I couldn't resist wearing my new-to-me cerulean blue shell today - it went so well with my grey thin wool skirt. Of course, that meant lots of blue! Blue everything!
|I may have been humming "Blue Monday" by New Order all day...|
With a boxy top like this, you've got to define the waist. Classic 80s looks with those bigass shoulder pads were all about creating a V to the waist, then having an exaggerated hip (hello, peplums!) to emphasize the waist even further.
here with mint green), were designed to counter the wide, bold shoulder look. A real 80s belt of this era would have been snakeskin - very luxe and expensive-looking.
|Yeah, I know, I missed zipping all the way to the top - I caught it in the morning!|
We take much of our freedom in workplace clothing for granted now, but a woman in a managerial, directorial or vice-presidential position (who wasn't a secretary, basically) was a Big Deal back then, and in order for her to earn her place and the respect of the men around her, she had to put on her armour, her uniform. For a big blast from the past, check out the movie "Working Girl" to see how Melanie Griffith's character takes on this transition. Women were figuring out how they could "have it all" against a lot of resistance from the old guard. And there was a lot of resistance. We've come a long way.
here with my blue and white painty blouse.
Oh, and mustn't forget my vintage 70s/80s belt. No power dressing elements here; this is 100% disco, baby!
Blouse (I. Magnin, thrifted), skirt (Bianca, thrifted), shoes (Feet First), belt (vintage, thrifted), necklace (gift from L), lapis lazuli ring (Wendy Brandes), snake ring (homegrown 80s vintage), circle ring (Nine West), sodalite ring (holiday in Scotland, 1996), cuff (St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop).
I think I scared the mailman to death when he dropped a box off on my desk today - I squealed so loud, I may have shattered glass. I treated myself (because I'm worth it!) to another Wendy Brandes Jewelry item*.
*all links because I love - I paid for it!
Ta-dah! The Fulvia Ring! From Wendy's page is the description of Fulvia:
Of the Roman noblewoman Fulvia (wife of Marc Antony), the historian Plutarch wrote, "She was a woman who took no interest in spinning or managing a household, nor could she be content to rule a husband who had no ambition for public life: her desire was to govern those who governed or to command a commander-in-chief."
So, see? It's all about women's equality. Although I am a classic secretary/receptionist, you know who really runs the office, right? *wink wink*
It's ready for its close-up:
The topaz looks gorgeous in the natural light.
This is a major statement:
Of course, it is stamped.
still one left, and it's half price, so be my Wonder Twin (Wonder Twin powers - activate!) and treat yourself to something nice.
Did you check out the pictures of the model wearing the ring? She's doubled it up with...my other Wendy Brandes ring!
|My rings are famous, yo.|
Two friends, reunited again.
Thank you so much, Wendy! I really treasure these and will be wearing them every opportunity I get. Now, about that Marie Antoinette ring...(when I win the lottery!).
|"Is it L? Is he watching another hockey game?"|
|"But I like shoelaces! They're so good for biting!"|