Two Mondays ago, I wore this outfit to celebrate the return of Murdoch Mysteries S6 in 2014. As you can see, this was inspired by an outfit worn by Dr. Julia Ogden when she was a mortician.
Blouse: H&M | Bow: H&M | Skirt: Kadix (vintage)
I worked with what I already had in my wardrobe. The blouse was from H&M’s ‘teen’ section in 2010 and came with the bow (which is buttoned at the back of the collar to prevent it from sliding around). It is very form-fitting but comfortably so as it’s stretchy, which I imagine was from being sewn on a bias (or diagonally). What I like about this blouse is the slope of the sleeves. It’s called leg-of-mutton or leg o’mutton sleeves, which were very popular during the late Victorian era… so popular, it became quite ridiculous at one point, but the 1980’s seemed to love it.
The skirt was found at a vintage store on Main St. called True Value Vintage Clothing. It’s a navy blue midi flared skirt, made of 50% acrylic and 50% wool. I don’t know much about the history of this skirt except what is embroidered in fake-gold thread on the label: Created & tailored by Kadix. Made in England. I’m not very good at dating vintage clothing but I understand it could be from the 60’s or 70’s. It’s a [UK] size 10 – or US 6, with the waist measuring around 26″. What you can’t tell from this blurry photo is that the acrylic parts, the white ‘thread’, look like plastic thread. I think the skirt would have looked much better if it were 100% wool but thankfully, the acrylic weaving is hardly visible from afar.
Not pictured are the black fitted H&M blazer from 2012 (but you can find it in the Equestrian OOTD post) and the long black vintage Jaeger coat from the 40-80’s? (though my Le Chateau long coat with the faux-fur collar would have been more period fitting). I had my hair up in a bun and wore black chandelier earrings from Bijoux Brigitte.
What do you think? Do you have a Murdoch-inspired outfit to share? 🙂
Further reading: Style Inspiration – The Women of Murdoch Mysteries (CBC Live)
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