Working from home can often mean you develop some guilty pleasures when it comes to your television viewing habits. My current guilty pleasure is Father Brown, starring the wonderful Mark Williams as GK Chesterton’s crime solving vicar. The current series is the fifth for the unlikely sleuth, who has solved a whole host of crimes with the help of his house keeper Mrs McCarthy and his friends Lady Felicia and her niece Bunty. It is a gentle, funny and totally watchable series that I watch whilst eating lunch, all the time trying to solve the crime too.
Father Brown is set in the 1950s, and the lure of the beautiful period costume is definitely something that keeps me returning to watch. Lady Felicia, played by Nancy Carroll is a Grace Kelly style elegant blonde, and the Grace Kelly influence also stretches to her wardrobe which is full of beautiful dresses with full or pencil skirts, short fur jackets, pill box hats and 1950s evening wear. I particularly love this decade when it comes to style, and Lady Felicia frankly has a wardrobe you could easily fall into and never come out again – it is that good.
Lady Felicia Style
In the latest series, Lady Felicia’s niece Bunty has joined the action. Played by Emer Kelly, she has a style all of her own, a younger spin on the 1950s looks that include tweed style jackets, pedal pushers and neck scarves worn at jaunty angles for a cute, youthful look. Emer’s style is one part Marilyn Monroe, mixed with two parts Debby Reynolds, and it works so, so well.
You can get the 1950s style from a range of High Street outlets. Chi Chi London is a great place to look for the 1950s, full skirted look, whilst Phase Eight is the perfect destination for the more fitted wiggle dresses. Coast
The 1950s look