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I’ve had this Victorian-style chiffon blouse from Newport News for ages. Seriously, at least three years. Somehow I had it in my head that it didn’t fit right, so I really hadn’t worn it. Going through my closet last week, I decided it was time to wear it, alter it or get rid of it. So I tried it on, and it fit perfectly!! I think I was convinced that the collar was supposed to be more snug around my neck, but I’m pretty sure I prefer it a little more open anyway. Also I tend to have a ridiculous fear of tucking in, which is probably why my brain told me never to wear this blouse.
In addition to the amazing ruffles, the sleeves have a bit of puff in the top half and are close-fitting from the elbow down. Check out the close-up below to see the fabulous buttons down the lower sleeves. I think this blouse worked out wonderfully well after all, although it failed to garner even a single comment at work. This small town just has no taste!! 🙂 Seriously though, it’s probably because I wore all black. I’ve been noticing for quite a while that the less black I wear on a given day, the more compliments I get (and the more vehement the compliments are) around the office. I find it very sad that people are SO caught up over a color. BLACK IS JUST A COLOR. It won’t hurt you!! ;-D
The sterling silver and marcasite brooch came from a store in Glendale Galleria; I believe it was called Something Silver or something obvious like that. They carry very high-end silver jewelry (not your normal mall kiosk stuff), and I had my eye on this piece for quite a while before I finally splurged for it.
And since I did pay $15 for these terrible Frederick’s back-seam stockings, I figured I should wear them more than once. Still, the flaw lines in them kinda irritated me all day.