It all started with this skirt….
I got plaid fever, I tell you!
But seriously, the skirt spoke to me from a place I visit often when I’m looking for thrifted inspiration. You may have heard of it. It’s called eBay.
The skirt is an oldie but a goodie from Anthropologie. It’s by Tracy Reese and is known as the Easy Keeper plaid wool skirt. I’ve created a convenient search route for you on eBay, if you’re interested. Here’s a link.
Transported Through Time
One look at that skirt and I was transported through time. Past the bold plaids of the 60s and 70s.
Beyond the cinched skirts of the 50s, 40s, 30s.
All the way to a time when ladies wore 20 pounds of underwear and their posterior shape was defined by a bustle.
Did anybody else watch the show The Paradise before it got the ax from BBC?
Take a look at the swoop on the front of that blue dress! Can you see a similar shape in the “swoop” of my plaid skirt?
Modern Day Victorian
My skirt is quite a bit shorter than those on the examples above. And, of course, it doesn’t have a bustle. But the cut of it — cinched at the waist, swooping, gathered lines — provides visual curve around my hips similar to the feel of those lavish lovelies from way back when.
Inspired by the era of bustles and tiers and furs and jewels, I created my own little take on a style thought to be long-gone.
The turtleneck reminds me of the high-necked blouses and jackets from that time period. I bought it at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale earlier this year. Unlike those blouses and jackets, though, the sleeves on my top have a flirty flourish at the wrists. Here’s a link to a similar style in the same brand.
Back in the day, a lady might have worn a velvet choker with a cameo dangling off it. I went with an amber cameo brooch that I bought a million years ago in Gdansk, Poland. I pinned it below the turtleneck to create the illusion of a dangling pendant.
And finally, the fake fur. It was an Etsy find from a shop called Surf and the City, located right here in the Pacific Northwest.
Both Etsy and eBay have a great selection on vintage and previously owned fake fur shrugs. Here’s a link to a search on eBay.
Up close, it’s clearly not real fur, but it still makes me feel like royalty (without the guilt of fur) when I drape it around my shoulders. (And it has pockets!)
This is a look I will wear as the temperatures start to drop. I get warm easily these days, so the faux fur is a little warm for me right now.
Making It Even More Modern (and Casual)
To bring everything down a notch–and to keep from spontaneously combusting while walking to dinner–I switched out the fur to my denim jacket from Nordstrom.
You’ll be seeing a lot of this jacket in future posts. It’s the perfect layer right now and it just goes with the vibe of such a casual city as Seattle.
I recently wore this outfit with gray knee-high boots to Black Bottle, a dinner pub Hubby and I like to go to. (Try their Blasted Broccoli! It’s addicting!)
Do you see the Victorian influence in this outfit? What other influences do you pick up on? Is this a look you would wear?
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