Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The 90s Called..

...they want their slip dress back!

I remember when that fashion of wearing a t-shirt under a slip dress or sundress first appeared in the early 90s. I bought a lovely mid-length flowy dress (cream background, taupe and pink floral), and a cream t-shirt, and I thought I was the bomb (before we said things were "the bomb"). 
 I'm tickled that this fashion has come around again, after about 25 years. Doesn't seem that long ago, does it? According to those dubious "rules", I shouldn't be wearing a fashion the second time around, but if we all followed that, we'd never be able to wear anything after 20 years!


  • Sweater - Sonia Rykiel, consignment; first worn here (3rd outfit) during our March weekend in Vancouver
  • Dress - Huanba, thrifted; first worn here in January over greys
  • Shoes - Hispanitas; last seen here in one of my last outfits of 2017
  • Coat (below) - Denny Rose, consignment; last worn here a few weeks ago


Not my most office-y outfit, but I was comfortable. I didn't even slip in a new-to-me item into this outfit.
 Second wearing of this thin, but very fine quality sweater. Loved it.

And second wearing of this lovely silk slip dress.
 I was terrified I'd get waste toner all over it from the printers, but phew, dodged that nasty bullet.

Outerwear - it was chilly, rainy and windy today, and I had to carry my hat partway home so that it didn't blow off into the middle of the street.
 I hope this weather gets better soon - if you read this post, you know I have a very special visitor coming to town tomorrow!


  • Hat - vintage, thrifted, Vancouver
  • Leather gloves - thrifted


The stuff:
 I had considered wearing heels to class the outfit up a bit, but then my eyes lit on these and I was all, "YES, WANT FLATS." So there you go - no choice!

POLY bling:
I love gold and grey mixed together - it's such an unusual combo.


  • Bracelets - both POLY, both thrifted (different places/times)
  • Earrings - local
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Ring - POLY, vintage fair
  • Necklace - POLY, thrifted



18 comments:

  1. I want to give this a try one day! I have a spaghetti strap dress I'd like to try layering under rather than layering over. I need some cooler weather to come around first though, haha! I think it was Lorena who blogged recently and asked about predictable style things, almost always go with jackets or kimonos and rarely layer things under dresses, I want to try change that and try some new (or not so new!) fashion things.

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    1. Go for it, what are you waiting for? You'll love it - it's nice to have that extra bit of coverage. Good for you for pushing yourself to try new things - it's how we stay fresh!

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  2. I'm glad that it's trendy to wear t-shirts under strappy dresses, mwhaha, I've been wearing them through the decades. And I think it's something comfy&cool and you rock it in a modern look!
    Lovely dress, lovely shoes and fabulous coat! and also fab accessorizing!
    besos

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    1. Ha, yes, not that we've stopped doing it, right?? Thank you so much, Monica!

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  3. I can't keep up, I've already spotted the British High Street's take on the 1990s trend - slip dresses with inbuilt tee shirts turning up in the charity shops.
    You look fab in yours. I'm happy you didn't have an accident with the toner and that you added those killer creepers, they're super! xxx

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    1. Ha, I know - I saw a rack of the "cheater" version of these in the mall the other day. Jeez, it's not that hard to actually layer separates, is it? Thank you! Toner is so dangerous. The shoes are one of my fave pairs.

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  4. I love a slip dress!!! I just wear them with a bra underneath because I have no shame----also, I was in Florida and we just don't wear as much as the rest of the country!!!

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    1. I would do that if it was hot enough out, Becky! No shame in it!

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  5. Oh this looks so good Sheila, although I have to admit that i am surprised at the choice of the dress because of the fabric and because it seems like its still chilly !
    I love the slip dress over a tee.

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    1. It is still chilly, but I had nylons on as well as the thin sweater - they kept me warm. Thank you, Lorena!

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  6. I'd never have thought to layer a thin sweater under a slip dress, but I love the idea. Also love the addition of those awesome shoes. I'm sure I'd have had a toner accident, though! I've been wearing thin nylons too this week, instead of opaques, which were doing my head in. Ha, I've just been reading Vix's comments and your reply: I absolutely hate those prefab combinations, I also remember the sweaters with a white shirt collar attached ... xxx

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    1. I know, I remember the first time 'round, thinking "what a great idea!" I've been doing nylons and skintone fishnets. Not quite bare-legged weather here!

      I loathe those "cheaters" - I see the shirt collar/sweater combo in thrift store all the time. Horrid things!

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  7. I also love a slip dress, with or without a layering T-shirt. This look is timeless and chic, as it can be a bir daring if worn just buy itself. I remember when slip dresses were quite fashionable about 15 years ago. I found beautiful silk slip dress and it was cut on the bias. I think a universally flattering cut. I stepped out of the dressing room and thought I looked pretty good until I looked next to me – there was a Victoria secret model standing right next to me, wearing something very similar. !!!! Needless to say I did not love my appearance at that moment. Wah... and
    Ergh.
    Another reason I like to shop at the thrift stores! I am always on the lookout for a thin T-shirt that I can layer under slip dress .
    Have a wonderful Thursday my friend .
    I also love your choice of flat shoes and this particular pair is stunning.
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. Agreed, I feel a little exposed going full bare under a slip dress. Oh no, that would so daunting - and you wouldn't be able to help but compare. I have learned, though, that every woman struggles with her appearance regardless of how we perceive them.

      I love fine sweaters like this - it was a score. Thank you, Elle! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Oh Sheila you look fabulous and yes I remember the first time around . I am thinking I'm going to check out my thrift shops and see if I can find a slip dress as I got some long sleeve T-shirts . Best wishes Sheila

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    1. Thank you so much, Lesley! I have been seeing them in the thrifts for years (and you know I have one in leather!). Good luck.

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  9. I'm glad to see that you are NOT on board with that dumb rule that says you shouldn't wear a style if you remember it being popular before. I'm not into it either, and my daughter - who will be 27 in May - has also said people should disregard it. She sees things that were popular back when she was in middle school in the early aughts that have come back into style again.

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    1. Heck, no! Everything comes around - it's all about wearing what you feel great in!

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