Two Ways Tuesday: Gorman Skirt

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouCardigan: Eugenie Cashmere (similar here)

Skirt: Gorman (Remixed)

Tights: Sonsee Woman

Shoes: Wittner

Belt: Similar Here

This Gorman skirt is one of those items in my wardrobe that doesn’t get a huge amount of air-time on the blog because it’s such a statement piece.

I remixed it from a too-small dress a few years ago, and the result’s a lovely silk skirt in russetty burnt orange, with mustard bunting flags and a navy hem. For someone like me who likes a bit of the matchy-matchy those three colours gives a good scope to play with.

For my first Two-Ways outfit I made it a little more formal by teaming it navy opaque tights from Sonsee (They’re a 60 denier, so just a hint of skin through the fabric) with a buttoned-up cashmere cardigan. I’ve sewn the cardigan closed, as I tend to wear this one as a layering sweater most often. It gives the cardigan a lean line and prevents gaping between the buttons.

Frocks and Frou FrouBelt: Similar Here

A belt right at the waist gives a good shape, while also making sure my proportions aren’t thrown out by the hip-length cardigan. The golden brown of the belt is echoed by the hue of the skirt, and the floral motif on the buckle provides a nice contrast to the geometric triangles on the hem.

For my second Two-Ways outfit I dressed the skirt down with a slouchy t-shirt from Dream Diva and another cashmere cardigan from Boden.

I’m still playing with the same colour palette: navy, mustard and rust but the whole effect is a lot looser and more casual.

The bare legs, and the pale yellow cardigan lighten the look, as does the light catching the spangly sequinned heart on the t-shirt.

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouCardigan: Boden

Tee: Dream Diva

Skirt: As Above

Shoes: Seychelles via DSW

And, um, yeah. The hair’s gone! I finally took the plunge and went got the crop! No more hair tutorials for a while, but I think I need to start buying some cute headbands.

Two-ways Tuesdays

 frocks and frou froufrocks and frou froufrocks and frou frou Venice Dress: City Chic

Shoes: Softwalk via Shoebuy

You might not believe it, but most of my clothes are on high rotation in my wardrobe. You might only see something on the blog once or twice, but behind the scenes I’m wearing it regularly.

So much of my wardrobe is statement pieces: Bright colours, fabulous prints, and styles that speak for themselves. It can be a challenge not to repeat myself too much, but I’m conscious that not everyone has the luxury of a gigantic wardrobe and it’s nice to be able to curate a variety of outfits around a single item.

I thought I’d try a new regular section that I’m calling “Two-Ways Tuesdays” that will illustrate two ways to wear a single statement piece. It’s a challenge for myself to think a little more creatively about my wardrobe (and also to encourage me to guarantee at least one new blog post a week!)

This isn’t a great example of what I’m trying to accomplish I’m afraid, but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a very cute dress.

I was wearing it during the warmer months (I bought it full price, but it’s on sale now for 50% off) and now that it’s turned cold I’ve just added nude tights (from Sonsee, naturally) and a cardigan and it’s a pretty ensemble for autumn.

frocks and frou frou frocks and frou frouCardigan: Paper Scissors

The dress comes with a patent leather red bow belt that I’ll admit was what tipped me over into buying it, but when I got it home I decided I preferred to dress it down with a brown leather belt.

frocks and frou frou - flower beltI bought this one a few years ago from a little store on Brunswick Street. It’s now a total mystery to me what the store’s name was. Oops! This one from Etsy is sort of similar though, and the seller offers custom sizing.

I’ve been fairly impressed with the quality of City Chic clothing lately. For instance, this dress is fully lined. The cut is carefully considered, the arm holes don’t gape, and while the skirt is gathered at the front of the skirt the sides are smooth, meaning you don’t end up with extra volume on the hips. There’s no pockets, but someone wonderful has suggested the inclusion of bra-keepers that allow you to wear the straps wide without flashing your bra.

bra keepers - frocks and frou frouI kept my accessories simple: tan pumps to match the belt, and the ruby red bow earrings which I bought years ago from a store on eBay – Imogen Rose Jewellery, I think!

 Frocks and frou frouSo anyway – There’s your first Two Ways Tuesday post: One dress, two outfits, and two pieces of frou-frou so old I can’t even remember where they’re from! Stay tuned for next week’s installment when hopefully I’ll have a better example of how to mix-it-up!