Saturday, December 28, 2013

Day Five: A mystery before teatime.

I hope I haven't given you the impression that that my husband often says things that can be interpreted as critical. He's awfully sweet and he doesn't complain (very much) about taking my photos. And today he kindly noted that my outfit looked as if I were "off to solve a mystery before teatime." In the grand tradition of British Lady Sleuths I hope he meant more Miss Fisher and less Miss Marple. (I adore Miss Marple but I'm not in a hurry to adopt her style. And I think Miss Fisher might be Australian?) Anyway, I took it as a great compliment.

I've always considered this a coat-dress although I think it might actually have been intended as a coat. It's made of French terry so it's like a cozy sweatshirt dress. It needs to be taken in a bit to be really flattering. You can see the difference in the photo above, with hands on hips, and the photo below, which did not make my first edit but which I decided to publish to illustrate the profound difference nipping in the waist would make. The photo below is definitely skewed towards the Miss Marple end of the spectrum, no?

With the dress in its current state this outfit earns a 7/10 from me. Altered, I think it could be a 9 or a 10. In its current state it was just fine for investigating the farmer's market and the public library.


  1. I totally agree on the difference a nipped-in waist would do. I also think that this hem length + the one on the first day, the sweater dress, are ideal for your figure. And I must say that I as a fellow short-haired lady I am impressed and inspired by the way you carry off wearing hats - not a given, in my experience. Makes me want to try it myself!

    1. You should totally try out some hats! I find that hats that have some structure (hard felt or stiff straw) are easier to wear with short hair. It seems counter intuitive because you'd think softer slouchier hats might be easier to pull off but they can tend to look more like you might be in chemotherapy when none of your hair is showing. And classic berets are always great because you can do fun arranging of your bangs and 'sideburns' (if you have them)

  2. As a milliner your observations are spot on about structured hats working with shorter hair. I love that hat on you it is a fabulous color. The dress is a keeper too.