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Oh, go on then! (Outfit Ahoy)

So, yesterday, I proclaimed that I wasn’t feeling up to outfit photos, and while it’s true I haven’t been putting much effort in lately, my mum dragged me out to see the amazing butterfly house at Wisley RHS Gardens today. Since it was beautifully, tropically warm inside, and I had my camera to take photos of the lovely butterflies; I thought I’d get her to snap me, so I could show you what a ‘Vintage Girl’ wears when she’s not planning an outfit post! It’s not all seamed stockings and perfectly set hair after all, but I do try to make myself look nice, not to mention vintage, wherever I go. The problem is, I dislike winter. I’ve said it here before, but I really do. I generally avoid dark colours – I always dress up black, brown and navy with bright shades, just like they did in the 40s. And I have to say, Heyday trousers are my lifeline, when the last things I feel like struggling with are seamed stockings and slips. Roll on bare-legged spring!

Excuse my poor posing skills – I’ve rather lost the knack! I’m wearing a vintage-inspired, cropped cardigan from Zara, which features super cute, heart-shaped pockets (though it doesn’t do a lot for my waistline); and a favourite pair of Heyday trousers, in Moss Green. Sadly, these were in Shona’s recent sale, and there’s only one pair left. Whoever’s a lucky size 14, go grab them now! The outfit is completed with my old faithful co-respondent shoes, my new celluloid bangle and a matching pale yellow hair flower.

A plain white t-shirt is hiding under the cardigan, nothing to write home about! I’m wearing a Boots No. 7 lipstick in Classic Rose, a shade that’s subtle, yet vintage-looking, and which goes better with the burgundy of my cardigan than a brighter red (I think!).My hair was styled yesterday with Hot Sticks, the front twisted into a little mini forward roll, and then subjected to half an hour in the super high humidity of the butterfly house! So the curls weren’t doing too bad really. The last vestiges of my perm are still doing their thing… can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I had it done!

And some butterflies for good measure… they were all simply stunning, especially the tiny transparent one above! I can’t wait to go back in a few weeks to see the as-yet-unhatched varieties, not to mention the spring flowers. Yay nature!

Hope you all have thoroughly top-hole weekends.

All the best,

Fleur xx



I'm with you regarding being "over" winter fashions. I love this more casual yet still "put together" look, though. Gorgeous as always, even if you don't think you're as fancy as usual. And what a romantic place the butterfly house must have been! Nothing offers the promise of spring and rebirth like butterflies!


You look stunning as always, I just love the cardigan!!!

As a fellow winter hater I find the one thing that helps me is to know that the days are getting longer by about 10 mins a week. So it won't be long before spring has sprung and the dresses are allowed back out of the wardrobe!!

Miss Tami Lee

I love the colour of your pants! And you look chique as can be even on a casual day.

On a different note, I don't know how you could stand to be in a house full of butterflies. Those things really creep me out!


I really like that look!

I am a winter-hater and (because of my job) pretty dresses aren't a day-to-day option, so I found this post really inspiring- you look fabulous and practical! Bravo!


What a lovely place to visit- the butterflies look beautiful. I love your cardigan- so cute. And you look beautiful (as always πŸ™‚ ). I hope that you had a lovely time out with your mum πŸ™‚

Vintage Amethyst

Aahh your outfit is just darling!
Just too cute.
I too dislike wearing dark dreary clothes.
Love the photos of the butterflies, they are so pretty.
Have a lovely weekend

delia hornbook

I think you look very beautiful, your a natural beauty and you wear those high waisted trousers so very well. Lovely butterflies to you have captured those well. Have a lovely weekend, dee x

Lina Sofia

This looks lovely and casual! Perfect for what you were doing πŸ™‚ very cute cardigan and I've loved those heyday trousers for ages!

I also wear classic rose by No 7, it's my trusty daytime lipstick when I don't feel daring enough for red! I love it.


What a lovely outfit! I've been considering some of those Heyday trousers for a while now, as I too need something for the days where I just don't fancy pulling on tights and a pretty dress! They look cute with that lovely Zaara knitwear. xx

Penny Dreadful

I am actually quite enjoying winter fashions, but being more of a 60-s girl in general it means I can wear brighter colours. The lush teal blue coat I bought from Naomi being a case in point, which I wear with an orange beret.

I thought that cardi was proper vintage before I scrolled down, well done Zara. And I really must get myself a pair of Shona trews, they are so flattering and look so comfy. Might try that lippie too, it is nice to have a bit of colour without being a full-on RED sometimes. Have a lovely weekend chicken x


Hi Fleur, I am a regular reader of your blog and just wanted to say thanks so much for sharing your outfits even when you are not feeling your best (you always look fab BTW).
I think one of the things about wearing vintage is that you build a reputation for yourself so everyone always expects you to look fabulous. Most of the time I do enjoy this but sometimes when I am not quite feeling myself I almost need the pressure that comes from others expectations to stop myself from going out in slobby clothes without red lipstick! I am sure some people in my college don't even realise that the 'vintage' me and the occasional 'lazy me that go about without makeup' are the same person, which makes me chuckle.
Hope things get better for you soon and that you know how much of a positive and inspiring impact you have on your readers. xx


I LOVE what you are wearing! I have the exact same Heyday trousers but that cardigan is just beautiful with them. I love the heart pockets.


you look lovely as usual!
See, I prefer Spring or Summer, but today in Sao Paolo is Fu**** hot!!!
I really don't know what to wear!
and this weather only gets better by march or april….



Love the butterflies! Here in North Dakota, we haven't seen butterflies for a long time. Tomorrow it's going to be -20F, and that really puts a hamper on "vintage style". Eskimo parkas aren't glamourous, but they are warm and safe!

You look great as always. πŸ™‚


That butterfly house is fantastic! Lovely trouser colour. I'm not a fan of winter either – it's so exciting to see the daffodils peeking their heads up the last week or two! Thanks for posting!


You look so cute, as usual, Fleur! πŸ™‚ Winter gets to all of us around now, I think–even those who tend to like winter a bit (like me… crazy I know!). I think it's refreshing to see you wearing a vintage-influenced outfit that is just for everyday kicking-about. Sometimes, no matter how much a girl loves all the little glamorous details, they prove to just be a bit too much to fuss with! In fact, your outfit is inspiring mine today–I think I shall pull out my 40s slacks and a little blouse to wear. Mondays are my "blah" days and I need something practical. πŸ˜‰

The butterflies are lovely–how neat you got to go see them! I'm still kicking myself for not making a point of visiting a butterfly sanctuary that we spotted in Key West when we were down there… πŸ˜‰

β™₯ Casey

Retro Chick

I just got a pair of Heyday trousers and they're brilliant! I must buy several pairs.

I have to wear mine with heels though as I have little short legs!

You look lovely, and I love the cardigan.


Ooh I can't bear winter either – I'm not one of those who by the end of summer is yearning to wear a sweater; I'd quite happily have year-round sunshine (and indeed did, for the two years I lived in Thailand!)

I didn't realise you had a perm. I've been toying with the idea of getting one – I absolutely loved it when I went to Nina's and they styled it with hot sticks, but my hair's too thick to hot-stick regularly (and besides, I don't have any hot sticks). I need to go back for another haircut, so perhaps I'll ask their advice on the matter.

xx Charlotte
Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage


I think that you look great-as much as I love full vintage outfit posts, I really enjoy seeing a more casual vintage style! I am always interested in what my favorite bloggers wear in situations like camping, adventures, etc.

juliana andrighe

Hi!!! my name's juliana i'm from Brazil…I love to read your diary…your look is so good..kisses


Hello Fleur! I took my husband with me to see the RHS Wisley based on your photos and had a really blissful day that took winter away. Thank you so much for sharing your life and recommendations for a good life with us. And I, like everyone else, still think you look classic and intriguing, even if it was an 'off day.' Cheers to a brighter spring!


I love your blog! And I adore the outfit you put together–so classy. I am a vintage enthusiast and I will be adding you to my blog roll. I am starting a series you might find interesting–vintage home economics. My main textbook for inspiration was published in 1948. Hope you will visit and join in the fun. xxBliss


I follow your blog and am blown away at how beautiful your ooutfits and make-up are everyday.

Thanks for sharing your everyday wear as well as your fabulous party-wear. Its nice to see how vintage can work even if you're just running errands.


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