Dot to Spot

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Skirt: City Chic

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Belt: I Will Fly

Working in an office as a proper manager-type person who has to sit in official-type meetings and pretend to be an actual grown-up my wardrobe’s increasingly moving away from the whimsical to the classic. I still love my novelty prints and florals, but I tend to save them for the weekend these days.

I can’t give up on my polkadots though, and this midi-skirt (currently on sale!) from City Chic is perfectly office-appropriate, especially teamed with a collared blouse and a pair of heeled pumps.

The skirt’s made of a lovely fabric that hangs in soft pleats and doesn’t crush. It’s fully lined with a zippered fastening, and pockets (hurrah! pockets!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere isn’t any stretch in the fabric, but it runs quite large for City Chic, so if you can’t make it in to store I’d suggest that you order a size down from your usual.

The skirt’s probably just a little bit too long for me at the moment (though I’m not the tallest lass out there). I’ll probably bring the hem up a little bit after winter, but in the meanwhile it’s a great midi length for the cooler months.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you look closely the spots in the skirt are repeated in the tiny swiss dots embroidered into the fabric of the blouse. I’ve added my many-years-old (and probably ready for a replacement) double heart belt that I ordered from I Will Fly on Etsy. It’s a nice way to break-up the dots-on-dots, and also inject just the smallest amount of colour… and OK, whimsy into my outfit.

 

Blushing Bling

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATop: Laura Ashley

Skirt: Primark (via eBay)

Shoes: Shoebuy

I’ve had my heart set on a sequinned midi skirt ever since I saw (and failed to buy) one on Asos a year or so ago. I’d been toying with the idea of sewing one for myself, but the logistics of sewing sequins (not to mention the requirement for the skirt to be lined) put it in the Too Hard Basket, so I’ve just been idly keeping my eyes open online for something similar.

This one popped up on eBay just before New Year’s, and though I haven’t had an experience with Primark due to their positively prehistoric lack on an online store presence, it was cheap enough for me to take chance on buying it.

It didn’t make it to me in time for New Year’s Eve, but I’m thinking it might be Just The Ticket for a V-Day dinner in a couple of weeks. (Yes, I just dropped that in there. No, that’s all I’m saying for the moment ;-) )

The colour is a perfect dusty rose; sparkly but not too OTT despite the fact that the sequins are full-shiny rather than matte like my Monsoon dress. Both skirt and waistband are fully lined, so I’m not wearing any of the scratchy sequins against my skin.

I tried to downplay the bling by teaming the skirt with a creamy silk top and neutral pumps. My only jewellery is a pair of pretty studs from Totally Jewel (a steal at just $12)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEarrings: Totally Jewel

I get the feeling a sequinned skirt is a bit similar to a tutu – you can play it up or down, according to the occasion. I’ve seen them paired successfully with t-shirts, cashmere cardigans, button down shirts, even plaid. I’m thinking I might try my signature stripes next time.

Anyhoo – speaking of Valentine’s Day, if you’re looking for a pretty outfit to wear you might like to check out the latest offerings at Igigi. They’re doing lots of new separates and a couple of really stellar dresses including a red lace version of my Adelle dress, the Francesca in either a gorgeous blowsy rose print, or a bold abstract print that reminds me of feathers. They’re running a great competition – starting today! – to win one of five $150 gift cards. All you have to do is sign up to their email list here.