Prescription eyeglasses: (frames) Venus Eye Design V-12
Black hair ribbon: saved from the packaging on something I bought
Gold tone swallow earrings: Claire's
Orange v-neck sweater: Thrifted
Vintage denim high-waisted skirt: etsy seller Diving Horse Vintage
Bangle bracelets: assorted sources (Forever 21, thrifted, etc)
Faux pearl stretch bracelets: Real Canadian Superstore
1950s corduroy bucket purse: etsy seller Rue 23 Vintage Clothing
Black wedge sandals: Wal-Mart
Pearl necklace: Birthday gift from Tony ♥
Lip colour: MAC Russian Red
Photography by Antonio Cangiano
Have you ever grabbed some wardrobe photos, looked at them for the first time well after the fact and spotted something that you soooo wish you could have corrected (regarding your outfit/appearance) at the time? Well, I have - and more than once for that matter. In the case of today's snaps though, what's irking me just a tad is that, unbeknownst to me at the time, the left side of the top of my high-waisted denim skirt was flopping over.
This skirt is a fairly new acquisition and the day when these photos were taken was the first time I'd worn it, so I didn't know it had the pesky habit of failing to stay up completely upright on the left side. Being denim, a good ironing and perhaps a touch of starch will likely help remedy that little problem in the future, but as we can't go back in time and it's not getting under skin enough to forgo sharing an otherwise fine (aside from the fact I look, and was, very tired in this photos) set of early fall outfit pictures.
While I'm all for keeping the whole rainbow at hand throughout the year, I do tend to dress with the palette of the season, and none makes me giddier than that of autumn. The rich browns, burnished golds, olive greens, inky blues, soft creams, rusty oranges, regal reds, and plumy purples of fall generally work really well with my skin and hair colouring (no surprise then, that back in the days of Color Me Beautiful, I was always draped as a spring-autumn cross), and are key players in my closet no matter the season.
This fairly simple outfit - which was worn for a morning of buying Tony a new waterproof jacket - combines a fairly deep shade of orange with dark denim, small hits of black (the hair ribbon and shoes), a little gold (the swallow earrings, which are, excluding presents from Tony, my all-time favourite store bought earrings), and assorted earthy hues in the stack of bangles, for a look that rather matches the palette of the trees on the hill across the street from us.
There aren't many trees on our property, those the one that does exist (you may remember it from this post last June) is also beginning to bid adieu to its chlorophyll and take on a beautiful hue that's not too far off from that of my sweater, sprinkling some of its leaves across our grass in the process (our neighbour in the condo next door's tree continued the one you see in the shot with my shoes above).
I love the fact that, thanks to the gorgeous September weather we had here this year, it’s still warm enough to have bare toes, while at the same time get to enjoy the first signs of fall's highly anticipated return.
I know from experience that certain necklines - chiefly v-necks, mandarin collars, and collarless jackets - rarely work on me, and so I avoid them for the most part. However, when out thrifting one day earlier this year, the warm autumnal hue of this sweater caught my eye and I tossed it in my cart to try on, even though it had a v-neck. Much to my surprise - and delight - it looked (I felt) better on me than most v-necks, which I think is due to its relative width. As I don't have many v-necks, or orange pieces, in my wardrobe, I was sure to nab it right away.
This denim pencil skirt is a piece I'd been hoping to find in my size and price range for ages. For a long time I eyed a somewhat similar Levis one on eBay, but it was around $130, and even though it was vintage Levis, I just felt like that was way to much to pay for a jean skirt. I'm really glad I held off, because this past April I found them one on etsy for about a third of that price, and just love it to pieces.
The length is awesome, the colour is dark, just as I usually like my denim, and the notched high waist injects such a great 40s feel to it (I suspect it was made in the 80s though). So long as I can work out the little kink with the one side of the top of the waist staying up, I know this is going to be a very versatile piece that I'll wear often (especially during the fall and winter).
I'm elated that fall - far and above my favourite season of the year - is here and look forward to sharing more pieces channel the spirit of the season with you throughout October and into November. Right now though, I'm off to go start finalizing my Thanksgiving Day menu, as that beautiful holiday is fast approaching here in Canada (it takes place on Monday October 8th), and it's high time time I made a pumpkin pie or two to match my sweater!