First up: my apologies. I have not done an outfit post in so long, partly due to recent ill-health. This year, Ben and I have not had a proper holiday (I took 3 days off around Easter and we had a weekend in Margaret River at the magnificent Injidup Spa Retreat for our 12 year anniversary, but that’s been it), and I am feeling it acutely, both in mind and body. The year has been incredibly challenging – more about that in my upcoming ‘year on reflection’ post – and I am someone who really suffers physically when mentally I don’t feel well.
I felt good enough, however, to take a few quick snaps yesterday and hope you enjoy the outfit, which has a distinctly ’50s vibe, due largely in part to the full swing skirt and little cropped cardigan.
I bought this heavy cotton jersey skirt from yoox in its last designer clearance. It is by Dsquared2, an Italian label helmed by Canadian twin brothers by the names of Dean and Dan Caten. Dsquared2 is renowned for its opulent, sexy, extravagant, rock’n’roll designs and has been worn by everyone from Jennifer Lopez and Rita Ora to Coco Rocha and Jessica Chastain. When I read the Caten brothers had worked for Gianni Versace in the early ’90s, I could immediately draw a parallel between the two fashion houses. I nabbed the skirt for US$80 and it would retail in store for at least $800 – it is still available here for purchase!
I paired it with a blue and green floral print cotton cardigan by English designer Paul Smith. I bought the cardi on eBay for about US$30 several years ago and am ashamed to say I’ve barely worn it. I love how fresh and vibrant the colours are, perfect for a cooler summer’s day. Underneath the cardigan, I layered a white singlet and a blue singlet by Italian designer Giada Forte. As I have not been up to wearing tall heels of late, I finished the outfit off with my ever faithful Laurence Dacade patent leather, nude, block heel pumps (first seen here). The pumps I purchased from eBay about 2 years ago for approximately US$40 (they retail for about $750) and they are absolute wardrobe staples. As I am wearing such strong colours, shapes and patterns, it is appropriate to keep the shoes neutral in this instance.
I can’t help but feel super feminine in this skirt and am loving the nod to the 1950s.
Happy Tuesday folks!