Outfit: pale blue, red and making full skirts work

So far this year I have been on a something of a skirt discovery… I’ll admit I am someone to get stuck in my ways and when I find something I like I’ll keep buying it/variations of it forevermore. This has been my deeply unhealthy relationship with the pencil skirt until now.
This year has been all about experimenting with full skirts. It’s not always worked, as in the case of the skirt in this post. When I first got this skirt, it was 27.5″ long – quite a typical midi length as you can buy from most high street shops right now. 27.5″ is nearly as long as me… it hit me at mid-calf on my 5ft 2 frame. In a pencil skirt, which are fitted and often below the knee, this doesn’t look quite so much like a little girl raiding the dressing up box. So, two days, £10 (to a tailor) and 2.5″ later, it’s now just below my knee. Happy days! A pretty inexpensive way to give me a wardrobe basic that’s going to work with a lot of outfits. If you’re petite like me, I’d say 25″ is your cut off point for a midi skirt or it’s going to look odd.
The plain black colour of this particular skirt is in the dull danger zone, though – when you wear solid black like this I think the only thing to do is pep it up with some bright colours. Hence this pale blue and red combo and a very exciting pair of new shoes…
50s look with red heart sandal by Swedish Hasbeens
What better to make red work in an outfit than to have pretty red shoes… and this is the post where I’m going to introduce my New Favourite Things – my second pair of Swedish Hasbeens! I can’t get over how much I love them and their kitsch heart design. Swedish Hasbeens make my day because they tend to come up on the narrow side; they feel like they’re made for me! Tip if you buy the same style, the length is pretty true to size, but if you’re between sizes like me, if you don’t go a size down your toes ain’t going to be peeping outta that hole! If your foot is normal to slim, go a size down and break them in – it’ll be worth it. If your feet are on the wide side, you might find an alternative style more comfortable/looks better.
Swedish Hasbeens Heart Sandal in red review
What I really like about this skirt, by the way, is that it has belt loops! The way to make any full skirt look better is to pull your waist in as much as is comfortable.
Swedish Hasbeens Heart Sandal - red
Cardigan: Oasis (old)
Top: Warehouse (old)
Skirt: Peacocks
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens (mine were from ASOS)

I love the fab detailing on this top and I’m not sure how it’s never featured on this blog before. It was a £5 sale bargain two winters ago – the only one on the rack. It has such a great casual 50s vibe about it.



  1. May 18, 2014 / 8:14 pm

    I love everything about this outfit! The skirt looks great, and the red and the pale blue really lifts the black. That top was a good find, very vintage pretty. I do like the shoes on you as well, I am quite tempted, but they are rather pricey. Thanks for the headsup about the leather being stiff! It's good to know these things. Apparently there's some leather softening potion you can buy these days to help shoes along with the breaking in, though I've not tried it myself. Hope you've had a fab weekend! Oh, and it's nice to take photos outside isn't it?! P x

    • May 19, 2014 / 12:43 pm

      Hasbeens are very pricey and they really take patience breaking in! But I love the look of them so I battle through it. I've heard of said softening potion but I'm skeptical because I always worry it'll be more damaging in the long run… Nothing a pair of socks alternated with copious amounts of vaseline can't fix! So nice to take photos outside again – yes! x

  2. May 20, 2014 / 7:09 pm

    I just love this outfit! The skirt looks great on you 🙂 That length really doesn't flatter me at all even though I like the look of those skirts!

    • May 20, 2014 / 7:44 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I wasn't sure what would work for me at first so I purposely bought a very cheap skirt I wouldn't mind altering, or if worst came to worst, throwing out!! The best tips I can give are waist belts and heels – long skirts need heels! That and finding the exact length that works for you x

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