Thursday, December 30, 2010

Little Birds

Sweater: Vintage thrift ($5)
Dress (worn as a top): AA
Belt: J.Crew outlet (gift)
Shoes: Vintage thrift ($7)
Necklace: CuteAbility (secret santa gift from Annie)
While I absolutely adore dressing in winter, with all the layers, texture, and warmth, trying to find a decent location to take outfit photos is an entirely different story. I drove around yesterday for about 40 minutes looking for somewhere that wasn't covered with two feet of snow. I finally came upon this maintenance building in the graveyard, most of the snow around it had either melted or blown away in the intense wind so i was able to hop over a snowbank and take some pictures. Thats the problem with winter: it's so freaking messy!

Anyways, when I saw this cute skirt on ModCloth last week, I knew I wanted it. But when I received it, I had a little bit of a hard time styling it. I feel as though as my 27th birthday draws closer (January 27th), I've become acutely aware of wearing items that may seem too "young" on me. I'm not saying that I'll necessarily stop wearing these items, but I can't exactly wear a short skirt the same way an 18 year old would wear it, I wouldn't even want to wear it the same way. So, when I received this skirt in the mail, I wanted to make sure I styled it in a way that reflected my style and didn't make me look like a five year old! I think adding a big sweater and keeping the other colors neutral worked like a charm. And speaking of charm, I was so excited to receive my secret santa gift from Annie of Time Enough for Drums and the Delightful Dozen! I don't wear a watch so a necklace/watch works perfectly for me, plus I love the thought put into the swallow charms on the side which match my tattoos.

27 comments:

gina said...

Such a cute necklace. Love the sweater - so warm and chunkky, and a lovely color.

Happy (early) golden birthday!

Elise said...

Just love love love the location you've chosen, absolutely perfect. As is also your hair and skirt. Happy New Year!

Aesthetic Alterations said...

The detail shots are great here! And the skirt seems vintage-esque enough that it becomes age-less. OR, your styling has made it so! It looks great.

Vanessa said...

I just had a similar conversation with a friend about getting older and making sure my clothes don't look too "young". I think you did a great job balancing the cutesy feel of the skirt with neutrals. I love that sweater!

thegoodgirlgoneblog.com said...

I love this outfit, Julie. Looking forward to seeing you again at the next swap!

Birta said...

I have the same attitute now when it comes to clothes. I just turned 28 this month and have been wondering more and more if what I'm wearing is too young-looking. Even my hairstyles and make up. I want to look my age, not like I'm trying to look younger.

Love your sweater by the way, especially the color.

Chaucee said...

I really like the necklace you are wearing! And the skirt looks great even if you think it might be too short for your age. I say go for it!

Malicious Mallory said...

I think you styled it well, you don't look too young! :)

tastymoog said...

i thrifted those same loafers some years ago and worn a hole through the sole i wore them so much! earlier this year, i found a similar replacement pair (also vintage), but i still love the old ones! :)

archives said...

that chunky cardigan is heavenly!!!

i totally know what you mean about dressing age-appropriate. i just turned 28, and while i still FEEL 18, i definitely don't want to look like a teenager. nor would i feel comfortable dressing like one. the fact that i've even thought about this probably makes me an adult...le sigh.

La Rizada said...

i agree with your feelings about not wanting to dress too young. i just turned 25, and i'm starting a look a little bit askance at some of the minis i have in my closet. i always want to dress with a sense of fun and style, but it may be that it will have to mature a bit, right?

love your hair in this post.

carrie
larizadablog.blogspot.com

Alana said...

I'm almost 25 and i find myself feeling really in between sometimes and having to think about how old I should look when I dress as well. Sometimes I ask myself, how IS a 24 and a half year old supposed to dress?

I really love how you styled this outfit. The cardigan is just perfect.

curious constellation said...

That necklace is perfect, wow. This outfit as a whole is absolutely gorgeous.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

I hear you on the dressing your age. I'm having a hard time with short skirts recently... if they're flouncy I feel like an 18 year old and if they're structured I feel like a business woman. Pfff. I think the cardigan completely works to counteract the skirt though! I also love the little swallows around the watch.

Nicole said...

I feel you on the whole "is this too young for me??" thing. I scrutinize what I purchase lately because I'm no longer in my 20's, I work in a corporate setting, and I want to be taken seriously (in other words, give me a promotion! ;) But I also don't want to lose my personality in my outfits. It's a balance that you'll learn how to fine tune :)

~Nicole
http://employedpanache.blogspot.com

Rebecca said...

I get what you mean with mini skirts. I recently turned 25 and i find myself asking, is this too short? quite often. I think this looks great the way you've styled it. Lovely tones too.

April, Everyday Forgotten said...

That necklace is so cute! I also love the way you styled the skirt up! It's definately you! Love the colours! :)

upatreecupatea said...

i want those shoes! so lovely!

Nathalie said...

Beautiful pictures and lovely outfit! You look great. I really love the cardigan!

xoaria said...

The sweater is such a beauty, and what a lovely color!<3 I hope your not too cold out in the snow~.
xo Aria Kai.

Dawn said...

Simply beautiful... and I love the historical bldg...

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

Love that over sized cardigan!! And the skirt is cute too.
XOXO

Raji said...

This is such a perfect winter outfit
Your cardigan is gorgeouss

Darcy said...

I really love this color palette. That chunky sweater looks to be the coziest thing ever! Happy early birthday (mine falls two days after yours). :)

Sara C said...

I *love* this outfit...it hits all the right notes! Beautiful caramel colored sweater and shoes, feminine floral pleated skirt, and that necklace is to die for. This is one of my favorites I've seen on you so far!

lisanne said...

what a lovely sweater! wishing to trift one like that for a long time.
i've just came across your blog, loving your style.
i am a recently graduated graphic designer/illustrator, and i think you might be interested in seeing my vintage locket necklaces with etchings in it.
please take your time and check them out!

love from the netherlands,
lisanne

Jessica said...

I reeeeeally adore this look. Yesterday I was thrifting with my mom and I fell in love with an oversized cardi with a similar fit to this one. She kept saying it was too big but I got it anyways because I loved it way too much to walk away (especially for $3.75). And now, you've totally inspired me to style it up with a cute girly skirt! Thanks for the inspiration and for confirming that I made a good purchase!

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