Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Tossed Tartan, and Teapots

My streak of Good Plaid Clothing has come to an end with this annoyance of a dress. 
"Good riddance!" I hear some of you saying (the ones who hate misaligned plaids, I see you). 

  • Blazer - Le Chateau, consignment; last worn here in February with fabulous cowboy boots
  • Dress - Zara, consignment; last seen here in March for a Mom-Day Adventure
  • Shoes - Sumatra Teapot, Fluevog 2011; last worn here in January...with this same dress!
  • Coat (below) - L'Atiste, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here in November

The fit is terrible. Too big in the shoulders (and yet no room in the armpits), tight in the lower back, baggy in the upper back. 
The hem is wonky and *shudder* those uneven lines. I'm with y'all on that. 

You have to admit, I'm styling the heck out of it. Make it work! 
I'd intended on wearing my leather tee (this one) layered over the dress, but it looked horrendous - I blame the dress!

I swapped over to my old trusty brocade blazer (worn over 30 times in 10 years, Flashback here). It's doing a lot of the heavy lifting here. 
This is the second of three wears that the shoes and dress have been worn together - it's not inspiring creativity. 

The fabric of the dress is thin and feels cheap, the collar didn't sit right, and it gaped at the chest.
I happily tossed it into the giveaway pile when I got home. Off, evil tartan dress! Begone! I paid $11.40 for it, have worn it three times, and I'm completely fine with that. 

Masked up.
I have better dresses than this. 

I look dubious, but it's just lack of coffee. 

I've rediscovered this cozy scarf of L's.

  • Scarf - Roots, thrifted, gift from me
  • Toque - gift from Tammy
  • Brooch - Monet, vintage fair
  • Gloves - Lord & Taylor, thrifted
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
I used to consider these a low heel, but oof, that felt high today. I stuck close to my desk. I still love that these Teapots (named after the shape of the heel, which resembles a teapot) look so good after 12 years and over 25 wearings (enjoy their Flashback here). 

Black bling: 
I'd forgotten about the leather obi belt, a Christmas gift from L many years ago - a local artist made it. 

  • Belt - local, gift from L
  • Brooch - Eaton's, c. 1999
  • Hinged bangle/earrings - Alexis Bittar, consignment, gift from L
  • Fang bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
  • Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
  • Hematite ring - thrifted


  1. Loving those teapots!! I think you are right about the dress :)

  2. Zara are so inconsistent, some of their clothes are great quality and others not so. Bye bye tartan dress! Loving the leather obi. xxx

  3. It looks great with the jacket, but I see what you've pointed out.

  4. The shape and length of the dress offers such promise....but it doesn't deliver on fit- such a shame! You did a great styling job on it! I like that you have a 'fang' bracelet! Kezzie x

  5. I can see why you initially fell for the dress, but I'm definitely hearing you on its many flaws. Good riddance to the evil tartan dress indeed! I love the obi and shoes you wore with it, though. As for the latter, I would consider that heel too high as well. It's a shame as it rules out so many options in the charity shops. xxx

  6. Hey Sheila ... LOVE visiting your site to see the fabulous combinations that you put together. So stylish. Also ... wanted you to know that Turn About is opening in Oak Bay next to Ottavio's. You likely already know about it, but just in case. Wishing you a lovely relax over the holidays!

    1. Joanne! Love to see you here, and to run into you the other day! I know about Turnabout's move and can't wait to check out their new digs! Happy Holidays!

  7. When I am evaluating a new-to-me piece at a thrift store, I will ask myself "Do you have a better dress/skirt/sweater than this in your closet" and if the answer is yes, it goes back on the rack. You have much better dresses than this plaid one so buh bye! You did style it quite nicely though.

  8. The shoes and jacket do look great with this dress, but if you are just not enjoying it it's definitely better to let it go. I have no doubt you will find another great piece to replace it with in no time, you always have such good luck thrifting!


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