Nothing too crazy, though - we went to the Snug at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel (a very posh place). Just enough to be me, but to also give the "Tweed Set" a thrill.
Time to connect with my former coworker and friend Betty for brunch! We last got together here in June (love that outfit). I love an excuse to dress up, and I adore Betty.
I was inspired by yesterday's plaid dress...to wear my other plaid dress! I rescued this from the giveaway pile back in the spring.
Which is why I haven't worn it in TWO YEARS...it's been in the giveaway for almost a year, and then I was waiting for fall/winter.
I layered my new white shirt under it. Shockingly, I've never done this before!
Isn't the dress cool? I love the way the plaids have been rotated for contrast.
Masked up - this is my grey cats one from Mom.
Outerwear - I love this striped coat.
Done up - no scarf, as Betty picked me up. I waited outside in the rain under the dripping cedar tree.
- Leather/cashmere gloves - vintage, thrifted
- Purse - Adir, gift from L c. 1998
- Belt - gift from Ruth, c. 2008
- Studded leather cuff - vintage 90s
- Bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment
- Zipper rose - Victoria & Albert Museum gift shop, London, 2010
- Snake ring - BC Museum gift shop, c. 1985
- Spider ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1986
- Earrings - Glee
- Choker - Myka, vintage fair
I have not used this purse in well over a decade! I showed it off here in 2010, and noted then that L had bought it for me around 2003-2004. I believe this was from the Cobbler shoe store and retailed around $45.00.
I see lots of these online labeled as "vintage" or custom-made, but sorry to break it to you - it was made in China.
The handle is moulded plastic - not real bamboo. I love the beaded, embroidered and sequined accents. "So Chic, So Debonair!"
I find it annoying that you have to put the fancy top image face down to open the purse. This explains the minor stains on it: I probably put it on a wet bathroom counter or bar at some point.
It's by Adir Accessories, which gets exactly zero search results.
Flashback: Plaid Dress by Plum
Plum was a Canadian boutique chain that started in 1985 - sadly, they closed for good in 2019. There used to be a Plum store in downtown Victoria - I would gorge on purchases there when they had a sale, as they were one of the few places that carried really nice clothes in larger sizes. Most of their clothing lines were also made in Canada, and they specialized in dressier clothes and suiting separates for the professional woman.
When I lost weight, they were one of my go-to stores for restocking my wardrobe, and I still have a few of the pieces I bought there. They closed their Victoria store in 2011, not long after I snapped this up in a sample sale in February 2011 for $25.00 (here). It's Plum's own in-house brand.
I first wore it here in February 2011 for working at a Weight Watchers' open house.
I layered a wrap cardigan over it in April 2011. Only the dress remains of everything I'm wearing here.
I wore the dress three times in my 30 For 30 For 12 Challenge in October 2012.
Another October 2012 outfit - this is a navy blue velvet blazer that I've belted over it. I still have that Smoking Lily obi.
I gave up my jean jacket a few years ago (I have more creative options), but this is a classic look, also in October 2012.
I was inspired by a trendy look in my September Vogue in October 2012 and tried some stuff.
A rear-view shot in December 2013.
Another experimental layering look from March 2014.
I felt very badass in this leather jacket look from September 2014.
Another plain outfit, likely for brunch, shopping or both, in December 2014.
I miss that blouse! The ruffles! I ruined it by washing it with something dark. We saw those shoes in Flashback (here).
This was a brunch outfit in October 2016. No glasses! I was getting used to wearing contacts again briefly; I only wear them for special occasions or for playing Ulti.
I've had a lot of basic black sweaters over the years - this one I still have. You'll recognize the belt from the current outfit, and those boots are due a Flashback one of these days.
And this is the last time I wore this dress, in November 2018, in a "rebound" look from a botched outfit the day before, here (it doesn't look that bad, but I remember the frustration).
Mathy stuff: Today's outfit brings us to 15 times worn, equating to $1.67 per wear, which is quite decent for such a funky dress. I'm glad I rescued it from the giveaway (to those of you who encouraged/applauded this, yes, yes, you were right), and I think I have quite a bit of wear in it still.
How would you wear this dress? Any ideas? Should I repeat any of these looks?