As I pawed through my clothes, looking for backward hangers/as-yet-unworn items this season, I noticed one that I'd completely missed: this green viscose skirt!
Here I was, all set to wear my emerald trousers with this silk blouse, when I had an emerald skirt already waiting to be part of an outfit! Tsk, shame on me!
The blouse is vintage silk (that nice thick velvety texture) printed with pixelated roses.
Oops, the lining of the keyhole at the back of the neck is poking out. Good thing I looked at this picture in the morning and fixed it before I left the house. Heavens, it could have been a Fashion Disaster!
Masked up. Dang, it looks grey, but it's a black/white pattern.
By the way, the skirt doesn't fit me. I knew that when I bought it (it actually says 26" waist on the label), but I loved it and bought it anyway.
I liked the long silver necklace and the bits of green in the jewelry.
- Necklace - Dots
- Earrings - vintage fair
- Silver/aventurine ring - consignment
- Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
Flashback: Green/Black Half-Truth Tanya Fluevogs
I actually got these at the same time as yesterday's purple boots, here in Vancouver in March 2014 for our annual anniversary adventure - both pairs were on sale, so I got two (yay, L is the best!). I think these were $199.99.
When I first got these shoes, I didn't have a lot of green in my wardrobe, so I relied on accessories and patterns to match to the shoes. There is one green sweater in my wardrobe that I've had since 2017, and it makes MANY appearances below.
So...guess how many times I've worn these shoes in 6+ years.
And...guess how many times I've worn them with The Green Sweater. I'll reveal the answers at the bottom!
Here we are in March 2014, wearing my new shoes right away, as one does.
In May 2014, I matched the green to the beads in my grandmother's Chinese character necklace.
Oh, look, a green top (this is not The Green Sweater, FYI).
I like this outfit - the black and red with pops of green is so pretty.
With a matching green silk scarf in my hair and a new green/gold costume vintage necklace, in November 2014.
I bought this bottle green velvet blazer at the big Vintage Expo, and this is its only outing, also in November 2014.
Pairing the shoes with my fruital blouse in January 2015.
I also still have this lovely houndstooth skirt, seen here in March 2015.
I went through a brief phase of blazers - this vintage one was seen in April 2015.
I wore the shoes with this skirt three times in three years.
Does it seem like my closet has a revolving door? I do love to shop, and I only have so much room! I give away 100% of my old items to friends, coworkers and then back to charity.
This really was the perfect red sweater. Sigh. Darned moths.
Woo, this is a lot of skin, and it is strange to not see my tattoos! This was in February 2016 - I had all my arm ink done in 2016-7.
You might remember this outfit from June 2016 from the Pierre Cardin skirt Flashback.
I like this outfit from July 2016. I don't regret giving away the shirt and the skirt, though.
This is post-tattoo in September 2016 - my wide pleated sleeves are staying away from my puffy arm.
This Comrags dress was itchy in the arm-holes (it was wool), and I could only wear it with a blouse under it, as I did here in March 2017.
We saw this outfit from May 2017 in the purple leather skirt Flashback. This is the only wearing of this multi-coloured cardigan (it had holes).
I wore these shoes for the Grand Opening of the Fluevog store in June 2017.
Okay, here is The Green Sweater, acting as a bookend for the shoes in September 2017.
Oh, there we are again, in November 2017.
A complete lack of green (other than the shoes) makes this January 2018 outfit unique.
Guess what sweater I'm wearing in February 2018?
St. Paddy's Day, March 2018, and L and I are headed out to do...something, probably involving friends at a pub.
With my fake Gucci (Gookey!) lace jacket and that same houndstooth skirt, in April 2018.
I wore the shoes twice with my Firecracker dress, this time in June 2018.
I love how they look with this fabulous print dress.
This is the last outfit with the purple plaid skirt, in December 2018.
This is totally a shopping outfit, from February 2019.
Deja vu, with a different skirt in March 2019.
Here's my Firecracker dress again - and my little firecracker kitty, looking nonplussed.
A simple outfit in September 2019.
Oh, what do we have here? Another Skirt-Shoe sighting, in November 2019.
Silver ruffles strike again, in December 2019!
And here is the most recent wearing of these shoes, with my new-to-me silk blouse and my navy tulle skirt.
The Green Sweater + Shoes Combo: I wore them together 9 times! And I'm probably going to wear them together again, so take that.
Mathy stuff: I have now worn these shoes 38 times in 6 years. That brings the original expenditure of $199.99 down to a very respectable $5.26 per wear. I have many more miles/kilometers to go in these shoes too, so I expect that to go even lower.
Random cat pictures! I was talking to Mom last night, wandering around the house, out on the deck, and what I did I spy out there?
|"I was hoping to escape from your blathering, Woman."|
He never sleeps here! Since I set up the deck back in April with my reading/art areas, he's only ever slept on the "art" chair.
|"I like messing with your mind. Now, scram and let me nap."|
Fine, I will!
My friends, I have a short work day tomorrow, then I'll be off for 4 whole days. I'll be back on Monday/Tuesday with tales of adventure (and I have at least one over-the-top outfit planned that you will not want to miss!). Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy weekend!
Morning Sheila, there was an audible sigh as I scrolled down and saw those hoes, wow you have some great shoes. I loved the print dress look and the Sept 2014 look there again there were so many others I liked too. You make my little game difficult lol I loved the perfect red sweater and the green too. You are so good as I said giving your clothes away. I have aquired a red jumper and I am def. trying harder since coming across your blog. have a great day ShazxxReplyDelete
Shaz! Aw, thank you - I love unusual shoes, but I'm also practical (sometimes). I have to give stuff away if I want to buy more! That is so cool that you're inspired, hon. Great work!Delete
Your trick for fitting into a too-tight skirt is one I use all the time. Most of my clothes don't fit well so I've come up with several techniques to adapt them.ReplyDelete
I like your notion of "Fashion Disaster." After starting to wear women's clothing with their innumerable issues, I became aware of the real possibility of many fashion disasters. It deepened my empathy for the wearers of such garments.
Yup, we need to "customize"! Yes, we have many more components that can go awry!Delete
Loving the vibrant green skirt and your quick fix. Just goes to show that if you like something and it's not your size you'll always figure out a way to wear it. My favourite trick has always been the waistcoat, if a dress doesn't zip up or if it's miles too big. Where there's a will there's a way!ReplyDelete
My favourite outfit has to be the Fluevog outing one with the parasol.
Cats are so weird. Ours have their favourite places and then totally surprise us by sleeping on a chair that's been there for years but they've never even sniffed before. Look at Vizzini's face tho'! xxx
Thanks, Vix! Yes, there are always tricks to make things fit. I do the same with jackets. That parasol look was awesome - I felt great that day.Delete
They are weird, but also awesome.
I never would have know about the skirt if you hadn't shared! It's a great skirt so I can see why you had to get it to make it work! :) So impressive to see how many times you've worn those shoes too - they do pair so nicely with the green knit but you make a lot of other great outfits with them too! :) Green is a colour I've been trying to wear more often, always found it too tricky in the past!ReplyDelete
I like sharing my tricks, even if they are odd! I'd rather give this skirt a home than pass it up because it doesn't fit perfectly. I'm really pleased with the shoes - green is not that tricky! I hope you will give it a shot.Delete
Your shoes are wonderful. The tinge of green at the bottom is like a little surprise for the eye!ReplyDelete
Enjoy your 4 days off. X
Aren't they cool, Jess? thanks so much, my dear!Delete
Not sure how you could forget about that gorgeous green skirt! The silk blouse with its monochromatic pixelated roses is its perfect companion, as are those amazing shoes. I've taken note of your Klassy skirt-fitting tip! The shoes obviously needed their very own flashback. What a lovely parade of outfits you've treated us to. Hope you've enjoyed/are enjoying your break, Sheila! You totally deserve it! xxxReplyDelete
I know, WTF, Ann? I put it down to menopausal brain-fog. Glad you enjoyed the outfit - I also love looking back at all my old outfits! So fun. Thanks, my dear!Delete
That's one gorgeous minty green skirt. Nice blouse you paired it with. I really like your green kitten heels. Great to see how you wore them in the past.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Ivana!Delete
That is a lovely skirt. Is it going to be kept out for winter? It goes so well with the blouse.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mim. Oh, gosh, no - it looks/feels like linen, which puts it firmly into spring/summer for me. The blouse is also spring/summer (I don't wear blouses without jackets in the fall/winter, so long-sleeved blouses often get packed away).Delete
You know, I have a very similar coloured green (pencil) skirt and haven't worn it in at least two years now. Thank you for the reminder to whip it out again - especially during these gorgeous days of summer-into-fall, when verdant pops still abound in the landscape.ReplyDelete
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Wear it while you can! It feels like fall in the air now - a lot chillier!Delete
I plead guilty to buying things that do not fit that well and still wear them, like your green skirt, however I would have never known had you not mentioned it.ReplyDelete
We are still partially closed. I have been back to the office maybe 5 times since March.
I am home most of the time and have been running a very small instagram vintage re sell shop which takes a lot of my time but its kept me sane.
I've done it so many times, Lorena, that I have lost count. I think it's important to let the readers know that I don't always fit the stuff I buy second-hand. This is how we make them fit!Delete
I'm glad you've been able to get out, at least. Sounds promising. We are mostly open, but people are not coming back to office spaces. Your resell sounds like it's been a lifesaver for you!