Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lace, Leather and Snakes

With a title like that, I bet you're thinking of bikers and other (sort of) scary things. 
But I guess it depends on whether you find chartreuse and fuscia scary. I'm sure some people do!

  • Blouse - Kensie, consignment; purchased here on the weekend for $18.98
  • Skirt - Evan Davies, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen here in May with fruital
  • Shoes - Franco Sarto, thrifted; last worn here in July with floral and orange

I loved how these colours went together! I also really liked this blouse (I did some creative safety pinning to keep it from boob-gapping on me), although with a belt over a blouse over a high-waisted skirt, some adjustments are necessary throughout the day.

I picked up the recent InStyle magazine for the little "What to Wear With Every Colour" booklet, aimed at helping one suss out what goes with the trendy colours. Since I thrift nearly everything, and every colour eventually comes back around, when I bought this chartreuse blouse on the weekend, I had to check and see what it is supposed to go with for the Fall Season. Apparently, it goes with red, charcoal, silver and cornflower (as a "daring" wild-card pairing, woo, settle down, there!).
I liked a red skirt, don't have a charcoal skirt (bo-ring!), and have a silver skirt, but it's a full-length leather one, heh heh, not quite right for work. No cornflower for me - blech. And since I have this new-to-me pink belt that goes perfectly with the skirt, that made the decision right there for me.

No word on what goes with fuscia. Not a trendy colour! Petal is close, and the wild card pairing is mustard - my combo is pretty close to that.

The stuff:
I went with silver for the accessories. Unfortunately, these shoes are coming apart on one of the ankle straps, so they are kaput after the summer (maybe sooner). However, I'm down to $2.00 a wear on them, so I'm not terribly crushed that my $6.00 shoes haven't lasted! Quelle horreur!

Pink and silver serpent bling:
I had planned to do a statement-y necklace with the fabulous collar on the blouse, but none of my silver ones looked right. I recall that we used to wear brooches at the peak of the collar back in the day (the 80s), and voila! there was my homegrown 80s snake pin that Mom and Dad gave me for Christmas in 1985. Perfect.

  • Belt - consignment
  • Pin - gift from Mom and Dad, homegrown vintage, 1985
  • Ring - BC Museum Gift Shop, homegrown vintage, 1986

Of course, if I'm wearing my silver snake pin, I have to wear the snake ring, right?

I'm filling in at my old Tuesday WW meeting tonight, so off I go!


  1. Oh, I love this color combination. You look fabulous!

  2. I had to look up "cornflower" - what kind of fashion blogger am I? Love this look, the lace blouse is extra yummy.

  3. Bikers...scary? We're a nice bunch of guys... when we haven't been drinking. :-)

  4. You look beautiful and lovely color combo.

  5. You certainly don't need InStyle to tell you what goes! That skirt blouse!all wthth purple hair maybe shouldn't go but on you is Fabulous How do you do it???best wishes from Diane in Australia.

  6. The colours look fantastic together, but I am chuckling at the idea of a booklet to tell you what colour to wear with what. Or not. Can't we choose for ourselves?! I know you can, that's for sure. Both skirt and blouse are a great fit as well.
    Leather and lace always makes me think of the Stevie Nicks song, although there aren't any snakes in it! xxx

  7. I absolutely love these colors together. Although I am very afraid of snakes...in jewelry and in real life!

  8. I love this combination. Both in shape as in colour. It is sort of red and green, which are complementary colours.
    Seeing you do so well with thrifted stuff, makes me a bit envious (in a good way). You really have a good eye.

  9. I love that colour combination - would have not thought of that so thanks for the inspiration.


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