Seasonal Skinny Wk 9: Science & the Printed Shirt

I know, another Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge outfit!  Third one in a row.  I promise there will be a non-Seasonal Skinny outfit soon.  Life has been crayzeeee busy and sometimes you just have to roll with it!

Anyway, on with last weekend’s style challenge outfit.

My duster coat had such fun on its debut outing the previous Sunday, it wanted to step out again. This time, I paired it with a beret, my much beloved denim jacket and a printed chiffon tunic shirt.

As we were taking these photos outside South Kensington tube station – I always choose such exotic locations for my photo shoots – a young lass was hovering.  As soon as we finished, she shyly asked if Tall Brown Fox would mind taking a snap or two of her in the same place!  Made me wonder if she was a fellow blogger?  Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to ask.

I love this beret because it’s got sparkly bits all over it, making it glisten.  The scarf was bought in the summer from a French market stall and I wore it back in September in my Back to School: Satchel & Scarf Seasonal Skinny post.

This gallic connection was totally by chance and I realise looking at the photos now that I’m inadvertently challenging my inner ‘Cate Blanchett look’ from the wartime film ‘Charlotte Gray’!

Maybe I should have a Gauloise hanging from my lips!

From French we move to Science.  I stank at Maths at school.  T’was the bane of my school life. But that wasn’t the worse subject I stank at.  Oh no, that honour goes to Physics.  Hated it, didn’t understand it, thankfully only had to do it for 1 year at senior school before I dropped it.

So it’s amusingly ironic that I married a man who not only excelled at Maths at school (damn him), but did his degree in Physics (double damn him), AND at one of the best places in the UK to boot: Imperial College, London University (triple damn him!).

They do say opposites attract.  In fact, it is a scientific fact!  Here’s the formula for you…

physics dullard + physics boffin = happy pairing

So why am I telling you this, you may ask?  Well, when Tall Brown Fox recently said that he’d never been to the Science Museum and would like to go, I was shocked!  You see, the Science Museum is on the same road as Imperial: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 to be precise!

They’re even slap bang next door to each other on Exhibition Road!

He’d spent 3 years at Imperial and hadn’t stepped inside the building next door to him!  Soooo, no guesses as to which building I’m standing outside of here!

I look rather spooked in this photo.  Maybe I was worried that the mahoosive pumping engine cogs and wheels contraption behind me will break free and come hurtling towards me before Tall Brown Fox had taken the picture!

Having left the duster coat and beret in the museum’s cloakroom, I kept the denim jacket on as the shirt is quite light, being only chiffon. It has a lovely intricate pattern that feels rather baroque in style.

On the top floor of the museum where the horology display is and I’m standing next to a turret clock. The kind you find in 19c church towers or town halls.

I can’t honestly remember where I got this multi strand necklace from – old age creeping up on me – but I was rather taken by it’s unusual design.  I liked how it looked against the print of the shirt and it neatly dovetails with the colour of the skinny jeans.

The suede booties were a steal – not literally, I don’t go around nicking things – they were a happy, find on e-bay.  The only plus about having small feet is I can wear children’s shoes.  The only negative about this, is often the designs aren’t really what you want to wear at my age!  Sometimes though, you stumble across a pair that does work.

I like the white stitching on black which is the reserve of the black pattern on the white shirt.

Seasonal Skinny Jeans
Asos Petite Duster Coat – sold out
Denim Jacket (ancient)
Peacocks Printed Chiffon Tunic Shirt
Black Fringe Suede bag from Joy the store.  Also worn on Biker Boots & Bling and on Date Night
Scarf from French market stall
Marks & Spencer Girls Black Suede Boots (e-bay)

I leave you with a lady from a different era: the remarkable Ada Lovelace.  On the top floor of the museum, next to what will be the new Mathematics Gallery, there is a small room devoted to this important lady.  We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the room, hence having to take this shot from outside.

She was the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron.  She was fascinated by science and maths and become a highly esteemed mathematician and writer; quite a feat at that time for a woman and she’s regarded by many as the ‘first computer programmer’.  

Here’s the background behind my weekly Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge

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  1. November 6, 2015 / 4:30 am

    Yes, I can see the Charlotte Gray influence, a good way to make casual wear more sophisticated. Well, it seems you finally found some use for physics, if only in a museum. I hated math and physics, too (excelled in languages, of course).

    • November 6, 2015 / 3:46 pm

      Gives it a lift, doesn't it. Ha, ha, I do like science now, especially when Tall Brown Fox can explain it in a way that makes sense to me! I was always better at the arts. He can never understand how I remember dates and people from history!

  2. November 6, 2015 / 6:42 am

    Hi Jacqueline, there are so many sweet elements to this outfit. I love the patterned chiffon shirt, love the necklace and I know I've commented on it before, but I really love the fringed bag. Oh, and the twinkley beret is pretty perfect too! Great post x

    • November 6, 2015 / 3:47 pm

      Honestly that bag has been one of my best buys this Autumn. Never thought I'd use it so much but it really has come out tops. You'll all be bored of seeing that bag soon! Thanks Anna for your lovely compliments.

  3. November 6, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Love your outfit and thanks for pointing out how you thoughtfully styled it. I have requested a book about Ada Lovelace as I'd like to know more about her story.

    • November 6, 2015 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you Juhli, glad you liked it. I'm glad you've requested a book about Ada. She's a fascinating character, was clearly fiercely intelligent and achieved quite alot in her short life. I'm sure you'll enjoy finding out more about her.

  4. November 6, 2015 / 1:43 pm

    I love how you layered here. The fringe purse and khaki trench-coat are both very nice.

    Enjoy the weekend. Ada. =)

    • November 6, 2015 / 3:54 pm

      Thanks Ada. I'm layering more and more now we're getting further into Autumn! The duster is more beige than khaki but sometimes colours look different on computer screens, don't they?

  5. November 7, 2015 / 2:35 am

    I love your duster coat! Great layering here and your hat is so fun! I majored in math, so I love it. 😉

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • November 8, 2015 / 5:11 pm

      It's a keeper that duster coat. Thanks Amy. You could've have explained some the of the Maths to me then!

  6. November 8, 2015 / 3:27 am

    lovely layed outfit and yay for finally getting the "Fox" to the musuem and yes, opposites do attract haha!
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

  7. November 8, 2015 / 5:07 am

    It is amazing how many outfits can be created around same garment! Love to watch your challenge, always interesting to see new combinations. Pretty you in this beret and the chiffon shirt is lovely!

    • November 8, 2015 / 5:13 pm

      Thanks Olga. I thought it would be hard to do so many with just one pair of skinny jeans but it's actually been easier than I thought (and enjoyable being creative with them too), so I'm glad you're interested in seeing the combos I come up with!

  8. November 8, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    Absolutely love everything about this outfit my friend! I would totally wear this…except maybe the beret. It is utter perfection on you, but I've got a thing about wearing hats; not sure what the problem is, but they bug me. I was awful at math too and anything science related as well. Oddly enough, science is now my favorite thing to teach to my kids.

    • November 8, 2015 / 5:15 pm

      Thank you so much Debbie! What a lovely compliment. Some people suit hats and some don't. I seem to suit berets best as most hats come down over my eyes! It's funny, isn't it how something we both disliked and weren't good at, at school, we like now. I'm fascinated by science, even if I don't completely understand it!

  9. November 9, 2015 / 3:24 am

    Great layering, I am love the beret on you! Growing up, I had to wear a beret to church and since then have not worn it. I think it's time I give it a try again.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.


  10. November 9, 2015 / 11:35 am

    Thank you Alice. I do love my berets! Do give them a try again, they're fun and easy to wear.

  11. November 13, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    Love the beret, I think it is a signature style of yours. Very nice layering as I love the burgundy pants and the fiinge bag, as well as those elements that make it unique to you.
    Thanks for linking up with MRS Linkup
    jess xx

  12. November 13, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    Oh it definitely is Jess. I just love berets and they seem to love me. It's one of the best styles of headwear for me especially as I have such a small head and so many hats are just too big.

  13. November 20, 2015 / 1:39 am

    The beret is so cute on you and the layered look lets you play with all kinds of texture and fabrics. Thanks for sharing your style point of view on the My Refined Style Linkup!


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