Thursday, October 13, 2016

Military But Not Obvious

I knew that when I thrifted this jacket that it would be a challenge to style it. Sometimes that's part of the fun for me with new pieces. 
The obvious styling is go severe with a simple bottom. But I tend to not do the obvious.


  • Jacket - Nygard, thrifted; purchased here for $8.50
  • Skirt - Oui Set, thrifted; last seen here in March for a brunch with my bestie
  • Boots - Babycakes Mini, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in March with leopard and orange
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted

I wore a black sleeveless sweater underneath, but since all you see of it is the hem, I didn't count/track it. 

I went with a bright flame-orange red mohair miniskirt. Totally not what most would do. I will probably try this with a pencil skirt or skinny pants (or heck, high-waisted wide-leg pants, why not?) at some point.
I love all the buttons and the earthy plaid tones - this jacket can only be worn done fully buttoned, but I'm okay with that. I've had these lace tights for several years - they're hanging on!

We're in for some crazy storms over the next couple of days - hopefully, we won't lose power! I'm ready for the rain - bring it on!
My leather trench was more waterproof than that plaid "raincoat". I love this thrifted red vintage hat (bought it in Vancouver in March), and I have several pairs of wool fingerless gloves. They keep my fingers free, but my hands warm.

The stuff:
I bought these boots back in 2012 during my steampunk phase, and I still love them. The tooled leather on the front is so gorgeous. These are a classic Fluevog heel/last - very comfy, non-slip soles. I can dance all night in these - I've done it!

Gold bling:
A mix of old and new.


  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage expo
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Amber ring - late 90s
  • Earrings - vintage 70s, vintage fair


18 comments:

  1. Such an interesting jacket. I love the idea of styling it with high-waisted pants, wide-leg pants but it's gorgeous with the skirt you've chosen. Do you ever plan/organize outfits ahead -- say for a week or so -- or do you just organize the night before?

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! Yes, I usually plan about 5-6 outfits in advance - I always try to put together outfits with new-to-me items right away, and look to rotate in not-yet-worn-this-season pieces as well. I like to do it on Sunday nights before bed. It's very relaxing. Then, every night, I decide which outfit I want to wear (taking account my day, how much walking, what other things I have happening) and pull all the accessories for it. It takes all the fuss and stress out of dressing!

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    2. Interesting! Sounds like a good plan. I have to admit that since I retired 8 years ago my advance planning of outfits has gone by the wayside. I should really get back to that, as I am sure I would wear more of my wardrobe!

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    3. Planning ahead inspires me, and it also forces me to actually make an effort getting dressed. And I do wear more of my wardrobe!

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  2. You most certainly look rain and storm ready! I love those boots - very Victorian looking but then that's what steampunk is partly about - isn't it?

    I love the plaid jacket and I think it looks great with orangey red skirt - it will look good with a pencil skirt and with flared trousers too - a very versatile jacket and an excellent buy!

    Have a fab weekend

    Veronica
    vronni60s.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, I love that Victorian steampunk look - it's so fun, with all the elaborate textures. Thank you! I'm excited to style this jacket again.

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  3. I love a military inspired jacket and I LOVE this one. I too am one who does not pair things in the obvious way. I wonder how the jacket would work with one of your flouncy-petticoat-showing skirts? The peplum of the jacket might REALLY pop out! I dare ya. Keep on inspiring me, girlfriend!

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I think the jacket would look awesome with a big floofy skirt - I will try it!

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  4. Inspired styling, Sheila. Eight fifty for Nygard - that's some good hunting. I love this with that mini and the cool tights. And I have to say I like your new specs-free face. I love your glasses too but switching it up is so much fun. I'm braced for the storm too. Where is it? I don't mind the rain because I have lots of work deadlines. Heh.

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    1. I know, what a steal, right? We seem to have missed the storms, thank goodness!

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  5. I'm loving this outfit, especially that plaid jacket, and those boots! xxx

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  6. Thats one of the many things I like about you: never the obvious !!
    I got rid of my military style jacket sometime ago.

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    1. I've had several military-look jackets over the years, as you know. I just keep coming back to them!

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  7. I love your creativity. That way innovation lies...

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  8. This is a nifty little jacket, and I love the styling. I do, however, like the sound of high waisted, wide legged trousers with this too. Cute skirt with those lacy tights making a statement all of their own. Love it x
    Anna

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    1. I know, right? You'll be seeing those trousers soon! Thank you, Anna!

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I appreciate every comment, thank you so much! Please feel free to tell me what you think! I will respond to questions.

Cheers,
Sheila