Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I'm a Formal Woman

I was going to call this post, "Annie Hall-ish" but then I remembered - I've already done that title, here, way back in 2010. Instead, I went with this title as one of my coworkers commented that I looked very formal.
 The outfit was built around the shoes, which I didn't get the chance to wear last week. Must wear all the new things right away!

  • Shirt - no label, thrifted; first worn here in June with the eyeball dress
  • Vest - Dunn & Co., vintage; last seen here way back in August 2009 - ooh! Flashback!
  • Culottes - Jones New York, vintage early 80s, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) in May with a kimono top
  • Shoes - Matisse; purchased here for $74.00

 Because the shoes are black and white, with touches of caramel, I wanted to go matchy so that they were the focus. What to wear? All my caramel is packed away with my autumn/winter stuff! I like the menswear vibe, so the white shirt was a gimme, and then I remembered this very old vintage vest that's been hanging in my "archive" closet for many years. Tah-dah!

The vest was purchased by me in Vancouver when my then-bestie Lynette and I took the ferry over for a day to wander around town. I think we were about 17 (I know I'd graduated from high school, so summer of 1985) - no idea why our moms trusted us to go to the Big City alone, but we were good kids and actually didn't get up to anything untoward. I was broke back then, so wouldn't have had much money. I think this vest was around $10.00 - I also bought a wonderful dressing gown (shown here, 2nd item, and scroll down for a picture of me wearing it in the 80s!) for around the same price. I still have that too! Maybe I'll wear it one of these days.
 Other than that, I kept the outfit pretty simple.

The proof-that-these-are-culottes-not-a-skirt pose.
 Yup, they have legs!

Hat for coverage and to add to the menswear vibe.
 Aren't I the snazziest?

The stuff:
 The shoes were pretty good until my feet got hot and sweaty, and then they rubbed one of my toes. They'll be awesome with a little sock.

Manly bling:
I love wearing this tie!

  • Tie - Escada, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Ring - Soul Flower

Do you have any of your "homegrown vintage" still from when you were young(er)?


  1. VERY FUN! Formal...but totally funky and playful and vintage-y feeling! I love it all!

  2. I have so few things from when I was younger as I mostly bought fast fashion - I've been trying to turn that around in my wardrobe lately. While I don't have time for thrifting with 2 toddlers I did manage to do 6 months without shopping which helped me see how much possibility I had in my wardrobe, which was a fun exercise!

    I still remember a few classic pairs of Levis that would probably be worth a lot now if I hadn't outgrown them, ha!

    1. They didn't have fast-fashion (as we know it now) when I was younger - most of the stuff in the malls was actually made in Canada. I miss a few of the old pieces - I still had a good eye back then.

      Yes, for you with your young ones, and digging into your wardrobe, what an accomplishment! Well done! Do Levis keep their value?

  3. Reminds me of Diana Prince in the new Wonder Woman movie.

    1. YAY for that! I loved her outfit in the movie! Such a great scene! Thanks, Kasmira!

  4. Oh how amazing that you still have this vest and that its your very own homegrown vintage. I have a leather belt with a huge coin in the front, I have worn it maybe twice on the blog. It was one pfennig, my mother bought it in Germany when I was about 9 years old and it somehow ended in my closet. OMG how has time passed...
    BTW I like the look, men's formal done by She.

    1. It's getting a bit ratty, but I still love it. Wow, how cool to have that piece of your mom's still! Thanks, Lorena!

  5. I love this masculine vibe on you Sheila! And the shoes, the shoes, the shoes - I'm swooning. So many times I declare "These are my favourites!" and then three days later I'm saying it all over again. Hey girl, I love ALL of your shoes xxxx


    1. Thank you! This is one of my mom's favourite outfits too! Ha, I do have a few good pairs. ;-P


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