Monday, December 13, 2021

Winterized Kimono and Mismatched Copper

Things are slowing down at work, as people start to use up their vacation time accumulated over the past nearly two years. It's quiet. 

I didn't mind at all - for a Monday, this felt just right. 
I winterized this kimono-wrap top for one initial wearing before I slot it into my spring/summer wardrobe. It's far too light/thin for this time of year. 

  • Kimono - Dries Van Noten, consignment; purchased here on the weekend for $89.00
  • Turtleneck sweater - Wanko, thrifted; last seen here in November with plaid and mohair
  • Leather skirt - H&M, consignment; last worn here in October 2020 with a spooky sweater
  • Shoes - Chie Mihara, consignment; last seen here in October 2020 with my Hallowe'en dress
  • Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in November

Instead of utilizing the skinny ties inside and outside the kimono for a full wrap, I just did a loose wrap across the front and anchored the whole thing in place with the big belt.
I tucked all the strings and ties under the belt. Sneaky! 

The belt goes perfectly with the colours in it, so expect me to pair them again! 
This viscose wrinkled like mad - by the end of the day, I was a mass of wrinkles. 

Masked up. Vizzini decided to make his presence known. 
"I don't like Mondays."

Tell me why! (tee hee, that's for you, music fans)

Outerwear - the Unsafe Polar Bear is visible in the dark, gloomy days. 
"You are going to leave me!"

This is true, bub. I have to help keep a roof over your little fuzzy head.

I need a brown hat to match the scarf and gloves. My head was cold.

  • Fur scarf - Danier, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Mask - Lazy Susan's

The stuff: 
Such cute shoes - it doesn't feel like over a year since I last wore them! 

Copper bling: 
All mismatched. 

  • Belt - Fendi, thrifted; last seen here with Kenzo in September
  • Necklace (matching earrings not shown) - vintage 60s, Grandma J's
  • Cuff - Renoir, vintage 60s, Grandma J's
  • Brooch - vintage fair
  • Earrings (matching brooch not shown) - Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Mesh bracelet (matching earrings not shown) - Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Wooden ring - Dots
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, Finland, 1970s, vintage expo
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl

I finally gave in and hoisted Vizzini up for a cuddle. He and the Polar Bear settled right in. 
"Okay, now don't move."

Poor little guy. He was happy to see me when I got home! 


  1. The belt over the kimono is a nice idea and your fur coat looks wonderful.

  2. It's always good to see the Unsafe Polar Bear (and Vizzini!)
    The belt does go beautifully with the kimono. See you in the spring, DVN! xxx

    Bronski Beat? Loved them. RIP Steve Bronski xxxx

  3. I love how you belted the kimono! It looks so good! I love wearing viscose, such a light fabric for the heat, but I agree with you on the wrinkle problem, haha!

  4. I just knew you would built a winterized outfit around the Dries Van Noted kimono before putting it away! And a gorgeous outfit it is. I love how you didn't use the kimono's ties, but belted it with that fabulous belt instead. Those wonderful shoes and mismatched copper bling are perfect with it too, and it's always lovely to see the Unsafe Polar Bear.
    I don't like Mondays either, although I wouldn't go as far as shooting the whole day down :-) You've given me an earworm for the rest of the week now ... xxx

    1. Thanks so much, Ann! Gold star, you got my reference. :) Sorry for the earworm.

  5. Clever styling of the kimono. Love the colours.
    Looking forward to seeing it styled in a different season.
    Gorgeous shoes. x

  6. Fantastic styling of your gorgeous new kimono. I could see it looking rather fantastic worn (belted) over a maxi skirt.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

  7. The kimono does look lovely. I know you can't wash it, but can the wrinkles be steamed out?

    1. Not the ones that are backed w/interfacing, Mim - the interface is starting to separate from the fabric, so I might try to fully remove it at some point.


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