Wednesday, August 26, 2020

All Red and a Dotty Flashback - and My VOGOFFs Are Here!

Mid-week is upon us! Time for some red.
I read (heh, red) that the cool kids will be wearing red a lot this fall. I'm so trendy.

  • Jacket - Dex, consignment; last seen here in April with dots and stripes
  • Sweater - Talbots, thrifted; last worn here in July with orange and kaleidoscopic colour
  • Skirt - Pierre Cardin, vintage 1960s, vintage store, Vancouver; last seen here (3rd outfit) in April 2019
  • Shoes - Marc; last worn here in July with the Lady Garden of Delight skirt

I was sure that I've worn this jacket since April, but no, couldn't find it. 
I love all these tomato-y reds. 
I scrambled out from behind my desk to show this whole ensemble to my coworker who exclaimed, "You look amazing!"
It's nice when one's efforts are appreciated. 

Masked up: 
Red polka dots matching for the win! 

The stuff: 
I don't run around at work as much as I used to - heels are totally fine! 

Gold bling:
I kept it to a minimum - all that red was a lot. 

  • Gold earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L
  • Necklace - vintage 70s, thrifted


I bought this beautiful silk skirt in Vancouver on our 2015 Anniversary Adventure (here), in Community Thrift & Vintage in Vancouver, a secret store that Melanie (here) showed us, and which I've never been able to find again. I am hopeless without things marked on a physical map! (and you know I don't have a phone, right?).

I recognized the superb quality immediately, both from touching it, and from the vintage label.

Real Pierre Cardin, made in Paris, for $24.00! Did you know Pierre Cardin was one of the creators of Dior's "New Look"? And he's still alive (Happy 98th Birthday, July 2nd!)? Read more here (link 'cause I love) about this amazing designer. 

I originally thought the skirt was from the 1980s due to the shape and length, but once I started looking at it more closely, I believe it is from the mid- to late 1960s. Compare the 60s label here (link 'cause I love, of course!). Cardin went very avant garde and "futurist" in his late 60s garments, so this skirt's conservative cut (although in a very playful pattern) feels like an anomaly - it may be from earlier in the 60s. 
I went into raptures over the quality - look at all that hand stitching! There are only a few machined stitches on this skirt (on the main seams) - everything is finished with beautiful little hand stitches. This skirt is EXTREMELY delicate, so I don't wear it very often. 

I first showed it off here, in April 2015, with today's shoes. 
A contrasting patterned coat (my Desigual by Christian Lacroix one) lets the skirt shine. 

A few months later in August 2015, in a more casual outfit. 
These are some of my early experiments with pattern mixing. Polka dots are an excellent mixer. 

I wore it with green kitten heels in June 2016 for Shoes My Husband Loves. 
It was an antidote to my week-long series of Shoes My Husband Hates, heh heh. Link to the series here if you'd like a chuckle (especially if your shoe tastes are not for clunky-looking shoes!). 

More prints in September 2016. 
When I first wore this skirt, many commenters suggested that I have it shortened to a then-current knee length, but I would not touch something this special. And hey, now longer pencil skirts are in style. You just have to wait for fashion to catch up with style, darlings! 

In April 2017, with a kitten-soft velvet jacket and delicate beaded top (which I still have). 
I like the pop of the blue suede shoes. 

This is the rear view from when I wore it in July 2017 - we just saw the front view of this outfit when we did the shoe Flashback last week. 
I accidentally ripped the top of the walking slit around this time with my ginormous strides. Thank goodness I was taught at a young age to sew by Mom (got my Brownies and Guides badges!), and I was able to neatly restitch it. I don't mind wear and tear over time - clothes are meant to be worn.

In September 2018, with black and white. I really like mixing patterns with this skirt, it would seem. 
Modern shoes always jazz up vintage clothes! 

All glammed up for our Birthday Spring Tea at the Abkhazi Gardens in April 2019. So classy! 
#Hairgoals - this is what I want to get back to. And yes, I have yet to wear this floral jacket this year!

Mathy stuff: I've worn this skirt nine times, bringing it to a whopping $2.67 per wear. For a 50+ year old high-end designer piece? Totally good with that. I will likely continue wearing it 1-2 times a year (spring/summer season only) to help preserve its life with me. 


Since I'm one of the contributors, of course, I had to order my own copies of the Lockdown Edition of VOGOFF! 
I ordered 3 copies: one for Mom, one for good, and one for flipping through and showing off to people. 

The back, with all of the contributors. 
I'm the green eyeball on the mid-left side. I'm proud to be in such a goofy, bizarre and awesome group of women! 

I hastily flipped through it. Such nice, thick paper! KLASS, pure Klass, all the way! 
Flip flip flip flip

My poem and photos are near the back. 
Do you recognize most of my rings? 

Wacks of bracelets, a velvet glove...a pair of handcuffs. 
And on the facing page, gobs of pearls, and my snake necklace. 

Rattling my chains, and my old crone-y hands. 

You can read VOGOFF for FREE over at Melanie's blog Bag and a Beret, and she has info if you want to order yourself a copy! Go here, and be amazed (Note: this is a labour of love - Mel gets a measly buck per copy of the hardcopy magazine). I've also added this to my sidebar (below the Archives) because I'm proud as heck of both Mel and me and all the participants! We rock! 


  1. breathtaking poetry and sartorial awesomeness, as always.

  2. You look fantastic in red! Love that skirt, what a find that was and how versatile it's proved to be over the years.
    What a shame Pierre Cardin allowed his name to be used to manufacture under licence, his logo s emblazoned across all manner of cheap and nasty clothes these days. Its good to see that lovely skirt and be reminded that it wasn't all polo shirts and synthetic suitcases.
    Your submission in Vogoff was fabulous, I had to let Melanie down as I couldn't think of anything to write about. xxx

    1. Thanks, Vix! The skirt is so beautiful, I wish you could see it/feel it. Agreed, him, Halson, Calvin Klein, all names that have been way over-licenced. I'm happy to have an original piece by him.

      Oh, I so appreciate that! I'm honoured that she asked me! I felt so special!

  3. Red absolutely sizzles on you! It's an immense favourite of mine as well. Indeed, many years ago now, I dubbed it my "signature colour" and while I may wear a bit less these days than back then, I still feel that holds true (especially since I usually rock red/auburn locks). Is there a colour (or five :D) that you'd define as your signature colour as well?

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

    1. Thank you, Autumn! I really don't have a signature colour - or style, come to think of it! I guess I'm an Eclectic. I think bold colours in general would be my signature, but red, yellow, purple, orange...those are probably the closest to signatures I have.

  4. Morning Sheila, loved your poetry and got what you were saying. I love todays outfit. Red looks great on you I see you have been asked about fave colours funny I was going to ask that but I love how you seem to give every colour a chance. Re changing the length of the skirt, I really think you did the right thing. Besides someone with their own style like you does not have to bow to fashion anyway. Glad you got a well deserved compliment from your co-worker. have a great day Shazxx

    1. Shaz! Aw, thank you for reading it. Ha, yes, your observation is correct - I don't have a favourite colour, but red, yellow, pink, purple, orange - those are probably my faves right now.

      I so very rarely have something altered - I prefer to preserve my vintage as much as possible.

  5. Morning Sheila, I am glad you left the skirt as it was besides someone with your style does not have to bow to fashion trends anyway. You look great in red! I was going to ask about your fave colours too but I love how you give every colour a go. Also I think your hair looks lovely longer, very pretty. Today's outfit is pure class and glad your co-worker gave you a compliment. Shazxx

    1. I liked both your comments, so I left them both, Shaz. :)

      I follow fashion, but only as a curiosity, since I wear whatever I want anyway. It was so nice to have someone else see me! I am happy that I'll be growing my hair out again. Thanks so much!

  6. You look fantastic in this red combo. Beautiful red skirt and jacket. how great you scored Pierre Cardin vintage skirt for twenty dollars. Cardin is a great designer, I wasn't aware that he is still alive in his nineties, that's great. Thank you for including photos of the stiches, nothing is better than hand-sewn details.

    1. Thanks, Ivana! Yeah, that was a STEAL. I'm sure his real vintage is much more on vintage resale sites. I was shocked to see he was still alive! I love the details too.

  7. Congratulations on Vogoff!!!! Unbelievable!!! So amazing!! Ugh, I really want to get a copy! Your skirt is gorgeous. We all need to know how to do a few minor stitches for clothing repair-- part of wearing clothes!
    I can't find anything without Google maps lol

    1. Thank you so much, Becky! Order a copy - it's not that much! Thank you - yes, so glad I'm able to do some basic stitching.

      Give me a map and I'm good!

  8. Totally zingy in tomato reds! What a gorgeous outfit, Sheila. Your colleague was quite right: you do look amazing! Fancy the odds of finding a Pierre Cardin skirt, which is just oozing quality. The jacket is just perfect with it, one of my favourites of yours. It's also lovely to see that fabulous 1970s necklace again, which is another favourite. I loved your Vogoff contibutions, and immediately recognized the poem. Crone hands? Never! xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Ann! It felt so bright and cheery. I know, I was gobsmacked when I found it, but every time I've worn it since, I marvel anew at the quality. I love the necklace - that 70s style is so me.

      Thanks! I do have crone hands, but I like them. :)

  9. How great to be in the magazine! that's such a beautiful skirt too, I really like that jacket with it and it's great you could give it another wear. I'm realising I haven't worn any of my "fancier" jackets or blazers with being home so much and I may have missed my chance, with spring a few days away and the weather warming up! :( My cardigans have been getting a lot of wear though!

    1. It's so exciting, Mica! Thank you - I was really pleased with how all these reds worked so well together. I find I'm not wearing my more structured things as much, as the desire to be comfier is stronger than my desire for something more constrictive.

  10. You do look amazing! (you always do) Pierre Cardin, I used to love his designs when I was about 14 or so. That jacket is fantastic too. Those flashbacks are so lovely, but I do you love longer hair so much better then the shorter. And how fantastic is that magazine. I think Mel is, apart from super creative, unique, funny, such a beautiful woman!

    1. Thank you, Nancy! I wanted a polo shirt so badly when I was 17! I also loved Polo men's cologne. But this is one of the only times I've even seen real vintage Cardin in a shop.

      Thanks, I have so much fun looking back at the Flashbacks. I like my hair long, I've realized.

      Mel is a superstar! She did all of that herself! She's the best, and I'm privileged to be a contributor to her work of art.

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    1. Thank you, Milentry! Welcome! Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

  12. woww, what a fab outfit!, love all the Red Color and the plaid and polka dots (and the jacket has a fab shape too, ruffles and all!). Looking Fabulous!
    Lovely to see this luxuriously made piece rocking and playing in so many outfits!. You really make it shine!!
    Also lovely to read about Pierre Cardin (his name means quality knits for me!) and to remember the 'Shoes My Husband Hates' series, so much fun!

    1. It's fun, isn't it? I really enjoyed the monochrome reds in this outfit. Ha, you're probably one of the few who remembers that series. It was so fun to do.

  13. ohh, I forgot to tell how much I've enjoyed Vogoff!, It's Art and Joy and Surrealism in an exquisite humouristic wrap!

    1. Thank you so much, Monica, but most of the credit goes to Mel for all her work. She's a star!

  14. You wrote this Aug 26 and here it is Sep 1. Gaaa! I'm glad I made it! You are ravishing in red, dahling. Double score that this piece could be an original '60s number. Great eye. I like all your iterations - excellent price/wear ratio - but I love that boucle(accent missing) jacket with it.

    As for VOGOFF, thanks for adding your genius to it! I'm so satisfied with the print quality. Of course everyone is amaaaazing. xox

    1. Here it is! Thank you - do you remember, I bought this skirt with you in Van? I'm a boucle (boo-KLAY!) fan too.

      Oh, it's my pleasure - I'm so impressed with how nice it is to hold in my hands.

  15. Oooooooooooooooooooooh, I Swoooooooooooooooooooooon over that first outfit! It is red-ily the most stunning outfit I have seen today! So striking and what an amazing find that skirt was. I DID NOT know that he worked on the New Look for Chanel and like Vix, I've seen lots of toot with his name on!
    I like the version of the outfit with the cute littl e red hat!
    Oooh, well done on VOGOFF! I meant to read this edition and then got distracted! Soon, I shall read it!xx

    1. Thanks, Kezzie! I really liked it too. I love learning more about these designers and looking for their older pieces. I like that look too - it was such an amazing day.

      Thanks, I'm really proud of my work in it.

  16. This red check jacket is proof that the same pieces are made for different retailers. I have (almost) the exact same one but mine is from Zara in the UK. The only difference is that where your mid back ruffle is only at the rear, mine goes all the way around to the front. It's fab isn't it?

    1. Oh, that's so funny! Thanks for letting me know, Fay! I often see the same fabrics in different brands, and know that some of those factories are making both high-end and cheaper brands' clothes. It's a great jacket - so fun to have a twin!

  17. I was just reading up on Pierre Cardin and totally flipped to realise this legend is still alive, the work on that skirt is marvelous, look at all that stitching.
    Congrats on the poem in the magazine :)

    1. I know! Holy smokes, I couldn't believe it! It's a gorgeous skirt.

      Thank you, my dear! Nice to see you!

  18. Your outfit is a stellar shade of red! The Cardin skirt is a beautifully made piece. I got my copy of VOGOFF at the end of August too. Doesn't the magazine look great? I thought your piece was wonderful - both the words and the visuals.

    1. Thanks, Shelley! It's a gorgeous piece.

      Oh, that's awesome! I loved your contributions too! Thank you - I'm so proud to be a part of it.


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