Outfit Post: 8/8/12

Polo: Old Navy — Skirt: Blacklist Vintage (Lilly of California) — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Belt: Goodwill (Target) — Earrings: Quelly Rue Designs — Bangle: Thrifted

So, I told you guys about how I visited Blacklist Vintage during my trip to Minneapolis, right? Well, this 1970s skirt is one of the items I picked up! I’ve been wanting a skirt that buttons down the front for a while now, and while the light-blue color isn’t something I’m immediately drawn to, I saw it as a fun, inexpensive challenge and figured, why not?

It also doesn’t hurt that it has pockets big enough to fit at least a mass-market paperback in, if not a trade paperback. Book accommodation used to be my number-one priority for clothing selection, and, really, it’s high time I returned to my roots. I spent a good portion of yesterday toting around The Murder of Roger Ackroyd like it weren’t no thang, and it felt gooood. (Side note: my mom is a die-hard mystery fan, and I grew up watching Poirot and Miss Marple on PBS with her all the time, but I never really read many of the classics, so during my last visit she lent me her copy of Ackroyd. And thus I start in earnest my mystery education!)

What were we talking about? Clothes? Right. A couple weeks ago one of our readers (and, not-so-coincidentally, Tia’s aunt–hi, Amy!) gave me the outfit prompt “fire and ice,” and this is my response to that. Although I guess in practice it looks a little bit more like “sunset and ice,” or maybe “two scoops of sorbet.” Still, sorbet is icy, right?

I wasn’t actually super-confident about my choice of accessories when I got dressed in the morning, but looking back now, I really like it. The bright variegated colors of the belt and earrings jazz up the lighter pastel-y colors of the skirt and top.

Pluuuuus, I probably would’ve just gone with it anyway, because these earrings arrived from Etsy while I was gone and I was super anxious to wear them! They came nicely packaged with a really lovely handwritten note from the seller–honestly, I kind of want all of her ankara earrings, but should probably stick with just these for now.

A few things to note: the earrings seem to be composed of hollow, curved metal tubes wrapped in fabric, and the post is rather long and appears to be made from an open eye pin. All that to say, be aware that the post is slightly thicker than a traditional earring post, and long enough that the earring will probably sliding forward and back through your ear throughout the day. I didn’t find it to be much of a bother, honestly, and I think they’re pretty damn sweet, so you’ll be seeing them again!

5 thoughts on “Outfit Post: 8/8/12

  1. Well done ~ I had forgotten about the Fire and Ice challenge I had posed. I like seeing your interpretation of the concept. I think I might have had a skirt like that, but in the late 80’s or early 90’s instead of the 70’s. If not a skirt, I definitely had a jacket in that light blue color. Books in pockets = happy pocket bearer! But big slide-y earrings would drive me batty :(

  2. I’m always looking for a good mystery, recommendation duly noted. Just catching up on your blog and staying up too late, but got to comment you are like the world’s greatest style blogger poser. Your style is amazing, your photos beyond gorgeous, and your energy just leaps off my computer screen.

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