Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fashion, Armor

Surviving the Everyday. Feeling Fabulous

There's a dress shop in my neighborhood that puts a sandwich board on the sidewalk in front that quotes Bill Cunningham: "Fashion is the armor to survive everyday life."  Inside the shop, some pretty tasty "armor."

Inside me, full agreement.

The Art of War(drobe): Style Samaurai. Ninja Dandy. Personal Style Gives You Strength to Take on the World.

I mean, I could've put on any T-shirt, but I picked THIS T-shirt (a primo vintage Cure concert T) another amazing steal from the boyfriend's closet. And while I needed some sunglasses to protect my eyes from UV rays, the ones chosen were deliberately picked to reference fashion. They're my homage to the inimitable Iris Apfel, "geriatric starlet," and all ages fashion icon. The jacket, a recent score and immediate wardrobe favorite: a blue/green vintage men's wool plaid blazer (with the most incredible hand tailoring details and paisley lining!) along with my trusty everyday handbag, a thrifted Keds plaid tote, because wearing plaid makes me feel like "me." When I feel like me, I feel confident. I like to come off in my way of dress, as an original, a little off center, with an edge of street cred, and a smidge of cool. With my Bob Dylan hair, signature punky/beaded cuffs, vintage "flair" and sneaker wedges, I felt all of the above, and very "me," ready to take on the world. 

Sassy. Armored. Fashion-able.

What fashions do you put on to face the world?

 
#SHOPSECONDHANDFIRST 100% Thrifted.
Now Wearing:
  • retro sunnies, Cuffs
  • vintage plaid blazer, thrifted
  • vintage Cure T-shirt c/o boyfriend
  • vintage cuffs, thrifted
  • jeggings, Labels Consignment
  • Keds plaid handbag, Goodwill
  • Rocket Dog sneaker wedges, Value Village

45 comments:

A Well Styled Life said...

Great concept. Dressing authentically is such a confidence boost!! I put on "pulled together" and "accessorized". When I don't put in the effort...I regret it.

Reva Ford said...

You brighten my day! Love those kicks!!!
hugs,
Reva

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Super.. love the quote & The Cure :)) x

thorne garnet said...

I wear "too much" jewelry and stick something on my head. Makes me less nervous when I go do something new. I'm kind of socially uncomfortable and if I'm wearing something odd, I'll have something to talk about.

Jacquelineand.... said...

I'm lusting after the tee! What makes me feel like me? Hmmm, having one fun, colourful or dramatic piece that makes a statement.

Bella Q said...

@Reva I LOVE you, Reeves!
@Dainty Doll- I know I should sell the shirt, but I got greedy!
@Thorne I am so right there with you. Believe it or not, I'm a total dork (well, that is believable) and am social awkward so anything to get a convo going that is not about me, is a good thing.

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Best sources of inspiration! I like it when you dress a little influenced by rock (and of Iris Apfel, of course).

jill815 said...

I love that Bill Cunningham quote. And I love YOU in that T-shirt featuring The Cure! In the immortal words of Robert Smith, Why can't I be you? I am going to listen to them right now, in honor of you. XO, Jill

Vix said...

Excellent advice to live by! I always feel me in lots of jewellery, eyeliner, bright colours and heels. I'm not bothered if anyone sees me without them but I'm definitely more awake and able to face the world once I'm armed with them! x

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Fun Quote...I put on confidence every day to face the world and that confidence is communicated in a variety of ways through my clothing choices. It sounds like a fun boutique!

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I totally want to see that film now and I am in love with that blazer!

bisous
Suzanne

Monica P said...

Love your shoes! I didn't know Rocket dog has such cut sneaker wedges :-)

Monica
www.pear-shaped-gal.com

Déjà Pseu said...

That plaid is so You. This strikes me as a very Seattle outfit, which means that conditions are right for you to bloom!

When I need armor, I head straight for the boots. And perhaps something black and minimalist.

Crystal Hammon, ABC, MLS said...

Love the outfit and the quote. I'm sort of in love with Bill C. But I guess who isn't? I want to be edgier than I am! I guess my nod to that is extremely short hair. Armor for me? A blazer. I've felt that way since I was a little girl in my first one--a floral cotton one I had in kindergarten.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

You look like 'you' and you look totally cool. I feel best when I look like 'me', too (even if that means wearing what is not typically considered my 'best' clothes). Love the tee to pieces. Great video!!
Becky :)

GeeGee said...

You look like a teenager. My daughter in age 13 adores this look, too.

No fear of fashion said...

Great slogan. I saw another good one in a kitchen shop:
the pain of an expensive and great kitchen you will feel only once. The pain of a bad inexpensive kitchen you will experience every day.
I had to laugh and thought: if I approach every purchase like that, I would be without any money in no time.

Please may I? said...

Firstly you rock that outfit... Never give him his Tshirt back.. Ever!

x x

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

Oh my gosh you look so COOL!

Mary Lou said...

i loooove that quote, i will put it on my moldboard now! and i love the cure, so what else can i say that you made my day with your post ;) also i can´t never get enough of plaids and checks! you look gorgeous!
kiss,mary

Anupriya DG said...

I'm totally digging them yellow sunnies!!! <3 <3 <3
And yes, you are always well-armour-ed, gorgeous!!! :)

Kathleen Lisson said...

Loved that Cunningham movie. My armor is a hat, of course.

pastcaring said...

Great look, Bella. I'm not sure I think of my clothes as armour... But a great dress always makes me feel good, confident and like me. xxx

Patti said...

You are so you! Love this mix, esp The Cure. I am on a hunt for rock tees lately.

señora Allnut said...

how much I'm loving that pretty fabulous trailer, that piece of fashion wisdom!, and how much I'm also loving your plaid jacket, so You, you're really ready to take the world but you're just now rocking my world!!
besos & plaid

Kristy said...

You totally rock that outfit! Love your hair too! I'm usually in work out type clothing and running shoes so I guess that's my armor. And I always wear makeup no matter what!

Tricia said...

I love that quote!

Lucys Lounge said...

great outfit, bella.

Lucys Lounge said...

i was so sorry to hear of your dishes getting stolen. love lucyx

Meghan Edge said...

Love it!! :-) That tee and blazer ROCK

Lisa said...

Oh so cute, you edgy, little bit bad, girl.
Love that polka dot iPhone case too....I have one and I don't ever want to part with it.

Val Sparkle said...

That's such a classic outfit! I love the two blue plaids together. I think my armor is fairly similar to yours - a tailored but casual blazer or jacket, jeans, comfy shirt, a few accessories. Dammit, I want to look cool, too, even in my 50s!

Sara said...

YES! Love this; the shirt and coat are amazing, and the sunnies are just the best. I love your hair, too! :)

I'd have to say that tremendous amounts of gaudy jewelry, particularly turquoise, definitely make me feel like me. Ready to face the world. :D

Kari Spriggs said...

Smiling over here. I just did a homage for Vivienne Westwood and your the very first blog I clicked on when I finished. And if you ain't livin the Vivienne I don't know who is!

Emalina said...

You look so very you, and so very cool and gorgeous in that brilliant outfit! Love that blazer!

menopauselsupermodel said...

Ah.. the Cure!!!
Love the outfit and yes it's YOU!!
My armour is bright colors!
You are making me NEED more plaid in my life

Reva Ford said...

I knew I commented ;) Have a faboo weekend and LOVE the tee!
huggs
Reeves

pao said...

How awesome you got spy girled in your most you ensemble. Uncanny how she does that...

highlandfashionista.com said...

OMG, I lived in a cure concert tee when I was in high school....to think that now it would be considered "vintage" totally cracks me up.

Krista Gassib said...

I love Bill as much as I do you! Fashion is my armor but its also my disarmer because I think the way I dress makes people either talk to me or about me. I love this look on ya girl. You look cozy tough and still like hot funky chick. Enjoy the weekend honey!
Xxoo

Tamera Beardsley said...

What a perfect and fun post to open up on a Saturday morning! That is one of my favorite fashion quotes!
Loved the movie, but it did leave me a little sad for Bill.. as he appeared lonely.

You my dear, are so beautifully cool in your outfit! You make me excited to choose my armor for the day!

I just adore you Bella!

Boheme.Fille said...

This is one cool look! :)

any2ndnow.com said...

Definitely an outfit post after my own heart! My uniform has been a rock t-shirt with everything, and I love love LOVE your Cure shirt! Even more perfect with the plaid.

Fashion is definitely my armor, but more like a superhero, you know?

Rock on Bella!

xoxo
Cyrillynn

Miss Simmonds Says said...

really love this look! LOVE your Cure t shirt, it looks awesome with the yellow sunnies and jeans. xxxx

Ofelia said...

You look so cool; like a mix of Chrissie Hynde and Debbie Harry!
I adore Iris Apfel and I read and watched his New York Times fashion/photography column for years.

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