So I am so not built for the late 20s/ early 30s but this week I was going for capturing a bit of the era. I know the coat isn’t of the era but I do love it.
I would have loved long strands of pearls (fake are fine) to complete the look but I don’t have any so I used some of my school-fair 50c strands in blue.
The shoes are from Hannahs and I’ve had them for a couple of years now – I love the way they look (they aren’t very comfy though!)
The dress is the latest acquisition – I bought it at another SaveMart in Christchurch on Saturday. It is super comfy – think stretchy and soft and I have a feeling it might actually be a nighty – not that that stopped me wearing it to church.
Coat – bought in an op-shop about 9 years ago – original 1960s number.
Dress – $9.99 Save Mart Christchurch
Beads – 50c per strand school fair – bracelet is a long string of beads too
Shoes – Hannahs 2-3 years old
Tights – ancient!!
Headband – from one of those accessory shops in the malls about 3 years ago
Lipstick – a Lancome one I inherited from my sister ’172 rouge cristal’
So if you are like me and you like spying in other people’s wardrobes you can see some in these lovely places
or you can have a look through my wardrobe
Sticking with an era for inspiration I’m working within some of the 80s parameters this week.
There will be exceptions:
- shoulder pads (all ready have my own naturally robust shoulders padding not needed)
- crop tops and exposed midriff – yeah not really thinking anyone would appreciate a large exposure of white stretched mark tummy (I know you can thank me later)
I’m not actually a great fan of the 80s fashions – power suits, MC hammer pants, oversized fluro t-shirts, overalls!, stone-washed jeans, pants that don’t quite make it all the way to the ankles…..
Last week I was all 1950s and I do really, really love the shape but I also have to have fun with the way I dress. I am not a uniform wearer. I am about personality and fun. I like dressing up and I like variety.
This is my ‘day-wear’ version.
Footless tights – hand-me-down
Shoes – Emily the Strange $7 from a school fair
Dress – $0 fabric and pattern gifted everything else from my stash, handmade
Jacket – bought in Amsterdam in 2004 from Vera Moda I think
Do you stick to a similar style of dressing most days or are you like me feminine one day, channelling a bit of punk the next?
This month the inspiration for Wardrobe Wednesday is the decade that suits you best
For me I’m a clear 50s girl – I have the ‘perfect’ figure or at least vaguely the right shape. Although I think the designs of the 20s/30s are gorgeous and the designs of the 60s a lot of fun neither styles are built for curves.
This means I go well with an hourglass shaped – either fitted or full in the skirt
This is the outfit I put together for my new haircut last week.
I bought the shirt from Timaru savemart at the same time as I bought this dress. It was a size or 2 bigger than I would normally buy but I used my dress makers dummy to make some serious depth in the darts and left the top part as it was. Then I added the black ribbon and I was all ready for a new do.
Top – $5.99 Savemart Timaru
Belt – ribbon from Spotlight
Skirt – bought on sale 10 years ago Catalyst
Tights – part of a set bought at Cosmic in chch
Shoes – bought in a bundle of 4 off trade me – 25cents!
and if I had worn the ugg boots I was in around the house or the gumboots I wore to go out I could have included the ‘something borrowed’ (both from my sister – who is due to return to NZ soon – at which time my wardrobe will shrink again!)
and a lot of ‘something blue’
Jacket – my mama wore this when she was pregnant with me and my sisters. My older sister had it shortened. I love it.
Tights – glassons on sale $5
Cardi – also from glassons (I had a voucher!) $30 – 1st wear!
Skirt – handmade and altered recently
Singlet – jay jays about 4 years ago
Necklace – Trade Aid
Earrings – won in a giveaway
He wears – pretty much all hand-me-downs and whatever he decided to put on this morning. My policy is to pretty much let them choose what they want to wear with some weather restrictions. This often means they look at little thrown together but I figure that’s okay. Neither own a pair of jeans…. they’re shorts and t-shirts kind of boys and because we get given so much clothing I make them very little.
What are you wearing today? Do you like colour in winter or do cosy up in dark colours?
and here as well
Okay so I can tell you with all certainty I don’t look glamorous or even presentable every day.
In the spirit of sharing I have included a selection of my holiday outfits at the Mt. John Observatory, on the ski field, ice skating. I know I am SO stylish!!!
This is my actual outfit of the week. I bought this at SaveMart in Timaru on the way home (we took a little detour). One strap needed re-sewing, very quick job – a reason for getting rid of a dress?? Maybe its original owner hated mending as much as I do.
Dress – $11.99 SaveMart Timaru
Top – Zara UK
Necklace – homemade, you like?
Shoes – The Warehouse – $5 on sale
I have been inspired by some layering going on by some of the Wardrobe Wednesday ladies. I love that this dress will also work for summer. Super comfy, stretchy, lightweight….
See what others are wearing over at Nin’s place.
I bought these socks ages ago with visions of long, lean legs with mini shorts and cute glasses – then I tried them on (and they only came up to my mid-knee) and realised – mmmm not so much for me!
But I do love the socks and heels look so this is what I wore – absolutely nowhere at home packing for our holiday and to the supermarket. (Obviously the heels didn’t stay on that whole time!) Always good to audition outfits don’t you think?
I like my legs they are strong and muscly and they get me all sorts of places but I’m not sure that the long socks and micro lengths are right for such ‘shapely’ legs. At knee-high they are okay but the problem with the other look is your mid thighs really need to be at least as good as the rest of your legs…. these people do exist but they aren’t me!
What look do you adore but doesn’t work on your body?
Denim skirt - made by me
Socks – Farmers
Shoes – Moda Bella on sale about 5 years ago
Top – Merino hand-me down you can see one bit poking out of one sleeve
Jacket – bought at a Dress for Success sale for $15 label Sportsgirl. Never sure how to wear this or even if it suits me – so I am auditioning it – verdict?
Another Wednesday – sadly a series of very average photos – um, sorry about that folks! This is me trying to wear something slightly above the jeans and hoodie that seems to become my winter holiday uniform.
Yeah so the I think I might look better in this outfit in real life….. at least I hope I do! Glad I wore flats though as I was at Flip’s swimming lesson and I had to sprint (we had walked) all the way home when I realised I had left the oven on with biscuits baking in it. Seriously unfit – literally could not sprint all the way – must be less than one km, had a sore throat and a cough for a good half hour afterwards due to exertion of running. Also house stinks – grateful for a sunny day when I could open every window and door in the place.
If I said I took the photos after all this it could excuse the facial expressions, blur, and lack of a decent pose – I’d be lying though and I wouldn’t do that to you would I? Also I obviously don’t actually wear the hood up but it’s fun for the photos right?
Jeans – River Island – hand me down
Top – Farmers on sale – I think I paid $7.50.
Jacket – handmade 2010
Earrings – made last week, getting a lot of wear
shoes – el cheapo but I needed some flat shoes so I bought them….. from the warehouse
Pop over and see what slightly more inspired people are wearing this week! Why don’t you join in – everyone is welcome and I’ve set the bar nice and low don’t you think??
Nin has been focussing this month on wardrobe staples for winter. Mainly I’ve just been wearing whatever I like because, well because I want to find something fun in my wardrobe every day without thinking about rules too much.
This week I am wearing a denim skirt I made about 6 years ago. When I made it it finished just below my calf which as well as not being a great length on me also makes me look rather conservative and slightly like I may be part of a particular religious group (this is made even more so with my long hair).
This outfit works well for bike riding in the winter – although I am still wanting something like these gorgeous fingerless gloves. You can buy them on felt – best NZ crafty website.
Gorgeous assistant dressed himself. Photos – what can I say? Winter photography blues!
Skirt – made by me
Jacket – op shop hand me down
t-shirt – jay-jays about 4 years ago
Boots – bought in the UK
Tights bought in Turkey
Bad hair – naturally mine!
What do you find yourself wearing again and again in winter?
More of what I am wearing on my blog
You remember I bought some fabric (very naughty!) recently. One of the pieces was a gorgeous piece of Japanese lawn that I have been using for my new header and buttons on my blogspot blog CreateHopeInspire.
I didn’t buy very much of it. I had an idea in my head to make a very simple over-sized t-shirt to wear with my high-waisted skirt.
Nin suggested I do french seams and gave me tips for using bias binding to face the neck and armholes. I love having a friend who is a ‘qualified designer’. Whenever I have questions about fabric or how I should sew something together. I did so french seams (my first time ever) and used the system Nin suggested but with knicker elastic instead of bias binding.
I used a pattern I found at an op-shop the other day. It’s amazing how a little styling can make a difference don’t you think??
I quite like the ‘Corporate Barbie’ look now and again.
Skirt – catalyst bought about 9 years ago on sale
Top – made by me using an op-shop pattern
Tights – hand me down
Shoes – TKMaxx UK cheapies – falling apart!
Necklace – bought from a shop in Heathcote Valley – chch about 2 years ago
Earrings – gift from Korea
If I’m corporate Barbie which Barbie are you?
My sister saw this fabric in a market in Amsterdam.
She told me about it.
She sent me some with a note saying ‘You’re the only person in the world who could rock this fabric.’
Maybe she is a little generous but Hello??’ I <3 Jesus with gold shiny Holy Spirit Doves’?? Yes Please!
I used a pattern that was an off-cast from one of my mama’s friends.
Without the belt I look a bit like I am 7 months pregnant or how I still look 5 months after giving birth.
I love this fabric – I often think about making clothes that say stuff about the real ‘who I am’ more than just the ‘I love clothes and dressing up’ part of who I am.
I do love Jesus, very much. He is the source of who I really am and who I am becoming. At 34 I’m at that happy stage of my life where I feel entirely at home with this and I don’t feel like I need to make excuses or try to convince people that loving Jesus doesn’t make me weird, or crazy or deluded or brainless. Point is I find meaning and joy in this sometimes difficult-to-explain relationship and I’m happy to wear that on a black chiffon, 80s-esque printed dress with pink stilettos (even if I did slip over in the ice in them!).
Dress – made by me, fabric from Amsterdam
Tights – cosmic
pink stilettos – TKMaxx – UK
Cardi – hand-me-down from a cousin
What do your clothes say about you and your values?
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