I didn't plan a specific IWD outfit, but instead chose a couple more pieces I'd yet to wear this closet season.
One of them is VALENTINO - super-KLASSY!
- Jacket - Julie Haus, Fall 2011 RTW Collection, thrifted; last worn here in February 2020 with an olive green fin
- Sweater - Eileen Fisher, thrifted; last seen here in October 2020 with gold velvet and a jungle bomber jacket
- Skirt - Miss V by Valentino (part of a suit), vintage 80s/90s, thrifted, Sidney; last worn here in April 2020 with purple tigers
- Shoes - Wonders Ayers, Fluevog; last seen here in October 2020 in the same outfit as the sweater
- Cape (below) - Dafydd Snowdon, vintage 60s, thrifted; first seen here in November 2020
I'd considered wearing a fuller cut of skirt, but it didn't look right when I put the outfit on this morning, so I quickly swapped it out for this wool pencil skirt.
Isn't the jacket cool? I'll be doing a Flashback on it shortly.
I'll also be doing a Flashback on this skirt - which is part of a Valentino suit.
Masked up - more neutrals.
- Fur scarf - thrifted
- Gloves - Club Monaco, consignment
- Mask - by Mom
- Long necklace - POLY, thrifted
- Short necklace - Myka, thrifted
- Torc bracelet - POLY, thrifted
- Silver/gold cuff - JPL, vintage fair
- Hematite earrings - gift from Mom
- Steel/brass ring - POLY, thrifted
- Silver/smoky topaz ring - Anneli Neumann, Sweden, vintage mall
- Steel ring - POLY, Art Gallery of Hamilton
…and two brooches that I forgot I'd pinned to the jacket!
- Leather heart pin - Smoking Lily
- Starburst pin - Eaton's, c. 1999
And now...double Flashbacks!
Julie Haus Tweed Jacket
This jacket is a good example of just keeping an eye out for the unusual when I'm shopping. I found it here in October 2017. I spotted it and started fondling it and checking the lining and labels. I knew I had a winner on my hands, just by feel - I didn't know the name at all.
I did my research - as always - noting that Julie Haus had a brick-and-mortar store in SoHo, NYC back in 2010 (now closed). A little further digging and...I found the collection that this jacket is from!
The details on this jacket are superb. The houndstooth woven fabric is 100% wool, and the colours are black, putty, grey and olive-brown.
The large sections of grey are actually two-tone grey herringbone tweed, also 100% wool. The pockets are real, although shallow.
And silk lining! Are you kidding me? It feels wonderful.
At the time I thought $34.95 was a bit pricey. Silly me.
The dropped waist/waist-less look is challenging for me, as I'm a classic hourglass shape, but I've managed to style it up a few times. I wore it right away in October 2017, going for the full neutral look, as I have subsequently done with it.
I was just starting to get into trousers in January 2018 - I do still have these vintage plaid ones, but they are a little snug still.
A shopping outfit here in October 2018.
This felt very adventurous at the time - satin joggers! So very not me...but I really like this outfit.
This is the closest I've gotten to adding another colour - this was in October 2019.
here (it's part of a suit).
here (it's part of a suit).
Back to the ol' "fin" skirt for my last time wearing the jacket, in February 2020.
Mathy stuff: This is the 7th time I've worn this jacket - it's a bit tricky to style - but I'm still doing well at only $5.00 per wear.
I gasped out loud when I spotted this suit at one of our favourite thrift stores in Sidney, BC, back in June 2016 (here) on a shopping expedition with Elaine and Cat. You just don't see vintage Valentino around much these days, even if this is Miss V by Valentino (not actually haute couture). I paid $12.00 for this full suit. TWELVE DOLLARS.
Going by my eyeballs - those ginormous shoulder pads! - this is probably late 80s or early 90s. Shoulder pads were strongly in use from around 1987 to 1993.here on the trademark use of this label, and it notes, "first use anywhere: 1/1/1984" and that they (whoever owned Valentino then) filed this in 1989 and registered it as a trademark in 1991 - its status is currently expired as of 7/20/2002. The Vintage Fashion Guild concurs with my estimation of this label as being early 90s (here).
As you can see, it's a size 10, but that's a current modern size 10, so it's definitely post-Great Size Shift of the mid-80s, when all sizes dropped by 2 (hello, Vanity Sizing!). A modern size 8 is a vintage size 12, for example.
I still chortle with glee - $12.00! And it's made in Italy!
I have only worn the jacket once, with a pouffy skirt, here in July 2016.
That's a lot of pouf! Shoe Flashback here.
I did model the full suit once, here also in July 2016.
But really, only the skirt has gotten any wear since I bought it. This was its first outing, again in July 2016.
Although I wouldn't normally even bother buying a taupe skirt, it has proven useful as a background for some of my funkier shoes and patterned tops.
While I like this outfit from January 2018, I didn't keep the blazer or the lace top under it.
Another one of my "fancy" blouses got paired with the skirt in June 2018.
I've worn pops of yellow with this skirt multiple times - this was in September 2018.
This was the one and only wearing of this blouse, in January 2019 - it was impossible to get on!
I remember flapping my "wings" at my coworkers and saying, "I'm a beautiful butterfly!" back in July 2019.
And here's the last time I wore it, back in April 2020.
Mathy stuff: This is the 9th time that I've worn the skirt, plus we should count the one time of wearing the suit jacket, so a total of 10 wearings brings us to $1.20 per wear for both pieces. Of Valen-frickin'-tino! Amazing.
What do you think? Should I wear the whole suit? The jacket? Or stick to the skirt?