Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ball of Sunshine

Our crazy windy weather continued today, so I took the chance of wearing a long-sleeved wool dress. 
 I am a big ball of sunshine!


  • Dress - Lida Baday, vintage 90s, vintage fair; purchased here for $22.95
  • Shoes - Super Fine Cardinal, Fluevog; last seen here with a spectacular kimono in May

I completely loved wearing this dress all day. I did some research last night on Lida Baday, and from seeing sewing patterns from the early 90s (which were based on her designs), I think this is a pretty early piece by her. 

 Her first collection was in 1987, and this dress does have that "shoulder-pad" vibe that late 80s dresses had, although there is no trace of shoulder pad removal in this one.

So I think it is from the early 90s, when we were just starting to veer away from bigass shoulders, but still had that sexy shape.
 I like that the top half of the dress is quite loose (very comfy to wear), but the hips are a snug fit. The dress has zero stretch (from the Days Before Lycra), but wool has a bit of natural stretch.

Pockets for the win! This dress just screams quality.
 This is summer-weight wool (very finely woven), and I'm very glad it's lined, as it's slightly see-through (you can see the pockets in the second picture).

The stuff:
 I went with gold shoes and accessories to go with the sunny flow of it. I adore these shoes - so freakin' comfortable!

Simple bling:
I matched the earrings to the zipper pull (which I suspect is an old 80s earring).


  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Earrings - vintage fair

32 comments:

  1. The yellow and gold look stunning together. Lise

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  2. Pretty design, brilliant color. Your reference to weather makes me wonder how hot it will be in Hamilton two weeks from now.

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    1. Oh, it's going to be SULTRY! I'll be checking the weather right up till the day I leave!

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  3. That yellow dress is a dream and I love the gold shoes, they look like something a Renaissance courtier would have worn! xxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Vix! This dress was such a score. I love the shoes - must get the black suede w/buckle version...and the green brocade version too! Maybe when they go on sale...

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  4. We orbit around you, Sheila. I love all that golden sunshine.

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  5. I love the shape of the dress and the colour is gorgeous.
    xxx

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    1. Isn't it amazing? As I wore it all day, I grew to really appreciate the quality. Thank you, Vronni!

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  6. Your sunshine dress is absolutely amazing, Sheila! Such a great shape, and it looks fantastic on you. Your gold shoes and accessories make it even better. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann! I do love a yellow dress (I have another one, very different style). It will look good with boots in fall/winter as well - I will likely keep it out all year round.

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  7. The quality of the dress splashes of the screen. Thoughtful made!

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    1. It really is, Nancy! I appreciated it more and more, the longer I wore it.

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  8. This is sooo good. I am glad you didn't change the zipper thing. I like it, original or not.
    And your golden accessories: perfect. Especially the earrings. Well, everything really.
    Greetje

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    1. No, that's part of its history. I don't have anything else that would look as good as this old earring, either.

      Thank you so much, Greetje!

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  9. Sheila you are pure sunshine! That dress is timeless and the vivid color suits you. Muah.

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  10. I just love this dress on you Sheila! It's so bright and cheerful! :) yellow is always a colour that makes people smile :)

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    1. Thank you, Mica! It's such a lovely shade of yellow.

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  11. What a FAB dress! The colour and shape look great on you, and you bring the sunshine everywhere you go.

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    1. It's so cool - I'm really glad I spotted it. Thanks, Shelley!

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  12. Shiela, that yellow dress is just gorgeous!
    I would never have guessed it's from the 90s, from the first photo I was sure it was a 60s dress.
    Your photos are so big and clear, I love it! X

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    1. Thank you, Jess, nope, it's definitely not that early. Yay for the new camera!

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  13. Lovely dress, the color is Stunning! and I like particularly the original shape, this kind of 'kimono like' sleeves which were so fashionable back in the last 80's-90's.
    Your golden shoes are simply fabulous!
    besos

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    1. This is one of my most favourite new pieces - I just love the whole thing. Thanks, my dear!

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  14. I totally love this sunny dress. (It looks to be the same shade of yellow as my trouser suit you were commenting on btw). Great idea to add to the sunny look with the gold accessories x

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    1. Oh, right, okay, that helps me get the colour of your suit better, Anna. Thank you!

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  15. Bright and stunning. This is such a cool dress and the zipper up front you do not see much these days. Just yesterday I was thinking about when the zipper at front trend would come back... I need it to!

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    1. Isn't it fun? Thank you, my dear! I love the front zip - so handy!

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