This weekend Mr V and I have been in the historic town of Bath. This was where Mr V was born and grew up so we visit fairly regularly and I now know the town very well. We are antique furniture hunting this time and I have already picked up a lovely vintage carved spinning chair for our hallway from a lady living here which I won on Ebay last week. These photos were actually taken earlier this summer when we were down visiting. The weather was glorious and we went for a walk by the canals.
This summer I made a pact to pull out some of last year's florals which still feel quite fresh. I quite like the head to toe print that came in last year and which is still kicking around this year as an idea from designers. I'm not a jumpsuit sort of person having never found one that has suited my pear shaped body, but have often admired the style on other women both in the street and in fashion blogs. The continuity of line and pattern can lend the wearer an elongated elegance when worn well. I also love the idea of a floral jumpsuit for summer and still remember a lovely halter neck maxi length one in a ditsy floral print of muted pastels I used to borrow from my sisters wardrobe in my early twenties. These days I find they don't suit me anymore so a matching print top and trouser is my alternative. I added a rose print cardigan for a bit of a floral mash up in the spirit of pattern mixing.
I've realised that the times I featured the top and trousers on separate occasions in the blog here and here were the last times I wore them! A complete travesty as I really like both pieces. Blogging has really highlighted the lack of wear some of my clothes get! In the case of these items this has been in part due to the summer last year being so awful that barely any of my summer gear made an outing. So this summer I had promised myself I'd wear last year's summer clothes come rain or shine. As well I remember a couple of people asking in the comments on those old posts to see the top and trousers worn together - well I finally got around to it!
Now looking at these photos I realise that, when worn together, the little sleeveless top and cropped trouser their chinoiserie print has more than just a little of an East Asian vibe. I am reminded of those old vintage Chinese postcards with the coiffed, red lipped Chinese ladies with their floral embroidered Chinese pyjamas, as well as of the little Chinese grandmothers I used to see out shopping in Penang, dressed in their matching tops and trousers and little slippers. Ladies, I am turning into my grandmother!
Here is Mr V in his favourite shark print tee shirt and weekend uniform of tee shirt and jeans. We took a stroll by the jaunty, colourful house boats all lined up along the canal.
There is something of a vintage feel about an outfit like this that speaks of an earlier age without quite being able to put a finger on what era that might have been. Matchy matchy anything has historically got a bad rap in fashion as being somewhat of a style anachronism, but it tends to come back periodically into favour when a more ladylike style is the look of the season.
With the Queen being touted as a major style icon these days this is one of those phases in fashion where you can have fun being a lady. I've actually just found the matching top and trousers to be a fun look to wear and didn't feel prissy or stuffy wearing it at all. In fact when I went for afternoon tea later at the Holburne Museum I even got an enthusiastic compliment on my outfit from the young girl serving at the counter!
Floral and bird print trousers and top: Oasis; Wool knit floral motif cardigan: Marilyn Moore; Bag: Michael by Michael Kors; Red espardrilles: bought in a shop in Spain