Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Pink Shirt, Stripes And Tie

Today is Pink Shirt Day in Canada (aka Anti-Bullying Day) - as I've shared here before, I was bullied as a kid, and also as an adult in a couple of jobs. I'm better now, but I always dress up in some pink to show my support. 
I just wore this pink shirt in my all-pink Valentine's Day ensemble (here), but since you could barely see it there, I figured, "Why not wear it again?"

  • Coat - Noa Noa; last worn and Flashbacked here in March 2021
  • Shirt - Denver Hayes, consignment; last seen here a week ago for V-Day
  • Skirt - Adidas, consignment; first worn here in January with a pop of pink
  • Boots - Go Groovy Husymans, Fluevog; last seen here in December 2021 with my Thousand Dollar Sweater
  • Coat (below) - Sarmite Wearable Art, consignment; last worn here in January

It's a much different outfit - I remembered this tie when I was looking up my other Escada items (following my purchase of an Escada bodysuit on the weekend). 
The striped frock coat is a treasure that I've had for going on 12 years - it's 100% cotton.

On the bottom half, I didn't want to be business-y. I'm all about the whimsy here! 
I showed off my full outfit to my colleague Rob on Teams video - he thought I was being very professional in a suit! 

My Adidas tulle skirt gets another outing, even though I said I'd save it for spring/summer. I loved the extra white stripes down the sides - they're hard to see in these pics! 
The back of the coat has extra pleats and tucks, and that black detailing is all cross-stitch. 

Masked up - just a wee bit more pink! 
Oh, there are the stripes! I have plain nylons on the bottom half, plus a half-slip in black. 

Outerwear - it's still absolutely FRIGID out there. 
More pink, in the form of this wool/cashmere coat. 

I can't resist a rear view. 
Not too many more times that I'll be able to wear this - it will be warmer here within a month or so. 

All the pink! 

  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Cashmere beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
I was tempted to wear my new-to-me pink vintage Fluevogs, but I'll save those for another outfit. I liked how these black booties made stripes on my leg - it matches all the other stripes! 

Mixed bling: 
While the tie is the star of the outfit (it says, "Has a love letter ever won your heart"), you might have noticed that I used the two pink rosette shoe clips that came with my pink vintage Fluevogs (thrifted here for $9.95) as brooches. I clipped them onto the lapel of the frock coat, then added the zipper rose. 

  • Tie - Escada by Margaretha Ley, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Necklace - Alain, vintage 60s, gift from Alison
  • Shoe clips - came with thrifted shoes
  • Zipper rose brooch - Victoria & Albert Museum Gift Shop, London
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Silver/amethyst ring - vintage mall
  • Silver ring - Taxco, Mexico, Charmaine's

Did you notice the rhinestone necklace laying over the top of the tie? Secret bling! 


  1. Every piece of this outfit is a winner Sheila - that frock coat elevates every outfit you wear it with.

    1. Thanks, Shelley! I tend to agree - the frock coat was well worth it and is a keeper.

  2. Great circus-y vibes going on here, Sheila.
    I went to an all-girls' school and teenage girls could be evil bullies. My nemesis bumped into me a couple of years ago and told me how she'd always envied me. I'm glad I listened to my mum when she told me that bullying is all down to the perpetrator's insecurity. xxx

    1. I'm the ringmaster, Vix! Oh, gawds, yes, women and girls can be awful - nearly all of my bullying has been by women/girls.

      My mom said something similar, and while I appreciated it, it did not help me not be bullied, even as an adult. :(

  3. This us such a stylish way to wear a pink shirt! And I love the tulle skirt too, it's so fun with the tie and striped coat! :)

  4. I'm sorry to hear you were bullied, Sheila, and even though I think Vix's mum must be right, it's horrible when it happens to you. I was never bullied in school, but I was in my first job. We don't have Pink Shirt Day here, instead as a sign of anti-bullying, people do paint 4 dots on their hands. Weird but true.
    I've got lots of love for your outfit, which really makes my heart sing. The tie is fabulous, especially with that pale pink of your shirt, and the striped frock coat is magnificent. Clever used of those rosettes, too! xxx

    1. Thank you, Ann. It's such a subtle thing sometimes - I did not even realize I was being bullied in one of my jobs (as an adult) until someone stepped in.

      I looked up that four dots, and couldn't find much online about it in Belgium (although it's a popular prison tattoo!).

      Thank you so much - I love a menswear-inspired look, and really liked the frock coat over it. I thought of you with the pink rosettes! Thanks!

  5. Ah, that coat is glorious!!! And so long. I bet it's like wearing a blanket! Your coat is gawjus and the rosettes and zippy brooch go v well!
    Sorry you were bullied. When I wear of kids being bullied at school or I come across it, I just go bad at the perpetrator. One of my most talented kids ever came to my school knowing no English and he picked it up so quickly but because he was a sensitive lad and v arty, the others picked on him and I liked him so much, I would just be fuming at them. Luckily, he was able to seek sanctuary in my lunchtime music clubs and I gave him special recorder lessons at one lunch. He told me that I'd changed his life with music and I will never forget that. He's on an acrylic portrait in our school corridor even though he left 5 years ago and I still look and smile at his poster.

    1. It's a lovely coat (and very warm), thank you, Kezzie!

      I think most of my teachers were aware of it (one made a point of lecturing the class about including me, which was embarrassing and humiliating), but didn't do much. At the time, we were left to sort it out on our own.

      I'm so glad you were able to help that young lad, and give him sanctuary. How amazing - you probably changed his life for the better. Thank you.

  6. Good cause. As you note, most bullying in the past "left [victims] to sort it out on our own" which made them feel even worse. Our species is one of the few that inflicts damage on each other instead of joining in common cause.

  7. I love the outfit! It seems a bit Corporate Goth! Definitely something I would wear!

    I am glad you mention that you were bullied in workplaces (not glad that it happened) because people need to speak more about workplace bullying! It is a nightmare and can leave you so hurt!

    1. Corporate Goth is totally a look I do! I love a soft Goth outfit.

      I agree - it's not just a kids' issue. It's horrible!

  8. The gothy vibes flowing through this magnificent ensemble are sooo good! Another awesome look that is gorgeous, creative, and inspiring in equal measures.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    PS: It is my unwavering hope that you never come up against any form of bullying again in your life. As someone who was mercilessly bullied in many settings in my formative years (and occasionally since), I know all too well the profound pain and lasting impact it can have for the rest of one's days.

    1. I actually thought of you when I put this outfit together - "Autumn will like this!"

      Thank you, hon. I'm a people pleaser, and that opens the door for bullies, unfortunately. I'm secure in my current job, and my no-more-BS attitude as I've gotten older has really helped me speak up for myself. It's also much less tolerated than it used to be! It really sucks - I'm sorry you also had to go through yours. :(

  9. I love that outfit - a touch of the Tim Burtons there. (ALWAYS a good thing in my book.)

    I'm sorry to hear you've been bullied. Some people are just awful. I'm glad you're surrounded with better people now.

    1. I do agree - I love Tim Burton's old stuff - very Nightmare Before Christmas!

      It's okay - but yes, it's horrid.


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