Nautical and Nice

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Belt: Target

Midi Floral Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Lifestride Parigi via Shoebuy

Just a quickie, late on a Monday night before I put myself to bed!

I ordered this Midi Floral Skirt from Asos in the sales a couple of weeks ago, because I loved the full blown roses print and thought there was plenty of items in my closet it would go with.

I sized down, assuming that as it was a pull-on style it would probably be a similar fit to the recent scuba skirts that have been cropping up. The fabric’s a reasonably thin jersey, and that means there’s not as much volume as there would have been with a stiffer fabric, but the skirt’s a full circle so there’s still a lot of flare around the hips.

I love the combination of florals and stripes, and it’s something I’m seeing more and more of on blogs and in magazines. The stripes seem to lift an old-fashioned floral print into something a little more contemporary, where the florals pretty-up the minimalist simplicity of a nautical top.

I suspect this particular top is too loose for this outfit to be 100% successful, and the long sleeves create too even a balance between the two prints. In summer I’ll team the skirt with a closer fitting top that allows the rosy fabric to sing, without overwhelming it.

But of course, it’s winter, and it’s freezing, so this is what you get for now!

Mint and Mustard

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Top: Gorman

Cardigan: Glassons

Skirt: Etsy

Shoes: Seychelles via DSW

Last year, when I was performing a last brutal cull of my wardrobe pre-New York, I retired the DIY’d grey drape skirt that I’d made back in 2011.

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve reached for it half a dozen times since then before remembering it’s not in my closet, so I thought maybe it was time to try to source a replacement.

The skirt I made was good, but it was far from perfect. The pleat in front didn’t quite give it the full draping effect that I’d wanted. When I spotted this ruched jersey midi skirt from CT by Couture Time on Etsy I knew I’d found my new drapey skirt.

The pleated hips and front panel reminded me a little of the old Thelma draped dress that I bought from Igigi a couple of years ago, but on-sold when it turned out to be too big for me. I love the look – it’s a bit Deco, a bit Egyptian, a bit sarong-like. I deliberated for ages over colours – it’s available in at least 23 different shades! – before finally deciding that the taupe would be a good versatile choice.

I probably should have gone with a charcoal or navy, but I figured black, grey and blue skirts are easy enough to come by in the shops – I wanted something a little different.

I had it in my mind that I’d wear it with equally drapey layers: the cocoon cardigan from Yours clothing, or the long grey cardigan from Uniqlo. Both looked dreadful, and for a moment I was worried I’d bought another skirt that looked great topless, but didn’t play well with anything else in my wardrobe.

After a bit of trial and error I discovered that there were a couple of tops it worked with, and the gold-polkadot-print tee from Gorman (that I’d stopped wearing because repeated washings had made it look a bit sloppy) was one of them.

Add a cardigan for warmth, and a long necklace and I was ready to roll.

So, hands up who knew mint and mustard went together? Me neither, until I saw the unlikely pairing on Pinterest (ahh mustard. Is there ANYTHING you don’t go with?). I’m glad they do, because it means I can wear it with the adorable ceramic cat necklace that my dear friend, and former housemate K gave me as a birthday pressie.

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Necklace: Jasmin Blanc Boutique

Isn’t it adorable? Whenever I’m feeling blue or introspective during the day I find myself fondling it – it’s like my little happy-place talisman.

One of my workmates – someone who hates internet shopping with the power of a thousand suns – commented on it, and when I told her that the jeweller will even custom-make one for you in the likeness of your own beloved pussycat she announced to my very great surprise that she was going to place her very first online order. So there you go: Lilli: enabler extraordinaire!