Wednesday, 29 December 2010

'Librarian Chic!'


There is something rather appealing about cosy cashmere cardigans on snowy winter days. Of course, they're perhaps the most appealing when you're watching the snow fall from indoors (it was absolutely freezing outside), but I couldn't resist posing in this Elizabeth Lau knit in daylight, in order to do the colours justice.

Talking of colours, you'll have to excuse the matchy-matchy-ness of this outfit! Orange and pale blue are certainly not colours I would normally put together, but they work nicely thanks to the little heart details on the cardigan. My vintage beret (bought in Paris, no less!) and orange frame bag seemed to be obvious additions to the outfit, which I've decided to define as 'librarian chic'...
As if it couldn't get any more quaint, that's a little bag of hard-boiled sweets in my hand, bought at an old fashioned sweet shop - the type with shelves and shelves of twinkling glass jars, an old wooden counter with scales, and childlike excitement on the face of each customer that enters. :)

And now back to the cardigan: it's the second of my two cherished items from the designer Elizabeth Lau. It's so characteristic of her designs - cute and playful, retro yet modern, and of course, beautifully made. I can't wait to incorporate it into some more outfits - it looks great with a little white collar poking out from the top too!

Cardigan: Elizabeth Lau
Top: Topshop via eBay
Skirt: Laura Ashley via Charity shop
Tights: New Look
Shoes: Clarks
Hat, Belt and Bag: Vintage

Anyway, I want to know - do you avoid overly colour-matched outfits, or do you like to embrace simple colour palettes from time to time?

Sadie xxx

P.S. I'll be back soon with a sewing post! I'm just adding the finishing touches to a retro blouse I'm making!

23 comments:

Chloe Trayner said...

I'm head over heels for this outfit! It's adorable and chic and I love the colours you picked, despite their unexpectedness. The beret and bag are great finishing touches too.

olivia grace said...

I love the mix and matching in this outfit, I need to do it more! Really inspiring :) xx

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E is for Eleanor said...

I actually love the matchy matchy-ness of it! It's just beautiful, the colours remind me of something- that ice blue and red, I can't place it though. xx

Cait said...

I'm all for over the top matchy-matchy! I love that skirt, what a good find!

elle said...

i'll be honest - i don't normally like matching outfits, but i adore that cardigan. x

VicissitudiniLombarde said...

Your glasses are amazing!
xx
Marc.

http://vicissitudinilombarde.blogspot.com/

L. said...

Cute! I am all about the matching colours :)
Your bob is so adorable, especially with that beret!

Ilaria, Il filo di perle *vintage* said...

love your cardigan so much!
happy new year!

http://ilfilodiperlevintage.blogspot.com/

little lyzi said...

You look super! I LOVE this outfit, it's so cute, and definitely librarian chic! Quite 60s as well. It's just perfect really isn't it :) I'm going to check out Elizabeth Lau. I love your glasses, too.
xxx

Claudia Adistis said...

found your blog :) and super amazed in every post! you go girl :) \

http://www.claudisoy.blogspot.com/

Georgie said...

Usually I try and make sure everything is colour matched and then give up and throw any colours on! This is lovely, I love the powder blue with the orange.
xx

Anonymous said...

Really like the look but something about it reminds me of wheres wally ?

♥Music Fashion Clutter ♥ said...

Aww so cute love the specs, I have ordered a pair to try on line that are quite similar xx

SophieSweetVintage said...

You look so sweet! I really love the librarian outfit, it's cute :)

Sophie said...

I adore your outfit! Im all for matchy-matchy!
Sophie
x

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

I love the colors of this outfit so much and think you look so adorable. It is perfectly put together!

Cherry Pullinger said...

Great outfit, especially the glasses!

Anna said...
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Anna said...

Love the cardigan, I have very similar to it.
Also absolutely love your blog - Am now following :)
Anna xx
http://thedandelionbreaker.blogspot.com/

Rita P. said...

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Happy new year x
Rita

The Velvet Bow said...

Just adorable. Librarian chic never looked so good!

x

hannah, heart city said...

great colors! i like a good match once in a while, it seems quaint and dressed up!

Alicia said...

I am soooo in love with this outfit!!!!!

Alicia im Wunderland