Indian Winter


I've always said that living in a city that I don't love, I can survive quite cheerfully as long as I can hide in my flat every so often – it's just the world as I want it to be, and I can pretend that what's outside the windows is, too.

In early February, that mean old world is even more grey and damp, and the wind whistles through my windows, moving the curtains in a ghostly fashion. So this, in a roundabout way, is why I'm staying indoors, rather than roaming the countryside, although I can't wait until the months when the prospect of that becomes enticing again.


This dress, with its Indian inspired fabric, is handmade 1960s I think. It was my first foray into vintage, actually, years ago, and was probably more expensive than anything I would buy now. I love it, but somehow I've never really worn it anywhere. Perhaps I haven't quite been brave enough, but I think I am now. It fits perfectly (something I only ever really get from vintage) and I like the way it brightens up the greyness outside.

In my current hermit mode, I've been reading To Kill a Mockingbird which I've somehow never read before, and the latest issue of Oh Comely magazine, which just seems to be getting better and better with each issue. I've been enjoying branching out with less established magazines lately, and am so pleased I have - they reward you in a way that Vogue and the other big players never could.

On that note, I must direct anyone who is interested in such things to Ellen Burney of Vagabondiana's beautiful riposte to the traditional fashion press – her words are brilliant, and her point equally so.

Dress: Vintage handmade 1960s
Wool Tights: H&M
Shoes: Topshop


  1. My mum bought me a copy of Oh Comely for Christmas :) I loved it!

  2. What a gorgeous dress, and I love your hair as well. I try to break up the grey winter with color from time to time as well, though other times I just give in and allow myself to drown in neutrals.


  3. that dress is fantastic! it looks beautiful.
    i read to kill a mockingbird in the summer and thought it was wonderful - hope you enjoy it

  4. The dress is lovely. I understand why you'd be hesitant to wear it: it is to delicate for every day, still not quite evening wear... But it is definetely a good investment! ;-)


  5. I have no words.

    Well, yeah, I have quite a few, haha. I know exactly how you feel, I can't wait to be able to walk around properly, taking photos of everything I see, but it's just too cold outside, isn't it?
    That dress is absolutely lovely and looks incredibly dreamy in those pictures. I love how you've paired it with those adorable tights.

    And in reply to your comment, you're secret safe with me! ;)

  6. It's beautiful! Really stunning. If I looked as cute as you did in it, I would wear it out all the time, even just to the coffee shop!

  7. This dress looks like it's made of a banarasi kataan material which is traditionally used in the indian subcontinent as wedding garb. It is quite expensive and very delicate...my mother's wedding saree is of the same material.

    You are very lucky to be possessing something so unique.


    Tashrin - Style musings of a Bengali girl from Toronto, Canada

  8. Jo: Did she? That's amazing! Your mum has good taste - it's pretty good I think. I just naughtily bought a subscription...

    Feathers: It's black I always end up drowning in... it's just too easy to wear! It is good to wear something a bit brighter sometimes though.

    Style Box: I've been meaning to read it for ages (along with all the other things on my list!) - I'm enjoying it a lot.

    Maya: You're right I think - it's not quite sure where it fits in, and perhaps I'm not sure either. One day something will come up that it's perfect for I'm sure!

    Michelle: Ha, thanks ;). It is getting warmer though I think! Nearly!

    Anabela: Aw, thank you. It is too pretty not to wear, I agree... I think I might need to work up some bravery before wearing it for coffee though!

    Tashrin: Amazing, do you think so? I'm not sure it's quite as delicate as that, although the material is very beautiful. I am very lucky to have it though.


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