Outfit: the brooch, the beret and the trench

I know, I know, this outfit features yet another coat that’s not been on this blog before and how many coats can one woman own..? But no, I haven’t won the lottery, I just can’t throw things away and this is another one that has been lurking on my coat-rack for years but these days barely gets an outing. It’s a simple winter trench coat with wide 60s-style lapels and a short length that works really well for making me look taller (and believe me, I’ll take that illusion any way I can get it!). Like a lot of my coats, it was a cheap purchase from a supermarket, from the days where I was on an entry level media salary, so it isn’t going to win any awards for quality any time soon (the internal fastening snaps have been threatening to fall off every single time I wear it but have somehow hung in/on there). I’m all for making sure I justify the reasons I hoard clothes, so I’d been pondering how to style it again, especially in the light of some of this year’s winter purchases. I really like using the odd new thing here and there to revive older clothes… which is of course why I hoard them all, honest πŸ˜‰
You probably know where I went with this already… a beret. Quelle surprise! But also, those gorgeous little furry boots I splurged on from Miss L Fire because they really haven’t had enough wear yet. The problem is they’re so bulky because of the fur that with tights and a skirt my feet feel huge. It dawned on me – pair them with jeans! It really works and I was so warm and snug.
This look needed something else to make it a bit special though – berets, boots and a splash of red were all very well, but it was feeling a bit ordinary still. Step in Eternal Collection, who got in touch to ask me if I’d like to review a piece of their vast jewellery collection. My first thought was ‘Ugh, jewellery – I’m so hopeless at knowing what to do with jewellery!’… but then I spotted the huge brooch collection. And Fifi the Poodle in said brooch collection. Anyone who knows me will know that if there’s one thing I can’t resist it’s dog anything when it comes to clothing and accessories, but especially big dogs like poodles. And here’s a fact for those that don’t know – my parents have a labradoodle called Harry who is, of course, half poodle (you can see him in this post – the cute poodle curl got lost somewhere in his genes and turned into what my hair basically is – fluffy, scruffy mess). B’s grandmother also bred and clipped poodles (the big, standard poodles, not those little miniature toy ones) and I liked the idea of having something with one on even more thinking about that (especially as she very sadly recently passed away). All in all, I couldn’t resist Fifi and I knew exactly where she was going to go when she arrived…
She would be the cherry on top of the whole outfit! She really is stunning – so super sparkly in real life with such attention to detail (thanks so much to Eternal Collection for sending her along). I was generally really impressed with the range of items Eternal Collection had on offer – the necklace collection, as well as the brooch, is particularly impressive. Amber (from Forever Amber), I realised, also recently reviewed another dog brooch of theirs so do check that out too if you want to see it in action.
60s style trench coat with beret


Poodle brooch - vintage style


Beret with cute 40s style hair roll
60s style trench coat with beret


Beret with cute 40s style hair roll


60s style trench coat with beret


Brooch worn on beret
Fifi the Poodle crystal and silver brooch by Eternal Collection


Vintage style winter outfit with 60s shape coat
Beret: Joy (similar)
Scarf: vintage via eBay
Coat: Tesco (old)
Gloves: Sainsburys (check stores)
Bag: Ollie & Nic (similar)
Jeans: ASOS
Boots: Miss L Fire (other colours still available)
Don’t you think the brooch adds just the right extra touch here? I want more for my berets now!


  1. February 25, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Hi there in the lovely U.K.,ciao CiCi…first time here,you have a great blog and your stle is so unique…so creative and fabolous! this look is stunning on you,the beret is so pretty and like the makeup of your beautiful eyes…cheers!

    • February 26, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Ah, so glad you like it! πŸ™‚

  2. February 25, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Great idea to pin the brooch on the beret. I forget that you can pin brooches to places other than one's coat or dress/jumper!! Silly really. I might try this idea sometime soon. I thought I hadn't seen that coat before, how many more do you have stashed back there?!

    Super stylish lady x

    • February 26, 2015 / 1:09 pm

      The idea kind of came to me because my hair is so long that if I pin anything to a lapel it's instantly buried… which is just no good at all when it's this pretty! And, er, maybe a few more… I'm going to say it's no more than 5… In my defense, I haven't featured many of my coats on this blog since it started and I've had years of buying them without throwing them away, so that's why!! x

  3. February 25, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    You look lovely! I love the idea of the brooch on your hat. I have so many brooches and have never thought of this (silly me!). I just adore those miss l fire booties, I'll have to keep an eye out on ebay.

    • February 26, 2015 / 1:10 pm

      From the look of my comments you're not the only one, but it really does make a nice feature out of them! I must wear the boots more often as they're actually pretty comfortable despite being heels!

  4. February 25, 2015 / 4:18 pm

    Aaah, Fifi is so cute! I really want to create a brooch menagerie now – they don't take up nearly as much space as shoes and dresses (And coats – I'm embarrassed to think about how many coats I own: I justify it with the fact that the weather is always terrible here, so I do actually *need* them!), so they might be a better thing for me to collect! Love it on the red beret too – you're really, really making me want to buy a beret, although I suspect it would't look quite as good on me!

    • February 26, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      I know, they had so many great animal ones! And completely agree on coats… you need them and it's nearly impossible to justify throwing a coat away, so therefore you end up with loads, surely?! I definitely want you to buy a beret, dooooo it. They look great with long hair and I refuse to believe you wouldn't rock one! x

  5. February 25, 2015 / 5:44 pm

    I love the beret and trench coat combination. It's very French and 1940s spy !! Your previous post with the purple beret and gorgeous lace up brown boots is another winner. Glad to have found your blog. Shared on Glamourdaze !

    • February 26, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ and I think you're right, there is something a bit French spy about it and that is absolutely fine by me – who wouldn't want to be a French spy??

    • February 26, 2015 / 1:13 pm

      I seem to keep reaching for pops of red at the moment… you just can't beat them in the gloom of winter! x

  6. Anonymous
    February 26, 2015 / 10:41 am

    Wah! That little victory roll is amazing!!! *hyperventilate*

    Actually I don't want to comment anonymously but I haven't quite got the hang of things yet. Lolz!

    Georgia from Germany

    • February 26, 2015 / 1:14 pm

      Well, hello there Georgia! I seem to remember we had a little email exchange a short while back – hope you're close to a decision on your tragus piercing! I was very pleased with myself re this roll as, for once, it's actually a real one and, for once, it didn't take me half an hour. I think the trick is I used so little hair, but my hair's so long it makes the roll look big! x

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2015 / 10:09 pm

      Haha yes the set date looms near πŸ˜€ remember that friends episode where phoebe and Rachel go to get tattooed and phoebe chickens out because "did you know they did this with a needle??!?!" That's how I'm feeling – and I really wish it could just be "licked on by kittens" (as Rachel sarcastically responds) :)))
      I am going to try some victory rolls tho! I really enjoyed your hair tutorial from a few posts back btw.

    • March 1, 2015 / 9:01 am

      It's over in 2 seconds, you'll be fine πŸ™‚ The fear of it is much worse than the actual piercing, believe me! Glad you liked the tutorial πŸ˜€

    • Anonymous
      March 1, 2015 / 2:52 pm

      Cool, thanks so much! That's really helpful and I keep re-reading your emails too so I should be able to go for it in roughly two weeks πŸ™‚

  7. February 26, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    You are such a font of winter outfit inspiration. I love this look! I keep thinking that I need a beige or camel coat (nevermind the fact that I already sort of have one, but I always feel like it's too yellow to really be neutral, but that's probably just me wanting to buy another coat), and this is exactly why. The red and black with it is absolutely fabulous, and I love your little dog brooch. Very cute.

    • February 28, 2015 / 3:53 pm

      I definitely think there's more than one shade of beige out there – and they don't all look good with red πŸ˜‰

  8. February 27, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    Love this outfit and I absolutely adore the added touch of the poodle brooch on your beret <3

  9. February 28, 2015 / 5:54 am

    Hello my wonderfully stylish friend, as usual, I am smitten with your whole look, very much including the cheerful red beret. I was thinking about you and berets earlier this week actually, as I recently ordered a few new berets (I previously only had two, if you can believe it) from an Asian fashion power seller on eBay and they just arrived. They're not the kind of quality that will likely last for decades, but for less than $5.00 US a beret, I really don't mind and love that I now have close to ten of these classic french hats in a wide range of hues.

    Have a marvelous weekend!
    β™₯ Jessica

    • February 28, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      They sound like a bargain! I tend to pick up my berets in sales and I don't think any of them have cost me over Β£10 for that reason – but even the poorest quality among them is lasting well. They don't come under much strain so they're quite a good thing to buy cheaply, I think! I just bought a bargain leopard print one, the other week, in fact πŸ˜‰ x

  10. February 28, 2015 / 6:12 am

    Such a cute outfit ~ that coat and those boots!! And brooches on berets win always, it's such a great look and I'm definitely up for that come winter. : ) ❀

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • February 28, 2015 / 3:57 pm

      I look forward to seeing it! Even though it will be summer here by that point, our summers are probably about the same temperature as your winters πŸ˜‰ x

  11. March 7, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    I love the way you've styled this outfit, and the brooch is really sweet and whimsical! I think it adds just the right touch of elegance, and is also a little unexpected and playful! I like the placement of the brooch on the beret, as it's a little different from the usual way of wearing a brooch on a lapel.

    This look really becomes you!

    Saba x


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