Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tomboy Tie Up

Did you read the post on Not Dead Yet Style about Henny Garfunkel? I just gave you a link, so you should go check it out if you haven't already.

Besides being an interesting person, Henny Garfunkel is what I would call a handsome woman. The reason I use the word handsome is because her clothes look masculine. But they don't look like she's denying her femininity, if you know what I mean. Men's clothes can be way cool - on women (see Patti here). And I like the way a woman looks in a necktie (see Sheila here). If you agree with me, you really should check out the blog Faintly Masculine, proving that you can be a tomboy and still be a minx.

So I decided to wear a tie this week. This is sort of a 1940's secretary look.
shirt - Crazy Horse by JCP; skirt - Christopher & Banks; belt - thrifted; tie - Claiborne, borrowed from hubby


And what's this? Buttonflowers! I finally got some, too, from the talented Megan Mae. She has wonderful grab-bags of flowers, and obi belts - something for everyone!


I'm showing off my age spots iron-on appliques and my full-Windsor knot. I can't remember why, but I asked my dad to teach me to tie a necktie when I was about 10. He taught me both the full- and half-Windsor. I kind of like the ostentatiousness of the full-Windsor.

haughty or what?



The earrings were made by me, using origami paper and resin. They're slightly mismatched, as are the collar appliques..

This is my asymmetrical skirt, last seen here. I never showed the back in the previous post, so here it is.

Close-up of the shoes -
shoes - Marc Fisher from TJ Maxx; tights - Target


I also took some pictures outside with my "naugahyde" coat.

brown faux leather coat - thrifted, no label

And the shoes from the side, 'cause they have a lovely shape.



When it comes to dressing, are you a total tomboy? A handsome hussy? A masculine minx?

I'll be going to Patti's for Visible Monday on Not Dead Yet Style, and The Weekly Thrift on Young Heart, and Ta Dah! Tuesday at Faith Hope and Charity Shopping!

Val

39 comments:

Sheila said...

Aw, you are a sweetie, Val, thank you for the link. :)

I LOVE the menswear look interpreted in a feminine way! Your outfit is just fabulous, from the beautiful heeled loafers, to the borrowed tie. My husband does a full Windsor as well, but he wasn't around to tie my tie!

Helga! said...

You are TOTALLY rocking that tie! What a fab way to do masculine!
X

~julee~ said...

Love the button flowers on the tie! (And I also love your little twirl there. :) )

Judith said...

You have a knack for styling, and this outfit is no exception! You added enough 'girlie' details to soften the look, but still keep it so edgy...love it...J

sabine said...

I love the 1940 fashion-style, it is so feminine and elegant. Your copy is well done!
Amazing the embroidery on the collar, the earrings and of course the button flowers.
Some years ago I had a similar leather coat, also in brown. I wonder where it is gone. I love it, you look fablous!

Déjà Pseu said...

Very impressed with your full Windsor knot! I think the one I know is the half-W. Great choice with the yellow tights to call back to the tie.

Lisa said...

This is cute, unique and fun!

Ofelia said...

I like to mix very feminine skirts with men shirts.
All of my socks and some of my graphic shirts are from the men section of my favorite retail stores because they are made to last longer than the women's.
I really like this 1940's secretary look and the yellow touches on the outfit as well as your yellow tights.
Well done!

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

Love this look, Val! From the dainty earrings through the full Windsor, and the fab little wedges at your feet - it's all terrific and fun. Thanks so much for the mention, and for linking up your glorious outfit to Visible Monday!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

What a fun post, Val! I love wearing men's ties and the button flowers are so much fun. There are many great ways to style menswear! Have a wonderful week ahead...

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

Hurray for buttonflowers! I have some too. I adore your creative take on the tie, full windsor no less!! I also love the way you put together the whole ensemble, with feminine touches and a beautiful silhouette. I particularly love the photo where you're kicking up your heel(s).

PinkCheetahVintage said...

You look so pretty! Still loving that asymmetrical skirt big time :)) So cool your dad taught you to tie a tie. Off to check out Faintly Masculine!!

gracefully50.com said...

I always thought there was something sexy about a men-inspired look. Full winsor! I'm impressed!
I'm also digging your modeling pose! :)

Megan Mae said...

Ohmygoodness! I can't believe I'm so late to this post! Buttonflowers made of ties ON a tie! That's a new one, and a perfect way for making a tie even cooler. I can tie a half-Windsor from memory, my mom taught me. She used to wear a tie for her job and had all kinds of colorful ones. I always have to tie my DH's tie. Love the seaming on your skirt.

WendyB said...

Love this look!

Ann, Heather and Sheila said...

Too funny - I went with a tie for today's look, also. Hadn't seen your post until today and haven't worn a tie in forever! We're thinking alike :)
Heather @ Friendshiplifeandstyle.blogspot.com

Share my Garden said...

I LOVE androgynous dressing, especially a woman in a man's evening suit. In the winter terms as a school girl I had to wear a tie, which I resented, but now, being contrary I sometimes wear one with a man's vintage pinstripe suit!
(I'm waiting to see a photo of you with a new, asymmetrical haircut!) /:-)

Share my Garden said...

Oh, and I forgot to add that I just love those custard-coloured tights!

Sacramento Amate said...

Wonderful to have you on board, my dear Val.
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pastcaring said...

Your take on a masculine vibe looks great, Val, you suit a tie! I love an sleek, tailored androgynous look on women, I think it's really sexy, but I can't pull it off - too much of an hourglass shape, I think, the boobs and bum get in the way of the sharp lines!
Loving the shoes too. xxx

The Style Crone said...

I love to see women wearing men's ties and you can even tie your own knot. I'm envious! Your entire ensemble is fabulous and your poses so very playful. Brava!

Amy said...

love mens ware on women, love that it has a touch of girly with the florals!
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Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

I love your outfit. I have worn ties, especially bow ties, in the past but not lately.
You do sparkle dear Val!

Bella Q said...

Ties are gonna be big this year! I've been collecting tons as they are such fun things to uh, tie on! Love yours and those button brooches are perfect to the whole look. Bloom on!

A Matchy Matchy Midlife said...

Yay!!! I love a tie on a woman! You look fantastic, and I love your little button pins. Perfect!!

xo,
Alyssa

Margaret Ruskin said...

Love this outfit! So fantastic!!

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Headline reads: "Girly-Girl Does Menswear Perfectly!" Wow! Here's an enviable example of absolute individuality within an existing genre! You look so good.

pao said...

Spotted the tie, recognized the button flowers, and just had to stop by. Love the uniform style on you, and your poses. The appliques on the white shirt are great. You're saying you ironed them on? Terrific. The ensemble you've put together works wonders.

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

I likey very much! I particularly love the outdoor pic with your specs on. Very cool Val! I have been on the hunt for an eighties tie, kind of Miami Vice, but not, LOL.

Regine Karpel said...

Great!
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Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Oh I really like all the little details in the this outfit. I haven't worn a tie since school - there tends to be uniform here in the UK - I'm not sure what the technical term is for the knot I learned though. Cute little button flower rosettes too.
x

Wendy said...

I'm a big fan of this look! Love the tie, earrings (that you made? - Wow!), accents on the collar and cuffs- It's all wonderful!!!

PS: Thank you so much for linking up. :)

Tilda said...

Wow, what a great look with the tie! You've inspired me :)

Melanie said...

I love men's ties on women! And I have mustard tights just like yours. Aren't they awesome? You look strong and beautiful in this. I also love that pose with the leather jacket!

Rosemary the Shopper said...

I guess I'm a handsome hussy. Really, I often get called glamorous, but I think that's just because it's so easy to stand out when everyone else looks like they are going on a hike into the woods. I tell you, all you have to do is throw on 3 bangles, and bam! you're glamorous.

Cheers from England,
Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

kaffesoester said...

This is such a fantastic outfit! I love the very elegant silhouette, the colours and all the little details! The iron on flowers are so cute, and a really great idea for a DIY project!

Joyatri said...

I've always been a fan of menswear on women, and you do it so well. The light color and floral button brooches make you tie extra feminine. I learned to tie a man's tie as a teen so I could do the Annie Hall look. I still like the pop of pattern and color a tie gives, especially with a vest.

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I can't believe those are iron on appliqués! They look fab! Also the tie with the floral fabric buttons is super cute. I'm impressed.

I definately think that dressing in a menswear inspired way is sexy. Or as someone mentioned on my blog...men versus women dressing.

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Suzanne
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Steav Malik said...

Love the button flowers on the tie! thanks for sharing such a great images.

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