Monday, June 18, 2012

Jun 18th - Outfit #18 - Disappointing Mom

I was chatting with my mom last night and she commented how much she liked my outfits lately: "Much less "out there" than your usual."

Well, Mom, I'm afraid I have to disappoint you. For one, I'll be back to colour (and all the craziness that ensues) in July. For another, just because I'm wearing neutrals doesn't mean I can't be "out there."
This outfit got a few double-takes, heh.

I'm wearing my second-to-last "fresh" item this month: this corset/bustier top. I've had it for over 4 years and have worn it many times, notably here (August 2008), here (October 2008), here (Feb 2009), here (August 2009), here (January 2010), here (for Hallowe'en 2010), here (December 2010), here (for the first day of my current job in March 2011), here (September 2011), here (last November 2011 for an art opening), and here (April 2012 for the Steam Con).

Wow, that's more than I thought! I've worn it a total of 11 times prior to today - it's a very versatile layering piece! Since I paid around $15 for it, I'm nearly down to $1 cost per wear. Not bad.

I'm also wearing my cream sweater (last seen here, 2nd outfit), and my high-waisted cream pencil skirt (last worn here).
The little socklets are new and they definitely raised a few eyebrows. I liked them, although this is a very different look for me. I definitely felt visible - so I'm doing Visible Monday at Patti's "Not Dead Yet Style"!

The shoes are of course my lovely Fluevog Listen Up Harlows (last seen here).

Stuff:
Rocker-ish accessories to keep the lacy socklets from looking too "little girl." 

Sweater (Trina Turk, consignment), corset top (Le Chateau, consignment), skirt (Bedo, thrifted), belt (Gap), shoes (Listen Up Harlow, Fluevogs), necklace (gift from Tina), bracelet (Jacob), earrings (gift from Megan), socklets (Filodoro).

19 comments:

  1. Good to know that your mom reads your blog ...
    my mom doesn't have a computer nor does she know what a blog is!

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  2. I have found it easier to draw inspiration from you when you're wearing neutrals for two reasons
    1. I do have a lot of neutrals in my wardrobe, so I've enjoyed seeing how you make the most of them
    2. Seeing an outfit in neutral lets me see how I could wear the outfit incorporating the pieces (in neutral or in colour) from my wardrobe.

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  3. Oh, MOM! lol (Mine reads my blog, too.)

    I love everything, even the anklets! What *you* say to me when I'm shopping is, "Be more adventurous when combining colors, textures, patterns, and clothes." All sorts of things seem to go together that never went together before, simply because I've been following you for a while now. I used to be so literal regarding style. Thanks to you, I wore my strapless dress to work. And it's going over a blouse - if it will stay up...:o

    I think I'm a size larger than Megan. We can wear some of the same clothes, for example her new "steam punk" dress that I pulled and fit me, but looked much better on her. But I have broader shoulders and hips like a boy's :( We were so surprised when she tried on my Breva Vogs and they fit. And that she liked them so much :)

    I tease you guys about the clothing brands mainly because a thrifter is never going to see a pair of Vogs, Fly, AllSaints, or Smoking anything 'round these parts (said with a deep Southern drawl). And I can't figure out eBay...lol.

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    1. Sheila, Megan commented this week that I was becoming a more "exciting" dresser, and I think that's what I was trying to describe when I think about your style when I shop. You just make me think, "Let's be more exciting, like Sheila." :)

      Well, as exciting as one can be in a law office...lol.

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  4. I love how you hardened up that lace - perfect! And that bustier - for 15$? That's madness the way I like it. Your poor mum, thinking you're "cured." Hee hee.

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  5. Oh my goodness, I almost didn't notice the socklettes. I think it's a really cute subtle addition. That bustier has really been a great piece for you to have on hand. It's been a great piece in so many of your looks.

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  6. I had to laugh at your mother's comments. I used to wear neutrals entirely and MY mother teased me about looking like a pilgrim.

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  7. You must buy your Fluevogs on line? Or maybe you have a shop in Victoria? I live so close to the one here in Seattle I can almost see it from down the block. I don't own a single pair though. I've come close but due to foot problems I never made a purchase.
    Love these neutrals on you!

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    1. Joni, I've only ever bought one pair of Fluevogs online - their sizing is so erratic, I haven't wanted to risk it. There are two stores in Victoria that carry a very small line of Fluevogs, and I have purchased from both of them. However, the majority of my purchases are from Vancouver. My husband and I go every March for our anniversary and buy each other a couple of pairs.

      Try them on! You might like them. :)

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  8. I love that corset layered over the top - it's such a lovely piece. I'm not a fan of the socks and heels trend, definitely not for me, but you make them look really good, they match your outfit so well. :)

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  9. Oh, I just love this outfit, Sheila. I think the socks are the perfect touch, a little lace to go with the leather, just right. Thanks for linking up!

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  10. I love this! I think it's cute that your mom comments on your outfits! I have been enjoying your neutral looks, like Cara I seem to have a lot of neutrals in my closet, so this definitely has helped me visualize some ideas for them. Though I've been working on wearing more color this year. I LOVE your bustier - plaid for the win!

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  11. What a cute look!!! LOL at your mom. My mom thinks I'm too "bright"!

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  12. You are rock'n the corset sista--love the whole look! Bet the socklets create more comfort when sporting T-Straps. I too get a bit of flack from my mom, seems my edgy, French, fifies look is more than a passing phase (going on a decade or so now) Pauvre maman. ;)
    Vous ete manifique mon ami!

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    1. Thanks, Anne! And thank you for reading/commenting.

      The socklets were nice, but they snagged on the insides of the shoes - arg! Hee, our moms always want us to be such ladies, heh heh. Even when we're not.

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  13. Such a cool outfit, love your bustier! :)

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  14. I am DIGGING the socks! It seems that the neutrals are bringing out your wild side? Ha, I bet my mom would love to trade with your mom on those days when I show up in my pink glitter tennis shoes and gypsy skirt. (I have the fashion sense of an 8 year old.)

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  15. Fabulous! Those fluevogs with the sockettes are so sweet without being "twee". And the bustier brings back some "out there"-ness. LOVE!

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  16. Sheila! I absolutely adore every.single.thing about this outfit!

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