Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Post-Pastel Primary

After my "floral fail" of Monday (here), I ransacked my closet and put together an outfit that is adamantly NOT pastel. We are so far away from pastels here. 
 We are Post-Pastel - and right over to primary colours! Bright colours feel so good, don't they?


  • Cardigan - Ports, vintage 80s, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October 2019 over a sweater dress for dinner at Mac and Petra's
  • Madras plaid shirt - no label, thrifted; purchased here for $17.95
  • Trousers - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in August 2019 with misbehaving greens
  • Shoes - Karl Lagerfeld; last worn here in September 2019...with this cardigan! They're friends.
  • Coat (below) - L'Atiste, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here earlier this month


This was very comfy for my work day at the office - the cardigan is 100% wool, and luxuriously thick.
It can be worn as a dress too (as I did here) and of course, the pockets are awesome.
 This is a very 80s ensemble - those bright primary colours? Oh, yeah, I remember those!
I built the outfit around this new-to-me Madras plaid shirt. There's not a single label anywhere on this top, but you can tell it's quality by how the plaid is so perfectly lined up vertically and horizontally.
I suspect it's handmade - it does fit like it's made for me. No gaping under the arms, and perfect in the bust and waist. It feels like 100% cotton - no stretch.
There's a faint aqua/bright green line in it (picture here), so of course I had to do bright green trousers! These skinny crops have a woven texture that you can see a bit in these pictures. They also have pockets.

Outerwear - I really wanted to just wear the sweater, but it was raining, so I threw on my longest, lightest coat.
This was great in the morning, but too hot on the way home while the sun briefly shone. Spring is so mercurial!


  • Gloves - Parkhurst


The stuff:
I adore these leather ballet flats. They are starting to get worn out, but still good enough.

Yellow bling:
First wearing of these earrings and I HATED them. Ugh. They hang terribly on my ears. Into the giveaway pile!


  • Cuff - thrifted
  • Earrings - vintage 80s, vintage fair, purchased here for $9.00
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes


Speaking of the giveaway pile, I did a little "shopping" in there yesterday, and I did a massive re-org of our library, AND built myself an Art Corner on our deck...I'll be back tomorrow with pictures of it all!

32 comments:

  1. I knew you would bounce back! You are most definitely triumphant in primary colours and the shoes seal the deal.

    Your blouse is wonderful. That is my favourite style. I love the fit and it's so versatile - no sleeves to get hung up under sweaters and jackets. Hand made and perfectly matched plaid only makes it better.

    It sounds like you had a very busy, productive day and I can't wait to read all about it.

    Keep well.

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    1. I always do, Nana, no fear! Thank you - I love this bright plaid, such a great mix. I hope I wear it for a long time.

      It was fun - bigass post on the way!

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  2. You look good whatever you wear,it's amazing...Thanks for sharing!
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  3. I love all the brights together! I've been thinking about pairing my mustard tee with my green jeans - i think a work at home day might be the perfect time to try it, I really like green and yellow together but I haven't tried that combination yet! :) It looks so good on you with the red and blue too!

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    1. Thanks, Mica, and you know I'm going to encourage you to try it! Go for it! Take a risk. :)

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  4. I LOVE this, Sheila! That's definitely not a pastel outfit, it's a fresking fabulous outfit. The Madras check shirt fits like it was made for you, what a find - more than makes up for the wonky earrings! xxx

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Vix! You have to get right back on that fashion horse, right? I love this shirt so much - it was an excellent find. Bah, those earrings...

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  5. This is wonderful! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE the primary colours and rainbow plaid is the best!

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    1. Ha ha, I love these brights too! Thanks so much, Kezzie!

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  6. You have been busy!

    Love the bold colours and I especially love those green trousers. What a shame about the earrings...

    Take care and stay safe
    xxx

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    1. I have! I'll be sharing it soon, too!

      Thanks, Vronnie! Yeah, I think they may have been converted from clip, which might have helped them sit better. These also fought with my other ear piercings.

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  7. You're the Queen of Color. This is such a "Sheila outfit." :)

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  8. wowww, I totally love this outfit, and love the 80's primary colors vibe!.
    Your cardigan is a stunning piece and love that it doubles as a dress!. And those green trousers and the plaid sleeveless shirt are so cool.
    And your yellow ballerinas and accessories are so Perfect!, This cheers me up!
    besos

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    1. High praise from you, thank you, Monica! The cardigan is a treasure - so gorgeous and in perfect condition. I felt happy and cheery in all this bright colour.

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  9. That outfit is definitely Post Pastel, Sheila! And I agree on the 80s vibe, which I get especially from the yellow and the cobalt blue. Your top is lovely, and indeed, a lined up plaid makes all the difference. It really bothers me when it doesn't. My big love here, though, are the bright green trousers. What a gorgeous shade of green! The yellow shoes and bling are the perfect finishing touch. I have been shopping my own home as well. The basement, to be specific. I've been rummaging through my flea market stock and have been taking quite a few things out. And I love finding creative solutions without having to run to the shops. That reminds me, I should really finish the library reshuffle I started during the Christmas break! Can't wait to see the art corner! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann! I remember so many of these brights from back in the day. I love when a pattern lines up - it's such a sign of quality. The trousers are a great colour and the weave makes them just that more special.

      Oh, good for you! It's so fun to dig through - I'd forgotten about most of it!

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  10. Awesome outfit! I love the bright colors. The jewel tones in the cardigan and slacks are so yummy. So many colors put together so well. Not everyone has this talent.

    Michelle
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    1. Aw, that's so sweet of you, Michelle, thank you so much. I love jewel colours!

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  11. love the yellow flats, they match with the yellow in your flanner sleeveless shirt perfectly. The green pants and the blue long cardi are gorgeous as well. You look fantastic. The light coat is lovely as well.

    It is true it is hard to get dressed in spring sometimes. Here we can go sleeveless, without a coat or a jacket at noon, but it is still a bit fresh in the morning and in the evening, so I keep my puffer jacket with me in the car or wear a long scarf in my bag so I can just thrown it over my shoulders when it gets chilly.

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    1. Thanks, Ivana! I love yellow shoes - I had 3 pairs at one point! I love all these bright colours, and they're even better together!

      We have really variable weather here - the saying goes: "if you don't like the weather, just wait 10 minutes." And it's true! Scarves are my friend at this time of the year, and I always need some sort of jacket or cardigan.

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  12. I remember that coat, don't I? Heh. Great bold outfit. It gives me strength!

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    1. You do!! One of my highlights of last year - coming over to hang with you and Shelley for the day! That was so much fun1

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  13. Bright colours are good for the soul, aren't they?

    Your outfit is decidedly 80s with all those primary colours, you coined your outfit perfectly. X

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    1. They are, thanks, Jess! Oh, yes, it's very 80s with all these jewel colours.

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  14. Great colour mix Sheila! The plaid top/green pants/yellow shoes combo is a 10/10

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  15. This palette is stunning! You wear and style is superbly, elevating far beyond the 80s fashions it calls to mind (some of which were fab in their own right, too, of course) and in the process, make me think that we're in need for a serious revival of these hues in today's sartorial world.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Autumn! Bright colours are a good thing! I hope we will see some sort of dressing up craze, after all this time of people in athleisure wear and sweats!

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  16. I am loving that green bright cardigan!
    The entire look is fun and playful - so very Crayola.

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    1. Isn't it a gorgeous colour? Such nice quality too. Thank you! Yes, totally like crayons, love that.

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