Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How I Wear My: Greens (mostly thrifted, of course!)

Olive green: jazz up a conservatively-cut Windsmoor coat (thrifted) with thrifted MEXX booties,
bright blue accessories, a patchwork bag, and a cheapie ethnic scarf from the market.

Many thanks to Adrienne over at The Rich Life (on a budget), who, in partnership with Jill over at Everything Just So, is hosting How I Wear My: Green today. I'm really grooving on green these days - all different kinds, in fact. So I thought I'd show you how I've been wearing my greens these days.

Yesterday: Olive green leather booties, thrifted in France.

I bought these olive green booties this week at the thrift shop. The dress is thrifted, the necklace was a buck at a vintage jewellery club meeting in Toronto, and the cashmere was a gift.

The great thing about this kind of green, as you see in these pics, is that it doesn't have to really "match anything" - it can work as a neutral.

Emerald green hat, thrifted in France for 3 Euros.
Antique carpet bag, about 40 pounds at a UK auction.

Or, as you see above and below, green - from emerald to forest to mint - can stand on its own as an accessory with a bit of zing.

Vintage mint green angora beret: gift; forest green Bally purse, thifted in France for under 10 Euros.

I bought this ring new before I moved to the UK, but it was 50 percent off.

I love this emerald green stone and silver filigre ring so much that I wear it whenever the hell I want, with whatever the hell I want.

Thrifted Ellen Tracy silk blouse; new Hermes scarf.

Or you can go full on with green, matching colours and fabrication for a real style whammy.

Vintage forest green jacket by Thierry Mugler, 4 Euros.

And as I recently discovered, dark green rocks with black - who would have thought?

Pre-pregnancy green: vintage dress, gifted.

I can't resist throwing in some miscellaneous pre-preggo green shots, when my stomach was reasonably flat and my thighs thinner.

Thrifted emerald green hoodie with matching (new) turtleneck.
(Rest of outfit: all thrifted except the pendant, which matches the ring).

Newborn jacket in emerald and mint greens: thrifted today for 2 Euros.

And, in a few short months, someone else will be wearing green too! :) :)

37 comments:

  1. I love that green ring! :) hayleythrills.blogspot.com XOXO

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    1. Thanks, Hayley, it is a fave for sure. thanks for popping in; will def pop over to yours! Xo

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  2. Look at your bump! You look stunning in every combination of green, I love you in that emerald hat, the pre-preggo vintage dress and the posh Windsmoor coat especially.
    My next vintage fair is on St Patrick's Day and we've been asked to wear green, the dress I have in mind has revealing cut outs which means there'll be a few hundred sit-ups between now and next Sunday!
    That little cardi is so cute - can't wait to see someone wearing that! xxx

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    1. Vix, before I moved to the UK I used to wear dresses like this maxi all the time. I miss wearing them, but even before I got pregnant, they were too small for me - they are so wee! Sadly, they just don't seem to fit into my life here. I foresee an Etsy or EBay shop or some sort of vintage selling venture in the future so I can pass them on and make some dosh.

      Ah, don't think you need to worry about sit-ups but I am so looking forward to seeing your St Patty's frock! Xoxo

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  3. Dress 2 and dress 3 make me want to wear dresses again. And I'm totally in love with the bags.

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    1. Thanks, Judy, we do have the same taste in bags, don't we? Anything ethnic or patchwork or tapestry or Ikat is turning my style crank right now! :)

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  4. Ooh, Kelly, that bump has grown! How exciting! You are looking super chic and really well, and after all, you weren't growing another person in those pre-pregnancy pics!
    You really suit all shades of green, and I agree, it works really well as a neutral.
    How adorable is that little baby cardigan? And the joy of green is it's gender-neutral too! As ridiculous as all that pink-for-a-girl, blue-for-a-boy stuff is, it's quite hard to escape... Green is perfect for either. And mum too! xxxxx

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    1. Yup, bump sure is expanding now, Curtise. Now's the time where he packs on the weight ... Can already feel myself slowing down. I agree about the green being a good gender-neutral colour for babes. It's too bad you don't see more of it. But from what I can tell, the French don't seem as hung up on the pink and blue gender thing. They have some great colours in the shops, but the baby stuff is too pricey! So it's down to whatever the thrift shop yields .... :) xoxo

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  5. Wow, you have a really beautiful glow in that second picture, I'm loving the tribal print bump...the baby is making fashion waves already ;)
    I love green too, these are so many beautiful hues. I think my favorites are on the darker side of the spectrum but I like a zesty lime green too, especially if teamed with fuchsia pink. All these outfits are fab and I like them all but if I had to pick a favorite (besides tribal chic)...I'm probably going to be very predictable here, the vintage maxi frock with the stunning print, yowza mama...vintage goddess!
    It must be such an amazingly exciting time for you right now, it really shows, you look wonderful...xXx

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    1. Haha, thanks Jennie, I found that tribal print dress in a UK charity shop for a pound! Oh how I miss UK thrift prices! I love that green frock too but sadly it doesn't seem to suit my evolving style since I've moved to the UK and then to France. I have many more like it that I'll likely sell one day - maybe I'll do a retrospective here before I do for you vintage frock-loving gals! Xoxo

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  6. Oh I am with everyone above, look at your beautiful mummy tummy!!!!! The photograph of you in the green hat is just lovely, you look so very pretty.
    How exciting, a new little person in your life very soon.
    love V

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! It's very exciting - scary too but that goes with the territory! Xo

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  7. You look great - you really suit green. The little jacket is just so sweet!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. I know, isn't it just darling, Liz? It's so small .... :)

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  8. Gorgeous greens! Love the coat in the first pic!

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    1. Hi Vanessa, thanks for popping in! I found that coat in the UK for about 10 pounds. Almost didn't get it but glad I did. The shorter style suits alpine life - they don't really wear long coats here! :)

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  9. Hell yeah you wear that emerald ring whenever the hell you want!! I love green so much. Right now I'm really diggin' good old 90s forest green!!
    Becky :)

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    1. Am I a rebel or what? :)

      Oh yeah, 90s forest green, I'm digging that too! I had a lovely chenille sweater in the 90s in that shade - it was so lush - miss it! Xoxo

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  10. Your post should be, "How I wear my bump and look adorable!"

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    1. Agreed! Couldn't have said it better.

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    2. Well aren't you both sweethearts. :)

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  11. Hi there!! green is definitely your colour, each shade looks lovely on you and I really adore your olive green booties and Thierry Mugler jacket-I featured mine on my blog today too but it was a bit dearer than yours at £12!! xxx

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    1. Ooh, I am going to check out your jacket now! Xoxo

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  12. You look wonderful in all kinds of greens :)

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    1. Thanks - funny, I never could so it's odd that I can do it now. Maybe it's because I love it now but I used to hate it? :)

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  13. you can wear anything! jealous ;)
    hugs
    reva

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  14. That's definitely getting harder and harder for me to pull off, Reva - we'll see where we get in a few months! Xoxo

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  15. i´m a huge lover of all shades of green!! and i have to agree with reva you really can wear everything!!! bell bottomed jeans, maxi dresses, minidresses, bohemian modish!
    you have impeccable taste!
    love and kiss,mary

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    1. Aw, that's sweet, it did used to be like that pre-pregnancy for sure. Thrift shopping was a breeze as everything fit! Guess that is a lucky thing. But that'll change for me, soon enough! xo

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  16. Hi Kelly, I never thought of green as a neutral, but you are absolutely right. You've got the photos to prove it too. You have a fine collection of greens in your wardrobe.

    Joni is right...how I wear a bump and look adorable...so true.

    Sue xo

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    1. Aw, Sue that is sweet. :) Funny, I used to hate green, and now I love it. Do you find your attitude towards colour changes over time?

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  17. I still cannot believe that Theirry Mugler jacket! What a find! ALso really love that photo of you in the red and blue....the one you use for your cover page!

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    1. I know, it's an awesome find, especially for France. I love that pic too. I was newly pregnant, feeling good, and thrilled with my (orange) Benneton vest I thrifted for a Euro or something. I just came back from a Vide Grenier as I am writing this (kinda like a garage sale) and am on such a high - so excited to show you everything!

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  18. Hello lady, you always look great in green, I really love that velvet hat, you know I love 90s things too

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    1. What is it about the 90s, Clare? When I was going through them, I didn't think the fashions were so great. When the new millennium came, it was refreshing to slowly evolve into wearing form-fitting clothing. Maybe the stuff is too much that way now, because the loose flowy lines and lush fabrics and patterns of the 90s are just so very appealing to me now! Xo

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  19. I adore that green coat! I have a green winter coat as well, but it is patterned, and I think I love yours more. I need to get out and thrift more...

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    1. Hi Lib! A patterned green coat sounds neat. You'll have to do a post on it when your winter comes. :)

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