Thursday, 19 November 2009

One velvet LBD, two different looks


- Bit of a picture heavy post I'm afraid! -

I acquired this black velvet dress in a charity shop recently (another ankle length atrocity that underwent treatment with my sewing machine!). I'm really pleased with it - it fits like a glove! I've noticed that I seem to be building up a big collection of eveningwear in anticipation of going to university - I'll probably show you some more of my new 'going out' dresses in future posts.

But I was thinking, just because it's a velvet LBD, does it need to just be for going out? Definitely not - that would be such a waste! So I styled it up for casual wear as well as an evening look. And here are the results...


Look #1 'The evening look' - this was mainly an opportunity to show you my new faux fur coat, picked up from a charity shop for a mere £8. It's top quality, vintage Marks & Spencer's (or St Michael as they used to brand their clothes). I'm rather delighted with it! Saying that, I can't actually imagine wearing it out as it's a bit over the top for my usual dress sense, but its nice to look at! Excuse the wayfarers... I wanted to style a really 'extreme' going out look, haha.



Look #2 'The casual look' You can't get much more casual than a plaid shirt and Converse! This look is a little bit different to my usual high waisted skirt and heels ensemble, but I quite like it! The Converse are sneakily borrowed from my sister (hopefully she's not reading this). She bought them in a vintage shop in Brighton, and I've been secretly admiring them ever since. I like how the red piping matches the shirt!

Look at the beautiful label! ♥


Which look is your favourite?
Sadie xxx

34 comments:

iheartvintagex said...

Definately the casual look, I can't believe how fab it looks with that shirt (which I love btw) Another amazing post :) ♥

B a la Moda said...

WOW! This skirt is really versatile. It can work so good for a night look and I love how you paired with the tartan shirt and converse for a more casual one.

xoxo
B* a la Moda

Maria Confer said...

Oh, I don't think I can pick! They are both awesome. I do really love it with the flannel shirt though!

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Clare said...

The faux fur coat was a steal! You really suit the extreme style. Another great post. very inspiring young lady!

Reverie said...

I'm going for the casual, although i adore that fur coat! I've been hunting for one for a while, but am also a little bit afraid of looking OTT. I'm also very jealous of your shirt! And thanks for the comment x

briannelee said...

I love both looks! Throwing on a plaid shirt over a dress is a great way to make it more casual.

Megan said...

I love the casual look, although I'm pining for fur coats at the moment, been trawling through my charity shops for one!

Helen said...

the first outfit is so audrey hepburn! i love it. velvet reminds me of the 90s though, i don't really like the texture of it

Gem said...

Definite the casual one with those amazing converse! I want them!

Svenja said...

the casual is my favourite. however the coat is really cool too.

Princess Liberty said...

Your photos and your outfits are really beautiful ans your blog is lovely

Jamie said...

I don't know which I like more :O And I just love to state once again that England is just too fabulous to go thrifting! I once found a pair of almost-new converse vor 6 pounds!!
Oh and a lot of vintage stores always have some converse :)

Georgie said...

Both looks are fantastic!
xx

onic said...

i like them both but the first one, the evening look is so fabolous. i can imagine you just out from your limo :]

F i K a said...

heyy sadie :)..I found your blog from Miss Onic blog..I love all your photos that she shares in her blog..

and now,,I think your blog will be one of my fave blog!! :D..you have a great style&you are such a pretty girl!!

for this post I love both of them..but if I have to choose, I prefer the casual look..plaid shirt with LBD is a unique combination and U bring the best of it!! :)

Kat said...

i really like your blog :D new follower XD x

Em x said...

I love the second look, I wore a vintage velvet dress today :D

aubrey said...

casual!i love the plaid shirt.where did you get it?

sophiemakesthings said...

ooh i love the casual shirt! i've been looking for one like that for ages, i'll just have to keep checking the mens section of my local vintage shop! :) x
p.s well done for the scarf, i love knitting! i want to join a local knitting club and knit with the old ladies :)

Green Freedom said...

I like the casual shirt , you're always looking great !

le blog de leen said...

wow it's hard to tell which look's greater, i love them both!
but i guess i'll go for the first look cause you look so funny on these pictures :)

leen

Anonymous said...

casual is lovely but formal is awesome as well!

Parapluie said...

Both look really nice!

suzie said...

i really really REALLY love the first look and your faux fur coat. awesome.

Rachel said...

ahh i found a dress like this in a charity street round the corner from my house, except it was this gruesome red colour, not a nice red at all. heartbreaking!
love the fur coat, i think you should brave it and wear it out!:)x x x

Amelia said...

I love your evening look sooo much! That fur is just perfect.

Manju said...

i love it!! especially the casual look! with the fab shirt and converse, <33333
i wish i could sew!
p.s. haha, i'm glad that made you laugh ;)
have a lovely weekend darling
xx

Liset said...

Both great looks! I can't pick because I think they are both great, but if I have to, I would pick the second one as I am not that into faux fur :-)

amyyyyy. said...

I love both of these looks! I just bought an oversized velvet top from a charity shop yesterday, and it's also from vintage marks and spencers haha! I'll have to try these looks with it. :)

xxxx

delicatessen! said...

interesting! i like your idea of showing how something so dressy can be made more casual, more of these please!
http://delicatessenofstyle.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Away with the uncertainty. The second. No doubt.

talia&lilyrose said...

My favorites is the first look !!!
Talia

SophieGrace said...

J'adore the first look. It looks very classy.

Pierrot le Fou said...

both looks are great! i love the strong colour you get from velvet fabrics

and that coat is an amazing find! all the charity shops where i live are raided by vintage shops (which then re-sell the items at a much higher price, rather immoral!) so there are never any interesting items in them to be found :(