Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Zoom-Day Dress Layers and Libby Flashback

Zoom-Day is here! I had three calls booked today, so I got dressed up. Jammy dress time! 
It's also FUH-REEZING out, so I am layered to the gills under this. It takes effort to look light and carefree! 

  • Dress - Decisions, vintage 90s, thrifted; last worn here for Christmas Day 2019, a joy-filled day
  • Boots - Libby Smith Bellevue, Fluevog; last seen here in October 2019...on today's dress' first outing

Zoom outfit factors: be comfortable; be warm; be stylish/fun/silly.
Actually, that's my entire philosophy towards wearing clothing. Notice that "be trendy" is not there. 

This dress is squarely from the early 90s - I had one very similar that I wore for Mom and Dad's 25th anniversary in 1990. I love the wrapped and ruffled neckline on it. I suspect it once had shoulder pads.
I'm amused that versions of this style are now trendy - I just liked it because it was a pretty dress. When is this ever not in style? 

Swooshy skirts! 
The fabric is bias-cut so it has amazing movement when I'm walking. 

There are so many colours in it - shoes are a bit tricky. 
I went with my tried-and-true boots. If they worked once, they'll work again - plus they are super comfy. 

My secret layers! 
I have brown 100% wool leggings on, with Roots lumber socks showing, a peach vintage full slip, and a peach cami (which disappears into my skin). I was snuggly except for my hands/arms. 

The stuff: 
I adore these boots, but they are complicated to wear - they evoke a very specific era/vibe, mostly a steampunk Victorian thing. We'll have a Flashback on them shortly - I've had them for many years, so get ready for some fun hairstyles. 

Bold bling: 
My Dior belt! 

  • Belt - Christian Dior, vintage 80s, vintage fair
  • Earrings - consignment
  • Poison ring - Karen's
  • Silver/smoky topaz ring - Anneli Neuman, Sweden, vintage mall

I did a Zoom with Nancy of Nancy's Fashion Style in the Netherlands! We are on an 9-hour time difference, so it was 11 in the morning for me, and 8pm for her, which actually worked out well. After a brief few minutes of panic when we couldn't get audio, we resolved it and gabbed for an hour!
I felt like I'd known Nancy for years and years - she even sounded like I thought she would (I have a higher voice than you'd expect, however). It felt like she could just hop on her bike and ride over to have a shop in my giveaway pile! Come on over, hon! 

My weekly call with Mom was next! 
"How did she get in there?"

Vizzini ventured out from his cocoon of blankets to sit on my lap for a few minutes and visit with Mom. 
Otherwise, the hour always flies by! Great to see you, Mom! 

Last but not least, I caught up with my friend Jen. We completely lost track of time and I forgot to take a picture. 

Wonderful seeing everyone - thank goodness for the miracle of modern technology! 

Flashback: Libby Smith Bellevues Victorian Boot, Fluevog

Like many of my early Fluevogs, I got these in Vancouver on one of our anniversary vacation jaunts, this time in March 2011 (here). These were a "last pair" sitting up against the wall in the Fluevog Gastown store (the first time we'd ever been there - it was brand new) and were marked down to $199.00. L graciously bought them for me, at the same time as my Listen Up O'Haras (which I had autographed by John Fluevog himself here). 
Purple with camel and rust buttons (fake, not real buttons - they zip on the inside). 
That is a super-comfy heel and very easy to walk in, so I've given them quite a battering over the ten years (TEN YEARS, where did that time go?). 

I wore them right away to work at my brand new job (which I've now been at for 10 years), in March 2011. 
Four pairs of glasses and three or four hair colours ago! I still have that Myka jewelry set, but most of my clothes from back then are long gone. 

Not this leather vest, though, as seen here again in March 2011. I did a Flashback on it here, and we'll see it a few times below.
I had a much smaller wardrobe ten years ago, so having shoes in these two colours made it challenging. 

October 2011 - I was heavily into mermaid-style skirts. I've always been a fan of that shape. 
I loved that giant denim skirt - it flapped like sails when I walked in it. 

I included these boots in my first month - February 2012 - of my "30 For 30 For 12" year-long wardrobe challenge. 
This was a locally-made skirt that I had for several years. 

I had a turquoise streak in my hair here, also February 2012.
Yet another early 00s mermaid skirt! 

I went full matchy here, again in February 2012. 
The turquoise streak faded out so fast! 

One of my rare blonde looks, from March 2013. 
That was one of my favourite yellow skirts. I still have that belt. 

The leather vest again, in April 2013.
Yet another mermaid skirt - this one was denim. I actually really like this length. 

I wore this outfit to a vintage fair with Cat and Elaine in May 2013. So much flounciness and ruffles!
It was highly impractical for trying on clothes, so I zeroed in on the jewelry and non-clothing items. I still focus less on clothing at vintage fairs, although I always look. 

I favoured steampunk style for many years and still really enjoy it. 
This was in June 2013. 

I wore these boots for our anniversary trip to Vancouver in March 2013 - I walked all over downtown Van in them. 
This is my outfit...

...and this is my outerwear. 
And that's the fabulous Melanie of Bag and Beret - it was the second time we'd met up with her.

I wore the boots again, out for dinner one evening. 
"Buffy" dress Flashback here

I love this April 2015 outfit. My hair's super-short and purple with a blonde streak at the front, and I'm swooping it up in a swirl. 
I wore that skirt until it ripped, and let go of that shirt a couple of years ago. 

Some clothes I'd nearly forgotten about, in November 2015. 
Elaine gave me that old suede skirt of hers, but it was very tight on me so I passed it along. 

This is kind of a "kitchen sink" approach to an outfit, from December 2015. Throw it all in there!
I have yet to do a Flashback on that dress, but I should! 

I still have both this silk blouse and this skirt from this October 2016 outfit. 
The skirt is from a vintage Valentino suit. I've started growing my hair out here. 

We just saw the skirt from this November 2017 outfit in Flashback (here). 
I included the outerwear picture from this day, just because it's so cute. I love it when my outerwear coordinates with the outfit underneath.
So delightfully matchy! I gave that coat up after a few years after it started to discolour. 

This is a cute outfit - I wore this out for dinner with Tammy in November 2018.
Leather jacket Flashback here

I wore the booties with this fabulous vintage dress for our friend Greg's 50th birthday. 
This was in February 2019. 

And here's the last time I wore the booties - this was the first wearing of today's dress, in October 2019. 
I'm impressed with what a variety of outfits I have managed to create with what are a pretty challenging pair of boots. 

Mathy stuff: That is 21 outfits over 10 years, which works out to $9.48 per wear. I'm quite happy with that, and I'll be lowering that as I continue wearing my funky boots. 

Do you have any two-coloured shoes? What are your favourites above?


  1. Love those boots! So pretty with that dress, and my other favorites are the dinner-with-Tammy outfit and the vintage dress. Just gorgeous.

    1. Thank you, Cynthia! It's surprising how well they work with such different outfits!

  2. Hi Sheila,

    Oof how did I miss this post! (I am reading backwards through the 2-3 current posts.) Quite like the boots and enjoyed the walk down your memory lane; all those colors, patterns and materials paired into eye-catching outfits! I admire your daring over the years as you explored different hair styles and lengths.

    Cheers, Laurie

    1. Hi, Laurie! Thanks for digging through them - I know, there are a lot. :) And that's a lot of outfits too!

      I have always been pretty adventurous with my hair. It's just hair - it'll grow back!

  3. You do wear those boots so well and it's nice to look back on the different ways you've worn them! I do really like them with that dress too, what a great zoom outfit! :)

    1. Thanks so much, Mica! I like seeing and remembering all of these too. Thank you!

  4. Whoa what a vision good morning Sheila, why did I give all my swooshy outfits away many decades ago?? You look lovely and those boots are gorgeous. I love your mantra and as always enjoyed the flashbacks. I love that trendy is not in your mantra and that is why your style is so unique . You've done it again - fab as always. Enjoy the rest of your week Shazxx

    1. Shaz! You gave away your swooshy outfits? What were you thinking!? Nope, trendy is fun, but I really don't care anymore what is in and out of style. I prefer my own trends!

      Thank you, my dear!

  5. I love to see what you wear! I really appreciate your colorful aesthetic. I love color too,it must bleed over from my medieval re-enacting where ALL the color is better. ;) I have a few pairs of two colored shoes. Some are spectator style and others are fancy 40's style repro wedge sandals, actually more than a few... Now you have me wondering how many multi-colored shoes I have. Probably quite a few. Have a great day.
    Heidi in L.A.

    1. Hi, Heidi! Nice to hear from you - thank you for the sweet comment. I adore colour - how fun that you did SCA (that's what it is here, the Society for Creative Anachronism), and that you still have your shoes, plus some awesome-sounding vintage-inspired shoes! A gal after my own heart!

  6. Be trendy is not something I care about either. But you already knew that, didn't you? That dress is delightfully floaty and carefree and doesn't even hint at the cold-weather layering going on underneath. Also: those boots are amazing, as is your belt!
    How lovely that you Zoomed with Nancy - I already heard her voice on Instagram and thought she sounded exactly as I'd imagined too.
    Loved the boots flashback, what a great variety of outfits. I adore the February 2019 maxi dress in particular! xxx

    1. Oh yeah, Ann, you and I are kindred spirits in that aspect, for sure. I love the swooshiness of this lovely dress (and all the hidden layers!).

      It was so cool! Consider Zooming with me - let me know if you're interested, I can help you through it. :)

      Thanks, that is one of my favourite dresses EVER.

  7. I have the feeling my comments are not received. I wil check it out tomorrow on my laptop.

  8. Love the floaty, spring inspired dress and of course your boots are, as always, wonderful. I think my favourite looks from your flashback are the steampunk themed ensembles. Sadly, I do not have any two coloured shoes.

    1. Thanks so much, Nana! I'll have to do a steampunk look again one of these days. :)

  9. That IS a pretty dress! I have a pair of Doc Marten lace-up oxfords that are three-colour, which I love, but they are patent leather, and so stiff that I was never able to break them in.

    1. I've heard that about patent leather Docs. Mine are leather (I also have a fabric pair) and they broke in pretty quickly.

      Thanks, Shelley!

  10. Now I am commenting with my laptop. I commented yesterday 3 times but for some reason it didn't work. So, sorry I'm late. It was so much fun to talk to you and the time went way to fast. And we didn't even talk music!! That's for another time! Loved that dress, just as a dress should look like.

    1. Oh no, Nancy, that's so weird. I'm glad you're still able to comment, though.

      I know, I remembered that when we were done - we didn't even talk music! Another time, for sure. Thank you!

  11. What a gloriously gorgeous floral print frock. Nothing tops a black ground floral in my books when it comes to flower themed garments (or most anything else).

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    1. Agreed, Autumn, I love a black-backed floral. Thank you!

  12. Sweetie! I still have that first denim, mermaid skirt! Love it! It has had a ton more wears with me, paired with leather blazers too! xocaro

    1. YES! I know, I remember you wearing it not too long ago!

  13. I'm gonna get myself a camera so I can Zoom you, you look like you have so much fun!
    I love that dress and as for those Edwardian style boots? Yes, please!
    That suede skirt! I wish you'd passed it on to me!! xxx

    1. Oh, do, Vix! I would love to chat with you! It's really fun, and I can't believe how easy it is.

      Thank you, they are both very cool pieces. Aww, I didn't know you back then. :(

  14. How beautiful is that dress. I enjoyed the flashback with the boots a lot as well. That's such a great pair of boots. It looks great paired with vests and skirts.
    You do look like you have a lot of fun in Zoom calls. I have a high pitched voice too.

    1. Thanks, Ivana! It was fun looking back at all the outfits I made with the boots.

      If you'd like to Zoom with me, drop me an email (it's in my profile) - I would love to chat with you!

  15. Just love you in that blue satin blouse (picture of "June 2013").

  16. Your Fluevog boots are so beautiful and I ADORE that dress.
    Love seeing you in your zooms- so nice that you got to meet Nancy via Zoom and you mum has such a lovely smilee!

    1. Thanks, Kezzie! I see a lot of these 90s granny dresses, and most of them are so ugly. This one just grabbed me.

      It was awesome meeting Nancy! I get my smile from Mom, lucky me!

  17. Beautiful dress. Very feminine. I also really liked your February 2019 dress. Perfect with those boots.

    1. Thanks, Greetje! It's a gorgeous dress - one of my favourites.

  18. Totally agree that this is a pretty dress, love its fluffiness and floral print!, and it looks fab with these boots.
    I also agree that these two-coloured boots can be challenging!, but You Rock Them and created so many lovely outfits!. And love your mermaid skirts!

    1. It's super-feminine! I love it. Yeah, the boots can be very tricky, for sure. Thanks!

  19. That dress looks wonderfully swishy. Some 90s styles are definitely back now - I guess 20 years is long enough to rose-tint an era.

    1. I liked these dresses then, although some of the patterns are atrociously hideous, Mim. We don't have to bring everything back!


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