I couldn't resist wearing my new-to-me cerulean blue shell today - it went so well with my grey thin wool skirt. Of course, that meant lots of blue! Blue everything!
|I may have been humming "Blue Monday" by New Order all day...|
With a boxy top like this, you've got to define the waist. Classic 80s looks with those bigass shoulder pads were all about creating a V to the waist, then having an exaggerated hip (hello, peplums!) to emphasize the waist even further.
here with mint green), were designed to counter the wide, bold shoulder look. A real 80s belt of this era would have been snakeskin - very luxe and expensive-looking.
|Yeah, I know, I missed zipping all the way to the top - I caught it in the morning!|
We take much of our freedom in workplace clothing for granted now, but a woman in a managerial, directorial or vice-presidential position (who wasn't a secretary, basically) was a Big Deal back then, and in order for her to earn her place and the respect of the men around her, she had to put on her armour, her uniform. For a big blast from the past, check out the movie "Working Girl" to see how Melanie Griffith's character takes on this transition. Women were figuring out how they could "have it all" against a lot of resistance from the old guard. And there was a lot of resistance. We've come a long way.
here with my blue and white painty blouse.
Oh, and mustn't forget my vintage 70s/80s belt. No power dressing elements here; this is 100% disco, baby!
Blouse (I. Magnin, thrifted), skirt (Bianca, thrifted), shoes (Feet First), belt (vintage, thrifted), necklace (gift from L), lapis lazuli ring (Wendy Brandes), snake ring (homegrown 80s vintage), circle ring (Nine West), sodalite ring (holiday in Scotland, 1996), cuff (St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop).
I think I scared the mailman to death when he dropped a box off on my desk today - I squealed so loud, I may have shattered glass. I treated myself (because I'm worth it!) to another Wendy Brandes Jewelry item*.
*all links because I love - I paid for it!
Ta-dah! The Fulvia Ring! From Wendy's page is the description of Fulvia:
Of the Roman noblewoman Fulvia (wife of Marc Antony), the historian Plutarch wrote, "She was a woman who took no interest in spinning or managing a household, nor could she be content to rule a husband who had no ambition for public life: her desire was to govern those who governed or to command a commander-in-chief."
So, see? It's all about women's equality. Although I am a classic secretary/receptionist, you know who really runs the office, right? *wink wink*
It's ready for its close-up:
The topaz looks gorgeous in the natural light.
This is a major statement:
Of course, it is stamped.
still one left, and it's half price, so be my Wonder Twin (Wonder Twin powers - activate!) and treat yourself to something nice.
Did you check out the pictures of the model wearing the ring? She's doubled it up with...my other Wendy Brandes ring!
|My rings are famous, yo.|
Two friends, reunited again.
Thank you so much, Wendy! I really treasure these and will be wearing them every opportunity I get. Now, about that Marie Antoinette ring...(when I win the lottery!).
|"Is it L? Is he watching another hockey game?"|
|"But I like shoelaces! They're so good for biting!"|
OH WOW! Wendy's jewelry truly are treasures. Yours are so beautiful. I'm still sad I had a computer meltdown and never got to order my Candytuft ring.ReplyDelete
Naughty kitty! Sounds like he needs his own pair of shoe laces tied up somewhere to chew? That's how my mom got the cats to stop tearing up paper. She gives them the junk mail and old newspapers.
My lordy that's a gorgeous ring! Also loved the post. I had 'forgotten' the politics behind the shoulder pads, so thank you. I might add, I also recall slipping shoulder pads into t-shirts ALL THE TIME. I love your pencil skirt, too. I would never, ever part with that baby. ;-)ReplyDelete
Ohhhh, Sheila!!! WOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Just amazing. "Fer shure" I share your wry affection for the 80s, and appreciate your historical accuracy / sense of play. Beautiful rings, beautiful styling.ReplyDelete
I knew that blue top would rock on you - i think you'll wear it more than you think.ReplyDelete
The ring is the cherry on top - what a magnificent piece of jewelry and I love the fact that you're a Commander in Chief.
Vizzini is such a ham!!!ReplyDelete
That cobalt blue blouse is gorgeous on you!! and all of the "bling" looks amazing with it!!
WOW--your new ring is stunning!!
Oh how i remeber the 80's and power dressing. Try being an engineer in the 80's--or an engineering TEACHER (I was at one point the ONLY female drafting teacher in a high school, vocational/technical school or college in the state of Maryland!!)
Wow, stunning ring! And yes you deserve to treat yourself to these gorgeous pieces. Wendy is the queen of fab jewelry, isn't she?ReplyDelete
I remember "Working Girl" - love the transition from secretarial pool to executive, but the sneakers remained : >
Great outfit, with an 80's vibe! xoxoxo
Oh, what a beautiful ring. Wendy is a true artist. The two blues look beautiful together. I think I would squeal the house down too! The postman probably just felt appreciated! Love the new blue top, definitely a keeper.ReplyDelete
I really liked your history of 80's fashion, I learned stuff! I am not at the dizzying heights of senior management, but am getting there, and I thank my female predecessors for treading a fairly harsh (not to say bits of it weren't good) fashion line. I feel privilegged now to be able to outstyle my male peers in dresses, trousers and skirts, basically whatever I like. I am all about the drapey knit and nothing about the suit. I think I look much smarter than all the men in suits.
Stunning ring!! I am dying for the studs giving the bird!! WANT! 80s fashion is so much fun,ReplyDelete
OMG, that ring is stunning! You're right, it should be worn. It will always look amazing, even if it gets scuffed.ReplyDelete
So jealous of your ring! It looks great with all the blues in our outfit. The blue of your shoes is quite an "in" colour right now. I'm seeing it all over TO.ReplyDelete
You have such an eye for a great ring. And Vizzinni what is a cat to do with such good temptations peaking out of your closet....ReplyDelete
Beauty in blue. Love that outfit you have on. And the ring, I'm sure you'll get it down to even less than $1, it's so stunning. Two Wendy pieces. Excellent! I see she is sold out of this gem at the moment.ReplyDelete
Maybe Vizzini is like those meditation people who swallow string and then slowly extract it, it's an enlightening ritual... ?! Or not.
That ring is beautiful! Great purchase :)ReplyDelete
I really like the blue and grey together - and the fact that thanks to all of the hard work of the ladies before me, I am free to dress in my own way without having to be worried about not being taken seriously at work :)
I'm so glad that the ring got there safely and that it fits well! Melanie is right: there were two of the rings and you got the second one, so I'm sold out forever :-)ReplyDelete