Checking off my autumn wardrobe essentials…

I agonised for a few minutes too long over what pun to use in my post title… Because this autumn (and probably winter, but I’m not ready to think about that yet!), I’ve got a bit of a problem with checks. I’m not sure if it’s the recent Scottish referendum penetrating every part of my psyche (no really, I thought about it a lot!), or there’s some other reason why I’ve bought enough tartan lately to make 100 kilts…
Sharing with you three of my patterned purchases so far… said somewhat sheepishly as number 4 isn’t present in this post, but very much is in my wardrobe and bank account. I probably don’t feel as guilty about this as I should do.
Lindy Bop Meredith check wiggle dress
Dress: Lindy Bop
I make no apologies for this dress as it ticks something else off my autumn wish list too – turtle necks! It was also reduced to half price in Lindy Bop’s sale, which is very much worth checking (I can’t stop myself, I’m sorry) out. As is their site generally, they have some very nice things right now.
1950s Pendleton 49er style wool jacket
Jacket: vintage (Rokit)
I kind of can’t believe my luck with this one. Long-time readers will know I hardly every wear vintage for reasons I’ve gone into before, but I took a risk with this jacket, ordering it online, as I realised no modern shop was ever going to produce a checked jacket, and suddenly it was all I ever wanted, of course. I think the only reason it hadn’t been snapped up was because Rokit had listed it as having a 45″ chest incorrectly. The more I looked at its photo, the more convinced I was they’d got it wrong so I emailed them and they confirmed it was actually 38″. My bizarrely accurate eye for sizing from online shop catalogue pictures excelled itself (you might say I’d had too much practise – and you’d be right). Now that I’ve got it, it’s actually more 36″ which is perfect for me because it means it is still big enough to skim my hips, like it needs to. And the sleeves are absolutely spot on – I NEVER get that with modern clothes, even from so-called Petite ranges. It’s one of the many Pendleton 49er copycats that were around and I think it probably does date to the 50s… it’s going to be a great part of my casual autumn wardrobe.


Dress: Boohoo
This was another bargain as Boohoo are cheap and cheerful, but I loved that it’s a shirt dress with a fairly full skirt. It’s a fair amount shorter than your classic 50’s shirt-dress, but I actually quite like that about it as it’s a bit more me to have a modern spin. I got rid of the nasty, shiny free belt that came with it right away and the one you see above is a much nicer, but also free, belt from another of my dresses! It’s the same shape and colour as the one that came with it originally, just won’t disintegrate on first wear.
I’m looking forward to styling these on here soon! Which is your favourite – and do make me feel better and tell me if you’ve been on the buying rampage now that the season’s changing? Anyone else got obsessed with something like I have??
Oh and this is the last post before I take a trip to Spain on a holiday I’ve been waiting all year for – so I’ll see you all on the other side when I’ve regained internet access 🙂 No doubt with a few more summery outfit posts… that I ask you to tolerate and not hate me for! Maybe readers in Australia won’t mind…


  1. October 1, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    Have a wonderful time in Spain! A great time of the year to be there.

    My favourite is the last item, the dress.

    I too adore plaid. I really wish I had longer legs to pull of some great plaid pants. I think they look so chic.

    I bought a plaid blazer online last year from TopShop that I love love love. It makes me feel like a rock star.

    Thinking of you in the sun!


    • October 10, 2014 / 8:25 am

      Very weird being there when everyone else was 'enjoying' the British autumn! Plaid jackets are one of my new favourite things, I've decided. They make boring casual outfits much more fun 🙂 x

  2. October 1, 2014 / 6:51 pm

    Just post all of the puns, one after the other. All the puns!
    I really want to add more plaid to my wardrobe, but I spent myself a bit silly on the other things that I wanted to get and now it's a little late. Love that first outfit – turtlenecks under suspender dresses are pretty much just the best thing ever.

    • October 10, 2014 / 8:26 am

      Ha, I almost did! Agreed on turtlenecks and suspender dresses – think it could be one of my favourite cold weather looks this year.

  3. October 1, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    That jumper is to die for! I am on the mad hunt for a good plaid piece and have yet to find it. Poor American's have such bad taste in checks!

    • October 10, 2014 / 8:27 am

      I'm finding ASOS is a bounty of checks if you know what you're looking for… but otherwise it does seem a very popular vintage print, so just something you have to constantly be on the eye out for…

  4. October 2, 2014 / 8:55 am

    ahhh I love tartan and checks and everything! the jacket is my fav!

    have fun in Spain! Me gusta España <3

    • October 10, 2014 / 8:28 am

      I think the jacket is my fav too – just because it's so unique and the colours are the best. Spain was fab, me gusta also! (That's about as good as my Spanish is going to get)

  5. October 3, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    I hope you're having a fabulous holiday and can't wait to see your holiday wardrobe when you get back – it will give me inspiration for next year! I do love checks too, and think you got a good buy with that jacket. I also love the two dresses that you bought. I have to admit I bought a check pinafore dress months and months ago and haven't got around to wearing it yet – I am waiting for one of those days that truly feel like Autumn, with a nip in the air and trees blazing with colour. P x

    • October 10, 2014 / 8:29 am

      I did indeed as you'll see from my latest post! I'm not sure if I'll share all the photos while it's getting so cold out, it just seems a bit silly. But perhaps you have a point that clothes inspiration is clothes inspiration, no matter what time of year! x

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