Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Plaid Skirt and Swallows

I am working for the weekend, as the old Loverboy song, gym, blog, dinner, TV, reading, sleep. I don't know how people with kids do it! They must have super powers.

Anyway, today's outfit features both a new-to-me and first wear top, and a skirt that didn't get worn during the 12 months of last year's capsule wardrobes.
The blazer is a classic cut and colour. I wore it 3 times in September 2012's capsule (recap here) and even though that was my least satisfying capsule of the challenge, it was one of my favourite pieces of all 30 items. Rock on, brown blazer, rock on.

The top is a little red wide-strapped sweater top that I thrifted here in January for $9.50 at the WIN boutique. It's by Jones New York.
It was freezing cold and pouring rain this morning so I wore a full vintage slip under this whole outfit. I love slips for smoothing everything out. But by the time the end of the day rolled around, it was sunny and ferociously windy! I roasted walking home, so the top and slip are now in the wash.

The skirt is a thick wool, brown with a red plaid, and is lined to the knee in bright red satin. It's by Tulle and I got it free for trade-in on consignment. It was new when I bought it (still had the tags on). I adore the two kick pleats in the back. This is a classic "wiggle" skirt, since you can't take big strides in it at all.
I wasn't sure about it until I wore it again, but I really love the cut and fit of it - this length is one I really like. I'm going to keep it and wear it more often.

Here's how I've worn it before:

  • January 2012, with orange and some ruby shoes (replaced with a pair of Fluevog flats)
  • December 2012, with my crane sweater for decorating the office Christmas tree
  • November 2011, with an overload of matchy, although I do really like how olive goes with it

I guess I was wearing it a fair bit before the capsule started!

The stuff:
These shoes were the perfect colour for that skirt. This is the second wear of them (last seen here with my blue dress and floral cardigan for "My Forbidden Dress Week!"

I got a lot of "oohs" and "aahs" today over the necklace.
It's quite a show-stopper. The thin bracelet was a gift from my mom and dad in the 80s; the necklace was a gift from Mom last October for my birthday.

Do you have any jewelry gifts from your parents that you still wear?

Jacket (Tahari Arthur S. Levine, thrifted), top (Jones New York, thrifted), skirt (Tulle, consignment), shoes (Ralph Lauren, thrifted), necklace (gift from Mom), chain bracelet (Club Monaco), eelskin and gold bracelet (fake Gucci, vintage 80s, gift from Mom and Dad), wood ring (consignment), spinner ring (Twang & Pearl), earrings (Plum).


  1. nice look! i think I have the same necklace! its great!

  2. My Mother likes to give jewelry, which is nice because she also likes to buy nice things - like gold!

    My mother-in-law, rest her soul, had a big thing for jewelry. I never knew until she passed away how much stuff she'd acquired. Some of it is not my style, a bit frilly/Victorian, but there are several things I really like.

    I like the colors you've got in this post with the skirt. I think it shines when paired with the more toned-down things you went with in this styling.

  3. Quite a bit. My mother likes to give jewelry. She also likes gold!

    I didn't realize what a jewelry-fiend my mother-in-law was until she's passed away. They lived in Latin America for a number of years and I think she kept various jewelers employed making her things. I've picked off what I like, I have a fairly spare taste so there are quite a few things that are too frilly, and am saving the rest for a future daughter-in-law.

    I like the colors with this skirt the best of all the skirt-based outfits.

  4. Great wiggle skirt - it fits you beautifully. And you are wearing my favorite necklace - such a standout piece. xoxo

  5. I love the skirt. It looks gorgeous on you.

  6. I absolutely love that bird necklace -- it's really fantastic. And you can't go wrong with a plaid skirt!

    I still wear the watch my parents gave me for my 18th birthday.

  7. I am oohing and ahhing over that beautiful necklace too!
    Great skirt, your whole look is super chic, Sheila. That's you - Super Chic Sheila! xxxx

  8. I have a couple pieces of jewelry from my mom and several from both grandmothers that I wear all the time. To me, those are the best. I love your birds necklace, it's so fun. And people with children (and least *this* person with a teenager)... are just exhausted. ;)

  9. I love that skirt with those shoes. So classic.

  10. That skirt is really fantastic. Your mom has such good taste. Nearly all of my jewelry has been gifted by bloggers.

  11. Oooh I wish I had seen this before I wore my plaid pencil skirt the other day - I've never thought of pairing it with more blue. I really like the red skirt with the red top! Will need to remember this for next time I wear the skirt :)

    In answer to your question, I keep every piece of jewellery I'm gifted, even if I don't wear it all the time. I have a piece from my sister I wear every day, and a ring from my grandparents I wear every day too. It's nice to have items that have great memories with them :)

  12. Very nice skirt, definitely a keeper. A wiggle is a good thing!

    I don't think, after thinking about your question, that my Mum has bought me jewellery before, perhaps because I took a while to get into jewellery (I now wear quite a lot daily, but all by the same (local) jeweller). So, no!

  13. I like the skirt, the color is something i could work with :)
    I buy most of my stuff but I do have jewelry from my mom. Her taste is different from mine but we meet halfway - sometimes ;)


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