A few weeks ago one of my friends left the following comment on this here blog: "I am looking forward to you coming over and telling me how to wear all these random pieces in my own closet! Help!"
That comment got me thinking (actually that comment and a very brilliant suggestion from Lexi). Why not start a semi-regular segment where real world friends and bloggy friends submit "difficult" pieces of clothing? I’ll then accept the challenge and figure out how to style each piece. Fun right? Right. So here we go.
For the pilot closet challenge episode, I decided to go back to the inspiration herself. I asked Olivia of Of Such is the Kingdom if she really did have any problem pieces to submit. She quickly responded, "My purple skirt. I bought it for $2.50 at Ann Taylor Loft--it's a size too big, so it sits on my hips, but I can't figure out how to wear it or what to wear it with?"
Here is said "Low on the Hips Sitting Purple Skirt"
These are the looks that I've come up with for Miss Olivia:
A Night on the Town
I feel like this purple skirt would work perfectly with an ultra feminine floral blouse. She mentioned that it might be a little big, so I wonder if using the silver chain belt to give it a paper bag type waistband might work? However, if that looks too bunchy, and it must be worn at the hips than the blouse can be untucked and belted at her natural waist for a more flattering and current silhouette.
The tailored black leather jacket is cut a bit longer just in case we're going with the "skirt at the hips" scenario. It also counteracts the ultra girlyness of the blouse, skirt and stockings with a little bit of an edge.
A Day at the Museum
Knowing Miss Olivia the way I do, I had to give her another option for that purple skirt. She's an uber fun and creative Mommy who is always taking her adorable brood on adventures around our fair city. Here's a look that's a bit more casual and probably a more comfortable for a day at the Creative Discovery Museum or perhaps a mandatory stop at the playground. The ballet slipper inspired flats reminded me of Olivia the moment I saw them and I know those green accessories will just pop against her beautiful eyes and blond hair. Plus who doesn't want to wear a pink rose cocktail ring?
(I snuck a denim jacket in there for you, Olivia)
You really should stop by and say "hello" to Miss Olivia today. Every Wednesday she hosts a Fashion Wednesday Link Up at her blog Of Such is the Kingdom. Stop by and show off your style!
Do you have an item in your closet that absolutely challenges you?
Drop me a line and we'll feature your item on a future Closet Challenge!