- Blazer - Le Chateau, consignment; last worn here in October 2019 with a bookish skirt and mustard
- Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last seen here in December 2020 under another blazer
- Skirt - Ralph Lauren, consignment; purchased here for $39.99
- Shoes - Channi B; last worn here in November 2020
- Leather trenchcoat - vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here in December 2020
Anyway, I'll figure it out eventually. For now, let's enjoy my first work outfit of the year!
I'd been wanting to do a Flashback on this blazer for ages, and it went so well with the skirt.
I loved wearing the skirt all day, and wished several times that I had someone to swoosh it at! I saw 3 people all day.
I had to take the belt and jacket off when I arrived in the morning. I've been enjoying the last few months of not having hot flashes, but looks like the danged things are back. LOVELY.
The skirt did require a bit of wrangling as it really wanted to roll itself into my office chair.
Masked up - I've barely been outside for the last two weeks. This is one from Mom.
Outerwear - it was pouring out on the way to town this morning, but calm and clear by the time I walked home, in the dark both ways, which is why we have no stair picture for you.
- Hat - Edward Mann, vintage 60s, thrifted
- Scarf - Balmain, vintage 80s, thrifted
- Gloves - Parkhurst
Boots by Doc Martens (thrifted).
- Belt - Nygard
- Pin - Monet, vintage 80s, vintage fair
- Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
- Amber ring - c. 1996
- Chain bracelet - Club Monaco
- Earrings - thrifted
- Dragon bracelet and necklace - vintage 50s, vintage expo (gift from L)
Of course, we're going to Flashback on the blazer. See if you can guess how many times I've worn it - hint: it's a lot!
Flashback: Cream Brocade Le Chateau Blazer
As you may recall or have seen me mention before, I did a year-long capsule wardrobe challenge, called the "30 For 30 For 12 Challenge" in 2012 and one month of 2013 (summaries here, scroll down). Every month, I pulled out 30 unique pieces of clothes and footwear and made all of that month's outfits from those pieces.
I picked up this lovely cream blazer in September 2012 (here) at My Sister's Closet for $20.98 and immediately knew I'd be incorporating it into my all-neutral November 2012 capsule.
My outfits with it are split between wearing it as a blazer, and wearing it as outerwear. I also often belt over it, as it's a nice slim fit, and frequently deploy a brooch on the lapel.
This is the first of three outfits from my all-neutral November 2012 capsule. Only that obi remains from this outfit.
Seen here as outerwear, also in November 2012.
And lastly, also November 2012, I wore it as an open blazer.
I wore it twice in February 2013, here with my leather jeans.
I had a cream Club Monaco blazer prior to this one - as I'm fond of saying, "Always be upgrading". This blazer was a step up in fabric (brocade vs. plain) and style. The shoulders on it are slightly sculpted, which help keep it from looking dated.
This November 2014 outfit is full of things I no longer have.
My all-neutrals capsule month(s) in 2012 (I did one in June 2012 too) helped me get into wearing creams and browns together more.
In February 2014, I wore the blazer twice. This outfit mixes olive greens with bits of colour in the "fruital" blouse.
Shoes Flashbacked here.
I like this February 2014 outfit better.
This outfit is from April 2014, worn to celebrate all our friends' spring birthdays at Spinnakers.
I did a combination of blazer in the office and "this is my coat" in September 2014.here.
There's my Laura Ashley vintage dress again, with the same leather obi as before, only a year later, in November 2014.
Another simple neutral outfit, from January 2015.
This outfit, also from January 2015, was all about the shoes (I don't have them anymore) which were black with pink speckles.
This is a very classy look, also from April 2015.
I often use this cream blazer instead of white - close enough! - as I did here in May 2015.
This is a rather lacklustre outfit from June 2015.
Blazer as outerwear in November 2015 - those long leather gloves are excellent for keeping my arms warm.
Also in November 2015, I returned to belting the blazer.
Outerwear over my yellow dress in May 2016.
I love this outfit from September 2016 - this shade of blue is so pretty. I'm sad that the skirt got moth holes right in the front!
here (although I no longer have them).
here (although I no longer have them).
I was thinking of this outfit from December 2016 when I created today's outfit - I was sure I'd worn the blazer with a long swooshy skirt before and I was right!
You'll recognize this skirt (Flashback here) and shoes (Flashback here) from this February 2017 outfit.
I only wore this metallic striped skirt a few times, here in March 2017.
I wore the blazer as outerwear over this look from April 2017.
In October 2017, I wore the blazer as my outerwear for dinner with Tammy.here.
I really dislike this outfit from the knees down. It's from January 2018, and I wore these new tights.here.
In contrast, I love this October 2018 look.
And this is the last time I wore this blazer, with this new-to-me "library"-themed skirt, which I passed along this past year.
Mathy stuff: Today's outfit marks the 31st time wearing this blazer, making it one of my wardrobe powerhouses! That brings me to 68 cents per wear, and it's still in good condition and I still like it, so that should go down even further over time.
Did you guess 30+? What's your favourite look?
I learned to crochet when I was quite young. Mom taught the entire neighbourhood to sew, embroider, crochet and knit - both boys and girls.
I've made blankets (a lot of them), and did the fuzzy-scarf-for-Christmas thing one year, but one of my best Christmas memories as an adult was the 30+ piece Barbie doll wardrobe I created for my two nieces Hannah and Zoe when they were 8-10 years old about a decade ago. I used my football-watching Sundays to create a massive collection of dresses (most very frilly), skirts, tops, jackets, pants, shorts, bathing suits, coats, purses - everything you can imagine! - and capped it off with a wedding dress. I gave it all to them in an 80s hatbox that I covered in tissue and glitter. I remember how big their eyes got when they opened it. "We get to keep all this?"
So, seeing that my fellow bloggers Vix (link) and Senora Allnut (link) have been getting their creative on, I asked Mom if she had any wool she could spare. Thanks, Mom!
I tried making some of these flowers that Monica started. I had thoughts of making a vest like in these snazzy vintage patterns, but I'm limited with the amount of wool I have.
I didn't even take a picture of that, so yesterday, I pulled it out, rolled up the wool and started over with something really basic: a scarf.
I can't make just scarves out of all the wool (I already have a turquoise scarf, and a pink scarf)...what should I try next? Thoughts? Ideas?