s a bit of a running theme to my autumn style posts so far… I’ve become obsessed with checks. It’s got to the point where I can’t remember the last time I bought something that didn’t have checks on it – although that’s largely because I shop so much I lose track past a month – but still, that’s a lot of plaid for one woman! Weirdly, though, the only checked things I owned before were three dresses. Clearly there was a gap to fill… Clearly.
Anyway, you might remember I shared some of these early purchases (oh yes, there’s been many more since) and mentioned that the Pendleton-style jacket featured was a very rare piece of actual 50s vintage in my wardrobe. It’s actually quite hard to style, as the colours don’t go very well with much that I own and the pattern doesn’t really look great with any other patterned thing either. But despite this, I LOVE it and have basically decided to accept the fact that when I want to wear it, rather than throwing on any old coat over the top of an outfit, I throw any old outfit underneath a coat. Anyone else have outerwear you style a whole look around? Considering how much you end up wearing jackets and coats in the winter in the UK, it’s actually not that silly an idea…
So here’s how I’m wearing it for casual wear… these photos were taken on a beautiful autumn day at Cambridge’s botanical gardens. And take note of the hat, this is not the last you’ve seen of them on this blog – it’s beret season now!
50s Pendleton style plaid jacket in light blue - with belt


Back shot of Pendleton style plaid jacket in light blue


Pendleton style plaid jacket in light blue
Pendleton 50s style plaid jacket in light blue


50s Pendleton style plaid jacket in light blue - worn open
50s Pendleton style plaid jacket in light blue - with belt
Hat: Primark (old – similar)
Jacket: vintage via Rokit
Jumper: New Look
Belt: New Look (old)
Jeans: Miss Selfridge (similar)
Boots: Oasis (old – similar)



  1. December 2, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    Cute and cosy! That jacket was a great find, worth a risk on the mysterious sizing. Lovely to see you all wrapped up but still with the vintage vibe.

    P.S. I am seriously yearning for the Bonnie cigarette pants from Collectif now, you naughty lady! x

    • December 3, 2014 / 1:22 pm

      Doooo it – I love them! x

  2. December 2, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    Why you look lovely my dear! I too love the casual look on you and I too love plaid! I must invest in a black beret!!! You always look so put together and lovely.

    • December 3, 2014 / 1:22 pm

      I do have off days, promise 😉 x

  3. December 2, 2014 / 4:38 pm

    I love this outfit! I loved the way to styled it with the belt and the beret! 🙂

  4. December 2, 2014 / 8:55 pm

    Gorgeous look, as always Cici! I quite often style my winter looks around the coat too, as it's so easy to just end up wearing the same one all the time otherwise!
    lily x

  5. December 3, 2014 / 1:54 am

    How dreamy are those boots and that coat?! The matching belt is a perfect touch too, really pulls it all together. Lovely look, dear!

  6. December 3, 2014 / 2:14 am

    A vintage Pendleton was on my *must-have* list for ages, and I was so excited when I finally snagged one! I found it a challenge to style as well; I went with a 'Mona Lisa Smile' college look in the end and loved it.

    But I'm super inspired by your casual take~ those boots are so perfect with your coat! I love it! I'll have to wait until winter, but I am so keen to try this look out. 😀 ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • December 3, 2014 / 1:24 pm

      I'd love to see what your look was – I haven't seen Mona Lisa Smile and from the movie stills it could be anything… intriguing! And glad if I can ever offer anyone inspiration – that's one of the huge joys of writing this blog after all 🙂 x

  7. December 3, 2014 / 5:43 am

    This is such an adorable look. And its not silly to style an outfit around a jacket. I totally have done that and will continue too. It gets too cold here that any outdoor or mostly outdoor outing Im not even showing off what Im wearing under the jacket. So why not embrace it!

  8. December 3, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    This looks so good on you. I love the pretty blue color, and the plaid, and the shape on you (belted or unbelted) – pretty much the perfect piece for fall and winter. I would totally style the rest of my outfit around a knockout piece like that.
    I don't usually style outfits around coats, but I will around hats. I have this one that's green with gold braid, and it's sooo pretty, but it's such a statement that I feel like I have to keep everything else really simple.

    • December 5, 2014 / 1:36 pm

      I'm guilty of styling outfits around plain hats, let alone pretty ones – at some point I'll post photos with a purple beret… the whole outfit was styled around said beret! But if you've got something special that's interesting to look at, maybe it's actually a good thing as less effort has to go into the rest of your outfit 😉

  9. December 3, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    Terrifically pretty pictures and such a classic, elegant autumn ensemble. There's a wee bit of a horsey set look going on here that I just adore (and sometimes strive for myself – loving classic prep as I do). Isn't aqua/turquoise one of the nicest colours for plaids, checks and gingham? I have 1950s wiggle dress with small white and turquoise checks that I all but live in during the warmer months.

    Big hugs & many heartfelt thanks for all of your wonderful recent blog comments,
    ♥ Jessica

    • December 5, 2014 / 1:37 pm

      I have to say that before I found this jacket in my size, I thought I wanted one in more traditional, darker winter colours like red, green, navy… but the lovely thing about these cool, pastel colours is you feel like a bit of an ice queen when you wear them 🙂

  10. December 4, 2014 / 3:19 am

    I too sometimes style my whole outfit around a coat! It gets so cold here that a coat is needed to survive! LOL! Love this coat you are wearing! The pattern is beautiful! I can see why you are obsessed with the pattern! You look fantastic and so chic!


  11. December 4, 2014 / 8:18 am

    This vintage jacket is amazing! I think you styled it perfectly here. I definitely have outerwear I style whole outfits around but it's been kind of hot here for many layers. I think this coat is amazing though and I love its pretty blue plaid pattern. I think it'd look cute with a white dress or skirt. You could probably wear red with it too if you wanted to be super colorful!

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

    • December 5, 2014 / 1:38 pm

      You're quite right, I think – and in fact I'm really trying to think of ways to get this jacket to work with burgundy, which I really think it will 🙂

  12. December 4, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    not sure if my comment got through, so sorry if this one's double! but I really love it, it looks so comfy and cute <3 also you are superpretty.

    • December 5, 2014 / 1:39 pm

      No, don't think the first one did – that happens to me all the time, so annoying! So thanks for the extra effort and lovely compliment 🙂

  13. December 6, 2014 / 10:38 am

    That is a fabulous jacket and what you're wearing it with is just perfect.

  14. December 7, 2014 / 7:50 am

    Mmmmm love that jacket!! Such great colors and definitely a great winter piece!

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