When I revealed my Halloween costume, I mentioned that I planned on the blouse entering my everyday-wear wardrobe. It wasn't until mid-December that the weather here was cold enough for the blouse (it is synthetic, so it is quite warm), and when it did, it was super cold and windy. And that sort of weather, my friends, calls for black velvet.
The jacket here is super thin and the sleeves are far too short. I bought it when I was in grad school at either Ross or Marshalls. I am almost certain that I paid $7 for it. I figured that with the ruffles on the blouse would actually work out okay with the too-short sleeves.
The skirt came from a rummage sale for a grand total of fifty cents. I misread the tag as a size 4 instead of a size 14. I didn't find that out until I was home, but I figured I could wear it at the hips instead of the waist and it would be fine. Erm. No. I've taken quite a bit of material off the waist and hips, and I think I've finally gotten the skirt to the point where it stays put.
The shoes are the reason for the whole shebang. My husband's holiday party took place the week prior to me wearing this outfit, The dress I wore was silver (so, obviously not the dress I wore to my party) and I was planning on wearing opaque black tights. While I could have worn black heels, I thought silver would look better, so I ran out and bought these the morning of. I figured that since they were already in my closet, I might as well make use of 'em.
I have plans for both the vest and jacket entering my wardrobe rotation. It pleases me to make further use of these items.