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There’s A Story About This Suit..

9 Nov

It was 2000 – 2001-ish and I was looking for something to wear to one of the Spring Carnival race days.

On my lunch break one day, I spotted this suit in Bettina Liano. While I rarely wear pink it was actually the beautiful color that caught my eye – but, at around $1000, it was way beyond my budget at the time. Nevertheless, I went back and tried it on and looked at it 3 times until I finally decided I had to give up on it. I just couldn’t afford it. .

Then a few weeks later I was shopping with my sister and we stumbled on a Bettina Liano outlet store…..and there was the suit – for $50. I couldn’t believe my luck. We both bought one. Some things are meant to be..

I got heaps of wear out of it. To the races, to Christmas parties, weddings, etc – and then I retired it. I think I got a bit tired of it, but also then it felt slightly dated and it became too snug. .

Recently I pulled it out – it hasn’t seen light of day in about a decade – tried it on and had a good look at it. It was too firm across the back (could hardly button it up) and tight on my bum. (I could stand but not sit) It looked silly. Like I was squeezing into it. So I took it to Jose to see whether he thought he could do anything to it. (We worked together. I told him how I wanted the suit to look and what I thought needed to be done and then he looked at it and told me honestly, whether he thought that was possible.) He wasn’t sure how much there was available to work with in the seams, but he’d give it a go. When I went to pick it up, it was spot on. He has let it out in exactly the right amount of places, (in the right places) so that it wasn’t too much, or not enough.

Then next up I replaced the old buttons to update and modernise the look. (The original wooden buttons had been broken at the dry cleaners many years ago and new ones put on that I was never really happy with) . *I just found these ones at Lincraft.

…and yesterday I wore it again to Oaks Day. It’s looking a bit disheveled here. I got wet on my way home. If you scroll down you can see what I wore on my head, etc. (The headpiece was bought at the same time as the suit. My sister and I went halves. She’d wear it when she wore her suit and I’d wear it when I wore my suit. .

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My Favourite Way To Dress

28 Oct

My favourite way to dress is to combine pieces that are high/low, from near and far and old and new. .

For me it feels more creative than wearing head-to-toe current season (which I do do occasionally – but it doesn’t seem as interesting).

For this reason I think about building a wardrobe, rather than just having clothes in my wardrobe for a season. .

Here I’m wearing a vintage embroidered blouse, which I found in a local opshop (about 8 yrs ago) for $5. With it I’m wearing, my favourite Levi’s, (bought in Melbourne), a pair of Scanlan Theodore shoes, a Maje necklace I bought in Paris and a Clare Vivier bag my sisters gave me for my birthday (which they had shipped from either New York).

SIDE NOTE
While this top only cost me $5, I liked it so much I thought it was worth spending the money to have it altered. When I bought it the sleeves were too long. I wanted them to sit above my wrist bone – so I took it to my tailor and he removed the embroidered strip, shortened them, and then replaced the embroidery. Much better!

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Casual Friday

24 Oct

If it was a Friday and it was 2006, this outfit I wore recently, might be exactly how I’d be dressed for work back then. (In fact, I think that’s the year I bought these boots)

Jeans, a shirt, blazer and boots. My classic (sometimes preppy) style hasn’t changed too much. I just make sure I keep it modern by not wearing out-dated shapes.

Back in 2006 my jeans were very low waisted, collars were big and pointy, and my blazers had longer armholes/wider sleeves, shinier fabric, perhaps a narrow lapel and were less fitted at my waist. .

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How Clothes Can Help You Look And Feel Youthful

30 Sep

Of course he’s pretty spunky, which helps, but I think these photos of Brad Pitt in the latest GQ magazine highlight how clothes, grooming, and taking care of yourself, can help keep you looking (and feeling) youthful.

How Clothes Can Help You Look And Feel Youthful

Yes, there would be some photo- shopping, some spray- tanning, make-up, botox possibly, etc, etc.. but as a stylist, the first thing I noticed was how they’ve dressed him.

How Clothes Can Help You Look And Feel Youthful

The cool sunnies in particular- and colors of clothes they’ve used, how he’s wearing them, how they fit him, the style of jeans ..

How Clothes Can Help You Look And Feel Youthful

… and then, how fit and healthy he looks. (I know, the ciggie in his mouth is not really a good look but I can manage to see past that here) .

How Clothes Can Help You Look And Feel Youthful

Then… if you scroll down you’ll see I’ve posted a pic of Spencer Tracy in 1955. Here he’s the same age as Brad is in the GQ photos. (55)

How Clothes Can Help You Look And Feel Youthful
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READ: “How Fifty Once Looked And How It Can Look Today” here

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