Vintage Beret and a Matisse-Inspired Top

Some days call for an artistic touch and as my skills with the paint brush are extremely limited , I
wore this Matisse-Inspired top instead. I have owned this mesh cardigan for several Summers and
so enjoy its painterly vibe and its bright mix of colours. It is made in Australia by Nicola Waite.

I would love to say that I continued my Parisian painterly vibe with this vintage beret but quite frankly I hadn’t thought of that until a friend commented on my Instagram post, thank you Elizabeth.
I found this vintage beret at a pop up vintage store last year and fell for its shape and clever ribbon
details.I had been on the look out for just the right jacket in either green or gold and 1940’s or 1950’s
style but so far no luck , maybe my parameters are too specific, may have to rethink this one.
I know nothing about this little beret except a name on the inside band , Hendersons , I am guessing
it is possibly late 1940’s.

A closer look at the back detail of the beret and my bangles, the green ones bought for a song in Paris
last year and the mustard yellow is bakelite bought at an antique store in Latrobe a while ago.

Now if I was a really clever blogger this is where I would show an image of a Matisse painting but as that eludes me I will show these early wooden windmills that are part of Woolmers Estate ,one of our very early historic estates. The windmills and the water tower , picture below, harnessed water from
the Macquarie River for the estate.

Linking with Patti for Visible Monday

Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday

and Style Crone for Hat Attack

Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb #iwillwearwhatilike



  1. Tiina L
    February 7, 2017 / 7:41 am

    I love the artistic details, the jacket really is quite special.

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2017 / 5:58 am

      Thank you Tiina , so glad you liked the jacket, it is always so bright and cheery to wear.

  2. Patti
    February 7, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    The jacket is wonderful to see, and the addition of the vintage beret is perfect! Thanks for linking up, you look fab. xoPatti

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2017 / 5:59 am

      Thank you Patti always a pleasure to share my outfits with evryone on Visible Monday.

  3. Laurie Duncan
    February 7, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    What a great find that beret is! It really does go perfectly with your top! 🙂

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2017 / 6:01 am

      Many thanks Laurie , the little beret was a lucky find and one I will cherish for years to come.

  4. dan
    February 9, 2017 / 6:38 am

    It's a lovely and colourful jacket and really recalls Matisse's pictures…an artistic touch in the outfit and the cutest beret. Your personality makes everything look perfect!

    • Jill James
      February 13, 2017 / 5:13 am

      Thank you Dan, I truly appreciate your comments and your continued support of my little blog.

  5. Natalia Lialina
    February 9, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I just LOVE this artist's inspired outfit on you, Jill!! You are a true Artist, your attention to detail and ability to spot unique pieces is beyond words amazing!Will be sharing on my FB.Much love!

    • Jill James
      February 13, 2017 / 5:15 am

      Natalia , so pleased you liked my artist's inspired outfit and many thanks for sharing on FB.

  6. Jessica Jannenga
    February 10, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Jill! I loved this top when I saw it on IG, so fun colorful and artistic! Your hat is another perfect element to this look, love it!Thanks for linking with turning heads tuesdayjess

    • Jill James
      February 13, 2017 / 5:17 am

      Thank you Jess, some days I really like colour in my life and this top always does the job.Always my pleasure to join in Turning Heads Tuesday.

  7. diaryofapennypincher
    February 11, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    You are teasing us Northern Hemisphere folk with your sunny photos! I've had to resort to going over old Summer shots whilst we sit in snow!

    • Jill James
      February 13, 2017 / 5:18 am

      Sorry about that Claire, hopefully the snow will disappear soon.

  8. Anna Parkes
    February 11, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Don't undersell yourself Jill, you surely are a clever blogger. (Sounds like something else if you say it quickly, hahaha!) The cardigan is so unusual and yet you've manged to pair it with the beret which looks pretty unique too. I like hats, but they don't really suit me – I wish they did as they really add that certain something to an outfit.Our islands are quite different I think. How big is Tasmania? Tresco is only one mile by two.Have a lovely weekend xAnna

    • Jill James
      February 13, 2017 / 5:21 am

      You are too kind Anna. I'm sure you could carry off the right hat for you , there is always one. Tresco is tiny, we are large by comparison.

  9. The Style Crone
    February 24, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    A pop up vintage store sounds like such fun, and you certainly found a wonderful beret. The ribbon detail is so clever. Plus it looks perfect with your colorful top! You have such fun style, thank you sharing with Hat Attack!

    • Jill James
      February 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

      The pop up vintage store was fun as the owner was selling stock from a previous store that she had more than 20 years ago, so many little gems. I love this beret with its special details. Always my pleasure to join Hat Attack.

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