Posts Tagged ‘dress’

Okay, that’s… wait, what?

December 16, 2009

While deciding what to wear to dinner last night, I tried on this dress.

Just your average 50s-inspired cocktail dress in a rather heavy gumleaf-green cotton. Then I happened to glance at the tag:

5% wire? Huh??

Now there is definitely no wire shaping or boning in this dress so I have no idea what they’re on about. I suspect this is another confusing example of Engrish. But hey, it made my day.


Birthday girl!

December 9, 2009

I’ve had such a lovely day! My corridor and office door were decorated for the occasion

My party dress made me feel special and happy all day

I’ve had TWO cakes—a rum and raisin chocolate brownie and this mangomisu with raspberry sauce

Emily provided me with a birthday tiara :)

And my lovely friends gave me the cutest, sweetest card signed by all of them (including haikus and limericks), and the loveliest perfume (just what I wanted and needed!).

Plus all the phone calls, messages and texts from all my family and friends! Birthdays are so nice :)

My favourite dress

November 13, 2009

This week for Favourite Friday, I’d like to share my favourite dress.


This is a vintage 1960s handmade shift, with a wide neckline, no sleeves, a scooped back and body darts, falling to mid-calf, and covered, covered, in blue and green sequins.

vintage glamour

I found it last year on Ebay and loved it so much I hardly batted an eyelid at the international shipping charges. It’s always a bit risky buying clothes without trying them on, and with vintage you absolutely have to know your measurements, since sizing has changed so much. Even so, things sometimes need altering (and yes, I’m one of those people who sees no problem with altering vintage pieces). But this fits like it was made for me. I love it.

retro femininity

I love the way the sequins are sewn overlapping, like little scales. When I wear it I imagine I’m a mermaid or a magical sea creature. I love the wide and gently curved neckline, which shows a modest d├ęcolletage. I love how the back swoops slightly lower than usual. I love the colour, distinct blues and greens up close, but from further away melded into my favourite in-between shade, which so suits my pale skin. I love the length, longer than other skirts of the era, which is so flattering and at the same time a little classy. It’s funny how a few extra inches changes a look. I wore this to work on my birthday last year and it made the day wonderful, even if it was a little incongruous.

I love this dress because it’s special, because it’s one of a kind, because it’s pretty and sparkly and flattering, and because it makes me happy. It’s definitely my favourite.


Cate Blanchett’s awesome crocheted dress

September 18, 2009

The biggest celebrity-related fibre story of the week is probably Cate Blanchett stepping out in a granny-square-style crochet dress at the opening of the Screen Worlds exhibition in Melbourne yesterday.

cate's awesome dress

Although she’s been blasted by news and fashion commentators for wearing something ‘better suited to a granny’s sofa’, I think it’s fantastic! Good on Cate for being confident and daring enough to wear something a little different, and for supporting local designers. This dress was created by Romance was Born, and I love how it manages to combine elements of both quirky vintage and feminine charm. And Cate, as ever, looks just gorgeous in it.

Dress ups

September 4, 2009

I wanted to share today’s outfit with you, ‘cos I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.


I’m wearing: a black 60s-style shift dress, a royal blue turtleneck, purple stockings, black sequinned peep-toe heels, and a silver mesh bracelet given to me by my beautiful girl.

We’re going to a cocktail bar tonight so the outfit was created around the heels, but until I added the stockings I wasn’t sure it was going to work—I’ve only worn this dress in summer before. But it came together suddenly, even more perfect than I imagined.

There’s nothing like bright colours and new styling to perk up a grey day.