20 April 2006

Show and Tell: an outfit

Show and Tell this week is an outfit. No mention of what kind of outfit … a nightclubby type of outfit? A sporty outfit? A wedding dress?

Totally lacking in inspiration (and you will remember that my wedding dress has been shown on this blog before), I present to you my everyday (well, yesterday) outfit.

The basic version.
(With an unmade bed in the background. Sorry).

outfit basic

Yes, I do the skirt over the pants thing quite often. (Because my knees are 42 years old and thus not bared terribly often). This one isn’t a dress or skirt though, it’s a bum wrap. Yes, you heard. It’s Italian, felted wool, tres posh and was in the $20 bin at a local boutique, still bearing its $149.00 price tag. (It’s a rectangle of boiled wool, with three darts in it, no hemming anywhere in sight, and held together with a kilt pin. Would you pay 149 bucks for it? Me either.)

outfit hippy

The hippie version.
If I change the shoes and add a tie-dye bag, I fit in nicely in my new neighbourhood. There is a plethora of women wearing Birkenstocks and organically grown caftans in this area.

outfit with jacket

The basic outdoor version.
Or I can put the funky op shop shoes back on, add a jacket, witty brooch and pretty scarf from the $2 shop and I look perfectly presentable dropping off a bundle of work at the office after taking the children to school, putting the bins out and walking the dog.

outfit hair out

I even wore my hair OUT today. Which I haven’t done since March 3rd.

22 comments:

Lazy cow said...

See, you dress like a tall woman. I'm 5'4" and could never wear those outfits.
(Do you have email? You asked me a question about my whereabouts and I vaguely replied in the comments but am not sure if you would have read it).

BabelBabe said...

Gosh, you are SO CUTE, woman.
I could never do the skirt-over-pants thing. I am always afraid people will laugh and point at me. Which they might be doing anyway...because everyone is only concerned with ME.

jojo* said...

Look at you! You are one stylin' mama!

blackbird said...

damn.
one cannot have a large bum and wear that bum-wrap, of this I am sure.

I am going to STARE at these photos.

capello said...

Love your style.

I need to get a style. I wear plain shirts and jeans. That's all. It is totally boring.

Elizabeth said...

Caftans? Really?

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

i want your look! I don't want to dress like French women, I want your look! Which is way to hip and cool! Okay i am putting everythign of mine on sale, I'll send you the money and you will buy for me, okay?

herhimnbryn said...

Very cool. Or as a dear nephew of mine would say.
"Cruisy, very cruisy"
ONEHUNDREDANDFORTYNINEDOLLARS! Are they bleedin' bonkers?

shellyC said...

Nothing like a designer bargain!!!!!

I have always wanted to try the skirt over the trousers look....though always felt too short!! You do it so very well!!!

jorth said...

42? You look 32!

dani said...

you are always so cool!

birks are for hippies? i guess that's why i'm never out of them.

i love your shoes - 1st shot! you always have the coolest shoes. and i do the skirt/dress thing over pants too.

MsCellania said...

If a donned that bum wrap, it would be living in the next County. But it is STYLIN' on you.

I am jealous of women who can Put Together a look from tag sale finds. Me? I go to Nordstrom's and say "Sure, what the heck; it's on sale!" And still look not quite right. I want to just dress out of the TitleNine catalogue - where I live, you could go to the opera in such apparel. When I have more than one hour at a crack boy-free, I will go back to shopping Marshalls and upscale resale. You truly give me hope!

sueeeus said...

I noticed your hair was out before I got to the end of your post, so my comment is now yesterday's news. You're emerging... 2/3 of your face including both your eyes is/are exposed! Hello there my friend!
hmm. wv=annmuglp Tres Harry Potter

Lisa said...

hi Suse! I LOVE the show and tell outfit idea. You've got several different great looks going on there, without having to change much at all!

Michele sent me today

telfair said...

I echo the comments of the other admiring bloggers before me -- you have an enviable chic quality, which seems to stem from the fact that you trust your own likes and dislikes, what you find quirky and appealing, what you find comfortable, and all of that adds up to a very unique style.
I wish I had "style" more than anything, because it's such a different thing than being "trendy" or "fashionable" -- people who are "stylish" have their own way about them, they wear their clothes instead of the other way around, and they always always always look elegant, effortless and unconcerned.
It seems to me that you have all of those things going for you and I am deeply envious!
But admiring, too.

Kim said...

Suse - you are rockin' it. I'm pulling up a chair next to Blackbird and am just STARING at these shots.
Yadza!

My float said...

i love the skirt over the pants look. Can't wear it myself, being short AND stocky (yes, I get all the luck) but it looks great on you.

But what's the brooch on the coat? That looks cute!

Sarah Louise said...

Very chic!

I adore the jacket and scarf one--it makes the pants look like different pants--I had to double check. And the bag--nice!

Unmade bed is better than dirty dishes, which is what I almost had in mine...

I'm glad that we can all be connected, even though you're preparing for fall as we on the Northern Hemisphere are getting ready for spring (which has sprung!)

Sarah Louise said...

Very chic!

I adore the jacket and scarf one--it makes the pants look like different pants--I had to double check. And the bag--nice!

Unmade bed is better than dirty dishes, which is what I almost had in mine...

I'm glad that we can all be connected, even though you're preparing for fall as we on the Northern Hemisphere are getting ready for spring (which has sprung!)

islaygirl said...

love that you can pull off the skirt-over-pants. i always look like i forgot what i was going to wear and just ended up with everything. you look very hip. (no pun intended.)

Jeanne said...

And yet you look incredibly put-together. How do you do it?!

Barb said...

love love love skirts over pants. Never quite caught on in America, unfortunately.