The ability to strike a balance between casual and glamorous, it’s no wonder the maxi skirt continues to be a major piece in fashion after making its grand re-entrance seasons ago.
Having endured the social stigma high school had to offer to just about any teenager, insecurities revolving around my height used to trigger just about every hesitance you could have on pulling off a piece of clothing. I used to think that my height and fashion could never coincide. That being 5’5 and over was the only option you had to pull off a little bit of Alexa Chung or Olivia Palermo. But long gone are those days of self-deprecation. Self-appreciation and embracing one’s self is where it’s at. I’ve learned that it all boils down to finding clothes and tailoring those pieces you find in order for them to fit your body’s physique.
A friend of mine, who happens to be my height, had been selling a bunch of vintage clothing and suggested that I try on this vintage maxi skirt. I had never worn or purchased a maxi skirt, so the idea of me wearing one raised questions like “Is this skirt going to make me look shorter?” or “Are my legs too short for me to pull this off?” clouded my judgment. Even though my insecurities were creeping up on me, I decided to give it a go anyways. It was perfect. No hemming was needed, the skirt hugged my lower frame to a tee and most importantly, I felt great in it. I even found the buttons sewed along the middle of the skirt created a nice illusion of elongation. My love for this maxi skirt has been transcended onto 3 other maxis that I now own.
Here’s a tip for all you frugal shorties that don’t want to spend extra money on a tailor: Buy yourself a midi skirt.
If you’re 5’3 and under, the midi skirt that would normally sit right under the knees of a 5’5 frame, will most likely fall to your ankles or under. It’s not a bad option to consider.
I paired this black maxi skirt with my black crop top and topped it off with my light wash denim jacket to casual down the outfit. Accessory-wise, I wore a black doctor style handbag and a gold watch. As much as I love black, a piece of Abby was missing in the outfit; a pop of colour was what it needed for a finishing touch. I used the colour orange, a colour that I’ve been obsessing over for quite some time now. I can’t help it if it looks so good on a tanned girl. ‘So Chaud’ orange lipstick by M.A.C. and my orange stone ring completed this outfit.
As the echoes of fluorescent fuchsia and neon green from this past spring fade out like my summer tan, floral prints are being replaced with darkly romantic motifs for the fall. Unlike most trends, this one obviously makes sense as fashion tends to incline towards more darker, polished flare. While most of you have probably shunned away your spring/summer clothing and are eager to get into the cozier side of things; I on the other hand, just can’t seem to let go of the idea that I’m losing my tan and that our days are getting shorter…
So, here I am posting an outfit representing my undying preference for spring/summer season. Bright orange trousers, navy floral blouse and my black sandals. Whatever, dressing for the weather has become overrated anyways.
Before I had purchased my trousers over the summer, I had always worn this blouse but noticed that it was always missing some extra “oomph!” with whatever I paired it with. Like I’ve said in previous posts, I’m pretty brave when it comes to pairing bold colours so when I saw that the floral print on my blouse was the exact same shade of orange my trousers had, I went all Victor Frankenstein on both pieces. More than satisfied with this colour experiment or should I call it my “floral monster” (Alright, now I’m just trying to be funny. I’ll stop.) I finished the outfit off with my black double buckle wedge sandals and black leather clutch. Accessory wise, I wanted to keep it at a minimal concerning size and colour so that my 5 foot self wouldn’t look drowned out with a bigger hand bag and just in general, I desired to keep the colour scheme of my outfit at a balance.
I’d say this outfit is blossoming!
P.S http://lookbook.nu/look/5169598-New-Look-Black-Sandals-Forever-21-Floral-Blouse 😉
Say what you want about 80s music but as far as fashion goes, there really is no decade worse than what this era brought to the table. After all, what other decade let you get away walking the streets in MC Hammer pants, shoulder pad induced blazers and horrid neon leg warmers? However, amidst the craziness found in 80s fashion, one gem of a trend caught my eye: The acid wash jean. I was rummaging through my mother’s old high school photos one day, and found a picture of her and some girlfriends looking pretty darn hot in their acid wash jeans accompanied by the oh-so-famous perm-ridden hairstyle. Having watched ‘Sixteen Candles’ the night before as well, I decided to channel my inner Molly Ringwald and so, my quest for acid wash jeans had begun.
If you’re subdued by the thousands of dollars university/college has brought upon you like it has for me, shopping on a budget has become a must in my life, which also made my hunt for good quality jeans like these ones, a difficult task. Major stores like Topshop, Zara and H&M who provide shoppers with current trends either lacked quality in regards of material or just didn’t offer the price range I had in mind for this type of jean. At this point, my $50 budget seemed absolutely ridiculous in this day and age. So much for wishful thinking. But, not to worry, I resorted to the wondrous art of vintage shopping! I scoured Kensington Market, vintage shops along Bathurst and Dufferin in hopes for a find. While some shops carried what I wanted, an XS or 00 was nowhere to be found…damn, it. It wasn’t until a friend of mine messaged me on Facebook letting me know she was selling a pair of vintage Levi 501s in black and white acid wash for 30 freaking dollars in my size did I wave my hands in the air like I just didn’t care. My mission was complete and so I busted out my “happy dance” (also known as my hidden talent of ‘Crumping’ along with various booty pops in between).
For my second outfit, I decided to make it more of an androgynous one by adding: A pair of black suede wedges, my vintage hexagon shaped cross-body purse along with my chartreuse tank top. I added a touch of femininity with these items and the vintage purse I paired it with, was the perfect touch of modernity to the outfit. While black and white are fantastic colors, I couldn’t bear straying too close to the sidewalk and being a huge fan of bold colors, I played up the outfit by pairing it with this chartreuse tank top. Wondering where I purchased my items? You know the drill. Check out my Lookbook link posted on my ‘About Me’ page!
Orange: the most feared colour by women, has found its place in the trend market.
This fiery hue that has often been the concern of making women look “washed out” or giving them a “Jack-O-lantern” look has finally expanded from the Halloween hoopla and into our wardrobes!
As it lit up the runways of spring 2013, fashion designers have since longed for more and established orange as the main focus of fall season. Not only is it making its mark onto pieces of clothing but you can also simmer on the streets with orange lipstick. Showcasing a much more youthful and playful side of yourself, opting for orange would be an ideal alternative as opposed to the same old classic red you’re used to. Stepping outside of the box is good for a change, no? Luckily for us, this bold colour is predicted to be a definite hit in spring 2014. Gahhh, I can barely contain my excitement! But in all honesty though, could orange be the new black? I wouldn’t mind. I mean, let’s face it ladies, the only way you’re going to look like a pumpkin is if you’re wearing a pumpkin costume. That’s about it.
This beautiful colour comes in many different shades and can look great on any skin tone. While pastel shades of orange generally look great on fairer skin tones, deeper and bolder shades compliment olive and darker tones.
‘So Chaud’ lipstick shade by M.A.C
The 3/4 length trousers that I’m wearing above are of a deep orange that isn’t quite shown in my pictures. Due to my little knowledge and lack of photographic skills, finding the right light at 8 pm wasn’t such a good idea on my part. I took these pictures on a lovely summer’s day in July and so I decided to pair these wonderful trousers with a white crop top along with my black-straw quilted handbag to give it a casual yet, ready to go about town vibe. These trousers are comfortable, fashionable and versatile. Wearing the trousers with a grey, white or black knit would make a killer combo for fall . Wondering where I purchased my pieces? Check out my Lookbook link posted on my ‘About Me’ page.