When I was a girl, I wanted to go to an all girls, Catholic school, because I'd seen an old film called The Trouble with Angels, starring Hayley Mills, and I loved the look of the uniforms. My parents, bless them, who had worked quite hard to make our school system so excellent, said it probably wouldn't be such a great idea, being as we're not actually Catholics.
Lately, as you might know from past posts such as 'portrait of an artist as young woman', I've been banging on for quite a while about school jackets, esp. worn over something soft, silky, lacey, or otherwise unexpected.
So you can imagine my surprise when recently, my lovely husband, Mr. Dot, asked me to try this jacket on. He found it in a charity shop, & it's from The Woldingham School for Girls. You've got to click on the link, the music alone makes it worth it, but it's just such a hysterical little film! (No offence to those of you bloggers out there who are either going there, or alumni.) Finally: even if I didn't get to be scolded by nuns in habits for smoking, at least I've got the jacket! It's a very well made jacket, to boot.
Later that same day, I even got Mr. D take photos of me in said jacket. In these shots I'm wearing it over my ubiquitous Mizrahi lime green seersucker shots/swimsuit bottom from Target two years ago that I've been wearing for all of August, and black suede Topshop pom pom flats. What what I'd really like to wear it with is something like Sarah's nude crepe embroidered dress from 'somewhere in Notting Hill', above. I also love the details of the turquoise in her belt, the jewelry she wore with it... everything about her outfit, frankly. And when it gets a bit cold, she could throw on a jacket like mine!
So for those of you who were concerned for me recently (and I'm grateful!) that perhaps I was struggling with Mr. Dot, well, just wanted you to know that he's got some quite good qualities, after all.
I'm really curious: is this just a recent London/UK look? School jackets over frilly frocks? Any sightings elsewhere on the planet?