Monday. Work. Then run 3 miles at the gym. Then destroy all the work at the gym with Fruity Pebbles for dinner. Blah. Monday.
Banana Republic black tee
Forever 21 full skirt
Faux Van Cleef and Arpels necklace and earrings
Narcisco Rodriguez sandals
Built the outfit around the full skirt today. Polka dots. Again ;)
These are subtle though. You have to look closely to see them. At a glance, it just looks like a print, no? Love!
However, I hesitated when buying the skirt a few years ago. Don't own too many skirts quite this full. Too often I find full skirts + full hips = full ON problem.
But I loved the look of the whole thing. The black and white flower trim at the bottom felt very Chanel. The detail at the waist with the big three purty buttons was delish. The light material felt airy, perfect for California, perfect for twirling. Ultimately, the beauty of the skirt outweighed the risk of looking porky pig in the skirt.
It remains the fullest skirt I own so I always feel a bit off when I wear it. Jump back whenever I see my reflection in it. My eye just isn't trained to this silhouette.
It always conjures thoughts of Charlotte on Sex and the City. It's a look Patricia Field did quite a bit on Kristin Davis. Probably to highlight the actress' tiny waist and the character's rather traditional take on love.
The key to wearing a fuller skirt is to keep the top of the outfit pretty sleek. Think 1950s housewife. It's vital to show off your bust since you're hiding your hips. And the waist is critical. Luckily the high waist of this skirt creates the illusion of one on me. Phew!
Notice the length of the skirt is key too. Anywhere between under the knee and mid calf is ideal that way you show off the thinner part of the leg.
And a heel is ideal. Size 2s can get away with a flat but everyone else needs to elongate. Balance the fullness with height.
Think today's look is very similar to my last polka dot look. Same color palette. Same shoes. Same retro feel.
The big difference is that the Dolce & Gabanna skirt probably retailed for anywhere between $600-$900. I got it as a hand me down from a friend of my mom's.
And the Forever 21 skirt? Just $25. Who is the shizzle ;)
p.s. Similar pretty full skirts on Couture Carrie. She has the most amazing eye candy site ever. Period. The end :)