Top: Big W (similar here)
Skirt: City Chic
I. Am. Loving. that City Chic is doing such great separates at the moment and this floral skirt is a corker. The big overblown rose print looks like an impressionist oil painting, and it’s full of colours that work with ALL THE CARDIGANS in my wardrobe.
I often find floral prints a bit tricky to wear. They’re usually too small and dainty, and the curves of my figure dwarf them. I prefer a big, bold print like this one.
The other trouble I have with florals is that I look like I…. I’m not sure how to explain it… I take them too seriously? You know how some girls can wear floral prints and lace collars and pink cardigans and still look cool and edgy? I’m definitely not one of those girls.
I teamed the skirt with a striped tee – florals and stripes are a great place to start with pattern-mixing – and of course, a cardigan because it’s still freaking cold in Melbourne. To be honest it probably looks better with a more streamlined approach up top: The cardigan provides more volume where it isn’t really needed, but I don’t seem to have any long-sleeved t-shirts in my wardrobe any more, and buttoning the cardigan made me look a little too Pleasantville for my taste.
In summer I’m looking forward to wearing it with plain-t-shirts without having to layer up for warmth, but skirt’s available right now at City Chic, and it’s been so long since I bought and blogged something that was still available in-store that I didn’t want you to miss out if you liked the look of it too!
The skirt’s made from a soft, lightly textured polyester, with a matte finish that makes it fine for day-wear. It’s fully lined with deep pockets at the sides and inverted pleats around the waistband. It’s great quality for the price, and would work just as well for a more formal occasion (like a wedding) as it does for day-to-day wear.
Oh my gosh I LOVE this look! You look so effortlessly stylish & lovely. The colors, the patterns, it’s all perfect!! This is amazing.
And might I suggest Boden for long sleeves t’s? I finally got one of their short sleeved Breton striped t’s & it is so fantastic. I’m already planning on ordering another short sleeve & 1-2 long sleeve for cooler months. Totally great t’s in my opinion!
Oh, don’t TEMPT me, Molly! I’ve had my eye on about three hundred things from Boden, and I’m just barely restraining myself! It’s good to know the Breton t’s are as good as they look though, I was debating between them, and the ones at Joules.
I love how you mix patterns here! I love a skirt with pockets, too. And I completely relate to what you say about lace and florals … for me it’s overtly preppy clothes like plaid peter pan collars and loafers–I look a bit too much like an actual 1940s librarian, rather than current and trendy, even though I love those kinds of items.
Isn’t it terribly when you just LOVE a trend, but it just doesn’t work on you? I totally understand!
This looks great. I love how the stripey t-shirt looks with the skirt, I’d have never thought to put them together (and that’s why you are the blogger and not me!) I also love that you have Woolovers cardies as their factory is just down the road from me!
Thanks Vita! I’m loving my Woolovers cardigans; I’ve got a few – I’m living in them this winter!
Love the mix of stripes and flowers – as has been said before, very chic!
Thank you! They always go so well 🙂
A WEDDING?! WHOSE?!
I don’t know! Most of my friends got married a few years ago – I’m still waiting for the second wave of invites