The First of Many

Blouse: Dorothy Perkins

Cardigan: Dangerfield

Skirt: Vintage (via eBay)

Shoes: Chie Mihara

This is probably the first of many times that you’ll be seeing this tartan kilt skirt in the months to come.

I’ve had my eyes open for a pleated plaid skirt for some months now, but it wasn’t until my gorgeous friend Liah picked up a corker at the Kongwak MarketsΒ that my vague desire turned into a Must-Have obsession.

I was looking seriously at getting a kilt custom made in my maternal grandmother’s traditional Mackinnon Clan tartan, but including shipping the price was too prohibitive, and I couldn’t quite understand the difference between the different wefts and weaves.

In the end I turned to eBay, and after trawling through pages of vintage tartan skirts for 18″ waists I finally happened across two, TWO, perfectly excellent vintage skirts that would fit me well.

I didn’t actually MEAN to buy both of them: They both had bids on them, and I couldn’t decide between them, so I tossed a coin, put a small bid on one, and a larger bid on the other… and neither of the other bidders placed a second bid so I won both. MEANT TO BE!

I never had to wear a tartan skirt for my school uniform, so I never had the loathing for kilts ground into me (but have you ever seen me in forest green? No.) which means I can channel my frustrated English Private Schoolgirl as much as I like.

That said, after being told by someone that I was wearing their high school uniform, I’ve been trying to whimsyfy my outfits, so you’ll be seeing my plaid skirts teamed with love heart cardigans and polkadot tights rather than knee high socks and school ties.

I couldn’t give up the peter pan collar though!

21 thoughts on “The First of Many

  1. its the first time i have posted – i always check your blog and realise its rather rude of me not to have commented! i love your outfits and always look forward to checking your blog – your outfits are always beautiful x

    1. Hey Maria,
      I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying reading! Don’t feel bad about not commenting (I’m a bit of a silent blog reader myself!) but thankyou for taking the time to say hello!

  2. i’ve been searching for fletcher jones skirts recently. i found one at savers and since then have worn it so many times and its just so beautiful and stylish…. i think you would look amazing in them too, the pleats!!! oh love!

  3. Love the combo of the kilt with the whimsy of the love cardi- much better than schoolgirl chic!!!! Those shoes are gorgeous-I think I forgot these shoes-you have shown them before. I want some chie mihara but wont buy until I can try and nowhere stocks in melbourne πŸ™

      1. Ohh, Ill check but I emailed Chie Mihara and they only had non Melb stores in Oz! Maybe they dont know who stocks it!!!

  4. Gorgeous and very toasty! I just bought a blue kilt with leather trim for half-price in a David Lawrence sale and I love it.

    What’s your feeling on ASOS lately? I’ve gone a bit off their stuff.

    1. Hey Jess – nice one! I haven’t been into DL for ages, I had no idea they had a kilt on range, I must drop in this weekend… for a browse, of course, just a browse πŸ˜‰
      I’m a bit frustrated with the hit-or-miss sizing and quality at Asos, and yeah – I’m not loving their current season. There’s one or two things that have been OK, but nothing SPECTACULAR.I might be tempted by this sequin top if it weren’t so expensive!

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