Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Hallowe'en Week: Copper Princess

I've come to the conclusion that nothing I wear fazes my coworkers anymore. "Oh yeah, just another Sheila outfit."
They really liked this one, though - and I twirled for several of them. How can you not twirl in a copper princess dress?


  • Dress - no label, handmade, vintage 60s, thrifted; last worn here exactly a year ago, in October 2018
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last seen here in April with my brolly skirt
  • Coat (below) - Stop Staring!, thrifted; last worn here earlier this month, over birthday grays


As you might be able to guess from the stair picture, I redid it after work when I still had some sun. I took a couple this morning but they were so dark! This one was me forgetting I'd zoomed in on the Castle (those pics came out blurry).
Well, it's a good shot of the orange lace, and my Dad's signature tattoo.

Looking a little fresher this morning - it was a busy day!
I felt like a princess in this dress, especially with all the copper accessories.

I wore this same belt with it last year, only with the chain in front.
The dress is a stiff and crinkly lace. For some reason, Vizzini really wants to lick it and/or chew on it.

The lace part is a full circle skirt.
The dress is lined in black with a flounce at the hem.

But I always add extras (last year I took a picture of myself in my slip, here, so klassy).
I wore the same stuff this year: the red dot is the lining, the yellow dot is my vintage slip, and the green dot is my floofy underskirt (it's by Noa Noa, and I've given up tracking it).

Outerwear - our gorgeous sunny-but-crisp weather continues, and we are getting quite spoiled by it. I could handle this weather for the rest of the winter!
 It won't happen, but I can wish!


  • Scarf - MetroWear, San Francisco, 2006
  • Leather gloves - vintage, thrifted


Back view:
I choose my outerwear to accommodate the shape of my clothes as well as the colour/style.

The stuff:
My feet are tired after a day in these shoes, but they are still a great heel for me. They're getting worn out, but are such a useful colour, sort of a rose-gold. They go well with all my...

Copper bling:
Isn't the belt amazing? It's solid copper, and came up to my body temperature quickly. I warmed my hands on it all day!


  • Belt - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Cuff - Renoir, vintage 60s, Grandma J's
  • Bracelet/earrings - Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Brooch - thrifted


I'll be back tomorrow with my Hallowe'en costume - I'm not going as over-the-top as in previous years (I'm feeling rather tired and worn down this year), but still dressing up.

34 comments:

  1. Beautiful, I love everything about this outfit from your petticoats to your grey coat. I had never heard of Fluevogs until reading your blog. They have recently opened a store in Melbourne, Australia (I live in Brisbane) I plan to visit the store when I visit Melbourne. Thank you

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    1. How funny is that - another Brisbane fan of your blog! What a small world Sheila!

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    2. Thank you, Miche! I very much appreciate and thank you for your comments! Oh, I know you have a store there - I get Fluevog (almost) daily updates! I hope you enjoy the store!

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  2. This is a beautiful dress on you too, I really like the Copper accessories. I'm looking forward to seeing your Halloween outfit as I know you go all out - so even if it's more dialled down than usual as you are a bit run down I know it will be awesome. I hope you get to rest up a bit and recharge this weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mica, and don't get your expectations up. I didn't do much. Thank you - I really plan on it!

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  3. Such a good outfit. Indeed for for a princess. Love all the accessories and the shoes. I am contemplating on buying boots in champagne colour for exact the same reason you mentioned: they will go with everything.
    I love the coat too. Especially because it is just as long as the dress. I am funny (old fashioned?) In that I prefer a coat to be the same length as the skirt or dress or longer.
    Greetje

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    1. Thank you, Greetje! It's a great colour - I adore metallic shoes, they are such neutrals.

      I think for me, as long as the coat length doesn't fight with the clothes.

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  4. Your copper princess dress looks gorgeous!!! It does look perfect for dancing / twirling in. I love how you accessorised it with the vintage copper belt, cuff, bracelet, earrings and brooch. Absolutely fabulous.

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    1. Thank you, PB! It was so fun to show it off at work. Any excuse to wear my lovely copper stuff, too.

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  5. That dress is divine, Sheila, and absolutely fit for a princess. That slip is gorgeous too! Good vintage slips have been as rare as hen's teeth here lately. That belt is just fabulous, as is all your other copper bling. Fantastic outfit, all in all. I am, however, just a bit envious of your admiring co-workers. I have only one colleague and she hardly ever remarks on my clothes. She's just not interested in the least :-( xxx

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    1. Thank you, Ann, I felt great in it. I still see vintage slips around (I had one in my cart on the weekend, and it went missing!), and grab them when they are my size. I love all my copper - and I love that my coworkers delight in my funky outfits too. That would be so sad, to have no comments.

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  6. I adore those shoes. They should be stalled in a glass cabinet.

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  7. You look like a modern princess in this copper dress. Such a pretty dress!!! The copper accessories are simply perfect as well. I also loved that you showed your underskirt and slip, I'm always curious about what kind of underwear is one supposed to wear with vintage dresses. I didn't even know one could order petticoats to wear with vintage dresses until recently. It just never occurred to me that many of them were made to be worn with petticoats. Anyhow, you look fantastic. How lucky are your coworkers, they get to look forward to your fun outfits every day.

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    1. Thank you, Ivana! Isn't it lovely? I wear quite a bit of vintage slips and camisoles and half-slips, especially in the colder months. I see those really fluffy petticoats in the vintage stores, but this one is a modern version.

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  8. It's a great dress and I went back to the beginning of the blog to see how you styled it. The classics hold up so very well, and great cost per wear! I like this year's styling the best with all the copper accessories. Happy Halloween Shelia!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Gerrilyn! It's such a cool piece and always fun to style up. Happy Hallowe'en!

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  9. You're like a beautiful copper coloured butterfly in that fabulous dress! x

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  10. You are a copper queen, Shiela! Looking forward to reading your next post. X

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  11. Oh copper princess, you've captured my heart! I adore this vintage frock, plus all of those petticoats - all so uber feminine xx

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    1. I have to wear this once a year, just to make sure it gets its time in!

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  12. The dress is soooo pretty, and you had the perfect princess coat to wear over it. That copper belt is a spectacular piece.

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    1. The belt is one of my treasures - I've never seen anything else like it, ever.

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  13. woww, you look particularly gorgeous in this dress, the shape and texture are amazing and love all the layering and the magnificent lace!
    So wise to choose your outerwear to accommodate the shape of your clothes. I have to take notes on this!
    Love your copper bling!, totally fabulous!
    besos

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    1. It is truly a wonder of a dress! Thanks so much, Monica! I always try to coordinate my clothes with my outerwear - which has led to a substantial increase in my outerwear collection...

      Thank you, my dear!

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  14. I love that copper dress, and the belt and shoes give it a real edge.

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  15. The bronze accents are magnificent - I think I just have earrings and a necklace in bronze. Your make me want to have the shoes and belt too.

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    1. It's copper, Lorena! Solid copper. Bronze is a different metal entirely. :) Thanks, hon!

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