I used to wear the occasional pencil skirt back in LA, but ever since I moved home and started to bike to work, I’d given all of them away. I’ve never been crazy about them anyway – they always come off too “business corporate” for my taste. However, when I saw this skirt in one of my favorite vintage/secondhand online sellers, I was drawn to the kick pleats and the row of buttons (and of course, the brown plaid), so I decided to give pencil skirts another try. It took some getting used to on the bike, but the pleats help a lot in making it easier to move in. It’s too bad that I got it so late and the weather is getting a bit too warm now, but I’m looking forward to wearing it more next fall/winter.
Although the weather has cooled down, it’s still fairly warm (most days are 27-28C), so I’m still wearing my lighter clothes, but I try to stick to autumnal colors – navy, brown, green, mustard – and autumnal prints (plaid, mostly.) I even emphasized the autumnal feel with a leaf brooch. I know wearing colors by seasons (like no white after Labor Day or wearing red/green during the winter holidays) is an antiquated fashion rule, but sometimes I can’t help it. It seems weird, somehow, wearing bright colors and floral prints during these moths, no matter what the temperature is. Does anybody else feel the same?
The plaid-dress-turned-skirt last week was part of my quest for a summer plaid dress, which was a bit of a bust – yes, I could wear it as a dress, but it’ll probably need some layering, which, in this weather, is a big no. So when I came across this other plaid dress at a vintage store, I decided to grab it even though it looks quite similar to the other one. I could wear it as an actual dress and it has a pocket! Yes, just one pocket, which is a little weird, but at least it’s better than none.
I told you there would be more green things on the blog, didn’t I? When I first saw this dress at the thrift store, I hesitated because it has a polyester lining (why would you do that? Make a dress in cotton and line it with polyester, thus negating all the benefits of the cotton?), but then I saw that the lining can be removed quite easily, and well, you bet that I snapped it up right away. It’s pretty much the perfect dress for me – the length, the style, the color are all right up my alley. The only demerit is that it doesn’t have pockets, but well, you can’t have everything.