Taking steps is easy, standing still is hard

Forever Amber in Bettie Page skirt and sweater

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Forever Amber in Bettie Page skirt and sweater

teal slingback shoes

50s style full skirt and fitted sweater

retro autumn outfit

I bought this outfit in Florida: on the day these photos were taken, in fact. I was so excited to be in the Bettie Page store, which is a bit like Disneyland to me, and buying something I loved, that when I’d finished trying it on, I managed to put my dress on back to front. Then I went to pay and realised my wallet wasn’t in my handbag, where it definitely should have been, (Anyone spotting a bit of a theme here?) so I totally freaked out and ran out to the car with my backwards-facing dress and my messy bunhead falling down from all of the changing in and out of sweaters and dresses, and, yeah, fun times, folks, fun times. By the time I got home that night I looked like I’d been, I don’t know, wrestling bears or something, rather than just trying on retro-inspired dresses and skirts in a store.

(My wallet was in the car, by the way, much to Terry’s relief. I mean, I don’t think he’d have gone for the whole “forgot my wallet” schtick two days in a row, somehow…)

Having bought this skirt and sweater, though, I then found myself having to forget all about them for a few weeks. Well, it was Florida in July, you know? It was about 100 degrees in the shade at the time, and even when we got back home, it still wasn’t exactly sweater weather. The skirt, meanwhile, is quite a heavy fabric, and has a built-in petticoat which makes it even heavier: it just felt like more of an autumn/winter piece than a summer one, so I hung them both up, and I waited for the weather to get cooler, which it did this week. Oh, did it EVER. In fact, I had to break out the ol’ fishnet tights too, for the first (but definitely not the last) time this autumn, and I was definitely cursing Bettie Page’s decision to give this sweater elbow-length sleeves rather than full-length ones. You know what this means, of course: now that the fishnet tights are on the scene, the coats and boots aren’t far behind. I’m holding out for as long as I can, naturally, but given that it feels more like November than September to me right now, I have a feeling I might not last much longer. Dammit.

Still, there IS one good thing about autumn: I got to wear this outfit at last. And now that I’ve worn it, I may as well just go and hibernate until springtime, See you next May, everyone!

[Wearing: Sweater and skirt: Bettie Page | Shoes: River Island (old) | Sunglasses: eBay]

Hi, I'm Amber. I'm a full-time fashion/shoe blogger from the UK, and this is the story of my life, my clothes, and the International Man of Mystery Next Door. You can read more from me at my other blogs, The Fashion Police and Shoeperwoman, and you can follow me on Bloglovin' here.

19 Comments

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  • Reply September 20, 2013

    char

    Glad you’ve remembered them, now, though. They are both lovely and those shoes are wonderful!

  • Reply September 20, 2013

    Erika

    And, another skirt of yours that I just love! You have such great taste when it comes to clothes.

    • Reply September 21, 2013

      Amber

      Aww, thank you! I’ve been wearing this style of skirt so much lately it’s almost become a uniform, but I just really love them!

  • Reply September 20, 2013

    Suzanne

    I just love this outfit. The colours are gorgeous.

    bisous
    Suzanne

  • Reply September 20, 2013

    anne on

    That sweater is so cute! What is it made from [the website gives no info about the material] ?

    • Reply September 21, 2013

      Amber

      It’s just polyester: I would’ve preferred wool, but I was so pleased with the fit (most modern sweaters are so baggy!) I decided to get it anyway!

  • Reply September 21, 2013

    PFK

    Love those shoes (although I don’t think I’ve seen you wear a pair that I didn’t love)!

  • Reply September 21, 2013

    Ivy G. Rodriguez

    You’re outfit is so gorgeous!

  • Reply September 21, 2013

    Alexandra Marie

    Haha- that is a great story- sounds just like something I would do :) Love the outfit and the shoe shot is amazing- great angle and lighting <3 Alex

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  • Reply September 21, 2013

    Kate

    You look like a vintage movie star! I love it. That skirt length is ideal.

  • Reply September 23, 2013

    life is a shoe

    that skirt is gorgeous!

  • Reply September 23, 2013

    Secret little Stars

    Wooooowwwww!!!! That skirt! You always have the most amazing colours!
    Love your style – keep it coming!

    Tatyana x

  • Reply September 24, 2013

    Joana Leite

    Lovely ♡ loved to know your blog, I’m a new follower :)

    xoxo

  • Reply September 26, 2013

    laura ward

    Love that skirt! Very pin up x x x

  • Reply October 3, 2013

    sarika

    i love your skirt.really it looks lovely!!!!!!!!!!!!
    http://www.unnatisilks.com

  • Reply October 3, 2013

    Kris

    Hi Amber – I adore this outfit. I have the skirt and have decided the sweater makes the outfit. Can you let me now how the sizing on this runs? I’ve read it runs small on one site. Are you wearing a small in your pic? BTW love your blog and adore your style. So beautiful Thanks in advance and hope you don’t mind helping me out here. Kris

    • Reply October 3, 2013

      Amber

      Hi – mine is an xxs: it’s designed to be very form-fitting, so I wouldn’t say it runs particularly small, but there’s a size chart on the VP website which might be more use!

      • Reply October 4, 2013

        Kris

        Thanks so much Amber. It’s a stunning outfit. You have amazing style!

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