Okay ladies (and gentlemen!) here it is:
Just before we get started here are the facts and other stuff……
30 days, 30 outfits – 30 different outfits hopefully mostly handmade, given, hand-me-downs, opshopped or re-purposed.
I am 33, size 12 mainly – 12-14 top, 11-12 bottom half.
I wear mascara every day. I don’t own foundation (I think I probably should at my age). I sometimes wear eye-shadow and lipstick. I wash my hair every second day which means I also wear it up every second day! It is many months since I have been to the hairdresser so my hair is pretty much ‘natural’.
I like to wear heels but I don’t much because my boss (2.5yrs) doesn’t want his fingers crushed. I bike my 5 yr old ‘Flip’ to school every morning. I sometimes wear a skirt on the bike – like the time I fell off it at the bike stands on top of my son with my other son (Bounce 2.5) on the back.
If I know when, wear and what I paid for something I will tell you. If I know the pattern company and number for something I have made I will tell you.
Having started this I have realised the biggest challenge is going to be the photos. The Atlas leaves and arrives home when it is dark and my boys, though gifted, are not the height I need – so I persevere with self-portraits! (Which is why I don’t have a head in most of them).
Dress – Annah S, given to me about 8 years ago this is its first wear. I decided I had to actually wear it before I put it in the clothing bag!
Opaque black tights possibly older than 8 years – still in tact!
Black undertop bought from Lane Walker Rudkin sale last year/ a couple of years ago $8
Boots hand-me-down – were a very bad length on me so I ‘Gok’d’ them: cut them off at the ankle and folded the cool gold lining to the outside – I always get comments when I wear these boots.
accessories – necklace gift from Scottish rellies in the Charles Rennie MacKintosh style, Silver gate braclet from my Grandmother, Silver bangle bought at an op-shop/clothing boutique in a tiny town on the way to Alexandra 2010 $20, Fringe – cut it myself this morning. Wedding ring – designed by us- handmade Manuwatu Manufacturing Jewellers, Engagement ring – Cameron’s Jewellers also Palmy Nth, Measurement ring and gift from some very special friends – art gallery in Napier.
Jacket – pretty sure this originated at an op-shop but I can’t remember if it is also a hand-me-down from my sister. Has very cool flower details on the pockets and a slight puff sleeve.
Evaluation – very good hand-me-down factor. Shape of the dress not a massive winner on me, length is good, love the boots with the tights (brown and black is NOT a combo I would have done until recently). I love the clanky sound the bangles make – it makes me feel posh.
Cardi – hand-me-down from sister, bought at the Lane Walker Rudkin closing down sale about 2 years ago.
Singlet – Jay-jays bought about 4 years ago for about $8. Very long.
Skirt – bought from Dress for Success garage sale (charity to help women back into work) $15
Tights – hand-me-down from sister. Not sure how old they are.
Shoes – $9 from the warehouse covered in black sequins. 2 years old.
Accessories – bangle from yesterday. beads – belonged to my grandmother – 1st wear.
Evaluation – not loving the photo. I do feel a little conservative in this. I think it does look better in real life though. I also gave myself a fringe cut today and I like it. Apart from the terrible hair and bad angle I also look like I have had lip injections!!!
Top – organic cotton from Shanton last year about $20 I think. Love the colour.
Skirt – bought the fabric at Spotlight in Hawkes Bay about 7/8 years ago and made then. Only just started wearing it again. Love it.
Gumboots – this is what Bounce and I wore for jumping on the tramp together. They belong to The Atlas but mine have heels and take longer to get on and off.
Brown boots – bought last year from an outlet shop in Sydenham mall – $20.
Jacket – see outfit one. Brooches – metal from Korea, other one I needle felted last year or the year before.
Earrings – topshop UK a gift for Christmas from my sis-in-law. Get heaps of comments every time I wear them.
Evaluation – I like this outfit. Lots of people commented on the skirt. I feel like this is a good mix of wearable and fun for me.
Dress – made in 2009 or 2010 from fabric I had been given 8 years ago but loved too much to do anything with it for a while. I used a top pattern and just made it longer.
Boots/Shoes – bought at No.1 shoes about 3 years ago probably $15.
Bangle – long necklace of plastic beads bought from Marsden School Fair in Wtgn 2011 for 50cents. Earrings- mother of pearl oblong set in silver, gift from sis about 8 years ago. Sunglasses $3 from a dollar-saver shop.
Evaluation – this dress is SO comfy and I adore the colour and the fabric. This dress reminds me that simple can still be great. I really should do something better with my hair.
Dress – vogue pattern based on a vintage design. Made last year. Fully lined but actually very easy to make. Made from brushed cotton – mechanic meets 1950s housewife! Also has internal side pockets which makes me feel SO editorial!
Beads – all from Marsden school fair 50c per strand – about $3 total.
Tights – opaque navy, still owned from when I worked at a chemist at high school (yup I keep stuff for SO long!)
Shoes – same as outfit 2.
I also wore a cobalt blue ribbon wound round one wrist over and over.
Evaluation – this dress is a bit looser than it used to be, which is good in some ways but not as flattering. I love that is circles right out when I spin around – makes me feel girly. The dress itself comes in at the waist which you can’t tell in the photo. It’s better with heels but I was taking the under 5s for church so practicality won out in the end.
Top – made from a offcast of a friend’s fabric stash. Cut from another top. See ‘The Lazy Girl’s New Top’ post if you want to see how I made it.
Shorts – made from a new look pattern 2 years ago
Tights – a gift from a friend about 8 years ago.
Boots – my ‘punky’ boots. Bought from a store in Christchurch about 10 years ago.
I did have beads on but I had taken them off by the time I took the photo. Before you completely freak about my ‘taste levels’ (as Heidi would say on Project Runway). I run a music group for under 5s every Monday and this is my ‘uniform’. I wear the shorts and crazy tights every week – hey it gives me a reason to keep the tights I am WAY too grown up to own. I did do my supermarket shopping in this outfit afterwards though. So you can see – NO shame! (although I nearly didn’t post the photo because I don’t like it and I AM vain!)
oops! I deleted the photo before I saved so you’ll have to make do with the detail only shot below.
Top: Hand-me-down about 3 years ago. First bought from Jeans west – I have a pink one too. Dark brown singlet underneath from a clothing swap.
Skirt – handmade from a simplicity pattern about 10 years ago (I know can you believe how long I keep all my clothes???) Straight stretch denim with a contrasting band across the bottom of the skirt.
Boots and necklace see outfit 3.
Rings – the one you can see was a gift from my work when I left in 2003. I chose it from Cameron’s jewellers in Palmerston North. It was about $300 I think. I was also wearing a plain silver band with stones set into it that The Atlas bought me in Austria.
Evaluation – I like this top on me and I think overall it’s an okay shape but maybe I am ready to finally retire this skirt – I do get nice comments when I wear it but I do hardly ever wear it. My sister and I share a love for clothes and she often gives me things (see all this weeks hand-me-downs) when she has got to saturation point. I think that happens from time to time with clothing. It’s not the it has run out of wear or isn’t ‘in’ anymore you’ve just over-worn it and it’s time for someone else to love it.
So that’s the week! Having just spoken about something being ‘in’ or not – I don’t really do fashion intentionally, if I like stuff I wear it and if I don’t then I don’t. My worst dressing situation is uniform – where’s the room for individuality???? I wouldn’t describe myself as ‘fashion-forward or edgy’ perhaps quirky, definitely individual.
Shall I do it all again next week?? Do we continue with 30 days and 30 outfits and declining photos? What do you think… Anything you’d like to see more of – crazy tights?? Hand made?? I might do a week of coats and jackets?? Yes/No