Visible Monday #164: How To Go From “Meh” To Modern

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Welcome to Visible Monday #164. If you want to participate, it’s so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Please be kind and leave a link to Not Dead Yet Style in your post.

I showed you this jacket (similar) on yesterday’s post, as an item that didn’t have a lot of hanger appeal. I took it home anyway, and I like the results. It’s now wrapped and belted over a long tank top (sim) and a cool structural skirt thrifted in NYC (kinda sim). The skirt is by Marithe et Francois Girbaud, a now-defunct designer who made funky clothing in the 80’s. This jacket started out rather shapeless, and needs the waist definition to make it more me. for me.

The belt is old and thrfited (sim), as is the emerald bangle (sim). The booties, by Sofft (sim), were purchased on eBay, I think, and have served me well for at least three years. Old is good! : >




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Now, show us what you’re wearing, Visible Women!!

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple!

  1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button “Add Your Link”. It should open a new page.
  4. In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!


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  1. Such a great post. I have been slacking with reading/ commenting on other blogs and this just motivated me to do exactly this. I am excited to see it it gives my own account a boost. Thanks for sharing.

  2. So happy to find your blog! Your vacation outfits are really great… perfect for the location, comfy, and stylish

  3. Ooooo, Patti, I can’t believe I missed this post! You are oozing with edgey coolness in this outfit. It’s not your usual look, and I think you should try it more often as it looks so good on you. That skirt was an excellent purchase!

  4. You are so right!!!! The belt and the longer tanktop make this jacket a very good looking piece. Well done. And I always like that green bracelet.
    The Girbaud couple has served me well in the past too. I loved their stuff.
    Looking good Patti. As always.

  5. I love the belted jacket!

    It’s easy to pass up items of the hanger that with a little styling could look stunning. And, it’s easy to think an item will look great based on how it looks on a hanger, but it doesn’t work when you put it on.

    I love going shopping with my sister as she always seems to make me try on things I wouldn’t on my own, and often they look great on.

  6. Are those little studs? Ooh, I like! What a great jacket, and the way you have belted it looks fabulous, Patti. The whole outfit is very you – it fits with your style aesthetic, but there is some added edge and a bit of badass in there too!
    Just goes to show – you should always try pieces that don’t necessarily look that promising on the hanger, you just never know what will work. xxxx

  7. okay, I really, REALLY love this look. Love the structure of the skirt and that jacket belted is PERFECT. I totally remember Girbaud…I may even still have a thrifted piece here and there by that designer….I definitely had a bunch of Girbaud jeans in the 80s and early 90s. How time flies. *sighs wistfully as eyes glaze over*

  8. Excellent! You’re Parisian style is up front and center with this one. Tres chic!

  9. Yes, you certainly worked some magic with your jacket. This is a great outfit and I love the pop of bangled colour. You always look hip because it’s not fake. Thanks for hosting this little party again.

  10. It’s perfect on you! Love it with the belt which defines not only the jacket, but your figure as well. Looks super!

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  12. I love how you showed turned a shapeless jacket into a very stylish one. My daughters laugh at me because I am always saying Belt It! Belts give us a waist and that can make all the difference in a look. Fabulous edgy look Patti!


  13. Patti, I love the asymmetrical hem of the skirt. So edgy and unique. You look fabulous and in almost all thrifted items! I just started thrifting again (it’s been years since I have shopped thrift stores) and I am having so much fun with it. Such great items to be found! And my thrifting addiction was inspired by all of you wonderful thrifty bloggers!

    Thanks for hosting the linkup and always inspiring.

  14. Isn’t it amazing what you can do with some great accessories and imagination?! You look lovely, this style really suits you.

  15. Yes yes yes! I loved it yesterday as you’ll recall. And I love what you’ve done with it. I had no trouble seeing myself wearing it over a black top & skinny black jeans, biker boots & a criss-cross bandolier type belt I have stashed somewhere. It has studs too, so . . . probably too much hardware. Then again, maybe not! Somedays a girl and silver studs just go together.

  16. I love how you have styled the jacket Patti, and it didn’t cost a fortune, I’m always dressing on a tight budget looking for bargain buys on Ebay too, the whole outfit looks fantastic . Thank you for hosting
    Laurie x

  17. Wow – such a beautiful outfit on you, and I love the jacket belted. What a unique, fun skirt. Thanks so much for the link up!

  18. I agree with you that the jacket it much better belted. This looks quite edgy with all the black and silver. That ring makes you look badass!

    Old is good, old is good, old is good. That is my new mantra : )


  19. Love that skirt – seriously cute shape. Belting jackets can be a revelation – suddenly, there’s shape!

    Thanks for hosting, Patti! I love having VM every week again – thank you!

  20. The jacket looks great! I think I’d wear it with a plain skirt so it gets more attention. And vice versa, I’d wear the skirt with a plain top so it can steal the show. The boots, however, are good anytime, anywhere, anyhow, anyway.

  21. Well Patti if the jacket didn’t look good on the hanger it certainly looks good here – you’ve styled it brilliantly!! I love the way it wraps and how you’ve belted, then offset by that funky skirt… just superb, I love it.

    Thank you so much for hosting, hope to see you for #iwillwearwhatilike tomorrow (it’s the #WearingMyWeddingDress challenge if you have a picture of that to link up, otherwise the theme is still optional)!

    Catherine x

  22. Good work making the jacket look more ‘you’! Clothes are there to reflect the wearer’s personality, not the other way round. It’s a great outfit, you rock!

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