Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Plaid and Touches of Turquoise

While I've been enjoying all my colourful outfits, today I needed a bit of a rest. I also realized I'd forgotten about this mohair-blend cardigan and hadn't even worn it yet. 
I struggle with these trousers for some reason. I've put them in the giveaway pile at least twice, and they even made it to Caro's closet - and I've taken them back every time! 

  • Cardigan - Maison Scotch, thrifted; purchased here in August for $16.95
  • Turtleneck - Wanko, thrifted; last seen here in October with ice blue Karl
  • Trousers - Cartonnier, thrifted; last worn here in May with turquoise (shocker)
  • Shoes - Summertime Moonbeams, Fluevog 2007, consignment; last worn here in October with green satin

I'm a sucker for plaids, and I love the cut of these, but I have a lot of trouble putting them with other clothes. 
I stuck with basics for today's look, adding the black cardigan (which has sparkly copper thread in it) and black funky shoes. 

A plain turtleneck underneath. 
I don't like the "leather" patches on the elbows. 
I might remove them. Heh. 

Masked up - I liked how nicely this matched. 
It was a busy day today with many people needing my help - I did find myself wishing I'd worn more colour for psychic armour. There's always tomorrow. 

The rain/flooding/power outages seem to have eased a bit, but it's getting colder now. Leather weather is drawing to an end. 

Snuggly wool and "pashmina". 

  • Scarf - thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Hat - gift from Tammy
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
Instead of making my clothes do all the work, I made all my accessories carry the load. I adore these shoes - such a good purchase. 

Bulky bling: 
I'd also forgotten about this massive turquoise necklace - adding to the touches of turquoise in my outfit. 

  • Necklace - vintage mall, gift from L
  • Snake cuff - vintage 30s, antique store, Sidney
  • Tortoiseshell bangle - vintage
  • Chain bracelet - J. Crew, thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Silver/smoked topaz ring - Anneli Neuman, Sweden, vintage mall
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage expo
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl

Jewelry works as armour too! 


  1. Am laughing at the most definitely cool shoes but those heels! I am positive you will tell me they aren’t as high a heel as they look because of the platform for the toes, but still they look like towers to me!

    The pants are fabulous…could you (would you) dye the mohair sweater to match the stripe in the pants? (On the other hand, a black sweater with some pizzazz is a useful wardrobe staple.) As for the elbow patches, I wonder if they are there because otherwise, with continued wear, the mohair will separate at the elbows?

    In any case, happy mid-week Wednesday! Glad to hear the intense weather may be calming down. Some of it sounded a bit scary…the mudslides in BC.

  2. I love how the turquoise in the plaid pattern on your pants matched with your statement necklace. I love the rest of your statement jewelry as well. Sometimes it is good to let the accessories do the work. I do like the combo of this pair of pants, a white turtleneck and a black cardi. It looks very put together...especially with those beautiful heels. However, I do understand why you miss the more vivid colours. Sometimes there is nothing better than a brightly coloured outfit.

  3. If those plaid trousers keep returning to you, it must mean that you haven't finished with them yet! I know you tried turquoise with them, but perhaps its perfect turquoise companion hasn't made it into your closet yet! It does look great with the turtleneck, so perhaps a turquoise one, or one in the plaid's other colour? I love the matchiness provided by your chunky necklace and mask. I'm hearing you on the elbow patches, but presumably Laurie has got a point ... xxx

  4. Those tartan trousers should stay, they make your legs look so long!
    Loving the giant turquoise beads.
    Couldn't you do some magical artwork on those elbow patches? xxx

  5. I love the little touches of colour with this, the turquoise necklace is beautiful! I went to the opshop the other week and picked up a few more statement beaded necklaces in more colours I felt my wardrobe was lacking, haha! :)

  6. Keep those trousers! Definitely! I would like to wear them with a white blouse and a tie, and then a pink v neck sweater, preppy style!

  7. If you consider those trews and simple sweaters as part of your costume for the part of "Woman of a Certain Age Who Wants to Help as Much as She Can," you'll feel better about wearing them. Clothing as Uniform is a useful way to think about what we choose to don each day. I play the part of Ancient Old Church Secretary while at work, in prim skirts or trousers and a "nice" blouse ... at home, I can put on all the flowy, floppy, artsy-fartsy stuff I crave.

    I agree that wearing garments that fit and flatter but that are not necessarily the style you prefer to wear can make you feel uncomfortable. Just remember that "beauty knows no pain," and keep trying new things. Keeps your spirit young. Though you seem to have no trouble with that.

  8. This outfit is right up my street. I love it. And I don't mind the elbow patches.

  9. Love your trousers, and love the massive necklace, as I'm a huge fan of both plaid and turquoise!. And fabulous shoes!
    Probably turquoise is not a colour you have in your winter wardrobe, and this is the reason these trousers are difficult to style. But you rock them!

  10. Fantastic outfit. That sweater looks as cozy as snuggling with a pile of fluffy kittens.

    Big hugs & happiest wishes for the rest of the week, sweet lady.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

  11. I like the plaid pants a lot and they look good on you. The new sweater is very nice and will probably be nicer without the patches. This is a look that I would comfortably wear, but I know you like a bit more colour and pizzazz.

  12. I would vote to keep those pants. They fit you well, and a plaid is a classic pattern. One day you will find the perfect top the same shade of turquoise in the pants and you would kick yourself if you had given them away.

  13. That turquoise necklace is great.

    I'm with Forest City Fashionista above - you'll find the perfect top for those trousers one day. It's why you can't get rid of them!


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