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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Vintage Midi Skirt, Flats & Statement Sleeves, over 40!

Vintage Pleated Midi Skirt, Superstars & Statement Sleeves, over 40!

Today I'm wearing a vintage pleated midi skirt...

What is the most awkward (and unflattering) length of skirt?
In my opinion it's the midi!

{What is yours?}

The midi-length hemline can look seriously frumpy.
This vintage midi skirt was originally part of a wedding outfit worn by my (4' 10") MIL in the 80's.
{See the top/tunic part of the outfit HERE}
This midi skirt must have been a maxi on her!

Vintage Pleated Midi Skirt, Superstars & Statement Sleeves, over 40!

Because of my current birthday-cake-&-can't-be-bothered-doing-any-exercise food baby, this midi is VERY unflattering on the the tummy area!
An elasticated waist and textured pleats coming straight for the waistband....yikes!
Not a great look.

Vintage Pleated Midi Skirt, Superstars & Statement Sleeves, over 40!

Luckily, wearing a sloppy jumper over your midi skirt is a 'trend' at the moment... Phew!
The statement sleeves on this jumper offer even more distraction from my mid-section.





Vintage Pleated Midi Skirt, Superstars & Statement Sleeves, over 40!

I also borrowed my daughter's new adidas superstars.
I love them!
{I am secretly hoping she grows out of them... and soon!!}
Sshhhh...don't tell her I wore them today ­čś«.

This outfit felt current and incredibly comfortable.
Would you have worn it?

SKIRT: Vintage... no label except "Italian" ... this one is nice.
SHIRT: Urban outfitters... this one is perfect.
JUMPER: Topshop
TRAINERS: Adidas

Vintage Pleated Midi Skirt, Superstars & Statement Sleeves, over 40!

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What is your MOST awkward skirt length?
Please share in the comments and tell me why!
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22 comments

  1. It's funny because when I wear this length skirt, Samantha, I feel the same way. Yet when I saw the photos (of both yours and mine)...I like how they look!
    So maybe it's that funny perception of the mirror vs. the camera?
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. That is SO true Jodie!
      The mirror can be our best friend (especially for a rear-view to check for that dreaded VPL or back-fat-ooze), or distort our image inside our minds.... we tend to focus on a certain part of our bodies and not see the "bigger picture".
      I always think a quick snap can speak volumes.
      Especially before heading out to a big "do".
      XXX

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  2. I think this is a very clever way of reinventing a potentially 'frumpy' skirt and making it look current (the quality of it looks lovely, by the way).

    I'm quite short and stumpy - plus my legs are certainly my best feature - so I do best in skirts on or above the knee. I avoid midis and maxis!

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    1. Don't call yourself Stumpy Fran!
      You are petite, and petite ladies look fabulous in shorter hemlines.... although my eldest daughter is 4'11" and she wears culottes, minis, midis and maxis too... all with either flat shoes, trainers or chunky platforms.
      Anything goes really doesn't it?
      As long as you feel comfortable and confident....rock those fabulous pins!!
      XXX

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  3. Midi is definitely the most challenging length for me and I only wear them (if I have to) with long boots. Otherwise they cut off my legs at their widest point and look frumpy.
    You've applied your special coolness to the look...Love the statement sleeves!
    Gail
    www.isthismutton.com

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    1. I like the look of a midi with boots, especially if the skirt covers the top of the boot...very chic!
      Thank you for your kind words Gail.
      XXX

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  4. I have to agree with you Sam, the midi is so very challenging, but you've not shown any obvious signs of that here. The sloppy joe is a great ploy to hide any midriff issues (really?) as well as looking uber cute. And hey, I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only mum who borrows her daughter's stuff!
    Anna x
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. We are naughty aren't we Anna!? She is only just 12....and her feet are getting too big for me to borrow her shoes! Booooo.
      As for the sloppy joe....MUCH needed at the moment. Although I am starting a Yoga class which should help a bit. (pounds go on and drop off quickly, luckily only a few at a time!)
      XXX

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  5. I love, love a big sweater over a pleated skirt (and I think this midi looks great on you). And that you "borrowed" your daughter's sneakers - how fab is that? Thanks for linking, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  6. I have a great fondness for these pretty pastel teal/turquoise colors.
    I think you look really cute in this look. You've either toned down the frumpy factor by wearing the cool Adidas OR you've given yourself over to the "cute version" of frumpy (funk frump?) by wearing the Adidas. I can't decide... Anyway you made me smile!!

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    1. I just gave in to comfort Judy.
      All other shoes seemed too dowdy and a bit boring.
      These were so comfy too! I am reluctant to hand them back. :O) XXX

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  7. I love a midi. Much more flattering than a mini when your legs are as dodgy as mine!!

    I struggle with anything with extra fabric/ fuss at the cuff as i find it adds visual bulk at the thighs (already my widest point!) when my arms are down by my sides so I'm struggling to find a version of these fluted and frilly sleeves that works for me.

    These colours are so lovely and spring like but the jumper still looks so cosy.

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    1. They ARE really hard to wear Rachel!
      All of that volume is in a tricky place.
      What about the sleeves that come out at the elbow? Do they work better with your curves? XXX

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  8. Yes I would definitely have worn it! It looks absolutely fabulous with the Adidas - and I love that you hid your 'baby' with a longer jumper lol. Great sleeves too :D
    Suzy xx
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. Thank you so much Suzy....although it feels like twins!! XXX ;o)

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  9. I love your outfit, it looks modern, relaxed and cool, I like all those blues shades and the contrast created by wearing a pleated classic skirt with sneakers and a pullover. So lovely sleeves!
    I think that a midi skirt could be the most unflattering length, but you rock it, even without heels!. Brilliant!
    besos

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    1. Hahaha...yes Monica, Heels make a midi more flattering. Although they made me feel a bit matronly and like I needed a smarter top.
      I wanted sloppiness and comfort today so trainers won! XXX

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  10. A great casual quirky look here Samantha, I would love to wear this outfit out myself! (And of course LOVING the silver-like striped Superstars!)

    XO, Liyana
    | Affordorable

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    1. Have you tried the midi length over a skinny trouser yet Liyana? XXX

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