Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Breaking Out....

I have always liked colour and comfort in clothing. During my working years I was restricted to the standard drab office shades of black and clerical grey, although I did manage to get away with a bronze mohair suit on one particular contract in Bristol.
Ties of course of a modest design were compulsory all day long and every day.

I recall that on Saturday mornings, during my training, we were allowed to wear sports coats and cravats. On the hottest of days widows were allowed to be opened to let in a slight movement of air on the proviso that there was no disturbance of drawings or papers. 

Towards the end of my life in design offices, I took it upon myself to leave off my tie during the summer and wear an open neck shirt. To anyone who remarked on this I would tell them that I was engaged for what I knew and not to look like a tailors dummy.

I retired early, took a few years off for myself and changed direction. 
Suits, books and the brief case were parked in a cupboard. Jeans became my weekly attire as well as green lovat trousers and check shirts for going to the pub.

I branched out from green to blue trousers a few years back and was always looking for 
a pair that was maroon or scarlet.

To my delight two weeks ago I found a pair of maroon cotton trousers by Gurteen and then yesterday I dropped into a friend's shop just on the off chance. 
I emerged came with the pair shown below, tailored by MMX.
I knew as soon as I had put them on that they were going to come home with me.

The jacket is linen by Carlo Gross



Wonderful scarlet turnups
The shoes are Dubarry



I really love the detailing about the pockets


To my utter joy the tailoring of these trousers actually 
gives me a slim look! 

I would like to assure my readers that this isn't turning into a fashion blog, nor will you see me wearing a red pointy hat, I just wanted to share my glee with you!

28 comments:

  1. Mel, you are quite the stylist dude!! looks like you are set to have some fun.

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  2. Thank you Gwen I am always ready and immediately after the photo shoot we did :) !

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  3. Very dapper Grandpa Heron, you cut a dashing figure ;)

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  4. Great trousers Heron - but the outfit would look even better topped with a red pointy hat!

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    1. That's quite enough of that and in any case I don't have their agility !

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    2. Tut tut Mrs H. Don't you think he cuts quite a dash with the Mediterranean look

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    3. O'oh Rita darling how nice of you !
      Thanks xx

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    1. Thank you Kath; how's the Goddess Conference going ?

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  6. What a splendid look you have achieved. I am sure the little red hats approve of it. Agree about the red trim - the piece de resistance!

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    1. Thank you for your appreciation Pat and as always it is the finish and details that make the difference.

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  7. That linen jacket will suit many more colors of trousers. Why stop with just red. Nice shirt, bye the bye.

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    1. Yes, I know Joanne, the problem is in finding them. I shall either have to have patience or travel to a larger town.

      Thank you for your interest.

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  8. Very natty Mel - quality always shines through :) xxxx

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    1. Many thanks Fran, I do believe you are right :) xx

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  9. A real bobby dazzler! I do like your beret too. :-)

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    1. Thanks Debs the beret came via a French Traveller ;)

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  10. You look quite debonair, no wonder my husband thought you were from France, not Ireland.

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    1. Ah' thank you Janet. I presume your husband was led astray by my beret, an easy error to make, although quite a few men were berets over here.

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  11. My dear fellow. Been perusing your blog and found self enchanted. My compliments and admiration. Following.

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    1. Thank you very much Geo and also for following.

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  12. Good grief, man! You're starting to look like the mayor of Bristol in his salmon trews.

    Just as soon as the temperature rises above 13, the shorts are broken out and don't go back till the temperature drops below 13 again.

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    1. The Mayor of Bristol!
      Philip, I know not what you are talking about.

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  13. I love a splash of colour in an outfit. You look very chic, Mel.

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    1. Thanks A-M :) .I find grey and black trousers a bit boring!

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  14. Oh Mel, never have I seen a more dapper looking Heron! I love the whole outfit and tell Jane there's no need for a red pointy hat at all. The beret has absolutely the right amount of dash. Wonderful! I love the red turn ups too! The colour is absolutely it :-)))

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    1. Thank you Val. Your generous comments are gratefully received xxx

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