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8.4.11: Vintage maxi skirt and puff sleeve blouse

8.4.11: Vintage maxi skirt and puff sleeve blouse

8.4.11: Vintage maxi skirt and puff sleeve blouse

8.4.11: Vintage maxi skirt and puff sleeve blouse

8.4.11: Vintage maxi skirt and puff sleeve blouse

8.4.11: Vintage maxi skirt and puff sleeve blouse

8.4.11: Vintage maxi skirt and puff sleeve blouse

Outfit stats: * skirt – vintage shop * blouse – people tree * shoes – clarks * bag – vintage shop in paris * butterfly brooches – one from when I was little, one from a charity shop

This is for Everybody, Everywear, where this month the theme is maxi skirts and dresses. I love this theme because it made me dig out this skirt, which has been stashed away in my box of vintage stuff that I never wear or doesn’t fit me but that is too precious to get rid of. I used to wear it a fair bit when I was in my early 20s, but I never really cracked how to remix it, and I still find it difficult to pair with stuff. Not many colours go with that orangey/brown in my mind weirdly! Suggestions welcome!

Anyway, this time I paired it with a this silk puff sleeve blouse, and the result is a something like 1970s Victorian. I also found a new photo location, a car park/derelict garden, which is nearer my flat than the warehouse building I’ve been using recently. There is quite a lot of rubbish about that place, but I think I managed to keep it out of the pictures.

Maxi Skirt/Dress | Everybody, Everywear

On Saturday when I wore this we were going to a ‘my big fat gypsy wedding‘ themed birthday party. For those of you that don’t know, this was a documentary series about the Irish Traveller community in the UK, with a focus on the weddings, where brides are really young and have the most ludicrously massive dresses, that are often so heavy that they pull the brides’ skin. One dress weighed 14 stone! It was a big talking point and you couldn’t miss it, even if, like me, you’d never seen it.

For the party, the birthday girl actually made herself one of those massive wedding dresses, with a lace bodysuit with glittery stones sewn onto a pink bra and fairy lights in the skirt. It was quite amazing. I decided not to dress up though, since travellers are the single most discriminated against group, and although I can’t say anything about how respectful the actual programme was, I wasn’t really comfortable with the borderline racist comments it provoked, especially on Twitter, and therefore with the dressing up in a taking-the-piss way. Plus, I thought this outfit was vaguely costumey anyway, if to a completely different theme.

Have you seen the programme? What did you think?

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  • SACRAMENTO 12 April 2011, 7:36 am

    My dear franca, you look soooooooooooo wonderful in this maxi skirt. Love the blouse , too very much.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • Citizen Rosebud 12 April 2011, 8:48 am

    Love the skirt and how you styled it. I would also pair it with a simple white T and flip flops. And with a bitchin' puffy heart pin WHICH incidentally I happened to get in the mail today- I love it! MUAHZ!

  • Penny Dreadful 12 April 2011, 8:49 am

    What an amazing skirt, I love it. I didn't watch the series, though I did watch the one-off last year. I love things that are tasteless and flamboyant, so found the dresses and theatrics of the weddings great fun to watch. However I have a big problem with how inherently sexist the culture is, I couldn't keep watching it because I found it too uncomfortable. xx

  • oranges_and_apples 12 April 2011, 9:03 am

    Wooo, that was quick! Something Dave sent to the US took more than 3 weeks!
    And glad you like it!

  • poet 12 April 2011, 9:35 am

    Great outfit! Maxi skirts are difficult indeed, I only wear them for fancy occasions if at all, or maybe when I don't have to bike… you've styled it very well though! And thanks for the early reminder of Everybody-Everywear. I missed it last time but I'll be on board this time!

  • MrsBossa 12 April 2011, 12:45 pm

    Very nice! Love that shade of 70s orange/red – you're reminded me about a 70s vintage dress I need to post about… xx

  • two birds 12 April 2011, 2:27 pm

    this skirt is absolutely fabulous!

  • Danielle O'B 12 April 2011, 5:13 pm

    I love the Victorian 70s vibe! Only you could pull this off and look amazing! I watched an episode on youtube just now and it was super interesting. I'm Canadian and I didn't know anything about this group of people. They really are discriminated against with their reception halls pulling out of the wedding at the last minute because they discovered that they were travellers. The dresses are insane but they seem happy enough to continue their culture and live they way they want to…

  • Jeanofalltrades 12 April 2011, 5:39 pm

    When I think "maxi dress" I think '70s – your vintage outfit is the real deal! It looks terrific. The pattern is great! I lke Rosebud's idea of pairing it with a white t-shirt and sandals. I suppose an orange T would look fresh too – and a bunch of long necklaces!

  • Melissa 12 April 2011, 7:09 pm

    You look fabulous in your maxi skirt! I really like it on you.

    I've never heard of that before…so I don't really have thoughts to share!

    Come take a look inside A Working Mom's Closet

  • Charee 12 April 2011, 7:28 pm

    OMGosh, this skirt is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! I love the print and you styled it wonderfully!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mrs. J 12 April 2011, 7:35 pm

    You look fabulous in that maxi skirt, I love the blouse you paired it with and those beautiful accessories. Where did you get that ring? I love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • oranges_and_apples 12 April 2011, 7:47 pm

    Thanks! I bought the ring from an a market in Berlin!

  • Fashionforgiants 12 April 2011, 7:56 pm

    That skirt is amazing! I can see why you wouldn't want to give it up. Have you tried it with an aqua or teal? Both of those look pretty good with rust.

  • emilyknightley 12 April 2011, 8:59 pm

    Love the 70s feel to the skirt and the vintage bag. Great outfit ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that the birthday girl made herself a "big fat gypsy wedding" dress – amazing!

  • Katie 12 April 2011, 9:32 pm

    Love the skirt, and 1970s Victorian is a perfect style to emmulate. And I've tried to watch the Gypsy documentary so many times, but they never play it in the states and BBC won't let me watch it online ๐Ÿ™

  • brittneynsmart 13 April 2011, 3:50 am

    ooh, i absolutely adore the retro print and colors of your maxi skirt! and your shirt's fantastic. you look adorbs, utterly and absolutely.
    -brittney
    http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com (my daily outfit blog)

  • Moniquezuman 13 April 2011, 4:29 am

    That skirt is so pretty! The colors are amazing!!
    Monique xx

    misszuman.blogspot.com

  • Gypsy*Diaries 13 April 2011, 8:19 am

    That skirt is such a gem!!!!
    xxx

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com

    P.S: Iยดm having a $100 Beauty giveaway (YSL, Chanel… etc). Just thought you might be interested! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Helgavontrollop 13 April 2011, 10:31 pm

    I've seen/heard something about this,somewhere,but not the programme you are talking about. I freakin' LOVE your skirt!! And the ring.MMMM.
    I haven't had the colours run on my tights,interestingly.Or I haven't noticed! I checked,and they do do a plus size,and it looks like that's what I should have orderd.My bad. I was lucky and got mine with free shipping;they were running a promo for Australia/NZ at the time.We don't seem to get this customs duty thing you guys get? That was on top of the shipping cost?
    XXX

  • Melissa Blackett 14 April 2011, 3:57 am

    I love your skirt! I have quite a few maxi dresses & skirts that I love to wear. I really like your accessories as well.

  • oranges_and_apples 14 April 2011, 7:39 am

    Officially anything over ยฃ18, or ยฃ36 if its a gift (I think, something like
    that anyway) from outside the EU you have to pay customs on. The sender has
    to put the value on the label. But its a bit hit and miss whether the
    customs people will catch it, about 70% of the time stuff will arrive in the
    post unnoticed, but occassionally they withhold it and then you have to pay
    the actual fee, plus and ยฃ8 'handling charge'.

    WLC should make their sizing clearer so you know what to order. I wouldn't
    even have got extra large if I were you!

  • Rebecca 15 April 2011, 11:43 pm

    I'm loving the prints of all these maxis – yours is particularly awesone! Such cool colours. Also that bag!!!

  • Tracey 16 April 2011, 12:40 pm

    Your maxi skirt is gorgeous … you wear it so well, and the colours are fabulous (especially given the autumn weather I've been experiencing in my part of the world).
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  • Emma at Daily Clothes Fix 17 April 2011, 10:18 am

    Totally awesome skirt, very vintage and very lovely.