I’m finding it fun to season jump at the moment – which is easy to do when the weather is pretty consistently cold and dreary. One day I’m more wintry, the next more autumnal. I think this outfit is somewhere in the middle, but you’ll see there’s still leaves on the ground that mean the last few days of autumn are clinging on.
Grey always feels like a winter colour to me, but pair it with a fuschia-based tartan and it warms right up. I have to say, I really love this pattern – it’s such an unusual colour and I really don’t have anything else in this kind of purply-pink. Both this skirt and the top are from Vivien of Holloway. Despite this brand being the very first I became aware of in the vintage reproduction world, these are the first items I’ve owned from them – but that’s not because they don’t have lovely stuff, it’s because I had a sneaking suspicion I was too short for it all. VoH’s pieces are on what I consider to be the more authentic length side of repro, but being someone who was probably short by the 50’s standards, let alone today’s, I thought I might have some issues with skirt lengths being practically on my ankles.
Turned out this was a pretty fair assumption. Thinking a pencil skirt might be more forgiving if it’s a bit too long, I had to laugh when it turned up and was well past calf-length on me. But here’s where it gets a bit strange – VoH state this pencil skirt is 28″ long, but I’m pretty sure mine was longer than that. Unfortunately, I forgot to measure it before I altered it, so we’ll never know for sure, but put it this way – I’ve altered this skirt to measure 27.5″ long now (I’m 5’1″) and I know I took it up by just over 3″… I’m still not sure at this point if I received an anomaly – VoH kindly measured other stock in the shop and they are apparently 28″ long, so it looks that way… And would be just my luck (or I really can’t measure?!)! I wanted to be honest about how much I’d altered it, but this probably isn’t all that helpful considering…
Anyway, the alteration itself was super simple. I am a complete novice at hemming and take my circle skirts to a tailor, but armed with some hem tape and an iron, I simply folded the existing hem over twice and fixed it into place (I have a fear of cutting fabric!). Because the split at the back is very long, doing this didn’t alter the overall look of the skirt once I was finished. Altering like this has given me a skirt the length they look on the VoH models and now I’m really happy with it! It’s well made and the snug (spot on to the size guide) waist with generous hips space creates a really flattering shape, with the vent giving plenty of movement.
And all of this is not to mention the top! I’ve wanted one of these slash-neck tops for ages, but every time I went to finally buy one all the colours had sold out. D’oh! Fortunately, this time a couple of the grey colourways were in stock in my size so I went for this light marl effect one and I’m not disappointed. The jersey is thick, so it’s a great basic to have around at this time of year. In fact, I’ve already worn it three times since I got it, because I keep finding it goes with all of my work skirts, so a big thumbs up for this colour. I also saw on VoH’s Instagram that other colours of this top are due back in stock very soon – and the black is back in! – so it’s worth keeping an eye on the site right now if you did have your eye on one!
Necklace: Erstwilder ‘Patsy’s Peepers’ necklace (sold out)
Skirt: c/o Vivien of Holloway
Belt: came free with Hell Bunny Jackson dress
Bag: Lulu Guinness (old)