Outfit: The Navy and The Red Coats
Have you ever stopped to think about how many of the words we use daily are actually military terms that have sifted down into everyday use? Words such as ‘khaki”, which now means a dull greenish tan colour, but originated from the Persian word for “dust” that was used to describe the uniforms of the soldiers stationed in the Middle East. Or the word “alarm” which originally came from the Italian phrase “all’ arme!” meaning “to arms!” The phrase “top brass” refers to a person of authority. There is debate about where the term came from, but it most likely originated because of the brass insignias officers wear to denote rank. Or even the term “navy blue”, which again hearkens back to the colour of the uniforms worn by the British Navy.
This all may seem rather unrelated to anything, but I started thinking about this when I wrote a note to myself to remember this outfit. I wrote: “Navy Dress/ Red Coat” which immediately called to mind, of course, the Navy and the Red Coats, (a slang term for the British Army). Completely by accident, this outfit I wore last week is even rather military inspired. The buttoned red velvet jacket, the fluffy navy blue hat, and even the touches of brass jewellery. I’ve got a bit of both the Army and the Navy showing through in this outfit, so of course a military/exploration inspired photo shoot was in order. There’s nothing I love better than a good theme. 😉 I wish I’d had a flag I could have posed with, to mark the territory I conquered, but as I didn’t, you’ll have to make believe with the walking stick I grabbed off of an obliging dead tree, the binoculars I used to spy out enemy territory, and this decrepit old bunker I have claimed as mine. All done while being fashionably attired of course. 😉
Military Inspired Jacket: Thrifted
Dress: Simplicity 1777
Purse: Second Hand
Cuffs: A gift
January 24, 2017 @ 5:16 pm
My gosh, girl, you are way too fabulous! <3 <3
January 25, 2017 @ 10:28 pm
Aww thanks Rebecca 🙂
January 24, 2017 @ 9:56 pm
Those colors are so. Fabulous. And the contrast between your outfit and the snow. I can’t take it. So gorgeous! You do the stoic model really well! Fierce!
January 25, 2017 @ 10:29 pm
Haha- I have to agree- being a moody model is fun 🙂 Thanks so much for your lovely comment Elizabeth!
January 25, 2017 @ 12:45 am
Sumptuous colours against the snow, and I love the explanation! The jacket is truly gorgeous x
January 25, 2017 @ 10:31 pm
Thanks Porcelina! You can’t go wrong with a velvet jacket!
January 25, 2017 @ 4:20 am
What a divine look – and even better against the snowy background. The richness of the blues is so lovely, and the contrast with the raspberry-ish, velvety burgundy is perfect! Kx
January 25, 2017 @ 10:32 pm
Thanks so much Karen for your sweet comment 🙂 I was glad for a perfect snowy day to get these pictures, as I thought the white background would be a good contrast.
January 25, 2017 @ 6:18 am
Hello,ciao Nicole…what a Great…SUPER Great Post!…Fashion is Art…and..you’re an Artist of the Style!…an applause, a standing ovation for your style…Cheers!
January 25, 2017 @ 10:33 pm
Thanks so much for your kind words Aure!
January 25, 2017 @ 6:44 pm
The colours here contrast so beautifully with your background.
That jacket is gorgeous.
Kudos to you for walking in the snow in heels!
January 25, 2017 @ 10:36 pm
Thanks Suzanne! I was waiting for a the perfect snowy day to get these photos, and I am so glad I waited 🙂 And don’t worry, I wore boots (which are just out of frame) to tramp to this spot and pack down the snow in the area I was standing. I did get cold feet, but it was worth it- haha!
January 25, 2017 @ 11:19 pm
hello Nicole…the photo feature-2.jpg is Great!
also the photo feature-2.jpg…make dreams…hey,maybe with the binoculars are you able to view towards the Mediterranean Sea?…Sicily?…Aurè the Artist Atelier?…
…Your Style,Your Art is so Fabolous!
January 26, 2017 @ 3:53 pm
Haha. I thought the binoculars were a fun touch. I can’t see Sicily from here, though I wish I could! 😉
January 26, 2017 @ 3:41 pm
This color combo! Fabulous! As is this jacket!
January 26, 2017 @ 3:52 pm
Thanks so much Janey!
January 27, 2017 @ 2:03 am
Such rich colouRs and textures. Velvet is one if my Real lOves. Indulgence and luxyry at its best. And such an unusual hat. I am not familiar with this style, But it is glorious on you!
January 27, 2017 @ 4:28 pm
Thanks so much Christina! I agree- velvet is so indulgent 🙂 The hat is from the 1960’s, I believe, and is kind of a pillbox shape covered in tulle. It is a very strange hat, and yet it is one of my favourites!
January 29, 2017 @ 11:55 pm
WHat a wonderfuL Jacket! That’s why i should learn now to thrift… Love how You’ve styled it too – such rich colours. I apologise if this comment comes out all in caps – that’s how im seeing it in the editor but i dont seem able to do anything about it!!!
January 30, 2017 @ 12:05 am
Thanks so much- it was definitely a lucky find. Thrifting is sometimes such a bother, but when you find something good it is worth it. I used to hate thrifting, but now I’m addicted 🙂
Thank-you also so much for mentioning that the comment editor was in all caps! I changed my blog format and somehow accidentally put it to all caps, and I was wondering why everyones comments were coming out in mixed up upper and lower case letters. I have fixed it now! 🙂
February 3, 2017 @ 8:42 am
Great theme and great outfit. The jacket is fabulous, as is the hat!
February 3, 2017 @ 4:41 pm
Thanks so much Kate-Em! You can’t go wrong with a good theme, right? 🙂