I scored this fairisle sweater from a charity shop a few months ago. At £6 it wasn't the bargain of the century, but still pretty good for 80% wool, and since fairisle sweaters always go for high prices on ebay I snapped it up. The neckline isn't especially vintagey, but it is more flattering than the more authentic jewel neck.
The outfit needed a little something to pep it up - give it a little colour and make it a bit more interesting - so I took my own advice and pulled out a scarf. In fact it's the taffeta sash I wore as a bridesmaid at my elder brother's wedding in about 1993 (there's repurposing for you). Rather than tie it at the front I wrapped it round my neck and tossed the ends over my shoulders (I think it elongates my neck, no?). To stop them falling forward I fastened the tails at the back with a brooch, which I thought was terribly clever. Then when I got to my sister's, she enquired whether I'd had my head on backwards when I put my scarf on. Hurrumph.
Sorry about the messy hair - it was a rush job. I really want a crochet bun cover, anyone know where I can get one? My step sister used to wear one for ballet, but I've never seen one since.
Oh, and here's the other side of the reversible cape I was wearing the other day. I love my capes. I can't remember the last time I wore a normal coat - I've just been living in my capes!
Vintage cape, charity shop; Skirt (so well-loved it's now in need of repair), M&S some years ago; Fairisle sweater, charity shop; Tartan sash (worn as a scarf), made as part of bridesmaid outfit; Shoes, charity shop (originally New Look); Vintage gloves, can't remember; Marcasite earrings, can't remember; Brooch, gift from Joanna.
PS: Thanks everyone for your response to my "Vintage for Beginners" series so far. Starting next week I'm going to be covering the topic of building a vintage wardrobe in more detail. I've also had requests for posts on vintage hair styles and make-up, and caring for / storing vintage clothes & accessories. These will take some time to prepare, but they'll follow after Building a Vintage Wardrobe. If there are any other Vintage for Beginners topics you'd like to see me address, do let me know and I'll do my best!