Friday, November 6, 2009

Madcap Stripes

I saw this skirt on Gilt Groupe and immediately fell in love with it. The buckles, the zippers, and the quirky color combo are just perfect for my style, and it's unlike anything else in my wardrobe. And then it's called the Madcap Stripes skirt, which made me want it even more. Look how the stripes match my hair! Truly it was meant to be. The skirt is solidly constructed, the fit is perfect, and the zippers are functional, which means I could potentially wear something else underneath (pettipants maybe, with a ruffled hem?) and partially unzip the front panel to reveal the lower layer.

Because the raspberry stripes in the skirt are fairly bright, I decided to bring more olive and black into the rest of the outfit, and keep my jewelery to a minimum. The tights are actually 2 pairs layered together: a pair of solid olive green cotton leggings with a pair of black lace tights on top. It was just too chilly that day for the black ones alone, and I thought the green background helped to tone down the busy lace pattern a little.

This top by itself is actually very unflattering, as it flares out under the bust and looks like a big tent on me. But the little puff sleeves and the ruched bodice appealed to me, so I bought it knowing that it would always be a bottom layer, and it was cheap enough that I didn't care.

Necklace and ring: Manu Lizzaralde
Top: H&M
Waistcoat: Heathen
Skirt: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Olive tights: Foot Traffic
Black tights: Biella
Boots: All Black

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jennine said...

WOW! that skirt! i can see why you fell in love with it. the only clothing by mj that i ever owned and loved was a skirt, he sure knows how to make them.

Susan B said...

That skirt is SO you! Fabulous!

Anonymous said...

You never cease to look awesome. Keep it up! This outfit is great on you!

gina said...

What an awesome skirt! I love all the individual pieces in this outfit, and the combination looks great!

Stephanie N. said...

What an amazing find! I wouldn't have thought to pair it with olive green, but it looks simply lovely.

Lisa said...

Heathen! I nearly died when I got to go to their trunk sale... There was a perfect PERFECT leather vest for more than I could afford at the time :'( Where did you buy your Heathen pieces?

Sheila said...

Love that skirt! The pattern, the zippers, the buckles...fab!

Ha, channeling you again - I also layered tights on Friday. I like yours better. :)

Audi said...

Lisa: My Heathen pieces have all come from Five and Diamond, which is in the Mission district on Valencia near 16th.

Lisa said...

Audi- Thanks! Figures. That store kills me every time.... Though their stock doesn't generally agree with me. I've put in special orders for different sizes of specific items to no avail :( I think it's almost time for their trunk sale though :D

Alli said...

Oh, what a fantastic outfit! Love the mix of patterns on your lower half, and that waistcoat is stunning, as usual!