Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Been There, Done That!



I have a bit of an unspoken fashion rule; if I remember it from the first time around, I don't wear it the second time around.  In the last year or so, though, I have been breaking all of those rules.  There has been a distinctive 1980's vibe going on in women's clothing.  I was a devout leggings wearer in the 1980's, in solid colours as well as wild patterns, with over sized tops and ballet flats or lace up booties.  Oh yes, it seems everything that is old is now new again.  While the wild leggings haven't returned to my wardrobe, leggings in general have.  I wear them in perhaps a more subdued fashion.  They are once again a staple item in my wardrobe in the cooler months, but are no longer the show stoppers they once were, I will leave that to my daughter.  The same can also be said of the peplum trend.  My first peplum was once again in the 1980's, it was on a beautiful figure hugging baby pink dress that I wore with matching stiletto pumps, and was me made of course.  I loved this dress which is probably why I remember it so vividly.  My latest version is a little less Kim Kardashian and once again more subdued.  I wasn't even sure if I wanted to buy into this particular trend but after all of the lovely Vogue 8815's I had seen in blogesphere and the shops overflowing with rtw versions, I gave it a go and I am soo pleased I did.  I discussed my reservations with my younger sister the other day, who also was not buying into the whole peplum trend but I think even she would be swayed by this particular pattern!


You might recognise the fabric I have chosen from this dress.  I had just enough left over for the top.  Initially I thought it an unusual choice for such a top but I had read that it does make up beautifully into this style and it will also make a nice weight for autumn.  I cut the top to a straight size 10, in view b and made no changes except to make my own bias tape to finish the neck. It came together really quickly.  If I could find one teeny, tiny, criticism it would be that possibly I could have gone down to a size 8, but I like the comfort of this top just the way it is.   Today, I am wearing my new top with black capri pants (which really need replacing), and my new electric blue suede ballet flats by Clarks from Iconic. 

Now I did think there would be room for only one of these tops in my wardrobe but I have just spied this rather lovely long sleeved version that I just might have to replicate (despite the fact it is being worn by Kim):




 

13 comments:

  1. Really cute - love that shade of blue!

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    1. Thank you. Blue is one of my favourite colours.

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  2. Yes, I like your subtle version. Very flattering. And I hear that dear old Kim is more stylish these days due to Kanye's influence. It is so fun celebrity watching :)

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    1. Thank you. I am a little past the poured into it versions that some celebrities are prone to.

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  3. I'm in the same boat as you when it comes to boomerang trends... but that peplum? Everyone's doing it, and I've yet to see someone look hideous in a peplum. Surely 8815 will make it to the PR top 10 for 2012!? I'm liking it on you :)

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    1. I wouldn't be surprised if it makes it in the top few either.

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  4. the colour looks wonderful on you :o)

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    1. Thank you. Perhaps I should make blue my new black, :)

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  5. Your new top is lovely - It would be work appropriate too.
    I know what you mean about the Kim top - she was in Australia promoting some weight loss potion that was taken off Australian shelves a couple of weeks later by the TGA - I must say though she looks kind of tasteful in the above photo.

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  6. Okay, you've convinced me! I bought the pattern an hour ago. I'll make it in a knit. But I'm toying with lowering the neckline and leaving out the zipper. What do you think?
    By the way, you look terrific in yours!

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    1. I made mine in Ponti and it had a little stretch. I like the stability of the fabric. I did think about leaving out the zip but wouldn't have got the waist bit over my shoulders.

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  7. It looks really smart on you. I think, with returning trends, that you just have to reinterpret them for your new more sophisticated age ;). You have done this beautifully here with your lovely new top.

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