Inspired by the Orient

Last week John and I drove to Latrobe , a pretty little town on our island’s north west coast, for lunch at a French inspired restaurant and to spend a gift voucher we were given for Christmas.As it turned out we did have a yummy lunch but came home with the gift voucher as there was nothing quite right this time, a good excuse for a return visit.

My Oriental inspired outfit consists of wide silk M.A.Dainty pants, black Paula Ryan tee, Trippen sandals and a silk haori. I wrote about this beautiful haori previously when I wore it the opposite way.When I purchased the haori jacket at Vintage Red Fox last year I wasn’t sure if it was me and would I really wear it much. How wrong I was , I love it , either on this cream side or the mixed print side and have worn it many times.
It was a very hot, sunny day and my parasol came in handy, this was another Vintage Red Fox find.

How could I have doubted that I would wear and love something with these magnificent sleeves.

 Another reason I enjoy wearing my haori is the memories it evokes of my trip to Japan in 2016.I came across this beautiful couple in their tr, aditional attire in a park in Tokyo and couldn’t resist a cheeky shot, they were actually posing for a professional photographer. I hope to return to Japan, possibly next year, it is a beautiful and fascinating place to visit.

 I am not the only one inspired by the Orient, Yves Saint Laurent designed several collections after visiting China, Japan and India. This was taken at the YSL Museum in Paris last November. I will post further on this exhibition soon.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb,
Mica at Away from the Blue and Nancy for Fashion Friday Link Up.



  1. Mica
    February 4, 2019 / 12:09 pm

    Oh that haori is beautiful! I can see it being a frequently worn piece over summer! I like your sun shade with it too.Hope that you had a great weekend 🙂 We had a fun but busy one with a kids birthday party. I've just posted my weekday wear linkup on my blog if you want to join :)Away From The Blue Blog

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2019 / 3:53 am

      Many thanks Mica, I have really grown to love this haori and have worn it many times this Summer. The birthday party sounds fun. Glad to join your link up.

  2. Nancy's Fashion
    February 4, 2019 / 5:38 pm

    Oh yes please post about that exhibit! What a stunning outfit!

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2019 / 3:54 am

      Thank you Nancy it is a joy to wear. A post about the exhibit coming soon, promise.

  3. Penny Kocher
    February 5, 2019 / 3:13 pm

    Wonderful outfit and those wide pants! They're amazing. So you and so stylish. Actually I found a shop in The Lanes (Brighton) and the clothes reminded me of your clothes, quirky with a lot of style and pzzazz – plus a lot of material! Am going to save up!!!

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2019 / 3:56 am

      Many thanks Penny, I do love the wide pants , so cool to wear. Your shop certainly does sound just like me.

  4. February 11, 2019 / 5:17 pm

    Such a beautiful piece, that kimono. Really a work of art. I love your parasol too, just the perfect piece with this photoshoot. I would love to see the YSL exhibit! The black dress was lovely just letting the other piece take center stage.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • grownupglamour
      February 11, 2019 / 9:29 pm

      Many thanks Jess, I do love the versatility of this piece, its fabric and quality. The parasol was a lucky find ans so useful on that hot day.I hope to post more of the YSL exhibit later this week.

  5. February 13, 2019 / 3:25 pm

    Your haori is absolutely gorgeous on you as are the wide legged trousers and that wonderful parasol.
    The YSL exhibit looks right up my street. Jon got me a very posh book on vintage couture for Xmas and the YSL designs are to die for. xxx

    • grownupglamour
      February 14, 2019 / 5:44 am

      Thanks so much Vix , I do love this haori, it has come in handy this Summer.
      You posh vintage couture sounds right up my street. I hope to do the post on YSl soon.Welcome back.

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