Coat and scarf - Primark, couple of years ago | Beret - Knit by myself | Gloves - vintage, gift
Cardigan - M&S | Skirt - vintage, via Etsy | Shirt and socks - Primark
Handbag and brooch - vintage from Lou Lou's | Shoes - Clarks
I often feel inspired by the looks worn by college students in the 1940s. It really appeals to me as a casual style of dressing which nonetheless still looks groomed and not sloppy. I often think that casual vintage looks are harder in some ways to put together than dressier looks (frock, hat, heels) but such casual looks allow me to still look very vintage or classic but avoid the elements that people often think look costumey.
Recently I've been wearing the two bracelets shown in the final picture as a bit of a nod to the stacks of ID bracelets (is that what they are?) worn in several of these photos by Nina Leen from Life Magazine, 1944. They give a few quotes from the original article and I particularly like this part:
"It is a world of sweaters and skirts and bobby sox and loafers, of hair worn long, of eye-glass rims painted red with nail polish, of high school boys no yet gone to war."
I'd like my life to look like that as well - at least as far as my wardrobe goes - even if I'm not technically a teenager any more.