Riot Gear


This was supposed to be a post showcasing the absolute absurd riot of colour that is this Lilly Pulitzer silk blouse, but we had a rare glorious day today, brightly-lit, so the sun has washed-out a lot of the punch that this blouse packs. Please note that I am not complaining about the good weather.  I've lived here in the Highlands long enough to know when not to invoke the wrath of the Gods. I mean, I planted these today. How gorgeous are these!?


But I digress. Back to the blouse. Perhaps it's just as well that the sun has washed-out the colors of this shirt - in another two weeks I'll be coming to you from Florida for several weeks, and my entire closet there is made-up of stuff like this. Seriously, this shirt is conservative compared to some of the patterns and crazy-lady prints I have hanging in the closet down there. I cannot wait.  But like with anything high-impact, it's just as well I break you guys in slowly. It's been a long, grey winter, and you don't want to just leap into the neon tropical prints without a proper warmup. Well...I mean...I do, but normal people might need a bit more foreplay first.

Funny, if you would have told my twenty-something self that my forty-something year old self would not really like wearing black, and in fact hardly owns any black clothes any more, I would have probably laughed in your face with disbelief (in between re-applying coats of deep burgundy matte lipstick) and told you to get lost.  But things change - life moves on, and wardrobes suddenly find themselves filled with vertigo-inducing technicolor prints enough to give a teetotaling schoolmarm an acid flashback.

This blouse, like most things that are loud and colourful and gloriously in your face, sort of stands on it's own two feet, so I really didn't feel the need to do anything too fancy with it. Some 70s-inspired jeans and wedges, a rope belt I found at a thrift shop, and that's me done. It is sort of a go-to silhouette for me, this 70s thing. After paging-through last month's Vogue last night (I'm always behind) looking for a new trend I might try-out, I could not find a single one I liked enough to bother. High-collar Victorian necklines? Maxi skirts? The "dad sneaker" trend!?!? The spring trends are ripped right out of a 1980s Utah sister wife ranch. No thanks. Clearly my blouse is not the only thing trippin' right now.  I shall remain right here in the 1970s until the fashion cognescenti have come down from their bad trip.







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  1. Hi from Wisconsin. Guess who! Yes we need a riot of color to go with the threatened 6 inches of snow in mid-April. You look sunny and ready for Florida. Keep cheering us up.

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    1. Well hello there! And as always, thanks for reading! It's good to know that I'm not ust shouting into the void...not that it's ever stopped me before.

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  2. Awesome Lilly blouse! Did you find it in Scotland (needle in a haystack), or did you bring it from Florida to remind you that it's warm somewhere?

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    1. I found this one on one of my visits to Wisconsin, and toted it back to Scotland with me. it was my intention to bring it with me to Florida, but I'll probably keep it in Scotland just so I have a few things for going to warm places other than Florida. Really tempting to just purge the entire summer wardrobe to FL but there are (rare) occasions when we need shorts in Scotland too.

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  3. I know that people make fun of the 1970s -- and truly, there was a LOT of awful fashion then, and dreadful fabrics -- but there were some beautiful silhouettes, and we were finally allowed to wear color and pattern with abandon. Yes, the 1960s had some psychedelic patterns and color combinations, but most people did not dress like that, most of the time, until the next decade.

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  5. Just so you know, I have tried to comment in the past but couldn't, probably because I was too lazy to look up a password. I always read your blog and enjoy it very much.
    Janie

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    1. Thanks very much! Yeah, the mandatory password thing is something Google put in a few years ago, but you've just found your way around it!

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