Outfit: taupe and berry

This is one of those enjoyable outfits that I put together in my head slightly dubiously and it looked better than I imagined in reality – I just love the muted taupe of this Lindy Bop skirt with the rich berry tones. This skirt has quite an unusual waistline and I have to say it’s partly what attracted me to it. I always love a special detail, especially when I’m quite aware I have several other not only midi swing skirts in my wardrobe, but plaid midi swing skirts. This is my first brown skirt though and also my first in a warm, wool-esque material. It’s actually man-made though, so it’ll be going in the washing machine. It also gets bonus points for being very true to the size guide and being full enough that I actually didn’t bother with any kind of underskirt here. Oh, and of course, pockets. I wasn’t expecting to get along with the free belt as it doesn’t have grommets, but actually, it did seem to stay in place!
I’ll admit I wasn’t sure how a paperbag waistband was going to work with a cardigan over the top, but this cropped cardi seemed to handle it just fine. Anything longer and I think there would have been some awkward bulging, but at this length it just rested nicely on it and looked cute. The top is also from Lindy Bop but it’s not as great a fit on me. A lot of their basics like this come in dual sizing – this one is an 8-10. I find it a bit baggy – I do tend to size down in stretchy tops like this so that they’re more fitted. It looks fine tucked into a skirt and with a cardigan, though, as you can see. Lindy Bop threw in a headband for me and it was like they knew I was thinking of putting burgundy into this outfit, as look how perfectly it matches!
The satchel will be familiar to anyone who follows me on Instagram – it is, of course, my Hogwarts satchel from Primark’s excellent Harry Potter range. I have what must be one of the flagship London stores a minute’s walk from my office and it has a HUGE section dedicated to this range right in the entrance I usually go to. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve visited it… Often I’m looking for other people as much as myself, if that makes it any better?!
Mally taupe check swing skirt by Lindy Bop with Tess top review in autumn vintage outfit
MAK Sweater burgundy cropped cardigan
Mally taupe check swing skirt by Lindy Bop with Tess top review in autumn vintage outfit
Mally taupe check swing skirt by Lindy Bop with Tess top review in autumn vintage outfit
Primark tan Hogwarts satchel 2017
Mally taupe check swing skirt by Lindy Bop with Tess top review in autumn vintage outfit
MAK Sweater burgundy cropped cardigan
Lindy Bop burgundy rabbit print headband
Mally taupe check swing skirt by Lindy Bop with Tess top review in autumn vintage outfit Headband: burgundy floral rabbit print c/o Lindy Bop
Cardigan: MAK Sweater via Deadly is the Female
Top: Tess white jersey top c/o Lindy Bop
Skirt & belt: Mally taupe check swing skirt c/o Lindy Bop
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Clarks (old)
Bag: Primark (in stores now; or marked up on eBay)
Why yes, I did forget to iron the skirt. How did you know…?


  1. November 5, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Very cute look! I find paper bag waists like this quite hard to pull off, but I think the fitted top and cropped cardigan work perfectly with it. This color palette is lovely for fall, and I love how it plays so well with the autumn leaves in the background.

  2. November 5, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Lovely! I love the waist of that skirt. And of course that satchel! My friend picked up a couple of things from the Primark collection for me (I live in the states) and I’m kicking myself for not getting the satchel!

  3. November 5, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    There’s something exceedingly ‘back to school’ about this – maybe because my junior school colour was burgundy! It suits you very much, it’s sweet. I wouldn’t have guessed that the skirt was Lindybop, it looks far more grown-up than the bulk of offerings lately (which were a little heavy at times on the novelty and garish colours for me). I am so envious of your HP satchel – though I admit I snagged a hoodie for wearing to my fitness classes.

  4. November 5, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I love every single thing about this! Perfect for fall. The satchel really makes the outfit, in my opinion 🙂

  5. November 6, 2017 / 6:02 am

    I just put this skirt from Lindy Bop into my virtual shopping cart yesterday! I love it so much! It would be such fun to wear, I think! It’s the perfect autumn skirt!
    ~ Megan Joy

  6. November 6, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    The dual sizing in LB tops is such a hit or miss for me too!! I never know if I should size up or down and I always choose the wrong option LOL it’s why I stick with skirts/dresses!

    I love this look – and I am LOVING the different waist style! How cute! You styled it wonderfully!

  7. November 7, 2017 / 4:17 am

    All of your outfit photos lately have been making me very sorry to have missed out on real autumn, not like the faux autumn I got when it suddenly got cold in September 😛 This outfit actually brings to mind something Peggy Olsen would have worn in the early seasons of Mad Men. The smart satchel, plaid and ponytail makes me think of a 50s career girl!

  8. November 7, 2017 / 9:21 am

    Your tiny waist looks lovely in that paperbag waistline. (I’d look even more muffin-topped than usual if I tried it!) Excellent colour combination, too.

  9. November 7, 2017 / 11:22 am

    I don’t think I could wear this type of skirt, but you definitely can that’s for sure! Love how you have style it as well! 🙂

  10. Aurè
    November 8, 2017 / 9:22 am

    chic style!

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