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Outfit: What Do You Wear With Weather Like This?

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Ok, I am going to be that person, and talk about the weather. But really, it has been a strange, strange year weather-wise! This fall, for example, we got snow on October 8, which then lasted for two weeks, taking all of our fall colour with it. Then the temperatures rose and the snow melted tricking us into thinking that it was springtime and we should pull out all the summer clothing again! Except for the fact that the calendar clearly told us it was October. Then, it got cold again, but there was no snow, and no fall leaves left either. So we’ve been living with the bare trees, and the brown grass for the last few weeks. But, now it’s snowing again, and I am sure that winter is here to stay this time. That’s OK though with me because, of course, my main concern when it comes to weather, as boring as it may be, is what to wear.

When the weather is chilly, but it doesn’t really feel like fall time, and it doesn’t really feel like winter time, what do you wear? I was ready to start wearing my more winter appropriate clothing, but I didn’t want to hurry into the season either. So, I have been trying to balance the two seasons, and coming up with combinations like this one I wore last week.

My trench coat kept me warm enough, because as dreary as it looks in these pictures, it wasn’t actually that cold out. And the wool beret and my favourite wool skirt made this outfit look wintry enough (OK, you caught me. I say everything is my favourite. But that’s just because I couldn’t choose a favourite anything if I tried…) Going with such a monochromatic, non-patterned outfit was really a change from the norm for me as well, and allowed me to use some of the accessories I have, that never seem to go with anything, like this scarf and clutch. The scarf added a nice jolt of colour, because, while I absolutely love mint, I have hardly anything in my wardrobe to wear this scarf with, thus, it doesn’t get worn as often as it deserves to be!

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The other item I was glad to wear, is this hilarious/amazing vintage clutch. I picked this up in the summer, and this was it’s debut! I found this one in a thrift store, and it is covered with feathers, and then completely wrapped with clear plastic. There is a crack in the plastic on the back, but I don’t mind too much. I can’t really decide if the clutch is cool, or just plain weird, though. What do you think? It is the stupidest thing to carry though, as it is so narrow, it can only hold my phone, a lipstick, and some loose change. My wallet doesn’t even fit in it, but that’s a clutch for you: fun, but not very functional. (Maybe if I just schlepped less stuff around with me . . . )

Anyways, this outfit worked out pretty well for a transitional kind of outfit. I always find the changing seasons a bit difficult to dress for. Now that we have snow again, and the temperatures have dropped, I’ve started pulling out my winter coats, I guess I won’t have to really worry about that until Spring.

How about you- do you find it easy, or difficult to dress for the changing seasons? Does it feel like Winter now where you are? Are you excited about dressing for the upcoming season, or sad to see Fall go? (And, for my readers south of the Equator, just reverse the seasons 🙂 !)

Outfit Details:

Beret: ? I think my sister gave me this one?

Scarf: Thrifted- my sister gave me this too! 

Clutch: Vintage

Shoes: Gabor

Coat: Hell Bunny

Skirt: Thrifted

Blouse: From my Mom

Brooch: Also from my Mom

Earrings: Also gifted. (Wow I get a lot of stuff from my family. Thanks, eh!)

Necklace: Also had for years

Tights: What Katie Did Retro Seamed Dot Tights with Dots (ps- I love these, and have worn them several times with nary a run or snag to be seen yet! Definitely a good quality purchase.)

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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! 🙂

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Chronically Vintage Guest Post Today

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Hello everyone, as I mentioned on Friday, I am guest posting today for Jessica of Chronically Vintage, while she is on holidays (in my own delightful province of Alberta!) I have been following Jessica’s wonderful blog for a few years now, so I was very excited when she asked to do write a guest post for her. Today, I am sharing a before and after, of how I made this ugly little felt hat I picked up back in April, into a Philip Treacy inspired flower topped hat. So, hop on over to Chronically Vintage to see more pictures, a tutorial for how I made this chiffon flower, and inspiration for embellishing your own thrift finds! (And take a look through her blog while you are at if, if you don’t follow her already!) 🙂

Fresh as a Daisy in Retrolicious Vintage Repro

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At first, brown, mustard yellow and cream do not seem to be a summer colour palette, but then I looked out into my garden and saw a patch of daisies blooming. It turns out that it is a summer palette after all! 🙂

This is the new dress that I mentioned last week, and it is my first vintage reproduction dress! Living in Alberta, which isn’t exactly a major centre for vintage style boutiques, I had never come across a shop that sold vintage reproduction. I have never had much luck shopping online either, and for things like dresses, which need to fit well, it was always just too much of a gamble. Then, a few weeks ago, while shopping on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue, I discovered this little shop called Rowena. Rowena is a “clothing, accessory & household item store specializing in pinup, rockabilly, psychobilly, tattoo and alternative cultures.” As soon as I walked in the door, I was in heaven. Seriously, my mom and sister who were with me, can attest that I was like a kid in a candy store. Never have I ever seen such a large and fabulous selection of vintage reproduction in one place. All of the items they have in store, are available in their amazing online store Retro Glam, if you would like to check it out. Anyways. I did find a few lovely items, and actually it is amazing that I came home with my bank account intact! I’ll be back for sure, though.

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I was so excited to wear this dress; I wore it the very next Sunday. It is the Nostalgia dress by Retrolicious. I had never heard of Retrolicious before: it is a sub brand of Folter clothing “made in the USA”.

I can’t really attest to the quality of the dress, as I have only had it for a couple of weeks, and I haven’t washed it yet or anything, but I love it so far. When we were in a different shop that same day, the salesperson told me that the dresses they were selling were “couture dressmaker’s fabrics, not just regular old cottons”. When I looked at the tag, they were 57% polyester/ 43% cotton blends. I’ll take the cotton please.  Thus, I love that this dress is 100% cotton, and cut on the bias, which gives it a comfortable amount of stretch without containing any spandex/polyester/nylon.  I don’t know about you, but I just hate synthetic fabrics. I mean, sometimes they are fine for certain garments, and I do own some myself, but I just hate the fact that there is such an abundance of synthetics in every piece of clothing you find, it seems. Maybe this is just an irrational fear I have of synthetics, tracing back to the time when I was a child and my mother told me that nylon melts. I was scared to wear my nylon pants for years. Anyways, that was a bit of an aside. . . where were we. . .

The dress! It is lovely, comfortable and breathable (it was a hot day, when I wore it) and it has pockets too; I never think to put pockets in my dresses, but really they are the best! Basically this dress is a winner, it is my new favourite, and now that I know where Rowena is, and I know what size I am in several other repro brands, I may never have any money ever again. . .

(PS: After I had finished dressing, I realized that the accessories in this outfit are exactly what I paired with my outfit for Easter Sunday- the straw purse, brown sandals, and cream coloured hat. Even the pearls are the same. What can I say? If you’ve got a good thing going. . . )

(PPS: Another quick note: I do know that cotton, unless it is organic, contains a whole host of other environmental problems, 🙁 but as it is difficult to find organic cotton material and clothing, when faced with a choice, I will choose cotton, as it is still a natural and biodegradable fibre, rather than a man made fibre.)

Outfit Details:

Dress- Retrolicious, Nostalgia Dress (not available any more it seems, but they have many others!)

Purse: Vintage from a thrift store

Hat: Vintage from an antique sale

Shoes: Franco Sarto from a few years ago

Earrings: Joe Fresh from a few years ago

Necklace: Pearls; a gift from my parents!

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