March 19, 2014 · 8:55 pm
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.
Dress: Forever 21
T-shirt: Engine 2
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!
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.
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!
March 10, 2014 · 10:47 pm
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.
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.
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.
I got photobombed by my cat! She’s so sweet. I can’t get mad at her–even if she does steal the limelight!
I’m joining Visible Monday and Monday Bloom today. Check out what all the other bloggers are wearing.
February 10, 2013 · 11:58 pm
Here’s my new “mullet” skirt–high hem in the front, low in the back.
Top: Old Navy
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.
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.
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.
Filed under DIY, Ethical, Fashion, Thrifty
Tagged as DIY, fashion, high-low skirt, Hunter boots, maxi skirt, mullet skirt, Seattle, style, thrifty fashion
December 1, 2012 · 8:10 pm
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.
Skirt: Ivan Grundahl
Socks: Sock it to Me
Boots: G by Guess
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.
Check out how all the others styled their maxi skirts.
October 16, 2012 · 10:18 pm
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?
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?).
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.
I’m participating in What I Wore Wednesday over at The Pleated Poppy. Have a look at what the others wore.
August 2, 2012 · 10:02 am
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.
Tank: Old Navy
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.
September 30, 2011 · 5:53 am
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.
Skirt: Forever 21
Shades: Convenience store
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.
September 6, 2011 · 6:10 am
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.
Skirt: Boutique in Portland
T-shirt: Victoria’s Secret
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.
July 15, 2011 · 8:34 am
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.
T-shirt: Old Navy
Belt: Steve Madden
Earrings: Shirazi, Seattle
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!
July 13, 2011 · 2:37 am
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.
Shoes: Nine West
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 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.
T-shirt: Victoria’s Secret
Skirt: Boutique in Portland