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Entries in pleats (19)

Tuesday
Apr292014

The Accidental Sailor

Ahoy! Rosebud – a self-confessed and impartial poly-shopper drawn to anything sparkly – tells us how on this warm day at the end of March she managed to go nautical quite without intending too.

How did you put this outfit together Rosebud?

I wanted to wear the skirt as it was new, and I simply chose items that matched. However, I particularly wanted to avoid it looking like a school skirt, especially since it’s navy – the tee made it more casual. The nautical look was completely inadvertent.

Well the nautical flavour really works. I love pleated skirts too and am always keeping my weather eye out for them. I love how the horizontal stripes of your tee contrast with the vertical pleats. Where did you find your skirt?

I was killing time one night in the city before meeting friends for dinner, and I wandered into Zara to browse. I’ve been looking for a pleated skirt for a while when that one caught my eye. I wanted something in between matronly and schoolgirl, but that can all depend on the styling. The skirt wasn’t on sale, and it was almost sold-out so I snapped it up!

We at SNAP heartily approve of snapping it up. Can you tell us about the rest of your outfit?

The tee is from specialty t-shirt store Graniph – my brother bought it for me in Japan. The ankle boots are from Witchery. They weren’t on sale either.

That sure is a statement necklace. You have a pretty collection of rings on your fingers too.

The necklace was a 21st birthday present from a neighbour from when I was growing up – I used to baby-sit their kids. I’m also wearing three rings. The blue stone ring and the amethyst were both given to me by my mum and dad. The blue ring was a good luck present before I did my Year 12 exams (a few years ago now), and they bought the amethyst ring on a trip to India. I bought the silver and diamond ring in New York. My watch was a present for my sixteenth birthday – I think it is by an Israeli designer.

That’s a lovely collection of presents to mark some special times in your life … Earlier you mentioned that you bought a couple of these dress items at full price. You aren’t a bargain-hunter?

Not especially. I don’t really have the patience for it. Although recently I did chance on a bargain at Laura Ashley. It was a tuxedo jacket that had been reduced four times, from $280 down to $60. It wasn’t really in the usual Laura Ashley style, so perhaps it just didn’t appeal to their regular customers.

Do you shop online?

No – I much prefer brick-and-mortar stores. I like to go in and browse – I’m not a target-shopper at all. Often it’s just when I have some spare time to kill.

Where are your favourite places to shop?

I really like Alpha 60, although I don’t actually own much by them. I find the style doesn’t suit me, but I admire their aesthetic – the shapes, the simple, good fabrics. I also like to look regularly in Gorman, TopShop, Arabella Ramsay (which is now called Ryder), Uniqlo – that’s been mainly overseas – Sportsgirl, Sussan’s, and also department stores such as Target, Myer, David Jones … Really, I’ll shop anywhere and everywhere. I’m not snobby about labels or branding per se.

I’m drawn to sequins (anything shiny!), sparkles, patterns – garments with something interesting about them. I also like shoes.

Who doesn’t! A magpie’s love of all thinks sparkly is something else Rosebud has in common with SNAP. This is Rosebud’s first appearance on the pages of SNAP – thanks so much for coming aboard!

Sunday
Mar022014

What I Actually Wore #0099

Serial #: 0099
Date: 03/11/2012
Weather: 22°C / 71.6°F 
Time Allowed: 8 minutes

This is one of my favourite warm weather skirts – easy and breezy. It’s vintage 80s. I reach for it when I am in a hurry or when I don’t have time to overthink my outfit. The waistband is elasticised, the short pleated length is swishy and flirtatious, and the haphazard spot pattern is fun. (Polka dots are more fun when they are irregularly placed.)

To play up the geometric theme, I pair with it a black and white knit tank that has a pattern of squares. The skirt and tank are both second hand, the former from Etsy store Maefair Vintage (since closed down), and the latter from a charity store. The cardigan was chosen for warmth, and a bright pop of contrasting colour. Despite the towering height of the rope wedges, the striped espadrilles are amazingly comfortable to walk in – fortunately, since I’m running a number of errands this sunny Saturday morning.

Items:

Top: Marco Polo
Skirt: Clio, vintage 80s
Cardigan: Anthropologie
Earrings: hand made
Bag: vintage 60s
Shoes:
Mia for Free People

Thursday
Oct032013

The Way We Wore

Ohhh, I had such fun putting this shoot together! Inspired by the 1970s photograph of my childhood self dressed in a pink pleated dress and red shoes, I decided to create a homage to it.

I already owned the vintage 1970s Knightsbridge dress. I had bought it in a St Vincent de Paul charity store in Queensland while on holiday a couple of years ago. I also had the perfect red suede T-bar heels (my favourite red shoes for a couple of years now) and a pair of cream lace knee socks. All I need was a white cardigan.

I found this lacy wool and angora cardigan a few weeks ago in another charity store for around $4–5 (I do love a bargain). I hadn’t taken the dress with me, so I simply had to keep my fingers crossed that it would work with the dress – and how perfectly does it fit under that concertina pleated shawl collar? The sterling silver earrings by Mimco are not vintage, but they do possess a certain 70s glam I think. 

Compositing the photos provided a different challenge. At the last minute I decided I wanted pictures of my parent’s home, and had to trawl through a decade’s worth of digital photographs hoping to come across something useful. Just as Babs’ lyrics suggest, it was both beautiful and painful to look at some of those old photos. I do love the pink/sepia wash I’ve given the backgrounds however. (I felt quite guilty retouching my dad out of the peach blossom photo, but less so covering myself up in the first picture.)

Happily there are still plenty of smiles to come, and I’m looking forward to wearing this outfit when the spring weather finally warms up. (To think I was nearly going to get rid of the dress!)

Memories
Light the corners of my mind
Misty watercolor memories
Of the way we were
Scattered pictures
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were

Can it be that it was all so simple then
Or has time rewritten every line
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me - Would we? Could we?

Memories
May be beautiful and yet
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget

So it's the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember
The way we were

— Barbara Streisand

Sunday
Dec302012

What I Actually Wore #0069

Serial #: 0069
Date: 14/06/2012
Weather: forecast 15°C, cool day, rain in the evening
Time Allowed: 10 minutes

This winter I had determined to make more effort to wear my hats. I am usually in such a rush in the mornings that I don’t have time to go delving into different hatboxes – that’s my only excuse for sartorial laziness. Well, that and an antipathy towards mending, and a lamentable procrastination in ironing clothing. (Yes, I firmly believe in ironing garments that need it – I’m not one of those modern women who wear clothing straight from the clothesline.)

On the 14th of June, I made time to pick out a striking 1940s black wool felt hat, with a chartreuse feather cunningly tucked into the sharply angled peak. The architectural design of the hat is a marvel. 

I matched the hat with a chartreuse pleated wool tank by Veronika Maine. I love the details in this top, but I loathe and abominate its babydoll shape, so I always belt it. I believe that is also how the top was shown in the brand’s season campaign. Under it I wear an old cherry-blossom print top and a wool skirt made from a suiting fabric. I choose the cloisonné earrings (a cheap souvenir from my last trip to Sydney) particularly because the floral design contrasts with the print on the top. I love the contrast of textures and patterns in this outfit. Over it all goes my white leather trench.

I brace myself for stares on the commute, but the daring hat is obviously a success …

I brace myself for stares on the commute, but the daring hat is obviously a success, for I garner two compliments from passers-by, and a chorus of delighted exclamations from the girls at work. (See it from other angles here.) The latter can’t believe I bought the hat on eBay for a relatively inexpensive price (around $80). I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, if you live in Australia and you love to shop vintage: go online. There is so much more available overseas, and a hat of this caliber would cost several hundred dollars if purchased from an Australian boutique (online or brick-and-mortar).

Sadly, the shoes have since been tossed in the trash, having been deemed too worn-out to keep for another winter. It’s a shame, for although they were not cutting-edge at all, they were truly comfortable to walk to work in.

One subtle detail I really love in this outfit is the zip on the skirt: the black teeth are interspersed with silver. The skirt is by now-defunct Melbourne designer label Ammo, and it really is a detail you just won’t see in high-street brands. Plus, the skirt is many seasons old, bought long before the recent craze for giant, exposed zippers, and it still seems contemporary. This skirt won’t get tossed aside like an old shoe – I’ll be holding onto it for yet awhile.

Items:

Blouse: Bracewell* 
Tank: Veronika Maine
Skirt: Ammo
Hat: vintage, eBay
Belt: Alta Linea, from department store David Jones
Earrings: souvenir
Ring: souvenir
Watch: Kenneth Cole
Shoes: Naturalizer

*Unfortunately, Sydney label Bracewell may also be defunct as I am unable to find any live URLs. 

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