Sartorial Saturday–Swing Pants

Over the last year-plus, I’ve ordered a little something of everything from Miss Candyfloss…dresses, jackets, a skirt, a blouse, a sunsuit, and even a beautiful dressing gown. But there was one item of clothing I was reluctant to buy…pants. Real talk time…I’ve had five c-sections, and I find that pants are pretty hard for me to wear, because the fit is never quite right., thanks to multiple abdominal surgeries. But Miss Candyfloss makes beautiful vintage-inspired pants, and I’ve been admiring various styles since I discovered the brand. An after-Christmas coupon was just the push I needed to give them a try, and to my surprise, I actually love the way they fit and look!

The Brindy-Dora swing pants are a lovely neutral tartan print. The color palette immediately brings autumn to mind, but not to the point that I’ll feel weird wearing them any other time of year.

I really like the way they look here with the purple and orange accents of my shirt, belt, Splendette duchess bangles stack, and Erstwilder brooch. The gold velvet gloves are a nice touch, too.

Here’s why I think these pants, in particular, work so well. They’re pleated, but they also have a flat front. I know, that sounds impossible. But the pleats start well below the waistline, which allows you to have the great look and swing of pleated pants without a lot of extra bulk on your stomach, which I greatly appreciate!

I have always been a fan of wide-leg pants (hello…I was a teenager in the 90s!), and these are wide-leg to the extreme!

I know I’m going to need to have them tailored, because even with heels, they’re a bit too long. But until I find a new tailor, I’ll make do!

I already have a few more ideas of how I want to style these pants…I’m so glad I took a chance on adding such a versatile piece to my wardrobe!

Sartorial Saturday–My Favorite Festive Fashions

Now that even Epiphany has come and gone, I’m taking a look back at my favorite festive fashions of the 2021 Christmas season. I picked my favorite styling of each Christmas piece I have in my wardrobe (four skirts, a dress, and a dirndl apron), plus a photo of how I accessorized each:

Also, two bonus pictures that don’t really fit anywhere else…the dressing gown I wore on Christmas Eve, and a playful shot of one of my new Christmas brooches on my overalls against a candy cane-inspired background:

As much as I’m looking forward to mixing up my fashion a bit more in the coming weeks, I’m really going to miss my Christmas prints until it’s time to pull them out again!

Sartorial Saturday–The Top Five Favorite Fashion Purchases of 2021

Time for one last “Top Five” list for 2021!

2021 was a year where I explored new options for my wardrobe, found some new favorite retailers, and really discovered what I like and I want I don’t in my clothing and accessories. I added some special pieces to my collection, starting with this Erstwilder brooch inspired by Animal Crossing:

Speaking of Animal Crossing, I have never been as excited about a makeup collection as I was about the ColourPopxAnimal Crossing collaboration!

Miss Candyfloss quickly became my favorite vintage-inspired clothing brand in 2021, and I think the Myrtle-Sun dress was my favorite out of the ones I purchased (although, everything I have in my closet from their brand is simply amazing!):

I explored my heritage in a sartorial way this year by adding two dirndls from Rare Dirndl to my wardrobe. They’re both beautiful, but I’m sharing “Die Heimat” because the other was a gift, so not technically something I purchased myself.

And finally, a look at a few pieces from Splendette’s Christmas line…this is my favorite Christmas collection they’ve offered to date!

I’m looking forward to discovering what new things all of my favorite brands offer in 2022!

Sartorial Saturday–Frohe Weihnachten!

I’m back with the a new styling for “Die Heimat” dirndl, just in time for Christmas!

As soon as Rare Dirndl shared photos of a special gnome apron for Christmas, I knew exactly how I would style it, and it turned out even better than I imagined!

I added an Austrian flag inspired necklace I picked up from a Rare Dirndl jewelry party through their Facebook group…it’s both a perfect representation of my heritage, and the perfect colors for Christmas! Edelweiss are also represented through my hair clip and new red wrap bracelet.

I feel extra Austrian and extra Christmasy!

Frohe Weihnachten!

Sartorial Saturday–Merry Stackmas!

It seems that every year, I like the new Splendette Christmas collection even better than the last. This year’s is something special, with both candy cane striped bangles and bangles inset with Christmas baubles, and they look fantastic with some of my pieces from previous years!

Sartorial Saturday–“Die Heimat”

You didn’t think I’d stop at just one dirndl, did you?

When Ryan bought me my very first dirndl as an early Christmas present, there were two options that really stood out to me…the beautiful purple floral dirndl he ordered, and “Die Heimat,” a dress that features a gorgeous suede bodice and comes with an apron that has a lovely print of deer and old script. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I decided to save my money and go ahead and add a second dirndl to my wardrobe…let’s call it a gift to myself for my (almost) 100 day streak of German lessons with Duolingo!

As always, accessories are everything. I added a fierce-looking Hirsch necklace from Rare Dirndl to go with the outfit, and on Black Friday, I got this beautiful lace dirndl blouse for a steal! I added my edelweiss clip to a grey fedora, and a pair of dirndl-style shoes and some nice warm tights that aren’t quite the right color depending on which part of the outfit you compare them to, but let’s just overlook that, shall we?

One of my favorite details of this style, and something that I think makes it extra special, is that there is both a ribbon and a chain for lacing. I’m not going to lie…trying to figure out how to lace them both without getting them tangled was a challenge, and I was pretty slow at it, but I think I’ve maybe got it figured out now, and it looks so good!

I feel Austrian when I wear this!

Stay tuned to see how I style this dirndl for Christmas!

Sartorial Saturday–A Touch of Glamour for Christmas

Time for a look at something completely different!

I have always admired ladies in old TV shows and movies who wore beautiful, glamorous dressing gowns. Anyone can wear a robe, but a gorgeous gown made of satin and lace? That was always the dream!

This spring, Miss Candyfloss offered a beautiful dressing gown in a few lovely pastels. Since it was a new and special item, it was extremely limited, both in sizes and quantity, and I wasn’t able to purchase one. But then they surprised me with something that wasn’t in the autumn/winter lookbook, the lovely Chantilly-Violette and Chantilly-Pine, which is the same dressing gown, but in beautiful autumnal shades of purple and green. To be honest, the purple was my first choice…it is my favorite color after all! But it sold out in a flash, and I was happy to get the gown at all. In the end, this green is stunning, and especially nice around the holidays!

This gown isn’t just beautiful, it’s also extraordinarily well made. My parcel had a mishap somewhere between Sweden and my home, and when it was delivered, it was torn open, part of the gown was actually exposed to the elements, and the invoice inside was literally shredded. I was terrified to even look at the gown, because I was sure the lace had to be ruined based on the condition of the package and the paper invoice. But is flawless, which has got to be due to how well it was constructed!

I’m especially looking forward to wearing this over the Christmas season!

I don’t think I’ve ever felt quite so glamorous!

I would also wear this outside of the house if I had a fancy enough event to attend. While it’s marketed as a dressing gown, it can also be worn as simply a gown…it isn’t too revealing and certainly doesn’t look like something that can be worn only around the house. I love a piece that’s both versatile and elegant, and makes my vintage glamour dreams come true!

Sartorial Saturday–An Australian Hello Kitty Christmas

This year, Erstwilder surprised me with not just one, but two Christmas brooch launches!

The first, and biggest, collection highlights an Australian Christmas. There are familiar pieces, like the wreath I bought, and some that those of us in the Northern Hemisphere might consider a little more unusual, like koalas (my youngest purchased on of those).

I wasn’t even planning on getting two brooches from that collection, but Ryan went ahead and ordered the Volkswagen Kombi “Seasonal Delivery” piece that I couldn’t quite decide on so I wouldn’t miss out. And then Erstwilder announced a small, four-piece collection of Christmas Hello Kitty brooches to round out the three-part Hello Kitty collaboration they did this year. I tried to resist…really I did. But I had a coupon for one of their US stockists, so I added one more piece to my Christmas brooch collection.

I’m looking forward to wearing all of my Christmas brooches this season!

Sartorial Saturday–A Year of Shopping with Miss Candyfloss

It occurred to me this week that I’ve been shopping with Miss Candyfloss for a full year now! Here’s a look back at the 13 outfits I’ve purchased in that time…one per month, plus an extra, because why not (I’m also waiting on one more, very special piece that I’ll be sharing in the future)?!?

I don’t think I could pick a favorite if I tried. I love every piece…I have a pretty wide variety of styles, and they’re all different and each have a special place in my wardrobe. I really love how well Miss Candyfloss understands fit and sizing…as long as I follow the size chart for each piece, I know I’ll get a good fit. And the fabrics they choose are outstanding…some have texture, there are different weights for different times of year, and the colors and prints are lovely. Each article is well-made, and I’m pretty sure each piece I have has some kind of unique detail that makes it extra-special. I’m so glad I finally took a chance on a new-to-me company, because Miss Candyfloss is now a staple in my wardrobe!

Sartorial Saturday–National Dress

Today I’m taking a look at something completely different!

I have always loved national dress, from Norway’s bunad to the sari of South Asia. And I have long lamented the fact the the US really doesn’t have ethnic dress, unless you count jeans (which I don’t). But my ethnic heritage (Austrian and German) does have a traditional garment for women in the form of the dirndl, something I have long wanted to add to my wardrobe, and Ryan bought me a purple and floral one for an early Christmas present!

This beautiful dirndl is from Rare Dirndl, a small business located in Chicago (where else?!?). It consists of a purple dress and a gorgeous floral print apron, and I’m wearing it with a Rare Dirndl puff sleeve, lace-trim blouse. Also, the best clothing designers know that women want pockets in their dresses, and Rare Dirndl is no exception!

The details on the dress are amazing (look at the pleated trim around the neckline and the piping down the front!), and the workmanship is outstanding (check out how well the hooks on the front are sewn on, and with such a beautiful color of thread, too…it almost looks like they’re set with gemstones!). The print of the apron is fantastic, too…it has a metallic sheen, and the colors are so vibrant…and the strings are actually long enough to fit me properly, which was a huge concern of mine. It is seriously the most well-made and best fitting dress I have ever had (and I have a lot of dresses!).

To accessorize, I added a purple fedora and a petticoat with a lace edge meant to be seen:

I added a leather Edelweiss clip to my hat (also from Rare Dirndl), and then moved it to my hair, just for fun. It can also be worn as a brooch…I love a versatile accessory!

Here’s a look at the whole outfit sans hat:

Rare Dirndl also offers some lovely jewelry, and many of the pieces feature Edelweiss, a flower often associated with Austria. The scalloped necklace is so delicate and beautiful, and I love the pop of color of the wrap bracelet! (I added one of my Lake Michigan HOMES bracelets in a coordinating color, since I’m celebrating my heritage.)

I’m ready to twirl my way through the Alps!

This is my first dirndl, but it won’t be last…I’m already waiting for my second Rare Dirndl dress to arrive! Erika was such a huge help in answering all of my questions and making sure I got the dirndl of my dreams, so I’m really excited to support her small business again! It’s really not a jump for me to go from retro dressing to ethnic dressing, because they both include a nod to the past in a new, modern way, so I feel comfortable wearing this outfit not just to German events (I can’t wait to style it for Belleville’s Christkindlmarkt in a few weeks), and it’s definitely not a costume item to me. I’m looking forward to sharing more photos of my national dress(es) as I style them in different ways throughout the seasons!