Sunday, February 5, 2012

outfit post: Black Winter Spinster

Gentle Readers:

The photos do not do justice to the awesome pieces that reside in this outfit.  I was rushed, the light was too bright from the glare of an overcast sky, and black does not photograph well.

What you are missing are is the mother lode of textures- the needle-like hairs of the fur, the curls of silk ribbon on the coat, and the black clouds of cuddliness that made up my new-to-me thrifted mohair sweater.  Feeling quite jaunty, I slipped on a neglected pair of bright white brogues. I need to wear them more often.

Something I'll be wearing more often are these freshly thrifted black round sunglasses. If a pair of sunglasses is big and round, I'll want to wear them. I call it the Apfel effect. I want to look like this bold goddess. So I buy and wear, round lensed sunglasses. I look so serious yet off-beat. I'm so drawn to raggedly eclectic and eccentric looks that are a bit long in the tooth. A post-modern old fashioned. A black winter spinster. Are you seeing it?


Now Wearing: 
  • thrifted black round sunnies
  • vintage silk ribbon jacket with mink collar, FRINGE
  • thrifted mohair cardigan sweater
  • black tank, old as your grandma 
  • thrifted vintage broach
  • polka dot bow-tie clip, swag from last Feb's IFB blogger's con
  • black skinny jeans, Freestyle 
  • thrifted white brogues


Sara Kristiina said...

Yay for second hand!

Really beautiful jacket, I love it! and those shoes, cuties :)

mispapelicos said...

I just adore this outfit, so much, my dear Bella.
I think all my clothes are secondhand.

Patti said...

Those glasses are such a great nod to Iris, and I adore her style. You have got it going on, Bella.

The Semi Sweet said...

I'm seeing so much awesome in that jacket with the fur collar. That type of clothing only comes around once in a blue moon :)

Jill said...

Dude, I am digging that jacket with the fur collar and I'm DYING over the sunglasses. I like them as much as your heart sunglasses. You look so saucy and fun in them. I hope you wear them often! How are you, honey? XO, Jill

gabrielle said...

gosh your writing is intense. i wish i experience anything the way you experience clothes!

Stephanie Loudmouth said...

I love the little details, like that bow... so cute!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...


Stacey said...

I love this entire outfit, particularly the sunnies & brogues!

Anonymous said...

I have never seen so many photos of Apfel as a younger woman as in this video~she has always been fabulous. The sunglasses were a wonderful find!

The Foolish Aesthete said...

Since I know of many cool "spinsters", I think of that appellation very positively. Or should I say Apfelation? (What an amazing lady!) Gorgeous vintage pieces here. And I SWEAR I owned an exact pair of white brogues like that in college! I wore it so often with vintage skirts. xxx

Content Director - Strong Female Leaders said...

Nice outfit. Such a classic.

Sasha Maria said...

I hate how difficult it is to properly translate textures in dark clothing in photographs, especially when you're in a hurry. In the second photo I can see some really nice texture on the coat and cardigan.

ps. I love the sunnies.

Fierce Fabulous Fit said...

Love the glasses and certainly loving the fur detail on the coat! You rock!!!

Please may I? said...

What a rocking outfit! Those glasses look great, loving the detail on them. Even a bit a fur to give a touch of glamour.

Stunning as ever!

X x

Hang T. Tran said...

Good morning Bella!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and left your gentle words. I am touched that you haven't forgot me.

I like intensive colours and black is definitely one of them, especially when it is paired with white and statement accessories like yours.
It is hot most of the time in Bangkok so I don't have any chance to try on fur or jackets. They look really nice on you Bella.

Have a great creative day my friend,

Unknown said...

Love that fab jacket, Bella! Sarah xxx

Vix said...

Maybe you should start a spinster blog, let's make unmarried older women cool!!!
Love that outfit, the granny-chic jacket and plimsolls are such a marvellous contrast.
Second hand stuff is the best, green, unique and with a mysterious past. xxxxxxxxxxxx

two birds said...

it's fabulous! i love the details on the jacket...and i know the texture well, even if it doesn't translate in photos. i love it!

his_girl_friday said...

Very strange and very interesting. I like it.

The Style Crone said...

The detail of the polka dot bow tie made me smile. Eclectic and eccentric are a great combo!

The Closet Shopper said...

My husband has been wearing his bright white vans lately and I'm loving them. Then you're wearing these and I think that I must get some bright white sneaks.

Love the contrast with all black.


doradadama said...

You celebrity biatch!
hand over those furs!
love the white with black.

Kool Moe Dee shades.

Susan Tiner said...

You are brilliant, whatever you want to call your style. I've seen that video, love learning about her life. She's one of a kind. Reminds me of Diana Vreeland.

Your outfit is fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love the jacket, I plan on doing a similar look real soon. The eyewear is insane!!

Melanie said...

I'm wondering if those are little LED lights around the sunglasses or rhinestones. You could pull off the LEDs, but you look wonderful in the rhinestones. Fun piece!