Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Matchy-Matchy, Teal and Copper

I had several favourable comments on my matching colours and accessories today. I'm in the home stretch of my fall/winter closet - two weeks to the Big Seasonal Closet Swap-Out - so I'm eyeing my clothing and accessories with a critical eye, but also making an effort to wear some of my favourite pieces one more time before they're packed away.
 I built the outfit around the skirt, which I bought for a coworker - it was only $6.00, so I didn't mind taking the risk. It didn't fit her, so I tried it on and it fit me. May as well wear it once!


  • Silk blouse - White House|Black Market, thrifted; last seen here in January with a paper-bag waist
  • Wool skirt - Mister Leonard, vintage, thrifted; purchased in the last round of shopping for $6.00
  • Shoes - Channi B; last worn here in February with a swan top
  • Coat (below) - Stop Staring!, thrifted; last seen here in February


It's not that I don't like the skirt. It's lovely material (100% virgin wool) and fully lined, it was made in Canada (probably in the early 60s, making this over 50 years old), and it's a good basic colour. And yeah, SIX BUCKS. A skirt like this in a store now would cost over $100 if you could even find one that matched exactly.
 But it's a little too long on me, and a little too plain. If it had a texture or a different fabric, or even a bit of a tone-on-tone pattern, I might reconsider. For now, it's been worn once, and it's in the giveaway pile for the next person.

I love the top - such a great cut and colour. I might keep this out for spring (good tattoo coverage).
Vizzini also liked it - he drooled all over it when I got home. Good thing it's washable!

Showing off the back of my copper belt.
 Yay for awesome detail!

Outerwear - it was raining a bit this morning, so a hat was in order, but it was sunny by the time my day was done. Of course, I forgot my hat at work.
 It's still cool out, but warmer than it's been, so time to get the lighter coats into rotation. I have a small window of early spring "leather weather" before it's too warm!


  • Scarf - Louis "Lewis" Vuitton (fake), thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment
  • Hat - Edward Mann, vintage, thrifted


The stuff:
I could have gone with my copper/rose gold shoes, but chose to go full-on matchy-matchy with these lovely handmade suede shoes. They get stored away for spring/summer, so one more wear!

Copper bling: 
Most of my copper also gets packed away - it feels autumnal to me. The majority of these pieces were my Grandma J's.


  • Belt - Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Swirl cuff and necklace - Renoir, vintage 60s, Grandma J's
  • Copper/enamel cuff - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Copper/enamel earrings - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 60s, Grandma J's
  • Copper/turquoise ring - Grandma J's
  • Swirl copper ring - vintage fair


I've had the cuff/necklace (I also have matching earrings to the set) since 1985/6.

22 comments:

  1. Oh it's a shame you aren't keeping the skirt but I understand you letting it go - you always pick the best pieces and if it's not got anything that stands out to you best to let it go on to someone else! :)

    I really like all of the copper and teal together too!

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    1. Yup, it's nice but it's just missing that extra zing that I need in my clothes. You got it - let it go. Thank you, Mica!

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  2. Cute coat!!! Was just discussing teal over at Shybiker's blog! Skirt is clearly gorgeous, but I get letting it go if it's not a fav. I love your constant closet edit. I aspire to operate at that level!!!

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    1. Thanks, hon! Teal is the best colour. It's hard to let go of Quality, isn't it?? It get easier the more you do it, though.

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  3. I love the blouse and shoe match. Teal is such a great colour and I love it with both your hair colour and the copper accessories. I also like the skirt length on you and you have such great legs, I think you can wear a variety of lengths.

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    1. Matchy! Thank you so much, Shawna - high praise as I know how learned you are about colour and proportion. I don't mind this length, but in this colour it felt a bit dowdy.

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  4. I love that teal on you, and with the copper it's absolutely ::chef's kiss of perfection::

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  5. For some reason, I've never thought to combine teal with copper, but it's very effective. Your copper bling is stunning. Note to self: must look out for copper bling! You're very brave to do your wardrobe switch so soon. I usually start swapping my warmest gear first half of April, then continue to swap around in batches until well into May. xxx

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    1. I love teal with copper, aqua too - one of my favourite combinations. You don't see much of this good copper stuff at shops and shows, but that's part of what makes it so fun to hunt for. We have a definite spring here, so I do still have a large overlap of warmer clothes, but I like doing it all one big go.

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  6. I love the teal and copper combo, Sheila! It's fabulous! Hope you have a great weekend. XXX

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    1. Thank you! It's a great combo. Aw, thanks, Sasha, you too!

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  7. I love this and must disagree on you getting rid of that skirt because it fits your beautifully !!!!!!! Think of it: you and that skirt next winter..

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    1. No, it was too boring for me - someone else will love it more. Nope, you can't tempt me!

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  8. The teal and copper combo is glorious. I do love those rings.
    The skirt fits you so well but it's not saying Sheila, you're far more fabulous. xxx

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I so agree, Vix - I have to LOVE it, and I don't.

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  9. That is a fabulous will skirt that you found. I love it with the teal blouse and the teal shoes. I also adore the back detail and that beautiful copper belt !
    I hate switching over closets from one season to the next but it does help me stay focused on what I have and keeps me organized.
    To the extent that is possible. LOL.
    Happy weekend!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. Thank you, Elle! I love doing the switchover - it really invigorates my creativity and makes me excited about the new season. I'm very organized!

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  10. I do love your copper accessories and bijouterie!, you've got some stunning pieces!, saying goodbye to them until autumn!. Switching closets from one season to the next is an exhausting task, so I do it partially every few months!.
    Your teal blouse is fabulous and even more with those shoes!, matchy fabulousness!
    besos

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    1. Thank you - I love all these copper pieces, but it's also nice to have a break from them. It is exhausting! but it's worth it. Thank you!

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  11. The teal blouse is gorgeous and certainly is enough to lift the plain-ness of the skirt, but I understand that it's not good enough to be a keeper. I have a few more weeks until my spring/summer changeover, but will be keeping an eye out for your major rehash.

    The hat and coat are fab together, yay!

    Anna x

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    1. It will be this weekend! Exciting!

      Thank you!

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