Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Ann's Request: PANK Dress, Plus Buh-Bye Prystens Flashback

This is my last work outfit of the season, and I've saved Ann's request till the very end, as I love this dress. It's nice to end the fall/winter season with a bit of PANK, don't you think? Today, I also said "buh-bye" to these shoes, so we'll have a wee Flashback on them. 
Please visit/follow Ann's wonderful blog here - she's awesome! I know this dress is a favourite of hers, because it's from a Belgian designer - and she's from Belgium! 

  • Dress - Essentiel Antwerp, consignment; last worn here in November 2021 with floral and silver
  • Shoes - Tudor Prysten, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March 2021
  • Coat (below) - Desigual; last worn here

I love the trapeze shape of this fun dress. 
Plus it has pockets!

For those of you wondering why I'm going on about PANK, it's what I call this vibrant, eye-searing shade of pink. 
It's so's PANK! 

The only downside are the scads of teeny-tiny buttons down the front - that's how it goes on and off, no zipper. Fiddly things. 
I'm wearing a light camisole and a mini half-slip underneath.

Masked up.
I matched my mask to my tights; they've been worn together more than once as you'll see in the Flashback below. 

Outerwear - I was going to wear my black and white oversized plaid coat and then thought, "I need to get another wearing in of this fabulous coat!"
And so I did. 
It's so much better. It's also far too warm to wear in spring/summer - see you in 6 months, awesome jacket!

Did not need the gloves on the way home. 

  • Silk scarf - Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier, vintage 90s, consignment
  • Gloves - Echo, consignment
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
Conspicuously absent is the shoes, which I did not bring home. As I was about to twirl my dress for colleague Carol-Anne, she saw my shoes and gasped. On impulse, I encouraged her to try them on, as we have similar-sized feet. She loved them, and they fit her perfectly, so I dropped them off with her at the end of the day. Another Fluevog convert, heh heh. I warned her - once you've had Fluevog, you're hooked! 

  • Necklace - Trifari, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Earrings - Biko, consignment
  • Brutalist ring - vintage 70s, vintage mall
  • Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's

And now...

Flashback: Tudor Prysten Brocade Fluevogs

I bought these lovely shoes back in July 2019 here (way down) when the local Fluevog store had an extra 15% off on their clearance - they were a steal at $119.00
I love that rich brocade - roses! 

And the mixed patterns are so cool. 
I bought L the identical shoes (in men's sizing) that same day. We've never worn them together. 

"Be bold, be strong," they say on the soles. 
I love the fabric, and as you may know, I adore a men's style lace-up shoe. 

I wore them a few days later, in early August 2019. 
My lovely pink leather skirt, and one of many turquoise tops I've had over the years. 

I've always picked out the colours in the brocades and built my outfits around those. This was in December 2019.
A bunch of burgundy, gold and cream. 

This is still one of my favourite outfits, from February 2020. 
Today's coat, plus that same pink leather skirt - and recognize the tights? Same necklace too! I know a good combo when I see one. 

The smallest gap between wearings was one month - I wore them again in March 2020.
More patterns! 

Then my wearings dropped to once a year. This outfit - same coat! - is from March 2021, so I didn't wear these shoes for an entire year. 
This is the last time I wore them, and again, it has been a full year between this and today's outfit. That definitely tells me that I just don't reach for them, they don't really work in my wardrobe, and therefore, they really are just taking up space. 

Mathy stuff: Including today's outfit, I've worn them 6 times, so that's just under $20 per wear, and I'm totally fine with that. 

The happiness that these have given my coworker makes me feel great. I know she loves them - her face lit up when I passed them to her - and she confessed she'd been thinking of them all day, and what to wear with them. That's the best "thank you" I could ever get. 


  1. The dress is a lovely color! Loved seeing these ways you have styled those gorgeous shoes!

  2. Oh how sweet of you to pass the shoes on! It's nice you were able to give them to someone so excited by them, as you noticed you didn't wear them a lot!

    1. I like to see my things go to good homes, and the look on her just lit up! She put them on and walked around, and I just had to give them to her. It made me happy.

  3. Those shoes with the dress, just fab to brighten a work day. What a fun series of posts.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Sam! Any time you want to see something, drop me a request in a comment. :)

  4. I love that dress! I remember when you first wore it with those awesome platform boots! And the fact that the dress is from a Belgium designer and my daughter lives in Belgium, makes it that much more memorable.

    1. Thanks, Pam! Yes, I loved those boots with it. How cool that your daughter lives in Belguim too!

  5. So fun. Those shoes are to die for.I have a pink shift and sweater combo that is that color. I have yet to wear it, but you have given me courage.

  6. I like this outfit because it is so VIBRANT and either provides an antidote to a grey day OR a welcoming to Spring. Either way, makes me smile. :-) The shoes immediately evoke old European dressing; interesting to look at and admire, and they certainly make a statement.

    My daughter-in-law's sister has a similar Desigual coat and I am a big fan of both yours and hers!

    Meanwhile, I'm writing this on a Friday so Happy soon-to-be Weekend!

    1. It's definitely vibrant, isn't it, Laurie? Glad to make you smile.

      Oh, how cool - they don't make them like this anymore, so she has a gem!

      Yay! Weekends are the best!

  7. Great choice, Ann! I always love to see the Pank dress and how lovely are you to pass your brocade shoes on to (step into the light)Carol-Anne? I'm sure after that generous act you'll find something super douper amazing when you next go shopping! xxxx

    1. I adore this dress, so I was thrilled when Ann suggested it. I am so glad that Carol-Anne loved the shoes - they've gone to a good home. Yes, I hope they will bring me shopping karma!

  8. Ah, how wonderful to see that fabulous PANK dress on a grey and wintry day - we had snow today, eek! - and that you so much for the shout-out! The tights, jewellery and coat are pretty amazing too, as are the shoes, obviously! How perfectly wonderful of you to pass them on to your colleague. I'm sure you'll get your due rewards from the thrifting gods! xxx

    1. I'm glad it brought you some cheer, Ann - ack! Snow?? You definitely needed some Colour Therapy! I am so happy the shoes went to a good home.

  9. That pank dress was made for you. I loved seeing the fashion flashback too.

  10. That was so kind of you to pass along some Fluevog joy to your co-worker. There will always be more fab pairs of Vogs to enjoy in your future.

  11. What a tremendously thoughtful and generous thing to do! You have a heart that makes gold look like rusted out old tin by comparison.

    It is wonderful that thanks to your blog, you have a visual record to remember these gorgeous shoes by all the more still. Plus, I suspect they will appear from time to time around the office still via your workmate's feet.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

  12. The pank dress I love and know from before... but those glorious tights and the brocade shoes are out of this world ! I have missed out on so much.


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