Outfit: all things Bright and Beautiful

New Year’s Eve glitz aside, it’s time to properly kick off the 2016 outfit posts and I’m excited to share this one as I love the location and how well it suited the look. In fact, I’m a bit concerned that less than a fortnight into the year I’ve already peaked too soon, but c’est la vie…

B actually found this cute little phone box for me, after I got it into my head it would be the perfect companion to this 60s-style dress. We genuinely spent about half an hour scouring Google streetview to find one in a decent location, because blogging can be fun like that. Having found this one, B being B, another 30 mins later and he’d googled the entire history of the red phone box and insisted I shared a little of it here. So, for those of you who don’t know, what I’m modelling here is the K6 design, first introduced in 1935 and the most common red phonebox in the UK, with most of them installed in the 1960s and 70s (which perhaps I knew subconsciously!). It’s a K6 from the glass pane design (one bigger square in the centre panel) and its general size. So there you go. As far as we could find out, red phone boxes haven’t been commissioned since the 80s, so any one you find in the UK is ‘vintage’, if you like!

This particular one is rather special as you’ll see, as inside it’s been converted into a mini library! This has happened to something like c.150 of the thousands and thousands of them, and I couldn’t believe that the one we’d picked quite literally from dropping a pin on a map was one of the special few. This has happened because the local parish council will have ‘adopted’ the box and this also means that it can’t be used for making phone calls anymore, somewhat ironically. Anyway, I was pleased to find a familiar favourite in the box, as you’ll see… (but how could someone give it away?!)

So that’s B happy now and I can talk about the dress as the box isn’t the only thing bright and beautiful in this post! ‘Bright and Beautiful’ is also the label this dress belongs to, which is Collectif’s still-quite-new 60s-inspired line. Somehow, until this point I hadn’t twigged that Collectif owned the brand, rather than it being a third party they sold, and I feel a bit silly about that now. All the hallmark signs of Collectif quality are there with this dress – it’s fully lined, a great cut and of course, a gorgeous unique design you would be hard-pushed to find anywhere else. My usual size 8 fit just like it usually does too. My only criticism is that the belt is your typical fabric belt in that it will gradually work itself loose as you move about, but easily solved with a safety pin if I was that bothered.

 

Bright and Beautiful Ruth dress for a 60s style winter look
Bright and Beautiful Ruth dress for a 60s style winter look

 

Bright and Beautiful Ruth dress for a 60s style winter look

 

K6 phone box converted to a library in Cambridgeshire
B&B check dress with red phone box library
Bright and Beautiful Ruth dress for a 60s style winter look
Bright and Beautiful Ruth dress for a 60s style winter look

 

Bright and Beautiful Ruth dress and red heart bag

 

K6 phone box converted to a library in Cambridgeshire

 

Bright and Beautiful Ruth dress for a 60s style winter look

 

K6 phone box converted into a library

 

Bright and Beautiful Ruth dress for a 60s style winter look

 

Bright and Beautiful Ruth dress for a 60s style winter look
Dress: c/o Bright and Beautiful ‘Ruth’ (by Collectif – currently half price!)
Jumper: H&M (old)
Bag: Skinnydip London (now out of stock)
Tights: M&S (old)
Boots: Tamaris via Zalando
I have to point out that the standy-up collar is entirely the fault of the wind for blowing it up there (it was super breezy this day) and my photographer – eh-hem – for not spotting it had moved. And yes it was like that in every single photo. D’oh!
 

26 Comments

  1. January 10, 2016 / 9:19 am

    Good morning! That's really wonderful that the local parish councils have taken over some of those boxes, can you actually borrow books from it? Do you have to fill out a form or something?? I'm curious! This is funny as I was looking at a phonebox the other day for possible outfit post location purposes, but it was missing it's door and smelt bad. I appreciate all of the historical snippets that B found out for you, and I am stunned that I never thought of using Google street view rather than driving around looking for things, I shall remember that for future!

    On to your outfit – I think you look so cute in a '60s look, and this suits you especially well. Are those the boots that you had altered? I am still looking for a suitable pair, I might have found some on Esprit but have to measure my calves first to double-check. I do like this new '60s range in Collectif, and it's good to see it road-tested on you because I think the hemlines might actually veer into indecent territory on me! I love your hair too, you always do such good updos. That's part of the reason I've had the chop, because I'm rubbish at them!

    Have a super day, and I look forward to seeing what dress you wore last night xx

    • January 10, 2016 / 9:31 am

      I think you can just take the books away – I couldn't see any evidence of anything more formal than that. I've actually got some books to donate and I'm hoping I can give them to this box 🙂 It's actually really hard to find a box that's in good condition, which I think is because BT sold so many of them off, but without an 'adopter' they languish away. It's really sad actually! I didn't say it, but we found several on streetview that were too run down to use.

      No the boots I wanted to have altered it turned out I couldn't because of how they'd been made, so these are the ones I ordered instead. The great thing about them is I can roll the tops down to make them a bit shorter, as they're just fabric. They're still a bit loose on me though, as you can see (and I've padded out with thick socks and leg warmers!)… I was actually expecting this dress to be shorter than it is, so perhaps it wouldn't be so indecent on you! They also have so many cute jackets and trousers too in this range.

      I didn't get a very good picture – it was absolutely pouring down with rain as we left and as we returned 🙁 just got a pick of the top I may share on Instagram later. For another day (and another blog post!) 😉 xxx

  2. January 10, 2016 / 10:22 am

    LOVE THIS OUTFIT! This dress looks so fabulous on you (everything does though). I'm such a big fan of the B&B range. And how cool is that telephone box!?!! Oh I know that feeling of a collar sticking up or something out of place in an outfit but what can you do?! Amazing outfit! x

    • January 10, 2016 / 5:26 pm

      Was hoping you would, as you've been rocking the 60s looks so amazingly lately! I'm really looking forward to seeing what B&B do for summer x

  3. January 10, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    This is such a perfect outfit! The dress is so cute on you and I love the contrast of the red heart bag. ALSO the red telephone box is charming, and how cool is it that it was turned into a library!?

    • January 10, 2016 / 5:27 pm

      Gotta match the handbag with the location, too 😉 it's my favourite phone box ever, fact.

  4. January 10, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    What a fun spot and a great idea to turn the box into a book donation centre.

    I remember when I lived in England how bad those boxes always smelled but it was impossible to hear anything unless I'd close the door.

    I love the dress. It suits you so well.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • January 10, 2016 / 5:29 pm

      Funny you should say that – this phone box didn't smell of anything, but today I went into one (long story) that was horrendous. After this lovely one, it was a real shock! The one bad thing about this location was that it was on the side of the main road through a village. Tonnes of cars driving by, including one of B's (male) friends who stopped and had a chat. Not at all awkward when minutes previously you'd been posing like an idiot.

  5. January 10, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    Loved the little history lesson, I find things like that really fascinating, and I love that it's now a library, I have seen so many of these pop up online but I am yet to see one in real life yet. The dress is beautiful, I adore the colour contrast, and the red bad really adds the pop of colour. The shape suits you so much and I adore that neckline! I have to say I didn't realise they were the same brand either till I was looking in the sale, the line has really expanded!

    • January 11, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Maybe they're not as rare as Wikipedia led me to believe in that case! Or I really did get very lucky… I avidly look whenever I see a box now and haven't come across another yet, mind you!

      I don't think all the 'other' brands on the site are Collectif's (well, I know they're not!), but this one at least is. You can tell! They've got so much good stuff already…

  6. January 11, 2016 / 3:17 am

    Holycrap a library phone box?! What a fantastic idea! Back when I lived in the UK I remember the public phones being full of nudie postcards/calling cards…I think I prefer Harry Potter books to be honest. This particular photo shoot instantly brought to mind one Norman Parkinson's photographs, I LOVE you in a mod look!

    Deco Darling

    • January 11, 2016 / 1:58 pm

      I've got a feeling there's still some boxes like that around – and there's certainly lots that are really run down, which is sad 🙁 If I could rule the world they'd all be lovingly restored! I don't know much about Norman Parkinson but will take a look now!

  7. January 11, 2016 / 5:11 am

    I looove the red phone booths in the UK! One of these are on the "Blog Photoshoot Bucket List" list! And your outfit is too cute a match! I really thought that the phone booths were older than the 60s, so that was definitely an interesting fact to learn. 🙂 ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • January 12, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      I'm totally now going to claim I already had a blog photoshoot bucket list, just so I can pretend I ticked one off 😉 Although joking aside, if I consciously thought about it I probably do have a list and one of these phoneboxes probably is on it… So yeah, done! And yeah, the boxes are older than the 60s, so you were right on that – just lots more of them installed in the 60s 🙂 x

    • January 12, 2016 / 1:12 pm

      I never really thought of 60s styles as particularly suiting me, but everyone seems to be telling me otherwise! x

  8. January 11, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Adorable outfit! This one is a really great length on you and I love the texture of the dress!

  9. January 11, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    I love this range, and some great bargains in the sale now! That phone box is so cute with all the books in it! x

  10. January 12, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    This is such an adorable 1960s outfit! I totally get how you feel about the collar… And I am so glad that you decided to post these photos regardless. It definitely has reminded me that things don't have to be "perfect" on the blog/social media! xo Gwen

    • January 12, 2016 / 1:13 pm

      In this case I would literally have had nothing to post and would have been mad I had to go out in the freezing cold and wind for the second time 😉 I just figured it wasn't that big a deal, and hey, it's life… it's not a reflection on the dress or me, it's just our weather is really rubbish sometimes! x

  11. January 13, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Seriously cool shoot location!!! How can one not flip for a classic red telephone box like that. My anglophile soul skipped a few beats thanks to this wonderful outfit post.

    Big hugs, my super stylish friend!
    ♥ Jessica

    • January 14, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      Just like mine did when I found a library in a phone box 😀 x

  12. January 14, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Very cute dress and I enjoyed finding out more about the phone box. I think there is one converted into a library in a village near me. Such a good idea.

  13. January 15, 2016 / 1:44 am

    You look so stinking cute! I seriously love this dress on you. The plaid is so cute, and the shape really works incredibly well on you.
    Speaking of Harry Potter, I was so sad to see today that Alan Rickman passed away. 🙁 I loved him in a lot of things, but him as Snape was kind of a big part of my life when I was younger.

  14. January 27, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    another winner from CiCi,plaid frocks rock!
    and what a neat idea for a phone box ! Here in Ireland, they're just clearing them away into dumpsters ..ugh. No imagination.

    • January 28, 2016 / 1:32 pm

      That makes me so sad 🙁

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