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Moomintroll Tee: Uniqlo

Skirt: Modcloth

Cardigan: Gorman

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Getting PLENTY of wear out of this mustard yellow skirt, and honestly I’m a heartbeat away from buying it in half a dozen other colours. The mustard yellow plays well with so much in my wardrobe, and the style dresses up and down easily.

I’ve worn it today with a novelty t-shirt featuring the Snorkmaiden from the fabulous Swedish kids book series “Moomintrolls”. Uniqlo does these regular collaborations with artists, brands, or designers – one of my favourite loose-fit tees was from a Uniqlo collaboration with Karen Walker last year – but I’ve learned that they come and go VERY QUICKLY, so you need to jump on them as soon as you see them in-store.

What with my love of kids books I was pretty chuffed to find Moomintroll clothing in adults sizes.  They’re clearly having a bit of a renaissance at the moment, and I’ve spotted the books and merchandise in some of my favourite independent bookstores (especially The Little Bookroom who seem to have been single-handedly championing their return for the past five years).

Like my long-gone Grug t-shirt the Snorkmaiden is a sneaky little nod to Those In The Know who grew up with the quirky inhabitants of the Moominvalley.

Did you ever read the Moomin series?

Hi Tea

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 Top: “Flower Patch My Drift Top” Modcloth

Skirt: Chitra’s Closet

Shoes: Wittner

A weekend or so ago I was incredibly lucky to be invited to attend a high tea and runway show celebrating the upcoming spring racing carnival and the delicious outfits that Chitra Mangma of Chitra’s Closet has developed for the season.

This lovely skirt is one of Chitra’s from a few years ago, and it’s a great favourite of mine. It exhibits all the usual elements that make the clothes from Chitra’s Closet such beautiful keepsake pieces: Exquisite textiles, impeccable workmanship, and little bonus details like a contrast lining, or the netting frill that peeks out of the hem of this skirt.

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I teamed it with one of the brand-new pieces that I’ve bought from Modcloth. This absolutely gorgeous embroidered “Flower Patch My Drift” blouse from the indie brand Moon Collection.

It’s got a wide sailor collar, and buttons elegantly down the spine, and the embroidery is a bold but intricate floral motif.

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It dresses up nicely, as you can see, but I’ve also worn it with jeans and a cardigan for a more casual look. Because of the boxy shape, it actually dresses down really well. The fabric’s a not particularly lovely polyester, but I suppose the bonus is it doesn’t crush in the slightest. I crammed this into my carry-on suitcase last time I went on an interstate business trip, and it came out the other end as fresh as a daisy.

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I love the combination of turquoise and buttercup yellow…

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…and the pleated feature back is divinity, and would be blissful on a stinking hot day.

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I’m becoming more and more attracted by voluminous, boxy tops this season. Theoretically they shouldn’t work on my busty frame, but I just recently bought a corker at Asos (which you’ll see as soon as I get around to taking some pictures) and it’s actually surprisingly flattering.

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 Thank you to Chitra for inviting me to attend the fashion show!