Wednesday, 19 February 2014

black, gold, glitter, full skirts and questions on the almost but not quite

black-glitter a This is me from a few weeks ago, when I went to a cocktail night in the city. One of those moments that highlights how little I have in the way of dressier, evening-y clothes. I was a bit excited about it being cooler, but it was still very hot – too hot for the few vintage evening-y things I do have – and I went with almost all new, or modern, things for a change. It always feels a bit odd to do that!

When I buy anything new, as in newly made new, I do it with the expectation to have it for years and years. This skirt, from Asos, is no exception. I bought it a couple of years ago, when finding vintage full skirts was (hard to believe, but it's true!) proving difficult for me. I like the firm material that holds its shape, I like the fullness and I like the colour.

And yet.

For some reason, this skirt has just never been a favourite. It could be the colour, which is harder to wear than I had first thought: it's a gold-silver-grey-blue-lilac mix, which, at least to me, sounds like it should be easy enough to pair with things, even if it is unusual, but in fact it doesn't seem to like anything else very much. Or it could just be the fabric, the weight of it demanding thick black tights. Either way, I am now thinking of having a serious wardrobe purge and this skirt might start looking a little nervously at me!

But I like to test these ideas out. I wore it with a black lace top (also Asos) and a second hand black bolero jakcet-y thing with gold and silver glitter and sparkly bits, a vintage brooch on the lace top to hide a bit of skin from the sun, and a simple black belt from Jigsaw, via Vinnies. On my tootsies were my black platform peeptoes and I lugged my big black bag with me as I still haven't mastered the knack of a small evening bag – I always want my camera with me!

Do you get this too? Have you got something that ticks all the boxes of A Good Thing but just isn't quite right, somehow? black-glitter b

20 comments:

Katy said...

I love this outfit! If you hadn't have mentioned it being new, I would have thought the outfit was vintage :)

The skirt is fabulous and suits you really well, maybe wear it with a polo neck jumper when the weather turns cooler?

xox

Jessica Rose said...

Very glamourous...and I love the colour of your hair.


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Helen Le Caplain said...

Ooh it looks pretty!

Amber Jade said...

I have FAR too many of those sorts of things. Even in my closet now I don't wear half the things I own for one reason or another, and I've had a vast majority of my possessions in storage in NSW for the past 2 year, and they're now arriving this week! So I'll have even more that I won't really be wearing. Time for a huge yard sale I think!

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Jessica Cangiano said...

It's a lovely, wonderfully classic skirt and I think you've styled it marvelously here. That said, I do get what you mean about such garments in general. Usually, so long as I still love wand to keep them, I try to think outside of the box. How could layer them differently? Would a new belt help? Perhaps it works better for looks from some decades more than others? Would something as seemingly simple as changing my hairstyle or lipstick shade help? The answer is, surprisingly often, yes, as least one of those things will do the trick and make me feel glad all over again that I purchased the item in the first place.

♥ Jessica

Wild Tea Party said...

It's funny how items of clothing can seem perfect until we get them and realise they aren't just quite what we were looking for. Almost as annoying is when you randomly grab something that doesn't seem particularly perfect that ends up becoming a go-to item for years to come and you wished you'd bought another as back up. You just can't know sometimes. Still, I think this skirt looks fabulous on you!

esme and the laneway said...

Anonymous Katy : thanks! It's nice how things can be styled to look vintage, especially when real vintage isn't always practical :) And yes, I think a fitted black jumper in winter will be good! x

Anonymous Jessica Rose: thanks! Extra nice to hear when I am having major hair related pouting sessions ;D

Helen Le Caplain: thanks! It was fun to wear but HOT ack! ;D

Amber Jade : it's amazing how they accumulate isn't it! But then we need to wear something and perfection is not easy to find, sooo... it happens! :)

Jessica Cangiano : this is so true! If it works then it can stay, and if nothing helps it's clear it's time for it to go...

Wild Tea Party : oh yes, so true on the flip side!

MarieBayArea said...

It's such a cool outfit

HOB said...

I live in Dubai where it´s nearly impossible to find vintage so i do rely on my oversea shopping and i sometimes have to buy new, but i agree, the quality isńt the same and it usually needs accessorizing. That being said, it does the trick for me and some of my new outfits have been mistaken for vintage on a few occasions. X

beate grigutsch said...

hm - can´t remember - it´s to long ago that i bought new new things......

but your outfit is trés chic!
(don´t think the skirt needs tights. would combi it with bright, almost neon tops one day)

Lily said...

Definitely! I have a beautiful vintage dress I bought a couple of months ago and yet I always seem to skip it when choosing what to wear.

If you have a wardrobe purge would you consider selling any of it to readers? *nudge nudge wink wink*

The Dainty Dolls House said...

It's a very gorgeous outfit. Anyone would have thought it was vintage. I like doing that, finding pieces that can work a vintage look and things. I have some items that I bought and thought they were great & then got them home only to find the colour wasn't what I thought to go with something else and then it doesn't 'sit' right on myself and it puts me off wearing it. But, you looked super xx

Anna Nuttall said...

Hi there, very glamourous!

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StinaP said...

Some things are good on paper, but not in real life (that said, the skirt looks lovely to me). It's something about the personality, that doesn't always fit your mood.

I on the other hand have far too many evening clothes - my need for gowns with metre upon metre of silk or tulle are (I'm sorry to say) limited.

Frances said...

Hmm, yes, I see why it's a challenge! I really love the sparkly bolero and lace shirt, but the skirt looks awfully heavy for summer weather. I've definitely bought more than a few things that SHOULD work, but don't... I either have to pass them along or, if I really love them, start acquiring other bits and bobs to go with them until they do work.

Georgiana said...

So lovely outfit, I would like to wear it myself. I too sometimes buy something I think I would not have a probem to match with my other things and it proves very hard to make a nice coord. Sometimes I solve the problem with buying or sewing more clothes so it would match the first piece... and now with this policy is my wardrobe overflowing :D

Faye Caroline - oh-darling.net said...

You look really fabulous, agreeing the a previous commenter the the outfit looks vintage, I'd never have realised it wasn't if you hadn't said.

I have a top that I have a similar problem with, I bought it two years ago and it's still got it's tags on it. It's perfect in every way, but the cut of it is different from my usual style and I just have no clue what to do with it. I still can't bare to part with it though, I hold out hope that one day I'll have a break through!

Sue said...

The gold-silver-grey-blue-lilac mix is so pretty. Never knew that they look so good altogether. Great choice of outfit! Love it!

Sophie Hawker said...

This outfit is gorgeous, really elegant but on trend :)

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Wise Brunette said...

I personally love the outfit! It looks so glamorous on you. I do agree though that we all have pieces in our closets that we bought and love for all the right reasons, but can't figure out what would be best to pair it with.

Amanda via The Wise Brunette

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