A day off, a weakness for 1980s jumpers and polka dots may sometimes result in this...

Time to reveal a couple of more weaknesses: relaxed 1980s jumpers and polka-dot scarves. I used to wear loose-fit tops and jumpers as a small teenager, so much that I should be about hating them. Still, I find I have a soft spot for similar pieces as they are creeping back onto the high street. I love grey, black, white, crosses and tapestry prints, so it's no wonder my favourites are combinations of those: dark grey with black and gold crosses, light grey marl with a studded cross, and vintage wallpaper style bird  print. My current obsession - OK, it's been going on for moths now - is a monochrome piece by cool unisex-focused Swedish brand 5preview (see jumper-and-scarf hoard below).

As with spot scarves, I'm not aware of any common history - I just can't not buy it when I see one, so I keep picking those up in high-street shops, markets and vintage fairs. By the way, neither the lady bag nor its cartoon print are my style, but the balance is just brilliant: the style of the bag smartens up relaxed outfits, while the playful graffiti steals an edge into head-to-toe office smart.

When it comes to 1980s jumpers, there are two basic looks for me. One is off-duty with jeans or denim shorts and trainers, while the other is the office-appropriate version, dressed up with a zip detail pencil skirt and heels. Here, besides getting playful with accessories, off duty means deliberately avoiding trying to look sexy in your jeans. Feel free to choose a boyfriend fit, or dig up something old and baggy, and wear it with pride. 

Cross print fitted jumper: New Look, spot scarf: Promod, vintage style bag: a market find,
jeans: Retro, suede wedge trainers: Topshop

Polka-dot neck tie: Promod

mink, pink and ivory scarf: vintage

sheer grey heart print scarf: H&M

sky blue and navy spot pashmina: Next to Nothing, Oxford covered market

spots & stripes cotton scarf: Promod

dark grey cross jumper: New Look

studded cross oversized jumper: New Look

bird print dip hem jumper: Topshop

zebra print jumper: New Look

on the wishlist: jumper by 5preview

retro cartoon print bag: a market find


  1. Nice outfit! :)

  2. Oh my gosh, that bag is so cool. I really like it a lot. Lovely twist to your nice outfit and it works. Great look. Thanks for your kind message via IFB. Please stay in touch.


  3. Scarves definitely gives new look especially it give the Ultimate sense to the fashion and style... cheap pashmina scarves