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Thursday, April 3, 2014

I recently dug up this photo of me in Dublin in September or October 1997. I’m wearing a vintage Lillie Rubin coat that I got at Allan & Suzi on the Upper West Side.

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Check out the red-jacket-wearing photobomber in this one, staring at me as if he’d never seen a woman in a great vintage coat preparing to traipse around Dublin for Guinness and Oscar Wilde quotes. Sheesh.

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We were really into panoramic pictures that year.

I just so happened to wear the same coat to a meeting in midtown this Monday.

coatnowresizeWhat Wendy Wore
Coat: Lillie Rubin (purchased between 1992 – 1995. Previously seen here.)
Turtleneck: Dsquared (2012)
Skirt: Versace (pre-2005)
Boots: Jil Sander (pre-2005)
Purse: Saint Laurent (2013)
Jewelry: My own designs

I also wore that Versace skirt to dinner on Sunday night. I’m shameless about wearing a skirt or a jacket two days in a row. I figure the people I’m seeing are different, so the clothes can be the same! For dinner, I didn’t have to be so covered up, so I wore a Versace top that I’ve worn with the skirt many times. In fact, I have pictures of that top and skirt combo from 2004 and 2012. Those pictures are straight-on, so I decided to get a side view of the skirt on Sunday.

sideviewWhat Wendy Wore on Sunday
Top: Versace (pre-2005)
Skirt: Versace (pre-2005)
Shoes: Miu Miu (2010)

I’ve always loved the straps around the skirt. I got this when I was working at Lehman Brothers. I believe I wore it to work once, during a holiday week when I knew no one would be around. Between the straps and the slit, it was much too wild for that buttoned-up, corporate environment on a typical day. I thought I was being sooooo outrageous when I wore it. Now that I regularly wear a necklace that says IDGAF, I look at this skirt and think, “Is it too stuffy?”

Anyway, back to the photo of the coat that started this post. I made that trip to Dublin with my gorgeous sister, Terri Berry. We really enjoyed the Guinness factory! After Dublin, we moved on to London. This was not long after Princess Diana died in a car accident. The sea of flowers left outside Kensington Palace immediately after her death was gone, but small crowds still gathered …

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… and left tributes.

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Queen of Hearts … that’s why I dedicated a heart jewelry design to Diana a decade later.

From this photo, it appears that I brought along the Betsey Johnson leopard jacket that I also still own.

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Bill Cunningham of the New York Times took a photo of me wearing this jacket in 1994. Click for that post.

And from this photo, it appears that Terri Berry suffered an enormous disappointment at the Tower of London.

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Terri Berry takes instruments of torture very seriously.

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8 Responses to “Throwback Thursday: Wearing Vintage in Dublin in 1997”

  1. Mardel says:

    Great coat! I really like the way it looks with the skirt too; fabulous combination.

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      Thank you! Funny thing is I wasn’t sure about the combo when I put it on, but I just had to get going, so I stuck with it.

  2. I don’t think I own anything from 1995 except my wedding rings! Nope. But you look as fabulous now as then, proving once again that you and your wardrobe are timeless. TIMELESS, I tell you!

  3. L.O.V.E. your entire Monday meeting outfit, Wendy!! Coat, skirt, boots…and, as always, that amazing smile!!

  4. stacy says:

    You look so cute next to that Pub Crawl sign, but you look even better today! And don’t EVER get rid of that booty accentuating skirt.