Agatha Raisin style inspiration

For the last year, I have been enjoying a subscription to the Acorn streaming media service, as it has all my favorite British period and mystery series, like Midsomer MurdersFoyle’s War, Vera, and Poirot. This past August, it started streaming Agatha Raisin, a TV series based on the book series written by M. C. Beaton. It’s a humorous mystery series, spinning off the “cozy mystery” formula in surprising ways, and it stars the dynamic Scottish actress Ashley Jensen as the title character, a PR agent-turned-amateur sleuth.

What I love most about Jensen’s portrayal of Agatha Raisin is how she stays true to her flashy, color-coordinated style, even while feeling (and simultaneously fighting) the urge to “fit in” with her neighbors in the Costwolds. She is realistically flawed while always looking FABULOUS. ♥

My favorite episode thus far is the “Witch of Wyckhadden” episode, which features a castle library, as well as a hidden passageway (which I have been a sucker for ever since reading about Nancy Drew’s adventures in The Hidden Staircase). I took notice when Agatha wore this classic + sassy black-and-brown-tweed combo. I literally shouted at the screen, “I can recreate that outfit!”

Librarian for Life + Style | Agatha Raisin style collage

And here is my recreation:  wide-legged, brown tweed trousers, a thin black sweater, a tan trench coat, a black beret, and a statement necklace. Gotta admit, I felt pretty snazzy in this outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Black beret + sweater + jet necklace

Below is a closeup of the different textures in this outfit, including the tweed of my trousers, the ribbed cuffs of my lightweight sweater, and the dark wood tones of my JORD watch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tweed trousers + wood watch

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Sam and I had fun recreating some of the poses from the screenshots I took of the Agatha Raisin episode. We browsed various antiques and salvage shops downtown in the theater district of Tacoma, and along the walk, we spotted a picturesque stone wall as well as a beautiful set of stone steps and greenery tucked into a hillside.

Sam had also gone to a literary reading the week before at a local antique shop, Sanford & Son Antiques and Auctions, which has three levels of amazing finds. On the bottom floor is a stage lined in bookcases, complete with library ladder. A perfect place to hold a reading — and a perfect place to take photos for this inspiration post! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores

Weather:  Crisp, clear fall day

Where:  Antique-shopping downtown on the weekend and on a work day during the week


very similar black crewneck sweater  //  very similar wide-legged trousers in herringbone pattern  //  similar black ankle boots  //  very similar jet teardrop earrings  //  very similar jet necklace  //  very similar beret  //  similar herringbone purse

Librarian for Life + Style | black + brown tweed collage

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20 thoughts on “Agatha Raisin style inspiration

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Kezzie! I didn’t love the book series — I read only one and thought, “Enh” — but I’m totally enjoying the TV series! The mysteries are light, in that “cozy mystery” style, but it’s the characters I keep coming back for. 🙂

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  3. Natalia Lialina

    Hello Jen, I’ve JUST discovered your blog via Nicole’s link-up. The minute I saw the photos, I recognized the soft Northwestern light, and I thought that the staircase looks very much like the historic staircase in Tacoma I’m yet to visit for my blog pictures! I’ve never actually found any style blogs from Tacoma before – you are the very first one! Love your style, and this outfit is awesome! Thank you for the show recommendation as well – my husband and I are huge fans of British cozy mysteries and period shows too!
    Natalia of In The Writer’s Closet (Tacoma 🙂


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