My School Jumper and My Wedding Trousers

I’ve slightly cheated in my post description title… this isn’t really my actual school sweater [I much prefer the word sweater now, but at school it was a jumper]…

It’s actually an old 70s Marks and Spencer one I bought from eBay a couple of weeks ago. For all intents and purposes it’s the same, but ours didn’t have any pattern on them. To be honest I’m amazed I’ve bought something even vaguely resembling my old school uniform (I always swore I’d never wear bottle green in my life again) – another little thrifted gem added to my retro collection.

And the wide-legged trousers are the actual ones I wore on my wedding day six years ago (so Bianca Jagger of me!). They’ve been such a great winter staple (see them worn on the blog here, and here), who’d have thought I’d still be wearing years later what I wore to get married?! As they were in the sale at the time, the pay-per-wear on these babies must be a lot lower than the average ppw on most wedding dresses I reckon…!

On Thursday (first day of spring, yay) I’ll be posting my round up of my favourite winter outfits – so glad warmer days are finally on their way :))

P.S. A huge thanks to all who commented on my last post – I was really overwhelmed by all the support from everyone. I wasn’t fishing for compliments at all (hard to make that sound honest, but I do mean it), it was merely an excuse to get my feelings off my chest about thoughtlessness and showcase some great fellow bloggers to counteract the negativity. It goes to prove once again what a great little community we have going on :)))))

Sweater: Thrifted eBay, Striped top (just seen): Primark, Trousers: Coast, Fur collar: ASOS, Hat: F+F, Brogues: New Look, Brooch: Accessorize, Hat: F+F, Fur collar: ASOS, Brooch: Accessorize, Small watch: Thrifted eBay, Large watch: J Jeans by Jasper Conran, Gold ring: ASOS, Black bracelet: Debenhams, Gold bracelet: ASOS, Nails: Barry M Matt White (base coat) / OPI Isn’t That Precious? (two top coats)

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  1. 18 October 2014 / 7:36 am

    As another gems architect who turn its affection for adornments for something more I know how hard it could be to be perceived or simply increased in value.

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  2. 27 January 2014 / 7:33 am

    HY!so nice and wonderful your trouser and shirt mind blowing matching color,you look very pretty.Thanks for share.
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  3. 4 March 2012 / 4:19 pm

    Catherine…oh Catherine…I am so glad you linked up so I could meet your lovely face and your ecclectic style..I read those comments finally..and in a way I also felt like they were talking about ME! but as P.E. my photographer always says…if no one is talking about you…you haven't made it…haha you've made it my dear…and I LOVE that collar..I have a fur stole and I better wear it soon! Thank you for always inspiring me and linking up every week!LOVE you doll!


  4. 2 March 2012 / 3:13 pm

    So many amazing outfits, love the hot pink and orange combo.

    xo erica

  5. 1 March 2012 / 11:49 am

    i really love that sweater, everything about it-print, colour and of course fax fur colar! Your photos are just perfect, may I ask what camera do you use?

    • 1 March 2012 / 2:34 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comments, Elekon! My camera is a Nikon D40X; I bought a fixed 50mm f1.4 lens last year specifically for blog photos. You then get great background blur (bokeh) and can continue to shoot even when there's very little light left of an evening. I went for a 50mm lens because it's the most like the view from your naked eye.

      Sorry if I sound too photography-technical, but then I may be telling you stuff you already are totally familar with – if it's either way or you want more info let me know! Hope that helps 🙂

      Catherine x

  6. 1 March 2012 / 2:30 am

    Um, that is SO. AWESOME. that you still have and wear your wedding pants. You look fabulous!

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  7. 29 February 2012 / 11:31 pm

    It all looks great together.

    I had to look to see where you were from, I was GUESSING from the hat you were an Alabama Crimson Tide fan – – – they LOVE wearing hats like that 'cause their most famous and beloved coach, Bear Bryant, wore them.

    • 1 March 2012 / 2:14 pm

      Alas Keetha I'm British – I'll have to look up "Alabama Crimson Tide" because I have no idea what that is unfortunately (but I like finding out new stuff)! I'm guessing football – I'll go see if I'm right!

      Thanks for your lovely comment! C x

  8. 29 February 2012 / 9:15 pm

    Loving this outfit and found your blog mentioned by a blogger on Suburban Experiment. All those gorgeous greens look fab on you. Have to LOVE your blog title, that's one of my fave expressions!

  9. 29 February 2012 / 8:18 pm

    I can tell that you have fun with your wardrobe, never know what to expect from you! Beautiful outfit, trousers are impeccable. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

  10. 29 February 2012 / 6:42 pm

    This is a great outfit. The green makes your hair just glow! You look great in a hat.

  11. 29 February 2012 / 3:35 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this outfit. I read your post yesterday too and I think you just have to ignore the nay sayers. I'm sure you know that you have incredible style and you set a great example on how to add more colour to your wardrobe!

    • 29 February 2012 / 10:05 pm

      Thanks so much for such a sweet compliment, Sylvia – and I really appreciate your support! C xoxo

  12. 29 February 2012 / 8:22 am

    My dear Catherine, you make trousers look like skirts ( that is the biggest compliment ever, lol).
    Lovinng the gorgeous ensemble.And welcome to the multiple watches band, jejjjejeje.
    I am soooooooooooooo glad to have found you, yeahhhhhhhhhh

  13. 29 February 2012 / 8:00 am

    What a great outfit! I love the fur collar with the brooch. You know, I got married in trousers too, only mine were in as gold lurex knit! I've worn them to pieces years ago, but I already promised Anne from the Fourseasonsonewardrobe blog to find the only bad polaroid from the wedding and scan it to share on my blog. I think people would love to see a photo of your wedding as well, to get inspired to save a lot of money.

    • 29 February 2012 / 10:00 pm

      Wow, gold lurex wedding trousers?!! How totally fabulous, I look forward to seeing that polaroid!!!! Thanks for your lovely comments, K! xx

  14. 29 February 2012 / 12:08 am

    How fab – wedding trousers for the bride! (I do remember Bianca Jagger's wedding suit, also fab). You rule, dear Catherine.

  15. 28 February 2012 / 10:42 pm

    You got married in pants? You're my hero! haha Love them!

  16. Carrie
    28 February 2012 / 10:39 pm

    Love the wedding trousers – so chic and practical. It looks great with the green sweater.

  17. 28 February 2012 / 10:13 pm

    I'd love to see your wedding outfit too! My sister wore white trousers and maxi coat that buttoned from the sweetheart neckline to the waist so you could see the pants – 1972 and what a trendsetter! I cannot believe what people spend on wedding outfits and I love that you're beautiful, flattering trousers have earned their price:)). I love your blog and thank you so much for visiting me – you're a breath of fresh air!! xo

    • 28 February 2012 / 10:27 pm

      Watch this space Desiree for one or two wedding outfit photos…! Thank you for your lovely comments sweetie, so glad we're following each other! C xoxo

  18. 28 February 2012 / 9:23 pm

    I love this outfit! Those trousers are gorgeous and they look so chic on you! And I'm helpless to resist a fur collar.

  19. Gray Skies
    28 February 2012 / 9:11 pm

    I love that you wore trousers at your wedding! Do you have any photos from your wedding? I know I (and I'm sure other readers!) would love to see some!

    • 28 February 2012 / 10:14 pm

      Funnily enough I'm preparing a Down Memory Lane post for sometime in the near future, Stacey, so I'll include some then… need to delve into my parents' photo albums (scary!!) xx

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