Thursday, April 27, 2017

All the Silks, Some Made of Kittens

Another crazy day, but I'm hanging on...nearly at the weekend. 
I didn't even realize until I got to work that every article of clothing I'm wearing is silk.


  • Velvet jacket - Boden, thrifted; purchased here for $8.95
  • Sleeveless top - Jones New York, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in September 2016 with pewter leather and a feather fascinator to see "Spamalot" with Mom
  • Skirt - vintage Pierre Cardin, thrifted; last worn here in September 2016 with jungle and lace
  • Shoes - First by Feet First; last seen here in June 2016 with black and white chevrons
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted 

The jacket was a pleasure to wear - so soft! As soft as kittens...so me being a goofball at work, I told people it was made of kittens. Only a few people weren't quite sure if I was joking (yes, I was!). Tee hee! I am a scamp!

I wore it unhooked all day, like so:
The silk top is sleeveless and is beaded front and back - it's quite an amazing piece. As I have no defined waist in this outfit, no doubt this outfit will not ring a lot of bells for you (hello, readers!), but it was lovely in person, and I felt good in it. Which is what counts!
The skirt is also quite long, but I'll never hem it - it's vintage 1960s silk creation by THE Pierre Cardin, made in France. Originally I thought it was 80s vintage, but I've since done some research on the label, and it matches up to the ready-to-wear pieces from the 60s. So, 60s it is! How cool!

Every detail on this skirt is exquisite, and much of it is hand-stitched. Forget serging - the raw edges of the fabric are hand-stitched, everywhere. There is an incredible amount of work in it. If you'd like some detail pictures, scroll down here on our annual Vancouver trip from 2015, where I found it in a Vancouver thrifty/vintage store for only $24.00. So I live with the hem that's a little long. Maybe I'll grow.

Outerwear. Oh, I could feel it today - although the wind was chilly, it won't be long before I don't need a coat! I can't wait!
Never seen this jacket before, nope, seldom worn, hee hee. I'm in a mischievous mood today. Must be nearly the weekend!

The stuff:
 The only reason it's been nearly a year since I wore these beautiful blue suede shoes is that they've been hanging in a bag to go to the cobbler to have the heels redone. Did it. Now they are back in rotation, baby!

Round bling:
One of my WW people tonight commented that "none of it matches, but all of it goes!" That was intentional. 

  • Earrings - gift from Lise
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes


20 comments:

  1. Gorgeous skirt, it is very flattering at that length, but I know what you mean we get used to a certain length. This particular outfit is incredible (not that the others are not- I hasten to add).

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    1. Thank you, Lynette. I like the length too - I am sometimes too influenced by what's trendy. It's good to remember that every style has its positive aspects. Ha, I get it!

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  2. None of it matches indeed, but it just goes to prove your skill at creating a fabulous ensemble. All of the detail on the beaded top is a complete winner for me and I can understand your respect for the vintage skirt. The length isn't an issue as it all looks very long and lean, just as you intended my dear!

    Hope you have a fab weekend.
    Anna x

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Anna! I love all the details in this - that's what makes my favourite outfits.

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  3. The Pierre Cardin! and it's a silk skirt! and it's 60's fabulousness! wouuu, so much coolness! And I love those Little polka dots and the classic shape! (I also love a pair of polka dot pants you have too!)
    besos

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    1. I know, right? So cool! Yes, I couldn't resist both a skirt AND pants.

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  4. That skirt was a find for the ages! And I love the silk velvet jacket--especially buttoned. Very trim. Is it charcoal? Just curious: now that you've given it an outing, will you pack it away for the season?

    We finally have spring weather here, and I've brought out all of my summer things and did a big purge. Nice to see the lighter colors and fabrics (linen!), even if it's not quite time for some of it.

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    1. It really was - such a gorgeous piece. Yes, the jacket is charcoal. I didn't wear it done up due to the delicate top underneath (I didn't want to sweat on it). No, I will probably keep it out - it's very light, actually - but as we get closer to fall (and I run out of room for new things in my closet) it will probably be set aside for the cooler months.

      Ah, that sounds lovely - I need to do a serious cull. I was very lax this year.

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  5. Oh like you, I would not touch anything on that skirt... it's a true treasure and if you wanted it to be shorter, you could probably roll it up at the top.
    BTW I don't mind this look not having a "waist" I think it works too well as is.

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    1. That's a good idea, rolling it at the top! I can always steam it smooth again. It's nice to give up the waist once in a while.

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  6. Absolutely inspirational -- you are the Queen of Thrifting!

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  7. And by all means -- never alter that amazing skirt!

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  8. None of it matches but all if it goes is something I'm trying to work on in my outfits! :) It's good to try and get out of your comfort zone a little, even if it's only baby steps for me like wearing 3 colours instead of just two! :)

    This skirt is beautiful too, and looks lovely on you. How nice to have such a great piece of history. I have just one silk skirt now...never worn anywhere near the toddlers, ha!

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    1. It's a good next step after going straight to Matchy-Town, hee hee! I do love matching things too, though, don't get me wrong. Yes, kids + silk = bad things. Although there are lots of washable silks out there.

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  9. You are a scamp! I looove that word. Scamp scamp scamp. All silk because you are worth it. Fabulous outfit, yet again. And now the weekend is here you can relax. It's still nippy in the city (sounds like a TV show about a bitey dog). I'm braced for more warmth.

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    1. Isn't it a good word? It still boggles me after all these years how much better things were made back in the day.

      Yes, it's here, and it's still a bit chilly, but getting there!

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