Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Schmozzle of Pattern and 8% Metal

I'm tired and need dinner. Forgive my brevity, will you? Here, have some pattern. 
 NBN: Nothin' But Neutrals! Who is that woman, and what has she done with Sheila?

  • Jacket - Handcut by Preloved, consignment; purchased here for $25.00
  • Dress - Comrags, thrifted; last seen here in August 2017 with magenta tassels
  • Shoes - Truths Makena, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in April on Ally's trip with polka dot pants

I built the outfit around the jacket, but the dress is a star in its own right. After all, it is 8% metal.
 The fabric actually has metal in it - it is like wearing a cross between fabric and aluminum foil (it creases like mad). I love the cut of it, it's just insanely flattering.

I went bare-armed, jacket off, for my WW meeting...where my boss showed up for a little review and coaching! Surprise! Of course, I did great.
I wore a full vintage slip under this - it's peeking out the slit at the back
 The last time I wore this dress, a woman walked into the restaurant (I was out with Janet) wearing the same one! That doesn't happen very often with me, especially with a small-batch company (all made in Canada) like Comrags, and with a thrifted dress!

This is how I wore this outfit all day in the office.
 I like how the three fabrics in the jacket (a sweater and two jackets were deconstructed to make this new piece) all mixed with the greys and creams in the dress. It's a schmozzle! (really, it's a word).

I only wore the jacket done up like this when it was functioning as outerwear.
 It's a smidge tight in the boobular region otherwise.

I like the back - it's so unusual.
 I found it all very appealing.

Geared up for the stupid rain. It poured most of the day.
 And now it's sunny and windy. Spring is a schmozzle too!

  • Hat - Edward Mann, vintage, thrifted
  • Scarf - fake Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton, thrifted

The stuff:
 These shoes are amazing - I need more in this Fluevog family! Of course I do!

Filigree bling:
More patterns!

  • Cuff - St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop, London
  • Dragon bangle - local
  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Earrings - thrifted

Tomorrow is my mom's birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM! - and we are going out for dinner and to the theatre. I will be back on Sunday with the Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up - see you then!


  1. Even with NBN, your style shines through. I never would have thought of wearing that jacket over that dress -- stunning!

    1. Thank you so much, Cynthia! I was happy with how it turned out.

  2. Agree with Cynthia above - when I attempt all neutrals it feels rather boring, but you manage to make it work for you and stick to your style. I love the jacket and dress together. Happy birthday to your mum for tomorrow!

    1. It's all about the patterns and textures when colour isn't a factor! Thanks, Mica!

  3. woww, what a fabulous outfit, your jacket is an stunning piece and it looks even better 'in action' with the dress, such a brilliant combo!!
    I totally love it!

    1. Thanks, Monica! I'm excited to get a bit more wear out of the jacket in cooler months.

  4. Of all people in the entire world, the last one I thought this could happen to is you! Running into someone with the same dress?!

  5. Neutrals come in many different guises:there's BN (boring neutrals) and there's SN (Sheila's neutrals) and I know which I prefer. That frock is amazing (loving the little peek of your vintage slip) and only you could come up with the idea to combine it with the de/reconstructed jacket. They make a fabulous pair! As for running into someone with the same dress, I am convinced you wore it better! xxx

    1. Lol, I love it! I'm really pleased with how these two busy patterns worked together. Oh, yes, I definitely wore it better, ha ha! Thanks, Ann!

  6. The cat in the hat! How fab you look in that metal dress and cool jacket.
    I bet you looks loads better in the dress than the imposter! xxx

  7. That is certainly an unusual jacket! What a clever idea to merge different jackets with a sweater and create something new. It makes me wish I could sew - sigh - have you seen 'Fancified' (Judith's) blog? She does this sort of thing so well.

    The dress is lovely but is it comfortable being 8% metal?

    I love your earrings.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    1. Isn't it cool, Vronni? No, I will check out Judith's blog, thank you! I don't sew, but I admire those who do.

      Yes, the dress is comfortable, but as it's not lined, I do need to wear a slip as the raw edges are a bit irritating. Thank you!

  8. Love your dress
    with or without the jacket.


  9. This is such a cool and stylish outfit, Sheila! The dress! The jacket! The shoes! Such a fantastic combo. Hope you're having a great weekend, Sheila. XXX

    1. Thanks so much, Sasha! It was a crazy weekend! I'll tell you all about it tonight.

  10. Now that is one fabulous dress! I love the floral brocade and with the metal woven in, I can imagine it is even more beautiful up front and close . I also love the jacket and I am pleased to have a learned a new word today. Happy Mother’s Day and have a wonderful week ahead .

    1. Thank you, Elle! It's not quite a brocade (it's a printed design, rather than woven), but it's a very cool fabric. Glad to have added to your vocabulary! Thank you, happy week to you!

  11. Love this outfit. I particularly love the dress.

    1. Thank you, Dar - it's really cool, isn't it?

    2. I love the textures and the mix. The jacket is stunning.

    3. They sell this brand at one of the boutiques on Johnson St that specializes in clothes made in BC - worth a look!

  12. Happy Birthday to your Mum!
    I really like this outfit and actually think you should submit it for next week's Style imitating Art as the print makes me think of the pattern on the inspiration- check it out at . The piece de resistance was adding that hat! It oozes chic when you added that!!x

  13. The photo of you with the hat on is the best! All those patterns in that lovely blend of colourways, yay!

    Anna x


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