Posts tagged: brown wool a.line midi skirt

01.24.2012 [tue]Adjacent colors week: yellow/yellow-green
Worn to: work
Blouse: Old NavyCardigan, watch: TargetSkirt: vintage (thrifted)Tights: Nine WestBoots: Vaneli (via Macy’s)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace, purse: giftsCoat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather) 
Thoughts:Adjacent color experiment day two! I’m moderately happy with how this outfit turned out. The cardigan tie is new for me, and while retro it doesn’t feel quite in-line with my style. My sister commented that this outfit looked conservative for me; she was clearly feeling the same thing I was. That said, I think tying the gingham shirt in a little knot WOULD be in-line with my style.
This pretty necklace (and a pair of matching earrings, not worn here) was sent to me by a friend from YLF after she posted a few orphan accessories she was offering to send to new homes. I didn’t post about any of them in time, but she offered to send me something she thought was my style and she’s spot on! I love the peacocky colors, the natural materials, and the fact that it’s handmade. Thank you so much Sona!
Behind the outfit:I was in a retro mood today so I thought it’d be fun to wear my vintage midi skirt, which I love pairing with gingham. Since I needed to wear this cardigan for the adjacent color challenge, I had to find a way to reign in some of the volume so there would be only one voluminous half; with my retro mood I thought I’d try tying the ends up, though it feels a bit more summery than wintery to me.
Then I got a bit stumped on the footwear. As you can see by the snow behind me, it’s simply too cold for anything besides boots or heavy tights. This skirt is wool, so it’s definitely winter-weight, but the top half is just so springy looking that all of my heavier tights (which are all dark, and either opaque or sweater) made the bottom half look over-the-top heavy and very seasonally mis-matched with the top.
So then I tried these boots, which are my sleekest pair (OK my Miz Mooz xmas gift boots are sleeker, but I still haven’t waterproofed them yet ><). They looked so very dark in the outfit; I liked how the lighter taupe Miz Mooz boots looked so much better, but just couldn’t bear to get them water stained. I hemmed and hawed quite a while before deciding this black pair looked OK because 1) there is black fiber in the skirt, 2) they bookend my hair, and 3) I added a little extra dose of black with my watch and the necklace is dark.
I completed the retro look with my 40s styled wool coat and bright red purse!

01.24.2012 [tue]
Adjacent colors week: yellow/yellow-green

Worn to: work

Blouse: Old Navy
Cardigan, watch: Target
Skirt: vintage (thrifted)
Tights: Nine West
Boots: Vaneli (via Macy’s)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Necklace, purse: gifts
Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather) 

Thoughts:
Adjacent color experiment day two! I’m moderately happy with how this outfit turned out. The cardigan tie is new for me, and while retro it doesn’t feel quite in-line with my style. My sister commented that this outfit looked conservative for me; she was clearly feeling the same thing I was. That said, I think tying the gingham shirt in a little knot WOULD be in-line with my style.

This pretty necklace (and a pair of matching earrings, not worn here) was sent to me by a friend from YLF after she posted a few orphan accessories she was offering to send to new homes. I didn’t post about any of them in time, but she offered to send me something she thought was my style and she’s spot on! I love the peacocky colors, the natural materials, and the fact that it’s handmade. Thank you so much Sona!

Behind the outfit:
I was in a retro mood today so I thought it’d be fun to wear my vintage midi skirt, which I love pairing with gingham. Since I needed to wear this cardigan for the adjacent color challenge, I had to find a way to reign in some of the volume so there would be only one voluminous half; with my retro mood I thought I’d try tying the ends up, though it feels a bit more summery than wintery to me.

Then I got a bit stumped on the footwear. As you can see by the snow behind me, it’s simply too cold for anything besides boots or heavy tights. This skirt is wool, so it’s definitely winter-weight, but the top half is just so springy looking that all of my heavier tights (which are all dark, and either opaque or sweater) made the bottom half look over-the-top heavy and very seasonally mis-matched with the top.

So then I tried these boots, which are my sleekest pair (OK my Miz Mooz xmas gift boots are sleeker, but I still haven’t waterproofed them yet ><). They looked so very dark in the outfit; I liked how the lighter taupe Miz Mooz boots looked so much better, but just couldn’t bear to get them water stained. I hemmed and hawed quite a while before deciding this black pair looked OK because 1) there is black fiber in the skirt, 2) they bookend my hair, and 3) I added a little extra dose of black with my watch and the necklace is dark.

I completed the retro look with my 40s styled wool coat and bright red purse!

WORDS: View comments 1/24/12 Filed under: #black and white tweed wool coat  #black dark faced watch  #black opaque tights  #black suede tall heeled boots  #blue shell pendant  #brown wool a.line midi skirt  #golden gingham button.up  #moss green flyaway cardigan  #red slouchy hobo  #silver hoops 
 12.09.2011 [fri]
Worn to: work
[[MORE]] Sweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)Belt, gloves: TargetSkirt: vintage (thrifted)Tights, purse: Nine WestBoots: Vaneli (via Macy&#8217;s)Earrings: Forever 21Watch: Fossil (gift)Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson&#8217;s leather)Scarf: JCPenney
Thoughts:Another outfit I thought would be great to wear to the Seattle YLF meetup tomorrow. I almost changed into something else, I liked it so much, but I did wear this skirt at the last meetup. So I&#8217;ll have to think of something else!
I know midi lengths are trending and, while I do like some longer skirt/dress lengths, my one and only midi is this vintage skirt which I&#8217;ve had for many, many years. I don&#8217;t wear it very often because of its super high-waistedness, but really should be giving it more time this season while it&#8217;s on trend. I would love to find another midi skirt in a bright color for spring/summer, though!
Behind the outfit:This outfit started with the skirt. It&#8217;s quite cold today, so I thought I&#8217;d do a 70s inspired look and pair it with a turtleneck and boots. After considering each of my turtleneck sweaters, I thought it&#8217;d be fun to wear this winter white one (which is almost too short for pants) along with these black boots for a light-to-dark, top-to-bottom gradient. Unfortunately for the gradient smoothness, it felt overly feminine for me. I tried several belts before settling on this one (including a bright turquoise one which could be fun for a different outfit, will have to keep that in mind); the black echoes the boots and my hair, the contrast isn&#8217;t high enough to completely destroy the gradient effect, and, of course, it adds a nice bit of toughness. Initially I had a long brass pendant on but after much flip-floppery I decided the outfit looked stronger without it, and that also helped keep the gradient more in tact. I still felt it needed a strong piece of jewelry though, so I added these doorknocker earrings; the black and brass both echo other colors in the outfit, and are another more modern element (along with the belt).
With the long skirt, I decided to wear my long wool coat. I still had the turquoise belt in mind, and since a bit of the skirt peeks out I chose my teal and brown scarf; I left it tucked in because I&#8217;m in a clean lines mood today. Black gloves and purse to match the boots, because sometimes you just want to match!
Off topic and for fun:Last month my husband and I bought a painting off Etsy which finally arrived today (though we&#8217;d been hoping it would arrive by Friend Thanksgiving), and it&#8217;s really awesome! It&#8217;s four square panels, each 16&#8221;x16&#8221;, making the full painting 64&#8221;; we&#8217;ll be spacing them about an inch apart as well. The color is just as I had hoped, though the overall painting is much darker than I expected (it&#8217;s brightened up quite a bit for the photos below). Can&#8217;t wait to get it up on our wall, which is cream and should help make the painting really POP.

image 12.09.2011 [fri]

Worn to: work

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WORDS: View comments 12/9/11 Filed under: #black and white tweed wool coat  #black leather tote  #black multistrand buckle belt  #black opaque tights  #black studded gloves  #black suede tall heeled boots  #brass and black doorknocker earrings  #brown and teal ruffle scarf  #brown wool a.line midi skirt  #silver watch  #winter white turtleneck sweater 
 10.25.2011 [tue]Dress the Decade challenge: 1940s
Worn to: work, out to sushi dinner (Wasabi Factory) with my husband
[[MORE]] Shirtdress: Halogen (via Nordstrom)Skirt: vintage (thrifted)Tights: Nine WestBooties: Forever 21Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Timex (via Target)Purse: giftShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts: This is my favorite fashion decade (tied with the 80s), though I don&#8217;t have a lot of items reminiscent of the decade in my closet (unlike the 80s). With the resurging trend towards midi length skirts, I think that&#8217;s going to have to change; I&#8217;m loving the longer length for cooler weather especially with sleek tall boots! This shirtdress ended up being a bit too stiff to wear as a top, but it&#8217;s got me thinking that I&#8217;d get a lot of use from a fitted military style button-up shirt. Probably not in black, though. Maybe charcoal?
Behind the outfit:The strong shoulders of the 40s really appeal to me, even with my inverted triangle tendencies, and I love the military/menswear vibe of the era, especially apparent in the war time as women were re-purposing men&#8217;s clothing for themselves; thus the military-styled top (really a dress) with epaulets on the shoulders. To that I added my midi skirt (representing the longer hemlines and flared shape skirts), and semi-sheer/opaque black tights (representing the craze of sheer nylons). Booties are loosely inspired by the decade, since my footwear is very not 1940s in style. I kept this outfit simple as a nod to the post-Depression induced minimalism, leaving off a belt which I would normally wear with this, and sporting only my most important jewelry: earrings, wedding ring, and watch. Did a little 40s inspired twisty hair-do, too.

image 10.25.2011 [tue]
Dress the Decade challenge: 1940s

Worn to: work, out to sushi dinner (Wasabi Factory) with my husband

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WORDS: View comments 10/25/11 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black military shirtdress  #black opaque tights  #brown wool a.line midi skirt  #charcoal heeled lace.up booties  #red slouchy hobo  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #~creative challenges 
 10.08.2011 [sat]
Worn to: YLF meetup (breakfast and shopping)
[[MORE]] Sweater: LOFTBelt, shades: Forever 21Skirt: vintage (thrifted)Oxfords: Bronx &#8220;Heat Of Nite&#8221; (via Nordstrom)Scarf: TargetPearl earrings: anniversary giftWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Purse: Fossil 
Thoughts: Starting off with a bang! And a rare day I&#8217;m out doing something: meeting up with some of the local, and oh so stylish, YLF ladies. I had a really hard time coming up with an outfit that was appropriately fashion-y for breakfast yet easy enough to shop in (usually shop in a tee+jeans). Besides getting lovely compliments by Angie and the other ladies, double bonus because my husband really liked this outfit (rarity!). I ended up getting a few great fall pieces that I know will be workhorses (to be shared shortly) including a delicious new Kate Spade purse which I wore right out of the store!
UPDATE: Read all about our day on my guest post over at YLF!
Behind the outfit: This outfit developed around the skirt. My initial idea was to wear the sweater untucked so the banded hem covered the skirt waist. It looked OK but the proportions were much more evenly balanced and didn&#8217;t feel retro enough; tucked without the belt made the proportions too small on top. I tried several belts before settling on this one: wide black buckled belt completely didn&#8217;t match the soft vibe of the outfit, brown belts were all too warm, skinny belts (black, mustard, coral) were lost in the sea of fabric. This beige belt works well because the color is so similar to the top&#8217;s that it gives the illusion of adding torso length without taking away any leg length; and the width covers the skirt&#8217;s waistband which prevents any color interruption.
After adding the belt, the black flats I was initially wearing felt heavy in this now-very-light outfit. Heels felt too dressy (and not practical enough for a day of shopping, though I can wear them when shopping on my own), boots were too heavy. I tried my distressed oxfords on a whim and really loved the bit of geekiness they gave the outfit, especially paired with the midi skirt length. To play that up I added the crossbody bag and swapped my previously-decided-upon leopard scarf with this new plaid scarf. Added the pearl studs instead of my usual silver hoops to play off the demureness of the skirt; the silhouette with the fuller skirt reminds me a bit of the 50s full skirts with saddle shoes.

image 10.08.2011 [sat]

Worn to: YLF meetup (breakfast and shopping)

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WORDS: View comments 10/8/11 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #beige wide crochet belt  #brown crossbody bag  #brown wool a.line midi skirt  #champagne sparkly dolman sleeve sweater  #gold and silver watch  #gray distressed oxfords  #oversized aviator shades  #tan and gray plaid scarf