Monday, March 18, 2013

Gusty Pirate and the Return of the Suede Skirt

Today was an odd Monday. I felt like a pirate all day, yar!
I've got my ruffles, my frock coat and my boots! Avast, me hearties!
The weather is clearing up, but it's very windy. I got hit by a mad gust of wind just as the timer went off. I was highly Visible in this outfit, so I'm joining up with Patti's "Visible Monday" at Not Dead Yet Style.

There are a few things in my closet that I won't be putting out for a vote because they are completely awesome, and this frock coat is one of them. I got it at Dots as a sample piece for $56.00 (regular $375.00). It's by Noa Noa and is 100% cotton.

I've had it since spring 2010, but I didn't wear it until Hallowe'en 2010 (check out my contest-winning Mad Hatter costume). Yes, it is a bit costume-y but I've worked it a few times for work, here in March 2011, and here in November 2011 (where I actually converted it into a steampunk type of outfit). I also wore it just before the 2012/13 Capsule Challenge started, in January 2012. The last time was for the Steampunk Convention in April 2012, in the favourite Wild Card outfit.
It's tricky to style, being very long and very full at the bottom, especially at the back. It has great motion, pouffing out at the back when I walk (it's a middle-weight cotton, so not too heavy), which never quite comes across in the photos.

But hey! There's the burgundy skirt again!

Burgundy Suede Pencil Skirt (Danier Leather): Outfit #2
Burgundy Suede Pencil Skirt (Danier Leather) free polls 

The blouse is my J. Peterman thrifted shirt, featured three times in the December 2012 capsule (recap here). I turned the cuffs of the jacket up to show off the ruffled cuffs of the shirt.
I love the embroidery on the back of the coat.
I'm also wearing my black stomacher with a shiny black belt over it, and a pretty little heart patch that Steph the Dashing Eccentric sent me. The boots were worn 7 times in the October 2012 capsule (recap here).

Coat (Noa Noa), blouse (J. Peterman, thrifted), skirt (Danier Leather, thrifted), stomacher (InWear), belt (Nygard), boots (Marc Softwalk).


  1. I LOVE the frock coat...I'd love to have one of those myself! And it works beautifully with the burgundy skirt.

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

  2. Yes - the frock coat is a forever YES! Love this look, with the shorter boots and suede skirt. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

  3. Awesome jacket! Sometimes even difficult to style pieces are worth hanging onto. Quality and uniqueness is worth it. I vote for keeping everything here! It's all very you.

    Also I'm super jealous of your blonde hair! It looks so cool.

  4. That coat is amazing! If I had one, I would be wearing it every day until I went cross-eyed.

  5. you always look so well turned out. i love your style.

  6. Another keep vote for the skirt from me! I really like the layering in this outfit too :)

  7. Love this!!! You look so cool and that coat is amazing!!

  8. Ahoy there, matey! Lookin' downright seaworthy, keep the burgundy suede too, yar.

  9. Love your coat - it is so fun and very you! I like the look of it with the shorter skirt too. Very nice!

  10. OMG that jacket is something out of my dreams! How have I missed it on your blog. I must troll your archives more thoroughly.

  11. I misread and thought it was "gutsy pirate" - who's she been sparring with, I thought?!
    Wind is easier to deal with than a fight, so that's good! The jacket is fabulous, especially that delicious embroidery at the back. I agree with Megan, it's good to have those amazing unique pieces which can be brought out to give an outfit the wow factor. xxx

  12. You always manage to reference period without looking costumey. That's one hell of a working personal style, Sheila. Has to be your personal confidence. Or the fact that you have excellent taste and an eye for quality. Whatever ... looking fierce, young lady!

  13. That coat is amazing! I'd totally steal it if I could :)

  14. Ślicznie wyglądasz:)))płaszczyk i buty są cudne:)))Pozdrawiam

  15. Sheila--that coat is definitely AMAZING and I'll bet ity would be unanimous KEEP IT if we voted!!
    Love your pirate outfit--that blouse has been a great piece!!

  16. This may not be based upon completely scientific data, but your readers seem to like all of your clothes, so I can't believe we're much help to editing your closet :)

    You remind of Johnny Depp today. This is one of the biggest compliments I have! He is always so freakin' edgy and cool.


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