He’s still my soulmate.
(Always) the better half of our duo.
I realise that within the contents of our first tweed post, I’d promised to share more about the rollercoaster moments of life with my man. However, in true Sheela form, it had completely slipped my mind that I have surgery scheduled. Yes, today, Wednesday. As such, you’ll forgive me if today, I make it a smidge brief? And to wait a wee bit for more tales from my hearth?
Tweed Blazer (old, option, option) | Plaid Asymmetrical Dress (Free People gifted, option, option) | Spiked Vegan Leather Choker (Manic Panic NYC gifted, option, option) | Plaid Waist Cincher (McQueen very old, option, option) | Embellished Black Leather Glove (antique, option) | Steampunk Gear Brooch (gifted, option) | Sunnies (thrifted)
A POINT OF TRIVIA TO SHARE
I wore only black for the first 38 years of my life.
In a (predominantly) steampunk and goth manner.
Black with black.
Textured, grainy black.
Shades of black, if that makes sense.
Spikes. Studs. Tattoos. Black lipstick. Black lacquer. Metal. And leather. Loads and loads of metal and leather. So when punk was determined as part of this tweed project, I was, put simply, in heaven.
That said, over the last few years, my interpretation of punk and goth have changed a wee bit. I’m no longer exclusively in
mourning (as my mum puts it) black. I’ve come to realise that there’s more than one way to achieve a specific style. Neither punk nor goth need only be associated with black. A focused approach to colour and print can achieve the same effect, if applied thoughtfully and strategically (tell me you hear Fairy Godfather Tim in those words too).
Punk can be lush.
Punk can be oh so glam too.
The devil’s in the details, after all, and I knew with dead certainty that I wanted to wear a dress t represent punk. With that thought in mind, this asymmetrical plaid piece made complete sartorial sense. The print. The rich colour. The waterfall drape by the side.
And what better to team it with than a waist cincher from the maestro of plush punk himself, McQueen (all hail). It pulled the entire look together, quite literally. All I had to do after that was add the spiked choker (hello, it wouldn’t be Sheela in punk without sharp edges, now would it), the antique glove, and, of course, that stunning steampunk brooch complete with watch gear, spider charm et al.
Now, take a look at what these other fierce women are wearing in the name of tweed meets punk.
Eve, Teens (the world according to eve)
Ripped jeans. Dark lipstick. Sassy, kickass demeanour. And, naturally, spikes on her shoes. This is the epitome of classy punk in Eve’s world, and I rather agree. I do feel, however, that it’s her attitude which completes this outfit. Wouldn’t you agree?
Sheela, 40s (sheela writes)
When we went ladylike, I refused to wear a dress. And when it was time for punk, I knew I didn’t want to wear pants. So true to form, my rendition of punk comes with a maxi, a plaid corset belt, pointy spikes around my neck, and a lipstick named Dominatrix.
Jodie, 50s (jodie’s touch of style)
Anyone else see skater girl a la Avril Lavigne? Look at you go, Jodie. Them leggings, ooh baby. And that beanie. And that denim button-down (most unexpected). Love how the tops of her boots are turned down. And hello there pink sunnies (heart eye emoji).
Nancy, 60s (jodie’s touch of style)
I’m sorry, Nancy, but you look far too adorable to be really punk. I mean seriously, isn’t that smile gorgeous? I really like how her choker subtly echoes the dusky rose notes of the tweed blazer, and that graphic tee is, I repeat, adorable.
Charlotte, 70s (jodie’s touch of style)
Like woah, Charlotte, leather skirt. Baby!! I don’t know how else to say this but you look pretty damn cool, and when I grow up, I want to be like you. Composed, confident, chic, and very adventurous in trying out new styles #goals
Come back and visit on Friday when we add a bit of fun to our tweed.
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