Stylish Television – The Outcast

I’m going to start this post with a confession – I’m not a great fan of Sadie Jones’s book. I read The Outcast this summer, I’d found it in a charity shop during a trip to Wales and fell in love with the stunning cover. The book sounded great too, set in one of my favourite decades, the 1950s, and with a glamorous lead character in the charismatic Elizabeth. But then I read it, and found that although it was beautifully written, it was also relentlessly depressing, there never seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel for poor Lewis, or the rather wonderful Kit, and even the hopeful ending left me strangely cold. I liked the book, but didn’t love it, and that left me disappointed.

So when I saw it was being dramatised by the BBC, I wasn’t sure if I would watch. But in the end, the terrible choices of Sunday Summer viewing left me feeling this was the best choice of a bad bunch of programmes. So I watched it, and I’m really glad I did. The series flowed better as a programme, the misery was less claustrophobic, and the characters really came to life thanks to the beautiful acting. And, as a fan of the 1940s and 1950s, the styling was just beautiful.

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Daisy Bevan as Tamsin Carmichael

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Greg Wise and Jessica Brown Findlay as Gilbert and Alice Aldridge

Greg Wise and Jessica Brown Findlay as Gilbert and Alice Aldridge

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Hattie Morahan as Elizabeth Aldridge with the young Lewis

Jessica Brown Findlay as Alice

Jessica Brown Findlay as Alice

George Mackay and Jessica Bevan as Lewis and Kit

George Mackay and Jessica Bevan as Lewis and Kit

The series is full of important female characters, each with her own style and personality that shines through in the clothes she wears. The programme starts in the 1940s with Elizabeth Aldridge, a free spirit in pretty tea dresses and silk slips, a glamorous character who brings light to every room she walks into. Step forward into the 1950s and we have Alice, super pretty in floral dresses, but with a repressed sexuality and urgency to be a mother. She drinks a little too much, laughs a little too loud and desperately, but always looks immaculate.

the-outcast-2-lst175046The Carmichael sisters are Snow White and Rose Red. Older sister Tamsin is a 50s tease in shorts and a headscarf. She has that Grace Kelly poise and is a walking wolf whistle – a real ice cream blonde. Younger sister Kit is a maverick and is ahead of her time with her beatnik bobbed hair, red lips and all black outfit.

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If you are a fan of vintage fashion, The Outcast is well worth checking out on IPlayer – it is a beautiful celebration of a couple of stylish decades through its glorious costumes.

The Outcast Style

FLORAL BURNOUT PROM Item No. 060038975 £149.00 Click to visit Kaliko

FLORAL BURNOUT PROM
Item No. 060038975
£149.00
Click to visit Kaliko

 COLOUR POP FLORAL PROM  £59.00 click to visit Kaliko

COLOUR POP FLORAL PROM
£59.00
click to visit Kaliko

ORGANZA FLORAL DRESS  £59.00 click to visit Kaliko

ORGANZA FLORAL DRESS
£59.00 click to visit Kaliko

Laser Cute Detail Sleeveless     Was £22.00     Now £12.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Laser Cute Detail Sleeveless
Was £22.00
Now £12.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Tall Red Paper Bag Shorts     Was £18.00     Now £16.20 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Tall Red Paper Bag Shorts
Was £18.00
Now £16.20 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ginger High Waisted Crepe Shorts     Was £22.00     Now £19.80 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ginger High Waisted Crepe Shorts
Was £22.00
Now £19.80 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Bardot Top     Was £10.00     Now £9.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Bardot Top
Was £10.00
Now £9.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Meadow Floral Print Button Midi Skirt     Was £24.00     Now £18.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Meadow Floral Print Button Midi Skirt
Was £24.00
Now £18.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Chi Chi Esme Dress Was: £57.99Now: £27.99 click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Esme Dress
Was: £57.99Now: £27.99 click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Roseanna Skirt Was: £44.99Now: £24.99 click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Roseanna Skirt
Was: £44.99Now: £24.99 click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Chloe Sunglasses £14.99 click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Chloe Sunglasses
£14.99 click to visit Chi Chi London

 Trollied Dolly Floral print t-shirt dress  £37.509 click to visit House Of Fraser


Trollied Dolly Floral print t-shirt dress
£37.509 click to visit House Of Fraser

Did you watch The Outcast? Any thoughts?

 

 

 

 

 

Stepping back to the 1940s with Scarlett and Jo

Every wardrobe needs a tea dress. This most versatile and feminine of dresses first made it’s mark in the 1940s, when it’s shorter skirt and sleeves fitted in perfectly with the utility ethos. Step forward to the 1970s and it appeared once again, teamed with platform heels that harked back to the stack heels of the 40s. Today it is as relevant as ever, and is a vital part of any capsule wardrobe. Vintage tea dress style

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1940s shoe fashions Celebrity tea dress style

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Scarlett and Jo, sold exclusively through Evans, always feature tea dresses in their collections, producing wonderful, vintage inspired pieces that are just perfect for girls with curves. In soft jersey fabrics, and with pretty details like keyhole necklines, tie belts and gorgeous chintzy prints, the Scarlett and Jo tea dresses have a timeless elegance that flatter and enhance the figure in equal measure. I was recently sent one of my favourite pieces from the current range, the red floral jersey dress and it has fast become a wardrobe favourite, something I can wear for any occasion. Team with a pair of Mary Jane shoes and your outfit is complete.  Add a red lip and nails, and a faux fur coat, and you get a very glamorous look indeed.

Scarlett & Jo Red Floral Jersey Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Red Floral Jersey Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

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This dress has a lovely shape and is very comfortable to wear due to the stretchy nature of the fabric. I loved the very pretty flounced sleeves, which again were comfortable due to being loose fitting. The tie back belt helps to add to the shape, and I truly think that this dress could be transitional, working well come Spring by adding a thin knit cardigan.

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More tea dresses from Scarlett and Jo.

Scarlett & Jo Black Floral Print Midi Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Floral Print Midi Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Purple Feather Print Jersey Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Purple Feather Print Jersey Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Floral Jersey Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Floral Jersey Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Spot and Floral Jersey Dress     Was £45.00     Now £30.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Spot and Floral Jersey Dress
Was £45.00
Now £30.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Blue Jersey Knee Length Dress     Was £45.00     Now £30.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Blue Jersey Knee Length Dress
Was £45.00
Now £30.00 click to visit Evans

To view all Scarlett and Jo, click here.

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Wallis new in – 40s tea dresses, draping and blue.

The new season drops continue to pour into stores, and my latest focus is Wallis. I always love to see what the new season brings to Wallis, knowing there will be stylish quality items in a range of colour options.

Wallis is bringing us Spring slowly, with 1940s style fit and flare dresses in the great tea dress tradition, featuring floral and dotted designs. There are also tunic style dresses for those who like a more streamlined shape when it comes to frocks.

Tops have draping, knot details and feature faux layering. There are some great, block colour options, as well as patterns that range from watercolour style flowers, to very summery palm tree prints.

In terms of colour and shade, there is one that stands out. From subtle navy to cobalt, blue is a big story, a great alternative to black as well as a way of adding brights to your wardrobe. Favourite pieces include a beautiful blue zip detail blazer, and a lovely navy spot wrap top that is part of the petite range.

These pieces have given me a taste for the new range, and I’m excited to see what else Wallis has in store for us for the coming Spring.

Tea dresses

Red Daisy Fit and Flare Dress Was £40.00 Now £38.00 click to visit Wallis

Red Daisy Fit and Flare Dress

Navy Blue Polka Dot Dress Was £38.00 Now £36.10 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Polka Dot Dress

Black Daisy Fit and Flare Dress Was £38.00 Now £36.10 click to visit Wallis

Black Daisy Fit and Flare Dress

Tunic style dresses

Lime Green Floral Print Tunic Dress Was £42.00 Now £39.90 click to visit Wallis

Lime Green Floral Print Tunic Dress

Blue Floral Print Dress Was £42.00 Now £39.90 click to visit Wallis

Blue Floral Print Dress

Tops

Coral Long Sleeve Drape Top Was £25.00 Now £23.75 click to visit Wallis

Coral Long Sleeve Drape Top

Stone Floral Top Was £28.00 Now £26.60 click to visit Wallis

Stone Floral Top

Navy Blue Daisy Print Top Was £28.00 Now £26.60 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Daisy Print Top

Blue

Navy Blue Shopper Bag Was £26.00 Now £20.80 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Shopper Bag

Navy Blue Feather Print Top Was £28.00 Now £26.60 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Feather Print Top

Blue Zip Detail Blazer Was £40.00 Now £30.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Zip Detail Blazer

Navy Blue Petite Spot Wrap Blouse Was £33.00 Now £26.40 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Petite Spot Wrap Blouse

Wallis Offer

Up to 30% off Everything. Click here to visit Wallis.