The Ode Series, #3

May 16, 2012

Her name is Vix.  The Vintage Vixen.  From the moment I set eyes on her, I was bedazzled by her creativity and bohemian style.  Talk about inspiration!  Let me count the ways: instead of two bracelets, try ten!  Vintage polyester?  Of course, especially when she calls it “crimplene”, a delicious sounding word I’d never heard before!  How about donning an incredible maxi dress (costing 20p) with thrifted platform boots to die for and heading down to the local pub for a pint and a curry!

So I tried hard cider (produced in the UK), indulged in a fabulous Indian buffet nearby, and thrifted an astounding vintage 70’s polyester (sorry, CRIMPLENE) maxi-skirt suit that was way too small.  I actually passed it up the first time, and when I saw it again weeks later, I got it because of Vix.  Even though it felt like a mild travesty, I cut it up and created what has become one of my favorite upcycles to date, in her honor.

I just wish I could wear it “whilst” hanging out in the Black Country!  I have to believe that the cider is better and the food tastier when you’re in the company of a friend who proclaims “a day without dressing up is a day wasted” and “not being noticed and blending in with the crowd is my idea of hell.”  Now, if I could just hear her say it in that accent!! (Can we skype sometime?)

Just one more question.  What’s a chazza shop?

Outfit details: denim jacket, vintage suit, and white top from Goodwill.  Shoes from DSW, hat ?, and assorted baubles from my 30+ year collection.  (Clicking on the pictures will enlarge them.) And to think, it all started like this:

I missed my usual link-ups on Monday, but I managed to get in on The Pleated Poppy‘s Wednesday party!

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41 Responses to The Ode Series, #3

  1. Vix on May 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Words fail me, Jean! I’m so honoured. You’ve Vixified yourself up good and proper and look absolutely gorgeous! I love your revamp and you’d be more than welcome to come and hang out with me around the chazza shops of the Black Country finishing up with cider and curry in my favourite Indian restaurant!
    You’ve made my day! xxx

    • Jean on May 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      You can’t imagine how much fun I had planning this post! So glad you like it. So chazza shops are…?

  2. Vix on May 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    ….charity shops in our British slang! xxx

  3. Joni on May 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    This looks so awesome Jean! And before I even opened the thumbnail and read who this post was inspired by I thought of Vix. You did a really great job! Peach/orangy tones are great on you too.

    • Jean on May 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      I rarely wear orange-y colors, but I’m loving this!

  4. linda on May 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Well do I remember crimpalene from my early teens. Yes, it was polyster and the colours never fade but I remember the dresses, skirts, vests all had texture. Kind of bumpy, it wasn’t smooth like today’s polyester.

    I think crimpalene will outlive us all.

    • Jean on May 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Based on the condition of this fabric, I think you’re absolutely right! And yes, this is the bumpy kind.

  5. the gardeners cottage on May 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    i couldn’t have said this better myself. what is it about vix that is so refreshing? well,in a word, everything! i just adore her too. ahahha, i didn’t know what crimpalene was either!

    • Jean on May 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Now we know! Have you embraced it yet? I think the vintage fabric is way more interesting than the newer stuff; you just have to make sure it’s fresh. Sometimes it’s a bit, shall we say, musty?

  6. The Style Crone on May 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Perfect Vix Ode! You have the amazing ability to express the visual and the written word in one post, and describe an exquisite personality in detail, so that I say to myself, ‘Yes, that is The Vintage Vixen that we all love.’ Your upcycle is beautiful and love the photos.

    • Jean on May 17, 2012 at 6:59 am

      It’s always a challenge to distill my impressions of a beloved blogger. She was no exception and I’m glad you think I caught her essence! It also just dawned on me that I had the ability to insert more photos than the requisite three. I’m a little slow with the tech side.

  7. Terri on May 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    What a delightful take on Vix as inspiration! Love the jean jacket with your, uh, crimplene and the necklace as well.

    • Jean on May 17, 2012 at 7:02 am

      It’s funny. I got the necklace back in the early 80’s and wore it as a head piece (like bangs). I haven’t worn it in years so it was refreshing to have Vix as an inspiration to dust off the cobwebs.

  8. SACRAMENTO on May 17, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Wonderful, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    I have the time and the computer to myself so I come visit, and say hello and thank you for each and every gorgeous comment.

    • Jean on May 17, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Enjoy your trip!

  9. Miss magpie on May 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

    What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady. I swear when the world ends all that will be left is the crimplene and the cockroaches!

    chazza shops or charity shops are the same as thrift stores.

    • Jean on May 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

      There seems to be plenty of each (crimplene and cockroaches, that is). What we need is a way to utilize them, such as an energy source or something. Vix was one of the first personal style bloggers that captured my heart. She never fails to entertain and inspire.

  10. pastcaring on May 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Jean, you have captured the essence of Vix perfectly, wearing her beloved Crimplene and maxi length. And she’s a dab hand at altering and making her own clothes too, so your outfit works brilliantly as a homage, And you look pretty fabulous in it too! Wonderful print and colour, and I love the necklace.
    Curry and cider with Vix – we’d all love that night out, wouldn’t we?! xxxx

    • Jean on May 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Who knows? Maybe we’ll make it happen down the road. It would be a night to remember forever!

  11. reva on May 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    What a great homage to the incredible Vix! and a faboo jacket, i must try this!

    • Jean on May 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      It was quite easy. Cut sleeves, sew in other sleeves, add a little rectangle at the bottom of the cuff. That’s pretty much it. Let me see it when you’re done!

  12. Krista on May 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Jean aren’t you an absolute gem of a person! I love this tribute and inspired outfit post dedicated to the most wonderful free spirit Vix! I love what you did to make this even better than out was on the rack. Right oh LOVE!

    • Jean on May 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you! She’s the best, right? I love her ideas and styling.

  13. Jeannie on May 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Well, just got back from checking out her blog…wow!
    You look MARVELOUS!! I love the orange on you, and the pattern reminds me of Missoni.
    I adore this maxi look SOOOOO much!!!

    • Jean on May 17, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      It’s fun to scroll back through her posts and look at her outfits, each one a little different but still true to her aesthetic. I can’t wear everything but I love getting ideas and working them into my closet.

  14. Stacey on May 18, 2012 at 3:46 am

    What a lovely ode to Vix! She really is an inspiration. I have to say, I am in love with your jacket refashion in this post. Amazing work!

    • Jean on May 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s always fun to refashion/upcycle because you never really know where it’s going to end up!

  15. Sheila on May 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Jean, I love these ideas you come up with! Who would have thought of such an outfit from a vintage maxi?
    You’ve inspired me to try and upcycle something this summer. It’s now on my “to do” list!

    • Jean on May 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      I call this the ripple effect, because I wouldn’t have done this without Vix, and now you’re inspired by my iteration. I love it!! Can’t wait to see what you create and who YOU inspire with it!!! And on and on…:-)

  16. ariane on May 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Jean!

    Vix is a legend indeed! I love her style so much –
    I love your version- very cool and suits you very well
    Hourah! for polyester!

    Ariane xxxx

    • Jean on May 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Although this is the first refashion/upcycle I’ve done with polyester, I know it won’t be the last. It’s incredibly easy to work with!! It doesn’t fray and has a little stretch but not too much. The trick will be finding the right colors/patterns. Oh yeah, and don’t go near it with a match-it melts.

  17. Veshoevius on May 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Oh this is so Vix! I adore her blog! She is such an inspiration!

  18. Rachel {Rachel} on May 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Jean, you look AMAZING!!!! I LOVE THIS! And that name “CRIMPLENE” is a riot! So fun! Sorry I missed this on Wednesday! Love you!

  19. Kim, USA on May 21, 2012 at 3:10 am

    That is beautiful!


  20. Kristin on May 21, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Beautiful! It’s definitely a killer color combo! :)

  21. pippa on May 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I found you at and thought I would stop by your blog and say hello! This is an AMAZING outfit!!!! I am in love with your blog from the very first post :) I am hooked!

    • Jean on May 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      The love is mutual! Clearly we are kindred thrifting spirits!

  22. CurvyEveryday on May 22, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I wouldn’t of thought of putting a jacket over a blazer, very clever. Thrifting with you sounds fun, cider and indian. Although I’d never make it out shopping and opt for another cider.

  23. Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud on May 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    You done Vix proud- you’ve captured her style while still keeping yours. I too did an outfit post inspired by our Vixen. She singlehandedly got me to try maxi skirts, lol. You are rockin’ in yours, Jean!

  24. Melanie on May 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Beautiful upcycle yet again, Jean. Your legs look a mile long in that maxi. You and Vix both have that going for you. The corals are gorgeous. What I would love to see is you and Vix strolling down the sidewalk side by side in your incredible crimplenes! The hoards would part for your royal passage. Then you’d laugh your heads off and go have curry and drinks at the pub.

  25. lynzee lynx on May 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Jean darling…. I am amazed at your ability to take things that are dross-y and make them FAB! You have such a way about doing things… I am in awe. Thank you for generously posting what you are up to… This is awesome, and I will do cider and a curry ( two of my FAVES) any day with you love! xokisses!

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