Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sept 4th - Outfit #3 - Brocade and Wool

Oh, I am loving having a new non-pastel wardrobe this month! Fall is just around the corner (my favourite time of year) and although it was sunny and warm out today, it just felt a little more autumnal.
Two of my favourite wardrobe items make their debut: my Chinese brocade top and my yellow wool pencil skirt.

The top was purchased in October 2010 on consignment as a set, with a matching fabric skirt, for $19.50. The skirt was an XS and the top is a Small (totally wack sizing). I loved the top so much I bought the set - but I gave the skirt to my friend Kim and it fit her perfectly. The top is by Le Chateau and it was made in Canada - yay!

I last wore it in November 2011 (scroll down past a costume-y outfit), and also in April 2011 (here), and in December 2010 (also with yellow - yellow boots!). I'm excited to expand it into other outfits. This is my first time wearing it with an obi, for example.
The skirt is the one I usually call the "Megan skirt," because Megan of MMD has the same one - which I bought her!

I first bought it in March 2011 (with a mix of browns/neutrals) - it was $9.50 on the clearance rack at My Sister's Closet (this brocade top was also purchased there - they have a wicked good clearance rack). It's by BB Dakota and originally sold for about $60 - I know this because when Megan admired it, I went back to the store that sold them new and bought her one on super-duper clearance. It's a lovely thick wool, lined in satin and is a big stretchy (nice for sitting).

I've also worn it here in June 2011 (also with reds), here in August 2011 (2nd outfit, with bright orange and green), in October 2011 (with green and rust - I like that mix), and most recently here in January 2012 (with olive, black and cream), just before I started this year-long challenge.

The stuff:
That's a lot of red
I had to show the diamond of black on the back of my new Fluevogs (purchased here in July), the Impulse Presence. I noted then that they were tight in the toes, so remembering that, I wore them around the house all day yesterday with a pair of sport socks on (a very attractive look, I tell ya) to stretch them out. I also gave the back heel cup a good massage to soften it up, as it comes up quite high on the heel. All that worked like a charm, and they were deliciously comfy all day to wear. Love!

Blouse (Le Chateau, consignment), skirt (BB Dakota, consignment), leather obi (consignment), shoes (Impulse Presence, Fluevogs), earrings (Erica Weiner), cuff (Le Chateau).

21 comments:

  1. How much do I love red and yellow on you!!! And also, how impressive are you for sticking to a year-long challenge. You totally earned those Fluevogs.

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    1. Thanks, Roberta! It's been a fun challenge so far!

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  2. I'm so envious of that cheongsam top! It looks great with the yellow skirt, and I'm wondering if you have any camel colored trousers...think it would be a fabulous mix!

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    1. Great suggestion...but not on me. Camel (like beige and taupe) looks awful on me, even on the bottom. Totally looks like skin colour on me!

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  3. Ah... missed ya! And I'm liking the combination of the Chinese top with a Japansese obi-- fun!

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  4. The top is so pretty, Sheila. The cut of this outfit is so flattering on you.

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  5. Beautiful, Sheila! Your accessories are perfect too - love the cicada earrings. Glad to finally see the new Fluevogs - and they are comfy, yippee!

    P.S. I think a month of pastels would darn near kill me!

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  6. Love this, and I am with you on changing the wardrobe, even if the weather hasn't changed yet. These colors are perfection for fall!

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  7. Red and yellow is such a great combination. One of my favourites! Smart move breaking in the shoes before wearing them with bare feet. I paid dearly for my mistake. The obi and black bracelet really pull this together.

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  8. OOOO-I am totally loving this!!! I think this is going to be a capsule full of favorites for me!!

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  9. I can't do wool but I'd love the rest of the outfit. That top is fabulous.

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  10. That's really nice, I love the strong colours! I own the jacket that matches the skirt, and I will forever regret that I did not buy the whole suit...
    By the way, although I'm a first time commenter, I love your blog, and have been reading it daily for some months now. I've also pinned many of your inspiring outfits.
    Keep up the good work!
    Sonja

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    1. There's a jacket that matches the skirt?? Eee! I would love to have that - thanks for the head's up.

      Sonja, thank you so much for commenting and reading! I really appreciate it. Thanks!

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    2. You're welcome.
      I bought the jacket on Modcloth, where it's no longer available, but if you like to take a look, that's the one:
      http://www.modcloth.com/shop/jackets/saffron-sophisticate-coat
      Lots of love!
      Sonja

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  11. Love this top! My friend has a similar one in pink, it's such a lovely look. I especially like yours paired with the yellow skirt.

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  12. Ah, stretching with socks, really cannot beat that for breaking shoes in.

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  13. Oh you look great I love this outfit super cute!! and I just had to do the same with a pair of shoes that is what is so nice about buying real leather shoes ~Love Heather

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  14. Pencil skirts look great on you, and I love the bold colours together sectioned with that fantastic obi belt...but my favourite thing is the bug earrings. Wonderful!

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  15. I love this color combination. With your hair color the outfit is really magic.

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  16. Oooh those shoes are so perfect! I cannot wait to pull out my "Sheila skirt" - we're back to hot weather for a few days more, but looking at some 70F days next week. Hopefully I can bring it out then. It's still one of my favorite skirts. Thanks again Sheila! You're the best <3

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