Seasonal Skinny Wk 30: Abstract Shirt: Red and Green

Before we get underway with today’s post, I just wanted to thank everyone for their messages and kind words of support about my Dad’s cancer.  

They have given me a much needed boost at this difficult time.

I hope you’ve got a head for heights as this week’s edition of the Seasonal Skinny comes to you from atop of the Rundetårn, the 17th century Round Tower in Copenhagen, Denmark!

Tall Brown Fox and I were there a couple of weeks ago celebrating my 50th birthday!

We had planned to visit Copenhagen last summer but we had to postpone. In a way, a longer wait made our visit all the more exciting, especially being there the week of such a big ‘0’ birthday!  It turned out to be a week of wonderful surprises, one of the best birthdays in a long time and a much needed break after the news about my Dad having cancer.

I’m generally hopeless with heights but I could hardly turn down such a superb location to showcase one of my holiday outfits. We certainly had a fine day to appreciate the views across this beautiful city, which I absolutely fell in love with.

Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Boden Petite Shirt, New Look Trilby Hat | Petite Silver Vixen

You may have heard the rhyming phrase that runs along the lines of

‘Red and green should never be seen, except upon an Irish Queen.’

which always seemed a little daft to me because

a) red and green are complementary colours so they do go together,
b) think about it … red flowers, green stems, anyone??????
c) we’d have to cancel Christmas otherwise because they are THE Christmas colours and
d) I’m not Irish or a Queen!

All in all, it’s a no brainer to pair these colours and my abstract print shirt in shades or red, blue and green makes the perfect linking piece for the green tee and red skinny jeans.

The boon of owning a classic shirt where the cut is a perfect fit for your frame, 

is its versatility.

But ah, Petite Vix, surely a patterned shirt isn’t as versatile as the crisp white shirt that every uber fashionista blogger seems to have in their wardrobe or that every fashion editor seems to recommend buying?  

Well, this is the third time I’ve worn this classic shirt from Boden on the blog; my cost per wear is proving what a wise investment it was. I wore it in my Double Denim post and in my Subtle Pattern Mixing post.  In fact, I’ve worn it way more than 3 times in real life and so far, I can report it washes well and holds its shape after a quick iron.

Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Boden Petite Shirt, New Look Trilby Hat | Petite Silver Vixen

Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Boden Petite Shirt, New Look Trilby Hat | Petite Silver Vixen

Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Boden Petite Shirt, New Look Trilby Hat | Petite Silver Vixen

Boden Petite Abstract Pattern Shirt | Petite Silver Vixen

This time though, the shirt shone in its own right, rather than under a coat or a cardigan as in the previous two blog appearances.  Our first day in Copenhagen was a perfect late Spring day, gloriously bright and sunny; the kind where there’s no need for a jacket but you want a light layer.

When out sightseeing all day, a cotton shirt is the ideal light layer when a cardigan would be too warm.

Plus here, it protects my arms and neck from the sun on a noon day boat trip, Tall Brown Fox and I did around the waterways, canals, islands and harbour that make up this wonderful coastal, capital city.

HELLO!   I’m on me hols!  


Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Boden Petite Shirt, New Look Trilby Hat | Petite Silver Vixen

On holiday, I want to be relaxed, comfortable and casual but without being so casual that I stick out like a sore tourist thumb, who’s left their sense of style forlornly at home!

– A trilby straw hat suits a Spring / Summer city break holiday more than a floppy sun hat would and is more stylish than the ubiquitous baseball cap I see many a tourist wear back in London.

– Metallic accessories of bag and shoes are easy finishing touches.  They go with so many clothes and colours (as shown here and here), which is exactly what you need when dealing with luggage allowances.

Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Boden Petite Shirt, New Look Trilby Hat | Petite Silver Vixen

Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Boden Petite Shirt, New Look Trilby Hat | Petite Silver Vixen

Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Boden Petite Shirt, New Look Trilby Hat | Petite Silver Vixen

And yes it’s fine to mix your metallics!

Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Boden Petite Shirt, Accessorize Metallic Bag | Petite Silver Vixen

Dorothy Perkins Skinny Jeans (old)
Boden Petite Classic Blue Red Floral Spot Shirt  Available in regular & petite
Warehouse t-shirt SS15  This season’s t-shirt
New Look Trilby Hat & Necklace (SS15)  Tassel Trim Trilby Straw Hat or Pom Pom Metallic Trilby Hat both currently in the sale.
Accessorize Metallic Blush Bag SS16 but sold out online.  Bronze Shimmer Snake Cross Body bag or Metallic Silver Saddle Bag
Bonobo (French brand) Mock Croc Slip on  Vans Silver Slip On or Vans Sneakers

Abstract Shirt Footnote

Sightseeing is hard work, I’m tellin’ ya!  A pit stop was required for some refuelling, especially if you’ve conquered the dizzy heights of a tower taller than Tall Brown Fox and if you’ve opted to carry the shared lightweight, day back pack that day.

As it was our first day of the holiday, I went all out and shamelessly had 3 – gasp – THREE scoops; chocolate, pistachio and raspberry sorbet!

Who cares about calories when you’re on holiday, it’s your birthday week and the local ice cream tastes this delicious?  Not me, that’s for sure!

Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Boden Petite Shirt, | Petite Silver Vixen eating ice cream

What’s your favourite ice cream?  And where has been your favourite City break holiday?

Here’s some background about my year long Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge.

Linking with  High Latitude Style / Fashion Should Be Fun / Fabulous Friday /  Flashback Friday


  1. June 25, 2016 / 2:35 am

    Is there anything as amazing as ice cream on holiday? I mean other than sex on holiday, of course. ; )


  2. June 25, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    As far as I'm concerned, you can never have enough ice cream! I love Copenhagen, too. I didn't realized your Dad is so sick – I'm sorry to hear that. Well, hope you have the BEST holiday and birthday!

    • June 27, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      It's a beautiful city, isn't it? I adored it. It was a lovely place to spend my birthday in.
      Thank you for your kind words, Susan.

  3. June 25, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    I love these colors. Sorry to hear about your father.

  4. June 25, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, Dear. I missed that post. Sending love & a big blogger to blogger hug your way. I'm so happy to be sharing my 50th bday month with you and Suzanne C! Let's make 50 ROCK!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!

    Dawn Lucy

    • June 27, 2016 / 4:50 pm

      Thank you Dawn.
      Yup, us 50+ fillies must show our 40+ fillies a thing or two!

  5. June 25, 2016 / 11:18 pm

    Happy, happy birthday Jacqueline!!
    And of course you should celebrate with ice cream. When my husband turned 50, he got 50 days of ice cream (it's his absolute favorite!)
    I rarely pair red & green together but not because of the poem (i'd never heard it before), but I think it reminds me of christmas—that being said, I think the blouse pulls it all together perfectly!!

    • June 27, 2016 / 4:51 pm

      Wow, 50 days of ice cream! That's my kind of present!
      The shirt definitely livens things up and moves it away from being Christmassy.

  6. June 26, 2016 / 6:54 am

    Jacqueline I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I will have to back track to learn more. I've been out of the loop a bit for the past month as my son was ill and I nursed him through a bad spell. Thankfully he's returned home now and I'm trying to catch up on my blogging friends. Congratulations on your 50th birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful time. I love all of these colours and also that you've spiced things up even further with the metallics. Another great post x

    • June 27, 2016 / 4:52 pm

      Thank you Anna.
      I hope your son is now fully recovered – that must be hard as a Mum to see your child unwell.
      The 50th birthday celebrations have gone on all month – I'm working it!

  7. June 27, 2016 / 10:57 am

    i've no problems in mixing red and green!, they look fabulous, particularly when there's another color joining the party (orange!).
    And you look comfy&cool in your traveller outfit, love your shoes and that cute hat, very useful too!
    Congrats on your birthday, and so lovely pictures enjoying those tasty delightful icecreams!

    • June 27, 2016 / 4:49 pm

      Orange – now that's an idea, Monica!
      The ice creams was just delicious. We had one most days!

  8. June 27, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    Oh scooting around on a boat for the afternoon sounds so lovely. And you look terrific too, and good for you for wearing protective clothing. the ice cream – well, that is making me so hungry! xo


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