Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Plaid Origami Ringmaster

We talk a lot about loving our clothes, and only putting on things that make us feel great. I was 100% feeling awesome about today's choices. 
I used to rely on colour to lift my spirits (and I still do!), but texture and pattern can also do that for me.

  • Shirt - Cartise, consignment; last seen here in February with Orange Leather Shorts (yes!)
  • Trousers - Pariscope, vintage 90s; last worn here in August and admitting to my fear of pants
  • Boots - Coffee Kope Tiam, Fluevog; last seen here in October with leopard jammies
  • Coat (below) - Rodarte for Opening Ceremony, consignment; purchased here on the weekend for $42.98

From coat off...

...to coat on!
 I had kind of half-thought I could wear this coat as an indoorsy piece when I got chilled, but it was too heavy for that. I did a round of pictures with it on and off, though, so lucky you!

Service announcement: THIS IS NOT A JACKET:
 Sorry for shouting, but it's always mistaken for a jacket. This is a very thin SHIRT. It's mesh with all these strips of fabric sewn all over it. It's an incredible work of art.
 Every piece would have had to have been done individually - it's so complicated and intricate! I love it - it reminds me of origami.

Let's pose with the coat. I put the coat on for about a dozen of my coworkers. Only two of them had heard of Rodarte, but they liked the coat regardless.
 You might be able to see that the faux Persian lamb stops at my waist, and the arms are nice and slim-fitting. It felt wonderful to wear. A good theatre coat, don't you think?

Done up.
 Isn't that cut nicely? I love how it curves over the hips. I am totally grooving on these plaid trousers too.

And then it splits in the back - I've got tails. Ooh, a little breezy back there!
 My coworker Lesley thought this would look good over a full skirt too. YES. And I just might have a good skirt (or three) that would work!

All bundled up for outside. Brrr, it was cold, but I walked fast.
 I felt a little bit like a ringmaster, but in a good way. A ring-mistress?

  • Hat/scarf/gloves - Danier

The stuff:
 A simple boot. Sometimes that is all you need.

Textural bling:
The fur stick-pin was on the lapel of the coat.

  • Stick-pin - thrifted
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage expo
  • Hematite ring - thrifted
  • Silver/obsidian ring - Mexico, c. 1986, gift from Mom and Dad
  • Snake ring - BC Museum Gift Shop, c. 1986
  • Earrings - Lazy Susan's


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    2. Elle, I am so sorry - I accidentally deleted the content of my last 100 comments (boy, did I feel dumb). I did read it, though, and thank you so much for your sweet comment.

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    1. Sasha, I am so sorry - I accidentally deleted the content of my last 100 comments (boy, did I feel dumb). I did read it, though, and thank you so much for your sweet comment.

  3. I love all of the textures in this outfit, and that coat is absolutely stunning on you. Such an awesome find, regardless of the label as you said it's a coat to be appreciated! :)

  4. I agree, textures are important too! That shirt is pretty amazing, I must say. I'm loving the coat too, although I must admit that silly me hadn't heard of Rodarte either ... xxx

    1. Rodarte's not an everyday name, for sure! I do my research, but the name rang a bell - and I lucked out. Thank you so much!

  5. I nearly bought a pair of plaid trousers today (Boden) unfortunately too tight round the waist...

    Love this outfit especially the origami shirt. The coat is so unusual and yes I can see it over long skirts, too.

    1. Oh, that's too bad! I see a few Boden pieces here. Thank you - it's such a cool shirt.

  6. The jacket does say ring-master, but that's not such a bad look is it? I adore that shirt and love the pairing with the checkered trousers. Sometimes pattern play can be just as creative as colour play, you're right.

    Anna x

    1. Nope, not at all - I loved it! This was a fun outfit to wear.

  7. Beautiful ensemble Sheila ! I like how all they layering works just like magic.

    1. Thank you, hon! I was really pleased at how cohesive this was.


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