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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Theme Week - Tartan Look 2

I've never been a big fan of the ankle bootie, especially when worn with dresses or skirts. Just never looks right on me. A lot of women can wear this look, but I wanted to show you that it just doesn't work on my body type. Although I don't have cankles, I think my ankles are too thick to wear booties with skirts.

So my next go around with booties will be with either leggings or skinny jeans. I also realized halfway through the day that I need socks to protect my ankles from the bootie cutting into my skin. I also tried this look with tights thinking I'd create a more uniform and streamlined look. However, the tights just added bulk, making my ankles look even bigger. So at lunchtime, I went home, swapped out the boots for heels, and felt more comfortable.

And I'm so disappointed in this blouse. This is the one I stalked for over a year on ebay waiting for a size 12 to appear. I removed the neckline beading as it was weighing down the front of the blouse. There's still too much fabric in the front so the blouse doesn't lie flat. Such a shame because it looks so cute on the hanger. So if I were to sum up this outfit, I'd say it was a 'fail.' The booties do nothing to shape my legs and the blouse is not at all figure flattering. Tune in tomorrow as tartan theme week continues and maybe I get the combo right.

 
{Boots: Zara (recent) | Skirt: Old Navy | Blouse: J. Crew via eBay | Jacket: Zara | Lipstick: Besame Cherry Red}
 
 
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9 comments:

  1. The boots are really cute! Probably better paired with pants .. I really like close to the ankle boots like: Calvin Klein "Nevah" or Vince Camuto "Elvin" (see Zappos) for skirts. Not that I have either (skirt or those ankle boots!), I just admire from afar!

    Monica at http://www.pear-shaped-gal.com/

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    1. Yeah I really like the boots and will make them work with pants. :-)
      Niki

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  2. I think you're being too hard on yourself! :) It's a cute little blouse & the booties look great on you! Serious. I agree they might pair better with pants, but, you've got a good little look here. Just did some booties with a dress to church this last Sunday, & I paired with tights & then did some peds over my feet (they were down inside the shoe, hidden from view). Initially did it because I was concerned over the booties cutting into the tights, & causing a run (& let's be real: all I have to do is LOOK at a pair of hose to cause a run ;)), but, would help keep them from cutting into your skin, too. ;)(You might be talking about further up your leg, though - ankle area?) Keep trying new combos - like to see people doing different things! I have several fashion blogs I scroll through, & I love how you are very honest in the way you approach it all. And this is coming from a gal who is 30 & a stay-at-home mom - prob outside of your target audience, but still love your ideas & draw inspiration from you. You're very relevant & interesting to read. Thanks for doing what ya do! :)

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    1. Awww. Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm sure my feeling disappointed in my work is bleeding over into my blog and for that I apologize. But reading your comment is really touching. So thank you! I will definitely keep trying new combos because I love the boots. And maybe like Cindy said, I need to try a shorter skirt length. My sister is almost 30 and has a two year old and follows my blog for inspiration as well. That's why I try to mix in a little youth with some classy, preppy and trendy. Trying to appeal not just to the 40+ age bracket. But I do like to show that not every outfit works in case others with similar body concerns are contemplating a purchase and really want to see a look in real life. Please keep coming back to my site. I appreciate the feedback!
      Niki

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    2. Sure thing! Already been back & think your Scottie sweater is adorable! ;) Happy blog bday!

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  3. Love your honesty and willingness to share a "fail" post. I also have to say that as a reader I sooooo appreciate the fact that as a blogger you are actually buying the items you wear. Had you recieved the top and booties as a "c/o" it could have been a very different post- didn't work out, but oh well. But it is disappointing to buy something and then not have it meet expectatios, as part of the fashion game for most of us is gambling on what is actually worthwhile to purchase as we unfortunately can't buy everything we want. Fails hurt! I am generally not a fan of ankle boots with skirts on anyone, but your Scottie dog skirt combo totally hits the mark- well done. :). -Kristen

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    1. Well thank you. I appreciate your comment. And yes, I buy every item I wear. Well, unless it was a gift from hubby or mom. Other than Kohl's offering a 10% off discount, I've never been sent anything to try, keep, or review. I think you have to be young and a very popular blogger to drive the traffic to the company's website. And just like every woman, I have great fashion moments and not so great ones. I also have days where I'm in jeans, tees, and flip flops. And on weekdays when I don't blog, I'm usually in repeat outfits that you all have seen. That's one thing I need to do more of - show repeats and change it up a bit. I mean I don't have an unlimited bank account and I need to slow down on the shopping and pay off some things. I'm really thinking of doing the 30x30 where I show 30 days of 30 items and how I switch them up. I'll need a weekend to fully plan it out.
      Niki

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  4. Hi, I have the same problem you do - the bootie look with skirts doesn't work for me either. I had that same jcrew blouse but returned it for the reasons you noted. I enjoy reading your blog and, as others have noted, that you are willing to post outfits that did not work so well. Its all trial and error but most bloggers never post the fails. My biggest problem now is trying to find decent "extended calf" high boots. At least since you are in Florida, it is a non-issue for you!

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I hate to break it to you but the riding boot doesn't work for me either. And I love, love, love knee high/riding boots. And I've tried extended calf boots (I mean, really, who has 14" calves? paleeze), but they don't really work for me. Look back to last winter/spring on my blog. I'm wearing a pair of riding boots with a black dress and my beloved vest when I lived in CT. If you are shaped like me, that might give you an idea of how they look. Oh here. I found the post: http://fashionatforty.blogspot.com/2012/02/wanna-go-go.html
      I'm hoping Santa delivers a moto boot that only comes up to my calf. I tried them on in Dillards and they look really good. They are the Vince Camuto Winchell boot. Not quite knee high but still a very nice looking boot. A little spendy at $200 but should last quite a few years. Hope this helps.
      Niki

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