Ruthie, thanks for the suggestions, I was thinking navy boots also, but they are hard to come by, especially in an affordable version. It's probably a good time of year to buy boots though, since they'll be trying to clear out for their spring selection. I have a pair of knee-high brown pull-ons from Hobbs that I love. They are flats and my back is a bit out since Charlotte so wearing a heel is hard on me. Also I have very wide calfs (calves?) so pull-ons are a real boon. I'll have a peep at M&S. Kathryn suggested neutral shoes or to match a belt also, I thought that was good. I think one could wear grey shoes, but I don't think they'll be in for long. Still, why not, with a light grey or cream stocking?
Hmm, I am hardly wearing earrings anymore since I wear glasses and I feel it's easy for them to fight; they have to be small I think. Too bad as earrings are probably my favourite jewellery. Bracelet is an excellent idea. I'll keep an eye out. I have pearls and I think pearls are great with the check (it has some cream in it) but they are a choker length. But with another top... The trim (and bow!) on the blouse precludes a necklace with this anyway, I think, although I could try your long pearl strand when I'm feeling funky (ie hardly ever, LOL).
Working on the blue-grey trousers now, discovered I hadn't *really* cut them, I'd just cut the fronts and backs, discovered there was a big chunk out of the upper back owing to the fabric being uneven and me not checking (argh) and put them away. However the chunk out is in just the right place to cut off and put a yoke in its place, so the yoke pattern has now been made, yokes cut, and the top of the backs trimmed. And the waistband and facing cut. Still uncut is the lining, which I think I am going to apply as interlining/underlining instead of making a separate lining. We'll see how that works! It sounds like a big pain in the patoot so I hope it will be worth it. I must have really skimped buying this fabric (as I recall I bought it in Sweden and it was expensive) because there is hardly anything left! I barely made the waistband and had to cut the facing from another material. And am shocked to find that my button stash does not contain suitable buttons. At least I have a zipper.
You know, I bought this pattern (Claire Shaeffer's 7881 trousers from Vogue) to make the couture version, and this will be my 3rd or 4th pair of the non-couture version. When will I get around to doing it right?