Thursday, 6 October 2016

Granny Chic

On my recent trip to Amsterdam, I wanted to put together a look that I could travel in and then jump right in to seeing the sights. So comfort was my main concern. 

Also when traveling I prefer not to wear my true vintage pieces as they don't tend to pack well or deal with clumsy spillages(I am a very clumsy spiller). 

Can we stop to note how annoyingly cold airplanes are, so got to stay warm too!

This is a look put together with pieces from the high street.
 A black polo sweater is always a classy option, and the tapered trouser were a straight leg that I had altered to be slimmer. 
It just goes to show that a vintage style wardrobe comes together with elements from many different places and doesn't have to cost a fortune either. 

Outfit Details
Polo sweater- M&S
Trousers- M&S
Loafers- New look
Scarf- Vintage- Beyond Retro
Handbag-Vintage- Etsy
Gold locket- Vintage-Etsy 

I did start the day with a lovely curly hairstyle, but the curls dropped badly throughout the day so I added the scarf as a last minute addition. 
I think it looks all the better for it too! Kind of European!

Ok, so this is definitely a bit of a granny look.
But my granny was a super stylish lady, so I'm totally ok with that!

I absolutely love a vintage souvenir scarf.
This is a Venice theme print. So about as close to the canals of Amsterdam as I could get. They aren't easy to find, and I am always delighted to come across one from a place I have actually been to. 

Tan is the perfect autumnal colour for accessories. Goes with pretty much everything so keeps my packing light too.
This lovely vintage bag arrived in the post just in time to take on holiday and I turned out to be super useful! Just the right size to fit in my essentials comfortably. But small enough that even if I stuff it full of unnecessary rubbish (like I usually do) then it isn't too heavy to carry around all day. 

Gosh, this is my first outfit post in a while that doesn't include any handmade items. 
I am always very precious with my handmade and vintage pieces that I worry they will get ruined.
That's what's great with repro or high street pieces. Machine washable and can take the strain of being stuffed in a suitcase and roughed up a bit. 

Anyone notice how my outfit matches the buildings. Totally accidental, but YES!!! 




  1. Oh my word, yes! Airplanes are ridiculously cold! No word of a lie, I once four four layers (including a winter weight coat) on a 4 - 5 hour plane ride across Canada and was still freezing!

    This is such a chic, charming look. It makes me think of something that everyone from Grace Kelly to Barbara Streisand to Audrey Hepburn would have rocked in the late 50s - early 60s.

    What a lovely bit of happenstance about your outfit coordinating with your settings. I did indeed notice that and gave these travel photos such a cohesive, (even more) elegant feel.

    Many hugs & happy weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  2. So stylish, yet also practical. You prove that casual doesn't have to be sloppy.

    Katie @ Katie Writes Stuff

  3. Really stylish and love that it's still super practical! I would never have thought the headscarf was a last minute cover up, it looks meant to be. I always enjoy seeing outfits that are for travelling about because it's sometimes a challenge to be comfortable and still chic - but you nailed it!

  4. Such a well put together outfit. I really like how all the accessories work so well together. That handbag is fabulous! You've definitely given me ideas for travel wear in cooler temps.

  5. Lovely and classic outfit! And yes, totally, comfort and convenience are key when travelling, and you don't have the option of simply going and changing your clothes or washing them if you need to!
    The Artyologist

  6. Very cute! I have to echo some of the other commenters about what a classic look this is. Everyone from Audrey to Marilyn rocked this look at some point in the 50s, so it's perfect as a comfortable and stylish travel ensemble.

  7. You absolutely nailed the comfortable-yet-chic sightseeing outfit here. It's very classic and classy! I adore Amsterdam - Holland in general - so I hope you took more photos that you'll share with us?! xx