When I put this outfit together, I felt it was one of my more contemporary efforts -- relative to the more vintage looks I usually wear.
For one thing, it has more modern proportions: looser top, with skinny jeans...
... and petite Oxfords.
It was a bonus that my shirt coordinated well with our blueberry patch.
|Shoes: Aldo; Jeans: Reitman's; Blouse: Everly; Sunglasses: from a street vendor; Right hand ring: Effy; Earrings and Trifari brooch: vintage; Unbelievably perfect bespoke engagement ring: Britton Diamonds|
|Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote|
I thought the way I wore this Trifari brooch was particularly inspired and I loved the way it coordinated so well with my right hand ring and my engagement ring, about which I am still completely and totally over the moon.
But I was sure the idea was Jessica's, not mine.
|More Angela as Jessica -- in scarf ruffle things|
No matter. The point is that, though my look was "modern," it was also quite '80s.
|Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Jane Fonda in the very good, very funny, very feminist movie, 9 to 5. (God, how I want Tomlin's skirt!)|
I think it was the "feminine" answer to the tie.
|Joan Collins in Dynasty|
|Dustin Hoffman in the very funny and very feminist Tootsie|
|Working Girl, also very funny and very feminist|
Of course, I've always have the '80s "big hair thing covered, no problem.
(I've already mentioned to you that my hair seems to change colour depending on the light. Today it was cooperating still further by looking like I'd given it a maroon-ish henna treatment, a la the later '80s.)
And I'm not afraid of the "statement earring."
|Diane Keaton in Baby Boom|
So I can look like an '80s career woman, right? They could have it all, right? Love, family, career -- all. No problem!
|Jane Fonda in 9 to 5|
Thus the harried look.
I'm good at that one. Beau said, "Give me a not-in-pain look." This was the best I could do. My back pain's been even worse than usual for a long time now.
But let's get another look at Jane Fonda's glasses in a happier moment, shall we?
Do they remind you of anything or anyone?
I'll give you another hint.
You guessed it: Jessica Fletcher herself! I was trying to fill some mighty big footprints here, metaphorically speaking.
That's not so very easy when simply walking is causing problems. Balancing on these rocks for these photos was almost too much for my back. Thus my holding on to the tree for safe measure.
I know I've gained some weight in the past few months, since I've been even less able to exercise than usual. Mostly, I'm happy with the larger bossoms (isn't that a funny, archaic word?) that come with my weight gain, but they are causing me some wardrobe... issues.
So, what with my worsened back and my slightly transparent top revealing my new D-cup (yes, D-cup!!) bra, I was going for a more casual '80s look -- say, the '80s career woman in jeans, on a weekend getaway to the country.
|Heather Locklear, baby. Yes, I had a crush on her when I was about twelve.|
And, yes, my skinny jeans were nice and '80s too. Combined with itty-bitty, lace-up shoes, they spell weekend in the country, right?
In my case, the country is my backyard in the middle of the city but I like it just fine.
It's just so pretty.
Perfect for a career woman on a break.
(Special guest appearances from Bobby, the black cat, and Milo, the orange cat.)
(If you'd like to see more of Jessica Fletcher: Fashion Plate, check out my Pinterest page all about her fashion sense -- and be sure to read my commentary.)