Suit for a woman

Are you guys familiar with the term Le Smoking? It goes beyond just a suit women wear, but carries a lot of meaning in breaking the rules of fashion. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea and how to incorporate it into my wardrobe. So when I separately thrifted this tuxedo pant and then this tuxedo type of jacket, I was just waiting for the right moment to wear them together.

This isn’t an outfit to hang around the house for sure – we had a special dinner for a friend that was here from out of town. A classy place, calls for a classy outfit. And AHA! This was the perfect moment where I could wear my Le Smoking. I still felt very feminine, and I think that is what’s so special about wearing a suit as a woman.

Jacket: Akris, thrifted. Blouse: Equipment, thrifted (different color here). Pants: Trouve, from Buffalo Exchange. Wedges: Yves Saint Laurent, from Buffalo Exchange (there’s always a pair for sale on ebay!) . Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Lipstick: Revlon Colorburst in Tutti Frutti.

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Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, woman wearing suit, suit for women, le smoking

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, woman wearing suit, suit for women, le smoking

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, woman wearing suit, suit for women, le smoking

What do you think? As a woman, would you wear a suit like this?

Sew U

My fingers are restless. A few months ago I challenged myself to do something new – I picked the tools to do a whole big embroidery project despite never having embroidered before. And then I finished! It’s awesome, and now I’m ready to go back to sewing – I haven’t sewn in a while, but I always just freestyled it.

So I’m ready for my next challenge. I want to sew correctly. I picked up a copy of Sew-U at the library, a book by Built By Wendy that includes patterns – but also the instructions on how to use them and how to adjust the patterns to make even more things!

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I find the whole concept really awesome and can’t wait to find the right fabric to start making something, anything! You see the patterns, and learn how they work (which I knew very little about) – for these types of patterns, a good stretchy fabric will do, since they’re for items that don’t have buttons or zippers (zippers are very difficult to sew, so that’s a whole other book).

If the patterns don’t make much sense, it’s because some of the pieces are meant to be traced & cut over a piece of fabric folded in half so that the two sides match! Can you tell what these patterns will make?

Thrift Eye, Sew U Built by Wendy

Thrift Eye, Sew U Built by Wendy

Thrift Eye, Sew U Built by Wendy

The patterns that come in these books are thin pattern paper – because I obviously had to return the library book, I had to somehow save these patterns for myself. My mom had already told me that saving your patterns onto good sturdy fabric is the best way to save a piece you want to make over and over again. She suggested cutting the patterns onto denim because it is long lasting, but that’s expensive. I had actually been given a roll of stiff canvas fabric at a previous job and just used that! Now I can use them over and over again – where as paper patterns may (and probably) eventually deteriorate or rip.

I’d love if any of you seasoned sewing folk out there had any tips you’d like to pass along! I’m excited to do this, no matter how it turns out :)

I’m anxious to find a really nice fabric, taking the time to add some nice finishing touches. I even want to buy name & Made in the USA labels! Wish me luck.

Weekend denim

I’ve been obsessed with doubling up my denim looks. I don’t care if it’s tacky, call me Texas Tuxedo/Canadian Tuxedo. Sometimes wearing double denim just works (unless you’re on a red carpet). In this case it was for a morning of antiquing – where you’re sometimes getting elbow deep in junk, and may have to get on your knees to look through piles or underneath furniture. I’m totally guilty of having done it before too. And not the last time you’ll see it here.

Top: Vintage, from Rose Bowl flea. Pants: old Gap boyfriend jeans, hand me down from my sister. Shoes: Target. Hat: Vintage, from Alameda flea. Belt: old Jcrew, from Buffalo Exchange. Watches: both vintage, from flea market (the gold one I had just purchased this day, hence why I was wearing two)

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Thrift Eye, double denim, fashion blogger, texas tuxedo

Thrift Eye, double denim, fashion blogger, texas tuxedo

Thrift Eye, double denim, fashion blogger, texas tuxedo

 

Photos by Jorge Novoa

Are you down with the double denim?

Off duty

I’ve gone on some sort of wardrobe-warp. I’ll explain by saying I used to be that person that LOVED dressing down during the week, and dressing up on the weekends. Well, back when I worked in an office. Now that I have to dress pretty business casual most work days, I’m now on the other spectrum with everyone else. I’m finally enjoying being casual on the weekends. Having a pair of comfy and clean tennis shoes really helps. The old me would have dressed this up with heeled boots right away. But if we’re just going for a walk, then eh, comfy shoes it is!

These photos were shot a little out of order (before, during, after breakfast).

Top: Graham & Spencer, purchased from Shopbop with sponsor store credit. Pants: Joe’s Jeans. Shoes: Nike Lunarlon Safari, from Nike Outlet. Hat: Vintage. Lipstick: NARS, Red Square. Eyeliner: NYX, from Ulta.

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Thrift Eye, nike lunarlon, nike safari, sporty outfit

Thrift Eye, nike lunarlon, nike safari, sporty outfit

Thrift Eye, nike lunarlon, nike safari, sporty outfit

Photos by Jorge Novoa

I guess those people who are dressing sporty were really onto something after all :)