Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Double Bubbles and All the Adjectives

This is the last week of my fall/winter wardrobe - I'm checking hangers, thinking about what's going to stay, what's going to go, trying to get one last wear out of some of my favourite pieces. 
I've had this dress since around 2009, and every year it makes the cut.


  • Dress - Club Monaco, consignment; last seen here in January 2016 with floppy paisley cuffs
  • Blouse - Levante, vintage, thrifted; last worn here in January of this year with a classic black skirt
  • Shoes - Gentle Souls; last seen here in October 2016 with houndstooth and yellow
  • Coat (below) - Samuel Dong, thrifted

"Blah blah clothes. What about this noise in the hall?"
It will again this year. As will the blouse and the shoes. This feels very "me."

The dress has all the adjectives: grey, pinstriped, wool, satin-lined, pocketed, strapless, bubble-hem!
"Let me out to investigate,Woman!"
It always fools people who think the blouse/dress combo is one piece. I have never actually worn the dress as strapless without something under it.

Outerwear:
One bubble hem deserves another. Rainy again today, so my grey accessories are all in play: thrifted Liz Claiborne hat, Parkhurst gloves, and my thrifted fur boa.

The stuff:
I love shoes that have something unusual about them - with these, it's the heel and sole.

Minimal bling:
I haven't been wearing my wide belts as much as I used to.


  • Leather belt - Shi Studio
  • Buckle - Shi Studio, thrifted
  • Earrings - Aldo Accessories


Nail time! Another flashback - iridescent polish! It must be from the late 90s/early 00s.
This is a blue with an iridescent yellow shimmer. It's call "Fusion" by Rimmel - I remember selling taffeta party dresses in these colours back in the day when I worked at Fairweather!

16 comments:

  1. I like how you've layered the dress here. One of the things I enjoy with your blog is how you get so much wear from what you own - I'd see a strapless dress and think it's party only but you make it perfectly wearable for work with the shirt underneath. My goal is to have a wardrobe I can wear in multiple ways, I suspect I'll be decluttering more furiously as my return to work nears (I extended my maternity leave).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Mica! For a strapless dress, this has been an incredibly versatile piece for over 5 years. I'm excited to see how your wardrobe changes once you're back at work.

      Delete
  2. Don't know the right way to describe this but I love the ruffly style of the coat. Really appealing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ruffly is perfect! And with zipper trim, you just can't go wrong. Thanks, Ally!

      Delete
  3. I "turn" my wardrobe seasonally, too. In practice, I do it a bit gradually. I phased out some dark and heavy things, like cashmere sweaters and a velvet blazer, in early March, just because I can't stand to look at them anymore. But I think it may be the 2nd week of April before I fully commit to spring/summer. We are still recovering from a blizzard two weeks ago--24 inches of snow! The spring blossoms you posted a few days ago blew my mind.

    Enjoy your weekend's labors. Looking forward to seeing your refreshed wardrobe next week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have to do mine all in one go or it's just a huge mess (and it's messy enough as it is!). Yikes, you had a blizzard only 2 weeks ago?? It's still not that warm here, but it feels more like spring (which is rather gloomy and rainy, normally) than winter. Finally!

      Thanks so much!

      Delete
  4. I wish I could say that I was putting my autumn/winter clothes away but with our climate (UK) we may be needing those sweaters and raincoats throughout the summer....!!

    I love your outerwear (is it a raincoat?) with the bubble hem. The bubble hem dress with the red blouse is a show stopper, fabulous!

    Gail

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw, Gail, that sucks! I hope it warms up soon! Yes, this is a raincoat - it's not fully waterproof (maybe water resistant), but I love the fun style of it.

      Delete
  5. Oh i can see why that dress would make the cut and why the blouse would feel so "you" - I am looking forward to seeing what makes the cut and what doesn't when you do the closet swap- I'm on first row !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's funny - I would never have worn this floofy of a blouse when I first got this dress. Hee, I will take lots of pictures, knowing you're scrutinizing it all!

      Delete
  6. I love how you style that strapless dress, and the ruffled coat with that hat is oh-so-good. I hope nobody was/is injured during the swap! Hahaha. That's serious business.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! No, just me - oh, my aching legs!

      Delete
  7. This is such a fantastic outfit; the blouse looks so good under the strapless dress, and those shoes are one of my favourite pairs of yours.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Shelley! I kept these shoes out for a change this year.

      Delete
  8. So the big swap is on the horizon is it? I must crack on and get up to speed then. These shoes always look uber sweet and comfy - are they?

    Anna x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Been and done, now! Thank you - yes, the shoes are awesome. They actually have SEEDS in the soles, so that they are always adjusting to the bottom of your foot. I can wear these all day long.

      Delete


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

Cheers,
Sheila