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Smashing clobber!

Good people! I’m flying in and out to show off a rather smashing new suit I was sent by the splendid people at Puttin’ on the Ritz. This new reproduction clothing label is based right here in Blighty, and everything they produce is made to measure and handsewn on these fair isles. The lovely Andrea, who is in charge, is a fan of this blog, and she got in touch to ask whether I’d be interested in modelling their forthcoming ‘Spying for the Allies‘ suit. I didn’t need to give that question a lot of thought, before I replied with an effusive affirmative, accompanied by lots of exclamation marks!

The design of the suit was itself something of a mystery, though it was described to me, and I saw a fabric swatch, so I knew it would be rather special. And when it arrived, dear readers, special it most certainly was. Have a look!

The deep green wool seemed to call out for some very 1940s colour matching, or rather, should I say, colour contrasting. Red 1940s platform shoes from Remix vintage, some red nappa leather gloves and a reproduction hat (with huge feather) I snaffled from a friend gave it an appropriately autumnal look, I felt.

As you can see, the suit is beautifully cut, with a sweetheart neckline, generous peplum, and fitted straight skirt, which features a fishtail drape. I did a shoot with a friend (these photographs being taken by my dear Dad as per), but am awaiting the results so I can show you (and indeed Andrea – sorry Andrea) the back, as well as a lovely silk blouse I also modelled. I do have a shot of the back of the jacket though!

I think you’ll agree, this exquisite suit is perfect for the late autumn and winter months. Even the name, Spying for the Allies, gives it a romantic feel for me… I do feel like I could waft around indulging in some espionage! 😉

As the suit was made-to-measure for me, dear Andrea generously let me keep it, and so, Puttin’ on the Ritz now have a sponsorship spot over there on my sidebar. I hope you’ll have a look at their other gorgeous wares. My favourite is probably the Harlow gown, which would be just the thing for any fancy parties you may be attending over the festive season. Or even as a wedding dress! They also do some stunning skirts and trousers. Even options for the chaps!

Talking of Chaps, I am hoping to post my Chap interest section soon… if I can pin that Bounder who is writing it down…

Fleur xx



love the hat! it looks a bit like one that i kept looking at in a vintage shop nearby, until once day when it wasn't there anymore.


Its amazing!!! WOW. You're so lucky to be able to try these things before any of us 😉 Beautiful.
I want one!

Kim Bombshell

I love a peplum suit! I have a vintage brown wool with ivory fleck suit that has a large peplum. It makes the waist look smaller and is flirty over the hips. That one is wonderful!


It's so beautiful and it looks really well made. And like in all other comments I must say that I adore the hat.


I've been looking at their site – it's so great to see someone doing lots of 30s repro. I'm thinking of a Trip Down the Nile blouse. You look gorgeous in that suit!


That suit is drop-dead-gorgeous, Fleur! I'm especially loving the red accessories; red gloves have long been on my "to-find and acquire" list. I'm off to check out Puttin' on the Ritz right now… 😉

♥ Casey | blog


Matching gloves, hat and shoes really makes this pop!! What an utterly fantastic hat and the cut of the jacket is simply beautiful 🙂

Jem xXx


Hello! I'm new here, but I must say I love you blog already! You're so beautiful, you look like a movie star! Your style, your hair, your make up – everything is just so immaculate. You're so classy and brave at the same time. Thanks you for posting these great photographs!

The Gazette-ette

Absolutely smashing dear! Delores very nearly swooned at the sight and Vivienne is most taken with that rather dashing hat.
Well done we say!

Lady Penelope Primcoque


Oh wow Fleur, what a fabulous suit! It is just beautiful and would be bought immediately if I were slightly more blessed on the pennies front! Amazing, and you look rather dapper in it with that charming hat!
Pip pip xx


This Fleur, is gorgeous. I wish they were in Canada or I was in England. Not only is this suit brilliantly constructed the way you chose to create the outfit combines two of my most favorite colours on earth. Red and Black.


Love from Toronto, Canada

Puttin' on the Ritz

Hi Miss K,

You didn't happen to notice which magazine the pics were in, did you? We'd like to have a look ourselves!

Thanks also to everyone for all the lovely comments about the Spying for the Allies!

Andrea T-F
Puttin' on the Ritz


You are my new goddess!!! I've only perused this blog but its brilliant! But I do have a question….

I am doing a play in my community theatre. A radio play. Its set in the 1940's and I am playing the announcer. Yes I know that a woman announcer would have been rare if not impossible but I'm hoping to live up to it. What I LOVE to know is where I could find some tips on hairstyles. I have long hair so I would love to do curls and yours ALWAYS looks great… So any advice would be greatly appreciated.



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