Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Red and Black and Spotty

I spent a few minutes fussing in my closet last night before bed, frustrated with my clothes. It's me, of course, not the clothes. I have all these lovely new things, and I just couldn't get them to go with anything else. 
So I went with the outfit I had planned on wearing here last week. Nothing new, everything ready to go. No thinking involved. Ah...

  • Blouse - Levante, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen here in October 2016 with black velvet pants
  • Skirt - Gianfranco Ferre, via Giorgio Beverly Hills, vintage 80s, vintage shop in Vancouver; last seen here (2nd outfit) a year ago in January 2016 with a lavender kimono top
  • Shoes - Chie Mihara; last worn here in August 2016 with pink and denim
  • Coat (below) - Samuel Dong, thrifted 

Adoring this VERY red blouse - silk is so nice to wear, and I love that it's washable. And a bigass bow? Yes!

Unlike my culottes - which I always must demonstrate are not a skirt (example here) - this bottom is NOT pants of any kind. It's a double front/back slit skirt. The last time this slit style was "in" was in the early 80s (I remember, because I had a cream skirt just like this in high school).

This skirt is one of my treasured, "never let go" items, despite it being, you know, a black skirt.
It's wool, so soft, so thick, lined with the most lovely satin. It's high-waisted, and it just feels wonderful to wear.

It is about 10 degrees warmer today than it was this time last week, and it's raining, so back to my rainy gear, including this Jones New York (thrifted) hat that looks dorky on me, but keeps my head and shoulders dry. My other grey items are my fur boa (thrifted) and my Parkhurst wool gloves.

The stuff:
I thought for sure that I'd worn these shoes since August, but apparently not! Shocking! They are very comfy, but not for more than an 8-hour day.

Spotty bling:
Leopard spots on the leather belt, and more spots on the shoes.

  • Belt - Danier Leather, thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted


  1. While it's nice to wear new things right away, some days just call for an easy no thinking required outfit! And you have so many lovely pieces nothing ever looks like you didn't spend any time on it!

  2. I absolutely understand why you would never let go of this skirt. It is such an unusual yet classic garment, because, well - at the end its just a black skirt.

    1. Save me from black skirts! There are just so many of them out there - but this one is so special and beautiful.

  3. That skirt is so perfect on you, thanks for sharing.

  4. The quality of the skirt is visible. It's a lovely classic outfit jazzed up with the brilliant belt and those fabulous shoes. You have the most wonderful collection of shoes of any of the bloggers that I've seen!

    I think your hat looked great - not dorky but sophisticated...

    1. Thanks, Veronica! Aw, thank you - I do love my shoes, and I especially love finding unique pairs like these. I appreciate the vote of confidence in the hat!

  5. great outfit, I really like the belt - just the right width and everything. Also the skirt is amazing. Funny thing about silk - I'm over here in 40 degree celsius heat in Sydney australia, and silk is also wonderful to wear in the heat, so light weight

    1. Thank you, Sue! I love silk in the spring/summer as well - it's really an amazing fabric.

  6. I don't think that hat looks "dorky" on you at all! I like the feel of silk, but I end up ruining it when I perspire, so it's on my list of fabrics I don't buy.

    1. Aw, thank you, Shelley! Vintage silk can often be washed/dried on delicate settings - I'm sweaty too, so that's also a factor for me.

  7. Tres chic today Sheila! Beatiful shirt, sleek skirt, lovely shoes, but oh how I love that belt! It's perfect - great width, great pattern and will go with everything, result!
    Anna x

    1. Thank you, Anna! I should probably wear the belt more, but eh, I didn't pay much, and it doesn't take up a lot of room.


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