Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Everyone Knows It's Windy

Someday, I'm going to step outside for a photo and my hair won't immediately blow wild in a gust of wind. It hasn't happened yet-but the odds say it has to happen eventually. Weather like this, if you go out in a skirt, better wear an extra layer of "pervert-proof-panties" (shorts).

Ever wear so many necklaces the top button on your coat won't close? I suppose that's what scarves are for. I really ought to have a scarf-we're in the freeze again, and the wind's behaving like it has something to prove. I purchased this coat from the now-defunct costume shop last year, but I don't wear it much. There's no particular reason other than a navy, wool coat is somewhat less exciting than the other offerings on the hook. The maker's name is rather special though-Shagmor. Yes well, I would... in a perfect world anyway. Alas, alas.
Here's a closer look at the brooch on the coat. I picked it up last weekend at New Life Thrift. Mr. ETB likes visiting that shop so he can use it as an opportunity to, "Do a quality control assessment of the egg rolls" at the Chinese takeaway next door. I don't cook shellfish at home, so if he wants a shrimp egg roll, or any other seafood, it has to be takeaway. Thankfully, he doesn't mind, and it gives me an excuse to shop at the out-of-the-way thrift store. They were having a buy-one-get-one sale on jewelry up to $3.99, and I was able to come home with a number of lovely pieces.

 When I like something, I tend to stock-up, and so it came to be that I own three very similar knit skirts, all in blue, by Designer Originals. This is the longest, and widest of the three and it probably gets the least wear. Still, on a windy day, a long, heavy (it is VERY heavy) skirt is a sensible thing to have in my wardrobe, particularly in Nebraska where wind is a near constant condition. The same applies with with the cashmere that I bought in every available colour and style (v-neck, polo neck, etc.) over a couple of winters at Marshall Field's in the 80's. Best decision I ever made with respect to my wardrobe. Unless I relocate to a warm climate, these cashmeres will continue to serve as practical layering items year after year. If you're young, and can afford it, spend the money on quality items before you have other responsibilities. I would never buy something like this now, even if it were available (good quality cashmere has gone the way of the dodo). There's a bit of unsolicited advice for you youngsters.

Outfit Particulars:
Vintage Shagmor coat-Fairy Tail costumes
1980's Country Shop cashmere-Marshall Field's
Vintage Designer Originals knit skirt-Goodwill
Vintage Naturalizer shoes-Thrift World
Vintage metal box bag-Brass Armadillo
Brooch on coat-New Life Thrift
Brooch on shirt-Hand-Me-Ups
Short necklace-Sequels
Long necklace-Hand-Me-Ups
Belt-came with a dress
Clamper bangle-New Life Thrit
Tights-K Mart
Fragrance-Guerlain Vetiver
A closer look at the Dorset-Rex knock-off bag. There's definitely a difference, but I like having bags I can use without much worry of damaging them. Metal bags are prone to scuffs and dents. The plastic handle is nice on a cold day as a metal one might freeze to my hand.
For someone that wears as much blue as I do, it is maddeningly difficult to find blue bracelets. I dare say, this one is perfect. 

Thanks everyone for your book recommendations on the previous post. I'm going to need a good mental decompressing after I finish teaching this unit. 

I have some hideous 80's suits coming up for a future post, so there's something to look forward to. Oh, they're so bad they're...well, still bad!


Bibi Maizoon said...

Indeed good cashmere has gone the way of the dodos. What passes for cashmere nowadays is some sort of merino raised in China & chemically treated. One of the benefits of being married to a Kashmiri is unlimited cashmere & pashmina in sweater, shawl & hat form!

That Dorset Rex bag & blue bangle are stunning! Who would send such beautiful & useful items to thrift?

That coat (although gorgeously unsexy) seems like it would have been made by Shagless?

I'm trying to think of an 80's suit that wasn't hideous or ridiculous.

ThriftyParka said...

Hah! I know exactly what you mean by quality cashmere a thing if the last. I have had good luck finding quality cashmere men's sweaters. When our local Zellers (a now defunct store under the Hudsons's Bay Company umbrella) I scooped up men's sweaters for the heavily discounted price of $40 each. They are thick and warm (not transparently thin like the stuff they try to flog in womenswear). I treasure them!

Good call on the heavy skirt in windy weather! That's a good way to avoid wardrobe malfunction.

Happy thrifting ;)

Radostin said...

Oh, that bag is wonderful. It is odd what people get rid of, isn't it? I do like the Shagmor coat, what a wonderful name!

Goody said...

Unlimited cashmere sounds like a very good perk!

@Thrifty Parka
Isn't it incredible how nice things were made even a decade ago? I say I will miss department stores when they're all gone, but honestly, I rarely shop at them.

I suspect the good stuff gets donated when granny dies and no one wants to deal with having an estate sale.

Polyester Princess said...

I actually like that blue coat, but I hear you on the closing difficulties. Coats like that should come with a choking hazard warning. Good to sea a close up of the Dorset-Rex knock-off bag, too. If it was the real thing, it probably wouldn't come out much. I have a couple of "delicate" handbags which hardly see the light of day. xxx

Vronni's Style Meanderings said...

Oh yes, that is the perfect blue bangle. I find I have to try all the bangles on nowadays and 70% don't fit me...

That's a beautiful coat and the brooch is fabulous on it - I love navy and green or blue and green and that's beautifully echoed in your skirt and top ensemble. The handbag is gorgeous!

I like your hair in the wind - it looks curly!

Mim said...

Shagmor. Arf!

Cashmere has become 'a thing' over here, but the quality varies wildly. For some reason it's been a big industry in Scotland for decades and the firms there pride themselves on quality, so if I were going to buy it, I'd probably buy from a reputable Scottish firm - after selling a kidney.

Goody said...


We don't ever see anything as luxurious as Scottish cashmere.