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Monday, August 12, 2013

Last week, MrB and I went to dinner with friends at a not-very-special restaurant. I decided to wear a special outfit anyway — one that was put together during last year’s wardrobe therapy with Stacy Lomman. Stacy wanted to find a way to show off an Ossie Clark piece that I bought in London in 2008.


Click for the 2008 post.

I don’t know if this should be considered a shirt or jacket.  It has suede laces in the front but, even when laced, it is quite open. I’m sure Ossie wanted it worn with nothing underneath it, the way he wanted his sheer, chiffon dresses worn with no slip under them. Well, Ossie can’t always have what he wants, so when I wore the top/shirt/jacket/thing last year, it was over a black t-shirt.


Click for 2012 outfit post.

Stacy pointed out that no one could appreciate the black lacing if I wore the top over black, so we took the Ossie shopping with us and picked out a lighter knit top to go with it.  Instead of jeans, I dug up a pair of cropped black pants from the late ’90s.

ossie1resizeWhat Wendy Wore
Top: Ossie Clark (vintage, acquired in 2008)
Tank: Wolford (2013)
Pants: Tark 1 (probably from 1998 or 1999)
Shoes: Prada (2010)

MrB insisted on a profile view to show off the peplum effect of the top.


Makes me glad I kept those pants around for 15 years! I probably haven’t worn them for 13 years, so if I followed the closet-purging rules I would have gotten rid of them long ago. But putting this outfit together earlier this year was what inspired me to grab the pants for the Beyoncé concert recently. I’m sure I’ll wear them a few more times before the summer is over.

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19 Responses to “What Wendy Wore: Ossie Clark for Dinner With Friends”

  1. Hi my dear! What memories your jacket brings back-the week of our first meeting and I remember you showing me the jacket just before our meal!! Looking gorgeous in it, the back is amazing and I love it with the black trousers!! Xx

  2. Stacy was right, looks much better over a lighter top so you can see that marvelous lacing — next up you wearing it with nothing under! Muahaha! XXX

  3. Megan Mae says:

    Your wardrobe, like you, is ageless! Those black pants look like something that could easily be on a “must list” today.

  4. Kristi says:

    Lovely piece! Might go well with a pencil skirt!

  5. annemarie says:

    Oh my gosh, that is absolutely beautiful– the print! The color! The shape! I love it. I also strongly encourage no under-layer though– don’t you have one of those deep plunge basque/bra things or did I dream that? If you can pull off the ass flower, you can pull off the no-bra. But don’t expose the midriff– get high-waist pants. (Christ, I’m bossy tonight– sorry)

  6. Sheila says:

    I love this lace-up top/jacket/statement! So fabulous. How about a blue-grey lacy (yet covered up) fancy bra next time? Too racy?

    Love this look – and I admire your closet’s capacity to store all your clothes!

  7. So, so pretty! Beautiful pattern and construction, kudos to Stacy and MrB for helping show its details to perfection. Great pants and excellent weaponry-heels!

  8. Veshoevius says:

    Love the Ossie Clark top and glad to see someone else who keeps things in their closet as long as 15 years! Those black trousers are perfect with the top!

  9. Candice says:

    Stacy was right. The white tank looks fab. You could always do a flesh toned tank top for the illusion of nothing underneath. I’ve done that on a couple of low cut things that would only be worn nekkid underneath by a harlot of the red carpet.
    The jacket itself is incredible. One of those “never throw out” pieces.
    I’m with you and never, ever follow the “if you haven’t worn it in two years, throw it out” rule. Would love for you to see an original WilliWear coat I’ll be wearing this fall.

    • WendyB says:

      You need to trademark “harlot of the red carpet” really fast before Joan Rivers steals it!

      Would love to see your WilliWear coat. Willi Smith was one of the great ones.