Black On Black

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

http://lookbook.nu/look/5174200-H&M-Jean-Jacket-Urban-Planet-Crop-Top-Vintage

xo

Abby

Orange Is Optimal

Orange: the most feared colour by women, has found its place in the trend market.

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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.

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'So Chaud' lipstick shade by M.A.C

‘So Chaud’ lipstick shade by M.A.C

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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.

xo

Abby