Tag Archives: maxi skirt

All Hail Kale

I couldn’t resist this KALE t-shirt from The Engine 2 website. The play on words (YALE) is a funny veg joke. Engine 2 is a site that offers recipes, a 28-day plant-based challenge, and shirts.

kale t-shirt

Dress: Forever 21
T-shirt: Engine 2
Jacket: Swapped
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Purse: Matt & Nat
Bracelets: Roberta Oakes

I don’t usually wear traditionally cut t-shirts and thought this would be just an exercise top, but it’s too neat to save for the gym. I wore it over a maxi dress. Fashion rules are meant to be broken!

blue and brown

I wore a denim jacket over my T and went with brown accessories. Orange and blue are complementary colors and a warm, reddish-brown can offset blue nicely. It’s unexpected too.

denim and faux suede

Once again, I got photobombed by Alice. She’s blind, so goes out only under close supervision. She’s never seen grass, but she love to nibble on it. That’s six pounds of sass right there!

I’m joining Style Elixir, The Pleated Poppy, and Transatlantic Blonde for linkups. Check out what all the others are wearing!


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Silver Boots and Neon Yellow

I love my Tin Man boots. They add a fun, casual vibe to a skirt or pants. I’ve even worn them with shorts. Today, I went bright on top and neutral on the bottom. My boots almost blend into my maxi skirt.

yellow and gray

Sweater: Marshall’s
Skirt: Target
Boots: Dirty Laundry
Necklace: Online shop (name forgotten)

I’ve had this skirt for a few years now. It was definitely a good purchase. It’s great in all seasons. With boots–like here–and with sandals when it’s warmer out.

neon sweater

It’s definitely looking like spring in Seattle, but I’m not quite ready for sandals. I did skip my coat today (I wasn’t going far). I’m just eager for days when I don’t have to bundle up. At least it’s staying light longer now.

long neckace, long skirt

I got photobombed by my cat! She’s so sweet. I can’t get mad at her–even if she does steal the limelight!

boots and maxi skirt

I’m joining Visible Monday and Monday Bloom today. Check out what all the other bloggers are wearing.


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DIY High-Low Skirt

Here’s my new “mullet” skirt–high hem in the front, low in the back.

mullet skirt

Jacket: Swapped
Top: Old Navy
Scarf: Gifted
Skirt: Crossroads Trading Co.
Tights: Roots Canada
Boots: Hunter via consignment
Purse: Crystalyn Kae

I’ve liked this style since I first saw it last spring, but I wasn’t keen on spending a lot of money on something trendy. So when my yellow maxi skirt shrunk unevenly, I took it as a sign to start chopping.

green and yellow

I cut away an inverted U of fabric from the front and left the edge unfinished. I think I’ll tire of the skirt before the jersey knit unravels.

the All-Trades

On this particular afternoon, Mr. Jean of all Trades and I accompanied my parents to an art show at the Seattle Center. It’s always fun having my own personal photographer (AKA Mom or Fashionable over 50) following me! She’s not only my personal paparazza, she’s a great personal shopper. I hesitated when I saw these boots on consignment until she reminded me that in Seattle, stylish rainboots are a must! I love the comfy wedge heel and grape shade.

I’ve linked up with Thrifters Anonymous at Color Blind and Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet. Have a look at what other thrifty and/or visible women are wearing.


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Gray Maxi Skirt with Stripes and Pink

I almost forgot to write this post. Today is the monthly theme post at Sophistique Noir. There are still a few hours left in the day, so I’m technically not late. This month’s theme: the maxi skirt.

I have a few maxi skirts but the one I like most is this Ivan Grundahl. It’s not the longest skirt I own, but it might be if it weren’t for the ruching and pleating. I like the asymmetrical shape created by all the gathers.

Maxi skirt with Wine accessory

Top: Thrifted
Skirt: Ivan Grundahl
Socks: Sock it to Me
Boots: G by Guess
Cuff: Greenbelts
Earrings: DIY

I’ve worn this skirt a couple of times on this blog. Once with pointy heels, and another time with these same flat boots. I like the dressed up/down effect that the casual boots create.

striped socks

Check out how all the others styled their maxi skirts.


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Tone on Tone Gray

Monochrome is the new colorblock. I haven’t tried head to toe one-color yet, but I am starting slowly with H2T gray. Not exciting? It can be if the hues are different, the accessories are fun (and maybe, just maybe, you throw in a touch of some other color). Have you tried head-to-toe monochrome yet?

gray on gray

Top: Marshalls
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Aerosoles
Cuffs: Greenbelts and Claire’s
Earrings: Airport kiosk

I love the comfort of a maxi skirt but sometimes they hide one’s shape. That’s why I paired this skirt with an asymmetrical top with pleating and buttons. It adds detail and a bit of bodycon-ness (is that a word?).

gray top

I’m getting in one last wear with these marigold sandals before I put them away until spring. But with such a neutral outfit, any color shoe would work.

all gray

I’m participating in What I Wore Wednesday over at The Pleated Poppy. Have a look at what the others wore.


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Black and Gray Maxi Look

I love the look of a maxi in summer–and I love their comfort and ease. I picked this skirt up a few months ago at Target. It’s a great neutral background for colorful tops, and it works well with black or white too.

gray maxi

Top: Gifted
Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Swapped
Earrings: Airport kiosk

Today I wore it with the mesh top my mom bought for me in Florida and a cute pair of wedges I picked up at a clothing exchange. I love how the flower on the toe makes it look like a toe ring.

black and gray


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Dotty Top and a Maxi Skirt

Back in the day, this would have been called “a long skirt.” We had minis, but we didn’t have maxis, per se. The long skirt has been rebranded. And look out—the midi (aka the mid-length skirt) is supposed to be big for fall.

olive maxi

Top: Papaya
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Payless
Shades: Convenience store
Bag: Shiraleah

I threw on this maxi skirt (so much more put together than pajamas, but just as comfortable) to enjoy the last of the sunny days before the nine-month rainy season hits.

I don’t mind the rain though. It’s good for the gardens. Plus, with all that cloud cover I don’t need to be as diligent with the sunscreen. I still wear SPF every day, even in winter. It’s important for healthy skin to not get too much sun. I’m kind of proud of how I retained my pasty alabaster hue all summer long. I do have faint tan lines on the tops of my feet from my sandal straps. Doh! I don’t like tans, but I especially hate tan lines.

This outfit comes in at just over $90, which qualifies it as thrifty. If you recognize the skirt, it’s because it was part of my original 30 for 30 when I first tried the challenge back in January.

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Golden Mermaid Skirt

I’m wearing my shimmery maxi skirt again. I can’t believe I had buyer’s remorse when I first got this and shoved it my closet for two years. Then I added it to my 30 for 30 challenge and never looked back. When I wear it people comment on how it shimmers. And because of the ruffle at the edge, someone pointed out that it looks like a mermaid tail. So even thought this isn’t a true mermaid style skirt (which would be very fitted to the knee and then very flared to the ankle), I’m calling it that.

shimmery skirt

maxi skirt and t-shirt

Skirt: Boutique in Portland
T-shirt: Victoria’s Secret
Necklace: Imani
Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s

I’m also happy that my Imani necklace matches this outfit. I love wearing the handmade, recycled beads, and I’m happy to support such a worthy cause.


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DIY Maxi Skirt

Pretty Shiny Sparkly put out another Bloggers do it Better challenge. Each challenge showcases real women rocking a current trend. Last time, I tried neon and neutral. This time, the assignment is to style a maxi skirt.

I have a few maxi skirts in my closet, but I also have a photo of a Vivienne Westwood skirt that I’ve been lusting after and meaning to replicate. So last night, coming off a migraine that kept me from work, I pulled out the fabric I’d purchased months ago. There’s nothing like a 5 hour nap and a deadline to get creative juices flowing.

maxi skirt


blue and purple

T-shirt: Old Navy
Scarf: DIY
Skirt: DIY
Belt: Steve Madden
Earrings: Shirazi, Seattle
Sandals: Payless

It’s a three-tiered skirt. I overlapped the panels and left the hems on the outside for a raw, unfinished look. The Vivienne Westwood skirt was olive green, but I have a green maxi skirt so I chose purple and navy. I’ll be able to wear this with bright t-shirts in the summer, and warmer, darker tops in the winter. It’s going to look nice with boots too.

I’m not an experienced seamstress, nor do I use patterns. Fortunately this project only required sewing straight lines. I measured, cut, pinned and sewed. I used a stretch poly blend, which ended up being slippery. I’m considering the “ruching” to be a feature, not a flaw.

If you’re looking to replicate this skirt, cut three panels for the front and three for the back. Sew the panels together lengthwise so you have one long, three-tiered back piece and one long, three-tiered front piece. Give yourself extra width; you can always sew the sides tighter. After you have the front and back sewn together you can sew the sides, flip it right side out, and you’re good to go!


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Days 28 to 30

Day 28: I wondered today how dressy I could make a simple t-shirt dress, so I threw on my nude heels and a metallic belt and grabbed this pashmina.

day 28

Dress: Express
Tank: Papaya
Belt: Target
Shoes: Nine West
Scarf: Walgreens

Day 29: I’m wearing my dotty dress again, but as a skirt with my teal T over it. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of this top during the challenge. I’ll be happy to give it a break soon.

day 29

Top: H&M
Dress: Thrifted
Necklace: Swapped
Shoes: Timberland

Day 30: Final day! I went with warm tones today. The cardigan isn’t part of my 30 pieces, but I needed it to stay warm until the day heated up, which fortunately it did. I wouldn’t have normally worn a silk maxi skirt to work, but I was running out of combinations. I received a few compliments on it so it all worked out.

day 30

T-shirt: Victoria’s Secret
Cardigan: Thrifted
Skirt: Boutique in Portland
Necklace: Macy’s
Shoes: Naturalizer


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