- Blouse - Yest; last seen here in June, layered under a fab jammy dress
- Bustier - Le Chateau, consignment; last worn here in in September 2020 with a maxi skirt and a white shirt
- Skirt - Compania Fantastica, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here in May with ruffles and a space jacket
- Shoes - Listen Up Harlow, Fluevog, c. 2006; last worn here in January 2018 (!!) with Kenzo and Courreges
I recently saw on IFB's (that's the Independent Fashion Bloggers, link here 'cause I love) e-newsletter that corset-style tops are having a comeback. Comeback?? Like they ever left my closet! You can check out the Flashback on this bustier here, and I also have this one, and this one...these are no stranger to my wardrobe!
I do find this particular corset/bustier a bit fussy, as I'm frequently adjusting the tuck of the shirt into the chest (it wants to escape).
I like this low-key black and white pattern mix with the creamsicle orange of the skirt.
Masked up in more black and white.
- Mask - by Mom
We're having another heat wave this week, with temps surging past 30 again, up to 32 today.
Mom proudly showed me her new hat yesterday - and it's just like mine. What can I say? We have good taste.
I'm ready to fan myself dramatically. Fetch me a mint julep, would you, darling?
- Hat - Heart's Content
Aren't these the most beautiful shoes? I'm excited to share my outfit history of them with you. I haven't worn these to work in YEARS (that's a four-inch heel), but they were fine for the small amount of office-walking that I did today.
You know I had to go full matchy!
- "Jell-O shot" necklace - Banana Republic, consignment
- Orange ring - vintage 60s, Italian, vintage mall
- Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
- Earrings - thrifted
- Snakeskin belt - Yves St. Laurent, vintage 80s, thrifted
Ready for some oldies?
Flashback: Fluevog Listen Up Harlow
These beautiful shoes are are one of my very few pre-blog pairs, and I've been blogging since March 2008 - they are 15 years old. Meet the Harlow, from the Listen Up family of John Fluevog shoes. These are the shoes that turned me into a Fluevog Fan!
I've had them since 2006, when L and I did our first "Fluevog Pilgrimage" to Vancouver for our wedding anniversary, which we've done nearly every year since. Our tradition now is that we buy each other a pair.
L bought them for me in March 2006 at the Granville Street Fluevog store (the Gastown one did not exist yet, nor was there a store in Victoria), and I am sure they were on sale. That still would have been around $249.00, so let's go with that as an estimate.
I used to save these "for special," so they didn't get worn all that often until I started blogging. I featured them in my very first Shoe Shine (here; link to all of them here), a link-party that I ran for a year and then dropped (too much work).
They are from the Listen Up Family of shoes, and features the "champagne cup" heel - all Listen Ups have the same heel and general shoe shape. Fluevog issued a new Listen Up family a few years after this line was discontinued, with a different heel. I have this pair here, the O'Haras, which were the first pair in the new family...and that's also since been discontinued. My O'Haras were signed by John Fluevog (here) in person!
I used to have three other pairs of Listen Ups: the Audrey, the Mansfield (both sold through consignment here in 2015) and the Ivanna (last worn here in 2012). Four-inch heels can't stay, but I'll always have my pictures of them!
This pair is called the Harlow, after Jean Harlow.
this one) that they use now.
These used to say "Listen to Me" on the soles.
This is one whole month into my blogging career, in April 2008. I don't know how to pose at all.
These outfits now look very "of their time" to me, 12-13 years later! This was in January 2009, and we see the beginnings of my classic "leg out" pose here.
And an LBD! This is in May 2009. I still have that floral brooch.
I thought this look was quite "out there" at the time, but it looks so dull to me now.
October 2009, and as you can see, my love affair with velvet blazers has been a life-long one.
April 2010, still looking rather boring. I'd forgotten all about that sweater.
I've always loved yellow - I wore this thrifted cashmere sweater to death.
I was also very heavily into "tulip" skirts, which are making a comeback. This outfit is from February 2011.
I remember wearing this to my Weight Watchers job in April 2011.
Ooh, this is a really early Stair Picture, from August 2011.
November 2011 and a better Stair Pose, although it's not quite there - I do more of a sprawl across the stairs now, to really stretch my legs out and make them look longer.
In June 2012, I featured these shoes in my month long capsule, as part of my "30 For 30 For 12" year-long wardrobe challenge. June was a neutral month.
Another June 2012 outfit - and I thought this was Highly Adventurous.
I realized around this time that these shoes were way to high for daily wear, and moved them into my "archives" (I display them in my closet up high). When I joined the Traveling Yellow Skirt Freakshow (link to my original post here), of course I had to incorporate them into my steampunk look.
This was in November 2013, and was the first time I did a photo-shoot out in public. They're still pretty rare for me.
I didn't pull the shoes out again for five years, when I wore them to work here in January 2018.
Mathy stuff: This is my 16th recorded wearing - I probably wore these shoes 4 or 5 times prior to the blog, between 2006 and 2008. We'll go with 16 for now, though, which brings us to a cost-per-wear of $9.31. Not bad!
This heel (3.5") is just a bit too high for regular wear nowadays, but seeing all these outfits, I realize I still have some outfit potential before I fully retire them. As my original pair of 'Vogs, I'll never get rid of these! Maybe I need to display them properly...
Do you have shoes over a decade old? Do you keep any of your favourite things in a personal archive?