Fashion flashback: black corset dress.

Today I’m debuting a new post series called Fashion Flashback.  I’m going to take a look back through my archives to check out all the different ways that I’ve styled some of my favourite items in the past.

For my first Fashion Flashback post, I’m going to put the spotlight on my black lace corset dress from 7 Angels.  I bought this for about $40 six years ago.  At the time,  I was a bit iffy about spending so much on a dress, but I was so in love with the lacings and the gorgeous flamenco-inspired lines that I couldn’t pass this baby up.  As you can see, I’ve definitely had plenty of wear out of this dress, and I’m sure that I’ll be rocking it until it finally falls to pieces.

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This outfit, from June 2013 is slightly gothic-inspired.  I wore the dress under a velvet blazer with an awesome pair of lace-up thrift-store boots.

Well, this is a blast from the past!  This outfit is from 2010, when my blog was just a baby!  I added red accessories, gold jewellery and a printed scarf to my black dress for a colourful look.  I still have fond memories of lazing on the lawn at uni while wearing this outfit.

When I put this outfit together, I’d been reading Cyndi Lauper’s autobiography.  The influence that had on my personal style is fairly obvious!

Just a couple of months back, I wore this dress with some pink tights and an epic beehive.  I was really feeling the “Punk Princess” vibe that day!

One of my favourite outfits that includes this dress is the one that I wore to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1.  I layered another floaty skirt underneath the dress and paired with with some witchy accessories.  I miss those Jolly Roger shoes so much!  They fell apart last year so I had to retire them.  The scarf I’ m wearing is my first-year Hogwarts house scarf which I made myself (and you can order one of your own from my shop!).    I remember that I was having a really bad hair day, so I decided to wear the wig to avoid having to wrestle my hair into some form of style.  A bad hair day is a good wig day, in my book.

So there you have it!  As you can see, I’ve worn this dress quite a lot, and I’m still  not sick of it.  I’m sure it will be popping up on the blog for years to come.

Do you have a favourite item that you wear over and over?

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Daily outfit 28/2/2014

I think that Fancy Friday was just what I needed this week.  I’ve been feeling really depressed, and most days it’s been a struggle to get showered and dressed.  A lot of the time, putting together a presentable outfit is more than I have energy for.  But today I really pushed myself to wriggle into something a bit more special.  And you know what?  I really do feel better for it.

I am wearing:

– Black sequinned wiggle dress from Living Doll

– Black cutout leggings from Rubi

– Betts comic book platform heels

– Skull-print cotton scarf from Sportsgirl

– Star hoop earrings

– Vintage cocktail ring from Faye Bella


 

Fancy Friday is a concept that was dreamed up by Dapper Dolly to encourage people to dust off their glad-rags and see the week out with a bang!  It’s all about dressing up a little bit on Friday, in whatever way you choose.  Anyone is free to join in, so I’d encourage you to give it a shot.

I had a bit of a hiccup while I was taking my outfit photos this morning.  It seems that Miss Jelly didn’t want to be left out, and she kept photo-bombing me.

Even after I explained to her that I was trying to take photos, and that although she’s gorgeous she didn’t need to be in every shot she still continued to leap in every time the camera clicked.  Earlier in the morning she’d been sitting in front of my mirror, purring loudly at herself. Obviously she thought that she was looking pretty amazing and she wanted to share her gorgeousness with you.

So I packed up my tripod and took a few pictures outside, where she couldn’t steal the show.

What are you wearing on this fine Friday?  Feel encouraged to share a link to your own Fancy Friday post.

Daily outfit 2/12/2013

While I love all of my vintage dresses, some of them are just a tiny bit more special than others.  The 1970’s maxi dress that I’m sporting in today’s outfit post is one of my favourite vintage garments.  I snapped this baby up for $17 at a store on Smith Street a few years ago.  I’d been after a long, flowing 70’s dress for a while, and I bought this without trying it on (not something I would ordinarily do).  Luckily, it fit like a dream.  I adore the beautiful floral print, the colours and the sweeping hemline.

Another reason that I love this dress is that it’s super-comfortable.  The fabric is really cool even though it’s synthetic.  I wore it on Christmas day a few years ago, when I realised that the stretchy fabric and the busy print would hide my post-Chrissy-lunch food baby.  The absence of a waistband also eliminated the usual Christmas night indigestion that I often suffer from.

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– Blue floral vintage maxi dress from Smith Street Bazaar

– Leather butterfly hair ornament from Sportsgirl

– Silver beaded necklace (gift from my friend Tom)

– Copper bracelet (belonged to my mother)

– Brown studded Zu platforms (thrifted)

DSCF9162I wore this outfit to take myself out for an amazing Indian feast.

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DSCF9164I’ve been having lots of fun experimenting with different summer hair-dos.  I’m loving braids at the moment, particularly when they’re slightly messy and topped off with an ornate accessory.

DSCF9165Do you have an extra-special, ticks-all-the-boxes-awesome vintage item in your wardrobe?

Daily outfit 8/7/2013

I sure did get a lot of new clothes for my birthday this year!  So much so that I’ve had to do a huge clean-out in order to fit everything in.  This dress was a gift from my parents, and I considered saving it until summer to wear it for the first time.  Then I realised that I just couldn’t wait that long, so I threw on some tights and a cardi and just rocked it.

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-Mink Pink dress

– Turquoise cardigan from Cotton On

– Black tights from Razzamatazz

– Leopard print loafers from Target

– Blue beaded necklace (thrifted)

– White beaded necklace (thrifted)

– Brown resin ring (thrifted)

– Fleur du lis ring from Diva

– Amethyst ring

– Signet ring (gift from my dad)

– Silver charm bracelet which used to belong to my auntie.

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I wore this outfit to do some blogging and crafting, eat pizza and go to the movies with Ross.

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My mother pestered me for ages to try this dress on.  I’d owned it for more than two weeks before I got around to doing it.  It’s mainly because it’s so chilly here at the moment, and I’m not going to take my clothes off unless I absolutely have to.  Once I did finally get around to wearing this, I realise that it was a perfect fit.  It hugs my curves in all the right places and the print is so much fun.  I can’t wait for the weather to warm up enough for me to wear it barelegged and without a cardi.

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I had planned on wearing this dress with gold jewellery, but then I decided that it might be more fun to layer on some beads.  I really like the way that it looks.

DSCF8557Makeup-wise, I went for a slightly winged eye and a coral lip to compliment the shades in the dress.  I had originally planned to wear my hair up in a big top-knot, but I decided against it because:

a. I’ve worn my hair that way three times this week.

b. If I wore all my hair piled up on my head, the poor person sitting behind me at the movies wouldn’t be able to see a thing.

So I opted for Frida braids instead.

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Daily outfit 12/6/2013

This outfit was worn on a very cold and gloomy day.  On most cold and gloomy days, I will try to wear something bright and cheery to counteract the grey blah of the outside world.  But on this day, I felt like wearing something a bit darker.  So I let my inner goth take over.

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DSCF8321I am wearing:

– Black lace corset dress from 7 Angels

– Grey velvet blazer from Tree of Life

– Black lace-up boots (thrifted)

– Vintage mother of pearl earrings (thrifted)

– Yin-Yang mood ring (gift from my parents when I was 7)

– Owl knuckleduster ring (gift from my dad)

– Black leggings from K Mart

– Dark green bangle (thrifted)

DSCF8325So as not to bee too dark and gothic, I kept my makeup fairly polished and simple.  I love wearing my hair like this, because it keeps it out of my way and this style looks way more complicated than it really is.

DSCF8323I’m sure you’ll hear it again before winter is out, but I love these boots.  They are a perfect fit and they’re great for wearing with some of my floatier dresses to make them more winter-appropriate.  For $7, you can’t go wrong!

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DSCF8327This owl ring was a gift from my dad.  It’s slightly too big for me, but I wear it anyway because it’s just so spectacular.  I have a bit of a thing for owls, even though I’ve never seen one in real life.

So that’s what I wore to embrace the cold, rainy winter.

Daily outfit 5/6/2013

It’s getting mighty chilly here.  Like, need-to-wear-a-scarf-indoors chilly.  Witness Exhibit A: today’s outfit.

DSCF8269The dress I’m wearing today was a Christmas gift from my parents, and I can’t believe that I haven’t put it up on the blog yet.  It’s so pretty and frothy and I just adore it.  I decided to trick it out for Winter with the addition of a bright cardigan and nude stockings.  I’m happy with the result.

DSCF8271I am wearing:

– Pink scarf (handknitted by my aunt)

– White lace dress (gift from my parents)

– Aqua cardigan from Target

– Nude stockings from Target

– Nude Tony Bianco heels (thrifted)

– Signet right

– Amethyst ring.

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I’m really digging the colour combination in this outfit.  I think that the cardi and scarf look gorgeous together.

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DSCF8274I kept my makeup soft and pretty, with a lip stain and pink blush.

DSCF8275And yes, that is a French braid I’m wearing.  That’s the second one this week! I promise that I’ll do something different with my hair next time.

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Have a great day!

Daily outfit 17/4/2013

Some days, I have an idea for a person or style that I want to emulate with my outfit.  I’ll subtly work elements of that inspiration into my ensemble for the day.  Sometimes, the influence of an idea, icon or image on my outfit is subtle.

 

And sometimes it’s more obvious.

 

Today is one of those days.

 

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After reading Cyndi Lauper’s autobiography, and listening to She’s So Unusual about seventy times, it was inevitable that Cyndi’s influence would start to creep into my wardrobe.

 

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I love the lace dress and pointy heels that she wears on the cover of She’s So Unusual, and I wanted to try to emulate that look. I added a heavy chain belt as well, so mirror the belt Cyndi wears in the Girls Just Want to Have Fun video.

 

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I am wearing:

-Black lace dress from 7 Angels

– Stiletto print tights (gift from Ross’s mother)

– Silver glitter heels from I Love Billy

– Crystal earrings (gift from my aunt)

– Silver bird belt (vintage, belonged to my friend’s grandmother)

– Faux diamond cuff from Diva

– White plastic bangle (thrifted)

– Amethyst ring

– Indian ring

– Turquoise ring

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I really wanted to make a GIF of me doing the Girls Just Want to Have Fun dance, but it just wasn’t in the cards, I’m afraid.

 

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This was a super-fun outfit to wear.

 

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Do you prefer to work fashion inspiration into your look in a subtle way, or are you more obvious with your style copy-catting?