Monday, November 2, 2020

Monday Jammy Dress - Plaid Flannel Flashback

 Today was the perfect day for a jammy dress. It was chilly and the city totally fogged up - it made for a very surreal walk home. 

We're going to have a wee Flashback on this plaid flannel dress in a bit - I've had it for many years. 

  • Suede jacket - Holt Renfrew, thrifted; last seen here in October 2019 for my Hallowe'en outfit
  • Dress - Naughty; last worn here (3rd outfit) in December 2019 for shopping
  • Boots - Prepare 2.0 Tracker, Fluevog; last worn here in March with a Beetlejuice-inspired look
  • Sleeveless coat - Only, thrifted; last seen here in October

The jacket is suede and is part of a skirt-suit - I thrifted both pieces from the same store but weeks apart. The Thrifting Gods smiled upon me!
As I did when I last wore this jacket - over a year ago, tsk, tsk! - I covered up the front ties with a wide belt. 

I have both a camisole for cleavage coverage and a vintage slip (as the dress is not lined) underneath.
The office was dead - I had no one to show this to. I think I spoke to two people all day! 

Masked up in a red/burgundy floral from Lazy Susan's.
There is a fine red thread in the weave (not print) of this plaid, so I frequently deploy red with it. 

Outerwear - sleeveless coat to the rescue! My arms were a bit cold, but otherwise I was very snuggly.
The bigass fuzzy hat was like having a cat on my head (only fewer claws).

  • Hat - M&S, consignment, Powell River
  • Fur scarf - Danier Leather, thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff: 
I have only had these boots for less than a year - this is only the 3rd time I've worn them! They are only an inch heel - that's an illusion that the heel is high. Having a solid platform helps! 

Black bling: 
Oops, you can barely see my Grandma's necklace - it's inside the belt. 

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Jet/crystal necklace - Grandma J's, vintage 60s
  • Cuff - Alexis Bittar, consignment
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Onyx/silver ring - Toccara, vintage fair
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower

Flashback: Plaid Flannel Dress (Naughty)

This dress was a Dots purchase in October 2011 (mentioned here, before I used to show off my purchases), and was $30.00 after various mark-downs and coupon discounts (it originally retailed for $150.00). I remember being completed besotted with the flannel fabric. The brand is Naughty, and this dress is called the "Tartan Fling" - sadly, it looks like Naughty is no more (my old links no longer work). 

I wore it very shortly thereafter for dinner out with L for my birthday in October 2011. I adore the big swath of fabric across the front - it's not a pocket, but I have often tucked my hands in it for warmth. 
I admit, I am not very creative when it comes to styling this dress - I have a red belt on under that jacket (which was a purchase in London, England the previous year, and long gone from my closet), and I nearly always wear red boots with it. 

I have tried to dress it up more a few times, as I did here in November 2011, by adding a different jacket over it, and a hat. I wore this to an afternoon tea for a friend who was getting married.
Aw, our lovely boy Inigo on the left (we lost him the following spring), and Vizzini (who is barely 6 months old there) getting in on the photo session. 

I wore it in a very fun punk-ish look in November 2012, for a gallery opening. That's a very early wearing of my red leather obi - I probably got it that year from L for my birthday. 
I still have that hat, and those leather driving gloves, and oh, there's a glimpse of my lovely Baroque Fluevog boots! I need to wear those soon. 

I also wear this dress nearly exclusively in the fall/winter months - it does not stay in my wardrobe in the warmer months. 
This was in October 2013, with a navy blue velvet blazer over it. Those Miz Mooz boots were passed along last year to my coworker Christina. 

Showing off the full dress here in November 2014 - I wore it to see The Smalls in concert. I love the Vivienne Westwood vibe of it; it also has an All Saints feel to it, with the slightly deconstructed skirt section.
My leather obi gets in on the action again, and this starts a run of me wearing my red cowboy boots (massive Flashback here) with it. 

This outfit from October 2015 remains the only time I've layered a top under it. 
My Teapot shoes are lovely - I wore those to death! 

I'm dressed for a shopping trip in October 2016. Vizzini is not happy about me leaving. 
Same basic accessories and outerwear - it's a good jammy dress because it doesn't take much to spiff it up. 

Another shopping outfit here in December 2017.
I often wear this for shopping (for others, not myself) as it feels festive without being too much. 

However, I went over the top in February 2018 for the Victoria Film Festival Gala - the theme was plaid. 
I'm wearing my fascinator (Flashback here), a zip-on waist cincher, fancy long velvet gloves, and my vintage red slip which is often layered under the dress as I like the extra floof it gives to the skirt.

Another shopping trip in January 2019. 
Yup, same ol' stuff. I wore a red leather coat over it.

And here's the last time I wore this dress, in December 2019, for another bout of Christmas shopping. 
Adding my outerwear accoutrements, but basically, all the same things I usually wear with it! 

Mathy stuff: I've now worn this dress 12 times, including the current look, for a cost-per-wear of $2.50! That's excellent - I'm very pleased with that. I'll continue to wear this dress once a year (maybe twice) and enjoy the ease of not having to think too hard about what to wear with it!


  1. Lovely dress (totally in love with its asymmetric original design and delightful pattern), and lovely ensemble!. Those boots and jacket rock together and enhance each other Red Colour!
    No wonder that red has been picked so many times to accessorize this dress!, it looks Fabulous!. Lovely outfits and lovely steampunk vibe!

    1. Thank you, Monica - I just love the cut of this dress. It feels very punk to me!

  2. Love the first red fluevog platform boots! This plaid dress does have a very Vivienne Westwood vibe - a definite keeper. Lise

    1. Aren't they awesome, Lise? Yeah, it does, and yes, it is!

  3. That plaid flannel (!) dress might be the ultimate jammy dress for the colder season! Even without the fine red thread in the weave, it would look amazing paired with red. I love grey and red together! Those boots are fabulous. I've been unsuccessfully looking for short red boots for ages, although I'm not sure my back would agree with the height of the heel, even if with the platform it is less high than it looks. Gorgeous furry hat too.
    Your flashback was a delight to scroll too as usual. Your Inigo was a lovely boy indeed, and look at wee Vizzini! I think I've got those Miz Mooz boots in tan ... $ 2,50 per wear is more than excellent! xxx

    1. Thanks, Ann! I wish it had pockets, but still, it's a gorgeous dress. It has a tint of baby blue as well as the light grey and black. These heels really are an inch - it's all illusion of height. They are really stable and comfortable. I loved the hat. :)

      Glad you enjoyed it, thank you! I'm really happy with my CPW.

  4. That dress is a winner.
    I love it.
    I am off to the charity shops tomorrow as it is my day off and the last day they will be open before we enter another lockdown.
    Strangely, my post is a flashback today. I looked back to 2009.
    I wll have to look through my wardrobe ad see what I still have from that time.
    I can feel a new post coming on.

    1. I know, isn't it cool, Jane? Thank you, and good luck in your charity shop! How fun, I'll check it out, now that you're inspired!

  5. When I saw your first photo I thought;oh Vivienne Westwood feel!! And then you mention it too. Do you know what I feel at this post? London, 80s,Vivienne Westwood, Malcom McLaren, Sex Pistols, tartan, Siouxie etc.... Can you feel it! Love it. By the way, I did have a cat on my head this morning.... When I woke up!

    1. I thought of you when I wore it, Nancy - I knew this would be right up your alley. Ha ha! Your cat was on your head??

  6. I love the Buffalo Girls/Westwood vibe of that tartan dress. The suede jacket looks fantastic belted and I adore those boots, I wish they were in my wardrobe! xxx

    1. Same - I adore this dress, Vix. Sadly, there are no Fluevog stores in the UK!

  7. That grey plaid dress is fabulous, I love seeing it paired with a red jacket.

  8. I love all of these outfits. I've always been a fan of that dress.
    Nice to see Inigo and little V.

    1. Elaine! Thank you, my dear - yes, it is a beautiful dress.

      I know, AWWWWW...

  9. This is another one of my favourite plaid pieces of yours. I love the asymetrical gathers in the skirt, and again, worn with the red jacket and boots with that statement belt, it's another punk-a-licious look. Definitely agree with Vix about the Buffalo Gals/Westwood vibe.

    1. I just went down a rabbit hole looking up Buffalo Gals - I didn't know the reference, so thank you! It's an awesome dress, thank you!

  10. You did get lucky finding both parts of that suit.

    The dress is very Helena Bonham Carter (a good thing in my book).

    1. I'm still shocked that I found them! Ooh, I love her style! That's a very high compliment, thank you, Mim!


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