Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Try-it-out Tuesday: cool and collected

     In contrast with last Tuesday's feature, when I dabbled in summer layering, this time I tried to lighten up a pencil skirt for summer. I really stumbled across this look by chance -- I was trying to think of a new way to wear this skirt, and I found this top lying forlornly in my drawer. While I love the print, color, and dusting of sequins, it hasn't been worn much due to the oddly high side slits and short length. This pencil skirt is really a miracle worker: it makes shirts that are too big, boxy, or  short wearable.

top, India
petite pencil skirt, CK outlet
Carole necklace, Nordstrom Rack clearance
bracelets - Hautelook and very old Macy's

      I added a light-as-air necklace whose bronze discs reminded me of the sequins and some green bracelets.

    I have now officially fallen in love with this shirt ... and am tempted to dig out my sewing machine and whip up a bunch of similar tops. There's no tricky buttonholes or zippers involved, and we have an amazing (and large) stash of cottons that would make beautiful shirts.


     One of these days, I will learn to look natural/normal/smile when taking photos outside the safety and privacy of my home. Until then, I will be cutting my head off when required. Too bad Picmonkey doesn't have a de-weirdifying tool (yes, that is a photographic term). ; )

14 comments:

  1. Yeah, the pencil skirt is great for making weird shirts work well. :) I need to get ready to dig mine out since I'll be heading back in the classroom in less than two weeks. AH!

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  2. Thanks, Ashley. :) Where did the summer GO? Classes start on the 20th, and I have to figure out what fun stuff I need to squeeze in before I'm bogged down with 3 classes and a practicum. :)

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  3. I love finding forgotten pieces in my closet and using them again! I'm pretty amused that you're cropping your head out of photos because of the awkwardness--I try to post awkward photos whenever I can because, honestly, they crack me up.

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  4. Ah, cutting off the head - good idea, I might use that when my de-weirdifying tool isn't working so well :-D

    This is a great look - such a sweet top.

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  5. What a pretty necklace! I love it with that top. So pretty and sparkly.

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  6. Pretty detailing on that top! Happy Wednesday :)

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  7. Pencil skirts are such a great basic - and I agree, they are perfect for matching with more flowy, boxy shirts because they totally balance it out.

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  8. PS, I'm following you on Google Friend Connect :)

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  9. Thank you for dropping by! I kind of wish I hadn't given away the other cotton shirt I picked up in India, but I think it was even shorter than this one. :)

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  10. Sarah - I usually let them slide, but this one was much toooo awkward. :) You're braver than I am. :)

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  11. Thanks, Erin! I got lucky while going through the clearance section at Nordstrom Rack - this was only a few dollars, and I couldn't pass it up. :) And I'm afraid that I'm becoming obsessed with sparkles and sequins ... I've been wearing them a lot lately.

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  12. Thanks, Megan! Just about everything in India has some pretty detail or embellishment ... trucks, people, clothes ... :)

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  13. Thanks for the follow and sweet comment, Sara. :) I agree - a pencil skirt is so versatile because it balances things out. I also like that they can be dressed up or down.

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  14. i love pencil skirts.... and i love finding things from my closet that i haven't worn in a while. good to hear that you love that shirt. i can see why! :) have a great rest of the weekend.


    jasmine
    A❤A

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