Purple Vintage Waistcoat and Lilac Trousers + Style With a Smile Link Up

March 22, 2022
Purple Vintage Waistcoat and Lilac Trousers

It really feels like spring has arrived now; the weather has taken a turn for the better and the garden is coming to life. The goldfinches have returned too, as they always do in spring. (Random fact: the collective noun for a group of goldfinches is a charm…don’t you think that’s lovely?) The arrival of spring certainly influences my outfits as I gravitate more towards pastel hues.

Since I last wore these trousers on the blog I’ve shortened them with webbing tape, I’ll be honest, I didn’t find it easy, and I should have taken them up by another inch or so. But for now, at least I can wear them with tripping over! Keeping the look tonal, I teamed them with a purple turtle neck top (of which I have many…they are so useful!) and this fabulous purple vintage waistcoat. I bought it on eBay, and although I fully expected it to be a bit loose on the waist (which it is) I couldn’t resist the pattern. Going by the stitching, it was obviously handmade; another clue is the slightly lop-sided lengths of the two halves. It looks like it’s the way I’m standing, but after close inspection I realised it is uneven.

Now, at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, if I had any sewing skills I’d alter it to even it up and take it in at the waist. But I’m not, so like the many other items of clothing that I love but aren’t perfect I’ll have to live with it. Maybe one day.

To play on the psychedelic vibes, I added white square toe boots and a fun flower necklace. This was one of those outfits that I threw together at the last minute but ended up being really pleased with it.

Are you turning towards pastel shades for spring? Are there any spring trends that have caught your eye?

Purple Vintage Waistcoat and Lilac Trousers
Purple Vintage Waistcoat and Lilac Trousers
Purple Vintage Waistcoat and Lilac Trousers, Monki purple turtle neck top, Ted Baker purple sunglasses
Purple Vintage Waistcoat and Lilac Trousers, Monki purple turtle neck top, Ted Baker purple sunglasses
Purple Vintage Waistcoat and Lilac Trousers, Monki purple turtle neck top, Ted Baker purple sunglasses

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Purple Vintage Waistcoat and Lilac Trousers, Monki purple turtle neck top, Ted Baker purple sunglasses
Purple Vintage Waistcoat, Mango Lilac Trousers, Monki purple turtle neck top
Purple Vintage Waistcoat and Lilac Trousers, Monki purple turtle neck top, Ted Baker purple sunglasses
Purple Vintage Waistcoat, Mango Lilac Trousers, Monki purple turtle neck top
Purple Vintage Waistcoat, Mango Lilac Trousers, Monki purple turtle neck top
Purple Vintage Waistcoat, Mango Lilac Trousers, Monki purple turtle neck top

Vintage waistcoat (from eBay) | Mango trousers (old) | bag from eBay | Monki turtle neck top | Ted Baker sunglasses

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36 responses to “Purple Vintage Waistcoat and Lilac Trousers + Style With a Smile Link Up”

  1. Love all these shades of purple in this look Emma! Thanks so much for the link up.

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  2. Laurie says:

    Thank you for the feature Emma. Love the 70’s vibe you’ve got going on. Great colour on you too xx

  3. Rena says:

    Emma, all those shades of purple make for a lovely Springy look and one that is very flattering on you. I’ve been warming up to the “very peri” vibe and I’ve added a few pieces in various shades of purple to my wardrobe recently.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

  4. Ashley says:

    You look ready for a retro spring! I love it, babe!

    I’m adding some spring color in my new post with a sunshine yellow bag- I’m def ready for a new season!

  5. Katie says:

    Love how you accessorized this fun purple look! Thanks for the link up!

    -Katie
    http://www.hellokatiegirlblog.com/

  6. Love this purple hue. It is such a great colour and perfect for the spring season.
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  7. Amber says:

    These vibrant purple hues are so perfect for spring, Emma!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

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  8. Nancy says:

    You are on a purple cloud too! The shades are so beautiful! And that vest is very interesting. A perfect look for this fabulous time of the year!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Love the purple!

    Jennifer
    Curated by Jenn

  10. Emma, this is such fun fresh spring look! I love your necklace and boots and that waistcoat is really something special! I can understand why you couldn’t resist it. The lopsidedness looks almost intentional and I am wondering what it would look like if you exaggerated the length a little bit more on the loner side by adding a piece of lace or some other funky fabric. It would create a more purposeful asymmetrical look. I can picture it but I can’t explain it! I also got a kick out of your goldfinch facts! Charm really is a great word for a collective of goldfinches!

    Shelbee

  11. Pamela says:

    Fun, fun, fun – all the colors in the waistcoat bring together the whole purple palette whatever shades you choose to wear. And what a cute necklace!
    Pamela
    http://www.style-yourself-confident.com

  12. Gail says:

    Love this psychedelic look! I adore all shades of purple xx

  13. Di says:

    Love the 70’s vibe of this outfit, and your accessories are all perfect! The shades of purple look so pretty together-pastels are a great way to lighten up for spring. Thanks for sharing and have a good week!

  14. Amy Johnson says:

    Such pretty colors!

  15. Jacqui Berry says:

    I do love the pastel shades and love this lilac on you. It’s a shade I hardly ever wear. Maybe I should try it! Jacqui x

  16. Michelle says:

    Another fun and fabulous outfit! The waistcoat is amazing.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

  17. Alexandra says:

    Super cute vest!

  18. Suzy Turner says:

    You continue to the Queen of Retro colours! Love this!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

  19. Maria Khan says:

    beautiful outfits! You look great in purple

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