First up is a maxi skirt which I received from gorgeous Curtise of The Secondhand Years who got it from Terri from Rags Against the Machine in a circuitous transcontinental effort. (In this same package of love I also received a fabulous velvet maxi dress with a lacy sewn-in blouse featuring leg-of-mutton sleeves, here. Can you believe its amazingness?) Here is the skirt, first in closeup and then how I styled it.
- vintage maxi jacquard skirt with rear zip/button enclosure, gift from Curtise and Terri
- jacquard vest, hand-me-over, downsized three sizes
- vintage jacquard jacket, thrifted, home-made (the price tag said "Mad Hatter at the Tea Party")
- aubergine silk blouse, hand-me-over, many sizes too big
- red wool beret, thrifted
- brown crackle leather Miu Miu boots, thrifted
- blue brooch, craft fair, sold as hat adornment
The next piece I received in the same package. It is an absolutely delicious lurex capelet, special from Curtise. Oooh, she knows my heart well.
- crappy dreamy shoes, retail, with vintage kimono-strip laces, gift from my friend Sharron
- glitter bronze tights, retail
- lurex dress, thrifted
- lurex capelet, Curtise
- red wool beret, thrifted
- black long-sleeve under-T, thrifted
I haven't worn this ensemble out yet because the shoes, worn only once, already need sole reinforcement, hence the "crappy" descriptor, but this outfit is DEFINITELY an incentive to get that done. The capelet is very cool because it has little sleeve openings sewn into it. I would need to wear a wrap or shawl of some kind over it for outdoors, thus adding to the drama and glamour of the sparkles.
And the finale, ta-dah, this is a gorgeous maxi dress with a tulip motif and beret which I received from awesome Ariane of Style Sud-Est.
Isn't this dress divine? At first I wasn't sure how to style it - the bodice is attached to the skirt in a zig-zag line you can barely make out in the first photo - but when I added the belt everything fell magically into place. This dress is so filmy and dreamy; it's the most fun to twirl in. You should hear the swishy sound. And the green beret, I have to thank Ariane for reintroducing me to this beautiful colour! I love it now with my white hair. The denim jacket turns this into daywear but the delicate hemline requires dry sidewalks. Thank you, Ariane!
That's all. Sorry for such a long post. I have woken up every day wondering if this is THEE day for any of these outfits and I'm glad I have finally photographed them to share with you. So hugs to Curtise and Terri and Ariane for making possible this post and my happiness wearing these amazing pieces.
When you're stumped by how to style an outfit where does you mind go first: scissors? scarves? belts? donation bin? I was tempted to shorten the dress and I'm so GLAD I resisted!!