Monday, August 23, 2010

Skirting the Issue

Sal gave me this beautiful skirt when Mark and I were out there visiting last month. Upon bringing it home I promptly tried it out and found it surprisingly difficult to work with, so I put it back in the closet and thought about it some more. Finally it dawned on me that the length wasn't quite right; you see the skirt originally had a third tier of ruffles, which made it hit me mid-calf. It wasn't even so much the length that was the issue, but the fact that there was such an expanse of the bright teal blue that it was difficult to balance it out with the top half of the outfit.

Altering the skirt was easy; I simply snipped off the bottom ruffle (which I saved for future use) and hemmed the lining underneath, which kept the sheer second layer lined. My handiwork didn't even have to be perfect since the hem is hidden beneath the ruffle above it. The finished product was MUCH easier to work with, and I threw together this combination with almost no effort.

See how the uppermost seam and the ruffles of the skirt are curved up in the middle and down towards the sides? This emphasizes the curve of the hips, which is just perfect for my columnar figure. Note however that I made sure to wear a top that widens my narrow shoulders, or else the skirt might have thrown me out of proportion. Because of the skirt's ruffles and eye-catching color, the eye is naturally going to be drawn to the hips and thighs in an outfit like this one, so I also created balance by wearing a top that had some of that same bright color in it.



Top: Max Studio
Vest: A. Byer
Belt: thrifted
Skirt: Banana Republic
Boots: Bronx

15 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

I like the contrast between the very feminine skirt and the more menswear-inspired argyle. It balances the look not only visually but conceptually.

Rebecca said...

I love the color of that skirt. I think the current length works well on you.

Lemondrop Marie said...

Love the fabulous mix of interesting patterns.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Violet Peacock said...

I wake up every day and want to look like this. Living in Texas (British ex pat) makes it really difficult though. If you ever had chance to chat with me about how to dress like this (kinda punk, kinda retro, totally awesome) for my current temps of 106 degrees, I'd be so happy!

Lindsay
VioletPeacock

jennyferenc said...

I have this same skirt -- picked it up at a thrift store a few months ago. I was thinking of shortening it as well -- the length is very awkward, and it's horrible to iron!

I love what you paired it with. Everything I've done with it so far has been a bit too precious.

Fawn said...

Supercute! It would never occur to me to mix floral, argyle, and plaid, and you make it look like the most obvious thing in the world!

T said...

One of my favorites by you--ever!

WendyB said...

There's a lot going on here and it all works!

Sheila said...

This is a great look - I would not have thought of the harder edged pieces to contrast with the girliness of the skirt! I am going to try this with my purple satin pencil skirt with the yellow butterflies on it. Awesomeness.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Love this. The sneaky peak of that top is just lovely and I love the argyle. I'm always amazed at how you manage to take so many items with a strong look and wear them together in perfect balance.

As for skirt lengths, I did the opposite today and made mine longer using the patented Audi-skirt-layering-trick. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration.

Sal said...

I considered lopping off that last ruffle, too ... but that curved detailing works WAY better on you. Hope you saved the lopped-off part for a scarf!

Tamara said...

Cute outfit! When clicking on the first picture to enlarge it, Sal's blog opens instead :)

Christine said...

LOVE this outfit. The pieces are all lovely separately but together the sum is greater than the whole.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

What a gorgeous skirt! I love the pattern mixing here, too!

Hana - Marmota said...

I love this outfit. I like most of your outfits (I've just found your blog, but I already really like it), but this one stands out, with colour and style and everything.