Friday, 29 November 2013

Level Best

Here I go, hurrying to catch up my backlog of outfit photos to the actual weather with more layers! I've had this beautifully-made vintage vest-dress since last spring and I'm still figuring out just the right things to wear with it. 


brown vintage blouse: handmade, Netty Vintage
blue vintage vest-dress: Monteselli Original by Primrose of Toronto / Reflets de Couture Francaise, Netty Vintage
brown midi skirt: Worthington, thrifted
blue shoes: Fluevog Prepare Guide, worn here


watch: Swiss Army Cavalry, beloved gift (1994)
the chocolate milk bangle: Netty Vintage, worn here
rectangular ring: consignment, worn here
long blue vintage handbag: Netty Vintage




I think I'd need a mini skirt and little square-heeled loafers for a more historically accurate look. Or, you know, wear it buttoned all the way and never sit down or bend over. And even though I started with the outfit rather than the movie, I'm calling this outfit good enough to link up with Sacramento's Share-in-Style at Mis Papelicos because it reminds me of the ensembles in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever






With that inspiration, and given how challenging it is to hold a loooong handbag level for outfit photos, I'm sure I can fit more hypnosis, tantrums, musical numbers, and past lives into my day. The Share-in-Style theme is Movies, and I bow deeply to the awesomeness already there - you must go see the Travelling Yellow Skirt have a Snow White adventure and remember Some Kind of Wonderful! And! And! And! The incomparable Desiree does Little Edie!!!




I will also see y'all over at Spy Girl for 52 Pick-me-up, where we're doing the Blue Hues. No fudging there, unless you count having some delicious chocolate brown in the mix. Mmm! Wishing everyone full bellies, and only the excellent kind of blues.


23 comments:

  1. Delicious blue and chocolate!!! One of my favorite combinations. I'm here on the fly but will be back to enjoy the enticing links. Xxxxooooo

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  2. LOVE THIS!!!!!! The brown and blue are lovely together. (After having decreed my Blue challenge, I'm more fond of the combos people are making WITH blue vs ALL blue. Go figure.) I like the proportions as well. The puffy sleeves work nicely with the vest.
    I Googled the label "Reflets de Couture Francaise" because I was curious, but only got two hits: a dead end on Etsy and your post. Sigh.

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  3. What a great look! The fabric looks wonderful. I love those longer vesty things from the 70's. I used to have a faux suede one I wore with my plaid flare pants and Earth shoes... ;-p

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    1. omg, how is it even possible that I haven't thought of GIANT PANTS???
      Thanks, Susan! :D

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  4. This vest is just too fabulous Amber! The colors and fit is yummy and this bag is right up my alley. Such a beautiful color and shape. Good outfit for some holiday parties?

    blue hue wonderland

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  5. Blue and brown is one of my favorite combos and I love the vest!

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  6. Lovely vest-dress. Don't think I've ever seen anything like it.

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  7. Delightful look! And all the pieces work so beautifully together; love the purse. Bring it on over to Vis Monday tomorrow, if you have the chance - you are a star. xox

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  8. I am really liking the shirt dress, great colours and print, and it works a treat over that fabulous blouse - great sleeves! I wonder how it would look over a pair of giant pants? Pretty awesome, I reckon.
    Such a sweet little bag too, and your usual array of fine shoes and jewellery.
    Sue makes a stunning Snow White, and of course only Desiree could rock a Little Edie tribute quite that brilliantly. xxxxx

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    1. I seriously need to try it with some super-generous flare action!!! Thanks, Curtise!

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  9. I love brown and blue together so I think you've found the perfect ensemble for the vest. Great shape and pattern, and the lovely poufy sleeves on the blouse balance it's sleek straight lines. I like layering long vests over things - when I am older I will be channeling Bea Arthur from Maude!

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  10. What a very gorgeous piece of clothing! I can see that it takes some thinking and trying and photographing to find the combinations that work, and this one does. I can also see this with a longer skirt, sort of long midi, short maxi length. But definitely wear it with that ring!

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    1. The experimentation continues! Excellent suggestion, Val!

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  11. Thank you soooooooooooo much for joining the fun. You are glorious in brown an blue. Well, in any colour.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  12. Gosh I love that vest dress, the pattern, the colour, all so pretty and so very you dear Amber!

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  13. O, yeah, that vest/dress is awesome, love the colour combination of blue and brown!
    The handbag is just my sort of thing, and I know what you mean about holding them straight for pix! XXX

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    1. I thought of you and your amazing purses - several fantastically oblong! You are such a doll. :)

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  14. Holy smokes, so much wonderfulness! I love the shoes (got my pair!), and that vest is a major Piece!

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  15. Dear god!!! The vest dress is utterly incredible layered with another dress ... you take my breath away!!! Oh you are a dear, wasn't it fun dressing up for the movies? :). Big hugs dear. xoxoxoxo

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    1. Aw, Desiree, you knock me over with your ferocious fablousness!

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  16. great look and pics!
    love the inspiration!
    s

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  17. I've done that more than once - bought a lovely tailored vintage dress with buttons all up and down - that even stayed buttoned if I didn't breathe. At all. I like how you are using this one as a vest, and can see lots of re-mixing possibilities with your amazing wardrobe.

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber