Friday, 14 July 2017

Outfit: summer favourites

I really love trying out unusual colour combinations and then realising 'whoa, they really go!' - this outfit was one of those moments. In the summer, I love wearing red (well, that's an all year thing really) and mint green, so it was only natural to put them together at some point.

I'm just really pleased at how it worked out! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I can find so many ways to be creative with summer outfits - a skill and desire that doesn't seem to stick with me into winter. The other great thing about this outfit is this top, which isn't a top at all, it's a very old dress that is far too short for me to wear without being arrested for indecent exposure. Given that I'm 5'1", I'm baffled at who could wear this 'dress' as an actual dress. As a long top though, it's doing a pretty good job and I loved wearing it like this.

The skirt was from the days when Tara Starlet was still around and they had an outlet on eBay. My oh my, I picked up some total bargains from that outlet shop that I still regularly wear. This skirt was either £5 or £10, either way given I've worn it a million times since I bought it, it more than earned the investment. The only thing about it is boy the Tara Starlet sizing was SO out of whack. This skirt is a 10 and it's smaller than all of my size 8 skirts. I can just about wear it with my waist cinched, if I don't plan to eat a huge meal. If you ever see a Tara Starlet swing skirt in this belted design come up on re-sale, do yourself a big favour and ask the seller what the waist measurement is. I've got a second style like this and it has the exact same problem.

Anyway, we've had a pretty good summer so far, for the UK at least. I mean, we always have more cloud than anyone wants, but when you're a blogger you can make the most of even those days because hello, perfect photo lighting! Ah, summer, as per usual I'll be distraught when you go...

50s inspired summer outfit with red swing skirt and mint green accents

50s inspired summer outfit with red swing skirt and mint green accents

50s inspired summer outfit with red swing skirt and mint green accents

50s inspired summer outfit with red swing skirt and mint green accents

50s inspired summer outfit with red swing skirt and mint green accents

50s inspired summer outfit with red swing skirt and mint green accents

50s inspired summer outfit with red swing skirt and mint green accents

50s inspired summer outfit with red swing skirt and mint green accents

50s inspired summer outfit with red swing skirt and mint green accents

50s inspired summer outfit with red swing skirt and mint green accents

50s inspired summer outfit with red swing skirt and mint green accents
Headscarf: eBay
Sunglasses: New Look (similar)
Dress worn as top: Jane Norman (old)
Belt & Skirt: Tara Starlet (similar)
Shoes: BAIT via Zulily (I'm selling a size 3.5/4 UK pair on my Depop - search ciciandmarie!)
Bag: Abby by Jo Totes (a camera bag!)



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10 comments:

  1. Hi Cici,

    Wow lady! I would have never thought of putting together red and green. You did a very good job here matching those colours. I love how the entire ensemble looks.
    I do have the same problem as you with an old red skirt of mine that I bought ages ago. The waist is too tight.
    About new dresses being too short or showing too much flesh, well look at the Kardashians. Sadly a lot of young girls want to imitate them.

    Anyway, apart from that I'd like to wish you a wonderful weekend and third week of July. Time flies!

    Eva from Luxembourg / Germany

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    1. Red and green together does seem like a Christmas no-go area but when it's mint it's a whole different colour, as far as I'm concerned! Time sure does fly, but I hope you're enjoying the summer!

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  2. I love this combination. Yes Tara Skarlet had sometimes weird sizing, but npw I miss that brand.

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    1. It's strange how much I miss them actually. Towards the end I couldn't afford a single thing they released, but I've been having a lot of fun hunting stuff down secondhand and have acquired a few bits recently - made me realise how much of a shame it is they're gone :(

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  3. Ah yes, Tara Starlet. I miss it yet still am frustrated by its frenetic sizing...
    You look lovely here, such a lovely colour combination. It's only close-up that I can see the skirt is broderie. I love broderie! I used to have a few pieces but they didn't fit that well so I'm holding out for replacements. Either that or I'll have to make something! Another thing I'm planning on making is a mint top, because today I had a skirt that needed one.

    So, thank you for the inspiration - as always. I hope you're having a good weekend xx

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    1. Yeah you have to do your research if you find stuff secondhand! Yes, the skirt is indeed broderie - I love that about it too :) I only have a couple of pieces apart from this skirt and they're white - I'd love some in light blue. Mint tops are handy things, you find yourself pulling them out a lot more than you think you will. Have a lovely weekend too xx

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  4. What a great classic outfit, I'm loving that red skirt and the mint green top and accessories together! :)

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  5. That's a great colour combination. I think the key to unusual combos is to make sure you have multiple items in each colour - that way it looks purposeful, rather than accidental. (Something I really need to work on myself - I often end up looking unintentionally mismatched.)

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  6. Very pretty! I do like the red and mint together - it's such a bold and vibrant combination, especially when you add in the black stripes on the top. Very fun, flirty, and classic.

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  7. Hahaha, well if it's too short for you to wear as a dress then that IS a worry! I actually thought it was one of the Hell Bunny tops at first. Either way, a very striking colour combination! So I'm in the same boat as Porcelina when it comes to Tara Starlet...I loved the clothes but the sizing issue was a real problem. I still remember holding my breath every time I got a package, desperately hoping the sizing was going to be right this time. In fact I owned this same skirt only in white, and it was too big so I wonder if they sometimes just stuck the labels on randomly without measuring...

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