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!

Deco drapes

Top: Sportsgirl

Cardigan: Temt

Skirt: DIY

Tights: mesop

Shoes: Wittner

I wanted to call this post “Shades of Grey” but thought better of it before I went to publish.

This ensemble’s one that I reach for when I want to be warm and comfortable, and I’m expecting to do a lot of snuggling.

Today I teamed it with a few deco-inspired pieces of frou-frou; a pair of printed cotton tights from mesop, and my mother of pearl bib necklace from Diva

I also gave myself an (extremely amateur) manicure using something I saw on pinterest as an inspiration: Matte neutral nails with glitter tips.

I used Rimmel Matte Finish Topcoat which worked a charm.