Saturday, September 30, 2017

Kick out the Jams!



Can you tell I'm excited that Fall has arrived?  I am kicking up my heels and celebrating the arrival of cool weather after a blistering heat wave that just about did me in.  I know some people were thrilled at having 35 - 38 degrees Celsius temperatures in September, but I wasn't one of them.  

I'm also excited because I'm going to the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show  tomorrow with a blogger friend, and I haven't had a day out in the Big Smoke since June.   I'm sure there will be a blog post to follow.

The jacket I'm wearing came from a vintage store I can't remember the name of, in Portland Oregon.  It was fairly expensive, and I love the mix of fabrics (leather and heavy cotton) so I need to wear it more.  I layered a black skirt underneath my dress (see below) for some modesty although looking at this photo I probably didn't need it.

This is the dress I'm wearing under the jacket.  I found it at my local Goodwill Thrift Store, and in it's former life, it was an XL t-shirt.  Someone, whose style aesthetic I greatly admire, did a bit of gathering on the sleeves and sewed a wired ruffle on the hem.  I wasn't crazy about the large sponge buttons, but they were easily snipped off.  It makes me want to buy a bunch of XL Hanes T-shirts and make more in different colours.



Kick out the Jams was the name of the debut album of the Punk band MC5, released in 1969.  Click on the video above to have a head-banging, hip-shaking, ass-kicking, nostalgic moment.  It kind of sums up my attitude right now, and the blue of the background of the video matches my dress!

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  1. Most excellent! I love the inclusion of the yellow striped sections on the jacket, and the wired hem is great too. I am currently rejoicing over no-longer high-30s temps, too.

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    1. The striped sections are black and white - the yellow cast on the jacket must be from the light.

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  2. I love that song! Blue Oyster Cult also does a great version of it.

    Fabulous jacket, Shelley - I would have snagged that too, price be damned. I love how you layered this t-dress under the outfit, and the tights really make it. Topped with Docs, doesn't get much better!

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  3. It was great getting out to the show...once we made it there : P Good seeing you again! We need to do that more often.

    Your layering abilities with structured pieces are spot on. I love the colour of the dress.

    Suzanne

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    1. Yes, we should do that more often! It was fun!

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  4. oh, oh, oh, such fabulousity, Shelley. And I totally luv that t-shirt dress with a wired hem. Inspirational to be sure. The whole ensemble rocks.

    And I must tell you, your mention of the MC5, the Motor City Five, really tripped me out for the rest of the day. Oh wow. I was there, living in Detroit during that time for art school and it was really THE TIME for the art/rock/poetry scene. I assisted with an exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts called "Kick Out the Jams: Detroit's Cass Corridor 1963-1977" where the MC5 played at the opening reception along with a light show (you know, the color water blobs mixed with oil). omg. I still have the catalogue(in which I'm peripherally mentioned twice!). Those were the days, my friend. Thanks for the memories.

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    1. That is so cool about your Detroit/MC5 connection! Glad I could trigger some good memories.

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  5. MC5 - Jon & you would get on like a house on fire, him being an old punk and all!
    You look so damned cool. I love that crazy ass jacket and that sexy little ruffled blue number with the over the knee socks. I wish i could join you for the vintage show. xxx

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    1. You probably would have been aghast at the prices. There are some vendors who are very reasonable, but then there are others that price stuff so high, you wonder if they are running a business or a museum.

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  6. oh yeah, MC5, love it!
    And I'm loving your fabulousness, that jacket is stunning, and the revamped t-shirt looks amazing! I agree that you really needn't a skirt for modesty!
    Glad that weather is becoming more pleasant!. I'm not a huge fan of high temperatures, so I'm enjoying our mild autumn!
    besos

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  7. Oh drats! When I clicked to comment the sound went off. I'll have to go back. Awesome farking on the t-shirt/dress. The wire hem is brilliant and I like how you gathered the sleeves. All round cool! I wonder how the vintage show went... And I'm glad things have cooled down there. Whew!! Loved Pao's comment too - being there.

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    1. I didn't fark the dress - someone else did before I got it. It's still unseasonally warm here so I can't wear any of my Vintage Show scores.

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  8. So. FUN. Love your outfit...those pure hue colours are fabulous on you!

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  9. I have to add another comment about the MC5. My best friend is the widow of the bass player, Mike Davis. He was an amazing fellow and still deeply missed. Thanks for giving the band a shout out!

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