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19th Century Fashion for the 21st Century Girl

Anna Karenina has barely touched our screens and already decadent, bourgeois 19th Century inspired fashion is lazing self-indulgently across all the pages of my magazines. Keira Knightly, the poster girl of Hollywood period drama will be pouting her way through the story line with a grace and poise most of us can only dream of! Seriously luxurious fabrics, extravagant detailing, faux fur and fringing are the style du jour and opulence like this doesn’t come cheap, unless you fancy a treasure hunt…

To re-visit September’s Vogue:

“This seasons Edwardian mood transports us to… the turn of the century”

I loved the style of this heavily embellished jacket – from a selection at Louis Vuitton and was conspicuously priceless – which means expensive!

Well, when I was out and about on my charity shop travels I stumbled across my own less expensive kind of decadence. My blog is all about looking fabulous for less, and is there no finer way to do this than by picking up grandiose garments at frugal prices:

Coat – size S/M £34.99 – Sticky Fingers London – found in Oxfam, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen

This opulent faux fur fringed coat is made from a beautiful heavily embroidered fabric, it screams both elegance and affluence. Sticky fingers coats start at £300 for a Mac, so I would expect a heavy coat like this to be £500. The fur trim around the collar perfectly matches the 19th Century trend demonstrated by Louise Vuitton.

“Trimmings alone used to define the changing seasons; adorn yourself now in statement houndstooth, embroidery and a dash of Mongolian fur (layering is an haute affair)

Followers of my blog will have seen my latest houndstooth find, a pencil skirt for £3.49. This picture shows exquisite embroidery around the bottom of the coat, sumptuous to the end. I found a gorgeous embroidered jacket while out in Perth which will conform with the 19th Century trend perfectly:

H&M jacket, size 8, £8 found in British Red Cross, Scott Street, Perth

This is quite a theatrical style and unless you’re bold, you won’t want to dive in with both feet, perhaps a slight dip of the toe into 19th Century waters will do, something like this jacket can be paired with a pencil skirt to keep it current but still shapely and womanly, because afterall, circa 19th Century they were still all about the feminine curves.

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