Fall/Winter Inspiration: Miss Marple

After reading Agatha Christie’s autobiography, I decided to start watching the adaptations of her works – I’ve seen Murder on the Orient Express (the classic one, with Albert Finney), Death on the Nile (with Peter Usinov), and BBC’s recent adaptation of And Then There Were None, but I haven’t watched any of the Poirot series (with David Suchet) or Miss Marple. Since the Poirot series is quite long, I started with Miss Marple first – the one with Joan Hickson. She really is the ultimate Miss Marple, with the perfect mix of friendliness, shrewdness, and cynicism (and no wonder, since Christie herself wished Hickson would play Miss Marple way back in 1946!)

I really enjoy the series, but what I didn’t expect is that it would be a source of style inspiration for me. As I’ve said, I’ve been leaning toward the 1940s-1950s look this fall, and the style in Miss Marple is just what the Anglophile in me loves – lots of cozy knits, pleated skirts, and enough tweed to cover several Tweed Runs. Here are some of my favorite looks:

Mrs. Jefferson in “The Body in the Library”

Mrs. Bantry in “The Body in the Library” – check out that brooch!

An extra wearing a lovely striped dress in “The Body in the Library”

Joanna in “The Moving Finger”

Phillipa’s cozy sweaters and practical trousers in “A Murder is Announced” are my favorite (which I tried to recreate here). I also enjoy Edmund’s pretentious scarf

Julia and Patrick in “A Murder Is Announced”

Check out this sporty look in “A Pocketful of Rye”- that skirt, that sweater!

Lettice in “The Murder at the Vicarage”

Mrs. Lestrange in “The Murder at the Vicarage”. Love all the velvet details on the suit

Mary in “The Murder at the Vicarage”. That cardigan!

Gwenda in “Sleeping Murder”

The style in “Sleeping Murder” is more spring/summer than fall/winter, but still pretty

Lady Sedgwick in “At Bertram’s Hotel”

Miss Cooke and Miss Barrow in “Nemesis” (notice how they reused that brown cardigan from “A Murder Is Announced”?)

Another reused costume – the skirt was last seen in “The Murder at the Vicarage”

Lucy Eyelesbarrow in “4:50 from Paddington”

Molly Kendall in “A Caribbean Mystery”

Victoria & Miss Marple in “A Caribbean Mystery” – more summery style

Gina in “They Do It with Mirrors”

Carrie-Louise Serrocold in “They Do It with Mirrors”

Mildred in “They Do It with Mirrors”

Miss Zeilinsky in “The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side”

Love Margot’s beatnik style in “The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side”. It looks so modern, doesn’t it?

And of course, we can’t forget the queen of tweed sets, cozy cardigans, and sensible shoes, Miss Marple herself:

The style in Poirot is more 1930s and summery, so I think I’ll save that for later. What should I watch next to get my 1940s-1950s fall/winter Anglophile style fix? Call the Midwife, Land Girls, Home Fires? I’m open for suggestions!


2 Comments on “Fall/Winter Inspiration: Miss Marple”

  1. Sarca says:

    I love the styles! So classic, tailored, and prim!

  2. […] my lawn” type of old lady. I mean, there’s a reason I took my style inspiration from Miss Marple. Take this outfit, for example. It wouldn’t look out of place on the old nemesis […]

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