Style · March 18, 2020

Spring Style 101: Period Dressing for Spring, Groundbreaking

 Images shot at the beautiful Beckenham Place Mansion, because where else?
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I know over the last seven days peoples priorities haven’t quite been how regal they’d look in a new-wave Regency gown, but with light relief for me coming in the shape of a good period drama (or just looking at Saoirse Ronan as Jo March), I wanted to share this ‘HELP I’ve watched Little Women/Emma too many times’ look book Joe and I shot last week, thus showcasing that all of my Spring outfits will be inspired by varying periods of the 18th century.

In light of this I thought I’d share some styling ideas with you (a little like how I did in December)- in case this period of isolation doesn’t spark anything other than an unwavering desire for a waistcoat… (but who can blame you, really?)



The Big Blue Dress

Does anything say period dressing like a bit of vintage Laura Ashley? Having visited their archives back in 2012 (which makes me feel like ~that~ guy who liked a band before they made it onto Radio 1) I’ve always had a soft spot for their prairie dresses and heritage prints. Having discovered this number at a festival a couple of years ago (on sale, not hanging out of someone’s tent), it’s gone on to be one of my most treasured pieces (I believe it’s from their Made in Wales collection in the ‘70s) and provides me with endless Little House on the Prairie #vibes.

Style with: Trainers- the chunkier the better actually.
Maybe don’t style with: A bonnet/straw hat/too many wicker accessories. It’s a slippery slope on the costume line.


The ‘am I ‘Laurie?!’ look

Just call me Theodore. Or don’t, actually. Maybe this is cheating because it’s new season Mango (and I’m almost certain that’s not where Josephine March did her shopping), but in the lamest story of all time, your gal ordered a vintage waistcoat (sorry, I know, I’m awful) and it didn’t arrive in time (don’t you hate it when that happens?) BUT Mango showed up! The high street clearly also wants us to embrace our inner March, so if you fancy a bit of floral/layered up co-ordination look no further. I promise you it’s not as scary to style as you think.

Style with: A loose partially unbuttoned blouse, some cropped kick flare jeans and ballet pumps- for a Stevie Nicks meets cool French lady look.
Maybe don’t style with: A thick tie. That could be a little Laurie too far.




The good enough to be on a (fancy china) plate print

Good lord, I only watched Emma once and this has happened. Am I in The Sound Of Music? The more a dress that I’m wearing looks like Maria Von Trapp could make it out of brilliant drapes THE BETTER. But in seriousness, this vintage number from Another Matinee is heaven. Chintzy prints are a surefire way to inject a little regal retro into any outfit, and whether you layer it up for a bold statement, or pair it with sandals when the summer hits (and we can all go out again), I’m a big fan of a ruffled maxi. Hubba hubba.

Style with: High top trainers and a biker jacket if you want to be a little more 21st century gal.
Maybe don’t style with: Nothing. More is more is more.



And the thoroughly modern mini

And finally, would it be a piece about period dressing without including 2020’s period renaissance princess Batsheva? Inspired by Laura Ashley collections, I wore this dress for my book launch but specifically knew it would be something that would also work on a casual scale, and also for fancier occasions too (like, you know, a ball with lots of princess and princesses). I love the ruffed collar and cuffs, but I love even more how it somehow still feels quite wearable and modern and not too stuffy or ‘proper’ either. Just enough drama if you ask me.

Style with: Chunky heels for an occasion or silver Mary Jane’s for day to day.
Maybe don’t style with: A basket filled with fruit and blooms- perhaps a little too dramatic? Or not, I’ll let you decide.


P.S I’ll be (trying) to keep on with a relatively normal posting schedule over the next few weeks. I didn’t want everything I shared to be virus related, so I hope you know everything is shared with sensitivity and consideration of the current situation too- stay safe and look after each other <3



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