It may seem futile, but even when there are zero opportunities for showing off a fabulous new outfit, why not just wear the damn thing anyway?
I say new – this outfit has one new item. What I’ve put together is fresh and new, and I did it just for the fun of it. For the sheer joy of getting dressed and playing Dress Up. We need to find joy where we can, and this is one of the best ways, no?
So as much as I love to bring you my real life, this-really-is-what-I-actually-wore-to-walk-the-dog-today outfits (see last week for the best example), sometimes it’s nice just to rifle through your wardrobe and get creative. Then potter round the house for a bit, realise your feet are cold, and change back into your sweats and slippers.
At the very least it gives you some fashun practice…!
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The main reason for putting this together was the (not vintage but it looks it) shirt – that glorious, psychedelic landscape pattern, those deep cuffs, the just-wide-enough wide collars, the stunning warm colours. It was love at first sight when I first spotted it online, which was, erm… spring/summer last year, maybe? It was an eye-watering £190 full-price [gulp], so I added it to my “Keep an eye on these things in case they go on sale” tabs.
I checked it again just at the right time – it came down to quite a bit less than half price a few weeks before Christmas #HappyDance #AddTo BasketRightNow. Still a bit pricey, but I’m happy to spend that amount on something that looks vintage and have been thinking about a lot. (Both those factors mean I will probably treasure it for a looooooong time.)
And lo, my Christmas present from Keith to me was requested, confirmed and very happily received. What’s also fabulous is that it’s by Stine Goya, a sustainable Danish brand – one that comes highly recommend by my Guru of All Things Eco and Sustainable, Michelle Tyler. As you’ve probably guessed, the shirt has long since sold out, but you can have a look at all the other wonderfully patterned shirts they do here.
Though if they’re still too much [price-wise] for you, even at sale prices, then why not still go down the other even MORE eco route and buy vintage instead? I actually bought two vintage blouses this week on eBay, probably because we’ve been watching The Queen’s Gambit and I’ve heard myself say Ooh I like her outfit/Ooh I like her blouse/Ooh I like her dress/Ooh I like her coat/Ooh I like her shoes OVER and OVER and OVER again.
My most treasured items in my wardrobe are all the vintage pieces, and that’s the beauty of vintage clothes: they’re already “out of date”. So they can’t date. I bought my vintage 70s landscape shirt about 10 years ago, and I still love it as much now. Won’t date, can’t date, shan’t date.
Keep your eye out for those two ‘new’ blouses, coming soon to a Not Dressed As Lamb outfit post near you : -)
Are you still playing Dress Up – or now plan to (even if it’s just for one day)? And has The Queen’s Gambit (or any other period drama) got you longing for vintage? Comment below…
Stay safe, XOXO
Shirt: Stine Goya (you might like this splurge one, or this pricey-but-slightly-cheaper 80s-inspired one, or this not-quite-so-splurgy one)
Blazer: Zara (old, similar)
Trousers: Asos (similar)
Shoes: VERY old (love these ones)
Brooch: Unknown (you might like this one)
Belt: & Other Stories (similar)
Other Stine Goya patterned tops, shirts and blouses you might like:
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