Friday, 10 February 2012

I'm Flora, Not Fauna!


Several months ago patterns were anathema to me, but having seen the error of my ways, I am making up for lost time. I hope you like this feisty floral number with its little demure front and the Rock 'em, Sock 'em Robot pattern clash at the back. I remember that at one time in the '70s almost everyone had dresses with patterns similar to this, or at least in my neck of the woods. I'm wearing the vest backwards; the front of it has gold pinstriping on the black.

Details of the outfit:

  • thrifty flora dress and thrifted vest worn backwards
  • black tights and thrifted stretch, wedge-heel booties
  • silky dark teal blouse courtesy of O
This outfit flows wonderfully - the vesty thing flutters when I walk. I also love the silhouette. I feel like a tree. I LOOK like a tree in the first photo. I hope you like it. 



I have achieved a 200% ROI (return on investment) on this dress if I value each wearing at $1. I bought it at a vintage shop going-out-of-business sale and it was $20 for everything you could stuff into a plastic bag. Based on that calculation, this dress cost me a buck; I did everything short of haul out my vacuum seal machine to get this baby in there. It had ruffles and ribbons on it, and I would have torn them off right there in the store if needed. Thankfully, it fit and my dignity is still intact.



Have a great weekend, everyone.

10 comments:

  1. You *do* resemble a very lovely, majestic tree, Melanie! I too adore the silhouette. Fabulous pricing too! : >

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    1. Oh, Patti,
      Thank you so much for seeing my tree, too! I was scared for a long time to wear this dress, but I could no longer resist these lines and colour.

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  2. Oh, I love the pose! That's why I'm following you...and shall probably begin my search for a vest like this that I could wear backwards. What a great sale that was.

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    1. Hi Terri,
      I'm glad you like the pose! I'm a big fan of backwards. Good luck on your hunt. I just saw a site that featured backwards cardigans, which was refreshing - something else to think about. (I wish I could remember the site's name and I could link it... )

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  3. Just found your blog. How beautiful you are!

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    1. Dear Style Crone,
      It's so nice so see you here. I have been following you and your amazing style, with a particular eye on your envy-inducing collection of hats! Thanks for your feedback.

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  4. Terri just turned me onto you, and lucky for me! What a marvelous tree you are!
    If you're over 40 (I never presume) let me know and I'll add you to my blogroll.

    Hello! -Bella Q the Citizen Rosebud

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  5. Ah, Ms. Rosebud, so kind of you to ask! Yes, I most definitely qualify as over 40. By sending you my way Terri has also introduced me to your site, so lucky me too! Thank you adding me to your blogroll.

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  6. This dress is so killer! I love it on your gorgeous tall beautiful self!!!

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    1. Thanks, Krista. But I am still so jealous of your new tights!!

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