Monday, August 8, 2022

Double Silk Velvet

I haven't had a good session of outfit-planning in my closet for a while. Instead, I've been relying on picking my outfit the night before.
It's usually reliable, and I find it soothing to create something I've never worn as an ensemble before. 

  • Kimono-that-used-to-be-a-dress - Hale Bob, Century 21, NYC 2007; last seen here as a kimono in August 2021
  • Top - J. Crew, thrifted; first worn here in June with orange and flounces
  • Skirt - Linda Lundstrom, thrifted; last seen here in May for Star Wars Day
  • Sandals - Wonders; last worn here in June with chartreuse and pink for strolling in Sidney

I split this silk devoré dress down the middle and turned it into a kimono last summer - I wore it once before packing it away for the season.

The dress is much more versatile as a kimono. You can view a Flashback of it as a dress here.

I started looking for a bottom to wear with it, and my eyes alit on my soft-as-kittens silk velvet 90s skirt.
There's a bit of blue in the kimono - I loved how these looked together. 

It was all very flowy - I swooshed all over the office.
This was a perfect outfit for the temps of 25+ that hit today. 

The top is 60% silk, so not too sweaty. I liked this top better than the first time I wore it.
I have a pair of cotton stretchy long shorts on under this for their anti-thigh properties.

Masked up. 
I had to a couple of errands today - the folks in the post office were still wearing masks. I still see lots of folks wearing them. 

Incognito: 
The lady at the dry cleaners admired my ropes of necklaces. 

The stuff:
One of my favourite pairs of summer shoes. Metallic, pink, leather, wood, white-soled...they are all the adjectives! 

Blue bling: 
I enhanced the long-over-long look with three necklaces. 

  • Leather cuff - Rimanchik, thrifted
  • Bangle - vintage, Lazy Susan's
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver/sodalite ring - Scotland, 1996
  • Earrings - local
  • Bead/crystal necklace - vintage 90s/00s, thrifted
  • Serpentine gold chain - vintage 80s, Grandma J's
  • Open chain - Monet, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here for $7.95

I felt very 1920s in this! 

19 comments:

  1. Fabulous! If that skirt was slightly shorter you'd look like you'd wandered in from the set of Peaky Blinders and, as my favourite historical drama ever, that's a huge compliment! xxx

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    1. We're binging Peaky Blinders right now! I love that era! Thanks, Vix!

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  2. Oh, this outfit really makes my heart sing, Sheila! In my mind's eye I can see you swooshing all over the office. Love the kimono which used to be a dress. This is exactly the kind of thing I've been looking for. Perhaps I should start looking at "convertible" dresses! Not many people wearing masks here, and I saw even less of them (read: none!) when we hopped over the border with Holland last weekend. I still carry mine for whenever it's busy though. xxx

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    1. I was definitely swanning about, Ann! I'm so glad I altered the dress - it makes me want to wear it more as a kimono.

      I think masks are here to stay, even if it's just folks who don't want to get sick/pass on germs if they are feeling ill.

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  3. Hi Sheila! I've missed reading your blog- but am now back to it:) Loving this double silk styling. And I love that you turned the dress into a kimono. You'll get so much more wear out of it. Love that!

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  4. I love the shimmer of that outfit, so pretty.

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  5. I love the accessorises and the combination of the velvet with this sparkly material is just so pretty. I think the outfit is perfect and fits your style well. https://www.bauchlefashion.com/2022/08/first-taste-of-fall-cashmere-in-question.html

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  6. Ack, you beat me to my first comment in your parting sentence! I was going to comment how very 1920's you look. You just need a cloche!
    Again, very strokeable outfit with lovely textures.
    I think the adapted kimono is marvellous!!!
    Kezzie x

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    1. I love the 1920s look - that long-over-long really appeals to me. I look terrible in cloches, or I'd be wearing one!

      Thank you, Kezzie!

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  7. That dress does work so well as a kimono and I love that maxi skirt! All the textures in this outfit go so nicely together, and the colours are fantastic! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Mica! Texture is just as important as colour!

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  8. Definitely 1920s with a bit of Japanese influence! I admire that you can pull off wearing all these long lengths. I thoroughly enjoy the maxi dress purchased second hand last summer in WA (all thanks to your influence and encouragement!) but have yet to attempt a long flowing skirt. Still looking for a patterned jumpsuit!

    Cheers, Laurie

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    1. Yes, I see that influence as well! The key with long shapes is that they need to be body-skimming - otherwise you get lost in the fullness and all that fabric. I'm so glad you are still enjoying your maxi dress! Jumpsuits are tricky - you have to try on a lot of "frogs" before you find a "prince." :)

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  9. Ah, I like that…many jumpsuit frogs (hopefully) yield a prince. Will let you know if I find that prince!

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  10. I adore this whole outfit! That dress is definitely better as a kimono! Luxe Vintage vibes!

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