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I had this outfit planned for ages, and have been dying to wear it. I had to pick a day that I wouldn't be serving food for a meeting, because I am wearing Major Cuffs.September (scroll way down past pictures of my closet) on consignment for $16.98. Score!
And my goodness - it has Drama! I wafted all over the office today, swooshing my cuffs about and humming ABBA songs.
It's by CAbi and there's a very good explanation of what it's all about here at Wardrobe Oxygen*, and checking out the CAbi website* I think this blouse must have easily cost over $100 new. It has fabric covered buttons and not a single seam is raw or just serged (is that the right word?). Every single seam is bound, and every edge is rolled. It's 100% polyester, but it feels like silk.
*I link because I love - I will be looking for more of this brand when I thrift/shop second-hand
I was surprised to find that I have another CAbi piece already in my wardrobe: the leather vest that I wore in my February capsule. Also an awesome piece.
These pants are also new-to-me:
I have to be thankful to the person who donated these awesome pants - I love them and they fit me perfectly! However, I need to name them since I'll never be able to find them on the blog again otherwise. I think "stovepipe pants" is good.
I'm wearing them rolled up in cuffs at the ankle to showcase the shoes, which are these fabulous winkle-picker loafers:
here, the same weekend as the black stovepipe pants (scroll down to just below the purple buttonflower). I even took a picture of the price tag, I was so excited about my score!
The brand is Two Lips which still seems to make shoes, but they sure don't look anything like these! Mine are leather, made in Brazil and are named "Marcie." At least, that's the name under the vamp. I have a feeling these are maybe 15+ years old - they don't look or feel new to me. Thoughts?
They were deliciously comfortable all day - I had bare feet and they didn't rub a bit.
I kept my accessories simple, just a bit of leopard and some pearls, one of which is real:
Anyway, I don't wear it much, but I do like it, so I think I should wear it more.
Blouse (CAbi, consignment), trousers (no label, thrifted), shoes (Two Lips, thrifted), earrings (Aldo Accessories), ring (gift from Mom, homegrown vintage), belt (Dana Buchman, consignment).
Now, do you all read Citizen Rosebud*? I have that +40 Fashion Bloggers* thingy over there; Bella Q is a fabulous woman and she's encouraging like-minded bloggers to take her pledge*. I have been thinking about something like this for a while, and the timing is good. I mostly shop second-hand already, and the new clothing items I do buy are usually very high quality, locally designed and/or made and ethically produced (i.e. factory workers are paid a living wage). At least, that's what I want to do.
*did I mention I link because I love?
It starts in January, and I may just be taking the plunge...are you?