Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gothic Argyle

Ooh, before I forget, who's going to the Northwest Blog Meetup this Friday?? Jess and I will be there, so be sure to grab us and say hi!

This tunic is another fairly recent acquisition from All Saints, which is only just now making its first appearance on the blog even though I've already worn it several times as a more casual weekend look. I'm absolutely in love with this piece; at first glance it looks very somber and goth, but upon closer inspection you can see that the pattern is actually our old friend, the classic nerdy argyle. The soft fabric and thick construction make it the perfect, snuggly warm layering piece for winter.

This garment is actually billed as a dress, but I'm sure you can imagine how I feel about wearing it that way. For one thing it's not very long, and could easily take a dangerous detour into chocha land. For another, it has the clingy knit dress syndrome when it's pulled all the way flat, though admittedly it isn't nearly as unflattering as a thin jersey dress would be. Regardless, I intend to wear it as a tunic, and with this outfit I hit on the idea of layering it over this vintage slip-upcycled-to-skirt. This added the right amount of length while still allowing the tunic to be the star of the show. Better still, since the skirt is a slip, no extra layer was needed to keep my clothing from sticking to my leggings.

Because the whole outfit was pretty dark, I added some eye-catching silver accessories to brighten it up: the studded double-wrap skinny belt, and my beautiful quartz pendant from Argentina.

Tunic: All Saints
Pendant: Manu Lizzaralde
Belt: vintage
Skirt/slip: Glam Grab by Gunlis
Boots: All Black


Alex said...

Holy moly, this has to be my favorite outfit of yours yet. I love the tunic + short ruffly skirt + boots combination, and I've been wearing it a lot lately (especially since circle skirts are super easy to make!). The gothiness makes it all the more awesome.

Also I am more intrigued by AllSaints every time you post about it (them?). I am going to try and DIY some tops/tunics like theirs, but one day I will save up for one of their dresses. One day!!

Rock on~

Jean said...

Gorgeous! I'm worried that I'm beginning to think I could try a similar outfit myself....misguided?

Anonymous said...

I knew that had to be an All Saints purchase! Gorgeous.

Robin said...

I love the idea of upcycling a slip as an underskirt. I'm always seeing slips for a couple of bucks. Might have to try it out!

Audi said...

notSupermum: Not misguided at all! You could totally work this look.

Raquelita said...

Holy cow! This outfit is amazing!

Nadine said...

Love the argyle print - gorgeous outfit.

Sheila said...

How did I miss this? I love the slip!

WickedThrifty said...

awesome, just awesome. no words.

Liana said...

I just stumbled upon your blog - and this old post - and I loved the sweater so much that I bought my own. I got the cardigan rather than the tunic because it's more my style. It arrived today and it looks great. Thanks for the inspiration! (Oh, and I'm a bay area scientist too.)