Spring in Park Lane: Style Ideas for Spring

Anna Neagle, Britain’s sweetheart of the 1940s starred with Michael Wilding in Spring in Park Lane, a jaunty ‘upstairs-downstairs’ romantic comedy set in London. Who doesn’t live for a light upstairs-downstairs scandal?

Pretty proper with a side of scotch

A mix of textures, subdued colours with houndstooth, tortoiseshell, suede and beading. Quiet, self assured details. She belongs here.


Pictured L-R: JY JEWELS ‘Andromeda’ necklace, NEXT houndstooth dress, Lucy Folk ‘Fishing For Gems’ earring (pink tourmaline), Coach sunglasses at Sunglass Hut, Jonathan Adler brass object, NEXT beaded clutch bag, Rimmel London Moisture Renew Sheer and Shine Lipstick Shade #700, NEXT gloves, The Ideal Guide to London circa 1948, Marc Jacobs watch Stockist: 02 8977 8086, A Rock On A Lens ‘Dolmabache’ fragrance, Sagaform glasses glasses. Some images courtesy flaunter.com

A stylish night in

It’s late in the afternoon, and all the work is done. The candles are a burning, and Lena Horne’s a singing. You’ve decided against venturing out for the evening. A little while ago I tried to commission a huge cement plaster rosette for the outside of my house, like the indoor one pictured below. All I got was a series of defeated cries, “It can’t be done! It can’t be done!”, however, you can buy these and hang them in your space as wall plaques, no matter what period your home is. Avoid the company of naysayers. They ruin the mood.


Pictured L-R: Plaster rosette hung on a white wall, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses at Sunglass Hut, Kate Spade 17 month agenda book, Sarara Couture 1940s Vermeil Pegasus brooch, Hannah’s Treasures 1940s Botanical Vintage Wallpaper, Wild & Wolf desk telephone in brass, Kate Spade notecards set of 10, SOH Melbourne ‘Grace Le Rose’ candle, Lazybones Australia ‘rosette’ cushion in tea rose, Lena Horne Greatest Hits, 1st Dibs 1940s Italian vintage sofa. Some images courtesy flaunter.com with thanks.

Stepping out

Of course, not everyone wants to teleport themselves back to the late 1940s. Romance and sitting pretty isn’t a priority for some. However, an update on classic style always brings good fortune. Slight updates make basics new again. Go soft on the stripes in light blue and silver grey in your home on lavish linen wallpapers or shirts of pure cotton. Add silk, gemstones and pearls, with an unexpected nail colour to finish (pink is so obvious).


L-R: Vintage stripe wallpaper, Mavi ‘Harper’ shirt, Lucy Folk ‘Patron Saint’ earrings, dog&boy ‘Magnolia Imprints’ scarf, Sollis Jewellery ‘Nahua’ necklace, A Rock On A Lens ‘Sphene’ sunglasses, The Daily Edited structured cross body bag in taupe. Personalise your bag with your initials in gold, Miu Miu EDP 50ml Stockist: 1800 812 663, Mavi ‘Sienna’ pencil skirt, Limedrop nail polish in ‘Blinky Bill’, Lovable lacy & seamless body suit. Some images courtesy flaunter.com with thanks.

Watch a clip from Spring in Park Lane (1948) here:

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