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The Comfort of a Good Tried and True Outfit

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When one is wearing a 1960’s outfit, one must pretend to be a Vogue cover model of the era, and pose appropriately.

I love to play dress up with my wardrobe and come up with new outfit combinations.  It’s always so much fun to pair items with something I haven’t before, and come up with new ideas on how to wear the garments I have. I especially love to do this whenever I get something new in my wardrobe. Before I buy a garment, I always try to picture it with the things I already have- how will it fit in with what I already own? What do I have that I could pair it with? And then, as soon as I bring it home, I try pairing it with as many things in my wardrobe as possible. That way, the next time I go to get dressed I already have an idea of what sorts of garments work together well, but I have the freedom to experiment and add accessories that haven’t been out to play for a while . . . or to choose something unexpected altogether. However, as much as I love to experiment, sometimes you just need the comfort of an old friend.

Enter, the tried and true outfit. This is an outfit that just “goes” together, and every time you wear it, you love it as much as you did the last time.

I have a few “uniforms” in my wardrobe, but this is definitely one of my favourites. You can actually read more about this coat in this post from back in March. Today’s outfit is identical to that one, with only the addition of a new-to-me vintage hat. I have worn this outfit, with the exact same dress, coat, and shoes several times since I found this coat a few years ago – and every time I wear it, I still love it just as much as the first time.

I only wear this dress paired with this coat, because it is a tunic, that I turned into a dress (but is impossible to alter so it is more fitted, as it has to be pulled on over the head.) The dress is rather baggy, and so it isn’t very flattering on its own, but when worn under this coat, it suddenly looks like a 1960’s shift (and so it is worth keeping in my wardrobe, even if I only wear it a couple of times a year!) Adding my trusty old low navy peep-toes, furthers the 1960’s theme, and when you are wearing a 1960’s inspired outfit, you have to pair it with a ridiculous feathered pillbox, right? I don’t know why, because they are rather silly, but I just love 1960’s hats. I picked this one up in the spring, just in time to pack it away for summer, so this was it’s official debut. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this hat while I was wearing it; it almost seems too tall and narrow. However, there is a benefit to taking pictures for your blog- you can look objectively at things later when you go through the photos! After looking at the hat in this pictures, I actually think it’s grown on me a bit, but what do you think? I’m still trying to decide if it is a yes or a no.

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So, there you go, even though I have worn this exact thing before, I enjoyed wearing it all over again. That’s the magic of a Tried and True! The only sad thing about this lovely coat, is that it is wool, but only lined with a lightweight satin, and so it isn’t warm at all. I only get to pull it out a few times each Spring and Fall, but I do love wearing it while the weather permits!

Do you have a Tried and True outfit you love to wear? Or do you like to experiment and wear something different each time you get dressed?

Outfit details:

Actually now that I think about it, every piece in this outfit, except for the sunglasses and earrings, was a hand-me-down, was thrifted or bought at a vintage store. That’s cool, as that doesn’t usually happen! 🙂

1960's Peggy French coat, the artyologist

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A Fashion Moment With McCall’s Treasury of Needlecraft: Dressy Sweaters

a fashion moment with McCall's Treasury of Needlecraft, Dressy Sweaters, the artyologist

I think that it is about high time there was another peek into the McCall’s Treasury of Needlecraft, don’t you? It has been quite a while since the last edition, back in July, where I shared knitted and crocheted dresses. This time around, we are delving into “Dressy Sweaters”.

By this I mean, not your average knitwear, which is usually intended for warmth (although style is always important as well!). These knits I share with you today are all just a bit fancier- either with intricate patterns, beading or other pretty details. Some of them are not specifically intended for evening wear, but look a little bit more elegant due to how they are styled, and what they are paired with, while some of them are intended for evening wear. We don’t usually think of knitted and crocheted garments for evening, but when they are made out of more delicate materials, they are the perfect option for fancier occasions, especially when the weather begins to turn cooler.

I hope you enjoy these lovely pieces!  Which are your favourites?

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This needs to be in my wardrobe. Like, right now. This is one of the most beautiful cardigans I have ever seen, and it is definitely worthy of being worn with a bridal ensemble as shown here. Or with anything for that matter, as it would make any outfit incredible!

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Two outfits finished off perfectly with the addition of a belt.

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You could definitely wear this beautiful jacket in place of a blazer. It looks so polished.

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When in doubt, add a muff. And beading. And gloves. And impeccable hair. Ok, I’ll stop now.

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Not only in love with her top, but her topper as well! Do you think it’s a beret? Or a hat with a folded up brim? It’s hard to tell!

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I’m gonna guess the lady on the right is wearing a bullet bra. . . 

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What appears to be another bridal ensemble.The question we are all asking ourselves though is . . . seriously, what is with the guy in the background??

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And last, but not least, this “handsome mandarin jacket” is made of ribbon yarn. It gives an interesting texture, and also a pretty and elegant sheen, don’t you think?

Are You a Flapper?

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I am not into Halloween. As in spooky, gory, creepy, dark and scary. However, I do love candy, and I do love costumes. I mean, I love to dress up any day of the year- so give me any excuse to dress up “officially” and I am there!

For the past few years, I have hosted costume parties, and this is the first year that I haven’t in three years. Even though I didn’t have a chance to dress up in a costume and go out this year, I didn’t want the opportunity to pass, without dressing up in some kind of costume. My sister and I have been wanting to do a 1920’s photo shoot for a while now, and since I recently got my hair shaped into a bob, it seemed the perfect time to dress up in these costumes and take some photos. We decided that a black and white faded palette, gloomy clouds, and some barren tree branches would be the perfect backdrop, and create the right mood. The “costumes” were pulled from our wardrobes, and dress up bin, of course. 🙂

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I have also now decided that those flappers were right about so much- it is amazingly fun to wear strands of pearls, stacks of bracelets, sparkles, dark makeup and furs. Of course, not every person in the 1920’s dressed this way- but it is “iconic’ for a reason, right? Honestly, if I had lived in the 1920’s I am 99% sure that I would have been a Plain Jane, wearing prim and proper dresses, and I never would have dreamed of going to the speakeasy, in my knee length fringed dress, dancing the night away. Considering that I don’t do any of those things today. . .  But, I do love to dress up in the 1920’s flapper styles, even if they are not historically accurate, and more “inspired by” the era. Nora, of Nora Finds, recently said on her instagram, that in a few years it will be the 20’s again, so we should “bring back the beaded flapper dresses and finger waves”. I wholeheartedly agree!

What do you think? If you lived in the 1920’s would you have worn the knee length dresses and bling, and been a flapper? Or would you have been a prim and proper lady, who stayed at home and behaved herself?

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On a side note, I am not one to spot family resemblances very easily, but when my Gramma saw these pictures, she said that I looked like her when she was young, and Sarah looked like her mother, our Great-Grandmother. I guess we do have a family resemblance- even if I can’t pick it out 🙂

Blogging 101: How to Coordinate With Your Surroundings

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I really must be a blogger now.

Not only did I choose this outfit simply because I wanted to coordinate with the background of the fall colours, but I actually changed into this outfit, went out to take photos of it, came home and changed out of the outfit, and then wore it some days later. So, yeah, these photos are essentially staged.

But you have to take advantage of beautiful surroundings for photos when you can, right? If I had waited until the day I was going to actually wear this outfit, all the leaves would have fallen off of the trees, or it would have been snowing, or something . . . 🙂 I did wear this outfit, to a fall-time “corn roast” with my church. It was the perfect thing to wear as it is “outdoorsy” enough, and with the scarf, I was warm, but the shirt, trousers and boots give the look a “vintage lady explorer” feel. Or, at least that’s what I feel like when I wear it anyways. Do you ever feel as though you “put on” a mood or a character when you dress in a certain way?

I’ll add a note about the background for these photos. Though these photos are “staged”, my sister and I were already planning to go out hunting for some fall leaves to take pictures of, when we did these, and we stumbled across the Eighth Wonder of the World while we were doing so. These pictures seriously don’t do justice to the beauty that we found in this hidden little valley. It was spectacular, and it is only about five minutes away from where we live, down a little country lane! I didn’t even know that this little ravine was there, as you can barely see it from the road. I wanted to go down the hill and go exploring, but of course we didn’t, as we didn’t want to trespass, so we contented ourselves with the few photos we did get by the road, enjoyed the fall sun shine, the golden glowing leaves and the beautiful view. It was definitely an amazing place, and I can’t wait to go back later, to see how it has changed with the changing of the seasons.

Have you found any pretty hidden places recently that you didn’t know about? And, have you ever “staged” or coordinated outfit photos before? 🙂

Outfit Details:

Cream Wool Beret: Sears, from many years ago

Faux Leather Jacket: Hand-me-down from my Aunt

Yellow Cashmere Scarf: My brother brought back for me from Nepal

Navy Twill Trousers: Home sewn, Burda 7122

Floral Shirt: Thrifted

Boots: Thrifted

Owl Necklace: Gifted

Earrings: From years ago

Blogging 101: How to Colour Match your surroundings, entire outfit, the artyologist

How to Colour Match Your Surroundings, trees-and-outfit, the artyologist

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How to Colour Match Your Surroundings, among the trees the artyologist

Blogging 101: How to Colour Match Your Surroundings, no jacket outfit, the artyologist

How to Colour Match your Surroundings, the artyologist, necklace and trees

Please notice that not only does my outfit coordinate with my surroundings, but the necklace coordinates with the buttons on the shirt. How matchy-matchy!

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