Monday, August 15, 2022

Roses and Pleated Ruffles

Back to work, back to remixing stuff from my closet, and looking for the "backwards" hangers.
This skirt is on its first wearing of the season - I thought neoprene might be too warm for summer, but apparently not! 

  • Blouse - Sandra Angelozzi, consignment; first seen here in June layered under a Kenzo jacket
  • Skirt - Richard Quinn x Debenhams, consignment; last worn here in March with a black disco sweater
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog, consignment; last seen here in July with the debut of the Autumn Jacket
  • Jacket (below) - Animale, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in June

I love long pencil skirts - they remind me of my late teens in the mid-80s.
This pleated ruffled blouse gets another wearing - it's warm enough to wear it without a jacket, as I'd had to do for its debut.

I'm wearing a pale pink cami underneath, which blends into my skin. 
I felt like my waist went missing, so I added a belt. 

I had to wash the blouse after wearing it last time - steaming out all the pleats was a pain.
But since it's a cotton-nylon blend, I didn't actually lose any of the pleating. Huzzah!

Masked up.
Roses to match the skirt. 

And airing out the Impractical Raincoat.

At this time of year, scarves are for sun coverage, not warmth (although there is a slight chill in the mornings). 

  • Scarf - Marc Rozier, consignment
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
I liked the snakeskin print as a complement to all the silvery tones of the jewelry and the bright white blouse. 

Silvery bling:
Three knuckleduster rings! 

  • Belt - vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Cage cuff - Bauxo
  • Silver balls ring - Sidney; purchased here for $5.00
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Silver/crystal tower ring - antique store, Sidney; purchased here for $60.00
  • Mesh bracelet - Harriet Grey, Sidney; purchased here for $5.00
  • Silver earrings - gift from Petra

I liked the feel of the mesh bracelet - it felt like armour! The rings were excellent, no issues. 


  1. Hi Sheila, Beautiful long fitted pencil skirt which fits you perfectly. I love the high back slit and the mixture of colours.
    Is it fully lined or half lined?
    Is it easy to walk in? Your a tall woman so I presume you take long strides!

    1. Thanks, Dan. No lining at all (not really needed with neoprene).

      It's easy to walk in. And I am not tall - I'm 5'4" - although I do take long strides!

  2. Wasn’t sure how I felt about the mesh bracelet but seeing it on has nudged me to say I like it! Our temps have cooled off considerably, especially at night (great for sleeping) and the mornings. We are wearing pants and sweaters for our sunrise walk, switching to shorts and no sweaters during the day.

    Liking your shoes, the color, pattern and style. Always enjoy seeing them make an appearance. Appreciate the colors of the full ensemble (with Impractical Raincoat). Good way to start the day plus it gives me a smile, necessary as in 5 minutes I leave for a colonoscopy consultation. Sheesh, this will be my second and last one, it’s only the consult, but already my tummy has butterflies!


    1. Cool! I love "heavy metal" in both jewelry and music, ha ha!

      Oh, I bet that feels wonderful. I prefer the temps when they are not at extremes either way. Good luck on your consultation! Sending you good vibes!!

  3. I love the blouse and what a beautiful skirt! I have been looking for fun printed skirts but haven’t found one yet. I bought a plain soft blue linen one this summer which I wear a lot but want a bright bold skirt for fall!
    Leslie hostess of the humble bungalow

    1. Thank you, Leslie! I got this one at Turnabout, so would recommend them plus House of Savoy for a wee browse for a patterned skirt. They are surprisingly hard to find! Good luck on your hunt! Thanks for dropping by!

  4. You look amazing, Sheila, you really do suit a pencil skirt, and the length of this one is making it extra special. I'm hearing you on steaming out the pleats of that blouse, though. Just the thought is giving me a hot flush! I had to giggle when I noticed the Impractical Raincoat. I was having coffee with a friend last week and she told me about a crazy raincoat she'd just seen in a posh shop. Of course I had to tell her about yours :-) xxx P.S. Thank you so much for your lovely words on my latest post. I'm so glad you understand about the noise ...

    1. Oh, thank you, Ann! I pulled the blouse out of the washer and gently nudged the pleats into place while it laid flat to dry, but more of them appeared when I steamed it!

      I know, I thought of you having a giggle when I wore it, as I know it amuses you. :)

      I dread the day when the city decides to redevelop the parking lot on the other side of our street. :(

  5. That's a skirt I love! When I was in my early 20s, and even until a decade later, I always wore skirts like that. Only then in black, lol. All shades of black, lol. Still love pencil skirts a lot.

    1. Mine were black back then too, Nancy! I had a beautiful black satin pencil skirt that I wore out clubbing. I adore pencil skirts, always have.

  6. I helped my daughter move clothes to her new massive walk in closet. As I was amazed at how much she had considering how much she's purged, she mentioned almost everything was thrifted. She has a beautiful wardrobe but because she couldn't see things repeated. Now she'll have oodles to choose. You look so stylish. Maybe she's your daughter, not mine, lol.

    1. That's awesome that your daughter is a thrifter, Sam! I have passed along my thrifting genes to my nieces!

  7. That's such a beautiful skirt. I couldn't stop laughing at the raincoat. What a neat piece to own.

    1. It makes me giggle every time I wear it - thanks, Goody!

  8. That's a gorgeous ruffle top and I really like the way it looks with that longer pencil skirt, especially belted. It's fantastic on you!

  9. I like mesh jewelry too. It has a medieval feel to it.

  10. I'm not really a fan of pencil skirts but you look epic in yours! xxx


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