I enjoy watching series like Poirot, Miss Marple and the recent Upstairs Downstairs just as much for the clothes and sets as the storylines. In what I hope will become a regular Style Inspiration feature on this blog, I've picked out a few of my favourite outfits from an early episode which I saw for the first time recently, "Triangle at Rhodes". As the title suggests, the whole episdoe takes place in Rhodes so it's completely unseasonable fashion for the northern hemisphere in January, but anyway we could probably all do with a bit of a lift from heavy winter clothes.
My hands-down favourite is this white and red polka dot dress ensemble worn by Frances Low's character - I love everything about it, from the red hat to the oversize button detail to the red and white stripe gauntlet gloves. The belt is also unusual - it looks like it's made of coloured leather links.
Another favourite, again worn by Frances Low, is this fabulous red and cream plaid blouse with ruffled front and angel sleeves, with a sporty little matching cap (not dissimilar to one of the styles in this 1930s hat pattern from Wearing History).
Try to ignore what seems to be a slight continuity error in the next one (she has her top on backwards in one shot!) and enjoy the outrageous hat, Art Deco zig zag tie top and side button palazzo pants.
I love the combination of the geometric-print beach cover-up swing coat with the delicate, shallow-crowned straw sunhat with multicolour flowers.