Observations from Scotland

Hi Fabbers!
I made it to Scotland, and am freezing to death, but I've learned a few things already. First...I think I've found my sartorial look. Where in Australia I would shop and shop and never find things I really loved...I've ducked into a few shops and wanted to try on All The Things. I'm not quite settled in a place to live, so that curbed my impulses a little bit.... :) 

As far as what I'm seeing on the streets, it's mostly coats and boots. :) Not seeing much in the way of rounded shoulders or man coats (on the street), though there's a few in the shops. Also not seeing much white, but again, there's a little bit in the shops. Mostly water-resistant or water-proof, with hoods edged in fur (fake or otherwise). Lots of puffer coats/jackets, and some quilted ones as well. I can also see I won't make it very long without getting some boots. 

I did end up getting myself a coat, too. Olive green puffer coat. It's a start, and will be warm in January/February. Possibly a quicker shop than I'd have otherwise done, but I needed a coat right away, so I didn't peruse too long. 

More observations (and pictures!) to follow!

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  • Caro in Oz replied 10 years ago

    Hey, coats are good - don't want you to freeze.
    It's just warming up here :)

  • froggiebecky replied 10 years ago

    Caro, it's hard to believe that a week ago I was basking on the beach! 

  • RoseandJoan replied 10 years ago

    Hello from Scotland Becky, whereabouts are you?

    You have arrived in Scotland at a tricky time, waking up in the morning and throwing open the curtains can reveal some true surprises, frost and later sunshine, torrential rain or high winds...sometimes all in the one day. A good coat is an absolute must.

  • Archer replied 10 years ago

    Lucky you.  Scotland. Freezing, however so you stock up lovely woollen things and one great timeless tartan item (no, umbrellas etc do not count. The Arts Festival..the view from Princes Walk.  I'm going to love following your photos and commentary. 

  • froggiebecky replied 10 years ago

    Hi R&J, I'm in Edinburgh. I've found my way to the high street already, now I just have to find my way THROUGH it. But I think I'm secretly British at heart. I'm loving what everyone's wearing..where I really struggled to find things I liked in Australia.

    One place I was very surprised at was Zara. There was one in Sydney that was always a madhouse, incredibly disorganised, and the fit on things was horrendous (at least for me). I wondered what everyone here saw in the place. I went into the Zara here, and it all clicked. Lots of beautiful things, and looked fairly well-made. I haven't tried anything on yet, so the fit may be no better for me, but I do want to go back and have a thorough look. 

    Archer, I intend to find a timeless tartan item! Probably a scarf. And a blanket for my bed. Something to curl up under while I'm studying. :)  

  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    Sounds like you are making great discoveries and so glad you found a coat. That's crucial! 

  • Beth Ann replied 10 years ago

    I think you're going to have a marvelous time (fashion and other-wise) in Scotland!  Sounds like you'll have lots to explore -- when you aren't working like a madwoman, of course!

  • catgirl replied 10 years ago

    Oh, lucky!  Or should I say, loch-y?  :D

    I remember being in Edinburgh and going into a shop where I was smitten by an adorable Indian guy SA in a kilt and turban with a fabulous accent.  I immediately bought some tartan item I could not afford just to keep talking to him!

  • replied 10 years ago

    I love Scotland! How exciting that you are finding things that truly fit your sartorial style there. Such gorgeous woolens, boots and other things must be such fun to shop for. Have fun, and good luck settling on a place to stay. :)

  • replied 10 years ago

    I have been to England several times, I would love to go to Scotland! How wonderful you feel that you are going to fit in there. One less thing to worry about!

  • Mrs Moo replied 10 years ago

    Hi Becky! I'm glad you like it up there, Edinburgh is one of my favourite places :) I'm only about an hour south of the border, still on the East coast and like to get up there when I get the chance. Your observations sound spot on for all of us in the North at the minute, coats and boots definitely necessary!

    @jules, SO true! This week we've also had heavy rain, high winds, bright sunshine and today - frost. Meh.

  • rachylou replied 10 years ago

    I think you have answered one of my great questions... where to go to buy a warm coat. Duh! Scotland. I need to go on an ancestral/coat shopping pilgrimmage...

  • Debra replied 10 years ago

    How exciting !!!!!!!! It sounds like you are settling in and finding your way around, looking forward to more posts :)

  • unfrumped replied 10 years ago

    Sounds great! You found your soul city (or country).

  • JAileen replied 10 years ago

    I loved visiting Scotland. One thing I noticed was no one wore tartan, except for pipers and drummers.

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