Monday, January 15, 2018

Bye Bye, Burgundies!

I liked the top half of today's outfit. 
 When I put this vest with this shirt, I'd originally envisioned wide-leg pants, but ended up with this skirt. Shoulda gone with the pants. Next time!

  • Blouse - Joe Fresh, thrifted; first worn here in November 2017 with fuzzy lilac
  • Vest - Gap, thrifted; purchased here for $5.95
  • Skirt - Lui Jo, Florence, Italy; last seen here (2nd outfit) in October 2017 with cashmere leopard
  • Shoes - Sofft, thrifted; last worn here in October with an olive jumpsuit
  • Coat (below) - Stop Staring!, thrifted; last seen here in December 2017

One of my coworkers complimented me on this look - he said I looked very formal. Hmmm.
I suspect it's the vest. It's very Business Lady. I love this shape of vest - it's a very feminine look.

Mr. Vizzini was poking around trying to get my attention this morning while I was doing my pictures, so I grabbed him.
"Goodness, Woman, this is so undignified."
 Sorry about the cat butt - I didn't see it until I embiggened my photo!

I did not groove on this skirt today. The love has gone.
I bought it in Florence (Italy!) here in October 2014. It was probably around $120.00 (I didn't record the price).

In addition to today's look, here's how I've worn it:

  • October 2017, here (2nd outfit), with leopard and boots
  • March 2017, here, with leopard and wine
  • November 2015, here, with a lot of tonal colours (I hate that outfit)
  • January 2015, here, with fruital
  • October 2014, here, in the same outfit
  • October 2014 again, here (5th outfit, it's a big post), 

I don't actually love any of those outfits. The skirt is too bulky and long and just doesn't suit my shape. I wore it seven times, so a little over $17.00 per wear. Not great, but I'm sure one of my friends will snatch it up and it'll be worn even more. Time for it to go.

Outerwear - onto another story, since I love how this coat looks on me.
 It's chilly but not cold, so a light coat is fine with my new-to-me cashmere/silk scarf and my soft pink ruffled gloves.

  • Scarf - Portolano, thrifted - purchased for $9.95, first wear
  • Gloves - consignment

The stuff:
 And here's the other burgundy going bye-bye: these shoes. Comfy as heck, but the seams (finished with nylon line thread) poke and scratch, and I don't like the overall chunkiness of them. I have other, better burgundy shoes!

In addition to today, here's how I've worn them since I bought them here last May for $25.15.

  • October 2017, here, with my olive jumpsuit
  • May 2017, here, with greys

Not a great cost-per-wear at a little over $8 per wear, but eh, I'm all right with it. I'm definitely good with letting these go. They can't all be winners!

Old bling:
None of my jewelry is newer than 11 years old.

  • Choker - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Earrings (mismatched) - anniversary gifts from L (8th and 10th, I think)

There's something to be said for homegrown vintage.


  1. Dress with a skirt, beautiful vest. The coat is very nice in a good old style. I love the style of the coat. Cats are great, yours is sweet.

    1. Thank you, Jolanta! I love the coat too - it's a vintage-inspired piece. Vizzini agrees, ha ha!

  2. I do like that skirt but if it isn't working for you defintiely time to let it go.

    There was a lady in front of me at the bus stop today as I took a different route home, and she was wearing a vest over a printed shirt just like this (with black pants though). I thought of you and your most recent post where you said you wanted to wear more vests and had a giggle when I came to this post, with a vest! :) A very vest-filled day!

    1. Yeah, it was never a "love it" piece, even when I bought it. Ha, a strange vest coincidence!

  3. Very nice. You are capable of so much. Creating a feminine business lady look is tricky and I could never manage it. Watching you perform such magic is inspiring.

    1. Aw, thank you, hon - it's really not magic. Just trial and error!

  4. That tweed vest looks even lovelier on you, it's such a wonderful, feminine cut. The skirt is quite gorgeous too (I love the colour) but if's not making you feel fabulous, I agree it has to go. It's a shame about the shoes, but the seams do look scratchy. Ouch. Vizzini is looking quite indignant, and who can blame him, with his cat butt on show ;-) xxx

    1. Thank you, Ann! The skirt makes me feel frumpy and so do the shoes. I won't miss either of them. Poor Vizzini!

  5. I love the skirt - is it leather? If you're not loving it though - bye, bye!

    I do like the waistcoat; it is beautifully fitted on you and it goes so well with the shirt. Shame about the shoes and Vizzini - oh, the shame of your butt hole on show...

    1. No, it's not leather, but it's a very good imitation (it fooled me when I bought it). Thanks, Veronica. Vizzini is still glaring at me...


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