Remix: White Skirt (Or How I Got My Groove Back)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

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Black Sweater | Green Top and Yellow Top | Blazer | Headscarf |Grey Sweater | Cambray Top

I've actually had this ivory maxi skirt since before I've had this blog, but not, interestingly, since before I'd started reading personal style blogs.  It was one of my first purchases towards more stylish and "me" clothing.

In a previous internet obsession  I'd done a lot of photography for flickr, including a lot of self-portraits. Not the "look at the cute clothes I'm wearing!" kind either. The "Let's use photoshop to make this face look like a cyborg's!" (Not. Even. Kidding. What was I eating for breakfast, right?) But I had taken a rather basic self-portrait when we were told to include one along with a letter to the classroom we would be student teaching at. Fast forward a bit and I and my fellow student teachers all arrived at the classrooms we would be slowly taking over for the semester. One of the students looked me up and down and said "You're a lot prettier in your pictures than you are in real life."

Um. What? 

Clothes send out a message, and mine sent out the message that I did not impress even the eight year old crowd. Cue an interest in re-hauling my personal look! As luck would have it, I pulled together a professional if not-very-me wardrobe (the same student told me smugly that I had "improved"),  and a friend mentioned to me she'd begun reading these things called style blogs. Literally only days after starting to read, I saw a skirt like this and followed the links (this part of my story must make any company that advertises on blog very happy) and, well, obviously I got the skirt, and then a blog, and loved both enough to feature this midi length beauty six times!

24 comments

  1. love the maxi skirt and how you remix that! :) i always want to wear a skirt like that, but i'm not tall enough. :)
    Irene Wibowo

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  2. Longer skirts are so much fun to style. I like how you've been able to create so many different looks - they are all great!

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  3. This is such a great maxi skirt, I definitely should invest in one, they seem so versatile! Those photos are crazy, I could never master photoshop like that
    xJennaD

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  4. fantastic skirt! i have long black :D

    ANECIA WAS HERE- more than passion ♥
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  5. You've obviously utilized this skirt to the fullest and REALLY well I might add :)

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  6. You've really styled this skirt impressively! I would be seriously hurt if a kid said that to me. I'm glad that your blog came about because of it, though!

    Rachel

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    1. Thanks Rachel. Lol, well, eight year olds are not know for their tact, but I think you sort of get used to that aspect being around tons of kids all the time. They make weird connections. One noticed two adults who worked in the school had the same (very common) last name and decided they must be married! When the woman got pregnant this kid mentioned it to all the people they knew that the man's wife was having a kid. He was so confused by people congratulating him about his baby when he wasn't even dating anyone!

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  7. Oh no! Ahh, the things kiddos say...they're not shy huh? A balance between a professional wardrobe and clothing that I love has been difficult for me. A vintage lover's plight! I really love all of the outfits with this skirt. It is such a versatile piece and the sheer length makes it unique because it can be ethereal, bohemian, or professional. Love your cute braids especially! I'm glad you got inspired to start a blog, you always have such interesting content relating not only to fashion, which is refreshing!

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    1. Yes, the things they say! But it was kind of funny. The professional but also personal style has always been interesting. I now feel pretty comfortable with it, following a basic decree of no exposed shoulders, no jeans, nothing revealing and I can move around in it. imagine there's a whole extra dimension to that with vintage dressing. I mean, really your style SHOULD be a great fit (at least with the guidelines I mentioned except maybe for movement), but I guess I could see the dilema between wanting to be unique and yet not...too unique. Actually, now I'm super curious and would love to hear more on the topic form you Katie. Dressing Vintage and professional! :D

      Thank you for your sweet comment Katie.

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  8. Ha isn't that neat??? Such a good reinforcement for blog advertisers!

    I like this skirt. I have a similar one but have a hard time wearing it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. So much of my shopping choices anymore are based on blogs anymore. Either directly with adertising and links or indirectly with inspiration. This might partially because I'm not in a part of the country that has much shopping but still- yes, a very good reinforcement!

      Thank you Hattie; hoping to see you in that skirt sometime soon then!

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  9. Oh my, kids really do say the most absurd things at times...when I was student teaching in elem. school, I can't even begin to tell you some of the stuff that came out of their mouths, yikes! I always enjoy reading about why bloggers start their blogs :-)

    I really love how this skirt is so versatile - it can be classic or whimsy depending how you style it. I would love more pieces like this in my wardrobe. You've knocked it out of the park with each way you've styled it...ALL gorgeous looks Kristian!

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    1. How did I miss the fact you have a teaching degree? Do you teach? And what grade(s) did you student teach? How fun!

      Thank you Marisa

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  10. Kids are so blunt and sometimes mean! That's so rude. I'm glad you found style that you loved and wasn't just professional. I've made a similar journey since starting my job at the bank.
    This skirt is the perfect feminine piece! I just love all the ways you've styled it. You're so pro at layering!
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Ha! Well, at the time (and now too) I found the kid's comment more funny than anything. Kids just say crazy things.

      Thank you!

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  11. You look so cute in that skirt - I really love it with the black.

    Oh man, kids. They are just so blunt sometimes. Glad that you were able to feel more yourself after that comment!

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  12. I've never realized how many times you've remixed this skirt. I love how versatile it is. Wow, I don't know if I could take such criticism, even from a child! You must have very thick skin :)

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  13. Such cute looks! The one with the turquoise top is my favorite!

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  14. I always like when you show the myriad ways one can wear a particular piece. I often try to pick pieces for my closet that are versatile. It's the ultimate consideration as to whether something gets purchased. Clearly, that skirt was a great buy! I look forward to seeing what else you can do with it! :D

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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    1. I love to see you remixing all your pieces Anna!

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  15. I love all the different looks you can get from this piece! Givin' me some ideas :)

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  16. Oh my goodness, were these American students? Boy that was a harsh one! but sounds like you took it really well and def true that our clothes portray a ton about us. anyway, loved hearing a bit of background about this lovely white flowy skirt (and yes, a company's dream w/ online ads!). I LOVE this skirt on you, your frame works so great w/ maxis and super fun seeing so many completely different looks. and the picture of you w/ the eyes on your flickr is pretty awesome... and some others a little scary and good for halloween haha. phew... end comment story : )
    My blog: Cuddly Cacti
    My E-Shop: Mitla Moda

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    1. Yes, American students. But they are only kids, eight or nine years old. I think there's something about being around kids that makes one pretty immune to a lot of what they say.

      Ha- my cyborg photos are definitely very halloween-ish indeed!

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  17. what a lovely skirt! :D /www.angelinlace.devote.se

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