Monday, April 11, 2011

Great Lengths

madewell

madewell
works cited: thrifted skirt and belt; h&m tee; target clogs; vintage glasses

I've kind of had my eye on some of the longer skirts for spring (like Elisabeth's--so pretty), but felt unsure if they would actually work on me. Then I stumbled upon this little gem at Salvation Army and thought I could use it as a test subject for a midi-skirt length. I paired it with my biggest shoes (Elaine, how do you walk more than a few blocks in these? I need practice!) to balance out the below-the-knee length but then ended up wearing the skirt most of the weekend with short boots. What do you think of the length? I'm still open to hemming it a bit above the knee, but for now, I kind of love the unexpected longer length--less scandalous for bike-riding, nothing sticks to the seat you're sitting on in warmer weather, and I feel like I'm kind of on top of the trends (for once), even if it only put me back $2.19.

75 comments:

Magatha-May said...

I love this skirt on you - great find

MerelyMarie said...

Gorgeous find!!! I think it would even better hemmed.

MerelyMarie said...

I meant "look" even better. Sorry for the double comment.

Chloe Rushworth said...

One of my fave outfits of yours such a fab skirt.

C x
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Nina said...

The skirt is great! I love it.

Eclectic Flair said...

You're tall and lean so you can pretty much wear anything you want and look good but I think it was definitely a good choice to pair the "midi" skirt with your tallest shoes. It really does balance it out! I personally would get it hemmed but I'm only 5'0 tall so shorter hemlines are my best friends!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Erin said...

I like the length. I think it is classy.
And hats off to you if you can hem that skirt. I wouldn't even know how to attempt that.

anna.marie.in.nyc said...

love the stripes with that skirt! the glasses top it off nicely too

Ana - Better in Sepia said...

cuuuute, you look so elegant!

tasty moog said...

i like the longer length. your legs are long, so it's not like you could ever look stumpy. :) it will set you apart more from the students you teach as well.

Blace said...

gorgeous skirt! love the specs too!

Sal said...

I think it's lovely at this length, but would totally work a bit shorter, too!

dot said...

Love the skirt. Keep it as-is. :)

overcaffeinated said...

I love the length, and the skirt overall (love knife pleats). I vote keep the length. You can always hem once you get tired of the longer length trend.

Cynthia said...

I tend to be a fan of longer skirts. This proportion is great on you. Seriously, I think it's better than the short-short skirts, although I'm an old fogey so you can take that with a grain of salt. You should keep it around at this length to at least give yourself the option!

Kelley said...

The longer length works well here because you're wearing heels. But if you want a skirt you can also wear with flats, maybe you should hem it.

The vintage glasses are really the perfect touch to this outfit! :)

Stephanie said...

I just bought those shoes from Target! They had one pair left in a size 11 for $4.98! AMAZING!

GoodFrameofMind said...

I think this skirt looks great on you. It still makes your legs look long and I think it's super flattering - I love it mixed with the stripes :)

Nav said...

Love the skirt - loks great on you. I vote to keep the length too, its flatters you.

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FutureLint said...

That skirt is perfect on you - I love it!

Plain Jane said...

Very cute, I think that skirt length is perfect on you!

Cara said...

I LOVE this look! It's so classy and classic! I'd love to see how you'd pull it off with flats.

Aryn said...

That skirt is wonderful! I would love one in nude!

kelsey said...

I love the length! We rode bikes this weekend, and I think you need to give me a lesson in how to ride in a dress...it was too windy! :(

Anonymous said...

I think the length is VERY flattering on you!

Liz said...

I love the mid rise of this skirt T! This entire outfit reminds of that picture we all repinned on pinterest. You know, that girl in a simple skirt and striped top. So cute!

Courtney Erin said...

I love that skirt - what a great find! And it looks perfect with the stripes.

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Jessica said...

i really like this on you! soooo feminine. a great reverse color version of that outfit you pinned!

Jessica
Surely Sonsy

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

jessica--i know!! i actually had it in mind because that madewell skirt is kind of long, too.
i think this skirt would look good hemmed just a little above the knee, too, but for now, i'm going to keep it as is. you can always shorten something, right?

Chelsea Ling said...

love it so cute

Rosemary Brennan said...

I'm so intimidated by midi skirts! I feel like they hit at the most unflattering part of my legs. But this number looks absolutely darling on you. I think you're right about the balance--may have to break out my chunkiest shoes to work my own look! :)

Elaine said...

LOVE it! Please please please keep the length!!!! And they get easier, I promise! :)

Penny said...

i really like this length- seeing it!i swear everytime i see it i love it( you look really cute in it)- but every time i try to wear it my feet look extra-fat!!

Emily said...

I just thrifted a very similar pleated skirt of about the same length. I wondered about hemming too, but once I had it on, I really liked the longer length. It felt very ladylike. I wore it with flats, and I think it was a success. I like the length of this skirt on you as well - very pretty.

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monster cakes said...

UM... please wear more skirts in this longer style because you look amazing! Seriously jaw dropping pretty. Love it!

Elisabeth said...

Don't hem it! It looks amazing on you. Great thrift find!

Autie J. said...

The skirt looks fantastic on you! I like it with the heels; I'm sure it was cute with the little boots, too.
Isn't thrift shopping the greatest?

Sweety Jeans

Maddy said...

I like it... if the length is bothering you maybe hem it just to your mid knees or just above? you'd still get the look.. i know how certain things just make people uncomfortable. I love knee-length and mid-calf skirts but I just can't work enough heels into my wardrobe for them to work well enough :(

Amy said...

That's a great find! I think you totally pull it off!

amy day to day

B said...

I'm loving that skirt!

Also, do you ride your bike in those shoes?! That would be so bad-ass if you did.

14shadesofgrey said...

That's adorable! I actually like the hem better as it is.

I've always liked the idea of an accordion skirt, but I don't think I have the patience to deal with all the pleats :)

Desiree said...

This is lovely! I adore this skirt and you look great in it!

Monica Whitney said...

You look so great in stripes and that accordion skirt is to die for.

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Rebecca said...

That length looks great on you.

Amy Z. said...

It looks great on you! I've been hesitant but also eager to try this new midi length too!

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camille said...

you look great! i love your skirt and how great it looks with a striped shirt! awesome outfit!

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Jessica said...

You definitely seem to have been on a skirt kick lately! I like this one the length it is I think. The pleated look suits you!

Pineapple said...

Oooooooh wow!!! I love this length for you. The pleat is really great! I think maybe it helps that it's such a slim silhouette - a long and full skirt wouldn't work as well, I think.

Jessica said...

I have those Target clogs too! I finally was able to wear them last weekend - ended the day with The Blister From Hell on the ball of my right foot. Ouch. However, they are gorgeous and I'm determined to break them in.

Patricia said...

I think that the skirt looks great on you. As long as your happy with the length (and it's in, although of course you never have to follow trends), I would keep it at the current length. If you start finding yourself not wearing it/liking it, then hem it.

You can always shorten it. You can't make it longer again.

the other emily said...

I love this! It's so elegant and understated. I haven't had much luck finding midi skirts that suit me (being short-waisted can make for weird proportion issues), but this length is spot-on for you. I'll throw my vote towards keeping it long, but if you absolutely *must* hem, maybe only take it to mid-knee?

the other emily

Lauren said...

Ummm, I am of the opinion that this is the find of the year!! The pleat detailing is AMAZING! Can't believe you found that while thrifting - I need some of those magical thrifting skills! :)

Small Time Style

Savannah said...

That skirt is amazing, I love it on you. I'm so jealous you got it for $2.19!

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kimmie said...

You look fantastic, Tania! I bought the same clogs from Target and actually think they're super comfortable, despite me rarely wearing heels :)

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

You look so tall in this! Maybe you're tall all the time--it's so hard to tell in pictures--but even if you are, this accentuates it.

Miranda said...

Don't hem it at all! The length is so lovely - something about that kind of skirt is so romantic and pretty. And of course, it looks great on you! :)

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

I love the length it is perfect very lady like but so fashionista of you. Great find by the way, I am now jealous.

Write it in Lipstick

Monique said...

That skirt is really pretty Tania!


Monique xx

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Justine said...

Tania, I think this skirt length is great, and they look great with those shoes. I believe you if those shoes are hard to walk in because I am more of a flats/sneaker person myself.


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My Heart Blogged said...

I love knee length, and just below the knee skirts. I think this looks great on you, and I think Elaine has super human high heel powers.
My Heart Blogged

U U N A said...

welllll heels are over rated anyways... ha ha but anywho, i like that you paired this particular belt with the skirt

kimbercrafts said...

I would leave the skirt exactly as is - it looks perfect on you! What a good thrifting find.

megannielsen said...

ooooo that skirt is such a great find!! jealous! And it suits you so well!

bettec said...

Skirt length is perfect I am adoring longer skirts so much right now. Excellent find!

Mandy said...

I think the pleated skirt looks great especially balanced out with the heels. Very cute spring look!

Celia said...

I vote to keep the length! It'll look classy and be functional whatever the trends are. Plus, pair it with button down and it's very teaching appropriate.

Celia
Bootnotes: style, music, and other things you won't make money doing.

dee said...

i love it!

Renee said...

i have to admit.. i was a little mad at you after reading that this skirt was found at a thrift store. i've been looking for this EXACT skirt for a while... and when i first saw your picture, i was so excited to buy from some chain at the mall! but... now my search continues!

congrats on an awesome thrift find! :)

wildchild said...

i like it. it looks so comfy and flowy. and flattering. also like the glasses :)

Brittany said...

i love it! i think you look stunning it it and the longer length is refreshing!

Melanie said...

I love the skirt. I'm always wary of below-the-knee length skirts, because I feel like they make me look really short, but you certainly don't! Maybe I should give them another try...

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Cel said...

I love this skirt on you! I think the length is perfect, and it fits you so well too.

Christine said...

Beautiful pleats! I love the length of that skirt.
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Nicki said...

I think the length suits you! Very pretty =).

The Blissful Academic said...

Practice makes perfect when it comes to heels! Also, the Dr. Scholl's Fast Flats (http://www.facebook.com/drschollsforher) are a life saver when you have to walk long distances.

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