No grey in sight today! And definitely very visible; the dark conditions for today’s photograph actually managed to mute this very colourful outfit — it was even louder than it looks. Also, alas, both the dress and the cardi are too big, but what the heck, they stayed on, and that’s all that matters on days like today, when a megadose of colour is called for to shake things up just a bit.
Linking up to Patti’s wonderful Visible Monday, and hoping everybody’s off to a good week!
Necklace: Pilgrim, remixed.
Cardigan: Thrifted. I still haven’t managed to find a perfect red grandpa cardigan, but this one will do until that happens.
Dress: Bob Mackie Wearable Art, vintage, thrifted. I’m pegging this as an 80s dress; the tag looks very 80s, the print looks very 80s, the colours, oh yes, 80s, the 100% polyester jersey (normally I abhor polyester, but vintage weirdness sometimes overrides this aversion) is so very 80s, as are the (unseen) puffy sleeve caps. The only thing that doesn’t scream 80s at me is the sizing; this is a large, and I’d expect an 80s large to fit me like a glove, while this is way big on me. A little research suggests this particular line was done with QVC. I think there’s a QVC network in the UK, as well as the one I remember from when I was still living in the States, so I can’t say whether this is an expat dress, or one that was sold here. Either way, I found it irresistible, and snapped it up. Whether I’ll keep it, or try to find it a new home is up in the air, but I had fun wearing it today.
Tights: Remixed, tags long gone. Hey, did you know I own about a zillion pair of tights that aren’t black or grey? Yeah, I tend to forget that myself.
Holy cow, a Bank Holiday Monday where the weather didn’t suck. The long weekend commenced with my birthday on Friday, which we didn’t actually end up celebrating until Saturday, because Phil was slammed with work, but that was fine with me, and we had such a lovely time on Saturday that it was well worth the wait.
I’m getting near the bottom of the remaining box of summer clothes, and I cannot imagine how it took me so long to get around to this much-loved dress. Oh wait, I can — it makes me feel self-conscious about my less-than-absolutely-flat belly. In the spirit of hitting the second half of my forties on Friday, and realising that I am giving less of a toss with every passing year, I put it on, and within minutes basically forgot I’m supposed to feel self-conscious in this dress. It’s an awesome dress, and I felt awesome in it. (Which, of course, means I’m linking to Visible Monday, with many thanks to Patti for continuing to host and inspire this weekly event.)
Have a great week, and swing by Patti’s blog for another great Visible Monday!
Necklace: Anne Klein II, homegrown vintage, totally remixed.
Cardigan: Gap, remixed.
Dress: East, remixed. Love this, and it’s staying in the collection, although I’m culling heavily right now. I want a smaller wardrobe, because I have things I love that I don’t wear as often as I should. (Should because they make me happy and I love them.) The print on this is fantastic, and Phil is very, very fond of this dress, so there’s two more reasons to make me love it.
Happy Visible Monday, all! As always, the lovely Patti at Not Dead Yet Style is graciously and inspiringly hosting this event, which I am pleased to be joining, especially today, because after a weekend of epic food poisoning misery, I was ready to wear something besides my bathrobe and flannel jammies and unwashed hair. The fact that I am visible at ALL this Monday, after that, is already something, but the combination of feeling much better and wearing this particular outfit made me feel far more vibrantly visible than usual. The bright sunshine and the orange accessories sure didn’t hurt, either. Orange makes everything better, I swear.
The outfit is particularly exciting to me because it includes this newly-thrifted houndstooth coat. I’ve been wanting some houndstooth, and while it’s a skirt I especially want, I was really pleased to find this coat to tide me over until I can find a skirt I like. Coats are among my best thrift finds, because, as a general rule, you can find beautiful, well-made coats for a mere fraction of what you’d pay for them retail. You do have to be careful with coats; many a potential fantastic bargain is spoiled by a hopelessly dated, but not yet properly vintage-feeling, cut. My best luck seems to be with classic dress coats, like this one, with fairly slim fits, and minimal shoulder padding. Only lack of room prevents me from acquiring far more of them than I already have, as I spend a lot of time outdoors, and many days, my outerwear is actually the most significant style statement I’m going to make.
So, yeah, that’s why I love coats so much.
Coat: Sisley, thrifted. I see some pills I failed to shave off this 100% wool coat, and will attend to those before wearing it again.
Turtleneck jumper: Gap. Lovely, soft merino wool, far warmer than the very light weight of this jumper would suggest.
Necklace: Wallis, remixed.
Skirt: This is just a knee-length stretch cotton tube skirt. Don’t recall where I got it.
Washed leather bag: Topshop, remixed. I wish I could find a pair of leather pants this soft and drapey.
Tights: Betsey Johnson, remixed. I like these, but stretchy like whoa. I’d size down if I bought another pair.
There are precious few days of the year when I feel like I’m safe wearing these boots. At minimum, I need to be as certain as possible that it’s not going to rain. Ideally, I’ll have a day like the one I dressed for here, where it was very bright, cool, and totally dry. I’ve treated these boots with protection spray, of course, but to me that’s just insurance against an unexpected downpour. I wouldn’t willingly wear them out in the wet.
When I spotted this dress in the British Heart Foundation shop, I immediately thought of pairing it with the boots, but was unsure as to what colour tights to wear with it, so I decided to check at some of the usual places I get my tights, while I had the dress right there to match them against, and I hit on not one, but two different, perfectly-matching, pairs of tights at Dorothy Perkins. I went with the bright coral, instead of the more sober burgundy, on the first wearing of the dress, because somehow, I was just in the mood to go right over the top with the colour. Winter’s probably going to suck a lot, but I am so glad to have consistent tights and boots weather back that right now, I’m not complaining.
Jacket: Principles, thrifted, remixed.
Necklace: Anne Klein, absolutely bloody ancient, remixed.
So, pants. I am rapidly concluding pants, but for jeans, are not my friends. Jeans and I remain on excellent terms, but seriously, I’m thinking I’m just not a pants person. I am this close to just giving up entirely, donating all the pants (do leggings count as pants? Because I’m cool with leggings, too), and going on to live a blissful life with my dresses, skirts and jeans.
These pants, however, are actually jeans. And I’m not entirely mad about them, but still, they’re jeans, so I’ll give them a chance before sending them on, but they kind of make me feel frumpy, although that could mostly be a factor in the styling of today’s outfit, which is, once again, very ’70s-era District Art Teacher.
(I have been on an unintended hiatus, which I will explain in tomorrow’s return to regular outfit blogging, I just want to spare any non-regular followers who come by via EBEW.)
Denim overshirt: Gap, remixed.
Shirt: Men’s, Liberty of London, and I totally ganked it from my husband’s closet.
Belt: Gap, remixed. I seriously needed to belt that Liberty shirt, or it would’ve been unwearably voluminous.
Jeans: Gap. These are far too high in the rise for me to wear them without covering it up, because, whoa, I am just not built to wear high-rise pants. Oh, mercy, NO.
Highly changeable weather we’ve been having, as you’ve probably guessed. I did finally put this coat away for the summer last week, but not too far away, because heaven knows I could very well need it. Likewise, I’ve pretty much given up on the idea of putting these boots away for the summer. I don’t actually mind a bit, since I do, as a rule, prefer cooler-weather clothing, but come on now, it’s mid-June, and I have pretty dresses and light cardigans I’d like to take out for a spin.
But for now, the details:
Coat: Laura Ashley, thrifted, remixed. Still a big favourite.
Scarf: Desigual, remixed. Oh, man. Stumbled across a 50% off sale at Desigual. Yeah. I fell down. You’ll be seeing how hard I fell very soon. I may go back and fall down one more time. Oh, dear.
Pullover: Oasis, remixed. The more I look at the combination of aqua and red, the more I like it. I wouldn’t want to live in a room painted those two colours, but as an outfit? Heck, yeah.
I’ve worn that denim jacket a lot lately. Until today, the weather has been mostly kind of dismal, with even the sunny days blighted with stuff like strong, shockingly cold winds, and that jacket is just warm enough to keep me reasonably comfortable.
I have seen people walking around in anoraks, though, so I’m clearly not the wimpiest person in the area. Even after all these years, occasionally I have to remind myself that this is an island in the North Atlantic, I live on the coast, and those winds shouldn’t catch me by surprise. Maybe it’ll sink in eventually, and in the meantime, I should probably just be glad there are frequently days, even in the height of summer, when I can wear jumpers and boots and not look stupid, because warm clothes are actually necessary, whatever the calendar says.
Denim jacket: Gap, thrifted, remixed.
Tank: Primark, men’s plain white, from a three-pack, remixed.
Dress: Wallis, thrifted.
Scarf: TK Maxx, remixed. The spouse commented on how striking this looked with the dress I was wearing, and I had to agree. Orange and green is one of those colour combinations that feel kind of risky to me, especially when they’re such vivid shades as they are in this outfit, but I think the white on both the scarf and the dress, combined with the neutral denim, keeps it from being too much.
Red & aqua colourful enough for you, Style Nation? I think we may be approaching my own personal limit here, and my love of neutrals to the contrary notwithstanding, I’m pretty willing to go out on the LOUD colour combination ledge.
This is where my love of striped shirts has really helped me out in learning to mix colours that might not readily spring to mind as compatible with each other, because I probably never would’ve paired red and aqua without having seen, liked, and bought this shirt. Now it’s entered into my clothing-related memory bank as a possibility. See? Stripes are awesome.
Necklace: Oasis, remixed.
Denim jacket: Gap, thrifted. This actually has waist shaping, which I think I like.
Skirt: Topshop, thrifted, remixed. Both times I’ve worn this skirt, it’s been with a striped top.
Tights: Dorothy Perkins, remixed.
Shoes: Ancient, possibly remixed. It’s been mostly-boots weather for so long that I can’t recall off the top of my head if I’ve worn these since beginning the blog.
And then the weather got downright dry and bright and very nearly warm, so I figured it was a good time to fit in another wearing of my suede boots. Also, I felt like wearing some COLOUR! again, after all the black and neutrals of the previous couple of days. There may be a world in which these colours are neutrals, but it ain’t this one, Style Nation.
"You look wholesome today," was the spousal verdict, along with "I think those boots work with the blue tights, but I’m not really sure why I think that."
This is an unusually detailed fashion critique from my husband. As a general rule, I usually get a comment like “you’re really very stylish, love,” or “That looks good,” which I appreciate. But two whole comments, both of which are pretty damn specific by his standards? Wow. I’m going to go ahead and credit this week’s colourfest for that. I think this outfit is verging on Easter Eggy, but I did enjoy it quite a lot.
Fair Isle jumper/tunic: Marks & Spencer.
Necklace: H&M, remixed.
Bangles: H&M. These are recycled plastic, for what it’s worth.
Skirt: Fat Face, thrifted.
Tights: Dorothy Perkins, remixed.
Boots: Imperia, Duo, remixed. It’s been dry out, so I’ve been wearing the hell out of these, plus, you know COLOUR.