A Yen For It

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Top: Urbane at Myer

Skirt: GLM Fashion (remixed)

Shoes: Mollini

Necklace: DIY

So officially today’s outfit is both a DIY (the necklace) and a remix (the skirt), but mostly it’s a homage to one of my favourite outfits that I’ve seen on fellow blogger Alison from Wardrobe Oxygen.

I tried something similiarish in 2010, but the resulting outfit looked slightly prissy; cute, but definitely not casual enough for everyday wear.

Alison’s blush skirt and knotted t-shirt nailed it though, and the leopard-skin flats gave the whole outfit a quirky cool. It reignited my desire for ballerina skirts and striped tops, and when I found this striped top on sale at Myer I knew I was half-way there so I went on an eBay odyssey to find the perfect, floaty, skirt with which to team it.

In the end I bought a maxi chiffon skirt from GLM FashionΒ – no idea what possessed me to choose a maxi, and when it arrived i know the bottom half would have to go. I made a pretty slapdash attempt at hemming it shorter, and it honestly looks like a bit of a dog’s breakfast in the pictures, but it floats marvellously in person and you don’t notice the wonky hem when I’m walking.

It’s not bad quality for a cheapie item. It fits comfortably around the waist and isn’t frighteningly transparent. The waist isn’t a black strip of elastic, but a proper ruched waistband with the elastic inside. The blush colour isΒ perfect ( I bought #2 “nude”, btw). I had to squirt the skirt liberally withΒ StatiqueΒ to stop it clinging to my legs but apart from that I can’t complain.


Meanwhile, on to the DIY component of today’s outfit…

If you’ve been to Japan you might find my necklace looks suspiciously familiar. It’s actually made of super-pretty 50-yen coins that I started stockpiling during my trip last year.

I got the idea after seeing this washer-and-ribbon project on Pinterest.

It was a quick and easy DIY after a few false starts (took me a while to get the threading correct so that the floral motif on the coins was always the side up). Surprisingly, it’s not an unbearably heavy necklace either, and I’ll never have to scramble for change in Tokyo again!

39 thoughts on “A Yen For It

  1. Gorgeous (yet again). The number of items you have inspired me to buy over the years of reading your blog is growing! Love the coin necklace – you are so clever.

  2. Beautiful as always…will this be the last shot of the lift? I love that DIY necklace. My brother is going to Japan in a few weeks…I might need him to bring me some of these!

    1. Neeeearly! I think I have my new spot lined up though! LOTS of sun at my new digs, hurrah!
      Don’t forget you can make the necklace out of washers too – they’re not decorated, but the hole’s bigger so you can use a wider ribbon πŸ™‚

  3. Oh I adore this look on you! Those two pieces are what I need in my wardrobe – a striped tee that ties itself, and a less puffy tea-length tutu. Oh, and the necklace is utterly brilliant. Thank you for linking, I adore your blog as well and have for quite a while! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Catherine! I was really delighted that the colour turned out to be a perfect barely-there blush because I bought a similar pink skirt from Asos some time ago after seeing it on another blog, and their “blush pink” was practically fuchsia!

          1. I went to Uniqlo when I was in Tokyo, but I couldn’t find anything to fit πŸ™
            Exciting about H&M though – I hope they bring the plus lines, too!

  4. Oh I love this outfit…..well I love them all…but love this!
    The “wonky hem” looks like it’s supposed to look. Dreamy skirts are magical and floaty and twirly. The hem is perfectly whimsical.
    I don’t know what it is about stripes, but they never date and never fail.
    ps – have you seen the cute tops and dresses at Big W of all places?! Lots of good honest staples there.

  5. Love, love the necklace, oh if only all coins had holes in the middle!
    and the hem on the skirt looks cool a bit wonky. It looks like its supposed to be like that.
    You just can’t beat a stripy top and skirt – always a classic.

    Lovely as always x

  6. i love the skirt, and your necklace is awesome!

    i loooove japanese coins! what a grand idea! πŸ˜€

    i hope you aren’t missing your hubby too much, i am sure you are…. xxx

    1. I’ve been so busy moving, that I’ve only just started to really feel his absence now that everything’s quietening down. And yep, the first few months are going to be haaaaard πŸ™

  7. First comment here… Hello from France !. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now πŸ™‚ ! I think I discovered it when you were telling us about your beautiful wedding, and I had a big crush on the dress :).
    I was wondering if I could ask what size you had chosen for the skirt? II would perfectly understand if you didn’t want to tell, it’s just that I’m thinking about ordering one and I’m not too sure about which size to choose. Thank you anyway πŸ™‚ !

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