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Not a typical ‘fancy’ outfit but fancy includes frills and those extras can dress up any outfit, add that to whether you feel dressed up, do it on a Friday and voila ‘Fancy Friday’ πŸ™‚ Unfortunately none of the photos came out well today, it was such a mission and annoying trying to pretend there was enough natural light but the camera was having none of it and demoted my outfit from quirky to frumpy and me from bright and cute to blah. Nevertheless I still feel dolled up (ahem) and expressing my own um ‘unique’ style so even though the individual pieces are casual I think altogether they qualify as fancy πŸ™‚

I needed to liven myself up a bit today and I wasn’t feeling the bright/bold clothing angle so when I looked at my face I thought ‘why the hell not?’ And went wild with it, metallic fantastic. Not quite Ziggy Stardust or Gary Numan, the glam & shock scenes never appealed to me much so my makeup ended up more like something from the 90’s when people had reined in their craziness but were still nostalgically hanging on to random themes like colour blocking and florescent accessories, puffer/quilted fabrics and oversized items. So in an ode to weird thrown together fashions as illustrated in shows like Clarissa Explains It All, I enhanced my already retro getup with makeup I would not normally wear in such a clashing bright and angular combination. I’m pretty happy with it, it’s worked in uplifting my mood and made me feel abit more alive. (Thankfully I’m used to strangers mocking me πŸ˜‰ )

I’ve been wanting to try those lip stickers with awesome prints on them, you know the ones that come in a one size fits all mouth sticker and you cut them to your own lip shapes? I don’t have any but there’s a few I’ve had my eye on, talk about funky – and imagine if I was in to nail art. I cut them recently but they’re long most of the time since they grow quickly and somehow mostly withstand whatever I’m doing. I don’t think I’d have the patience for nail art and like my nails the way they are but there’s a lot of exquisite work out there. Perhaps with my advancing age I’d benefit from decorating my nails… Actually, no. I make almost all my meals from scratch I don’t want the art supplies going into the food :-S (my lipstick never needs re-applying after eating/drinking despite not wearing lipstay products so I’m ok on that point).

The outfit:

The pants/trousers and the skirt together, why? They’re one item πŸ™‚ attached and yes I bought them that way πŸ˜› When I was in secondary school (middle school) all the girls were wearing three types of trousers; 1) denim stretch skinnies in bright single colours, 2) satin straight leg trousers with a slight stretch or 3) leggings or trousers with with short skirts attached as overlay (combats/cargo and sweat pants came later). I wore school uniform but there were occasions when I wore my own clothes, mostly hand me downs but sometimes I bought new ones myself since teens have to be allowed to do a little shopping together right? So I bought these probably when I was about 13-14 (remember a lot of young people buy everything oversized as a continuance of their parents buying them clothes to grow into as well as out of insecurity). That said I was curvier and more muscular until approx 25 years old. Anyway, by the time I went to college the fashion had died out but the style was kept up by many Asian girls since trousers like these were more modest i.e. had more coverage (when it comes to modesty, coverage is more important than flamboyance in many places). They’re also similar to some traditional Asian pants – though those utilize both long and short skirts/draping – so perhaps that was an added comfort factor on top of hiding lumps and bumps.

I bought the jumper 5-6 years ago from a thrift store for a couple of quid and though it hasn’t photographed well it’s actually quite flattering. The off shoulder, slouch style is held in a complimentary shape by a fitted waist and cuffs. I layered it over a small mesh top that I purloined from Mother dearest, so it may be older than I am yet its lasted wash after wash without shrinking or stretching beyond its rebound point and I wear it frequently.

Mum compared the outfit to something weird though I can’t remember what it was, but she liked the makeup πŸ˜€ Maybe next time I’ll go for a more Sweet Valley High look or the juxtaposition that was Clueless.

Makeup:

The translucent loose powder foundation which can be found in many mineral sets, kajal (no lead sulphide), two lipsticks blended from Beauty Without Cruelty, Pink and Gold dazzle dust from Barry M.

Funky Retro Quirky Black Silver Stripes Slouch Off Shoulder Sweater Jumper Trousers Pants Skirt Pink Gold Makeup Eyeshadow Cheeks Lipstick Kajal Kohl Eyeliner

Funky Retro Quirky Black Silver Stripes Slouch Off Shoulder Sweater Jumper Trousers Pants Skirt Pink Gold Makeup Eyeshadow Cheeks Lipstick Kajal Kohl Eyeliner

Funky Retro Quirky Black Silver Stripes Slouch Off Shoulder Sweater Jumper Trousers Pants Skirt Pink Gold Makeup Eyeshadow Cheeks Lipstick Kajal Kohl Eyeliner

Funky Retro Quirky Black Silver Stripes Slouch Off Shoulder Sweater Jumper Trousers Pants Skirt Pink Gold Makeup Eyeshadow Cheeks Lipstick Kajal Kohl Eyeliner

Viva la Vendredi!

Other bloggers celebrating Fancy Friday

Vanessa at Nessbow

In the heat and humidity surrounding Vanessa she found a way to be practical yet look effortlessly and breezily smart casual, with the awesome hairstyle, floral print and accessories working together fulfilling the 'fancy' banner :-)

In the heat and humidity surrounding Vanessa she found a way to be practical yet look effortlessly and breezily smart casual, with the awesome hairstyle, floral print and accessories working together fulfilling the ‘fancy’ banner πŸ™‚

Maricel at MyClosetCatalogue

Wow, can you say sight for sore eyes? Hello Buttercup! I love this outfit. Maricel's been working on comparing outfits to libations this week and doing a damned apt job of it with fabulous colours and prints. What a great colour to finish off the week :-)

Wow, can you say sight for sore eyes? Hello Buttercup! I love this outfit. Maricel’s been working on comparing outfits to libations this week and doing a damned apt job of it with fabulous colours and prints. What a great colour to finish off the week πŸ™‚

Nicole at High Latitude Style

Another smart casual Fancy Friday-er taking it up a notch

Another smart casual Fancy Friday-er today, taking camouflage print up a notch making it look smart in this fitted design and suit like with the polo/turtle neck and blazer. All combined with heels in the snow – that’s quite a talent!

Welcome to our newest Fancy Friday member! Shaaz at MizShaazStyle

This lady is working it today! Channeling the 80's and 90's but in a much cooler way than I did lol, she looks very seductive in faux leather

Channeling the 80’s and 90’s but in a much cooler way than I did lol, Shaaz looks very seductive in faux leather with pops of Gold. Checkout the design of the skirt, unique no? I like the asymmetrical overlap and the angular zips – details like that are always eye catching and interesting. I also love the top and necklace (and am a long time admirer of her hair style)!

Leah at MorningInk

Looking forward to lighter evenings Leah is wearing a very Spring like dress in a cute outfit but look at the print more closely. Interesting eh? I agree with her description of it looking like pixelated candy and she makes it look feminine and refreshing :-)

Looking forward to lighter evenings Leah is wearing a very Spring like, cute outfit but look at the print on the dress more closely. Interesting eh? I agree with her description of it looking like pixelated candy and she makes it look very feminine and refreshing πŸ™‚

Thank you ladies for helping to make an uplifting Friday and sharing in the theme!

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Comments on: "OOTD: Dress Up Fancy Friday – Funky Retro" (13)

  1. Fab as always hun! I have a pic to send you, not putting a post together as such, where can I send it to??? Let me know. x

    • Thanks sweetpea! You can upload it to your media library on your blog and give me the pic’s individual link here – that way it’s stored safely in your blog memory yet not posted plus you can use it online πŸ˜€

  2. mtsedwards said:

    I hate it when my camera and/or lighting don’t cooperate. I feel your pain. That said, I applaud your doggedness and thank you for still persisting in posting. The makeup is bold and striking. The skirt/pants combo is a trend I must’ve missed but am actually now intrigued by (although I might not indulge seeing as how I’m a lot more Rubinesque than you and can’t afford extra bulk in my clothing choices). And I’m assuming that’s a wig you’re sporting? I live vicariously through you, m’dear. We all know how much I love a shorter cut on women. Viva la Vendredi indeed!

    • Thanks, lol you’re in no way rubinesque and you layer all the time πŸ˜› I had a stronger and curvier build when I was younger though it was only one size bigger but as we’re both petite I know that any extra weight can feel and look like a lot.

      My hair’s in a ponytail lol! You can see my roots πŸ˜›

      Eh don’t live vicariously through me, I don’t have enough energy for that :-S

      πŸ™‚

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  4. Ooooh, I remember those skirt/pants combos from high school! My mum would never let me get a pair though, for some unknown reason. Oh well.
    Your makeup is divine. I’m loving the punchy colours on the black-and-white background of your outfit.

    • Fantastic! I’m glad you remember them lol! It’s a shame your mum was against them but if you ever felt the urge nowadays you could always just put a skirt on over pants, no one would know the difference πŸ˜›

      and thank you for the compliment! I was a bit unsure when putting the makeup on but when I’d finished I knew I’d wear it and be cheery with it regardless, though the camera did its level best to put a dent in that mood! I’m glad you like the two different colour combinations; clashing colours and/or prints can be kinda daunting but it really comes down to you feel and if you can maintain a positive feeling about it so it’s nice to know others support/like it too πŸ™‚

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  6. Oooh great looks. And I love your makeup! I suck at pulling off daring looks. My Fancy Friday post is up at http://www.morningink.com/sunset-soon-forgotten/

    • Everyone is certainly looking stylish I agree πŸ™‚ and thank you! Don’t worry, if you ever want to pull off a daring look the ‘trick’ is to do something you wouldn’t normally, doesn’t have to be out of your comfort zone, but just something noticeably extra. So doing just one technique differently can make all the difference like lining the eyes differently, perhaps in a different colour like Brown or Navy instead of Black or adding a little flourish to the end or wearing one colour lipstick but in different shades on either lip πŸ™‚ . I wouldn’t recommend looking like something out of a makeup ad or stage show like I was almost reaching earlier lol when you’re not used to it but makeup is a type of art and there’s a creative look out there for everybody, and you are a beautiful canvas πŸ™‚

  7. Oh how fun! I will be joining your Fancy Friday soon!

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