Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pass the Beaker, Please

hippie

hippie

works cited: old navy skirt; target tank; necklaces c/o little o by wolfbrother; bracelet mooched from emily; thrifted bag; birkenstocks (no, I'm not ashamed and if you could feel the arch support in these babies you'd forget about looking cool, too)

I would say 95% of the skirts in my closet are either above-the-knee, high-waisted, or a shade of blue (and probably 50% are all three). But this skirt is an outlier in my skirt statistics; ergo, I feel a bit uneasy about this outfit (if you needed any more proof that I will never be cutting-edge...I am much more comfortable 6 months-1 year behind the rest of the style world). After all my mooning about whether or not to cut my maxi dress into a maxi skirt, Christopher suggested I just buy a maxi skirt and see if I like it. We found this one at the very nadir of big box stores, but it was cheap enough to serve as a guinea pig. I'd prefer something high-waisted but Christopher forbade me, saying that I should try something at the hips and depart from my uniform. To mix these inadvertent science metaphors even more clumsily, I'll end by saying I'm not sure how this experiment turned out. Something about the look feels a little shapeless, but maybe I just need to stop being so stodgy and learn to like different silhouettes on myself.

61 comments:

Evita said...

I think the skirt looks lovely on you, and was surprised to read that you hadn't tried this style before. Looks very cosy and summery, yet stylish!

mai said...

The skirt looks great! Casual, yet chic.

Rosanna said...

It looks cool and relaxed :) day at the beach?

Ana Magdalena said...

I love the simplicity of this look

Anna said...

I like the look, but I still think it would work better if it was indeed high waisted. Maybe you could pin it at the waist and wear it that way?

Hannah said...

Looks simple and very comfy! I think you have a keeper there with that maxi skirt.

MEGGY said...

I think the look is lovely. You look cool and comfy. I also own the exact pair of Berks and love them dearly (SO comfy!).

eek said...

I think u wear this very well"

Izabela said...

I actually really like this look on you! You don't look shapeless at all! I think the simplicity of it works really well on you. I much prefer this skirt over the maxi dress.

Loren said...

It looks pretty great on you. Something about a maxi skirt just looks so elegant. I think it's lovely.

Cathy said...

So relaxed and effortless, beautiful!

Meg said...

I love this look on you! It's comfy and casual, but still cute. You don't look shapeless at all.

I think it's time for me to hunt down some maxi skirts...

Celynne said...

Love the skirt on you. If you feel shapeless, may I suggest a top with shoulder definition? And perhaps a belt around your natural waist? The white tank just doesn't really do much.

Sophie said...

I like maxi dresses (on some people, you included), because although they are very long and drapy, they are also slinky and streamlined and chic. I don't like maxi skirts, ever, because I think the meeting point between skirt/top ruins the slinkiness and makes everything a bit dowdy. That said, you do look nice, just not as nice as in the maxi dress - so don't hack it up! Haha. Also, maybe this skirt would underwhelm you less if you paired it with a bright top, a bit of colour blocking? But still - spare the maxi dress :-)

Rin said...

I really love the skirt. Its the shirt that isn't working for me. I think you might like the skirt better with a different top. Give it another go!

Genevieve said...

I like it! The color wouldn't work on me but it's fine on you. I really like the long lines. Your eyes will adjust.... if you want them to :) Nice.

Nylse said...

i actually like the long skirt on you and i think the top works also. you look cool and comfortable even with the birkenstocks :)

Anonymous said...

Your silhouette is gorgeous here, actually. I loved how long the tank + hip-sitting skirt made your torso look. You look leaner and longer here than in a lot of other pictures. In conclusion, keep this look! It's worth throwing into the mix. Loved the green of the skirt as well.

caffeinerd said...

I think this whole look is beautiful on you! Great color choice in the skirt, too. :)

Genny said...

LOVE this skirt. Love. Love. Love!

Shoe.Gal said...

I LOVE this skirt, a little surprised it is from Old Navy...I may have to go see if I can find it. Looks absolutely great and I love the outfit. BTW, I have the same Birks and got made fun of mercilessly by friends when I bought them...but they are so comfy I do not care.

Bonnie said...

Hi- I actually don't know your name, but I've loved reading your blog, because my closet is pretty vanilla too. I love seeing others become inspired to do something different. I think you look great!

Magatha-May said...

I love this look on you - I can't believe you're not delighted with it. The colours are earthy and beautiful and you most definitely do not look shapeless

Jen said...

Love it! You look great!

laura said...

this outfit looks GREAT on you! the silhouette is so chic. and i love how the gathered front of the skirt gives it some shape. simple but totally modern-looking.

Penny said...

not shapeless at all!I love tucking a tank just a little- I think it flatters a flat tummy like yours!hippie I would say!definitely not shapeless!

wildchild said...

i love it on you! you pull off the laid back hippie chic look very well. this is the perfect summertime outfit to me.

wildchild said...

and i agree with anonymous- it makes you look super skinny. love it.

AJD ∞ said...

I like it! Keep it. Wear it. Cut the maxi into a high-waisted skirt and if you don't like it, cut it to your hips!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

whoa, thank you! i think you're right that it might need a little experimenting with different kinds of tops. and maybe i could pull it up to my waist a little higher. i love a white tank with just about anything, but the length of it made for awkward in-between tucking.

The Eye Behind the Detail said...

This looks adorable on you. It's a very relaxed, summery, just hanging out look. A look that I may very well steal for myself.

EC said...

I think you look very easy-breezy, but honestly I like the high-wasited skirt/tucked in shirt/colorful cardigan look on you so much more.

Side note: I bought "Blindness" like you suggested a while back and it is amazing! Thank you so much for such a wonderful suggestion. Please, please write more about books in the future. I'd also love more lifestyle posts from you. Your sense of humor is great, and I love the way you write. I'm starting out in college and look to you as a role model in some ways (also majoring in English) and I would love more posts about college life and being a teacher and things like that!

Thanks for everything; you're amazing!

Love,

Erin xx

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

Erin, that's so kind of you! I'm glad you like Blindness, I will definitely keep up with the book recommendation posts. I'm sorry to say I probably won't do many lifestyle posts--while I do obviously talk about my life as it relates to what I'm wearing, I am not cut out to be a lifestyle blogger! My life is too boring for that! BUT: if you want to hear more about teaching/grad school/English majors, I would be more than happy to talk with you over email, if you'd like.

BiblioMOMia said...

GORGEOUS. I adore the lower waist on you, especially how you tucked in a corner of the tank. It's a perfect look for you, and a great silhouette. And there's nothing more summery than olive and crisp white! (PS--you'll be able to wear that skirt all the way through fall and winter, too). I'm loving it.

Chelseabird said...

LOVE your skirt & Birkenstocks! I'm a big fan of them as well!

Desiree said...

I LOVE this! I am a big believer that if you don't feel comfortable in something, then you shouldn't wear it. That being said, you should not NOT wear this for fear that it doesn't look good because it looks awesome! The color is great (is it olive or dark grey? either way, I like it) and I think the little pleats at the top give it a pretty detail.

Elaine said...

I think it looks fantastic! I'd wear this in a second.

Jenn said...

I really love this skirt! I think it was a very successful experiment! :)

laura said...

I really like how this skirt sits on you! The waist is very flattering, and elongates your already long silhouette!
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allie said...

I actually really like this skirt on you. I agree, a different top could really change the look of it and make you like it more.

That said, I really like your normal style. I know mixing things up and experimenting can be good, but I definitely wouldn't feel obliged to leave behind your high waists and cardigans for the sake of trends. Your "uniform" suits you so well!

Vanessa said...

Hey, I just bought and wore this same exact skirt!
http://snappyandsavvy.blogspot.com/2011/07/long-live-olive.html

I like how you styled it -- very classic, simple and I think it looks great on you (even if it's out of your normal zone!)

just my style said...

I think you look absolutely fab! I say wear it knowing you look amazing, and don't look back!

rebecca said...

Oh I just love the feel of this outfit! Olive green is one of my favorite colors and there is such a fabulous casualness to this. Looks so comfy!

rebeccawithanR

Kimberly (aka. DrKim) said...

This outfit looks fab on you. So effortless and casual, and yet hip and put together. I LOVE it, and it is a great departure from your norms. I say do it more!

Healthy and Homemade said...

I think my hips are far too wide for maxi skirts, but you look fantastic! I love the slight pleating in the front. I need to buy a pair of Birkenstocks, all my sandals hurt and aren't good for walking in! Which defeats the point of wearing them, right?

Lyndsay! said...

Old Navy is so hit or miss. What a great find!

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Miss Bibliophile said...

I love that skirt! I've been on the fence about the maxi trend myself, but now I'm tempted to make a trip to Old Navy.

Nicki said...

I think the skirt looks cool and slouchy (and I mean slouchy in the best possible way!). The two necklaces look neat together, too =).
Nicki
http://singlittlebird.blogspot.com

Kaitlyn said...

I LOVE this! You are adorable. That skirt makes your legs look a million miles long.

jaimie michelle said...

I really love this look! I'm way short, so I haven't tried the maxi skirt yet, but this outfit makes me want to give it a whirl!

Jaimie
www.jaimiehart.blogspot.com

Lindsey N. said...

I think you look very effortless-which is the great thing about maxis!

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Lydia Marie said...

I think you look great! Even without anything high-waisted or a belt, your waist still looks tiny!


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Anonymous said...

This is the skirt I've been looking for my entire life. I love it and it looks awesome!

em said...

I think you look stunning - in a casual way ;)

Keep on experimenting, you're doing great.

Louise said...

fantastic! the style suits you beautifully.

Claire Girodie said...

LOve, love, love it!!!!

Chrissy said...

I love this outfit on you! It definitely makes you look longer and leaner, as someone previously said. I vote you keep it, if only for those hot summer days of lounging around town. :)

Holly said...

wow, you really look awesome! such a flattering look for you. so easy and casual, too. love it!

Sarah C said...

I'm a day late with my comments, but I also think you look great! :)

I love the color and soft cotton texture of the skirt--makes it so versatile. In terms of tops, you could try everything from a silky strappy, patterned tank to a fitted graphic tee to your chambray botton-down when it gets a little cooler.

Also, maybe wedges with a little more heel will make you feel less shapeless? I also like those super slim, more fashion than function tennis shoes under long skirts. I call them city sneakers, which is perfect for your upcoming relocation to DC!

-sarah

Stephanie Judson said...

I wore an almost exact replica of this outfit earlier this week, same skirt and same sandals (and yes, the arch support is worth it!). I wore a form fitting tank and put a belt around my natural waist to contrast with the looseness of the skirt. A cute long necklace also spiced up the outfit for me!

Kyla said...

I realize that this is totally different from your usual style, but I LOVE IT! I think it has such a cool, relaxed, laid-back vibe - an you know I'm a big fan of that! Not many body types can pull of a low waisted maxi like this, but you make it look so easy. I think a few bold necklaces and a stack of wooden bangles would look awesome with it!

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