Only in America, folks. Here you can wear the good ol' red, white and blue and represent the glory of the stars and stripes with a Scottish Tam, a dress from Canada, and handbag made by a Californian designer using vintage British souvenir linen, and slingback shoes from Paris, France.
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"Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style." -John Fairchild
And yet again, most of the items of the outfit are thrifted. Meet my newest hat crush: a new-to-me Scottish wool vintage Tam, a topper that is warm, wooly and set me back a mere $2. The shirt, a red/white/blue polyester gem, also a two dollar score, is circa 1970's and is something I would have LOVED back in 1976 when I was a kid obsessed with the Bi-centennial and all things red, white and blue. I also had a love of 3/4 sleeves (still do I suppose) because my arms were so long and gangly, that everything ran short on me anyways. The polyester is thick, the kind my grandma used to collect, and I'm thinking that maybe in my new rainy abode, that polyester is my friend too. I don't have to worry about getting wet in in- as it repels water like a duck. Quack!
The dress is also made from a synthetic fabric- you may recall a summer time wearing of it HERE. It's from Jacob, a Canadian clothing company best known for making classic basics for a woman's wardrobe. The handbag- a favorite of mine, was a gift from designer Kris Laskey, a Sacramento designer with a devoted cult following. Her label, Butt Ugly, uses vintage fabrics and patterns and creates innovative and highly wearable clothing designed for real women. Read: NOT A SIZE ZERO. Her pieces are one of a kind, and they are often sold out before the end of a trunk show. As you can guess, I am a HUGE fan of the line, and of the designer herself.
Can you guess what a major find these slingbacks are? From JB Martin Paris, the shoes are made in France and have a long history. Since 1921, in fact. You can shop their Fall Collection HERE. My poppy red suede/white patent slingbacks look so very retro to me, and are terribly comfortable. Not sure how practical they are for Seattle, so I'm considering putting them on the auction block on eBay. What do you think, should I sell them, or are they keepers?
Speaking of keepers, did anybody watch the debates last night? I was working- but I could overhead folks discussing it. I know I'm going to try to catch some recaps before I head off for work tonight. The election is coming up and its going to be a heated one. Whatever your opinion may be, I hope you're registered and plan to vote!