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01-15-2003, 10:30 AM
What's your favourite 5 clothing items??? New or old, comfort or formal....

At this time (seems to change often) my favourite 5 articles of clothing are:

-Denim jeans, bargain from the Gap, pre-faded.
-old black sweater, tiny, from a used clothing store. I wear it over t-shirts.
-new lounging fleece pants John bought me for Yule.
-black Roots boots I bought 4 years ago, finally wearing through the leather, but I love them. Purchased with $ I earned from selling my first pictures...
-denim jacket I bought when I was 17 from a punk store named Tribe in toronto... it was ancient when I bought it for $5 then, full of holes... well, I kept it all those years, and it fits again. It drives my kids crazy when I wear it I think.


01-15-2003, 11:24 AM
Lois! Good to see you again!!!

Fun question...

5 favorite pieces of clothes ~

Huge comfy 3x baby blue 3/4 sleeve tee-shirt (pj's top)
moss green channile sweater
mink stole that was my Grandma's (I don't wear it though)
my black long jacket (a la X-Files)
any and all of my multitude of clothes that I bought my last trip to Disneyland (which I will be able to wear again SOON)


01-15-2003, 01:23 PM
Um -
- royal blue Pantsuit
- old faded denim shirt
- purple hooded winter coat with the fur trim
- black furry slippers
- long black crushed-velvet skirt

Maybe I should put them all on and make a fashion statment - not that anybody in Delta would notice.

01-15-2003, 01:54 PM
Nothing gets me excited like a discussion on clothes or makeup! :) LOL.

Here are my five current faves:

-knee high black boots from Cathy Jean. I've had them three years and wear them constantly, I love them because they actually fit my calves!

-denim blazer bought at the Buffalo Exchange for $11.

-low rise camel colored thin wale corduroys (L.E.I.) - these
actually make my butt look good. :)

-black leather jacket. It's 4 years old and just starting to
get that "beat up" look and is soft and comfortable.

-black flat-front pants from The Limited. At around $50,
more than I usually pay, but these look great on
and go with EVERYTHING. They also tend to run a little
big so I love wearing the size 8, hee hee.

Sabrina, the clothing whore. :)

01-15-2003, 03:42 PM
I love my new long black jacket.
Can't wait until I would look good in a short skirt .
My new jeans hubby got me for Xmas, they are so comfortable and look good on me too, also my new cream color turtleneck he got me.
Desperately want to get a pair of knee high boots and will, when my calves are a little smaller.

01-15-2003, 03:47 PM
I've been having horrible clothing trauma lately as most of my clothes are becoming too big and the others are too small. I am entering into that "never never" land of clothing... stuck in between the plus sizes and the misses sizes. :( What are those stupid designers thinking? There is clearly a gap between the two.

Anyway... favorite clothing of the month...

1) black "pleather" fabric knee high boots with a chunky 3 inch rubber platform sole (TJ Maxx) AND a second pair of skinnier black pleather fabric knee high boots with a side zip and a wedge heel (Burlington Coat Factory)
2) 70's vintage black faux fur winter jacket with extra furry brown trim (second hand store)
3) burgundy bell bottom cords (they are getting loose though!!) (Lane Bryant)
4) brown leather clog-like shoes with 3" wooden platforms (they are practically beyond description) (Deb)
5) burgundy/creme/brown print fitted velvet shirt with these gorgeous see-through sleeves that flare out at the elbow (Vanity)

01-16-2003, 12:26 AM
Favorite clothing items:

Vintage black persian lamb coat with matching hat and muff ($60 total found at vintage clothing stores and in amazing condition!) :love:

Short furry leopard print jacket ($40.00 on sale from $200.00 at a store closing sale and matching purse ($14.00) MEOW! ;)

Knee high black snakeskin boots that are stretchy and fit my :censored: calves($30.00 on sale from $110.00 at a store closing sale)

A long black skirt in a thick but silky soft feeling material that has zips up each side. (paid more money than I should have :rolleyes: but I feel tres sexy when I wear it :s: )

Short black leather jacket (a staple! :cool: )

01-16-2003, 09:50 AM
Wow! What a hot bunch of women we are! Now I want high boots too!


01-16-2003, 11:37 AM
Me too!!! Me too!!!! As soon as I rid myself of the 'curse of the Rogers' - my calves! All the women on my Grandma's side, no matter how petite, had undainty calves.


01-16-2003, 04:03 PM
Yeah... I have very muscular calves with a little layer of fat... so I have similar problems with boots. The trick is to find a pair that are made of stretchy material... usually "pleather" or sometimes you can even find boots made of thick stretchy fabric... with some sort of spandex woven in. They slide on and fit like tight socks and are very attractive and slimming and sexy.

01-16-2003, 09:14 PM
Sojo is right -I have two pairs of boots that are pleather with some stretch to them. They are comfortable and cling to your calves in a flattering manner and no :censored: zips to do up!

01-19-2003, 10:25 AM
Hello, ladies -- great thread!

Here are my picks:

1. Flat-front looooonnnng black pants from Lane Bryant -- I probably wear them too long, but I like 'em that way... but now they are getting too baggy, even for my taste. *sob* Gee -- I guess I'll just have to get a pair in a smaller size!

2. Black button-down shirt with a covered button placket and french cuffs -- I always feel chic in this shirt. I'll be sad when it gets to be unwearable.

3. Little black waist-length corduroy jacket with buttoned pockets on the lower front. I am wearing this as a winter coat and probably shouldn't because it is not very warm... but... I tend to go for fashion over function... tsk tsk

4. Black (see a pettern here?) Doc Marten ankle boots that have wing-tip styling and did have that sort of hair/fur in sections... sort of hard to explain, but these boots were like love at first sight for me ten years ago! The fur stuff has mostly worn off, and they look pretty scruffy, but I just cannot chuck them! I spent way too much $$$ on them at the time, but I would say I got my money's worth! :) (And I actually have the gall to wear them to work sometimes!)

5. Tan thin-waled corduroy A-line skirt, which I made... I actually don't have this anymore, and I can't remember why. Either I grew out of it, or it had issues, or both. Either way, I would wear it all the time about 5 years ago and it will always have a place in my heart. A few more pounds, and I may have to make a replacement in homage.

Clothes can be so loaded emotionally, can't they?

01-20-2003, 06:25 PM
Lois, what a great thread! Mauvais you are a champion vintage shopper - my new hero! I think vintage, secondhand and sales in general are the BEST, but not many people I know in non-cyber life agree with me (though I am training my girls to appreciate it!:) ).

Five fave items (for now - they change regularly):

black Adidas pants - the ones made of a heavy cotton with the triple stripe down the side (I have several pairs & love them)

V necked navy thin fleece top - wear it over everything

crystal on a thin flat silver chain

purple & lavender striped overalls

purple Keds (for this summer)

all of the above were purchased secondhand, of course!

I am also very fond of a lavender Hilfiger backpack (secondhand) that I plan to wear with above overalls & sneakers in the spring.

These are mostly wintery things, and will change in the spring when I can wear other stuff.

Can you tell I like purple and black?!


01-20-2003, 08:05 PM
No, Lidian. I would never have guessed that you like purple and black. ;)

my favourite clothes:


Birkenstock sandles

Doc Martin shoes

black a-line dressy top with square neck and long narrow sleeves.

tan a-line tailor-made sleeveless fitted light wool dress. It's my babe dress, and I'll be wearing it 50 pounds from now. :D

You should hear the noise in here. My six year old is SCREAMING like a crazy person. He's got a loose tooth, and asked my DH to pull it. It sounds like he's on the rack. heh heh. He's the most melodramatic person I've ever known. If he hurts himself, he'll be perfectly fine until he sees a drop of blood. Then he's on death's door.

01-20-2003, 11:40 PM
Thanks Lidian, if I am your hero am I also the wind beneath your fashion wings :lol: I love purple and black too and also black and red as a combination. I like wearing things that are different from what every one else is wearing so I love vintage clothing and sale stuff in some of the places I shop is usually stuff that they can't get rid of cause it is too weird for the conservative clientele of our city -works for me - it is cool and I got a great deal :D

Ellis- your son is too funny :lol: You should put that babe dress where you can see it and use it as inspiration!

Things I love:

Funky shoes and boots-my middle name is Immelda ;)

Purses- have a nice collection of vintage evening bags and some weird stuff like a fuzzy leopard print briefcase:?: a purse shaped like a devil head, a metal box that used to be a makeup artist kit that I use as a purse, etc. etc.

Hats-luv 'em, buy 'em, wear 'em!:D

Leather-hope to have an ankle length leather trench someday :cloud9:

Silver jewellery-especially with garnets-my favorite stone

01-21-2003, 07:48 AM
Dammit! My wardrobe is so boring! Why did I ever get rid of those black satin platform shoes and my black fur maxicoat, not to mention the white rabbit coat from the 30's that fluffed everyone in sight. And then there was the authentic Chinese robe with the gold embroidered dragons. Actually some of this stuff is in a trunk in the loft. Maybe I should haul them out to make a fashion statement when I go to the dump.

01-21-2003, 11:35 AM
Where did you find the leopard skin briefcase, Mauvais? It sounds totally GREAT! And the metal makeup kit too! You must have the most amazing wardrobe/collection of groovy stuff!

I would love to find one of those round model's-suitcasey things from the 50s with a mirror in the lid, sort of like a hatbox, with a rounded handle. I see them sometimes in thrift stores but in terrible condition. But that's on my list. Other odds and ends I do have:

I collect bags too, especially 50s and 60s evening bags, the kind with a change purse attached on the inside with a little elastic string. No interesting colors yet, but one is black velvet.

my great great aunt's wedding dress circa 1882 - plum watered silk two piece, bustle skirt plus basque top with brass buttons with crystals on them, all the way down the front [I last fit into it when I was 13 and 109 lbs!]

medal from Nara, Japan of the Great Buddha there, on a red string (got it secondhand, who would've wanted to get rid of such a groovy thing? who knows! I wear it on long trips, it just makes me feel better!)

my mother's black patent leather sandals from Italy, circa 1953

and her mascara from 1968, positively archaic: a small oblong box, black cardboard with a mirror in the lid, with black solid mascara inside and a small brush (looks like a mini eyebrow brush, very bristly) to apply it with -- looks very 40s but the box says 1968 on it!

and a purple wrap/shawl I just found, sort of fleecy, can be a coat or a shawl, but doesn't make one look like a veritable sack of potatoes (which happens with me as I am only 5-5) - it too is Italian, and shaped or cut quite well.

I love this thread, and I love reading about all YOUR fave things!


01-21-2003, 04:14 PM
ONLY 5'-5"!!! That's like, half a foot taller than Ruth and Den!!!

01-21-2003, 07:36 PM
Your shawl sounds like a "pashmina".

01-22-2003, 01:57 AM
YUP!! 6 1/2 inches taller!!!!

01-22-2003, 08:15 AM
Den, are you a gnome? Or a fairy. Aha! You're the tooth fairy!

Ruth, I want that Chinese robe! It sounds beautiful! I have a few elegant smoking jackets that I LOVE! I always forget I have them... I could wear one with my flowing black pants...

Mauvais, I wish I could hang my babe dress out, but because it's wool I'm afraid the moths will get into it. :( Actually, I've got it in a zippered plastic bag. I COULD still hang it where I can see it. :yes: If anything ever happens to it by the time I fit back into it, I'm heading straight to a tailor to have it reproduced.
Have you ever shopped at that vintage clothing store on ummm... oh gee... my mind's gone blank. My sister used to live on that street... I think it's a woman's name... starts with an L?
Okay... you know Bank Street? (duh) Well, heading south from Parliament.... but before you get to Catherine. Ummm, Loomis and Toles is close by on Bank. Not Argyle. Good grief! Okay, there's a glass store on Bank. Anyhow, it's in a cool old building (beside a garage) near Bank, and it's chock full of cool old clothes. Ball gowns from the 40's and top hats and all kinds of lovely things.

I've got some old evening bags too, Lidian. Some lovely beaded ones, and black satin with the little change purse buttoned inside. And I've got a collection of old pasteboard suitcases. And some make-up suitcases. I've got one from the Montreal olympics. It's bright red with the logo on the front. It's got a little handle on top, and a mirror under the lid. I love it. :D

I used to be very funky when I was slim... when you're fat and funky, it just kind of looks weird. :mad:

01-22-2003, 09:35 AM
Hmmmmm - you just reminded me. I have two evening bags. They are crocheted (sp?) with ivory (maybe) handles. One is ecru and one is navy. Why the heck don't I use them? Well, my lifestyle has changed for one thing. I think they are from the 30's. Maybe I should sell some of this stuff on e-bay.

01-22-2003, 09:53 AM
I have some old evening bags too - from my grandmother and mother. They'd be from the 40's or 50's.

There was (maybe still is) a store in toronto I used to shop at in the 70's and 80's called Devine Decadence. It sold very cool second hand clothes and wasn't too pricy until someone in the Star did an article about it and then the prices jumped insanely...

Bought 2 or 3 beaded sweaters there... a silk shawl, crocheted gloves... old peticote from the 1800's...

Those were the days!

There were so many great shops around were I worked at young and bloor. No wonder I had no money.



01-22-2003, 09:56 AM
My friend just sold a pen she found in a junk store in town for $1,079 Canadian. She has incredible luck with ebay.

Oh! I almost forgot! This weekend I went out to buy a coat, needed one, and wanted a Navy wool jacket but because of my cats decided on a camel colour... Anyway. At American Eagle they had Grey wool jackets on for 59.95 from $180.00, one left in size L. I tried it on and decided to get it. It's not great for the sub-arctic temps we've been getting, but would be fine for around minus 5... I ended up getting it for $35.00!!!!!! It's short, double breasted, great for my long denim skirt for work... I'm so pleased.

And my colour combos for this year seem to be black and brown. And black and grey...


01-22-2003, 11:28 AM
It IS sort of like pashmina, Sojo, but I think it is synthetic (though soft) and has a sort of backing to it...I would LOVE a real pashmina though - I drop little hints around birthday times but I may have to go hunt one down myself when I have the birthday money (that'd be in the fall!)

Ellis, that Montreal Olympics case sounds fab - somehow it reminded me of my friend's mother, when I was a kid, who had one of those old makeup cases on a stand (so it opens up and is like on its own little table). It was white. Just to bring in the Monkees here (and why not!) Davy Jones uses the exact same one in the episode where they are making a teen-idol movie on the beach (one of the better ones, actually) - Velvet will know just what I'm talking about!:) My friend's mom had been on the fringes of the theatre world in the 50s and wore lots of hot pink and purple (though in her 50s at the time) - I just loved her!

One clothing item I am actively hunting for are Doc Martens - I really really want some, but I really really want to get a good deal, like in a thrift store, not a fancy consignment store. I definitely want to be the only 40-something mom in the schoolyard in Doc Martens! I will defy the boringness! Like in Revolutionary Road (by Richard Yates) - anyone else like that book? One of my faves it is, but it is sort of heavy going, I mean, I don't reread it unless I am in a very good mood!

You all have some cool evening bags BTW! I wish I could take mine out in the evening...but usually I rely on an old backpack or tote bag or MEC bag cuz I have a lot of stuff to lug around. Wish I had my first backpack still - a real army bag, small rectangular olive-green cotton, the kind you drew on with Bic pen.

I also used to have a brown bookbag from a place in NYC called Chocolate Soup - also thick cotton, with a long strap. The books got very heavy in it!

Lamorgan, that is amazing about your friend. Like on the Antiques Roadshow when the person has some little ole compact or pin and they got it from Auntie May and it is actually worth a zillion bucks. I love how the person is all excited on the US version, but in the British AR they are really restrained and say 'oh er yes well, er very good' barely cracking a little smile. Me, I'd be dancing around yelling yahooo a la Ms Frizzle in the Magic School Bus!

:) :lol:

01-22-2003, 12:16 PM
I have really enjoyed reading about everyones favorite clothes.

Ruth- I actually own a Kimono that was given to me by my dear friend Naoko. The thing is its made for breastless people. She told me they would wrap them (MY BREASTS!) to get me into this at home (her home Japan). So even at 123 lbs, 36 D. I couldn't wear it!:lol:

Well I have a love of skirts and pink.

Some of my favorite items are my knee high black boots, my black corset, my pink baby-doll top, my pink windpants, all my Old Navy Tank Tops.

I am looking forward to wearing this bold blue dress I have with a flower print. It is very flowy and feminine. And my red Ann Taylor dress. Its a classic 1950's style box cut everything dress. Its one of those perfect pieces.

Miss Chris:cool:

01-22-2003, 06:45 PM
Lois, what a great deal you got on your coat! You must be thrilled!

Lidian, I'm with you on the back pack. I've never actually carried a purse. Well, I suppose on occasion I've worn a little thingy that goes over my head and across my shoulder. Some cool little leather pouch or something. But I've always hated purses. I think it's the feminist in me. Now I admire a MAN with a purse! ;)
I used to have one of those cool army backpacks, too. Mine was an off-white. I loved it.
Now I carry a back pack from Old Navy. It's very practical... lots of pockets plus stretchy strings to hold my running shoes and newspaper. :D Sometimes I'll forget though, and take it somewhere where it looks totally tacky. Like my DH's Christmas party. :lol: There's usually a pair of dirty sweat socks down in the bottom somewhere.

I LOVE my Docs! I've got boots and shoes. My sister gave me the shoes, and I've worn them for years. They're wearing out though... I'm seriously thinking of springing for a brand new pair this spring. My boots I found at the Sally Ann. They were practically new and cost me 10 bucks.
I haven't read that book. Right now I'm reading "As For Me and My House", by Sinclair Ross.

Chris, I want your Ann Taylor dress. :D

Ruth, don't sell your evening bags! Hang them on the wall!!

01-22-2003, 08:34 PM
Ellis- I think that store is called Ragtime-it's where I bought my $20.00 persian lamb coat :lol: They have some great stuff there!

Lidian-I bought the leopard skin briefcase at a novelty store it was really cheap too and matches my leopard jacket purrrfectly! ;)
I wear the coat and briefcase with a black top, black ankle length skirt, knee high leather boots, black beret and leather gloves in the fall - I look like a member of the French Resistance or a refugee from a film noir :lol:

01-22-2003, 08:38 PM
Oh yes... that's it, Mauvais! My head automatically empties itself of all extraneous information. :lol: Like street names. :rolleyes: