- Blouse - Ann Taylor, consignment; last seen here in August with daisies and dots
- Bustier - Le Chateau, consignment; last worn here in May 2019 with triple black and white patterns
- Skirt that was a dress - Lucca, consignment; first worn here in August with polka dots
- Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here for a shopping trip in August
- Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last seen here in August
I was reminded of my ancient cotton/lycra bustier top while doing one of my Flashbacks, so I dug it out and made an outfit with it.
We are going to see some OLD pictures of YOUNG me in the Flashback below.
It's good enough for now. Naturally, I would prefer it to be ginormously pouffy and have huge pockets, but I'll make do, ha ha.
Outerwear - OMG, not needed. I roasted when I was outside.
- Belt - Talbots, thrifted
- Necklace - Aldo
- Leather/chain wrap - local
- Chain bracelet - thrifted
- Earrings - thrifted
After groceries, I had a browse in Rich Rags consignment. I bought two things that were both more than a month old, so were 50% off.
I'd seen this skirt before and noted all that pattern approvingly, but $39.99 felt too high.
The brand is Zand Amsterdam, and their online shop (here) closed in 2016 - they were a Fair Trade company, though (a nice list of their "fair"ness here) and their skirts are one size - all those snaps accommodate a huge range of people.
The only skirt selling retail shows as 65 Euros ($100 Canadian), on sale for 42.25 Euros ($65 CAD). I paid $20 for mine, so a good deal. I wasn't able to find any examples of their skirts that had 3 layers like mine does, but I see that early media articles start around 2009, so it's likely that my skirt has a bit of age on it.
See all those snaps on the waistband? You can get the exact fit you want!
Surprise! It's reversible!
Other side - still very short.
This would be a great item for travel - so versatile. I found a great little YouTube video (here, all links 'cause I love) that shows you how the skirt works.
The little bag is really sweet - it has a long, adjustable thick grossgrain strap for cross-body wear stuffed inside one of the two zippered compartments...
I also found this hot pink polyester tank-style cami.
It's by Willow & Thread, which sounds like one of those fast fashion brands you see in chi-chi boutiques. Aha, it's a Reitman's brand which is a Canadian mall chain store that has been around forever (about them here - did not know they started in 1926!)
Enough of that, though - let's get to...
Flashback: Le Chateau Plaid Bustier
I've had this bustier-style top since 2008, and although I labeled it "consignment" then, I have no idea where I bought it! It may very well have been Rich Rags. Anyway, I noted that I paid $15.00 for it in a 2012 post, so let's go with that. I didn't post my purchases back then - I just incorporated them right away into outfits.
It's cotton with a good amount of Lycra for stretch, and it has a rubberized strip along the top to keep it up, but I have never worn this on its own. It's by Le Chateau, another store that's legendary in Canada: about them here - I've been to their downtown Montreal store (in 1984)! I remember being ecstatic when I heard a Le Chateau store was opening in Victoria in 1986-ish. That's where you bought your coolest, most outrageous, fashion-forward clothes! They are still a very good store - I like to walk through if I'm in the mall (rare) just to see what the cool kids are wearing. They still carry a lot of clothes that are made in Canada, which is amazing in these days of mass-production.
When I first started blogging, I was in the process of replacing my entire wardrobe, as I'd lost 50 pounds over the past 2 years. I didn't have as many clothes as I do now - by a long shot! - so many of my older items got more wear early on than they do now.
Here we are, first outfit in August 2008 (post here - I was a blogger of few words then!), and that's a very old pair of glasses (I've had 3 (nearly 4) new pairs since then!). I'm wearing what would become a formula with the bustier: blouse + big necklace + belt.
I actually still have those white stone earrings, and those are my very first pair of Fluevogs, the Listen Up Harlow (pic here), which I still own and are pre-blog.
I layered a green ruffled shirt under it in October 2008.
You know, when I find a good formula: wear it to death!
Acting goofy here in August 2009.
I remember feeling awesome in this outfit from December 2009.
My Hallowe'en costume in October 2010 was the Mad Hatter - all built from items already in my closet. I won the costume contest at my old job.
Experimenting with my wardrobe led to this outfit from December 2010. I can tell I was feeling good about it.
I wore it in March 2011 for my first day at my current job.
I had forgotten all about this outfit from September 2011.
I did two outfits with the bustier in one day in October 2011. This is the Casual Friday office outfit: the striped frock coat, jeans and boots.
After work, I got changed into Outfit #2, and L and I went to an Art Opening in a container box studio. I wore the very-stretchy bustier over the frock coat.
I took this picture with the timer off a table in my old office's boardroom of L and I. That's the table in the foreground, d'oh!
In April 2012, we attended the Steampunk Convention here in town. This is one of 3 looks I wore over 3 days. Awesome outfit!
In what I considered to be a wacky outfit at the time, in April 2012, during my 30 For 30 For 12 Wardrobe Challenge.
Back to the old formula again here in March 2013, with a satin top I had for years and a grey suede skirt.
I kind of forgot about my bustier for a few years (FOUR years, Sheila). I'd mentally slotted it into the "costume" category of clothing, but I hauled it out again in June 2017 for this fabulous look.
And here's the last time I wore it, in May 2019.
Mathy stuff: including today's outfit, I've now worn this bustier 19 times in 12 years, taking us to 79 cents per wear. Amazing!
I hope you enjoyed this extra post! What's your favourite look?