One night at the ballet.

“Murder, She Wrote” Series 1 – Episode 9
“Death Takes a Curtain Call

Fashion Tip learned :
Even if you like to colour-coordinate your whole outfit, don’t be afraid to inject a splash of colour choosing one single item in a complete different hue.

Life Lesson learned :
If you are trying to hide something (or someone) placing it in plain sight could be the most successful solution.

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Jessica is invited to see a Russian ballet in Boston, but what seemed destined to be just a fun night out with an old friend turns out to be a very complicated ‘Cold War’ situation!

The episode opens with Jessica serving one of her famous pies to her friend Ethan. She is wearing a light yellow shirt and a blue stiped apron, over what seem to be a pair of simple jeans.

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It is very easy to find a plain yellow shirt on the high street, like this linen long-sleeved shirt available at La Redoute, but I also picked a couple of modern takes on the same style: I really like this linen-cotton shirt by Banana Republic and this clever ‘shirt-style’ t-shirt available at La Redoute.

For the apron, on Etsy I found this beautiful hand-made half denim apron by Etsy artisan Attitude&Apron, but I also really like this classic apron by Alison Capeling, and this lovely half apron available at Terrain.

To attend the ballet, Jessica chooses an elegant grey coat, worn over a black dress and embellished by a violet striped scarf.

2a copyJessica’s coat looks  like tweed: it is very classic in its shape, its ‘herringbone’ pattern and overall design, so it is easy to find a nice, affordable one in second hand or vintage shops, like this beige one or this cream and black one, both available at Rokit or this black one, sold by Etsy shop Gabriella’s Treasures, and this mauve grey by Etsy seller Retro Momo.

I really like Jessica’s violet and white striped scarf, and I found a few scarves playing with the same colour scheme, like this ‘Aztec’ scarf, this whimsical striped one and this classic  geometric one, all available at Nordstrom. I also like this cashmere one by M&S and this vintage Egon Furstenberg vintage scarf by Etsy seller Totally Scarves.

Under her lovely coat, Jessica goes for a classy black long sleeved dress, like this pretty one by Asos and this simple one sold on Amazon. I also like this one, still by Asos, because of the embellished collar.

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Accessories-wise, Jessica does not wear earrings often, so the fact that she does in this occasion attracted my attention. As far as I can tell, her golden earrings have a ‘peanut’ like shape, which has proved nearly impossible to find. Somehow on the same vibe, however, I quite like these simple vintage Anne Klein studs, available at Rokit, these gorgeous 1980s vintage button earrings by Etsy seller Ecolibrio Vintage, these lovely vintage stud earrings by Etsy seller Designs By Ruth, and these unique hand-made gold post earrings by Etsy designer Jewelry by Michael.

She also wears what seems to be a grey pearls necklace, like this one available at Debenhams or this one by Etsy designer Dahlia Jewels.

Jessica completes the outfit with a black evening bag (I like this simple one from John Lewis – which I coincidentally bought not too long ago! – and this gorgeous vintage one from Beyond Retro), a pair of cute black slingback like these from Asos or these from Dorothy Perkins, and a pair of elegant black leather gloves like these from H&M or these from M&S.

To entertain friends at home, Jessica goes for a simple and elegant monochromatic outfit.

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Jessica loves her blue shirt and has worn it countless times throughout the series! This time she pairs it with a long vest, similar to this one by American Apparel or this one on sale on Yoox, and a simple pencil skirt, like this one now on sale at House of Frasers.

Even if the image is not very clear, I like to think that Jessica injected a bit of colour wearing court shoes in a lovely plum colour, like these on sale at Daniel Footwear or these available at Rubber Sole.

Grey or beige are not the first colours that would come to my mind if I think about a pretty printed scarf, but once again Jessica proved me wrong! On a similar vibe, I like this peacock snoop and this quirky ‘insects’ scarf, both available at Zalando, this pretty butterflies scarf by Oliver Bonas, this lovely vintage square scarf by Etsy seller Majilly, and this beautiful vintage Anne Fogarty scarf by Etsy seller MilesChandler.

Even when wearing plain grey trousers, Jessica manages to add a girly vibe to her outfit.

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Over a simple white shirt, Jessica wears a sheer yellow cardigan. I like this classic unisex lemon v-neck by Woolovers and this pretty woven trim cardigan now on sale at Warehouse.
Her grey simple trousers are easy to find on the high street, such for instance at Kohls, Debenhams or Top Shop.
Jessica’s shoes are brown and slightly pointed, like this classic heels available at Zalando or these faux leather court shoes by Esprit.
As a final touch, her scarf looks like the same we have seen in this episode, but since the scarves I picked last time are now sold out, I found this pretty Vera Neumann scarf at Target, and this lovely Japanese vintage scarf by Etsy seller Aesthetikara.

Last but not least, for the slightly sombre ending of this episode Jessica wears a black and white outfit, brightened by a red beads necklace.

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Over her white shirt and pencil black skirt, Jessica wears a very long black cardigan, similar to this one now on sale at House of Frasers or this one available at John Lewis.
Her red bead necklace is very simple and yet gives a very much needed bright accent to her look. I like this cracked bead strand by Toast and this red combo pack of three necklaces by Tilly’s.

PS – Thank you all for your patience! :) Hopefully now I am back for good! :)

20 responses to “One night at the ballet.

  1. I am always impressed by the skill and effort you put into these posts. And they are so much fun, like window shopping with a friend :) So glad you are back!

    • Thank you very very much for such a lovely comment!! XX I am really happy to be back and I can’t wait to catch up on your great blog!!

  2. Jessica Lansbury has always been the most beautiful woman and exceptional actress and what a wonderful series these mysteries were and continue to be. I am very impressed with the way you have coordinated so closely the clothing to hers and the lovely writings. Well done!

    • Thank you MaryAnn for your comment and for letting me use one of your lovely coats! I am so glad you like the blog!! :)

  3. Thank you for following my blog. I must follow yours as well.

  4. Jessica – aka – Angela Lansbury – what a class act! Beautifully written, wonderfully researched. Thank you for creating this piece of fashion history!
    Patricia aka Gabriellas Treasures

    • Thank you Patricia for such nice words, and thank you for letting me use one of your lovely coats!!

  5. Love this one! I love this show so much. Thank you!

  6. Hi, I have nominated you for two awards !!! :) Cynthia http://cynthiajacksonblog.wordpress.com

  7. Yay! You’re back! and what a great episode to work on! I just watched it this past weekend and am so glad to see your take on it. Welcome back!

  8. A classy actrice, classy series, and classy/classic look – great post on emulating her sense of style!

  9. Charlene Cheek

    Thank you SO much for posting these stills so we can try to emulate Jessica’s style on the show! LOVE IT!

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