These photos make me miss Madeira...It was a short holiday, but I still have a few outfits to show you. That being said, this one must be one of my favourites. And I'm not just talking about the outfits I wore on that trip. No, this must be one of my all-time favourite outfits.
Sure, you've seen the dress before, twice (see HERE and HERE). So what, I wouldn't be much of a personal style blogger if I couldn't come up with more than a few outfits around the same dress. Besides, it's probably my favourite dress, at the moment at least. And it travels well. Which is how it ended up with me on that holiday...
So, what makes this one of my favourite outfits?The shirt dress has a bit of a retro vibe, for sure. But rather than the 50's, this dress reminds me of the 70's, and the outfits my mother used to wear... And this outfit is an homage to her. Why? Well, I was in Madeira over Christmas, and that time of year always reminds me of her. You see, New Year's Day would have been her 75th birthday, had she she not died on Christmas Day 20 years ago...
Anyway, my mother's influence on my style has been quite significant. In fact, for me, she is the style icon that epitomises the 70's smart casual more than anyone else. However, I'm not trying to copy her style. I'm very different from her, in just about every possible way. In fact, if there wasn't such an obvious family resemblance, I would think I must have been switched at birth... But that's a different story, I'm digressing here a bit. What I wanted to say is that my style has always been far more eclectic and flamboyant than hers. That's why this is an homage and not a reproduction: this is me, picking and choosing influences and using them to suit my own purposes.
Take a look at the belt, isn't it just fabulously retro? So 70's? And it's made of cork. Yes, cork: the same stuff used in wine bottles. The belt is my souvenir from Madeira, I found it in a little shop selling locally sourced products.
Most souvenir shops are a bit tacky, full of crap that nobody needs. And I avoid them like the plague. Seriously, I can't even stand all the crap cluttering every nook and cranny of my own home, why would I want to get more?
But this shop is different: it's a design shop. There are incredibly cool bags, shoes, hats, umbrellas etc., all made of cork. Who knew cork was so versatile?
But, as far as fashion goes, this is it. I've been to Madeira enough many times to say forget fashion shopping. With the exception of a few fast fashion brands and some incredibly tacky polyester dresses by local designers there's not much on offer. Which is a pity, really, as there's such a rich tradition of craftmanship on the island. There are absolutely fantastic furniture and design shops. And Madeira lace is of course world-famous. But somehow that beautiful lace does not translate into cutting edge fashion...
dress: Phase Eight / bag: KateSpade / scarf: Marja Kurki /
shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs / belt:
location: Casino da Madeira
location: Casino da Madeira
Do you ever buy souvenirs?
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