Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Genie Skirt and Purpureus

I had a frustrating morning - the outfit I'd planned did not work. This is why I need to try things on when they're new. 
I switched this gold skirt in at the last minute - risky! since I had issues making it work with other tops the first time I wore it.

  • Sweater - Rodier, vintage 50s, vintage fair; purchased here for $20.00
  • Skirt - Dries Van Noten, consignment; first worn here in August with red lace
  • Shoes - Seychelles; last seen here in March for a weekend thrift expedition
  • Coat (below) - BCBG Max Azria, thrifted; last worn here in late October

I'd planned on wearing the new velvet maxi skirt I bought on the weekend with this entire outfit, but it just did not look right. I'll try again with that tomorrow.
But for today? Enter: the genie skirt. It's a bubble-hemmed skirt, but it makes me feel like a genie.

The sweater gets its first wearing. I love the colour, which is called "purpura" or "purpureus" (link)- first recorded as a colour name in 1382. That's over 700 years ago!
So my sweater it not only vintage itself, but it has a vintage name.

I liked all the gold bits in this outfit.
It was comfy, but I felt a little blah all day. Yes, you can feel blah when wearing all this colour and shiny stuff.

Outerwear - this coat lost a button on the way home - boo.
And I've decided I'm done with it. It's taking up space in my closet, and I don't wear it all that frequently anymore.

Shall we count the times? Oops, lost track at 15 going back about 3 years, since I sometimes miss my links, but I know I wore it at least 20 times, and paid around $40 for it.
I am okay with letting it go. That's a good cost-per-wear.

  • Scarf - thrifted
  • Leather/cashmere gloves - Club Monaco, consignment

The stuff:
Comfy shoes. I wonder how long they will last until all the gold glitter wears off? I leave a trail in the office every time I wear them.

Gold bling:
I accidentally stabbed myself in the hand with that necklace. It's very pokey.

  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Bracelet - Butler Fifth Avenue Collection
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's


  1. Gah! I hate a wardrobe challenge.
    In theory your olive burn-out skirt and purpura jumper should have been a fabulous combination but those clothes gods sometimes conspire against us.
    I'm currently watching a BBC documentary series called "A Stitch in Time" where a fashion historian and costumier recreate garments from famous paintings. Your golden skirt is so much like Charles II's breeches, I wonder if Dries Van Noten was inspired by the 1677 artwork?
    Love your pendant, spiky or not! xxx

    1. It is super annoying, isn't it? Yes, it was good in theory, right down to the accessories. I even took pictures, and that's when I realized, it's got to change!

      Oh, that sounds amazing, I would totally watch that. It would not surprise me - Dries is very much into art and textiles.

      Thanks, Vix!

  2. I hate it when outfits do not work out as planned. I'm guilty as charged for not actually trying on things first sometimes, which is always a big risk. And having to make changes at the last moment usually makes me feel uncomfortable as well. I do think, however, that your "purpurea" jumper works really well with your golden skirt, and the necklace is a delight, even if it stabbed you in the hand. xxx

    1. It drives me nuts, but that's how we learn, right, Ann? I was happy enough with the end result, and have worn the offending skirt today with a better outfit. Thank you!

  3. You'd never know this was your second choice outfit Sheila! looks great on you and the skirt worked really well with the top - it's a shame your first outfit didn't work! My uncle has finished constructing my wardrobe room so I'm revelling in the ability to stand in one place and try on all kinds of outfit options - i don't always do it, but I did enjoy planning my outfit out each night before so I'm hoping to do that again regularly now, now that all my stuff is in one place and I'm not running between different rooms for different pieces, haha!

    1. I know, Mica, but I always 'fess up to these things - I'm not perfect!

      OMG, you better post pictures of your wardrobe room! I'm so envious!

  4. What a futuristic looking skirt - it's great with the vintage sweater with the vintage name!

  5. I hate when outfits don't work out right! I usually end up giving up and just throwing on jeans and a super-hero or rock tee. Love the way your outfit turned out. The gold skirt is really cool and purple is my favorite color. The colors look awesome together!

    1. Me too - and since I've been blogging it's happened many, many times. I usually do a dress, but I didn't have time to rethink the entire outfit. I actually had pictures done!

      Thank you!

  6. I hate it when I lose a button. The item then looks cheap to me. And I hate it when a outfit doesn't work. And when that happens, it always is when we go out for dinner and I'm late!! I love that balloon skirt!

    1. Same here, Nancy. It's not a huge deal to change out the buttons, but this coat is just not ringing my bell anymore. Thank you!

  7. What a beautiful styling. I absolutely love that genie skirt. Lovely coat and top as well.

  8. What a great, vibrant colour the purple sweater is.

    How cute that your shoes leave a trail of glitter in the office. It sounds magical! X

  9. Oh my dear, how very sad that such a promising combination didn't deliver the joy it ought to. I'm afraid that the skirt is too fancy dress for me. Maybe you'll find a better way to style it...

    1. Sometimes the combos work, and sometimes they don't. The skirt is...difficult, but I still love it.


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