Thursday, January 24, 2019

Wonder Woman...and Her Cat

Finally got around to wearing this lovely cerulean blue dress today! Isn't it a beauty?
 I had oodles of compliments on this outfit, capped off by my dear Yvonne exclaiming, "You look like Wonder Woman!"

  • Dress - Liz Claiborne, vintage late 80s, thrifted; purchased here for $18.75
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in January with royal purple for a double-mom-daughter date for the theatre
  • Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage, thrifted; last worn here for New Year's Eve December 2018

Maybe Diane Prince? I could totally hide a sword down my back in this fabulous silk dress.
"Who are you talking to, Woman? Are you blathering about your clothes again?"

Such a gorgeous cut (not "cat", Vizzini!) - it pulls on over the head, and that wrap top did not budge at all. I noted anew the tacked stitches where the shoulder pads used to be. I wore a full vintage slip under this. 

The dress is unlined silk, and it has a "swoosh" pattern woven into it for textural interest (close-up here). It also has an elasticated waist that doesn't quite match where my actual waist is, so a large belt was required to cover it.
"I require your attention!"

The waist has thin belt loops on the side, and one at the front where the faux wrap ends, so I suspect its original belt was a sash, meant to be tied there.
"I'm fit to be tied if you don't stop yakking."

As you can see, it's got pockets! What a lovely surprise.

Outerwear - due to the large dolman sleeves* I can't shove my arms into a regularly-cut coat for fear of sweating on the silk, so I wore the Unsafe Polar Bear, which also has sort-of dolman sleeves. Well, maybe not, but they are wider than most of my coats.

*Dolman sleeves are very wide at the armhole and tight in the wrist, often cut in one piece with the bodice, according to the interwebz (but I knew it already).
"You lost me at dolman. What's in the hallway?"

I was overly warm in this, but I could easily adjust my furnace by removing gloves or scarf.

  • Pashmina - Portolano, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment

The stuff:
 So much shiny! Driven by the need for a big belt, once I'd chosen it, these were the only shoes that would work, as they read as both gold and copper, depending on what I wear with them. I did feel a bit like a superhero in all this shiny gold.

Gold bling:
My Christian Dior belt and the gold torc necklace were the stars.

  • Belt - Christian Dior, vintage fair
  • Torc - vintage fair
  • Bracelet - Lia Sophia, thrifted
  • Earrings - Biko, consignment
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

And now, my friends, off to watch some Project Runway All Stars and chill out! I will be back on the weekend with tales of adventure.


  1. Sheila, this dress is lovely! The colour is spectacular and your accessories are the oerfect choice. I loved the dresses of the 80's, they seemed to fit, have more detail, length was perfect. I very rarely find dresses nowadays that fit well or good cut and not boxy. I had a dress similiar to this is a deep red and it had a fabric belt. Hope this is a keeper for you, it looks divine.

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Dar! I love the rich colour. I agree, there were some really great dresses then...but there were also a lot of clunkers! I see them in the thrift stores too! It's a keeper until it's not. :-P

  2. Your dress is very stylish and I love that shade of blue!

  3. That is an awesome dress and I do see the wonder woman resemblance! You look very powerful in this Sheila! :)

  4. That dress is such a fabulous shape and colour, Sheila. And it even looks powerful without the shoulder pads! You did well to choose gold for all your accessories, but I'm especially loving that fearsome belt! Vizzini is so funny! Have a wonderful weekend! xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Ann! I agree - it would have fit oddly with shoulder pads, so I can see why the previous owner (?) removed them. The belt is all kinds of awesome. Oh, Vizzini, don't tell him that - he's already all full of himself.

  5. A wonderful dress and the belt is just fantastic with it. Loved all the accessories.

    Hope your weekend is fab!

  6. Fa-bu-lous! I love wrap dresses! And those shoes!!wow! Heaven! Hope to see you on my Fancy Friday linkup party!

    1. It's a faux wrap, but I do love how the top lies. Thanks so much, Nancy!

  7. Super Shiela- fancy that for your superhero name? Haha. X

  8. Well you made be wonder woman but this color reminds me more of the perfect cornflower sapphire hue . The tonal pattern is beautiful. Big corset belts are great tools for making dresses appear to fit better than they actually do. I love all of the shiny gold. You know I would .

    1. Yes, it's a gorgeous rich cerulean blue, Elle. Agreed, I do love a big belt!

  9. The blue is YOURS! And what a great idea for dealing with the elasticized waistline and belt loips!

    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I can't take credit for that idea, though. :)

  10. Beautiful dress and marvelous color on you. I can imagine this being worn with one of your obi belts.-

    1. Good idea - I may do that at some point. I've gotten out of the habit of wearing those, but I still have them. Thanks, Lorena!


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