Monday, 13 May 2013

Film noir inspired...

These photos have been sitting on my computer for a while now, I took them way back in March but I have been a bit unsure about using them which is strange.I loved the outfit and I quite like how the photos came out  but the photos are a bit 'posier' than I am used to and it felt slightly like a costume rather than an outfit. I had been looking for a proper mac/raincoat for a while now and I picked up this Paul Costelloe number up in a charity shop for a few pounds. It is very light but keeps out even the sharpest of showers and although I think I need to get it tailored  and perhaps shortened (there is a lot of material here!) I really love this coat.  The oversized lapels and collar make me feel like I could be a film noir detective- those guys knew how to work a trench coat!

Coat: Paul Costelloe via charity shop, dress: Sugarhill Boutique, shoes: Marks & Spencer, goofy pose: model's own

Paired with a rather cute tea dress and some rather vampy heels, I felt like a proper femme fatale! I love Sugarhill Boutique dresses (Sarah has an enviable amount which I am very jealous of!) but had always put off buying them as I wasn't sure how they would fit. I spotted this one reduced on Amazon and decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to try out the brand. One thing I would say is that this is pretty short, you can see from the photo how much leg is on show and when I wore it to work with some flat shoes, I felt a bit exposed. This is definitely one for the weekend when you aren't going to be constantly trying to pull it down all day! This jazzy red clutch doesn't get many outings but I have been trying to use it a bit more when I go out as it is pretty roomy. I bought it on a college trip when Sophie and I bunked off from the British Museum for an hour or so to hit up Oxford Street, smuggling it back on the coach was pretty funny!

Belt: Primark, bag: Dorothy Perkins
Brushed out curls, cat-eye glasses and a slick of red lipstick topped off the 1940s look. I love the print on this dress too, the little rocking horses are adorable!


I fell in love with these shoes as soon as I laid eyes on them back in the January sales and I knew they would be the perfect finishing touch to this outfit, I just need to find a way to make them stay on my feet. I seem to just fall forward in them which is bad news for someone with such atrocious balance as I have!


What weird style inspirations have you had recently?

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16 comments

char said...

Oh that's sad about the shoes, are they too big? I find those sticky padding heel strips can be so useful for things like that.
I love the print on the dress and the trench coat is fab, makes you look like a spy (a good thing!) :)

The Style Rawr said...

Such a chic outfit! I think you look adorable posing in the first piccie. That dress is really pretty, when the weather warms up your shoes should fit perfectly.

Tara
www.thestylerawr.com
xoxo

Gem said...

primark sell gel pad things that you can stuck inside shoes so they are more snug, I love Sugarhill too but always worry a 16 will be too small, are they true to size? xx

daisychain said...

I've had no inspiration lately! You look gorgeous xo

FAIIINT said...

I love the first photo & don't think it looks pose-y at all! But I do get what you mean, I have a few sets that I feel similar about & have never posted! The outfit is perfect & personally I don't think the coat needs shortening/tailoring, I love the oversized-ness of it! :)

Harriet said...

You look lovely! I really love this outfit.

I know exactly what you mean about being a bit unsure of posier photos - I have some on my computer which I have just never blogged because I felt they were too posey. I think somehow I feel like it's too vain to blog more some of the more photoshoot-style photos I've taken, which is totally ridiculous because you look fantastic, and what else are fashion blogs for if not exploring and having fun taking photos of ourselves?!

Winnie said...

Love the red in your outfit and I love these photos - so I'm glad they came out of hiding!

Imogen said...

Absolutely perfect outfit, I want everything! I adore the dress with such a sweet print and the shoes are stunning especially since they are so shiny

Sarah said...

Gaah the trench is perfect! What a find!
x

The Photogramps said...

Gotta love a good trench! Sometimes I have a tendency to go the costume-y route too. But it's fun, so who's judging?!?!?!
Sadly, I haven't been very inspired lately! I've been in a bit of a slump. This post is inspiring me to snap out of it!!
xo
ashley
www.thephotogramps.blogspot.com

cleartheway said...

I love trench coat! It looks really great on you. Very film noir, but not costumey. And I love your dress!

Kate from Clear the Way

(currently hosting a giveaway for a great floral typographic print)

Hopwood PR said...

Well I love these shots, even if they are a little posier it still looks really natural and "you", beautiful as always

claire (jazzpad.) said...

Haha definitely just commented with my work account whoops! ;)

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

Ooh yes - very film noir but it works! x

Alice said...

I'm after a mac type coat, but a little bit worried about whether it will just drown me! I really like the style though.
That dress is lovely xxx

Emily said...

Your dress is lovely! As is the rest of your outfit :) I often admire pretty printed dresses like that but I just know that they would be obscenely short on me, and certainly not practical for my day-to-day life. I will continue searching for a range of cute dresses which are appropriate for tall women!

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