Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Blue and Concrete Leather

Woo! L and I are back from the gym and full of yummy spaghetti, and ready to watch "American Idol" (guilty pleasure). 

Here we go - outfit!
Ever since I did two all-neutral months (June 2012 recap, November 2012 recap) in my "30 For 30 For 12" year-long capsule challenge (about it here), I've been working to include more neutrals in my outfit. This is nearly an all-neutral outfit, aside from the few pops of blue in it. I consider the denim-y jacket a neutral.

The jacket is locally made, and I bought it on consignment back in 2012; last wore it here in October 2013. This is how I do cropped: fitted, close to the body, but still a boxy shape. It's all about cut.
It's hard to see, but I'm wearing a navy blue blouse under the jacket - last seen here (barely) in October with a sleeveless jacket. Here's a time where I wore it in the summer, so you can see what a lovely blouse it was.

This is easily the least expensive leather skirt I own (and you know I own a lot!) - I paid $7.50 for it and this is its second wear, so I'm down to $3.75 per wear. I last wore it here with stripes in January.
I had been considering not keeping it, despite my love for it. The concrete grey is not a usual colour for me. I'm also in "weeding out my closet" mode, since I'll be doing the Great Seasonal Wardrobe Changeover at the end of the month. However, I liked wearing it a lot today, and the leather feels wonderful. Keep for now.

The stuff:
I love these shoes so much, and I'm going to be heartbroken when they finally are too bashed up to wear. They seem to take a beating, more than my other shoes. Bows make me happy! I last wore them here in January with ruffles and red leather.

Blue bling!
They're looking at you.

Jacket (Alison Wonderland, consignment), blouse (Mexx, consignment), skirt (no label, thrifted), shoes (Jeffrey Campbell), earrings (local), lapis lazuli ring (Wendy Brandes).


  1. I love the blue and the shape of the jacket is great! If you find the gray of the skirt isn't working for you could you dye it? I have dyed shoes before but not a leather skirt but it might be possible and worth it if it is so comfortable to wear. I would be tempted to dye it something similar, just maybe making it darker. Those shoes are great too! They look like they are really comfortable as well as being so stylish!

    1. Such a good idea, however, I'm far too lazy to dye anything I own. I'm going to hang onto this skirt and see how it works with my spring colours. Thanks so much, Shawna!

  2. Love the blue tights and top with the neutrals! :) Lovely outfit. It's good your keeping the skirt too, it's a beautiful looking piece.

  3. Everytime I see a leather piece in a thrift store I think "Sheila would want me to try it on" and sometimes I do! You seem to have such luck that even the pieces you are on the fence about are great!

  4. The blue shades in the outfit really kick it up a notch, you look great. Despite not generally being a lover of neutrals, I think that skirt will look great with some zingy Spring-like colours. If anyone can make it work, you can, Sheila! xxx

  5. It is a great jacket and it fits you so well! And I love your blue tights! And mmm, spaghetti - we're having that tonight, I can't wait!

  6. Grey and yellow, grey and coral - there are some great spring possibilities for the skirt. It's a keeper!

  7. How about using the skirt as the most saturated piece in your outfit rather than the least as you have done so far? It could play the dark side in very pale pastel outfits, with cream or white. It is leather so it wants to be tough, but it isn't black so darker or brighter colours push it into beige territory. Let it be the most powerful element and I think it will do better; it can then fulfill the role of black, without adding too much contrast. Ok, I have a name that just popped in to my head for the sort of outfits I'm thinking of: 'albino goth' ;)

    1. Yes, this is a great idea! Ha, haven't you seen me call my style "soft goth"? I am going to try to pull this into my spring/summer wardrobe and see how it works. Thanks, Radostin!

  8. I love this outfit--and those SHOES!!!! I think that skirt has loads of possibilities with brighter colors--something "cool" to tone down the whackadoo??
    I'm a HUGE Amercian Idol fan since season 1!! I am LOVING HarrConnick Jr this year. and of course my TV boyfriend Keith!

  9. 7.50 for a leather skirt?! that's a bargain on my book and if you consider cost per wear, it's even lower now!
    The best part is that it fits you perfectly.


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