Outfit: ‘casually’ matching again (+ glasses-wearing)

Did I ever mention that I love matching? I can’t help myself when it comes to outfits. For some reason this usually manifests as a compulsion to match shoes to bags… I guess there’s something kind of vintage in that approach, but really it’s just the most satisfying of all the matching! Perhaps because they’re always on display, even when bundled in layers of coat/knitwear?
In a prime display of my matching-mania and relentless outfit planning, here I was determined to match mustard shoes to a bag. Oh, the hunt for this bag… those are hours of my life I’ll never get back. In the end the best I could do was a similar shade found on a super cheap tote from a super cheap website, and as you’d expect, the lining cheerfully detached itself from the bag within a few uses. But you don’t need to ask me if it was worth it for the time it was in tact and perfectly complimenting these particular shoes… (it REALLY was.)
Something I really don’t mention often is that I’m blind as a bat without my contact lenses or glasses, the latter of which rarely feature here as I don’t feel 100% confident in them. But sometimes I do wear them, particularly on a weekend when I’m a bit more casual… Like I was here, strolling around a beautiful little seaside town a bit earlier this year. After seeing the touch they gave to this outfit, it made me realise I should perhaps embrace them a bit more – but what do you all think? Incidentally, whoever came up with that saying ‘men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses’ I’m sure has single-handedly destroyed the confidence of girls and women everywhere! Monster! (Edit: I’ve now looked this up: It was apparently Dorothy Parker – why would a woman say this??)
Stripe bardot top casually styled


Lensway L748 glasses in tortoiseshell


Top: River Island (@ ASOS)
Skirt: Warehouse
Belt: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Shoes: Clarks (old, ‘Serin Sing’)
Glasses: Love L748 @ Lensway
Hair tie pinned on as bow: New Look (similar)


  1. November 7, 2014 / 1:04 am

    Ouuu, you look absolutely darling! I definitely agree, matching is the way to go. I hate the feeling of always needing to buy things to match something specific, but it just pulls an outfit together.

  2. November 7, 2014 / 2:14 am

    What a great outfit, I love your hair and I think you look so pretty in your glasses 🙂 I had a friend in high school who LOVED matching her purse with her shoes. She did it in a way that worked (much like you!) and it looked great. Other girls try to match TOO much (shoes, bag, belt, headband, earrings, necklace, bracelet and everything else basically… ew, no. that is WAYYYYY too much matching lol)


    • November 11, 2014 / 1:23 pm

      Ack no to the matching of everything! That sounds suspiciously like something my grandmother would do… And thanks for the glasses vote 😉

  3. November 7, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    Goodness, you are the prettiest thing, dear gal! I really mean that. I love your beautifully coordinated ensemble. I'm a huge fan of matching and looking cohesively put together, too. IMO, it's actually one of the reasons why many of us who do, find vintage fashions from the past so appealing. There is an appealing sense of natural order when things compliment one another that is so often sorely lacking from 21st century fashion.

    ♥ Jessica

    • November 11, 2014 / 1:24 pm

      Gosh, Jessica, you're just too lovely sometimes – consider me blushing! I think you're right that matching tendencies is something often found in those who love vintage fashions and that it's largely missing these days…

  4. November 7, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    Aw, another thing we have in common, I'm blind as a bat too!! (I wear contacts because I basically had to wear hideous NHS glasses from the age of 8 and now hate wearing glasses – in those days it wasn't geek chic, you just got bullied!). I admire your dedication to co-ordination, that's quite an effort, but I understand that these things can become compulsions. Your resulting outfit is super cute, and you look adorable in glasses. Alas, my eyesight is so bad that I can't wear that lovely style you are wearing, as the lenses would be too thick, even the compressed ones. So I shall admire yours, and stick to wearing my contacts, which have been so life-changing for me. Have a good weekend! x

    • November 11, 2014 / 1:26 pm

      Completely understand why you wouldn't want to even look at a pair of glasses in your adulthood – I'm sure I would feel the same way!! And yes, if your eyesight demands really thick lenses it takes some of the fun out of it, for sure. I'm lucky that mine isn't so bad my lenses become unbearably thick – but not lucky enough I don't need them at all! And yes, contact lenses also changed my life 😀 x

  5. November 8, 2014 / 12:15 am

    2 things: Firstly, I have an almost identical pair of mustard suede shoes from Clarks, I love them and then became obsessed with lots of navy accessories to match. I was also lucky enough to find some mustard silk crepe fabric and fine wool fabric in an opshop! (pencil skirt anyone?) Secondly, I too have always been a bit funny about wearing my glasses in public and mostly wear contact lenses but then I invested in a pair quite similar to yours and now love wearing them! Sorry to sound a bit Single White Female (haha) but you've got the look spot on, good job!

    • November 11, 2014 / 1:28 pm

      I'm so obsessed with Clarks I think I actually know which pair of shoes you're referring to! And yellow with navy is the best <3 I've definitely grown to love glasses much more since finding frames that help to add something to an outfit (and my face!) rather than looking like I'm being forced to wear them for health purposes..!

  6. November 9, 2014 / 2:38 am

    I love this super cute outfit. The stripes with the midi denim skirt makes for a perfect combination. Plus those shoes are beautiful. And I don't understand why you would be self conscious about wearing your glasses. They look great on you! 🙂
    Olivia | Her Name Was Celebration

    • November 11, 2014 / 1:29 pm

      The glasses definitely seem to be getting the thumbs up… which is good as I just bought a second pair!

  7. November 9, 2014 / 6:02 pm

    I feel you with being blind without your contacts or glasses. I love the way glasses look but I rarely wear mine because I see better with my contacts. The lack of peripheral vision annoys me! I love your glasses though and I think they fit the retro feel of this outfit perfectly. I love the way your shoes match your bag too. I'm a big fan of matchy outfits but I'm also a big fan of not matching. I just always feel more retro in a perfectly matching outfit! You look adorable!

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

    • November 11, 2014 / 1:30 pm

      That's actually very true – another reason I don't wear my glasses much is they start to make my ears ache after a while. And actually, also that my skin is naturally oily and by the end of the day no matter what I do they're sliding all over my face. Whereas lenses – stick em in and forget about em all day. What isn't to love about that?! Thanks for your sweet comments 🙂

  8. November 10, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    You are shutting it down here. Love the shoes (and the matching bag – totally worth the time and effort), love the messy bun with the leopard scarf, love the off the shoulder top, love the glasses. You look very cute with them. I'm feeling the need to replicate this outfit sometime soon…
    I'm with you on the blind as a bat thing. I go through cycles where I wear my glasses all the time, then switch to contacts, or vice versa, and I think they both have their benefits in terms of how they change your face. You look great in your glasses, and the idea that a girl isn't as attractive with them is completely ridiculous.

    • November 11, 2014 / 1:32 pm

      Well if you're borrowing elements of my looks I'm definitely flattered! I'm the same in that when I actually wear my glasses, I suddenly wear them constantly for a week and then I go back to lenses… and then the same thing happens again… and repeat… Glad you agree that the idea a girl isn't as attractive in glasses is rubbish though – but I knew you would 😉

  9. November 10, 2014 / 3:49 pm

    Love this outfit. And your cateye glasses look great on you! Definitely adds a little something to this whole look 🙂

  10. November 16, 2014 / 10:30 am

    those glasses look fab on you, and i love this outfit!

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