Playing Dress Ups

Hello everyone and a big thank you for all the lovely comments on my return post after my little break. It really is the connections we share with like minded souls that makes blogging so special.

This week I have had some fun taking part in a style challenge on Instagram. The challenge was partly organised by Lupe Castro , a digital creator with the most amazing vintage collection , who is based in the Canary Islands. We connected on Instagram over problems with red hair colour last year.

This style challenge was different to many as it was using sustainable fashion – be it vintage, in your wardrobe, secondhand or borrowed, picked up in a swap or sustainability sourced.

The challenge goes for three days , each with a different theme . I thought why not have some fun with this and get my creative juices flowing.

Day 1 was Rythm Nation Vibration – Janet Jackson. To be honest I new nothing about this until I viewed the online video. ( I must live under a rock I believe this was very popular). She used a strong monochrome military look to add weight to the message in the lyrics.

This was my version – a recycled Harry Who jacket , Moyuru skirt, leather fingerless gloves, old Paco Herrero boots , vintage black wool cap , sunnies and earrings.

Day two – Labeless High Fashion – a nod to ” Gucci Fest” , a seven day long film festival from November 2020 with a seven part collaboration with Gucci and director Gus Van Sant.

Each day came with notes and for this one  it was – Although Satorial style is structured and unemotional when a woman puts in her feminine it becomes an extremely powerful look.

Not sure if that’s what I achieved but I had fun with this one.

I don’t own a suit as such so my Rundholz jacket and Moyuru pants were my substitute paired with a white shirt and tie borrowed from John. I added my new white boots that I bought recently in Melbourne. The boots are from Prestonzly , made and designed in Melbourne and I class them as sustainable as I will be loving and wearing them forever.

The accessories for the look included (in the first photo) a recycled snakeskin look clutch , red leather gloves from my collection , dangly ear rings, my green , black and white reading glasses and this vintage black top hat. I had been on the hunt for a vintage top hat that actually fitted me for ages so you can imagine my joy when this one appeared at Red Fox Vintage early this year.

Day Three – Supper Glam – Classic Old Hollywood Style with luxurious fabrics like silk and satin in form fitting gowns . I am not one to own let alone wear slinky gowns so I made this my own.

My version of Hollywood glam – Joseph Ribkof sequin top and Sarah Paccini skirt ( my outfit for my son’s wedding in 2016) topped with a vintage ostrich feather jacket.

I added a fancy sparkly necklace ( a recycle find last year) , lace black gloves , suede boots and a little cocktail by Tasmanian milliner , Susan McArthur .

I had a lot of fun putting these looks together and it really has made me more aware of the endless combinations existing in my wardrobe.

As a postscript to last weeks post I was contacted during the week through Instagram by Susan McArthur (who made the hat above) that she had owned the mustard jacket and told me it was originally a coat that she made into a jacket . I was really chuffed to know its origins.

Joing Gail for Wow on Wednesday, Jacqui at Mummabystylish and Nancy for Fancy Friday.



  1. June 9, 2021 / 3:15 pm

    What a fun challenge! The androgyne look is a bit steam punk too. The first outfit is stunning, I love the cool vibe of it!

    • grownupglamour
      June 10, 2021 / 5:22 am

      Many thanks Nancy , it was a fun challenge and certainly stirred my creativity. I know we both share a love of wearing black.

  2. June 10, 2021 / 7:17 am

    What a wonderful post, Jill! that sounds like an incredible challenge. I don’t know much about Janet Jackson either but Gus Van Sant is right up my street, you look amazing in that steampunk vibe outfit! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      June 12, 2021 / 7:43 am

      Thank you so much Vix , I did enjoy the challenge with all the different elements. I plan to see more of Gus Van Sants work, it is amazing.The steampunk outfit was so much fun to put together and a chance to wear the top hat. xx

  3. June 10, 2021 / 2:18 pm

    I often see these challenges on Instagram, but I’m afraid I never find the time to participate.
    This one is indeed a little bit different, but one I would have struggled with regardless.
    I’m loving all three of your interpretations, they all clearly bear your “stamp”. My favourite is the first one and, to put your mind at rest, I too must have been living under a rock.
    How absolutely delightful to know the origins of your mustard jacket! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      June 12, 2021 / 7:40 am

      Thank you so much Ann, I did enjoy this challenge as it stirred my creativity. That said not sure I could do them too often. The first, all black was probably the easiest for me . Glad to hear I’m not the only one living under a rock.

    • grownupglamour
      June 12, 2021 / 7:36 am

      Many thanks.

  4. Marlene Innes
    June 10, 2021 / 11:47 pm

    You look fabulous in all three.

    • grownupglamour
      June 12, 2021 / 7:16 am

      Thank you so much Marlene , it was fun playing dress ups again.

    • grownupglamour
      June 12, 2021 / 7:15 am

      Thank you Mirielle , it was fun to do the challenge and stir my creativity.

  5. June 11, 2021 / 3:24 pm


    • grownupglamour
      June 12, 2021 / 7:13 am

      Well thank you Elizabeth, it was fun researching each days topic and interpreting it with items from my closet. I must admit I had all the days worked out before hand and we took the photos ahead of time. So true it is good to challenge ourselves and participate.

  6. June 14, 2021 / 1:01 pm

    I think you have a simply wonderful iconic look and I would miss your blog a lot if you stopped. Like you I love having connections around the world with like-minded women. I also like to see your outings and visits to your local beauty spots.

    I love the super glam look and Day 1’s look I would attempt myself. Have a lovely week 🙂

    • grownupglamour
      June 16, 2021 / 5:07 am

      Thank you Penny for your kind words they mean a lot to me. It really is those connections and a chance to visit other places that makes blogging so worthwhile. I can see you in the first look Penny. xx

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