Again, we’re testing the theory that summer skirts and dresses become fall-ready with tights and boots. This one’s a bit of a stretch, I think. I like how the photos turned out, but in real life I find the skirt a bit summery and bright. What do you think? Would you have packed this skirt away by now?
What I’m Wearing:
- Self-Stitched Skirt: McCalls 5803, finished back in March 2009
- Blazer: H&M, bought in 2007. (Proof that lower-priced clothing can last, if you take care of it..)
- T-Shirt: Forever21, bought ages ago and these days it should never be worn without a jacket!
- Shoes: Dolce Vita, Winners
Q. What are your thoughts on today’s outfit?
A. Honestly, I got dressed in a hurry this morning! It was a definite Monday, in that I wasn’t fully prepared to start the week yet and even getting out the door on time was a struggle. Add in the challenge of putting together an interesting and new outfit including something I made, just slowed me down some more. This is the result of less-than-perfect outfit matching.
So, my thoughts are:
- Wear ankle boots with matching tights for a longer leg line. See how the black booties and grey tights together make me look a bit stumpy? Yeah, don’t do that. It works the same with nude pumps and bare legs – the same colour all the way down elongates the leg. (Do as I say, not as I do.)
- When wearing tights, don’t wear rings! The less potentially sharp edges to catch and snag your tights, the better.
- If you’re going to layer, make sure your underneath layers are equally as nice as the top layers. What I mean is – don’t wear a scrubby t-shirt under your nice blazer and plan to never take it off. That’s the day that the office will actually be warm!
- When trying the summer skirt in a wintery outfit, try to tie in similar elements. The first time I tried this look, I had a cotton skirt with a jean jacket and tonal brown tights. Better! Today I have a flippy floral skirt with a black blazer and grey tights. Too much contrast.
If it weren’t Self-Stitched-September I’d probably keep these photos to myself and take some better ones another time. Sadly, I am forced to share and look critically at what didn’t work. Ah well, tomorrow’s another day!