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!
Skirt: DIY from THIS fabric
I’ve been eying up this glamorous gold-foil printed fabric ever since I stumbled across it on one of my Etsy-seach rabbit-holes (search term: “Confetti”). I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with it, so in the end I bought two full yards with the thought that it would probably be enough for me to decide at a later date.
When it arrived the scattered dots were a lot smaller than I’d envisaged, and weren’t as randomly placed. It wasn’t going to suit a dress or a circle skirt where the repeating pattern would be dramatically obvious, so I decided just to whip up one of my easy DIY’d pleated skirts.
The fabric’s a breezy cotton which I think is going to be lovely to wear in the summer, and I think the skirt will look ace with the strappy singlet that I bought last year from City Chic. The gold dots are foiled with a matte metallic finish, and they have a pretty sheen in real life.
The skirt’s fairly basic, and I think I’ll probably end up hemming it a bit shorter come the warmer months – it’s not a total success at the midi-length.
I am liking it teamed with black and gold tee that I got from Yesstyle – there’s something really decadent about pattern matching with metallics, don’t you think?
The ensemble beautifully suits the pendant necklace that I bought from Evans at the same time as I bought the cowl neck dress that I reviewed last week (because I had to rationalise that International shipping, dontchaknow?)
It’s on sale right now for a meagre three pounds, and I don’t mind telling you I’ve been wearing the beejeezus out of it since it arrived.