I felt pretty good in today's outfit, but when I looked at the pictures I thought, "Holy smokes, I look damn great for 50-going-on-51."
- Dress - Desigual, 2010, London; last worn here for New Year's Eve 2017 (one of my favourite posts - full of anniversary links!)
- Shoes - Lucky Brand, consignment, Powell River; first worn here in July with pink and leopard
- Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last seen yesterday here
This is about as simple as outfits get for me: just a dress and a pair of shoes. This particular dress is me actively searching for the not-yet-worn items in my closet - there are fewer and fewer backwards hangers every week!
here in May 2010. I have gradually been transforming it into my own work of art. I've had it for 8 years and I've worn it a bunch.
Enjoy a major retrospective!
- December 31, 2007, for New Year's Eve, as above, here
- June 2017, here with an added underskirt
- March 2017, here with boots, tights and a blouse under it
- September 2016, here with that same blouse and red shoes
- December 2015, here with an orange blouse underneath
- July 2015, here for the International Vancouver 40+ Blogger Meet-Up
- May 2015, here with the same underskirt
- September 2015, here making my "I've got my eye on you" joke, har har (and my orange shoes before they were worn out!)
- June 2014, here with a white shirt and cowboy boots
- July 2013, here with yellow shoes
- January 2013, here for Megan Mae's birthday being silly with a lampshade
- 3 x March 2012, here for our anniversary trip to Vancouver, worn twice in one weekend, and here (I can't read that post without tearing up - it's when we found out Inigo, our dear kitty, was sick)
- September 2011, here with a long black cardi
- June 2011, here with some spectacular red shoes
- February 2011, here with layers, including a scarf
- And I noted there that I'd worn it four times previously, but my linking wasn't that consistent, and I can't be bothered to search.
- Plus the first time here in May 2010.
Wow, I've worn it 22 times! I'm at $11.78 per wear, and totally worth it.
I've got my eye on you.
Spoiler alert! It's hot out.
Mostly silver bling:
- Cuff - St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop
- Snakeskin bracelet - thrifted, vintage 1986 (probably mine, refound) - first wearing
- Earrings - thrifted
- Turquoise/silver ring - local
- Shield ring - Nine West
I took some close-up pictures of the dress. I am all about details, and this dress goes to 11. Also, I wore all the buttons today. All of them!
From the top! My top button says "Stay Strange" and that orange thing is a silhouette of Vancouver Island - my city, Victoria, is on the bottom tip of it.
10 points if you know what the symbol in the "O" is. One of our friends made these for his birthday.
"Embrace Peculiarity" and "I'm the Bossy One." None of the Desigual buttons are duplicates.
"I [heart] Vintage" and more Fluevog, with "LOVE" spelled out vertically.
The bottom side panel. I like all the embroidery.
Everyone sees the eye, but I always have to point out the zebras.
And a parrot? Rooster?
My friends, enjoy your weekend - I will be back on Sunday with tales of adventure.
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woww, I'm loving your Desigual dress with the extra-embellishment of your pins collection!, such a great idea!. And I totally agree: you look fabulous!ReplyDelete
And Love this recap of outfits!
Sometimes buying an expensive cloth is money well spent!, quality pieces stay fab for years!
Thanks, Monica! There aren't many ways I can wear my buttons, so this felt perfect. I was shocked at how many times I've actually worn this dress! It was so worth it.Delete
Yes, you do look good for your age! I just read an article that confirmed what we all know -- physical activity slows down aging and helps everyone look younger. When I visited you, I thought "isn't it great to have young, attractive friends?!"ReplyDelete
Why, thank you, my dear Ally! Some of my friends are older than you!Delete
This dress is such a lovely piece! I'm trying to guess what the 'O' in Love is. Is it related to Valve/Half-Life? Do tell? I'm curious!ReplyDelete
Nope, good guess, though, Lorri! It's the centre for a 45 rpm record (see the Anonymous comment below).Delete
Thank you so much!
You look amazing for any age and the details on this dress are incredible. I love special pieces like this.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Chrissy, me too!Delete
No it isn t bad at all! Lovely to see you wear that dress so often! Great one!ReplyDelete
Hello Sheila from one of your silent readers! Love, love the dress and the seamstress in me is thinking of making one from all my high end scrap fabrics! Still enjoy reading your blog and by the way, that yellow symbol (as you call it)from that LOVE button is one of those plastic thingys we used to snap in the middle of the 45 rpm records then push the 45 onto the metal stand of the turn table to play records and dance! You could buy them in a package of 10 or something like that. Anyway, did I get the 10 points?! Take care and nice to see you, Victoria/Vancouver looking wonderful. Lamar Mendiola from San Antonio, TexasReplyDelete
Lamar, thank you SO much for commenting! I really appreciate it!Delete
Ooh, I hope you do make a dress like mine! I admire that creativity from sewing artists. Good job on the 45 record insert - 10 points for you!
Oh... that’s what it is... never would have guessed.Delete
No 45 rpm records in your past, Greetje? I'm surprised!Delete
Fantastic dress! You have inspired me to only shop 2nd hand this year and it has been so fun and successful that I may continue for another year! 10 points for me! My 29 year old son actually has that symbol tattooed on his arm and has a record player with several 45's. I remember going to the mall on Saturday's to buy the Monkee's latest 45's..... I'm a Believer.....likely still have it too. Your posts are so informative and enjoyable. Great job - thank you.ReplyDelete
Aw, Robyn, that's amazing - great work on your challenge! It's so much fun shopping second-hand, isn't it?Delete
Woo! 10 points for you! Aw, thank you for your kind words. :)
That dress is such a fabulous piece! So much to look at. And you've made it even better adding those buttons of your own. If it's still going strong after all these years, and you keep wearing it at the same rate, the price per wear will soon be negligible! I have no idea what the sign inside the "O" is, but I can't wait until you tell us, because now I am intrigued! Have a lovely weekend, Sheila xxxReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Ann - I knew you'd enjoy seeing the details on it. My cost-per-wear is great - well worth the initial investment!Delete
Ha, check the comments above you - a couple of people have gotten it right! Happy weekend, my dear!
The dress is fabulous and I loved seeing all the ways you styled it. So inspiring to see the details. The seamstress in me sees ways to repurpose wardrobe favorites of my own that don't fit but I can't let go of. And all the ways you styled such an unusual piece help me think of new ways to wear what I have. Also love seeing all the changes in your hair. Not brave enough for your color changes but SO creative and lovely and inspiring! Thanks for sharing! ❤️ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for digging through and looking at all the iterations of this dress, Danae! I know, my hair has changed so much over the years - I'm always doing different things with it (and my dress!).Delete
It is a beautiful dress and it's great you're not only continuing to get wear from it but continuing to feel great every time you wear it. You do look great too Sheila! :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Mica! This is the kind of piece that is just a wardrobe classic!Delete
That dress is incredible and YES you look incredible, too!!!!!! Love the buttons. My friend just got a button maker and it is on!!!ReplyDelete
Game on, Becky, let's see what you can do! Thank you!!Delete
WOW! Special dress on a special person, creative flair in the air AND your glasses match the dress!ReplyDelete
Heh, it's like I planned it, hey, Laurie? Thank you, my dear!Delete
That dress looks awesome on you. In that first picture you look, slim, long and yound. How about that for a 50 year old one going on to 51. Love the shoes too. You are so good ith shoes.ReplyDelete
Forgot to say that your tattoos look so good with this dress.Delete
Thank you so much, Greetje! It feels good. I love shaking it up with different shoes.Delete
Pretty good Sheila? You look hot for any age! Sensational dress. Love love love it.ReplyDelete
Woo hoo, thanks, Gail!Delete
What a clever idea of adding the buttons . Desigual items are so very into detail, very unique piece.ReplyDelete
And my dear you have all the right to be "full of yourself" -
I thought so! It only enhances the dress, IMO. Thank you, Lorena!Delete