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Styling a ruffled mini-skirt plus the value of a cardigan – Weekly Wardrobe

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I’m pretty sure back in the day, we called them Ra-ra skirts, but to be honest, I was never fashionable enough to really know! Choosing an outfit that looks good, but is also suitable for climbing rocks is actually quite difficult and I’m not sure I entirely succeeded with this one, especially considering the wind! However I had thick enough wool leggings on for decency to not really be an issue, and sturdy enough boots to tackle the terrain so who cares about anything else really?…..

Styling a ra ra skirt

Styling a red rara skirt

Outfit inspo

Outfit inspo

So this is what I chose to wear on a little family day-trip scouting out possible photo-shoot locations for Oshun, and as well as a successful day doing that, it would be silly not to take advantage of a new location for my Weekly Wardrobe outfit post. The skirt came from Next in the January sale, and if you’d like to see a little video of it on, take a look at my sales clothing haul video where I style it with a pink ruffled jumper. I wasn’t sure I was going to keep it actually when I first picked it up off the rail because it’s a bit shorter than skirts I usually wear and I wondered if the style was a bit young for me. However, I am of an age wear comfort is a big priority when choosing clothes (sad, I know), and the wide elasticated waistband is quite appealing to me, so I went with it!

red ruffle skirt

Red ruffle skirt

styling a ruffled skirt

Styling a ruffled skirt

I’m glad I did actually, because Chris bought me these Timberland boots for me for Christmas, and I think calf-length boots; or any chunky style boots look better with short skirts rather than knee-length ones. They did get rather muddy that day though!

An outfit for hiking in!

An outfit for hiking in!

transitional spring wardrobe

Transitional spring wardrobe

The navy blue cardigan was from H&M and is one of the softest cardigans I own. It’s a good length for this skirt, and also my more ‘fifties style flared skirts so it’s definitely getting its cost-per-wear value. As the sun dipped into the horizon of the sea and the warmth disappeared with it, I really needed a cardigan too! Cardigans are really underrated if you ask me! We were watching a Location Location Location the other day and Kirstie mentioned to the house-hunter who turned up in a vest that she should have brought a cardi. Both the kids looked at me and said, ‘You’d be such good friends.’ People talk about needing a ‘transition wardrobe’ at this time of year to take you from winter to spring, but all you really need is a good collection of cardigans!

A navy cardigan

A navy cardigan

You can just about see the lace of the long-sleeved thermal top poking out from underneath the cardigan. You can see it a bit better in this previous fashion blog post, but as the holes in it really make your bra show through, I rarely wear it as outer-wear. It was made in Somerset by a brand called Molly & Isla, but I can’t find any details online about the company.

Pretty necklace

Pretty necklace

The necklace was bought as part of a bundle from ebay.

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Hopefully we won’t be needing thick leggings, thermals and cardigans for much longer!

Linking up with the fabulous ladies at #iwillwearwhatilike at Not Dressed as Lamb and #visibleMonday at Not Dead Yet Style.

 

 

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Patti

I agree – cardigans don’t get all the respect they deserve! You look terrific and thanks for linking up. xo

Patti
http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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Helen

Thank you Patti; and thank you for hosting 🙂

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Amellia Mae

Yes! 100% they were rara skirts, I had a purple one 💜

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Helen

Yay for the return of the rara!

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jodie

Helen—that’s exactly how I feel about cardigans!! In fact we styled an entire series around them about a month ago trying to wear them in different ways!! Because they are one of those items that we have, but probably don’t love like we should!!
And I love having all lengths of skirts—no matter what your age!! In fact, I’m planning on creating a series around dress extenders to help with that issue!!!
Jodie
http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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Helen

Happy to find a fellow cardigan lover, Jodie! More people need to realise the value of the cardi!

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