Vintage Country Classic Looks for Fall

1970s floral velvet midi skirt outfit

When I put these fall outfits together I was envisioning romantic and classic. Something that would be appropriate for a weekend at the country estate, if I owned one! Think Ralph Lauren meets Laura Ashley.

The style originated centuries ago in England, popularized by the British aristocracy. When travelling to their rural homes they required a totally different wardrobe than the more formal clothing they wore in the city. Practical clothing more suitable for shooting, riding, fishing, picnicking, gardening and other outdoor leisure pursuits.

Of course over the years the style has been re-interpreted and expanded upon by many designers.  Whether it’s referred to as country chic, British or English country style, country classic, heritage look or American preppy, the bottom line is, it is a look that stands the test of time and is meant to conjure images of  casual elegance and an upper class lifestyle.

Key components include tweeds, plaids, capes, shawls, scarves, boots, equestrian elements, vintage inspired florals, chunky sweaters, textures and earth tones.


40s Vera Maxwell wool suit

This idea for these outfits started when I happened upon this blue wool boucle Vera Maxwwell 1940s skirt suit.  I loved the equestrian inspired fitted jacket with its contrasting black velvet collar. So it came home with me.  After I paired it with a vintage Hermes scarf and tall black leather boots I felt I was ready to ride side saddle across the countryside!

70s floral velvet skirt and 40s vera maxwell jacket

Wearing a suit is a more formal look . So I like to mix the pieces to create different, more casual, outfits.

Here I paired the jacket with one of my 70s floral velvet skirts, a black 1940s wool knit button front top with beaded trim and 70s tan leather boots.  I previously styled a bohemian look with this skirt.

40s vera maxwell jacket

I had also just thrifted a pashmina shawl and a black velvet vintage beret. Both pieces I paired with another of my 70s velvet skirts, along with the 70s boots and 40s bead trimmed top.

70s velvet skirt outfit

Accessorized with my favorite vintage  brooch for fall, maples leaves with gold rhinestones, a 1950s rust color thermoset necklace,50s black and rust beaded clip on earrings and a vintage tapestry clutch.

40s black beaded top

country chic look

Here’s an inspiration board I put together for more ideas on putting together an elegant country inspired look.

I can picture fireside dining at some picturesque country inn on a crisp cool  fall evening wearing any of these!

Country Style Inspiration Board


Till next time…..






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By | 2019-11-29T10:08:04-04:00 November 21st, 2019|Fashion, My Vintage Style|8 Comments

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  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 2, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Oh Nancy! That is so kind of you. Thank you very much!

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    Nancy December 2, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Love the vibe of these looks! I am making you my Fancy Friday Favorite!

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 24, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks, Vix. Coming from a posh English lady, herself, I’ll take that as a great compliment. I am out of town right now, but I’ll check to see if there is a St. Michael label when I get back. That would be cool if there was!

  4. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 24, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Well, thank you Ann! Coming from the lady who excels at putting together outfits, I am very flattered!

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    Vix November 22, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    You look every inch the posh English lady! I love your 1940s jacket, what a gorgeous colour.
    Is your printed velvet skirt by St Michael? That looks very much like a fabric they used in the late 1970s (manufactured in Manchester). xxx

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    Ann November 22, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    I can only agree with Suzanne: that suit is absolutely amazing! I love its silhouette and the colour is a perfect pick-me up. How perfect does it suit that first 1970s skirt! This style looks deceptively easy to achieve, but I know it’s not, but you’ve managed to create two gorgeous outfits which – again I’m agreeing with Suzanne here – could have come straight out of Country Living magazine! xxx

  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you so much, Suzanne. I’m sure if I lived closer I’d be raiding YOUR closet too!

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    Suzanne Carillo November 21, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Oh my gosh Theresa! You look like you’ve stepped right off the pages of a magazine! I’m dying over that amazing blue suit.

    I’m a huge fan of this style. You did a brilliant job of styling these outfits. Bravo!

    I would happily wear any of these looks. Good thing you don’t live closer! I’d be raiding your closet daily.

    I’m off to pin these on my Pinterest board.


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