Updated: Dec 9, 2020
This Blog Post will be like a run-on sentence.
Updating frequently, but never quite ending.
If you see "OOTD Round-Up" at the top, you will know I have adding something new!
Outfit of the Day (OOTD)
Not everything I wear requires massive Upcycling or somewhat easier Refashioning. Some items require simple alterations. Something usually needs to be done.
If I am super lucky, I can wear something off the thrift store rack--a rarity though. And when it works that easily, then I want to show it off.
This post is simply a round-up of those note-worthy OOTDs that are me on a regular basis, in my studio designing, sewing, and organizing my textiles.
Yes, I dress up even though I 'go to work' at home. I enjoy getting dressed up! I am not athleisure kinda girl......not throwing shade at my sisters who do though! both my daughters live in their Lululemon Yoga pants and gear.
My grandmother would wear tiny heels, even in her 80's, to walk to her local market in Poland, where my family is from. Women just did not wear tennis shoes unless they went to the forest to pick berries or mushrooms. And really then, they wore boots.
I have so many lovely clothes that cost a fraction of what they might cost retail, Some items I find are less than a dollar! I am going to wear my fun wardrobe.
Saved From The Scissors!
...and kept as is
I am into everything tights these days.
Actually, I've always been into tights--even as a girl. I don't really like pants or jeans. Put me in a skirt or dress all day long, especially in the Winter.
Recently I purchased a bunch of tights in colors I have never worn before, like Mustard, Red, and Green. I want to push myself stylistically.
In OOTD #2, I wore white/beige ones, I was inspired by Chanel's 2020 collection and there were so many white tights and vintage shoes.
Click on the image below to take you to that post!
So white is done....how about Mustard?
Immediately my mind went to a Vintage Dress 1980's dress I had in my closet that was in line for the chopping block....yes, literally....I am an Upcycler. Maybe technically I should say the dress was in line for the Gingher Scissors.
The dress is full of yellows (Canary Yellow & Mustard Yellows) & (Oranges & Reds) all on a black background which I find appropriate for Winter. Last year I had seen so many floral Winter Dresses, and that's why I purchased this thrift 1980's dress.
The dress is that Gunne Sax Edwardian-esque style--the collar is the give away. The collar is perhaps the widest collar I have ever seen on a dress, not to mention have worn.
Now, as a stand alone dress, I found the print, well, what can I say? Busy? So I found it necessary to bring the 'noise' down a notch.
When I layered the long cardigan sweater over the dress cinched with a black, leather filigree belt, and held the alligator vintage purse, I felt like I was almost finished.
Now, at this point it seemed logical to go with white tights and some lace-up boots or darling wrap-ankle flats, but I thought the look would be too sweet. I also don't want to be a one-trick-pony. I wanted to keep some edge and element of surprise.
Cue the Calvin Klein cork, nail-head ankle strap shoes and Mustard Yellow tights.
Yep, your eye goes there for sure! First it's to the Mustard Yellow tights, and then one scans upward.
Since the skirt length on the dress is long, there's more of a peek-a-boo interest. Not sure how I would carry off it off with a short skirt.
If I was trying to perform a magic trick of some sort, this would be a great distraction!
1980's Winter Floral Edwardian-Style Dress, Fiori Brand
Long Sleeve 90's Black Cardigan
Black Filigree Leather Belt
Mustard Yellow Tights (Not Thrifted!)
Calvin Klein, Cork Heeled, Nail-Head Heels
...Until the Next StyleMyThrift OOTD!
Not Always Dressed Up
...such a relative term
If you are like me, you like glamour.
I like to infuse glamour into almost everything I wear from a great statement necklace (sometimes I layer 2 or 3!) onto a t-shirt with jeans, or sparkle shoes.
I have a penchant for dressing Vintage with a style I call Era-Bending. And anything Vintage styled is automatically glamorous.
Sequins, beads and rhinestones are not requisite though.
If I am working around the house, in my sewing studio, in the production room, or listing my costumes and vintage clothes (something I just recently started doing), or going to a store (grocery or thrift!), I need to wear something more sensible, but it doesn't mean I can't be glamorous.
I wore this outfit today. as my in-laws came up for the day and night. They have been really shut-in, only leaving the house to visit family. We all live within driving distance. Our visit was planned before the latest upswing of Covid in the state of California. And as I speak, the countdown starts ticking down until midnight when our whole state has mandatory shut-down.
It was great to have them up. And spend some time with them.
And my mother-in-law likes pretty things, so I thought I'd dazzle her eyes with a different kind of festive, holiday sweater. This one by Cristina V. Tons of silver threads fluffy out of the dense, thick knitted purple, orange, royal blue, yellow threads...made me think of a Christmas ornament.
But I can get lost in big, sweaters. I am petite at 5'4". So one way to combat this was roll up the really poof sleeves up over my elbows (supported by hair ties!), and let the white sleeves really come through and elongate me. I also tucked the front of the sweater in my vintage grey Levi's boyfriend jeans (I had these before 'boyfriend jeans were a thing).
I am one for frosting, and this pearled statement necklace reminded me of snow...placed on top of my sweater aka sparkle ornament.
Staying with the frost and snow vibe, I keep the grey for the pants light colored because I knew I was finishing this outfit off with pointed, tassle silver loafers (JustFab).
eeewh, a white purse??
Am I crazy? It's always boggled my mind that just because it's winter we can't wear white. Bucking that trend with my white box, heavy chained Forever 21 purse.
And since Queen's Gambit style is the rage now, I am trying to practice my bouffant hair-dos!