Monday, 27 April 2015

Can you believe I'm wearing brown? No me neither, but it is a beautiful late 1950s St Michael dress...

Around 12 years ago there was a phase in fashion where brown was really, really in. I remember it vividly because I had this brown and blue skirt from Next that was the only concession I would make to the brown trend. About 10 years ago I decided I hated said skirt not only because of the colour, but also the stupid asymmetric hem. Ew.

So imagine my surprise when I came across a vintage dress that was most certainly brown, and I really, really liked it. WHAT?! I think the saviour of this dress was that it was not a chocolate brown, but also that it had a print design to it. I can best liken it to a cross between animal print and tree bark. Miaow.

The dress is 1950s St. Michael or Marks and Spencer as it's known now and still has the satin label that was used at the time. I love the fact that M&S changed their labels so frequently allowing their clothes to be dated so easily.

With the dress I wore a modern M&S cardigan, vintage beads and a vintage belt (that is dropping to bits and desperately needs replacing!).

My freshly trimmed hair was tucked into a nylon scarf bow that I tied around my head. I am so much happier with my hair now that I have had all the perm damage cut off. It is in so much better condition and I think I suit the darker colour so much more than the red.

And the back of my hair showing how I tucked it all in the nylon scarf.

The back drop for these photos was a super glamourous back alley in Alnwick, Northumberland. I felt the colours made a lovely combination to go with the dress.

Last think to mention is something else pretty cool. In Alnwick there is a huge second hand book store where the famous/infamous Keep Calm and Carry On poster was originally found. Since the keep calm thing is a huge now it was pretty nifty to see the original.

Outfit details:
Dress: Vintage St. Michaels
Cardigan: Modern M&S
Necklace and Belt: Vintage
Hair Scarf: From Natalie Vintageous
Shoes: Clarks

 How do you find brown clothes? Yey or Ney? 


  1. The dress is adorable on you and I love how you've styled your hair here x

    1. Thanks Sera, this is a go to style at the moment!

  2. Outfit looks great and love the location

    1. Alnwick is so nice, I couldn't not take some pictures with that stonework!

  3. Adorable outfit! I love your hair too. I'm a fan of brown clothes in moderation. I have a pair of tan slacks that I wear to work on a regular basis, so it's a nice change of pace from my normal black ensembles.

    1. Hmmmm, maybe tan isn't so bad. I am starting to think you are right, everything in moderation! I'm loving your Batwoman BTW!!


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