Thursday, May 29, 2014

༺ The Collegiate ༻

 Antique gold locket, crimson and dandelion yellow leaves | Lavender & Twill

A book is a priceless adventure | Lavender & Twill

Checks, plaid, tweed, houndstooth and more ~ oh my! | Lavender & Twill 
Fallen dreamer | Lavender & Twill

Studious and fun, a cozy winter look | Lavender & Twill 

Have you ever had a new item of clothing that has just waited around in your wardrobe for the right outfit to match it?

This darling cream jacket with café au lait checkered stripe pattern is a tick off my vintage wish list ~ a really, truly Pendleton coat! *squee!*  ヽ“ヽ”(*❤∇❤*)”ノ”ノ 
I purchased this dreamy woolen wrapper from Brittany of Va-VaVoom Vintage during her Instagram Sale; I was so thrilled to receive my new-to-me Pendleton as well as my darling Blue Lolita Dress.

This was a few months ago, however, so my poor jacket has been waiting on the weather to turn chilly enough to sport it, as well as the right outfit to set it off. I’ve tried on several different outfits since I received it in the mail ~ pulling it on, hopefully checking the final effect, then sadly tucking it back in my wardrobe when it wouldn’t work… That is until today!

I went with a simple 1950’s collegiate look, à la Mona Lisa Smile. I recently watched that movie again, and not only enjoyed the film for itself, but also, of course,*el sigh* for the clothes!  All the gorgeous party frocks and pearls were naturally stunning, but I found myself studying the casual wear quite closely.

I was drawn to the simple, stream line coats, or snuggly hand-knit cardigans.  Then there was the pleated or A-line wool skirts. These were paired with bobby {just over your ankle height} socks and loafers or socks and saddle shoes. This vintage university student look is a classic, easy to replicate style, or you can simply draw inspiration for a cozy autumn or winter outfit.

But I can’t forget my most recent find that ticked off another item on my vintage wish list; a glass locket! I spied this sweet necklace on Refuge Heart Vintage’s Etsy shop and was pining, yes, positively pining to purchase it for my collection. There was something so taking about the whimsical antique photos of someone’s little darlings kept safely between glass and suspended from a delicate gold and pearl chain. So my sweet Mister made a very special “Thank You” present of the locket to me, and now it’s my turn to add precious snapshots of my family to the locket to be preserved.

Finally ~ if you made it this far! I really would have preferred to pair this outfit with short socks, but my ankle was strapped up with sports tape {long story short ~ gave myself a Mother’s Day present of a badly sprained ankle} so knee socks it was, simply to hid the mess. Then I trotted off to do my grocery shopping, and the Coffee Cream Pendleton had it’s first outing along with my new-old locket. Yay! Worth the wait. ヾ(^-^)ノ



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Coffee Cream Pendleton | Va-VaVoom Vintage, Instagram Sale
Antique Glass Locket | Refuge Heart Vintage
Black Cable Knit Top | Thrifted
Houndstooth Pleated Skirt | Thrifted
Preppy Check Knee Socks | Old
Mary Jane Flats | Old

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  1. How splendidly lovely!!! Each fall, without fail, I swear I'm going to do a collegiate inspired outfit post too (because, let's face it, at nearly 30 years old, "school girl" is just going to look bizarrely costume-y on me at this point), and in equal turn, without fail, it doesn't happen. Canadian falls are, at best, a few weeks long, and I always seem to be too busy or sick or otherwise occupied and don't slide into that wee window in time. Maybe if, inspired by how fabulous you look here, if I start planning now, months in advance, 2014 will finally be the year it happens (only time will tell! :)).

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Haha! Yup, school girl is one of those looks that I too, sadly, cannot pull off any more. ;P I just content myself with pretending to be university aged even though I swear they keep lowering the age limit for uni students! They look younger and younger every year..... (>0<)

      Well, I do hope you get to show us your collegiate style as well; I would love to see that Jessica. I bet it would be super! ♡

  2. Such a cute outfit, though at first I was really confused at why it was so Autumnal in the pictures before I realised you were Southern hemisphere!! It made me feel all nostalgic for crisp leaves and such when actually the weather's started to warm up a bit here finally, and yesterday I wore a sundress, hurrah!! Definitely pinning this for some 'back to school' inspiration come September! x

    1. Heehee, oh that happens to me all the time! Though, because most of the blogs I follow are Northern Hemisphere I'm used to seeing wrong season outfits. It's sometimes a good thing, and sometimes really bad! Lol. Particularly in the middle of winter when all you want to do is put on a summer frock and sun bathe! (>o<)



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