Thursday, July 14, 2011

Short Skirts

 camisole — Express (borrowed)
top — Poof! (borrowed)
skirt — Bongo (thrifted)
scarf — borrowed

My wardrobe choices lately have been abysmal. On most days, my go-to outfit has been a pair of boxer gym shorts and a muscle T tank top. What can I say? It's a conspiracy -- the heat on the East Coast coupled with my employment status has given me zero motivation to dress in anything but something cool, easy, and comfortable.

But after a couple of weeks days of dressing in boxers and a tank, I have to say that I miss getting dressed up in something fun, or in something pretty, or in something just plain crazy. So when I heard of the Summer Trends Fashion Challenge that Megan of Megan Mae Daily and Keely of Casual Chic Kiki came up with, I figured what better way to give me some incentive to put some real clothes on. And what's really good, is that I don't have to worry about being pulled into my boss's office and told that my outfit is inappropriate for work, so I can really stretch myself right now. (I knew there would be a silver lining to being unemployed.)

Monday's challenge was to wear stripes and florals.


I'm surprised at how much I liked the way this looked. I love the colors, and I just really like the effect. I think that I was cheating a little bit, because I still can't really figure out how to wear a scarf. How do you possibly wear a scarf in the summertime? But I still like the way the patterns and the colors played off of each other.

I'm a bit nervous about wearing a skirt that's so short. You know what the fashion gurus say about old ladies (me) and mini skirts -- they go together like oil and water, or in other words, they don't! But I kind of like this length on me (actually, I think mini skirts are shorter -- yeah, that's it). In fact, it's one of my favorite lengths. I'm not saying that I would ever wear this particular skirt with a pair of stiletto heels, but definitely with a pair of flip flops, my trusty Crocs, or even my Birks.


But today, since I wasn't going anywhere, I just opted for bare feet.


7 comments:

  1. I like the color palette (and I don't usually care for blue). I don't see anything wrong with your skirt length either.

    As to how to wear a scarf in the summer? I'd wear it over a strappy top or halter dress as a sort of mini shawl. Having it tied around my neck would drive me crazy in the heat.

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  2. If I can bend over to pick up something without worrying about my underwear showing, it's not a miniskirt, says I. The skirt you have on is the length I love to wear, too--it looks great with bare legs in summer and tights in cooler seasons. I paid attention during Academichic's Dress Your Best event a little while ago and consciously chose my legs as one of the things I really like about my body. Truthfully, I was a little surprised at how great it felt to let them be seen, rather than hide them simply because I'm forty-nine.

    And then another woman my age made a (well-intentioned) comment about my "cheerleader skirt," and for a moment I felt . . . well, taken aback, for sure. Maybe ashamed? I had to take a deep breath or two, but the next day I wore another skirt of the same length, on purpose.

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  3. You've still got great runner's legs, so you can totally pull that skirt off. I think the length is perfect. And I LOVE how you did stripes and florals - never would have expected this but it's great.

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  4. I was quite surprised at how much I liked the stripes and florals after doing it for the challenge. I love your striped top! And I am a sucker for scarves, so good job!

    As long as your butt doesn't show when you bend over, you're good on the skirt length!

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  5. Great casual way of doing floral and stripes! I agree with Style Journey, if you don't show booty, you're a-okay.

    I love scarves but never know how to wear them, even in winter. I can't stand things tied around my neck, so I opt for cowl necks more. Still there are some mighty lovely scarves out there.

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  6. I Like this look on you a lot. The blue floral with the blue stripe at least looks fresh and cool even though the weather may not be. And, I say YES to this skirt length. You've got good legs--flaunt 'em.

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  7. @RedHeadedQuilter -- Thanks! I was surprised at how much I liked the color palette too.
    @Sue -- I'm 53, so I get really, really paranoid about wearing something that is too young for me. But you're right -- I was able to bend over in that one.
    @Gracey -- not so sure about still having those runner's legs. I mean, what about my fat knees?
    @Style Journey -- I was surprised too at how much fun I had with this. In fact, I kept rummaging around in my daughter's clothes trying to find something more to wear with the stripes and florals.
    @Megan Mae -- I'm having a lot of fun with this challenge! And I am right with you on not being able to figure out how to wear a scarf -- mostly because I can't stand them around my neck!
    @Terri -- Thanks! The only thing that made me a little nervous, well the second thing that made me nervous was that my top looked like it was unzipping to expose my boobs ...

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