Top: Ruby & Lilli
Shoes: ara via shoebuy
Skirt, top, cardigan. Skirt, top, cardigan. I’m sorry if I’ve been repeating myself this winter, but I’ve really gone off trousers (well, more than usual), so my skirts are getting a real work out!
This skirt’s an oldie, but a goodie. I sewed it from scratch a good three years ago and I’m still wearing it today, which is more than I can say for a lot of my DIY’d sewing projects.
I’ve never worn it as a winter wardrobe item before, but the fabric is quite a heavy cotton drill so I think it works OK teamed with navy tights, booties, and a wooly cardigan.
The t-shirt’s pretty cool though, isn’t it? It from Ruby & Lilli, who also sell my Hello Lover tee, and I loved it so much when it arrived that I decided I couldn’t wait until summer to wear it.
It’s a really gorgeous piece in person; the blue’s the most perfect deep greeny-blue, with a bit of a heathered effect, and the ampersand symbol – which looks perfectly flat white in photos – is actually a pearlescent cream that positively glows.
This is my third Ruby & Lilli tee (I also own the Magnifique) and I can’t rave enough about the brand. The quality has been consistently excellent: the fabrics are divinely soft – like the t-shirt you’ve been wearing to bed for fifteen years – and the cut is the perfect mid-point between fitted and roomy, with flattering with necklines that don’t make you feel like you’re advertising your wares (if you’re generously endowed like I) but manage to make the most of shapely collarbones. Plus, buying Ruby & Lilli supports a local pair of Australian designers who make every purchase feel like a little present by sending your t-shirts gift wrapped with ribbon and a lovely handwritten thank you note.
Shop independent, y’all!
Top: Big W (similar here)
Skirt: City Chic
I. Am. Loving. that City Chic is doing such great separates at the moment and this floral skirt is a corker. The big overblown rose print looks like an impressionist oil painting, and it’s full of colours that work with ALL THE CARDIGANS in my wardrobe.
I often find floral prints a bit tricky to wear. They’re usually too small and dainty, and the curves of my figure dwarf them. I prefer a big, bold print like this one.
The other trouble I have with florals is that I look like I…. I’m not sure how to explain it… I take them too seriously? You know how some girls can wear floral prints and lace collars and pink cardigans and still look cool and edgy? I’m definitely not one of those girls.
I teamed the skirt with a striped tee – florals and stripes are a great place to start with pattern-mixing – and of course, a cardigan because it’s still freaking cold in Melbourne. To be honest it probably looks better with a more streamlined approach up top: The cardigan provides more volume where it isn’t really needed, but I don’t seem to have any long-sleeved t-shirts in my wardrobe any more, and buttoning the cardigan made me look a little too Pleasantville for my taste.
In summer I’m looking forward to wearing it with plain-t-shirts without having to layer up for warmth, but skirt’s available right now at City Chic, and it’s been so long since I bought and blogged something that was still available in-store that I didn’t want you to miss out if you liked the look of it too!
The skirt’s made from a soft, lightly textured polyester, with a matte finish that makes it fine for day-wear. It’s fully lined with deep pockets at the sides and inverted pleats around the waistband. It’s great quality for the price, and would work just as well for a more formal occasion (like a wedding) as it does for day-to-day wear.