Top & skirt, J. Crew (via consignment); blazer, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Jimmy Choo (via eBay); bag, YSL (via eBay)
Top & skirt, J. Crew (via consignment); blazer, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Jimmy Choo (via eBay); bag, YSL (via eBay)

I broke one of my shopping rules for this outfit, but it was totally worth it. The rule is to never buy a piece that I can’t easily mix and match to create at least 3-4 outfits with pieces already in my closet. Off the top of my head, I can think of maybe 2 outfits I can make with this skirt. Maybe. But, really, only this one counts. I love this beanstalk print top, and when I saw the matching skirt at the consignment store – new with tags for $15 – I couldn’t resist completing the set. Insta-dress, for the win!

action shot!
action shot!

In unsolicited updates news, I’m still loving my YSL Muse II. It’s probably the most versatile bag in my collection, colour and shape-wise. The functionality is still not ideal, but I’m used to it by now. I’m forever worried about damaging the soft nubuck leather, but apart from that – true love, I tell ya.

the faux dress
the faux dress

P.S. Happy (early) Canada Day, peeps!

12 Comments on Green with Ivy

  1. These two pieces can really be looked at as one. It’s a dress! And a stunning one, at that. You simply have the bonus of being able to take it apart and wear the top with jeans for a more relaxed feel. Or a white tee tucked into the skirt with brown wedges? More versatile than most dresses πŸ˜‰ But, as you said, this is the only one that counts. It’s just too beautiful!

    • Thanks! I love the top and wear it a lot – not so sure about the skirt, but I love them together so … that’s what counts πŸ˜‰

  2. That’s not a dress?? You had me fooled! I love this outfit! Love love love!

    Roxi –

  3. I’m sure if you were pressed you could come up with a handful of other outfits to wear that skirt with πŸ™‚ Maybe pair it with that grey striped tank you wore with that floral anthro skirt a little while back?

  4. I didn’t even realized this was top and skirt, they blend so seamlessly! I did sorta remmember that you had a top in this print but was like, maybe it was a dress the whole time and she did some crazy tucking too wear it as a top? (I really should have kept reading and not spent so much time thinking about it.).
    The ysl bag is so pretty, it’s been
    fun watching your bag game ! I know a while back you had the Mulberry Alexa and I was wondering
    how you liked it? I’ve been saving
    for a few years now and my 30th is coming up so I’ve been thinking about finally going for it. You’re pretty much the queen of handbags so I just thought I’d ask if you thought it was a decent bag. πŸ™‚

    • I enjoyed the Alexa a lot, but I wasn’t a fan of the leather on mine. Alexas come in different leathers, and mine was the thinner, more crinkle-prone variety. I would totally get the Alexa again, in the thicker leather (sorry, can’t remember the names now). Cassie from The Minuteglass (she’s here in the comments – I think you can click on her name and it should take you to her blog) just got an Alexa for her birthday – she would also be a good person to ask.

      Ultimately, it depends on what functionality/look you’re going for. As far as quality, I have been very happy with my (thicker leather) Mulberry bags.

  5. I love this outfit! Even if the skirt is unlikely to be worn in that many other combinations, I think having both pieces to make a pseudo-dress is very nice.

  6. Great outfit! Don’t worry about the skirt’s versatility, it’s better to have one perfect outfit than several outfits that are only ok.