Inspired by the maxi skirt trend, I shopped my tita’s closet and found this gorgeous patchwork skirt, which I learned she bought in the States way back in the 80’s. And it is still as fab as ever, with the colors still bright and the cotton not frayed at all 🙂
I know I should keep everything else simple but the colorful skirt made me want to go all out bohemian and lean towards the “more is more” philosophy. This skirt is so forgiving and may be worn even on “I feel fat” days and even if I’m petite, I think I still pulled it off even with flats 🙂 In fact, some even say that long skirts can even make petite women look taller since it lengthens the look, especially if you pair it with wedges or clogs.
But keep in mind that this trend is still not as easy as other pieces to style. From Glamour Magazine, I found some Easy Steps for Pulling Off the Maxi Skirt in Style:
#1. Define that waist. There’s one surefire way to look like a shapeless sack in a maxi skirt–by hiding your gorgeous figure under too much fabric. Glamour suggests adding a belt to give you a distinct silhouette and help emphasize the waist.
#2: Show a little skin. Glamour says that a little flash of flesh will keep your maxi skirt far from grandma territory. I decided to pair it with a beaded white cotton tank top, which I chose over a brown tank top because it was all looking too dark.
With my first choice of brown tank top from Mango.
(I only included this photo because I look so happy here!)
#3: Mind your proportions. Glamour cautions that this one is especially helpful if you’re not a supermodel–don’t go big on the top and big on the bottom, because too much volume can give the appearance that you’re bigger than you really are. So to flaunt curves, tuck in a fitted top or if you want to cover up, you can use a boyfriend blazer and cinch your waist with a belt. I used a fitted top and a belt for definition.
I tied the look together with a brown fringed satchel bag with turquoise details, stacked wooden bangles, and embellished flats, all in keeping with a more-is-more bohemian look.
White cotton embellished tank top -bought in bazaar
Vintage brown leather belt- gifted
Vintage maxi skirt-from Tita Gay’s closet
Thrifted brown fringed satchel bag
Camel embellished SM Department Store flats
Bangles from The Landmark, Boracay, and Ilocos
I wore this outfit one Saturday afternoon spent malling and shopping with my nephews and nieces (children of my cousins) who are always a joy to be around, and such joys to photograph also. 🙂
And for my blog’s first ever “share the contents of your bag” feature, I present to you my 8-year old niece, Chayana and her Hello Kitty bag 🙂
And then we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon enjoying the simple joys of McDonald’s and hot fudge sundae 🙂 I’m sorry for so many pictures of these kids but I’m being such a stage tita 🙂