Summer Tartan and a Vintage Hat

Tartan is something I would have normally only worn in the Winter,that is until I discovered this little
jacket at my local recycling store,Return to Splendour,recently. I fell for the neckline, the sleeve length
and of course the fabric,it is shot with a gold thread.(though this photographs as cream).
Continuing on my journey of leaving the safety of the comfort zone, summer tartan fits right in.

Pairing the tartan with black wide leg linen pants and a black camisole and my black patent
leather wedges,all owned for several seasons . I did find ,surprise,surprise, that high wedges
do not make climbing ladders easy,as in the photo above, when will this girl learn.
The view over the Macquarie River and surrounds was well worth the effort.

The building behind me is the Pump House, part of an early property known as Woolmers Estate,which
dates back to 1817.The estate was owned by the Thomas Archer Family until 1994,when the last Thomas,
a single man died. The estate is now open to the public and is a UNESCO Heritage site because of its early
convict history. I have plans to visit properly in the very near future.

Another vintage, although by no means as old, my hat is from the 1940,s and the label inside
is Gwenn Pennington, New York. It is green,red and black and is finished with a braided bow
and  another small bow .I love the simplicity of this little hat and wonder about its past lives.
I continue my search for interesting summer hats ,so far no joy but I will keep searching.
I have a friend that has just taken up millinery so maybe a commission is in the offing.

My little vintage hat

is joining Judith in her

stunning feathered hat

for Hat Attack


Sacramento and Rosie



the theme is

plaid or tartan.



  1. Tiina L
    February 2, 2015 / 8:08 am

    This is such a cute jacket, and perfect for summer. And it goes brilliantly with that vintage hat.

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:22 am

      Thank you so much Tiina, your comments are always appreciated.

  2. Anonymous
    February 2, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Pretty as a picture 🙂

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:24 am

      Thank you very much for visiting and for your kind comments.

  3. Olga Rani
    February 2, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Such a lovely little hat, so very pretty and that little detail at the back adds even more charm. A tartan jacket for summer? Why not if it looks so nice at this one.

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:26 am

      Olga thank you so much, I too love this little hat and its bows.Tartan for summer, new for me but this little jacket convinced me.

  4. Debbie Burns
    February 2, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    This outfit is perfect! You look so sophisticated and glamorous! I wondered how plaid would play out for a summer look. Well done. Debbie @

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:27 am

      Lovely to hear from you Debbie, hope all is well with you.Thank you for your kind and generous comments.

  5. Retroline Carolin
    February 2, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    You wear a very nice jacket! You look beautiful!LG Carolin

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:28 am

      You are so kind Carolin.

  6. The Style Crone
    February 2, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    I love your vintage hat with its unique details. It looks perfect with the tartan top and wide leg linen pants, creating a lovely silhouette. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:29 am

      Thank you Judith, sharing my small collection of hats with Hat Attack always a pleasure.

  7. Natalia Lialina
    February 2, 2015 / 4:05 pm

    There is one quality about many of your outfits which make you look unique – they are very architectural, beginning with your haircut. I love the combination of the hat and jacket, really striking! Beautiful photos too. Good luck with your search! xxx

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:32 am

      Thank you dear Natalia, your way with words always inspires me.Love your description as architectural, I had not thought of it that way but I like it.Glad you liked the photos, passed the compliment to John, husband and photographer.

  8. Marea Dotz
    February 2, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    I learned so much from you today: The interesting World Heritage Site and the striking combo of your jacket and hat (Inspiration for me moving forward). Wonderful post!

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:33 am

      Thank you Marea for your always kind comments and good luck with moving forward, it is always a tricky road.

  9. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    February 2, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    The more I visit your blog the more a clearly defined sense of style emerges. I think you're very fashion-forward, Jill, even in your vintage styling choices. Well done, again! ;-)

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:38 am

      Thank you Alicia you are always so kind, I think blogging seems to bring out the best in us as far as our sense of style goes,it is always an ongoing process.

  10. Martina, Elegant 40
    February 2, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    Great jacket! I would love to have it!

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:39 am

      Shame you are so far away Martina, thank you for visiting.

  11. Anonymous
    February 3, 2015 / 2:27 am

    That is a great little unique jacket. I even love the title to this post and the name of that second hand shop, Return to Splendor.

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:40 am

      Thank you Joni, I knew it had to be mine when I set eyes upon it.

  12. Rosy
    February 3, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    I'm in love with that jacket, dear friend !!! Love your look vintage, certainly your pics and style stole my heart …

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:41 am

      Thank you Rosy, compliments indeed and many thanks for hosting Share-in-Style.

  13. Guaxara Zoila L.M.
    February 3, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    Nice jacket, I liked the information that you have given in your post.kisses

    • Jill James
      February 4, 2015 / 3:42 am

      Thank you so very much, glad you found it interesting.

  14. Melanie
    February 4, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    You look wonderful in this. I like everything: the jacket, the hat, the linen pants, your hair, the location. Did I forget anything?

    • Jill James
      February 8, 2015 / 4:09 am

      Thank you so much Melanie for your so encouraging comments.

  15. Jessica Cangiano
    February 5, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    Sweet Jill, you look so marvelous! I love a classic red tartan or plaid like this. The first purse I ever remember having a child (circa age five) was a little red tartan one with a faux leather cross body strap and tassel on the front. I think that early fashion memory cemented a love of this timeless pattern in me for life. Big hugs & the happiest of February wishes,♥ Jessica

    • Jill James
      February 8, 2015 / 4:30 am

      I have a wonderful image of a little you with that tartan bag looking so pleased with it.I have always loved some tartan though previously for winter. May February be kind to you my dear.

  16. wardrobeexperience
    February 6, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    wonderful outfit. the plaid jacket is so cute and the hat is divine!

    • Jill James
      February 8, 2015 / 4:31 am

      Thankyou so much for your kind comments.

  17. dan
    February 7, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    Tartan in Summer is quite unusual but very nice! The jacket is beautiful and has special details. I like the 3/4 sleeves and the shape of the neck. The delightful 1940's hat gives a personal touch to your outfit

    • Jill James
      February 8, 2015 / 4:32 am

      Tartan for Summer is new to me too Dan but I am very pleased with it, I think this little jacket helped.

  18. Elsie Davies
    February 8, 2015 / 6:44 am

    Oh, I love your jacket so much Jill, I am yet to see a jacket on you that I don't fall in love with. You have such great taste. Fabulous outfit!!!

  19. Jill James
    February 10, 2015 / 12:51 am

    Thank you Elsie,you can see why it had to be mine.I appreciate you always kind comments.Have a good week .

  20. Suwaiba
    February 27, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    very nicefashion jacketsbane coat

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