Pale Warmth

Pale Warmth

It struck me when I was looking at those crunchy old photos of me that my mother back in the day broke the rule that she imposed on me in my teens when buying warm clothing "Don’t buy things in white/cream – you’ll only get it dirty!" – by wearing her very white and fluffy ski jacket.  There’s something in the brain I’m sure that makes people turn to darker colours in colder climates.  Today was the first day that I felt a proper London city CHILL, yet I opted for something that didn’t look all that practical at all… Pringle cashmere jumper, Tao peach wooly shorts, vintage tie dye tee, nude over the knee crochet socks over grey tights and Forever 21 heeled brogues, Topshop pale satin swing jacket, vintage knitted white shawl and a cream wooly beanie.  It’s as if pale colours in the cold might attract grime, city fumes and god knows what else because it felt like I was the only one dressed in this pastel palette that is best shunted to warmer weather… and the mothership’s words were ringing in my head as I headed home huddled up in peaches and cream…



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  1. WendyB

    2008-11-29 at 6:16 PM

    Cute but looks like your thighs would be chilly! 🙂

  2. susie_bubble

    2008-11-29 at 6:20 PM

    I have enough cushin’ there to keep the thighs warm…. it’s the toes though that get mighty cold…blame bad circulation….

  3. missmilki

    2008-11-29 at 6:58 PM

    Love this outfit – I think pale coloured woollens are lovely, and it probably is because we weren’t allowed them as kids, now I think they are far more elegant and delicate than more practical darker colours.

  4. Shesdressingup

    2008-11-29 at 7:26 PM

    Lovely, cosy outfit. My mother used to tell me exactly the same thing about whites… But to be honest she was right – when I wear white it always needs a wash afterwards!

  5. Jenny

    2008-11-29 at 7:52 PM

    Oh wow, I’m loving that pastel color palette.

  6. hopuchan

    2008-11-29 at 7:58 PM

    i really like the color palette!

  7. Alicia/InstantVintage

    2008-11-29 at 8:05 PM

    You look so cute and cozy!

  8. Sunset

    2008-11-29 at 8:06 PM

    My mom says this same exact thing… in fact, she said it yesterday. But you look amazing.

  9. Aja

    2008-11-29 at 9:15 PM

    That is one adorable outfit. Something about light colours in the winter is so joyful and calm.

  10. KD

    2008-11-29 at 10:16 PM

    I love this outfit and I feel like there’s something so sweet about wearing cream/white in the winter (though I can’t abide big white puffer jackets).

  11. Frankie - Swell Vintage

    2008-11-29 at 10:24 PM

    Those shoes are dreamy! x

  12. pretty face

    2008-11-29 at 10:24 PM

    I hate how wearing bright yellow or pink in the winter is somehow deemed inappropriate. Or all black frowned upon in summer. LET ME WEAR MY BRIGHT YELLOW DRESS I feel like shouting.

  13. Fashion Fille

    2008-11-29 at 11:31 PM

    one of my favorite outfits of yours!

  14. hek

    2008-11-30 at 12:08 AM

    I love that soft colours in wintertime. I get a bit tired of all the black, and also when it’s totally white outside (there’s much snow here in Norway) different shades of white and pastels looks so beautiful next to all that glittering snow.

  15. selina

    2008-11-30 at 2:24 AM

    it looks alot more cosy than a heavy jacket would!

  16. The Six Six Sick Girls

    2008-11-30 at 2:46 AM

    Viva winter whites! I love this look, and wearing light colors in the colder months.

  17. stephanie

    2008-11-30 at 3:26 AM

    I love this photo. The slightly wild hair against the cozy knits!

  18. Fashion Tidbits

    2008-11-30 at 3:36 AM

    i swear Susie, you ARE the layering Queen!!!! 😛

  19. enc

    2008-11-30 at 4:24 AM

    That’s a peachy way to stay warm. Snow bunny-ish.

  20. pameoduz

    2008-11-30 at 4:33 AM

    lookin’ real cozy there 🙂

  21. Brandon

    2008-11-30 at 4:42 AM

    Im glad to hear that I’m not the only one who wants to stay away from the all dark clothes winter. its even more difficult for us guys when throughout the year outerwear normally only comes in black, navy, beige, grey or dark khaki. I dream of being able to have a piece of outerwear that is light coloured but not white because on guys i find it too flamboyant (but as always there’s a way to make it not that way). you look lovely in your peaches and cream.

  22. arline Jernigan

    2008-11-30 at 6:01 AM

    That is really cute!
    By now, there are no set rules, are there.
    It does not matter what part of the year it is, I will make white dirty.
    Are you just posing on that bike, or are you gonna ride it (in the cold) ? 😉

  23. songy

    2008-11-30 at 6:08 AM

    cute will be the only word to describe the current outfit.

  24. Sammy

    2008-11-30 at 6:41 AM

    You have an amazing blog! I love your style, oh and i have those shoes! haha
    i would love to exchange links!

  25. Lilly

    2008-11-30 at 11:23 AM


  26. Annie Spandex

    2008-11-30 at 12:27 PM

    I’ve always loved peach and gray as a combination.

  27. belle fantaisie

    2008-11-30 at 6:03 PM

    you look quite chilly! but your shoes are gorgeous!

  28. carmen

    2008-11-30 at 7:14 PM

    way to make winter dressing sexy 😉

  29. floraposte

    2008-11-30 at 8:57 PM

    Great outfit! You still look cold though!

  30. Paloma

    2008-11-30 at 9:03 PM


  31. ms sashimi

    2008-12-01 at 12:52 AM

    nice spectator shoes

  32. Eyeliah

    2008-12-02 at 2:34 AM

    Pales look lovely!! Great with bad ass makeup.

  33. Tara

    2008-12-02 at 3:46 AM

    You look like a 1920’s cabaret performer getting off work and going out into the cold NY night…too lovely!

  34. Jael

    2008-12-02 at 6:10 PM

    I’d try winter white, but there are too many parking lots and filthy cars in my life.

  35. ambika

    2008-12-08 at 6:49 PM

    Oh my gosh, wooly shorts?! I’m in love!

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