retro winter style

Snow Day

Vivien of Holloway blackwatch circle skirt

Vivien of Holloway blackwatch check circle skirt

50s-inspired winter outfit

Vivienne of Holloway blackwatch tartan skirt

Vivien of Holloway blackwatch tartan circile skirtAs I was going through the photos for this post, it occurred to me that my blog has probably given you the impression that it’s been snowing non-stop here for weeks now.

Actually, we’ve only had a few days of snow here and there, rarely lasting for more than a day or two at a time. What we HAVE had, however, is a whole lot of rain (yes, even by our usual standards), which means those occasional snow days have been literally the ONLY time I’ve been able to take outfit photos – because they’ve been the only days when it hasn’t been raining. It’s a struggle, for sure.

Anyway, this Saturday was one of those days when it stopped pouring for just long enough to snow for a couple of hours – and that meant there was just enough time for me to grab these quick photos in it, too. As it happened, this Vivien of Holloway skirt* had arrived the previous day, so my outfit choice was a pretty easy one for once!

This skirt is what I think of as a “true midi” – i.e. it’s designed to hit at mid-calf height on the model, which means I knew in advance that it would probably be closer to ankle-length on yours truly. I didn’t have time to have it taken up before getting these shots (I’m having to just grab any opportunity I can right now: I mean, for all I know, it might not stop raining now until May or something…), so I’ve just rolled it at the waist a couple of times, but I’ll have a couple of inches taken off the bottom and it’ll be perfect. The blackwatch check is one of my favourite prints for autumn/winter, after all, and it works so well with my many, many forest green tops and shoes that it’s never hard to style, either.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why I’m wearing sunglasses in the photos below, this post will explain everything. “You’ll get a LOT of out-takes out of that one,” said Terry, as we headed back to the house. “Why CAN’T you keep your eyes open for more than a few seconds at a time?”

I wish I knew, Terry: I wish I knew…

books by Amber Eve
  • Katie


    My boyfriend makes fun of me for wearing sunglasses outside during daylight hours practically continuously. But otherwise I can’t see! It’s too bright, no one could keep their eyes open. We went to Italy, and every picture is either me in sunglasses, or me with my eyes closed, possibly both.

    February 2, 2016
  • Annabel


    I felt there was something off about this outfit and then I realised… You’re actually wearing booties and tights instead of knee-lenght boots! You look wonderful. I’m suprised you didn’t add that you WERE wearing a coat, though

    February 2, 2016
  • Oh yes, that is indeed the most appropriate skirt for this time of year, especially as you’re in Scotland (and immediately my brain thinks that stereotypically you’ve probably been celebrating Burns night for the last week with neeps and tatties and vats of single malt? No? Well here in Wales we may have had a wee dram or two in solidarity with our fellow Celts…)

    I have started to warm back to VOH again, after finding that I was generally between sizes so the fit of stuff wasn’t great on me. I have one of their tea dresses but it’s faded quite badly and some of the piping has unravelled, so that put me off too. I bought one of their slash neck tops recently though and it is fab! And this skirt looks wonderful, and promises much twirling by the looks of it xx

    February 2, 2016
  • Thanks for confirming my hunch that the VoH skirts would be floor-length on me… If it’s rolled up on you in these photos, that’s the only conclusion I can come to!! Why oh why must I be so short.

    Side note: so pleased to see you in a beret, cos they’re my fave <3

    February 2, 2016
  • SQUEE I love this outfit! So much pretty 🙂

    February 2, 2016
  • Wow Amber that skirt is stunning — I’m such a huge fan of true midi lengths (though they’re also ankle length on me!). And I sympathize with the struggles of finding time to get out and shoot between rain, sleet, snow, ice, and massive wind storms. I had to scrap an entire post because the wind literally made me look like Dorothy being blown around in the tornado to Oz… not pretty!

    Oh, and green really is your color! It’s my favorite hue and yet I feel like it gets so often forgot!


    Ashley || Sed Bona

    February 2, 2016
  • Myra


    I love this whole outfit, and you look wonderful in it .

    February 2, 2016
  • Grasshopper


    Beautiful outfit! You look stunning! I love green and plaid, too.

    February 2, 2016
  • Zhenya


    Hi, Amber! You‘re so pretty.

    February 2, 2016
  • Hi Amber, I haven’t been here for a while. I love that skirt, I need one like that in my life. xx

    February 2, 2016
  • OMG you look amazing. xx

    February 2, 2016
  • Oh that plaid skirt is beautiful That’s a really fun outfit!

    February 3, 2016
  • Moira


    This outfit is very cute, love it

    February 4, 2016