Thursday, January 16, 2014

Outfit Planning 101: Day 4: Barney Legs

My week is lookin' up! I'm so happy today is Thursday - tonight is Book Club, I didn't work any extra hours tonight, and all is right with my world.

If only it would be light out in the morning!
My outside pictures are all coming out with a blue cast, so the above colour is a little washed out after I monkeyed with it.

But the outfit! I am quite happy with it - it's very much like this one from the December 2012 capsule. Have you noticed that I tend to save my favourite outfit combinations till the end of the week? I

This gorgeous jacket is another one that gets coveted by my fashionable female coworkers. I always get gasps of surprise when I tell them it's Ricki's*, a Canadian mall chain. They sell inexpensive basics, for the most part, so this jacket is quite an anomaly. It's very nice construction (fully-lined), and beautifully cut. It also has nice stretch to it, and good details, like fabric-covered buttons, velvet trim and split cuffs. Seriously. Ricki's.
*linking for info only

I last wore it here over my grey suede dress (love that outfit) in November, the day of the Unlimited Woman Awards. I paid $26.98 for it on consignment, and this is my 6th wear of it. Just over $5 a wear - not bad!
The little grey sweater under it was thrifted for $6.00 and I've worn it several times - I must be under a dollar per wear now! I last wore it here (2nd outfit) with my ginormous black suede skirt in early December 2013.

Holy smokes, do I love this vintage purple leather skirt? Yes, I do! It was awesome to wear again (last time here for a casual brunch in late December 2013).
I love these grey wool boots - I last wore them here (2nd outfit) with my turquoise fringed suede skirt. I'll be walking over to Cat's in them soon!

The stuff:
Simple accessories to let the jacket and skirt and boots shine.

Jacket (Ricki's, consignment), sweater (August Silk, thrifted), skirt (Chia, vintage 80s, thrifted), boots (Prepare Volunteers, Fluevog), earrings (local), lapis lazuli ring (Wendy Brandes), ring (bought in Scotland).

So! Outfit planning! The biggest struggle I had with putting this outfit together was actually the tights. I really missed my blue lacy tights that blew last month (after a couple of years of wear, mind you), and held about 4 pairs (grey, purple, black solid, black texture) up to the jacket and skirt before I settled on these grapey ones. They ended up toning perfectly with the outfit, although the grey ones would have been fine - no black in the outfit, so that was quickly eliminated.
With the jacket's pattern being quite fussy, I wanted bigass accessories. I like the bits of blue in the jacket (you can see a bit of it n the above picture - that's a good detail of the texture), so I wore both of my favourite blue rings.

After a crazy busy day, I'm so looking forward to hanging with my Book Club Babes! We're discussing "The Housekeeper + The Professor" by Yoko Ogawa - I quite liked it!

I swapped out the jacket for this drapey black cardi:
"Dammit, woman, feed me!"
I last wore it here in October with thigh-high boots on a Casual Friday.

Cardigan (Kensie).


  1. That's one of the reasons I do love Rickis... you never know when you might find an unexpected surprise among the basics!

  2. I really like the grape tights with it - good choice! :)

  3. You look amazing and that jacket is worth a gasp! Enjoy Book Club and your weekend, Sheila!!

  4. TGIF! Good idea saving the favorite clothes for Friday. I usually dress for comfort then, too.

    I looked up that book, and it sounds really interesting. Thanks for the tip! Have a great weekend!

  5. I think my post flew away..... anyway--The skirt is FABULOUS--how can you go wrong with a purple leather skirt!

  6. Yes, that jacket is amazing (I'm impressed that you find so many jackets which accommodate your boobage, Sheila - I have real trouble with jackets for that very reason!) and the leather skirt is, of course, awesome. xxx


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