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I don’t do drab.

Drab is not me. In fact, I think I am allergic to it. I have quite a few items of winter clothing in blacks, browns, tans, greys and nudes, but in order to wear them and not feel unbearably boring, I have to pair them with something very bright. Whether that’s a louder garment or jewellery, hair flowers, or just red lipstick, it all helps me avoid the dreaded beigeness (both the colour and the bland effect!) or blackness that can define winter outfits. Top-to-toe black can be very chic (and indeed I’m not always averse), but let’s face it, if I can inject a bit of colour into it, I will.

But all the while we’re having this fairly mild autumn, I’m sticking to my jazzy jewel tones and there’s nothing you can do to make me change!

I get a lot of mileage out of these (rare as hen’s teeth) Vivien of Holloway dungarees. I have them in several colours: these vibrant jade green ones, red as seen on here earlier this year, and cream, which, I’ll be honest, make me look like a vintage painter and decorator. It’s a look… but not one I’ve found occasion for to date!

Jade green goes splendidly with yellow, so when I had this cardigan knitted, back in the mists of time, I chose these shades. Luckily my psychic powers enabled me to see that I’d end up with a pair of overalls in almost the exact same shade! I’ve also got a ton of wear out of this H&M blouse, but I’ve never really worn it buttoned all the way up until recently. I think I’m going to get some ribbons to use as a sort of bow tie. Pale yellow would work wonders in this outfit, don’t you think? My pale yellow plimsolls are incredibly impractical, but finish the outfit off well.

The final thing to show off is my subtle-but-definitely-there Lanzarote tan. And my huge new, ‘just came back from a sports holiday’ muscles. Well, okay, my arms are still weedy, let’s face it. But they certainly feel firmer. I’m not quite Rosie the Riveter, but I managed to a complete a whole *cough*mini*cough* triathlon on the last day of a week of full-throttle exertion! Take that, world!

Here’s to keeping some loud colours in your nearly-winter wardrobe!

Fleur xx



"I am Fleur, hear me roar!"

Marvellous! Well done on the triathalon. I have muscle pains just thinking about it…..

Love, love the fabulous fall outfit. Loud colours are awesome! I'm all about hot pink, purple, teal, and red. Bring on winter – grrr!

Sandy P

I always seem to find myself in something with at least a little red in it. In fact, because all my skirts are of various hues and prints, when I wear my beigey Jacobs Check skirt I feel quite different, even though it is beige!!

Love the VoH overalls….alas I don't think I can do the bib bit….too much upfront.

Kristelle O' Chocolat

I'd like to know who decided that, when the weather is glum, so should our clothing be! I love the bright colours and you rock them with real style! Those Vivian dungarees were certainly too limited as they are gorgeous!

You mention of someone making your cardi for you peaked my interest. Is there someone out there who takes commissions for vintage pattern woolies? Or a great Ebay/Etsy seller you could recommend? I'm falling flat in my searches!

Merletto Vintage

I just love your style. And your jumper is just right. I cant believe it a reproduction!!! Check out my latest blog on Women's Work-wear Fashions of World War II (w/ tons of original photos true Rosie the Riveters)…
Merletto Vintage




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