I do love a good book and Outlander is one that was recommended to me for a while but with other books on my list that I knew more about I kept putting it off. It wasn’t until I saw the first episode of the new TV series and I saw in the credits based on the book I knew I had to get it. The TV series is a brilliant adaptation of the book and it’s not often that a book lover can say that! It is so satisfying to see a book you love accurately portrayed well. The TV show have added some extra scenes but they work perfectly with the story. For example the book is written from Claire’s point of view but in the series some scenes are shot to show what the others are doing but this doesn’t happen a lot. The TV show really honours the book and doesn’t hold back on any of the darker areas.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon has been a roaring success as a book since it came out in 1991 selling millions of copies as well as being the first of the Outlander book series. The TV show came out in the States last year and this year in the UK on Amazon Prime Instant Video. I don’t really know why no TV Station here didn’t pick it up as it’s so good and proper quality TV. However if you’ve read the book there are some gory and nasty moments which as bad as they are, are rather important in the story so you couldn’t really ignore them. As much it would be nice to have a story of everyone being happy it’s the ups and downs in the story which makes you fall in love with the characters and eager to know they survive.
The story of Outlander (I’m trying to say this without spoiling it too much) centres around Claire a combat nurse who, with her husband Frank, visits Scotland for a second honeymoon at the end of the Second World War. In Scotland Claire falls back in time to the 18th Century where the times are dangerous and full of adventures. Luckily thanks to her nurse training she becomes useful to the Clan who take her in. She meets a highlander called Jamie and a romance kicks in. There is romance, adventure, battles, history and a bit sci-fi. Plus in the TV show amazing costumes. Take a look at the series trailer if you are intrigued.
I think the reason I love Outlander so much is Claire. She is a very opinionated modern woman even for the 1940s and that doesn’t bode well when in the past where she clashes with a lot of the men but always stands her ground, sometimes getting herself in trouble over it. I love her strength and it’s great to read and watch a strong woman in a man’s world.
I’ve always loved tartans and big dresses so this worked for me! Here is the main character Claire in her 18th Century gorgeous dress and wrap.
Since watching the first episode I wanted to dress up. The 1940s outfits to the corset/bodices of the past were all stunning. Brilliant styling involved in the TV show. I wanted to incorporate something Outlander to my wardrobe and after ruling out the big dresses (I was totally born at the wrong time) I decided that something which gave my outfit a hint of tartan was the way to go. I settled on a shawl got this gorgeous contemporary tartan one from www.tartanblanketco.com . Check out their enormous range of shawl and blankets. The choice of colours is incredible!
There are so many tartans in the world and this is a lovely one. The warm colours are bright but still lovely pastel shades which work so well together. This shawl is the Antique Buchanan Lambswool Shawl. www.tartanblanketco.com/ladies-antique-buchanan-lambswool-shawl
As you can imagine for a show set in Scotland there is a lot of tartan and a lot of wraps for the women so a shawl was a good way to include something Outlander inspired into the wardrobe.
I love the colours of the shawl it’s lambswool and is so warm and brilliant for spring weather. It works as a shawl over a dress for an event but also for work with a smart shirt and also jeans a t-shirt. Who knew a shawl was so multi purpose! I love how wide the shawl is too. The shawl measures roughly 74cm by 168cm and is woven for 100% lambswool. It’s so soft and lovely against the skin. No itchy wool here!
Such gorgeous colours. I love this shawl.
I really love the way Claire’s shawl (I think is fabric from Jamie’s full kilt) is held on by a belt. It makes it slightly more modern and rather nice I think. It could easily be an interesting winter coat from Boden.
I thought I’d try the look with the shawl and it worked really well. It’s a nice length so you can hold it in place with a belt and not have it dragging or getting in the way. This is me ready for a walk on Wimbledon Common last weekend. It was nice to not have it flapping everywhere in the wind and being hands free. The shawl is a bit longer than it looks in the photo but I bunched it up a bit at the back. The shawl was so warm after a long walk I was very toasty!
The Outlander season 1 finale in on Amazon Prime Instant Video on Sunday! I can’t believe it’s nearly over. Thank goodness they’ve started filming season 2. The final looks like it’s going to be very dark! Spoilers galore if you watch this promo for the final episode.
If you love Outlander for Jamie – I can see why :p
All the Outlander photographs belong to Starz.