Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Yes, It's a Black Dress

My colleagues today were all shocked: I'm in a black dress! 
The stair pose fights with wrap dresses

It's not that unusual - I do have a fair bit of black in my wardrobe, but I usually mix it with a lot of colour and/or pattern.


  • Dress - Strawberry Jill, thrifted; purchased here for $9.95
  • Shoes - Marc Jacobs, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in April with cosmic patterns


Aside from the shock of "Sheila! In a black dress!" everyone loved it. It is such a pretty dress!
 I am really glad I bought it - I did waffle. I have a LOT of dresses, and not enough room for them all (and I keep finding new and awesome ones!).

This is silk, even the lining! It was a dream to wear all day. I have had a couple of other Strawberry Jill items over the years:

  • This fabulous silk "dragon scale" skirt (originally thrifted for $18.95), here;
  • A black and brown silk "patchwork" skirt (first worn here, originally thrifted for $12.50) - I no longer have this, gave it away a few years ago.


 I was rather sweaty on the walk home, though - it's up to 24 today! Phew! Hot!

I do large pin-curls in my hair while I'm putting on my make-up - it is mostly gone by the end of the day, but I like the illusion of curly hair.
This wrap dress actually stayed put really well all day.

It helped that I wore my little pants under it! You can catch a glimpse of them in the stair picture.
 They were fantastic for keeping my thighs from rubbing, making me feel more secure (woo, flash!), and the cotton fabric actually kept the dress in place when I was walking with my cross-body bag - I was terrified that the dress would ride up and be around my waist (I hate when clothes do that!).

The stuff:
 Such fabulous shoes! They are really well-balanced, and comfy to wear, even though they don't have a lick of padding in them.

Chain bling:
Featuring my new-to-me earring and necklace set, and my new onyx/obsidian and silver ring.


  • Necklace/earrings - Sarah Coventry, vintage fair - first wearing, purchased here for $10.00
  • Black/silver ring - Tocara, vintage fair - first wearing, purchased here for $10.00
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

Not including the lapis ring (which was $500 in 2012, and I've worn about 300 times - I wear it at least once a week), my outfit was under $60 (dress $9.95, ring $10, jewelry set $10, shoes $29.95). Not bad! 

26 comments:

  1. Gorgeous dress -- it fits you like it was made for you -- so pretty!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cynthia - it's really a nice quality.

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    1. Thanks, Jadiee! Welcome, and thank you so much for commenting. :)

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  3. Such a pretty dress and I like how it's a fun version of a classic LBD - very you even if you don't normally wear plain black.

    It's been 24-23 degrees in the middle of the day here, but that's winter, haha! To be fair it is much colder in the mornings and evenings, but the jeans are out in those cold temps for us!

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    1. Thanks, Mica! I know, so very NOT me, right? Ha!

      That's winter?? Wow, you would freeze here, and even I know it's not that cold in Victoria in winter. I guess it's all relative and what you're used to!

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  4. Ooh, lovely. Contrast with your normal style is smart. Keeps admirers guessing. :)

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    1. Totally not on purpose. I always just wear what I like, when the feeling moves me.

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  5. I like a black dress every now and then, keeps everyone on their toes!
    That dress is lovely on you and the accessories are spot on, as always! x

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    1. Ha, so true, although I just wear what I like, Vix (as do you!). Thank you!

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  6. Another awesome outfit! What a gorgeous dress!! Love the shoes and cool accessories too.

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  7. I've just put my only all-black dress in the giveaway pile as I wasn't wearing it, but seeing yours is making me reconsider! That floaty wrap dress looks stunning on you, and I love that you combined it with that awesome necklace and earrings set I'd been admiring in your weekend wrap-up. I hadn't notice the little pants in the stair picture, but of course I had to scroll back when you mentioned it ;-) I've actually got a very similar pair, but that's our secret, right :-) xxx

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    1. I have a few black dresses, but I nearly always wear them with some colour. I loved the earrings/necklace, but did have to adjust the earrings a big (very tight! ow!). Hee, of course those are our secret!

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  8. I love this dress it's so pretty! It looks lovely on you; it's very feminine. Loved all the accessories, too. It's been horrible weather here...
    xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Vronni! Aw, sorry to hear that - I hope it gets better soon!

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  9. Meghan said You are a very pretty young lady. You have glamour and style and are a business woman too. What's not to love? Thank you for sharing with your fans. Bravo. Well done.

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  10. Indeed a lovely dress. The fact it goes up in the front middle would worry me though. You have solved it well. I would have worn another black short skirt underneath it.
    Greetje

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    1. It worried me too, Greetje, but my fears were unfounded. I also have a short black slip that would have done the job.

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  11. It is a pretty dress, and still very you - very elegant and with great accessories.

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  12. I see you quickly wore that great dress you just bought, same with the silver chain set! I LOVE THE SHOES.
    I've said it before, your new camera is a great purchase for us your readers. We get more detail.

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    1. Yup, gotta wear that new stuff right away! Glad you like the new pictures!

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  13. That is a super pretty dress (says the woman with about 10 black dresses in her closet).

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