Anthropologie Hamatreya skirt
Shirt & shoes, Old Navy; skirt, Anthropologie (via eBay);

Here’s a confession: I’m kinda struggling to accessorize this skirt. I adore its whimsical print, but I’m finding it difficult to incorporate it into an outfit that feels right to me. Things end up looking either too matchy-matchy, or too pattern-soupy. I think this chambray shirt provides a good balance … but a chambray shirt goes with pretty much everything. So. Not exactly groundbreaking, this combo.

On the other hand, the tights + clogs thing feels … edgy. I’m the kind of person who is supremely uncomfortable with fashion-forward style statements such as socks + pumps (or, shudder, socks + high heeled sandals) and this (to me) falls in that same category. Did I pull it off? Eh, no passersby stopped, stared and/or pointed, so … I guess?

Anthropologie Hamatreya skirt
tights + clogs = winning combination?
Anthropologie Hamatreya skirt
who needs a wind machine when you’ve got Mother Nature

On the third hand, a Good Hair Day can provide a decent amount of distraction. I’m proud to report that I have finally mastered the beachy waves look – sans perm – thanks to my new oval-barrelled curling iron. It’s super easy, you guys! Just like all those YouTube videos tell you! You just need the right tool (and you can find one, as I did, for under $40 at Winners – score!).

Anthropologie Hamatreya skirt

20 Comments on Birds & Flowers

  1. That is a really cute outfit!
    The first thing I thought of (and which is probably as easy as can be) was a solid white or black shirt, maybe with a bright pink pair of shoes, instead of trying to incorporate one of the patterns other colours. (Have I mentioned, that I am a huge fan of simple styles? :))

    • Aww, thanks πŸ™‚ I’m really not that good at styling hair, so for me to do a tutorial would be the height of irony. I just do what every Youtube tutorial tells you to do: wrap your hair, in sections (smaller if you want more ringlet-type curls, wider if you want looser waves), around the barrel of the iron, hold and wait 5-10 sections, release – lather, rinse, repeat. I used to do them with a straightening iron before, and that was infinitely more difficult (different technique, never able to master it properly); using a curling iron (mine has an oval barrel, but I’m not sure that makes a huge difference) is a cinch.

      • Do you hold the barrel horizontally, or vertically? I’ve given up on trying to make my permed hair curly.

        • Oh no! My perm has revived a bit, but I just don’t like the casual vibe of it so much anymore (for the office, where I spend most of my time nowadays), so I either straighten it or re-curl it. I try to hold the barrel vertically, but sometimes that’s difficult (especially in the back). I don’t know if it makes much of a difference, to be honest.

  2. The shirt/skirt looks great – I would have been challenged to even pull that off honestly. I’m not sure there is much more to do with such a bold skirt. I wondered about your legs – I thought suntan pantyhose at first – just the light on them! I can’t do the tights/stockings with sandals/open toes – it feels like such a fashion failure to me. But I’m 45 and grew up in Florida – if you had worn socks with sandals (like all kids do today)you would have been laughed at by everyone. Can’t get past that fear! And your hair is great!

    • I know, these are a weird colour for me. I wanted a mid-brown shade, but this looks a bit like a bad suntan. Needless to say, I don’t wear them very often. On this occasion, I really wanted to wear my clogs, but it was too cold to go bare-legged so … weirdly coloured tights to the rescue?

  3. I like the chambray shirt with it. And white would be a safe neutral as well. But if you wanted to add more colors, I think a deep burgundy would look good, either as a shirt or as tights. It would go well with the yellow and blue elements in the skirt.

    Could you tell me what brand/shade the tights are? I realize they look brown on you but I think they would be the perfect nude-for-me.

    • I believe these are Merona brand tights. I will check when I get home, but I’m 95% sure. They’re nicely opaque, I like that.

  4. I’m really matchy-matchy, but I probably would have tried to pull out the cornflower (?) blue and bright pink from the skirt. Or maybe royal blue? Pattern mixing is far too Advanced Dressing for me; I’m still stuck in the entry-level stuff.

    Also, I’m going to guess you didn’t go to a school that required uniforms. I’m pretty sure that 12+ years of year-round skirts has left me with an inability to feel cold below my waist.

    • Haha! Actually, I did go to an all-girls, Catholic junior high where we had to wear a uniform. Except that it was in London, and the winters there are comparatively mild. Or maybe I’ve just become a bigger wuss with age πŸ˜‰

  5. Love the outfit, definitely a win! I’m not so into the matchy-matchy tights and clogs combo. Black would have looked nice and given some contrast. Or maybe brown or cognac boots could have helped pull things together and kept you warmer! πŸ™‚

    • Haha! I knew the tights+clogs combo would be controversial, but I wanted to try something different. And now I can say that I did … and never do it again πŸ˜‰

  6. oh, but I love this look! the chambray strikes the perfect balance, as you said, but to get more wear out of it, what about a slouchy striped top? or perhaps a marled/heather gray top – maybe slouchy?