Monday, March 1, 2010

Shape Shifter

Shape Shifter

Shape Shifter

Works Cited
gray tee: banana republic
navy skirt: anthro
belt: forever 21
tights: hue
maryjanes: dankso
scarf: gift from mom

While I love this skirt, I think it's just a little bit too big. It sits naturally more at my hips (see first wear here), when I want it to sit at my natural waist. So today I hiked it up and secured it with a belt, in the hopes that it will stay at my waist for the day. If I had any kind of sewing skill, I might, like Jentine, casually mention that I will sew some extra pleats in (I hardly know what pleats are, no less how to sew them), so instead I will try to wrestle the skirt into compliance with belts.

Shape Shifter

The good news is that my mom is coming to visit this weekend (yay!!) and she is a master with a sewing machine, so this skirt might not need much wrestling in the future.

36 comments:

Charmalade said...

Since I have no idea how to use a sewing machine properly, I frequently use belts to will skirts to my bidding! I'm really loving those cute Mary Janes, too.

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Lisa said...

Your outfit looks simple fab! I think the scarf sets it all off.

alltumbledown said...

I am also a fan of belting to change the shape of a skirt... it looks cute, even if it feels slightly odd (as it does when i do it.)

Catherine said...

I love this outfit. I had similar trouble with a similar skirt - I really liked it when I found it at the thrift store, but then I felt it sat too low and was too full when I got home. After letting it sit in my closet for a couple months, I was inspired by a Sartorialist photo, and I cut the lining out to make it less full and belted it to make it sit higher.

I love your Danskos as well! I have had the clogs for years, but the Mary Janes look so much cuter.

Catherine
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Law Girl said...

I think you look great! I especially love the scarf.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Adorable outfit. You look so classy and pretty! That scarf was the perfect touch. :)

Julia said...

I think the belt worked with the skirt. I would have never guessed it was too big and sat naturally lower than here.

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Sal said...

Belting it is the perfect solution. I love this silhouette on you!

Shop T.O. Live said...

I find it difficult to negotiate a skirt into staying where it does not want to stay. It looks great in the pics, but throughout the day and in motion...
I definitely think a bit of 'sewing magic' would help keep it put.

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Elaine said...

I LOVE the skirt at your natural waist!! It gives it so much more bounce to it! And that's aweswome that your mom is visiting!!!! I hope you'll still blog a little :)

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Kelly said...

FWIW I like it both ways. But at your natural waist is very interesting, the belt creates a sort of paper bag waist.

daisychain said...

I really like that skirt with the belt.

myedit said...

Haha, yeah your mom can fix it! Honestly, my skirt has so much volume that if I put little pleats in (even if they were sewn terribly) no one would notice. The belt trick works wonders too and you look great so it's all good!

Heather J said...

love this outfit. especially the skirt because it has pockets! have fun with your mom! gotta love mom's who can sew.

eek said...

I love the silhouette of this look - you look fabulous!

Jenny said...

I love the last pic. You look so adorable! Great smile!

Chelsea said...

I love the hike-and-belt technique! And the billowy shape with the cleanlined top is great :)

But... if you still feel it's too big... I know a certain style blogger that it might fit perfectly and who just might be willing to take it off of your hands... ;)

Hannah said...

I have a skirt very similar, though the top band is elastic so it will sit wherever. I love it to death but I need to get it hemmed- the length is so awkward that if I put it at my natural waist it's too short, even with leggings, but if I put it at my hips it looks too long for leggings, and makes my legs look awkward without them. I've tried many options but I can never seem to find a style I feel like I can really pull off!

e. said...

Hooray for moms! :) My mom's coming to visit soon too and I think I might make a trip to Jo-Ann in anticipation (I am too afraid to make anything vaguely complicated without her).

Great outfit--it looks great on you *and* I can totally copy it for the future. :)

A Clumsy Way of Life said...

It's a really cute skirt! I'm sorry you're having to wrestle with it to make it work the way you want it to, hopefully it'll come around!

perfectionishuman said...

I hate it when you're in love with an item of clothing and instead of loving you back and making you look amazing, it gives you grief like this instead!

Gabrielle said...

love the skirt

The Closet of Kim (ShopKim) said...

It's a great skirt so I hope you're able to beat it into submission!

Marta Castellanos said...

You have the skill of becoming a basic´s outfit into a cool and cute look! I like how the skit looks on you, but still I think that adding it some pleads it´s a good idea too!!xoxo

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Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

Love the pop of red from the scarf!

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spoozyliciouzz said...

Once again a lovely outfit...it´s all about the scarf, in my opinion :)

Enjoy your mom´s stay!

Kathryn said...

The skirt is adorable. I definitely have a few skirts that need to be tackled into submission. I've found that a few strategically placed safety pins that are then covered by the belt can make a world of difference.

I personally think that the scarf makes this outfit.

An Engineer's Closet said...

You know, the way you've worn the scarf loosely around your neck really balances out the bulk of the skirt very nicely. Well done!

Clare said...

I have a couple of skirts that I do that with, and I do love how it changes how full the skirt is! I love the scarf, too!

Sidewalk Chalk said...

I like your new skirt -- good luck with the pleating project, it sounds like a neat idea.

Your scarf adds a great pop of color and I love how you tied it!

- JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

Natalya's Closet said...

I love this outfit, esp the scarf! XOXO

Emily Kennedy said...

I quite like skirt at that height on your waist. It would be great if your Mom could hook you up with some alterations. You could also maybe just take it in at the waist, but I guess that's overly obvious. I love this paired with the scarf!

Kim said...

What a fab look! Great skirt.

Kjrsten said...

you're so adorable! I want to pack you up and take you home in my pocket!

~Kjrsten
haveacuteday.blogspot.com

Evening Shawls said...

The burnt red scarf really makes the look. It goes really well with the gray.

Natasha Fatah said...

Grey outfit! Just found your blog through Pinterest and repinned this pic!

xoxo
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