The Bletchley Circle – Loving Millie and her glamour

September 17th, 2012

I’m a bit of a latecomer to The Bletchley Circle, I sky +d it so I could watch ‘Good Cop’ and shamelessly drool over Warren Brown. But I’ve watched two episodes this weekend, and have found myself falling in love with the fabulous glamour and style of Millie, played by the wonderful Rachael Stirling.

The Bletchley Circle is set in the early 1950s, but forget about any Marilyn Monroe/Grace Kelly sort of 1950s glamour. This is Austerity Britain, a time when ration books were still de rigueur and when you found glamour and elegance where you could. Millie is a slightly bohemian character, all auburn hair and long swishing headscarves. She is homegrown glamour, and she looks great.

In terms of style, Millie is working the 1950s but looking back to the 1930s.  Wide legged trousers,teamed with knitted polo tops or silk pussy bow blouses are her uniform, although the trousers are sometimes swapped for knee length skirts. Shrunken Arran knits, pure wool overcoats in camel and moss greens, and a vast array of gorgeous accessories, from quirky berets worn jauntily at an angle, or green leather kid gloves, all make this a really great look, elegant, easy to wear, and surprisingly glamorous.

The muted shades are perfect for Autumn, browns, greens, russets are all utilised well. But the glamour comes from Millie and her flaming red hair, and bright Scarlet lips. She lights up every scene she is in by looking so sensuous and so earthy, like an homegrown Gina Lollobrigida or Ava Gardner.

Get the Look

Satin pussy bow blouse £35 click to visit M&Co

Dog print blouse £32 click to visit M&Co

Grosgrain trim cardigan £24 click to visit M&Co

Mary Portas Palazzo trouser £36 click to visit House of Fraser

Leather frill glove £20 click to visit M&Co

Grey Luxury Italian Wool Blend Reefer Price: £65.00 Click to visit BHS

Cream Smart Belted Coat Price: £75.00 click to visit BHS

Shawl Collar Cardi - Cream £168 click to visit Lowie

Crochet Beret - Coral £14 click to visit Lowie


3 Responses to “The Bletchley Circle – Loving Millie and her glamour”

  1. Nikki says:

    Love this look – Austerity Britain – still like the 1940s style clothing – the Utility look.

  2. Cecelia says:

    Loving that Cardigan!

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