Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Leather Dress, Fruital and Gold Brogues

I'm starting to be in that point of my fall/winter wardrobe that there are only few unworn-yet items left from my hanger trick (turn all the hanger backwards; as you wear items, put the hangers back the "right" way). I paired two of them in today's outfit.
 My taupe leather dress and the fruital blouse - a match made in heaven! I don't think I've worn them before.


  • Fruital blouse - no label, thrifted; last seen here in March 2017 under black pleather
  • Leather dress - Truly by Part Two; last worn here with a leopard blouse in November 2016
  • Shoes - Miista; last seen here (4th outfit) in December 2017 with my purple Italian dress
  • Grape ape coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last worn here in November 2017


Well, after clicking all the "last worn here" links and falling down the rabbit hole of memory for a few minutes (blonde hair! Inigo kitty! I remember those shoes!), I have indeed worn these two items together before - here, in September 2014. I think 3.5 years apart is okay to repeat an outfit, right?
 I've had this dress since December 2010 (here's the first wearing of it), and only paid $20 for it! It is indeed leather (with pockets!) and I always wear it with something layered under it (a blouse) or over it (a sweater or blazer). It does not look good on its own.

The fruital blouse has also been around for a while. Fruital? Well, it has fruit on it, and patterns with flowers are floral...so a pattern with fruit should be fruital. So say I!
 I had many compliments and hesitating can-I-touch-it? hands today. It's very soft leather and is fully lined with a nice satin.

Outerwear - only spitty rain today on both my walk to and from work, and otherwise very mild out.
 Break out the Grape Ape coat! I love that my hair is now that exact colour.


  • Fur scarf - Danier, thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst


The stuff:
 It's basically "Brogue Week" as I impatiently wait for my foot to heal up. It's much better today, but I'm being safe and cautious about heels. No heels until it's fully better!

Round bling:
Round like the grapes in the fruital pattern! I love that belt, but I've been "off" belts for a while. It was good to give it another wear, and it's definitely a keeper. The quality is superb.


  • Belt - Brave Belts, thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

15 comments:

  1. Glad that your foot is healing up! It's great you have such a nice collection of flats to help the recovery too :)

    I like this layering combo, and I'm so impressed you didn't repeat it for so long! I wanted to do the hanger trick this year but I decided to stick with my 30 wears instead, which means wearing some pieces near 30 wears over again in quick succession and so I expect some of my wardrobe to feel a little neglected with that! Maybe next year :)

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    1. Yes, I was so lucky it wasn't worse! It's been a treat, wearing so many flats! Thank you - it's a dress I've never gotten tired of because it layers so well. I like your 30 wears thing, but I think it would get in the way of me wearing my whole wardrobe every season, which is important to me.

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  2. This is such a fun outfit, Sheila! Your leather dress and fruital top are definitely meant for each other! I love your belt and gold brogues, too! Hope you get a chance to rest that foot and cuddle with Vizzini! ;) XXX

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    1. Thanks, Sasha! They're such fun pieces. Cuddle time is a must! You know it!

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  3. Out of curiosity, why have you been off belts? You look fab in a belt, and they've been part of your style since I started following your blog.
    Personally, I look like a squat potato in belts, but that's because I'm oddly short-waisted :)

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    1. I have always been conscious of my waist and tummy, Erin, and with aging, I'm starting to thicken in the middle a bit, so I have to feel just right to wear a belt. It's a self-confidence thing, I guess. But thank you so much! I know you remember me in the old days! I was flush on losing weight and enjoying my shape.

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  4. Adorable. I know many feel differently but I'd love to have admirers want to touch my garments. Some materials inspire that desire.

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    1. Yes, totally! I buy clothes because of how they feel, so I love to show that off to people!

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  5. Awesome clothes. I never seem to go anywhere to show off clothes (work in home office), but I do admire nice ones when I see them.

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    1. I dress up for every occasion! I don't care what it is - I'm going to get a funky look going. Thank you so much for dropping by, debi.

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  6. I've been doing a version of the hanger trick too, just the other way around, turning the hangers of thing I've worn. Due to the mild winter we've been having here, there's still quite a bit of warmer stuff which I haven't worn yet. I love how you are wearing the fruital (I'll pinch that phrase from you) blouse with the leather dress. It's a great combo. And I'm totally in looooove with your Grape Ape coat! xxx

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    1. It's so useful! We've had a mild winter as well, but it's been nice wearing more of my lighter coats (and cape!). I'm sharing "fruital" with the world - spread the word! Thanks so much, Ann! The Grape Ape loves you back. ;)

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  7. Love a fruital print!, mwhahah, such a cute outfit, you rock those subtle colors with fab accessorizing (and the fruital blouse!). Lovely brogues too!
    besos

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  8. Yes, it's ok to repeat if its this good !

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    1. I'm sure you actually remember the original combo, right, Lorena?

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