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A Week of Outfits: Charlotte Jacklin

A Week of Outfits: Charlotte Jacklin

Charlotte Jacklin resides just outside Lincoln, a small cathedral city a few hours north of London. “It’s quite ye olde-y, like Harry Potter with the cobblestone streets,” she says. “If you were to visit, you’d think it’s quite cute, but I’m like, we could do with more restaurants and exciting stuff!” She lives with her husband, four-year-old daughter and almost one-year-old dog. Here, she shares five outfits she wore in a week…

Above: Jacket: Magpie Vintage. Dress: Stalf. Boots: Office.

“I think I have the confidence to wear loud clothes because my parents worked in fashion retail. I was brought up around clothes. I went through a phase in my twenties where I wore a lot of black and white and was really into sixties mod. When I had my daughter, I ended up in the pastel sphere that I’m in now. This dress is made by a company called Stalf based in Lincolnshire an hour up the road from me. I love that they’re in the countryside and they make it all there. My daughter will say, ‘You look so nice, Mommy. Can you spin in that dress?’ That’s a big bonus in her world.”

A Week of Outfits: Charlotte Jacklin

Overcoat: Saluto Vintage. T-shirt: Odd Molly. Jeans: Levis Plus. Boots: Office. Bag: Mark Cross via eBay.

“After my daughter was born, I thought I was never going to wear jeans again because I’d gone up a few sizes. But then I found these Levi’s rib cage jeans. They’re my favorite. This is my version of jeans and a T-shirt — I added a vintage overcoat which was probably originally a nana’s nightgown. (It’s reworked vintage; the woman cut off the hem and changed buttons and makes a matching scrunchie.) The bag is from eBay. I’ll tend to buy pricer pieces second hand — especially when it comes to handbags. They’re often still in mint condition, and they hold their value when you go to resell them, too.”

A Week of Outfits: Charlotte Jacklin

Dress: Homeward Found Vintage. Waistcoat: Honeybea. Basket: Blooming Dreamer. Boots: Office.

“It’s harder to find vintage at larger sizes. I used to just walk into thrift shops and it wasn’t a problem, but now I find great things and they don’t zip up. This dress is little wedding-y but I love it. And I’ve worn this basket so much. People say, oh, you’ve got a basket, and I’m like, yes, but it’s really practical! I studied fashion at a university in a really, really tiny town. My school friends and I were RIDICULOUSLY dressed, and I’m talking ridiculous. None of the locals dressed like that, and I got used to standing out. I also think confidence comes with age. I’m just dressing for me, and if people think I look a bit weird, I’m not too bothered.”

A Week of Outfits: Charlotte Jacklin

Hat: Yokoo Gibraan. Coat: Sea. Bag: Kate Spade. Joggers: Staf. Boots: Grenson.

“We took this photo at the beach an hour away from our home. I hope it comes across how ridiculous the weather is here — I’m in a hat at the beach, and the next day I have bare arms. During the past few hours, we’ve had hailstones. That’s why British people talk about the weather so much. I love this patchwork coat, and I love the cross-body bag so I can hold the dog, grab a child.”

A Week of Outfits: Charlotte Jacklin

Headband: Etsy. Dress: Resume. Shoes: Loeffler Randall. Bag: Shrimps via eBay.

“Here, my husband and I were going out for a late outdoor lunch. It’s been very recent that we can eat outside, so I wanted to get dressed up. The shoes are Loeffler Randall on sale. I wait for their sale every year. I absolutely love them. My husband and I met when we were younger, during my 60s phase. I had false eyelashes and a peroxide beehive. He likes my style. He dresses well, although sometimes he’ll bring home a puffer jacket, and I’m like, no. That can be used at work.

“For my daughter, I hope, for the whole of her generation, that size is less of a thing. I was very aware of my size very young. She’s four, and I hope she continues being confident with what she wears. The way she looks in the mirror is the loveliest thing. She stands there looking so proud of herself; she doesn’t look for flaws. Maybe her generation will be more accepting of different body shapes. Fingers crossed, I live in hope.”

Thank you so much, Charlotte! Here’s her Instagram and website, if you’d like to follow.

P.S. More women share their weeks of outfits, including a dietitian and Seattleite.

  1. Karli says...

    I love that COJ introduced me to new people to follow online. Love Charlotte’s style!

  2. Hannah says...

    Oh these clothes are fabulous! I don’t think I can pick a favorite. Just beautiful outfits and I can’t get enough of those hot pink sandals!

  3. EmBed says...

    I just wanted to come here and thank Charlotte and this post for turning me on to Levi’s ribcage jeans. I have a veeeery long waist and very curvy hips and these are just the best jeans I’ve had in years –maybe ever. Oh, and if you’re as long-waisted as me then these won’t go up to your ribcage, despite the name –they hit me right at my belly button. I feel like a million bucks in these quite honestly. And they look great on Charlotte, too! :)

    • Awww so pleased you like them too! I have a long body too, and they are just perfect xx

  4. I just love her style, confidence and self love. There must be excellent thrift shops in her area, too. I’m now tempted to go through a pastel phase!

  5. Kate says...

    I’ve been following Charlotte’s Instagram for a while and I’m so happy to see her featured here! She is inspiring me to find what I like and feel good in, and not just to follow trends.

  6. Ing says...

    She is SO CUTE. That’s all I wanted to say.

  7. Kayleigh Collins says...

    Love all of these so much but THE LAST ONE! So beautiful and ideal for a late lunch. Obsessed

    • Silver says...

      I know right – she looks amazing (those shoes …. and I’m not even into shoes).

      Interesting how aware, ok but still aware she is about her weight. I’m on that round side too, and it is so complicated. It is there in the back and front of my mind all the time. Maybe if there were no more zippers we wouldn’t have to think about it so much?

  8. Nash says...

    Love Charlotte!! Big fan of her podcast with Liv Purvis. Their style is just so lovely!

  9. Sarz says...

    Hi, Charlotte. :D I think this is the most I’ve ever felt my style aligned with a Week Of Outfits subject. Can’t wait to follow on Insta for more!

  10. Her style is epic. I love that dress from Resume / Copenhagen. Does anyone know where to find an equivalent in Canada? Dying! xx

  11. Marybeth says...

    What a wonderful interview!! I loved this: “ I studied fashion at a university in a really, really tiny town. My school friends and I were RIDICULOUSLY dressed, and I’m talking ridiculous. None of the locals dressed like that, and I got used to standing out. I also think confidence comes with age. I’m just dressing for me, and if people think I look a bit weird, I’m not too bothered.”

    As someone who has never really bent fashion rules, this whole piece was inspiring and endearing. Thank you Charolette! And amen, I pray my daughter can grow up blissfully less aware of size than I did.

  12. Amy says...

    Obsessed! Charlotte, I love your style and your execution. It totally fits the beachy, ye-olde vibe. I’m also in a pastel phase thanks to my young daughters and I want all of your outfits! I can’t decide if my fave look is the one with jeans or the Resume floral dress…I’ll go with both!

  13. KW says...

    “Fingers crossed, I live in hope.” What a beautiful mantra! That’s something I desperately needed to hear as the world continues to rage and challenge peace in all senses.

  14. Calla says...

    I’m obsessed with that white lace dress! All so lovely, thanks for sharing!

  15. Britt says...

    This is just wonderful! I too was always black and white (mostly black) and then something happened during lockdown, and now I want all the loud, beautiful, bright colors, I want to saturate my wardrobe in them!

    I also notice it’s very hard to buy vintage in anything size 8 and up, I wonder if they just don’t source them? It’s always a bummer when you find a neat shop with tons of great finds, but nothing is bigger than a 4.

    Thank you CupofJo for always doing these awesome outfit posts, they always help inspire new looks!

    • L says...

      Americans, and I imagine this is true for much of the developing world, are taller, larger and heavier than we were in the 50s, 60s and 70s. I would imagine it was even harder to find mass-manufactured plus size clothing at that time. My mother and grandmother often made their own clothing, which can tend to have a shorter lifespan. I would guess this is the partly the reason vintage stores sizing is challenging for this part of the spectrum.

    • Heather says...

      Responding to L here, I think what you’re saying is true, but I also think of my own grandmother. I’m a mid-size woman almost exactly the same height and size as my mother’s mother. She had a beautiful closet of clothes from over the decades you’ve mentioned and yet I too struggle to find those sizes when thrifting. My best vintage was always what came directly from the closets of older relatives! Given how our society still too often erases larger women today, I suspect ongoing sizeism of both past and present has some impact on what’s available in more curated vintage shops and on our perception of how women’s bodies looked in the past.

  16. Laura G. says...

    I would love to see photos of her and her university friends!

    • Emily says...

      I was just thinking that Laura!!

    • Sarah says...

      same!

  17. Laura says...

    Delightful! Love her – her outlook is so inspiring and refreshing. Who wouldn’t love her style, especially her vintage repurposed overcoat, date night look and accessories!

  18. GG says...

    Love, love, LOVE! Her pastels, boots, bags (basket!) plus the reworked vintage (nana’s nightgown!) What a beautiful, confident, happy woman reminding us that fashion its supposed to be FUN!

  19. Kelli says...

    One thing that this blog has shown me over the years is that there are so very many (infinite, in fact!) kinds of beauty. Jo and the team do such a lovely job of highlighting so many beautiful women, each with her own unique way of shining bright in this world. You’ve taught me that beauty is less about wearing the trendiest shoes or having the dewiest skin (though I wouldn’t say no to dewy skin), and more about finding what makes you feel best in your own body. And I didn’t realize it until now, but I think it has been rubbing off on me! Looking back, I realize that over the past year or so, I’ve slowly found myself thinking more about what clothes and jewelry and outfits I (in italics!) like rather than what I think is fashionable or trendy. Things that feel very KELLI. And I think it hit home this morning when I found myself walking into work on a cheerful May morning, wearing a long sweater and no pants, with my blinding white pegs sticking out of ski socks and booties. Although it’s one comfy outfit, two years ago I wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing this in public. But today, friends, I AM STRUTTING. Thank you for all the inspiration and confidence you’ve added to my life.

    • Blythe says...

      STRUT KELLI STRUT

    • Polly says...

      This was lovely <3

    • Amy says...

      [clapping hands emoji] [all-hail-Beyonce hands emoji]

    • Stacia says...

      LOVE!

  20. Abbey says...

    Well this was a breath of fresh air in every way! Thank you for sharing, Charlotte! I’m inspired.

  21. Emily says...

    I feel like I can potentially relate to what she said about her style changing after her daughter was born! My first arrives in the next 2-3 weeks and after putting nearly ALL my non-maternity clothes in storage for the past 6+ months and wearing the same 7 things, I feel like I’m gravitating to a new style or color scheme. Thinking about my old clothes, nothing is appealing.

  22. Mikayla says...

    IT’S BACK. This series is how I found CoJ in the first place and has been such a source of fashion inspiration. Thank you, Charlotte!

  23. Clare says...

    Well this is just the MOST fun.

  24. katie says...

    Great post! I love all the vintage, repurposed clothing. It shows how much you can do and how great you can look without adding more waste. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Yay, another week of outfits! I love that you included someone from the UK–my family spends a few weeks in London in the summers as the university where we work has a building there, and as a result I have a fondness for all things British. Charlotte’s style is so distinct and utterly her–I could never pull it off but that is precisely why I love it so much. It’s a refreshing break from all of the Madewell/Nordstrom/J.Crew in my IG feed. (Love those brands but I need to branch out!) Also, the description of the weather sounds strikingly similar to ours here in NW Indiana/SW Michigan!

  26. Emma says...

    As a fellow lover of prints and colour and bold patterns, I find Charlotte super inspiring! Is it weird that I feel like we could be best friends?? :)

  27. Rosalie says...

    Love this style! I also hope this next generation doesn’t feel so much size/shape pressure.

  28. carolyn says...

    I don’t know that I’ve ever commented on one of your fashion posts, but this is amazing! I love her repurposed quilt/knit/crochet clothing and accessories, what a wonderful way to bring new life to vintage textiles which otherwise would have wound up in a landfill or as a kitschy home accessory. Her style and confidence are something I wish I shared. Thanks for this!

  29. Colleen says...

    Love this. I used to wear all black and white until my daughter was born and then got into her pinks and turquoises and purples. As a lifelong very size conscious person I really appreciate how Cup of Jo embraces and celebrates everyone. I share Charlotte’s wish for younger generations to be more accepting.

    • Amy says...

      Same! I was all gray, white, black and navy until my oldest started dressing herself in crazy colors. And now I find myself drawn to and purchasing many rainbow items. I’ve never loved sequins and costume jewelry so much.

  30. Kristin says...

    Yes! Love her style! Knew she was British after seeing the first pic. Lived in London and British women have much more fun getting dressed vs American women. That Sea jacket is a dream and I have that Shimps bag too (Although mine is a knock off kids bag from Saks a year or two ago)! Dying to be Charlotte’s friend. Excellent feature, CoJ. xx

    • Emma says...

      I also saw the first pic and thought “ooooh, a Brit!” before reading anything :)

    • Terra says...

      This is so true! When I’ve expressed this to friends, I say British women have more “daring” style, but that’s never quite been the word I was seeking. “Have more fun getting dressed” is a way better way of putting it! Thank you!

  31. VVeronika says...

    This is by far my fave post about week of outfits! She is so pretty and you can tell she feels good in her body. She absolutely looks stunning.

  32. Alex says...

    My daughter is almost six yo and I can relate so much to the last paragraph!

  33. Neela says...

    Love the quilt coat and love her smile!

  34. Agnès says...

    Such a lovely post, Charlotte, I love ALL your shoes!! It’s nice to see a british lady! love from Paris

  35. Stella says...

    Oh my goodness are you kidding me! This post is like a bucket of sunshine, pure gold and happiness! I absolutely love her style, it’s crestive, different and unique, unlike anything I’ve seen, and yet so practical and cute, not over the top at all! Love it!

    • cat says...

      You took the words right out of my mouth! Love her style and energy.

  36. Annie says...

    Love all your outfits! The shoes, bags, and I adore wearing dresses. And what you said about your daughter and body size in her generation…that is my hope, too! My 14 year old daughter is dealing with anorexia, and my heart breaks daily as she struggles towards health. Damn this world and the messaging that starts at such a young age.

    Keep shining in all the colors!

  37. Nik says...

    Oh my goodness, could she be any cuter????

  38. Maddie says...

    I love Charlotte’s instagram!!!! SO happy to see her featured on here.

  39. Veronica says...

    She is so inspiring!

  40. H says...

    i love this series — these brief interviews always stay with me. like for years! this particular one feels so joyful. i love charlotte’s delight in color & the handmade. + everything she says about size & her kid & etc. and getups!

  41. Joy says...

    I love all the florals she incorporates into her everyday wear! This is one of my favorite outfit posts you’ve done.

  42. lydia says...

    “Maybe her generation will be more accepting of different body shapes. Fingers crossed, I live in hope.” sigh i have this hope for my daughters too!! you look incredible lady, absolutely incredible. you inspire me xoxo

  43. Mariah says...

    I just LOVE this! Her style is nothing like mine, but it suits her so well and I am fully here for how confident she is in finding and wearing what she likes and knowing herself so well. She is beautiful. As a mother of a 7 year old girl, I echo your hope that this generation of young women coming up will have a much broader sense of what is not only accepted, but attractive, stylish and beautiful.

  44. Sharon says...

    I want this woman to style me so I can feel like a twirling fairy that just walked out of the nearest flowering meadow <3

  45. Maya Chuy says...

    May I ask (respectfully) why Cup of Jo is not highlighting the wave of violence against Asian Americans that is being perpetuated by African Americans? I’m curious about your silence on this issue, especially considering your social justice posts in the past.

    • Paula Mukherjee says...

      …because it’s not real.

    • JG says...

      That Newsweek article has 25 year old data and is just not correct on the numbers. The truth is that in the last few years, a disproportionate number of the attacks on asians are from black Americans. Pretending it is not so is not helpful to anyone. We should be looking for the cause of it and ways to address it.
      Don’t just insult Asian Americans by telling them their concerns are not real. You would not brush off any other group that way.
      We can do much better with this issue .

  46. K2 says...

    The. SHOES! Omg.

  47. Anh says...

    THOSE BOOTS THOUGH. Love the very subtle witchy pastel goth vibe, giving these outfits a bit of edge.

  48. Lucy says...

    I am so inspired by Charlotte’s handbags. They can add so much to an outfit. I need to start looking for colorful, vintage ones! Great post. xx

  49. Farhana says...

    How lovely! She stays true to what she likes and wears what she prefers. And she’s not wearing clothes that are trending or what others think you should wear!!!

  50. Laurie says...

    Each of these colorful looks inspires me to get out of my Covid black/navy/grey rut.

    Seeing Charlotte out and about must be kind of like spotting a really cool bird. Just lovely.

    • Karen says...

      Love the bird comment.

    • Dee says...

      Hilarious, I read this as Austin Powers ‘bird’, with a cockney accent!

  51. Rae says...

    Fashion-wise, there is nothing better than a fashion person confidently wearing their clothes. I LOVED this week of outfits — so many good bits of fashion inspiration. Thank you Charlotte, I am off to rework a nightie!

  52. jenna says...

    Loved the coat made from the quilt! I have been wanting to try making something like that, and I might just save the picture as inspiration!

  53. jean jones says...

    This has been my favorite style post ever. She is refreshing!!! Every single outfit detail made me smile. It reminds me of someone I used to be, but have forgotten how to be…
    What a lovely role model for her daughter! Thanks also, for posting someone who is not only wearing designer items.

  54. Katie says...

    Charlotte could be my spirit fashion icon. Loving this pastel palette!

  55. Love this interview! In my head I was reading it in a British accent…lol. “Oh, you’ve got a basket…” that made me laugh! And yes to the way our young daughters look in the mirror. My 5-year-old loves to dance naked in front of her giant closet mirrors and it’s just the absolute best. She inspires me.

    • Kaitlin says...

      Omg! I read through all of this in a cheeky, delightful British accent! …came here to comment just that!

    • Alex says...

      I wish I could show you some of my (almost 6 yo) daughter’s outfits! My biggest inspiiration :)

  56. Erin says...

    How lovely to see someone from Lincolnshire! Also, a reminder from your friendly neighborhood dietitian that it’s spelled with a “t” and not a “c” ;)

  57. amy says...

    Love her style! Beautiful lady!

  58. s says...

    So pretty! So feminine! You look fabulous in every photo.

  59. Nicole says...

    Love this. Love the basket, love the dreamy dresses. Totally different style from mine, and that’s why I love this series. It’s so nice to see how confidence in one’s fashion choices translates into looking great, no matter the style.

  60. AB says...

    Just lovely! Just subscribed to her newsletter if anyone else is interested :)

  61. Cynthia says...

    I loved this post! Her outfits are gorgeous, and I loved the quilted coat and the lace-up boots.

  62. Catherine says...

    I love her style so much! I’ve definitely been in a black and blue style rut for the past few years, and the pandemic has finally encouraged me to branch out and find things I love, especially in pink.

  63. Marti says...

    This is one of my favorite Week of Outfit posts so far (no, my own is not my favorite, ha). I love her style so much! It’s so playful and colorful, but also sophisticated and very confident. Absolutely love.

    • Stella says...

      Marti I remember your post – I absolutely love your style and that post made such an impact on me and made me start working on my whole outlook on style and just feeling confident and finding beauty. Hope you’re well – and that we get another week of outfits from you soon!

  64. Debi says...

    Wow! Charlotte you are like a fashion symphony! The hair, skin, clothing and color choices and personality all playing beautifully together.!

  65. Sarah W says...

    I love this style, wonderful post!

  66. Vero says...

    I love this! It’s so different from what I wear and what we usually see, and it just seems fun and sweet.

  67. Robin in NoCo says...

    Charlotte is a stunner! I have been plus size for years and I have all but given up on playful fashion… clearly a missed opportunity. That last photo has me feeling so inspired. Is it okay to feed the goats and chickens in floral dresses?

    • L says...

      You feed the animals in whatever you want! (But remember, there’s a good chance the goats will try to eat your dress if it’s floral. :)

  68. Taylor says...

    I immediately went to the Resume shop site to get that dress and had to laugh at how bizarre it looks on the model! If I had been browsing that site based off the model I wouldn’t have been interested. Just goes to show you how profitable it would be for companies to depict a range of bodies wearing their clothes!!

    • Lucy says...

      oh my gosh you are so right, I also went straight to the Resume site. Charlotte is selling that dress so much better than the model!

    • Melisa says...

      I just went to the Resume website too, and I completely agree with you! The dress looks super ridiculous on the super skinny models they use, whereas it looks glorious on Charlotte. Some websites will use models of various sizes/body shapes for some of their clothing (Everlane and Madewell to name a couple mainstream ones), but it’s really just not enough. I love Universal Standard for having a huge range of models and sizes and want to support them, but the super neutral, all-jersey aesthetic is just not me. Oh, well.

    • Lynn-Holly says...

      I see what you mean! But I did click through to Resume’s instagram (there’s a link at the bottom of their website) and they actually posted a picture of Charlotte there! As someone who has worked in content creation in the past, I really enjoy seeing what brands choose to share on their socials. That said, when I shop, I also really enjoy seeing a variety of body types. It definitely helps me understand how something will (or won’t!) fit.

    • Alex says...

      I agree, it looks silly on the thin model (imho)

    • CS says...

      No shaming, ladies. Saying something looks “super ridiculous” or “I had to laugh at how bizarre it looks on the model” based on a body type is discriminatory and problematic on many levels. No better than someone laughing at how something looks on a a full-figured model. No bullying, please. Thanks.

  69. Liz says...

    What a treat to meet this charming creature. Adore her style, too!

  70. Alexa says...

    Charlotte, you are wonderful!

  71. Elizabeth says...

    She knows her color palette and I love it!! She looks fabulous

  72. L says...

    Such cool, individual style – I love it! For the last chunk of my life I’ve been sticking with a lot of neutrals but with this coming vaxxed summer I’m feeling ready to wild out with color and pattern and funky joy style. So I’ve been perusing all the stuff I already own while doing a lot of Etsy window shopping to figure out how I want to do that that feels like me right now. And I’ve been wanting hot pink shoes ha so loving those amazing Loeffler Randall heals. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • L says...

      *heels

  73. Louise says...

    Her complexion though….peaches and cream.

  74. Dee says...

    Get out the smelling salts, I’m in a fan girl spiral. She is so pretty! Her hair! Oh and her outfits! are all 100% gorgeous. I clicked on every single link, I want it all…

    • Nanaka says...

      Hahahahaha, same! I dare say she looks positively lovely!!! ;-)

      I love the pastels that are popping up everywhere this spring, and it looks so good on her! Being more into „minimal style“ myself, I recently got bored of my never ending black/white/blue jeans kinda style, and jazzed it up with a few pastel pieces. It’s an awesome color palette and she definitely nails it!

  75. Lizzy says...

    That last comment got me all teary. Her style is so joyful!

  76. E says...

    I’ve missed Week of Outfits soo much!

  77. Ro says...

    OMG that quilt coat! Heart eyes!!

  78. Shannon says...

    Love these styles!! I have never worn anything like this and yet everything feels so approachable and personal!

  79. J says...

    It’s strange reading a British child transcribed as saying ‘Mommy!’ In my head, that word has a distinct American accent :) I love Charlotte’s style. She makes quilting look so chic!

    • Lauren says...

      Yes I thought exactly that 😂 (although “Mom” is common in the Black Country/Midlands – it could be a Lincolnshire thing too?)

  80. Yen says...

    Oh lala love her style. The playfulness with color, and pastels at that, is just aces. LOVE

  81. Lauren says...

    Love that pink headband! I’m also in the UK and on the same meteorological rollercoaster…

  82. Hilary says...

    Love love love this profile! What a gorgeous, happy sentiment about dressing, with a gorgeous and happy person to match. Always love seeing someone who does a lot of vintage, thrifted and local shopping too. Our planet would be better off if we all did that!

  83. Wow such fun unique style from a beautiful woman! Love her focus on locally made and vintage too :)

  84. Thanks so much for having me Joanna, it was so nice to talk to you on the phone. Realizing I say ridiculous a lot, but the weather has been even more ridiculous this week since we spoke…it’s a great word!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I loved chatting so much!!

  85. Katie says...

    I love her! I love her style and her perspective! Thanks for sharing!

  86. Hanna says...

    Ooh, I loved this! I’ve actually been following Charlotte on Instagram for a while, so it’s nice to see a ‘familiar’ face. Her outfits make me want to embrace more pastels and also approach fashion with a bigger ‘just-for-me-just-for-fun’-vibe :)

    Thanks for the feature!