For this summery 1960s inspired look, I paired a vintage floral scarf in
vibrant shades of orange and yellow with a pair of DL1961 high waisted
blue jeans. I always have a look through the scarves when thrifting, the larger ones can make for lovely sarongs and tops during the warmer months. And the jeans immediately caught my eye, the fit and colour reminding me of a pair I had years ago. Still have, actually, though they've seen far better days. For accessories, I opted for gold hoop earrings and an old chain necklace worn as a
Summer has arrived on the island and not a minute too soon.
Shopbop’s recent sale, I was having a little browse when I came across a
pair of velvet bell bottoms. On sale for under $20. Could not help
myself. Kind of wish it was Christmastime so I could wear them everyday.
For a 1970s inspired look, I paired them with a blouse
tied at the waist and an old suede jacket. Otherwise, I opted for simple
black pumps and a gold chain belt I recently
found at the church thrift shop nearby. It was $2. Just a little
obsessed with it.
This is the kind of outfit I will never get tired of. Effortless, classic, can be dressed up or dressed down. It makes me feel put together without feeling overdressed and that’s just what I need some days. Because even if you’ve not got it all together, sometimes it can help to dress the part and pretend.
I posted a similar look back in November as winter approached – going for a retro inspired look complete with bell bottom jeans, faux fur coat, and cowboy boots. Now, as we’re getting into spring, I’ve tentatively put away the faux fur and boots. Tentatively. Because no matter how much I’d prefer it to be bikini weather from here on out, I’ve a feeling we’ve still got a cold day or two left before spring fully kicks into gear.
For this look, I wore same shirt as in that November post but this time, rather than bell bottoms, I opted for a pair of 721 Levi’s. The wash of the jeans, called Cerulean Valley, is perfect for this time of year. While I love dark wash denim, I think it’s always nice to have a lighter, slightly brighter option during the spring and summer.
Being that we've only just gotten into April, I may be getting a little ahead of myself… but with the weather we’ve been having recently, it’s hard to not to daydream, at least a little, about summertime.
Little black dresses, like trench coats, blue jeans and other classic pieces of clothing, may change
slightly over the years but will never really go out of fashion. There really is
one that suits almost everyone’s tastes and personal sense of style.
Some are a little flashy with embellishments, sequins, or beads. And some are more
simple and versatile, like this one from SheIn. I prefer the latter,
myself. Because it doesn't stand out too much on its own, it leaves plenty of room for you to style it according to your personal style by what you wear with it. I
went with black pumps, sheer black tights, a leather belt in a
contrasting colour, and a loose fitting army green jacket.
I hadn’t had a reason to really dress up recently, so I spent a
little more time than usual fussing over how to style this
dress. A few years ago, I would’ve gone for all black accessories and red lipstick
would’ve been a given. I’m still fond of all black, even if I don’t wear
it nearly as often as I used to. Red lipstick, though... I keep putting
on red lipstick only to wipe it off and apply something more neutral
instead. Old habits die hard. I should really get
around to changing the name of this blog.
In the interest of being totally upfront, I’ll admit that I’ve spent the past half hour trying to figure out what to write to go along with the photos above. You'd think after a few years of writing these posts, you would get a handle on it. You would think.
The most annoying part is probably that I can sit down and write pages and pages about other things -- thoughts, feelings, memories, and so on. And I do. The quality of such writing can be a bit dodgey from time to time, but that's why there's a backspace button. But when it comes to writing these posts, half the time, my mind is like an empty warehouse. And yes, that was a very little reference to Bowie's Five Years, except he had too much to say while I've got tumble weeds rolling around.
I’ve always been more of a visual person when it comes to style, fashion, makeup, and whatnot. I enjoy it. I think I’m okay at doing it. Shit at writing about it, though. How many times can you write variants of ‘I paired up X with X for an X kind of look’ before losing your mind?
Maybe I just need to take a different approach of some kind.
So, what can be written about an outfit like the one in the photos above?
The blouse is an old one from Suzy Shier. I've loved crossover style blouses for ages. I think they look feminine without being too girly, sexy without being too over the top. A kind of perfect in between. The jeans are by Mother Denim and feature a raw hem. I don't usually go for pre-distressed jeans, preferring to do it myself through natural wear and tear, but I feel differently about raw hems. To me, there's a difference between buying a pair of unhemmed jeans and buying a pair of practically shredded 'aren't your legs cold?' jeans. The belt is, like I said, a thrift shop find. The pumps are an older style by Steve Madden. And the hoop earrings are from Forever 21, one of my favourite places for cheap jewellery.
Another thing that could be said is that I need to carefully trim off a few inches from the length of those jeans. While I love how it feels to wear bell bottoms with pumps, it’s just not practical to be walking around on about 4 inches of extra fabric the rest of the time. Still, I’m tempted to wear them out with pumps once more before taking the scissors to them...
Overall, I was going for a 1970s influenced, effortless and casual but still slightly glamorous look. In my mind, there are two distinct kinds of glamourous seventies looks. There's the kind of glamour Jerry Hall and Bianca Jagger epitomised. And then there's glam, the kind of glamour Marc Bolan and David Bowie used to break the rules. This time, I was thinking more along the lines of the former. But that’s not to say I’m not down with sequins and glitter. There’s a time and place for everything.
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When is a blouse not a blouse? When it’s a skimpy dressing gown masquerading as a blouse. Sometimes something comes along that's too good to be kept in the bedroom. This was one of those times. Gorgeous rose print burnout velvet deserves better than to be worn only to laze around in on a Saturday morning.
For a Kate Moss inspired, chic-but-with-a-bit-of-an-edge kind of look, I paired this dressing gown by Only Hearts Lingerie with high waisted black trousers and classic suede heels. And In keeping with the ‘lingerie as outerwear’ theme, I opted to wear a black lace mini slip underneath. After all, Only Hearts Lingerie’s slogan is 'for the shameless romantic to be wornanytime, anywhere'. Not that I really needed any encouragement.
Now, theoretically (yes, 'theoretically'...), you could wear an outfit like this on a night out, get home late, ditch the trousers and pumps, take off your makeup and wash your face (we're not complete savages), and fall into bed. Get up the next day, get yourself sorted out, throw the dressing gown back on with a t-shirt, flares, and flats and go. Wouldn't you wear a velvet dressing gown to a Saturday morning farmer's market? I would. Then again, I can recall wearing these heels to the grocery store one time a few years ago. That, actually, I probably wouldn't do that today. Probably.
Being that most of my outfits recently have had a similar vibe and being that I don't want to get too repetitive, I'll make this a quick one. I paired a black lace-up top from SheIn with dark wash tapered jeans from Suzy Shier. The jacket belonged to my mum in the 1970s and the shoes are those same old favourite leather flats.
Ordering ‘one size’ clothing online can always be a bit of a gamble.
It may fit perfectly. It may fit your 8-year-old niece perfectly. It may
fit you similarly to how a potato sack would. For me, the latter rings
true this time. Still, nothing a belt can’t sort out. To create a more
feminine shape, I chose a leather belt that I bought at a thrift shop ages ago. It’s one of my favourites; it goes with just about
anything, from jeans to pencil skirts to sundresses.
To balance the oversized sweater, I opted to pair it with bell
bottom jeans. I felt it would look too top heavy if paired with tight,
tapered jeans. And, as I’ve mentioned previously, I love a good pair of
bell bottoms anyway.
Finally, I wore the pair of slightly tatty cowboy boots I picked
up last September at a thrift shop near where I’m living. I haven’t been
in for a while and have been wanting to pop in to have a look.
It’s one of those neat, slightly hidden away little thrift shops. Behind a church and only open a few days a week. In those ones especially, you can find the most interesting things.
While I can be a little picky when it comes to prints and patterns, I
love the muted colours and paisley print of this Free People blouse. To me, it has a lovely laid back, almost bohemian feel to it. In keeping
with that laid back vibe, I decided to pair it with tapered blue jeans. Absolutely shocking, isn't that? I had bell bottoms on to start with, but decided I
wanted to go with something a little more form fitting.
Still, for a more chic look, I would pair it with classic black jeans
(just super plain ones like this pair by Blank Denim). Alternatively, for a more
colourful and retro look, perhaps a pair of trousers like these corduroy bell bottoms by Rag & Bone. Loving that shade of burgundy. I’ve
actually got my eye on those. Although, I do realise that they may
look a little out of place as spring comes on. Then again, I don’t
really believe in following rules when it comes to style. I think, more than anything else, style is about what you
In true form, I didn’t really bother with accessories. And for shoes,
I went with my well worn and well loved leather flats. Even after
years, I still find that they seem to go with almost everything. What
ever will I do when they finally come apart in a way that can’t just be fixed
There’s not all that much to write about a look like this one. It's the kind of outfit I wear most days. Casual and comfortable, but not completely boring. That's what I tend to go for.
I paired a black lattice lace-up bodysuit with my oldest favourite
jeans. I think I’ve mentioned them before, and the state they’re in. I should really just retire them. In reality, I’ll probably wear them
until the fabric gives, being it’s what happened to my last favourite
pair. I haven’t gotten my money out of jeans until I’ve accidentally ripped off and resewn
the belt loops a few times and the fabric on the bum is about as thin
But enough about my raggedy, tatty jeans, the bodysuit! I love the retro feel of this bodysuit. I've been seeing lattice tops everywhere recently, so I'm assuming they're definitely A Thing™ at the moment. I don't really follows trends, but I certainly don't complain when something I like becomes readily available in all different colours and kinds...
While I was taking the photos for this post, my bedroom being cold as it ever is, it seemed like an idea to throw on my faux fur coat from last
winter. I love faux fur coats, but I do sometimes feel they can look a little
ostentatious. I think I’ve worn this one around the
house to keep warm this winter more than anywhere else. Ostentatious or not, faux fur definitely works well for that.
Today is December 29th and I still haven't worked out what to wear on New Years Eve. It used to be that I'd always have a certain outfit picked out for any significant upcoming holidays and events. These days, I tend to leave it to the last minute. Very little pre-planning and fussing about. For Christmas this year, I paired my favourite and slightly raggedy blue jeans with a nice blouse. The thought of slipping into a sequinned mini dress, which would require readjustment every single time I stood up or sat down, seemed entirely unappealing.
New Years Eve, though. I think something glittery or sequinned is in order. A dress, a blouse, maybe that weird pair of sequinned leggings that I never wear and have had since I was a teenager but refuse to get rid of? Glittered heels? Sequinned blazer? Maybe put it all together and go for the 'disco ball' look? We'll see...
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