Hey! What a nice relaxing weekend I've had. L and I had no plans, so we've mostly hung out together and chilled. "Chilled" being an accurate way to describe the weather - it's been trying to snow for the last two days! Of course, this is Victoria - there's no one on the streets, even though the snow's not sticking. Must be all inside watching the Olympics closing ceremony (way to go, Canada!).
So you get the casual side of me, outfit-wise.
I adore this lumpy green sweater, even though it doesn't do much for me. It's a "wear around the house" piece now. Make room in the closet for something else! I last wore it here (2nd outfit) to see Blue Rodeo in January.
here in October 2013 with a sleeveless jacket.
|Mouth-breathing due to allergies|
Speaking of Patti, linking up to "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style, with my ecclectic outfit.
|"I stalk in like a boss."|
Jacket (Le Chateau), sweater (Wilfred, thrifted), skirt (no label, thrifted), boots (Doc Martens, consignment), scarf/gloves (Parkhurst), toque (Danier), cuff (SkinZnHydez), earrings (local).
L wanted to go look at music after brunch, so I popped downstairs to a vintage store I don't usually visit (the last time I was there they didn't have much and were only taking cash), Lovely Things Vintage.
I had better luck this time, finding this classic early 80s polyester disco dress:
I liked this detail, which is something you never see in dresses anymore:
I love vintage labels!
Today, despite the snow (all day...still snowing...still not sticking), I ventured down to Fairfield to check out My Sister's Closet. I haven't been there since early December 2013, when I had such good luck with the Hostess, here. It's such a good consignment store, I have to limit myself to going once every 2-3 months, or I'd be broke. Seriously good stuff and very reasonable prices.
I dressed for both the weather and shopping.
I last wore it here in January, with suede layered over it.
Jacket (Danier, thrifted), dress (Eric Alexandre), boots (Pegabo), toque (Wooden Ships), gloves (Parkhurst), fur scarf (Danier, thrifted), silk scarf (Ralph Lauren).
I had some excellent shopping karma! I'm also armed with the big fat spring editions of the fashion magazines, and I'm thinking about what I like and don't like in Spring Fashin.
A trend I like: metallic fabrics. And here we go with this awesome skirt that was on the clearance rack:
It's a stiff taffeta in gun-metal grey. Shiny without being overly glare-y, if you get my drift.
|A more accurate colour depiction|
I try not to be a brand snob - I believe that you should always go for the best quality and fit you can find, period - but I have been guilty of passing along on an item when I'm iffy on it, if it's a "fast fashion" brand like H&M.
Look what else I found on the clearance rack!
This top is by Michael Kors, and as you can see it hasn't ever been worn. Tags on and everything!
I love the little fat pouffy skirts that some designers are rolling out. These are meant to be worn with a cropped top (erm, not really my thing, but never say never!), or a longer layer over them. I loved the heavy satin of this skirt - it has pockets too!
I didn't know the brand name at all, but Quillaree seems to be owned by Urban Outfitters and sold in Anthropolgie stores (which we don't have here).
Remember that whole "never say never" thing about cropped tops? Heh, well, I found an awesome cropped top that I think I'll be able to wear to update my Spring looks. I was careful to look for a top that hit at my waistline, and that wouldn't drown me (or make me look too booby! It's all very complicated).
|Colour blown out to show the construction|
Spring continues with the heavily embellished and richly printed textures, so this black top will work great in my wardrobe.
I couldn't put this gorgeous polyester chiffon...flowered...paisley...sheer!...ruffled!...pleated! shirt back on the rack. It's also by CAbi, which I've found is a good quality brand (washable too).
Midi skirts are all the rage (again! how these things come around), and are being paired with cropped tops. They are also a key piece in the "long over long" looks that are appearing. When I saw this flowy caramel skirt, my breath caught.
I started digging in the seams for tags and labels:
A little shell button at the hem also said "Boss Orange."
Oh, wait a sec:
Here's a shocker for me: pants!
I am not familiar with this brand either, nor do I know what size 40 is.
Oops, nearly forgot: I found a necklace!
I don't really do flat oxfords, but I really liked these blue and brown Fly Girl shoes:
What have you spotted for spring? What trends are you liking/loathing? You'll never catch me in a jumpsuit (again!), InStyle!