Oh heavens, that's not what I mean! I wore this outfit earlier in the month to celebrate my Beary's birthday, when we enjoyed a late lunch and afternoon visit with his family. Happiest of Happy Birthdays also to the incredible Judith of Style Crone, Jean of Dross Into Gold, and Tamera Beardsley!
|hat: no label, Burlington Coat Factory|
merino wool turtleneck: Italtempo, Winners, mid-2000s
leaf-print bell-sleeved peplum jacket: I.C. by Connie K.,
Becky's, South Padre Island, TX, worn here
most loved / hated pencil skirt of perfection and poor quality: Smart Set, worn here
patterned tights: Calvin Klein, outlet store
shoes: Fluevog Mini Gorgeous, also worn here with skirt
Though many bloggers are posting their signs of spring and already enjoying sandal weather, the ground here remains frozen, and despite my summery getaway, am I ever weary of piling on a lot of clothes every day. Today's post is mostly in stereo because of this outfit's layers! It's a time of year for faith in the not-yet-tangible - we have placed our order for new day-old chicks, which will increase our flock following a tough season of losses.
|amazing vintage plaid coat: Bromleigh New York, passed along by dear friend|
grey faux ostrich clutch: Charming Charlie, seen here
pashmina scarf / shawl: from same dear friend's box of treasures
leather gloves: can't recall
|depending heavily on open-work, leaf-motifs, and pattern-texture mix |
to suggest warmth and growth
Further to bundles of joy, I was also thrilled to come home from Texas to a wonderfully huge box of passed-along treasures from the closet of an incredibly dear and stylish friend. Among them was this other lovely bear of a vintage winter coat in furry multi-coloured plaid with buttons like snack bowls. Yum! Just when I am so tired of my other one!
A quick bit of online research didn't yield a lot about Bromleigh, the coat's maker, but The Hub department store tag was a portal to a location integral to so many peoples' stories, active as it was in Steubenville, Ohio from 1904-1980. I found an article about a 500-plus-page reference work about the store (based on the scrapbooks of a 47-year employee who lived to be 103), and came across photos in a book about the town's history and on the website of a local memoirist. I am fascinated by garments' contexts and stories - my own, others', and vintage, all.
Between the joyful bundle of clothing, handful of things brought home from Texas, and a small but mighty shopping excursion with the Forest City Fashionista, my closet's already precarious situation exceeded critical mass. I took the opportunity to do some (but not nearly enough) clearing-out - donating, sending away, and consigning. In some cases, having worn things on the blog helped me feel finished with them - thank you, blogging!
Despite the sorting-through, and an intention I set early on for blogging to encourage my wearing a broader range of the things I have (rather than just the same few things all the time), I feel like I'm still under the spell of front-of-closet-itis: I find myself mostly wearing the stuff that's "on top" - hat and jacket from my travels, skirt and shoes from this recent post. Thank goodness for the impending season-shift to shake things up.
I'm headed over to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday to see what hints of spring might be found there. Do come and look too!