Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Inspired

Inspired

Works Cited
yellow skirt: i made it!
striped top: ll bean
tan belt: j crew
wedges: fitzwell (via 6pm's last chance sale)

Thanks for all your excellent suggestions on yesterday's not-quite-right outfit! How right you were--it needed some colorful shoes, I think. Today's ensemble was inspired by three things: this picture on the Sartorialist, this Kate Spade ad, and this J. Crew skirt which I knew I could replicate on my own.

Inspired

So this weekend I whipped up a couple skirts--I'm excited to show them to you as the mercury rises. I love this mustard yellow one! I used linen, which pressed beautifully, was easy to sew, and looks professional now that it's finished.

Inspired

And yes, I'm actually wearing heels today! Christopher helped me find these for $20 on 6pm's last chance clearance sale, because he thought they looked enough like these that I coveted earlier. Ordinarily, I'm mostly a flat-shoes-only kind of girl, not least because I have trouble walking in anything tall, but today, I felt so tall and glamorous in wedges! Plus, I could (more or less) walk in them. My roommate is super glamorous and wears heels all the time, but I wonder how many women wear heels regularly. Do you, or do you mostly stick to flats?

47 comments:

Melanie said...

Very, very pretty. Love stripes! Such a wonderful take on the J.Crew skirt! I still can't figure out how you did it. I try to wear heels Tuesday through Thursday, but sometimes that doesn't happen...

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Elaine said...

I love it! I may have to copy you and make a yellow skirt. How did you do the waist band???

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Lauren said...

I wear heels every day to work, unless the outfit looks better with flats. Sometimes I also wear heels to my graduate classes, but that kind of depends on the weather.

Rebecca said...

I like the skirt. It's a great color and looks professionally made.

I'm working on my first skirt right now, and I am excited to sew more.

Emily Kennedy said...

I wear heels/wedges pretty much every day. However, I walk to work in flats with my nice shoes in my bag, and then I change when I get into work. Heels really make me feel like my legs are proportionate with my long waist, so there's not usually a day that goes by that I am without them. But I'm a walker too, so comfort is truly key. I'm majorly dependent on Borns and Naturalizers, sprinkled with a few Payless finds for good measure.

I love you in these new adorable shoes and this fabulous mustard skirt. Everyone should have a mustard skirt! It's stellar!

What About Lunch said...

I have to tell you, since finding your blog I've realized I have a tragic shortage of belts.
What a lovely boyfriend :)
You wear the prettiest color lipstick... what is it?

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

I adore that skirt! The color is wonderful, and you did a really great job sewing it. You're inspiring me!

I try to wear both heels and flats, to see what feels right on a given day. Sometimes I just love wearing heels and can't get enough of wearing them. Other times, my flats get heavy rotation. But I love that you've worn your heels and felt glamorous in them! They look fantastic!

Lauren said...

LOVEEEEE that skirt & outfit combination! did you make it from the pattern on freshly picked?

Dorky Medievalist said...

I usually wear heels to teach in though I carry them to campus. I do have minor trouble negotiating the long walk from my office to my classrooms but it gives me a kind of professional posture and a clip to my walk that I like.

I love the stripes and this skirt together. And the shoes look lovely, lovely enough for a close-up Ms DeMille. And nicely done with the skirt. How great to be able to "whip up" a new outfit on the weekend. Talented!

futurelint said...

I love the skirt - it turned out so professional looking! Great combo with the stripes too. I'm a heels girl all the way, in college and when I worked with special needs kids I wore flats for YEARS so now I'm all about the extra height!

spoozyliciouzz said...

I like the colourwork :)

princesspolitico said...

this classic and preppy look is completely flattering... i'm loving your color scheme, especially when contrasted with awesome nautical stripes. fabulous new skirt! in regards to wearing heels, since my new job in the fall requires wearing heels almost everyday i've been attempting to wear them a bit more... it's difficult at first, but since getting the hang of it i love wearing them daily :)

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Kelly said...

Love your wedges!

I *wish* I wore heels more often. I normally wear flats, for the simple reason that I'm already much more dressed up than most people in my office, so I think heels would send me into way-overdressed territory instead of just sorta-overdressed. And then I just got into the habit of wearing flats and I wear them all weekend long too. I'm trying to make a more conscious effort to pull the heels out on the weekends, when I actually can (without feeling weird)!

Kristina said...

I'd always been of the mindset that flats=casual and heels=dressy, plus I've married into a family of devout heels-wearers and convertable-drivers. But lately, what with your blog and also The Clothes Horse, I've been coveting a cute pair of flats. Someday soon, indeed.

Breanne said...

I'd love to see a shot of your shoes from the side!

And I'm so impressed by your skirt making! I have little to zero ability in that area, so I'm in awe of those of you who do. Maybe I'll learn someday!

FashionTheorist said...

I'm a bit strange in that with very few exceptions (usually involving home improvement, weightlifting, or lengthy periods of time spend in wilderness areas) I *prefer* heels, as long as they're well-made, comfortable heels. I've found a few manufacturers that work for me and I stick with them - and by "work for me," I mean "I can run the length of a city block, stand for 4+ hours, or navigate a gravel driveway in these shoes without a problem."

The skirt's adorable. I love the color, and linen's one of my favorite fabrics. It holds up better in heat and humidity than anything else (did you know it's one of the few fibers that has a higher tensile strength while wet?) and will just get softer and comfier the more you wash it. Yes, wash it! Toss it in the washing machine and the dryer both - linen's really resilient!

Sal said...

Well, ya know I'm a heels gal. I feel bizarre having to mix flats into my weekly wear now! And doll, those wedges are just fab on you. Utterly perfect with the stripy top.

enSTYLEpedia said...

I LOVE these shoes with this outfit (i love them anyway too). I almost always wear flats or flat sandals but I love to wear heels on a Sunday.

LPT said...

I almost exclusively stick to flat shoes (boots, ballet flats, sandals) due to Boston's rough streets and cobblestones. However, I've found that wedges work pretty well and am wearing a pair today myself! I'm a whole three inches taller (meaning, now I'm 5'5")!

LOVE your skirt!

Rad_in_Broolyn said...

Ooh, great skirt. I say with complete seriousness that you look better than the JCrew model! I am considering delving into linen myself, although I am scared to cut it.
I was a flats girl until maybe the past year or two. I found that my female students really like heels and show open respect for me when I wear them. What's up with that? I don't really need the height, but it makes me even taller, and it's great for authority in the classroom. Like Dorky Medievalist, I sometimes switch out for flats when not in class. I have a pair of black flats and heels in my office (and a blazer).

caffeinerd said...

This looks wonderful! I need to BEG my sister/mom to make me a few of these skirts (or be a big girl and learn how to myself).

It's no secret that I mostly stick to flats :) Trying to break out heels every now and then. But no...even if I were short...can't see myself wearin' 'em on a daily basis.

Clare said...

This is such a great simple outfit. You know I'm a sucker for mustard and stripes (AND wedges!) so this totally fits the bill. Gorgeous, and I'm so impressed by your sewing prowess!!

Lisa said...

That skirt looks amazing! Good job, and I love the color. I wish I could sew well enough to make something look that good.

I mostly wear flats or wedges because I stand/walk around at work. However, I don't truly feel dressed up unless I have at least a bit of a heel on.

Sidewalk Chalk said...

I really love the stripes/bright color combo. You look lovely!
I usually wear flats/low wedges, but I'm trying to break out of that and wear taller heels! My feet are usually uncomfortable in tall heels, so I often stick to Aerosoles because they're so dang comfortable. :)

anotherfishinthesea said...

I love your new shoes, I am definitely a flats girl for the most part (being 5'10 and awkward helps in that decision) but I do have quite a few lowish heels I wear on weekends.

e. said...

I *love* this! Nice DIY! I plan on wearing my striped top with my yellow skirt, but I really like this shade of yellow that you picked – it's just a little more complex than basic primary yellow. I think I'm going to sew this summer as a project. I'm looking forward to it!

A-C said...

1. Awesome skirt! really beautiful.

2. LOVE your wedges! I'm a big fan of heels. I'll even wear them to school! I have several really great and comfortable pairs of 3 inch heels that I love. I do, however, want to get myself a pair of wedges, maybe some espadrille wedges. Christopher wins for great shoe taste!

Kendi Lea said...

oh my gosh! this is fantastic! I really wish I was better at sewing, I might just have to try this one out.

Great color choice too, especially with your striped shirt. Just adorable.

Larysse Tavares said...

I stick to flats and sneakers all the time because:

1 - I love feeling comfortable
2 - I wouldn't be able to teach my kids wearing heels
3 - how can a girl leave home at 6 am and get back at 11 pm and still feel her feet in heels?

That's why!

I loved your outfit inspiration and what you did to look like it :)
And I love boys giving us tips about what to wear or to buy :P they're sweet!

xoxox, Larysse

P.S.: could you do one of these skirts for me? hahaha, a green one please!

lumikha said...

OOOOOO! cute...and another DIY skirt! i am so going sewing machine hunting this garage sale season. i wanna learn how to sew too. also, i don't usually wear heels...i think they're kind of loud when i'm walking. i like being more like a ninja.

www.majormusthaves.com said...

I would like to place an order for that yellow skirt. You are so talented. I think it's amazing especially the color!!!

bonjouritsjinah said...

Ohh! That is THE perfect striped top. I will have to investigate this awesomeness. And this is a winning combination in my book. Yellow + navy + stripes? My favorite.

Sydney said...

I love this outfit, and I'm so jealous that you made that skirt! I envy sewers! I love wearing heels, and would wear them more often if I could, but most of the time I do too much walking for them to be reasonable.

Lisa said...

I love your look today - classic and chic/girly but grown-up.

The Damsel In Dis Dress said...

Love your blog! I'm a follower now.

Sarah said...

This is so cute! The skirt is darling :) I looked through older posts of yours and I love your style! I think I shall follow :)

spiffy said...

I'm a flats girl. Someday when I grow up I would love to wear heels and walk in them without stomping. I am tempted to dust off my sewing machine and attempt a skirt, you have inspired me :)

Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes said...

I love this yellow skirt, and it looks lovely with the stripey top.

Lori said...

I love the yellow. I also love wearing heels, but after having the kids, it's just impractical most of the times. Running after a 4 and a 2 year old in 4 inch heels just isn't how I envision fun. For now I stick to flats and 1-2 inch wedges. Someday heels will be part of my daily life again....

nadarine said...

I'm a devout heels-wearer. There are a few 4 1/2" pairs on my shelves that are ridiculously comfortable- I've worn them to walk miles and miles, and it's been completely fine. Oddly enough, my low heels (anything under 3") are the uncomfortable ones- they cause my arches to cramp up and the balls of my feet to ache after just an hour or so. Bizarre!

I'm not in Daphne Guinness territory with heels yet, though: I have the same Steve Madden patent flats that you've worn recently, and they are the Perfect Summer Flats. I've bought them in bulk, actually.

daisychain said...

I LOVE this outfit

Kyla said...

LOVE the mustard skirt! Especially with the nude shoes - your legs look like they go on forever!

jesse.anne.o said...

I love this version better than any of the ones you referenced!

I used to try to wear heels more often but lately I'm sick of not being able to walk around discomfort-free and have been sticking to flats or wedges, which are sort of still heels. I like 1-2" heels but am kind of sick of anything higher than that. I mean, it's Brooklyn/NYC...I walk everywhere.

Tanvi said...

This looks so good. Mustard and black stripes. I like!

chai am woman said...

oh man, i love that skirt. i need to sew more. (but that would involve dusting the cobwebs off of the machine... hmm)

Scholar Style Guide said...

Hi! Just came across your blog when my blogreader recommended it to me. Love the stripes! And I'm glad you were able to find some heels you like on clearance!

We're grad students interested in style, too-- check out our blog if you get a chance!

-Liz

An Engineer's Closet said...

I love the stripes with the yellow skirt!!

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