Maybe it's the long vertical stripes like noodles. Or it could be the shirt's "o" print in dirty orange which reminds me of the American canned spaghetti called Spaghetti-O's (wretched). This 100 percent genuine polyester shirt is so vintage that the synthetic pleasure is ramped up exponentially (it almost crunches).
The skirt is a couple of sizes too big but I like how it hangs on the hip. I tucked the top in and I was going to wear a belt at my natural waistline, which had the excellent effect of making the ensemble look like a one-piece dress (who knew?), but opted for the tie at the last minute because I couldn't resist those polka dots, and why waste a perfectly tie-worthy shirt collar? I employed the ever-handy gargantuan Quintuple Windsor knot, otherwise known as the King's Throat knot. (see this site for a how-to)
- black cord jacket by Current, a local label I think, thrifted at Value Village
- thrifted 100% polyester button shirt, almost free from vintage shop close-out sale
- Pierre Cardin polyester tie, hand-me-over
- thrifted skirt shaped like an upside-down tulip (there must be a proper name for this), purchased last week and highly twirl-worthy, made from very silky fabric that flutters when I walk
- Miu Miu thrifted boots, $6 I think
- Tissot mechanical wristwatch, new old stock from the '70s, eBay
- beetle stick pin handcrafted by a friend who has a shop on Etsy, Little Lamp
Finally, here is my impression of the outfit which I sketched during my inspiration outing.
It's called "the Unspeakable joy of communing with my Jungle companions." That's a polar bear/hippo I'm riding on. I like the fish on my toe.
Have a great weekend everyone!