Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Primary Influence

Fur Collar: family heirloom
Wool Cape: AA
Sweater: Madewell (sale)
Jeans: Madewell (sale)
Bracelet: Swapped
Bag: Vintage D&B thrifted ($10)
Boots: my mom's from the 70's
nailpolish: Essie "flawless"
This has been my outfit of the week, comfortable and easy to move around in. The weather has been absolutely miserable: after a 10 degree Monday, we woke up to beautiful snowflakes yesterday morning, which transformed around noon into ugly and huge drops of rain, turning everything into an icy, slushy mess. I don't mind rain in the summer or spring, but rain in the winter is just gloomy. Because of this, I haven't been in much of a mood to get dressed up, jeans and a sweater is what this weather calls for. Boots too, I discovered these fantastic boots of my mother's while on a reconnaissance mission over the summer. I was the only one home with nothing to do, so naturally, I started going through closets and trunks seeing what I could find. Along with turning up her long lost wedding dress (no, not what I'm wearing on August 20th), I found these beauties:
She said she bought them for $75 in the early 1970's in Portland (Maine). They're a little snug, but not uncomfortable. I think they'll stretch too, after all they haven't been worn since at least the late 80's. My mom had amazing style when she was a young person, and I'm so happy when I can turn up something of hers that fits me. I never thought my mom would have a huge influence over my style- she's not into clothes and fashion at all- but I feel like her younger self is my primary influence these days.

I'm glad when I can put this stuff to good use, it makes me sad when I find a beautiful piece of clothing that has deteriorated. Before our house burned in 2004, I never would have guessed all this stuff was boxed up, but because everything had to be removed from the surviving parts of the structure, things like these boots floated to the surface. As a kid, I always wished we had one of those magical attics you see in movies and T.V. that are full of family treasures; it turns out we had all that cool stuff, it was just kept in trunks and boxes throughout the house!

On a totally separate note, who's going to the swap tomorrow? Will I see you? If you see me, come say hi!

EDIT: for everyone saying that the leather on the boots needs attention, thank you and I appreciate the advice. (ps- this is meant sincerely, I understand how it may be construed as snark, but I assure you it's not meant as such)

40 comments:

Vicky said...

The fur collar is the perfect finishing touch to this outfit x

JC said...

I love the classic look of this outfit! All of the daily fashion bloggers I follow always have wonderful things to say about swaps so I may need to track one down in my area.

Hilary Grace said...

I have so many of my mom's things that I've claimed over the years. I totally know what you mean. :)

See you at the swap.. rain or shine!
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sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

I was just telling my mom the other day how I wish she kept more of her old stuff. Not that it would fit me (she was so super tiny) but still!

I feel ya with the boots and sweaters, I've been living in this uniform lately. This weather is such a bummer.

Hope to see you at the swap tomorrow!!

xx, Katrina

Anonymous said...

I am really sorry to say this but you can't wear those boots in the condition that they are in. You should take them to a cobbler who knows what he is doing so he can polish and condition the leather. They seem to have sentimental value to you so both to keep them in good shape (otherwise the elements will eat into the leather) and to keep looking stylish), you should give them the care that they deserve.

amanda said...

i only wish i could have some things of my mom's from the 70s! when i was little, my house burned and literally nothing survived, so all of my mom's things were destroyed. i think it's pretty special that you were able to find these after the fire at your house and then put them to good use. they are fantastic!

Rosie said...

My Momma's style has influenced me more than I can say!She for sure had it going on in those awesome boots! Have fun at the swap, wish I could make it--Maybe next time!

Orchid Grey said...

thanks for the advice, Anon! I'll be taking these and a leather backpack to our local cobbler as soon as he opens back up!

ellio100 said...

Those boots are great - i love their lean height and the fact they're detailed without seeming fussy.
I think they may need a little professional touch to make sure they keep well (I hope you don't mind me saying so I don't mean to cause offence)
wonderful post, I love the personal touches blogging brings to discussions of clothes!

Futurelint said...

The boots give the whole thing a bit of a late 70s-early 80s vibe that I totally dig! I know, my mom had some awesome clothes but she got rid of it all before I was in middle school and started harassing her about why she didn't save me any old bellbottoms!

curious constellation said...

This is my staple outfit even when the weather is beautiful!

styleatelier said...

Oooh the fur collar and cape are perfect! Sweaters, jeans, and boots seem to be my staple these days too... -Angela

Rachel said...

I love your bag! It compliments the boots really well. :D

Lexie, Little Boat said...

ohhh how helpful anonymous commentators can be! ;)

i love this look -- that sweater is one of my favorites of yours!

i remember you writing about getting a tattoo in honor of your house that burned. it must have been a terrible thing to have live through. i am so glad certain things were recovered!

briannelee said...

I love your ring! Is it a snake?

Michele said...

I love fashionable moms! My mom kept so many cool outfits from the sixties and seventies, but she was miniature and I can't fit into them anymore. So cool that your family managed to salvage some of those trunks and boxes.

Ginta said...

Boots are perfect find! I wish I could wear my mom's treasures from 70s and 80s but unfortunately she was/is bigger than me size wise :(
And I wouldn't do anything with those boots actually, they're perfect exactly the way they are!

Amethyst said...

this cape is a little bit "wolfy" <3

glitteringwolf <3

*chameleon* said...

such a great look!!fur and the cape are awesome,so as the bag!:)
xoxoxoxo

Jason Lieder said...

Great pics, I really like that blue and gold bracelet and big necklace.

Maia said...

I really liked this post until the end with the edit in bold face calling out the two commenters that gave helpful suggestions about the boots. It seems a bit snarky and unnecessary. Maybe I'm reading into it wrong, but I don't think either commenter meant to cause offense. Just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

You're lucky to find those boots/they were kept over all these years! My mother told me the other day that she used to have a pair of Frye boots from the 70s, and of course when I asked if I could have them she said she sold them at a garage sale! Definitely makes me want to keep things for future generations haha

Orchid Grey said...

Maia, I'm sorry that you saw my edit as snarky, it wasn't meant to be. I felt an edit was necessary so that people knew I knew the boots needed work. If you read my posts you'll see I'm rarely snarky, especially towards my readers, whose opinions I value dearly.

emily//thelesserpanda said...

i do love those boots just like everyone else, I don't know too much about taking care of them though, I like my western boots beat up looking! But, you can only get that natural look with normal wear and tear!

Emily//TheLesserPanda

The Daily Fashionista said...

Hmmm...My mom has a pair of Frye boots sitting in the mudroom at her house....I wonder if she'll notice if they go missing for a while;) hehe..

I love your casual looks. When the weather gets gloomy like that I enjoy the simpler feeling of wearing a sweater and jeans. It just feels cozy!

Fancy Pants said...

Oh! You're so lucky to have the "treasure attic"! I love going home and going through my grandmas old clothes. Half my wardrobe was once hers! It's so obvious from your looks, coupled with the few pieces noted as "family" that you come from great style!

Caroline said...

I think the boots are wonderful (no matter what their condition). But what I especially love is that bag! I adore the long-strap, the buckle, leather edging, and green color. It's just lovely.

Tiny Dancer Clothing said...

I agree with Emily - I like my boots to look a little rough n' tumble. :) Regardless, the outfit is lovely. I saw that sweater in Madewell over the holidays and thought of Orchid Grey!

Irene said...

Great look! Looks good on you!

xoxo irene
www.myfashionfindings.com

Roma said...

I got two pairs of boots this Christmas and I've been wearing them everywhere. A little backgrounder -- I live in a tropical country and boots have yet to be an IN thing up to now. But, I don't mind the looks. I just love my boots. :)

poet said...

Lucky you. My mother owns a pair of lovely boots in a similar color and style which she hasn't worn during my entire remembered lifetime, and it's unlikely she ever will. I've been coveting them for the past decade at least. She won't give them to me (despite being generous with other cast-off clothing). Sigh.

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Maia said...

Thank you for clarifying. I read the blog regularly and don't recall you being snarky to the readers either. Appreciate your comment.

Pineapple said...

Those are my favorite boots from all time. What a great pair!

Aniek said...

wow great outfit! lovin' the bag x

Anna said...

I am intensly digging those boots. I have a similar pair that I steal from my mom all the time! They're huge on me though, I'm a 5 and a half or a 6. She is a 7 and a half.
And, I'm not sure if cowboy boots can stretch.

dandeliion said...

That bag is fabulous!

Stefany said...

I don't think the boots need any attention. I love that they look like they have history and even a bit rustic. =] Don't fix a thing.

the other emily said...

Every time you wear this beautiful fur collar, I sigh and wish I had one of mine.... until I realized I actually do! Right now it's in my old dress-up bin at my parents house, sewn to the back of a web belt so I could wear it as the Big Bad Wolf in a school play. I had forgotten about it for years - I'm so glad you got me thinking back on it so I can give it another life in my wardrobe :)

Those boots are a fantastic hand-me down, I love the slim shaft and the notched shape at the top. Whenever I find a pair of leather boots that need a little extra room, I clean them thoroughly with saddle soap (I get mine from Target for a dollar or two), then pull them on over thick socks and wear them around the house while they dry. As the moist leather warms up, it becomes more elastic and will eventually mold to fit your feet perfectly. (Of course, if you need more than a little space, you can have them stretched to fit by a pro using heat and leather stretching solution.)

the other emily

Erin Cathleen said...

No way! These look a lot like my mom's old Frye boots; she got hers in the late '70s, and even then they cost around $200. When I was a teen, we found her near-identical pair at an Illinois thrift shop for a mere $10! I wasn't interested in fashion then, but I thought the boots were cool, and she made me buy them. I'm so glad I did! They're still in great shape and, though they seemed about a half-size too small, eventually stretched nicely and molded to my feet. :)

And how perfect is your ensemble? Effortless chic at its best. Love the vintage D&B bag, too (score!).

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