Outfit: the check jacket – ‘vintage lady’ edition

Ever since I bought this jacket I’d been looking forward to making it work with a more ladylike, perhaps you’d say more authentically vintage outfit than how I styled it in this post, which was quite casual and more modern. In all those wonderful Pendleton 49er adverts from the 50s you see women layering over skirts and dresses and it seemed like a great idea, in theory…
While I think I like the way the outfit turned out in terms of its general components, the more I look at the photos the more I feel like it doesn’t quite work for me. Or maybe I’m just not used to seeing myself incorporating this much of a vintage influence? Whatever it is, it’s not one of my favourite looks so I’m interested to see what you all think – is it in my head or is something not quite doing it here? I tend to use most of the outfit photos I take (so far there’s only one set I’ve decided really didn’t work), as I don’t have many opportunities to get out and snap them, but I really debated with myself on posting these ones…
I don’t think it helped that I was having one of those days where my face went wrong in nearly all of the photos. One eye shut, hair in it, lips caught oddly on braces, dark shadows making me look 20 years older, double chins everywhere… So in short, I saw a lot of dreadful photos before I picked these ones and I don’t think it did my confidence any good!
But of course, this was the day that B wanted to try out taking another video (below), so I felt extra bad about not using the accompanying photos! In the end, though, perhaps it’s ok for not every outfit post to be my favourite…?
Pendleton 49er style jacket with full skirt
Pendleton 49er style jacket with beltPendleton 49er style jacket with belt and skirt


Pendleton 49er style jacket
Pendleton 49er style jacket - vintage style outfit
Pendleton 49er style jacket - vintage style outfit


Pendleton 49er style jacket


Pendleton 49er style jacket - vintage style outfit
Scarf: vintage (via eBay)
Jacket: vintage (via Rokit)
Belt: vintage (hand-me-down)
Gloves: ASOS (old)
Skirt: ASOS
Bag: via Top Vintage
Tights (fleece-lined): Primark
Shoes: Clarks (old)
And here’s the video… It was shot on my DSLR and then converted by B into a Super 8 style film using software. Pretty neat, huh? Although I hope you like shots of me walking about… I’m sorry to not be more exciting than that, but while I’ve just about got comfortable with having my photo taken, it’s a whole other thing being a video star!!
Back to the outfit, though; should I stick to my more subtle vintage influence?
PS Don’t look too closely at the hem on this skirt – this was the first (and so far last) item to feel the wrath of my new sewing machine and appalling minor alteration skills. The only good thing I can say about it is at least ended up the length I wanted…


  1. April 8, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    That video really is adorable!! I love the Super-8 effect, that's some pretty nifty software. Great to see you 'in action'.

    Lovely use of colour in this outfit, the blues, pinks and reds all come together nicely. I can't see anything wrong with that hem either! I have a skirt that's quite similar, a bit more winey coloured perhaps than pink, but it's a tad big so I haven't been wearing it. I think this is a really super and cosy look for those chillier days, as you're all wrapped up but it's still classy, vintagey and fairly practical. I think you're quite right that not every post has to be our favourite and surpass all those before it! And sometimes looks are just 'different', not necessarily better or worse.

    I'm currently debating whether to post pics of me in the forest wearing men's work clothes…it was one of those days I couldn't really be bothered!!

    P.S. I wasn't sure if that's bread you're feeding the duckies, but it's best to avoid anything processed like bread, here's a link to what you can feed them instead (including frozen peas!!):

    • April 8, 2015 / 7:11 pm

      As discussed, I'm glad you like the video and my walking around looking 'vintage and demure' – rather than 'awkward', which is largely what I felt πŸ˜‰

      There's a reason I didn't zoom in on that hem πŸ˜€ I was seriously wrapped up on this day, you're right – it was several weeks ago these were taken. But still practical, yep. I'm glad you like the outfit anyway, even if I'm not convinced. And I totally wan't to see you in a forest wearing men's work clothes!

      As also discussed, I'm very sorry about my offences to the duck world – I had no idea it'd been advised not to feed them bread anymore. Even one slice of gluten free bread (how middle classed is feeding gluten free bread to the ducks, I ask you?!)… I hope that no ducks were harmed in the making of this blog post – I certainly won't feed them bread anymore!! xx

  2. April 8, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    I love this jacket! The color is beautiful, and I like the shaping you did with the belt.

    • April 8, 2015 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚ I keep trying to wear it without the belt, but I look like a square… so belt it is!

  3. April 8, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    lovely jacket, keep wearing it, you look great, not to vintagey at all.

    • April 8, 2015 / 7:11 pm

      I guess it's just more vintagey than I'm used to – neither good nor bad, just different! But thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚

  4. April 8, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    Honest opinion? I think the jacket is great and looks beautiful with the color of the skirt – the bright fuschia really sets off the baby blue nicely. I think the belt does a great job defining your shape, which is something that can make slightly boxy jackets like this tricky for a curvy woman. I don't really love the other colors with it as much, though. I guess it just feels like the plum tights compete with the skirt, and the light shoes are a bit focus pulling. I would love to see this simplified a little bit, with maybe just one less color in the mix.
    Just my two cents, I hope it doesn't discourage you from playing around with more overtly vintage looks in the future. You always look fabulous no matter what you're wearing.

    • April 8, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      Thanks, Jessica – this is some great feedback! And it seems like you and Liz G below completely agree about the tights and shoes. And if I'm honest, I think I knew the tights were a step too far as they didn't quite compliment the skirt like I was hoping… I don't think I quite got it all down here with my colours! I think you're right that if I'd kept it simple it would have been better. I don't think I'm discouraged necessarily… but my colour issues aside I'm not sure I like the shapes on me personally. Maybe it's something to try to get right next winter as thankfully I won't be needing this jacket much longer with any luck!!

  5. Liz G.
    April 8, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    I love the outfit except for the shoes and tights. The jacket is amazing and I really like the color of the belt and how it accentuates your outfit and seems to pull the outfit together. Maybe if you had used black tights and shoes or nude hose with these shoes. I'm not sure, I just think the tights and shoes are a bit off. I also think your makeup is great and the pics of you are great. You are very pretty in the pictures. Love these outfit posts. I think I might start looking for me a Pendleton jacket.

    • April 8, 2015 / 7:16 pm

      You and Jessica above agree on the shoes and tights! Thanks for your feedback – I think you've both probably pointed out one of the things that's a bit out of whack here. I just went a bit OTT with my colours! Thanks for your nice comments – I'm glad I didn't get it all wrong!!

  6. April 8, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    The video was nice. I like the super 8 effect. I miss feeding the ducks. We used to live by a wonderful park where we could do that before.

    I like the outfit, but it is you that needs to like it.


    • April 8, 2015 / 7:17 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne! Apparently I was slightly poisoning the ducks with my naughty bread… but I know for next time now at least. Hopefully I haven't damaged the nearby duck population…

      You're right – it is me that needs to like it. I was mulling your comment over on the way home from work and I guess that's it. I can tweak various elements of it as much as I like but if I essentially don't like it all that much regardless, it's not worth wearing again!

  7. April 8, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    "I was having one of those days where my face went wrong in nearly all of the photos…"

    I SO relate to this, and also to feeling bad about not using the photos after your other half has gone to the trouble of taking them – that seems to happen to me all the time lately: I always think the sunshine is going to make photos so much easier, but actually it just creates tons of shadows and glare, and I get the dreaded "20 years older" effect – aargh! If it's any consolation, I would never have guessed that these were anything other than your usual high standard, and I think you look flawless as ever. I have a bit of a dread of looking "too vintagey", because I think it can end up looking quite costumey, but I honestly don't think that's the case here – and yet another awesome jacket, too!

    • April 8, 2015 / 7:21 pm

      Yep, exactly! We drag them out to take endless photos of us and then can't find any from a batch of 100-200 that we actually like that much (partly secretly blaming them for catching us at off moments). How does that even happen? How did anyone ever get by with using a roll of film that offered only 24 photos?! By my standards, I wouldn't get one out of a whole film I could use! I had the exact problem you're describing with the sun at the weekend – in the end I had to find a tree to stand under. And then you just get weird dappled shadows instead so who knows which is worse! Thanks for saying this lot came out ok in the end though – I probably like about 3 of the ones above and I can't even bear to say how many we took this day. It's at least partly the wind's fault…

  8. April 8, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    I get that (feeling like you're not sure if something works for you or not because it's not what you're accustomed to sporting), but really do have to say that I think this outfit works splendidly for you. The portions are flattering, the colours are gorgeous, the vintage vibe is marvelous, and the whole composition has a very harmonious note to it.

    β™₯ Jessica

    • April 9, 2015 / 12:37 pm

      Glad you like it, Jessica πŸ™‚ If you're saying it's well composed, I think I have to accept it πŸ˜‰

  9. April 8, 2015 / 11:20 pm

    I love your jacket! So, so cute. I really do like how you styled it here (though I liked it in your previous post as well.) πŸ™‚ That video was really neat-o! You're just cute as a button in it, and I loved the vintage feel of it.

    <3 Michelle ^_^
    Delightful Handwork

    • April 9, 2015 / 12:38 pm

      Aw, thanks Michelle πŸ™‚ glad you liked the video too – although can't claim any credit for its production, I can claim credit for walking around being filmed looking a bit vintage πŸ˜‰

  10. April 9, 2015 / 1:21 am

    I so feel you on this post at so many levels Cici ~ I hate those awkward photo shoots that end up with dozens of pictures metaphorically on the cutting room floor and maybe three descent shots if you are lucky? And the reverse is *almost* as bad ~ too many good photos can be a problem too!

    I do like your outfit though ~ it may have felt a bit strange because it was an experimentation, but that doesn't mean you can't keep experimenting until you find something that works a bit better!

    Plus, that video is swoony. It's a word. πŸ˜› I really want to start taking more videos, but have yet to actually try doing any….. And I'd love to know how you got that 'vintage' effect on it; it looks sooo great! πŸ™‚ ❀

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • April 9, 2015 / 12:41 pm

      Yep, this was definitely one of those shoots where I struggled to end up with a few photos I even slightly liked. Sometimes shoots go really well though, yes, and you've got too much choice. But I definitely shake my head in a 'nice to have this first world problem' kind of way when that happens πŸ˜‰

      I think you're right – there might be ways I can switch this outfit up a bit and come out with something I like a bit more. And I'm glad you liked the video! The vintage effect was all my boyfriend's doing though – it's his new hobby to make new footage look all Super 8 style. It's essentially a mixture of different downloads that add various things like grain and light leaks, alongside some that alter the colours etc to look like old film. There's lots of stuff out there to do this! xx

  11. April 9, 2015 / 7:35 am

    I really love the jacket! Super chic look for a cold day. Definite thumbs up for me.

    • April 9, 2015 / 12:41 pm

      It's getting more thumbs up than down, which makes me feel a whole lot better about it πŸ™‚

  12. April 9, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    I think this outfit looks darling on you! I love the color of the skirt against the color of the vintage jacket! I think when we wear a particular style of image so often and then try something new we don't feel like ourselves! You're not alone in feeling this way! I have experienced it myself! But I do really like this outfit on you!

    • April 13, 2015 / 12:11 pm

      Ah, that's good to hear thanks πŸ™‚ I think the colour combination seems to be going down particularly well, so even if I don't love the shapes of the various pieces, it'd be nice to put these colours together again in future!

    • April 13, 2015 / 12:12 pm

      I think anyone who's experienced taking blog photos for some time can see where I'm coming from – some days your face just doesn't look right! I don't get it, but it's true!! Thanks for your nice comments though – I was experimenting a bit with eye shadow this day (something I rarely ever wear), so it's good to hear you like the makeup πŸ™‚

    • April 13, 2015 / 12:13 pm

      I'm glad B didn't waste his time editing it, if you and others like it!

  13. April 10, 2015 / 5:28 am

    This is very lovely πŸ™‚
    When I saw the past outfit with that vintage jacket, I too thought it deserved something more vintagy and feminine! I think you've done beautifully with this outfit and the colors, and that scarf looks interesting, I think maybe it should be shown.
    Those photos are great, so I think you did a good job picking them out of all the bad ones, or maybe you are just too hard on yourself (ha, I'm guilty of it too).
    oh, and I loved the video, what a great idea!

    (from A Golden Picnic)

    • April 13, 2015 / 12:14 pm

      I'm sure the scarf will make an appearance another time… on this particular day it was too cold not to wear it up against my neck – I needed all the warmth I could get!

      I think I probably am guilty of being a perfectionist with my photos, but then when you take over 100 and there's still LOADS of horrible ones, it's hard not to be!! Glad you liked the video, I think there'll be more of those to come πŸ™‚

  14. April 10, 2015 / 6:13 am

    hello,ciao Cici-Marie…well the essence of fashion is try,try,try and experiment…so I think that this post is Ok:the outfit scenery is beautiful and photos are lovely.Your poses are great as always and the outfit is nice with such colourful blend and vintage aura…and…a BIG Applause for the "vintage" video:You're such a great video Star!..You shine such charisma!

    • April 13, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      That's very true – and you don't know unless you try, I'm sure! I'm pleased to hear you think I'm a video star – as I always feel the very epitome of someone who isn't one when a camcorder is pointed in my direction… I've just about got the posing thing down, but I think I've got some work to do on my acting πŸ˜‰

  15. April 10, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    I like how you wore the jacket just a bit more originally with jeans. Maybe I'm being influenced by what you wrote or what was said in the comments but the colour of the tights just seemed a bit off. Maybe too many colours fighting for attention and not enough neutrals to balance the outfit out? I like the style of separates you picked and that skirt is such a beautiful colour (I'm imagining in my head right now what I'd want to wear with it if I had a skirt that colour. lol)
    100-200 pictures wow! My husband who usually gets recruited to take pics, takes about 5 and then gets bored. I really have to cross my fingers that out of that I've got one to play with. By the way I think the ones you picked to use showed your stunning self just nicely.
    Love, love ,love that video!! πŸ™‚

    • April 13, 2015 / 12:17 pm

      I think the tights are off – I thought they'd be complimentary to the colour of the skirt, but they're not on the same colour spectrum so it just looks a bit odd.

      I probably shouldn't have admitted that's how many photos goes into most of these posts – I do have occasions it's more like 80-90, but I think there's nothing worse than having too few good ones to choose from… I'd rather snap loads, even if many are very similar, in case I'm blinking in some etc (and to be honest, I blink in about 50% of my photos!!). So happy you love the video πŸ˜€

    • April 13, 2015 / 4:17 pm

      No I think I need to take way more. So many times its exactly as you say eyes are closed,or head just turned wrong. Just wish I had a more patient person.lol If I'm taking pics of stuff I like to take at least 40 but then again it is furniture and if it's doing something wonky, it's my own fault.:)

  16. Anonymous
    April 11, 2015 / 8:48 am

    As soon as your page loaded, I thought 'wow!' and caught my breath! – the colours are just beautiful and I really like the silhouette you've created by adding the belt.
    I think you look as though you've walked straight out of the fifties which to me is a wonderful thing πŸ˜‰ the whole look suits you extremely well imo and the vibe is sophisticatedly understated and very classy.
    Definitely one of your best looks. Actually I find things that suit us best sometimes require a step out of our comfort zone and can initially feel weird.. At least that's how it is with me sometimes πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!!

    Georgia from Germany

    • April 13, 2015 / 12:18 pm

      Ah that's such a nice comment, thanks Georgia πŸ™‚ I think it's just that I'm not used to looking like I've walked out of the fifties – which is weird considering how much I love the various fashions… so that definitely does take some getting used to for me. But just because it's not the norm shouldn't mean I can't appreciate it for a good outfit, I guess!

  17. April 13, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    You look simply stunning despite what you say! Stop that self-deprecation at once! I'm glad you used the images as it would have been a shame if they didn't make it to the blog. This is a lovely look on you and I noticed it was a slight change from your usual signature style. However, fashion is about trying new things sometimes, even if we tend to return to the old favourites. The shade of the dress is really lovely too.

    Saba x


  18. April 16, 2015 / 1:25 am

    Love this outfit and the colours!! Beautiful x

  19. April 17, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    What a sophisticated style post! I love the rich hue of the skirt & tights and the colors/prints you used as accents.

    Happy Friday πŸ™‚

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