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Stay in the Lines

A couple weeks ago, I was running some errands (read: eating barbecue and going to Target), when I came across a sidewalk sale at Rue 21.  Rue 21 is one of those cheap junior stores that I rarely go in except to look for trendy accessories and cheap sunglasses.  I happened to need cheap sunglasses, so I ventured inside and came out $21 poorer, and 4 items of clothing richer.  (No sunglasses, though – apparently, I’m picky about my $5 glasses.)

You have to be careful at stores like Rue – yes, the stuff is cute, trendy, and cheap.  However, the vast majority also looks cheap.  It’s hit or miss and takes a lot of weeding out.  But, if you put in the work, sometimes you’re rewarded.

This cute cropped top is one of my finds – it cost me about $7, the highest tag item of the day. Because I’m over 22 and weigh more than Taylor Swift, I didn’t want my stomach showing, so I added a high-waisted skirt.  I think this is one of those trends guys don’t understand, because at least one of my friends called a different high-waisted look, “mom-waist”.  But, whatever.  I like it.

I also like this top because the black and white pattern makes me think of a coloring book.  Like, seriously – don’t you want to take markers the color of my necklace and fill it in?
1 - black and white paisley cropWhat do you think of my coloring-book blouse?  A good $7-find or a waste of two cups of coffee?  How about the high-waisted trend?  Mom-waist or worth trying?  I’d love to hear from you!

Pleats a Plenty

As I’m going through these prompts, I’m trying also to get one more use out of my summer clothing before retiring it for the fall/season (and shedding a tear…).  So, I was glad I had a summer pleated skirt for today’s prompt.

If you’ve been following my blog very long, you know I’m not usually very matchy-matchy.  I prefer to do more unexpected things with colors.  However, when you have something that matches as perfectly as this scarf does to the skirt, it’s really hard to pass up.  At least my polka-dot shoes mixed it up a little. 1 - Pleats a plentyHope you’re having a great day!  Let me know what you think about color combinations, polka dot shoes, or anything else you’d like to talk about.   Can’t wait to hear from you!

Two-fer Tuesday: Pleated Skirt Edition

I bought a new skirt last week (for $14 at Dress Up), and I really love it.  Pleats are as feminine as it gets, and they’re very in right now, as is the midi-length.  Unfortunately, my legs and height are not ideally designed for that length – it makes my short frame seem even shorter.  Nevertheless, I soldiered on (remember, do as I say, not as I do; or do whatever you want, because what good is fashion if it’s not fun?!), and found two different ways to wear it.  One of them even prompted a guy to stop on the sidewalk and say, “You are dressed SO CUTE!”  (I’m pretty sure he was gay.  And also in high school.  So, no meet-cute there, but I appreciated the compliment, nevertheless).

And now without further ado, here are two different ways to wear a pleated skirt:

Look 1:

1 - pleated skirt and bowIn this outfit (the one that inspired such street-side admiration), I paired the skirt with a sweater. I don’t usually think to tuck in sweaters, but inspiration hit me on this particular morning, and the stars aligned.  I had to try a couple different options with the tights and shoes, as my first pairings looked more funeral than fun.  But, the wedges worked perfectly, and I plan to transition this skirt to spring, too, with some bright espadrilles.

Look 2:

1 - pleated skirt and chambrayAs I mentioned earlier, I really need height with this skirt to give the illusion of longer legs.  But, I wanted to pretend I was one of those cool tall girls who just wears flats with her pretty skirts, so I went for it anyway.  It’s OK…but not my most flattering look.  From the knee up, though, I really loved the styling.  I was grabbing coffee and then dinner with a friend on the day I wore this, and I was trying to go for effortless put-together casual.  Who knows if I achieved all of that, but it was a fun outfit, nevertheless.

What would you pair with this skirt?  Do you like my choices, or would you have taken a different route altogether?  Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

80 Days of Shoes: Throwback Thursday in Vintage

This week was the week of the pleats, apparently.  I’m glad they’re back in style – I like their feminine professional charm.

But first, these shoes.  They’re Nine West, which as we’ve discussed, are just not good shoes for my feet.  Plus, I got them from a discount shoe store, and I’m pretty sure they’re different sizes.  But, a good navy pump is hard to find, so we carry on.

DSC_0741I chose this look for Throwback Thursday because this is what my vintage skirt used to look like:

A lovely, pearl-buttoned potato sack.

However, I liked the pleats and the midi-length of the dress, and it was free (another donation from my sister’s roommate), so I decided to get it altered.  The result is below:

1 - pleated skirt, open weave sweaterI don’t really love how I styled it (or whatever face I’m making in this picture).  I think in the future, I’ll try a jacket (either denim or fitted blazer) and see if I like that better.  If I get really crazy, I might try it with a chunky sweater and boots, but the more I think about, the more that seems like something that looks great in a fashion magazine, but ridiculous in execution.

Any suggestions?  How would you style a midi pleated skirt?

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