Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I'm a Formal Woman

I was going to call this post, "Annie Hall-ish" but then I remembered - I've already done that title, here, way back in 2010. Instead, I went with this title as one of my coworkers commented that I looked very formal.
 The outfit was built around the shoes, which I didn't get the chance to wear last week. Must wear all the new things right away!


  • Shirt - no label, thrifted; first worn here in June with the eyeball dress
  • Vest - Dunn & Co., vintage; last seen here way back in August 2009 - ooh! Flashback!
  • Culottes - Jones New York, vintage early 80s, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) in May with a kimono top
  • Shoes - Matisse; purchased here for $74.00

 Because the shoes are black and white, with touches of caramel, I wanted to go matchy so that they were the focus. What to wear? All my caramel is packed away with my autumn/winter stuff! I like the menswear vibe, so the white shirt was a gimme, and then I remembered this very old vintage vest that's been hanging in my "archive" closet for many years. Tah-dah!

The vest was purchased by me in Vancouver when my then-bestie Lynette and I took the ferry over for a day to wander around town. I think we were about 17 (I know I'd graduated from high school, so summer of 1985) - no idea why our moms trusted us to go to the Big City alone, but we were good kids and actually didn't get up to anything untoward. I was broke back then, so wouldn't have had much money. I think this vest was around $10.00 - I also bought a wonderful dressing gown (shown here, 2nd item, and scroll down for a picture of me wearing it in the 80s!) for around the same price. I still have that too! Maybe I'll wear it one of these days.
 Other than that, I kept the outfit pretty simple.

The proof-that-these-are-culottes-not-a-skirt pose.
 Yup, they have legs!

Hat for coverage and to add to the menswear vibe.
 Aren't I the snazziest?

The stuff:
 The shoes were pretty good until my feet got hot and sweaty, and then they rubbed one of my toes. They'll be awesome with a little sock.

Manly bling:
I love wearing this tie!


  • Tie - Escada, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Ring - Soul Flower


Do you have any of your "homegrown vintage" still from when you were young(er)?

10 comments:

  1. VERY FUN! Formal...but totally funky and playful and vintage-y feeling! I love it all!

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  2. I have so few things from when I was younger as I mostly bought fast fashion - I've been trying to turn that around in my wardrobe lately. While I don't have time for thrifting with 2 toddlers I did manage to do 6 months without shopping which helped me see how much possibility I had in my wardrobe, which was a fun exercise!

    I still remember a few classic pairs of Levis that would probably be worth a lot now if I hadn't outgrown them, ha!

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    1. They didn't have fast-fashion (as we know it now) when I was younger - most of the stuff in the malls was actually made in Canada. I miss a few of the old pieces - I still had a good eye back then.

      Yes, for you with your young ones, and digging into your wardrobe, what an accomplishment! Well done! Do Levis keep their value?

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  3. Reminds me of Diana Prince in the new Wonder Woman movie.

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    1. YAY for that! I loved her outfit in the movie! Such a great scene! Thanks, Kasmira!

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  4. Oh how amazing that you still have this vest and that its your very own homegrown vintage. I have a leather belt with a huge coin in the front, I have worn it maybe twice on the blog. It was one pfennig, my mother bought it in Germany when I was about 9 years old and it somehow ended in my closet. OMG how has time passed...
    BTW I like the look, men's formal done by She.

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    1. It's getting a bit ratty, but I still love it. Wow, how cool to have that piece of your mom's still! Thanks, Lorena!

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  5. I love this masculine vibe on you Sheila! And the shoes, the shoes, the shoes - I'm swooning. So many times I declare "These are my favourites!" and then three days later I'm saying it all over again. Hey girl, I love ALL of your shoes xxxx

    Anna

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    1. Thank you! This is one of my mom's favourite outfits too! Ha, I do have a few good pairs. ;-P

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