BEDN #11: Remembrance Day (and an outfit)

Pink coat, blue shoes
Pink coat, blue shoes
Today’s BEDN topic is Remembrance Day, but to be honest, I don’t have a lot to share about that. Of course, I know it’s important, and nearly every year I’ve been involved in some sort of ceremony or moment of silence, except for this year, mostly because I’m no longer at any sort of institution where that happens. I was at a Catholic school where we always gathered for the moment of silence and had the brass band/bagpipes play, then last year I was teaching at another school that has a history of remembering the day. So, because I have no other pictures, I’m posting some outfit ones here that I have absolutely nothing to do with Remembrance Day aside from the fact that I wore this on Remembrance Sunday.
When I was teaching this time last year, I shared a tutor group of Year 7 and 8 (ages 11 to 13) girls with another teacher at the school (as it was my first year – only thing I didn’t have full responsibility for!). She was away for this tutor group meeting though and asked me to take it with the girls and discuss Remembrance Day and why it’s important. I decided to go through the following poem with them:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flander’s fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, tho poppies grow
In Flander’s fields.
A few of the girls have dads who are in the army, so it’s a particularly difficult subject for some of them, but they were willing to bring their own stories to it and a couple of them shared stories of their grandfathers from the war.
Pink coat, blue shoes
Pink coat, blue shoes
Pink Coat: c/o DD Atelier
Blue Shoes: Vintage
And onto the outfit now – I received this coat a few months ago from DD Atelier but have only just got round to photographing it. And yes, it is this bright in real life!! DD Atelier specialise in clothing to fit the larger bust – perfect for me and my 28Gs! They have three different ‘bust sizes’ – D, F and H. These have no correlation to your cup size at all, and you need to go by the size chart. My coat is a 70D – I did consider the 75 so there would be more room, but in the end, I wanted the waist to be nipped in, and my waist is my narrowest part (obviously, that sounds silly haha!), so I went for the 70. And I probably should have gone with the 70F rather than the D because it is a little tight over the bust – although not as tight as my other coats which I normally break the buttons off by accident! In future I think the 70F is the size I’d pick, but for now, this works well. Ben is a bit embarrassed about being seen with me in it – I can’t really blame him as it is rather conspicuous! It definitely needs to be worn with heels too because of the length, but I really love the full skirt!
The heels I’m wearing are vintage and from the Vintage Festival I went to in June. They’re actually just a bit too big which is really annoying because they’re so pretty. They’re a really nice low heel height, a gorgeous colour and have a wavy ‘scalloped’ edge. I think I’ll have to sell them on since they’re too big to be wearable for me, so let me know if you want them! They’re a size 5.
Oh and have you noticed my hair is different?! I dyed it using henna (again!) about a week ago. I’m still trying to get that red/coppery colour! It worked quite well this time, aside from the fact that it’s obviously a lot brighter where I had highlights! I’m going to keep doing it every so often I think though to make the colour stick, so I may do a tutorial with it at some point because I’ve tried looking for them when doing mine and never found a good one yet!
Pink coat, blue shoes
Pink coat, blue shoes


  1. November 12, 2013 / 3:49 pm

    Oh my wow, really gorgeous and amazing post hun! Love the theme for today, great memory and poem, loved it! The coat is superb and you look absolutely stunning! Bravo my dear!! ♥

    Liana x
    Dress Code Chic

  2. November 13, 2013 / 5:16 pm

    That poem was such a good idea, and that’s nice the girls shared their family stories too! And wow, YOUR COAT! I love how it bells out like that. That’s the most feminine outerwear I’ve ever seen!

    PS- popping by from Transatlantic Blonde!

    xo marlen
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