Bought this 1970s maxi skirt at a vintage show last summer. The pretty springlike floral print really caught my eye. I had every intention of adding it to my website inventory because pink, blue and yellow is not a color combination that I ever thought would look good on me. I’m usually a black/neutrals/jewel tones kinda gal. But every time I passed it in my stockroom I swear it was daring me to wear it.
And then I read this enlightening post by the super stylish Suzanne Carillo, one of my fav vintage loving bloggers! In her post about challenging herself to try a new look, she opted to wear a lovely pink, blue and yellow floral print dress. A dress that she NEVER thought she would wear. I took this as a sign I had to get over my preconceived
not wearable color notions and give the skirt a chance.
And since I was already heading into uncharted fashion territory, I decided I might as well introduce a white shirt into the mix, since I never think I should wear these because of my pale complexion. But, I learned from the lovely fair skinned Jess at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, that in order to wear a white top, she always makes sure to add color around her face. So I popped on a chunky blue beaded triple strand vintage necklace and slapped on some of my new/old “Paint the Town Pink” Revlon Futurama lipstick.
This is why I enjoy reading outfit posts on other blogs. It inspires me to try new styling ideas, and it sure is a heck of lot more fun than reading the latest news!
I love the wide matching belt that accompanies the skirt. It’s not often you find a vintage skirt or dress with its original belt.
And the decorative buttons and back pleat add interesting details on the shirt. Got it here.
The olive green thrifted bag picked up the background color of the skirt.
The gold leather and cork wedge sandals are Crown Vintage from DSW.
I love so many of the cute vintage-y styles by this brand. It is rumored to be a line designed by Jeffrey Campbell. Highly recommend.
Then I totally threw caution to the wind and threw on a yellow top and tied a pastel blue chiffon scarf in my hair. Oh yeah, I was getting really crazy now!
Paired the outfit with some denim wedge sandals that I’ve had for ages and some cute 50s pink and blue pastel clip on earrings.
I really stepped out of my fashion comfort zone this time and actually ended up liking this pastel-ish floral skirt on me. I must admit I was surprised. So lesson learned. Keep an open mind when it comes to what you think you should or shouldn’t wear. After all, it’s only clothes and if you end up not liking an outfit you put together, then no harm done. Move on to something else!
And because my new rule to myself is I can’t add anything to my wardrobe without taking out two, it’s back to the closet to see what I can part with, since the skirt is now a keeper.