Sunday, 7 April 2013

Worn but not sewn

I greatly admire those who can - and do - sew their own wardrobes. They must have so many things that fit perfectly, in styles and fabrics that they love. I don't have enough skill, time, or motivation to do it myself. The patterns I choose are ones that I think I can sew, and believe I will wear. They are often quite boring.

This leaves a large place in my wardrobe for RTW fashion! The Steve Madden cape that I'm wearing in today's post was a Christmas gift from my sister. I love it! Christmas is way too warm for woollen capes, but this was a great top for today's cool autumn blast. The colour, texture and style are perfect for this time of year.

Excuse the blurriness, it was harder than usual to prefocus from my tripod today!
This unusual piece has led me to think about style ruts. This colour is definitely not on my list of colours (in fact, I was told "anything but yellow and orange"). However, with bold make-up I think I wear this colour well. The style is one I would have breezed past as being unflattering, yet it is not. I would have questioned the use of short sleeves on a wintry coat, but they work perfectly (and also undo to become a full cape!).


I really enjoy seeing other people's style ideas, and my sister does know me pretty well, after all. I love this cape, and I love that it is something I wouldn't normally choose. The cape is a happy colour, feels great, and it reminds me of autumn in Melbourne.

Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by a style tip from a friend or stranger? Do tell!


14 comments:

  1. Ooh I love that cape and the colour is gorgeous. Looks great on you. What a clever sister.

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    1. Thank you! It's one of those things that makes me feel better just by putting it on. My sister thinks she's pretty clever, so she'll be glad that you agree ;-)

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  2. That is a most excellent cape - it looks so snug and warm!!

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    1. A good cape is just a socially acceptable way of wearing a blanket in public ;-)

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  3. Couldn't agree more - the red lippy makes this. Makeup definitely has the ability to 'allow' us to wear colours that would otherwise wash us out!! And what better excuse to put that lipstick to good use! I'm loving how the cape has the elasticised waist - very lovely. And thanks for your dress pic - you already know it's a favourite of mine :)

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    1. Ruby Woo is one of my favourite lipsticks, and I'm pleased to put it to use! Yes, stronger colours do seem to require more make-up. I think it helps avoid the colour wearing you.

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  4. Love this coat and love as it fits on you ... Maybe it's because I love bright colors ... but seriously .. I'm dying for that coat!

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    1. Thank you Rosy! I love bright colours too, they are just cheerful to look at. It's a Steve Madden coat, so you might be able to find it online if you are lucky :-)

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  5. That looks absolutely stunning! The colour is so beautiful and warming - a cheerful thing to wear when it becomes colder.

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    1. It is cheerful! And I love that it's essentially a more flattering blanket.

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  6. You do wear that beautiful colour well! Such a divine shape too :) Your sister chose well!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn - it does fall really well, it's nice to have such a well-designed winter warmer. I'm surprised my sister hasn't showed up here to take credit in the comments ;-)

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  7. I love the colour! I think it's amazing.

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    1. It's warm in both hue and weight :-)

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