Tuesday, April 28, 2015

An 80s Bonanza of Jewel Colours

I felt a little like a realtor in my red blazer today - one of my coworkers also commented how "corporate" I looked (bright red is our company's colour).
I swooshed my shirt about until he was distracted from the red blazer. At least I didn't have any "you look like Christmas" comments!

  • Blazer - Harve Bernard, thrifted; purchased here for $8.50
  • Skirt - Helene Strasser, thrifted; purchased here as part of a set (cami and belt) for $16.88
  • Shoes - Half-Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last seen here in March for St. Patrick's Day

Someone was being a bit of a photobomber today.
"What was that? Am I getting more food?"
This skirt was amazingly swooshy - it billowed in the wind very dramatically. I think it will get separated from the cami and belt at some point - the skirt is the gem of the set. Swoosh Factor 10! Yes, I said it!

It reminded me very much of a sunflower skirt that I bought at Le Chateau in 1987ish. It was red, mustard, yellow and olive - giant sunflowers! - and was also silk and ultra-swooshy. I wore it until the elastic waistband gave out and the silk rotted away. I always keep my eyes peeled for one in the thrift stores. I would love to find that skirt again. I used to wear it with a long (past the hip) black satin double-breasted blazer (from Suzy Creamcheese - there's a flashback for my fellow Canucks!).

I love all these jewel colours, which were huge in the 80s. Ruby red, sapphire blue, emerald green.
"Suspicious activity under here, ma'am."
The blazer acquitted itself well - I wore it buttoned up all day. Although I had a dark green top underneath it, I never wore it open.

The stuff:
Green shoes are the best.

Blue bling:
All nice and round.

  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Earrings - local

Off to my WW meeting!


  1. That is a great blazer. I always smile when you mention the swoosh factor… i can almost hear that skirt.

  2. Fantastic colours! Dramatic swoosh and a well-fitting jacket, what's not to love? xxx

  3. The print on the skirt is gorgeous! And I love a good swoosh...that is a great jacket with an excellent cut. Very nice Shelia! Just had to pin you on my board NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE.


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