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In defence of the pleated skirt.

“Murder, She Wrote” Series 1 – Episode 5
“It’s a Dog’s Life”
(Post 2 of 2)

First things first… to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog or share it with their friends, comment or write to me, I would like to say thank you!
I love Jessica’s style and I am just trying to learn from it, and I feel very lucky to have met so many lovely people through this blog. Once again, thank you everyone for stopping by! : )

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There are few items of clothing that can be found across time and cultures as easily as one of my favourites: the pleated skirt.
From Renaissance Italy and Victorian England to China’s traditions and America’s Sixties, this style of skirt is flattering to all body types and easily adaptable to many different fabrics and colours.

And yet, there is a slight stigma connected to it. As this 2006 article pointed out, a pleated skirt is often considered stiff, bossy, too old fashioned or even geeky.

Well, I do believe that pleated skirts are great, and if we needed anyone to champion the versatility and beauty of this style, Jessica is definitely fit for the part.

We already saw Jessica with a grey pleated skirt and a brown pleated skirt, but in this episode we can see her wearing two other very pretty ones.

Jessica wears the same outfit in two different scenes, at the beginning and at the end of the episode: a patterned pleated skirt, her usual light blue shirt (which is such a staple in her wardrobe that I feel as I should not speak about it any longer) and a super cool “bomber” jacket.

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I am not sure if this is because I was a teenager in the late 90s, but I never ever imagined myself wearing a bomber jacket: that was something only boys did.
My male classmates all had a black one because it was the cool thing to do, especially when riding to school on a silver moped.
Well, Jessica just made me change my mind. Seeing how pretty she looks pairing this sporty jacket with such a girly skirt makes me want to go out and buy one right now.

Partly proving my point, it has been slightly difficult to find a nice burgundy bomber jacket for women. I found a classic one in the menswear at Asos, and one at TopMan, which I would be happy to wear anyway, but all I could find specifically for women was this jacket at Modcloth, which luckily is incredibly pretty (and also available in brown).

Jessica’s beautiful pleated skirt has a nature-inspired pattern in soft shades of pink. It could be floral, but to me looks almost like a paisley print.
I really like this watermelon skirt available at USC and this vintage pastel pink skirt available at Rokit. Of course Etsy is a gold mine as usual, and I really like this 1970 pastel floral skirt by seller FabVintage, and this vintage Laura Ashley skirt by seller LucyRaeRetro.

The last thing to attract my attention is the horse plaque visible on the wall behind Jessica, and I found something with a similar vibe in this vintage wooden horse by Etsy seller 3sisterstreasures and in this handmade running horse by Etsy artist Peppysis.

The second pleated skirt she wears is a beige one, which probably is the same we saw before, but I picked a couple more, just to be on the safe side!

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I like this skirt available at Oxfam, this 1980s one by Etsy seller BritishVintage and this 1970s one by Etsy seller ShoppeAndYore.

It has been a real challenge to find something similar to the white/cream jacket Jessica is wearing. From close inspection, it seemed made of denim but shaped slightly like a bomber, and to find a denim jacket without front pockets has proved pretty much impossible. Any suggestions are welcome!
In the end, I picked a few pretty white jackets which in my opinion have a similar vibe, like this off white bomber and this white denim, both by Uniqlo, this brocade jacket by Asos and this more sporty vintage denim available at Rokit.

Under the jacket, Jessica wears a simple white shirt, like this one by H&M.

I really love the scarf that Jessica is wearing. It’s a beautiful grey-white-pink combination which works perfectly in adding a touch of colour to an otherwise quite neutral outfit. I found a couple of lovely vintage scarves by iconic scarf designer Vera Neumann with a similar colour pattern: this one by Etsy seller Cottagewear and this one by Etsy seller Lea’sVintageRescue.
I also like this abstract scarf available at House of Fraser and, if you have a bit more money to spare, this two tones one by Farfetch.

I could just about make out the shoes Jessica is wearing and I am convinced they are loafers with a tassel on the tip, like these available at Asos, these cute ones by Accessorize and these by New Look. If you’d rather wear a different colour, I also like these lime and mole by H&M.

If you are wondering whether or not a pleated skirt is for you, my suggestion is to visit your local charity shop or the Oxfam website, where you can be sure to find a great selection of fabrics and colours at very cheap prices. In this way you can have a few to try out in different ways, all whilst supporting a worthy cause.

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Jessica’s riding grace.

“Murder, She Wrote” Series 1 – Episode 5
“It’s a Dog’s Life”
(Post 1 of 2)

Fashion Tip learned :
If surrounded by people who could possibly make you feel uncomfortable, choosing to stand out from the crowd could be the best decision.

Life Lesson learned :
Beware of those who have something to gain by helping you out of a difficult situation.

… A very late update, I know. I am so sorry: life keeps getting in the way!
I tried to keep the updates on a Wednesday but it has just become the busiest day of my week, hence it will have to be Thursday from now on!

In this episode Jessica is surrounded by millionaires whilst visiting an estate where her horse-training cousin Abigail is currently employed.
This results in Jessica riding a number of horses – or, to be specific, Jessica’s stunt double doing so. It is so obvious that it is not actually her riding that it is almost painful to watch! Nonetheless, Jessica looks totally flawless in her riding attire and this is what matters the most!

Unfortunately, if there is something I know there is no way I am ever going to wear, it is a horse-riding outfit. I tried riding a horse once and I kept looking for the seatbelt the whole way. I am afraid, but I am definitely too bad at it!

During the opening scene of the episode, whilst everyone wear red or black outfits, Jessica is the only one who goes for a fabulous beige ensemble.
I actually had good fun in looking through specialised websites and trying to understand all the terminology connected to horse riding.

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Whilst everyone else around her is wearing “formal attire” for fox hunters (thank you Carol!) Jessica chooses a way more affordable tweed blazer, like this lovely one sold by Etsy seller FarmsteadVintage or this one available at Zalando.

She accessorizes it with a beautiful white scarf, like this silk scarf by Etsy seller TotallyScarves, and with a lovely jeweled bar brooch.
On Etsy you can find plenty of gorgeous bar brooches, but my personal favourites are this small victorian pin by Etsy seller GrandVintageFinery, this vintage silver pin by Etsy seller TrappedInTheAttic, this vintage goldtone brooch by Etsy seller FindsInTheAttic and this antique 10K gold blue sapphire and pearl brooch by Etsy seller BunnyTrunk’sShow.

These last few days, I have learned that there are several different riding trousers with nearly unpronounceable names such as breeches or jodhpurs. Jessica’s trousers have the ‘puffiness’ of the jodhpurs (even though it is not really visible in these screenshots) but they could easily be considered plain, normal trousers, so I picked these vintage jodhpurs available by Etsy seller Nanometer, and these riding trousers available at Equestrian Clearance.

Another piece of essential equipment are the riding gloves. Jessica chooses to wear a pair in a light hue of brown, similar to these available at Equestrian Clearance or these available at Millbry Hill.

If there is something that I know I look totally ridiculous with, it is – without any doubt – the riding hat. But of course Jessica looks fabulous wearing it. If you want to match her look, you can buy your very own on Ebay or on Ride Away.

Last but not least, you can find pretty riding boots quite easily, but I like these brown ones available at Mm Direct and these two tones by Littlewoods.

Later in the episode, Jessica rides another horse to snoop on a neighbour (which is not best pleased, as you can guess by the rifle!)

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This time she is wearing a much more casual outfit. We also get to see for the first time Jessica wearing socks! Brown socks, specifically, like these anklets available at – possibly the best socks shop on the internet – Sock Dreams.

Over her usual light blue shirt, which we have seen her wearing a bazillion times already (see the inventory if you want more details), she wears a red rainjacket.
There are a lot of pretty vintage options, like this zip up jacket by Etsy seller no12pennylane, this vermilion rainjacket by Etsy seller TheThirdCoast, and this 1970s red windbreaker by Etsy seller CharleensCloset.

At Jessica’s feet we can see very simple brown laced up Oxford shoes, similar to these available on Amazon or these by Office.

Her blue trousers look very comfy, like these Bench ones available at House of Fraser or these blue chinos at Zalando.

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