A Skirt for All Seasons

February 9, 2014

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Some things just work again and again…and again.  Here’s a case in point.  This is what I wore today: my long striped maxi skirt and a coat that I recently purchased from Diva Diva Boutique (Instagram @divadivaboutique), a small shop with great vintage and pre-loved clothes at amazing prices.

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This is what I wore a few weeks ago.  And now, for those of you who remember Mr. Peabody’s Improbable History, Mr. Peabody would always say, “Sherman, set the way-back machine for…(a particular date in history)!”

I confess I didn’t watch the cartoon because:  a) I was a TINY bit older when it started airing, and b) as a child I wasn’t allowed to watch much TV.  I’m not upset about that but I do joke that I’m culturally deprived.  I depend on Joey to share his enthusiasm for all the cartoons of his childhood.  Consequently, I’m claiming this “memory” because it’s become a part of our family lexicon, if you will.   So, Sherman…set the way-back machine!

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Worn here with a top made from thrifted and upcycled tshirts.

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Okay, I’m going to cheat just a little because I have a thrifted dress that’s almost identical to the skirt, but I COULD have worn the skirt here, you know?

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Guess I like those red boots, huh?  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Theme and variations, here and here.


I guess I never imagined that this skirt from H&M, which I refashioned with a wider waistband, would serve me so well, including here and here.  So thank you, Sherman and Mr. Peabody, for allowing me this little retrospective.  If nothing else, I’ll  know what to pack the next time.

I’m linking up with Visible Monday; hope to see you there!  XXOO


Since this post is about styling things again, I thought I’d share how I wore the coat today.

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I started with thrifted bellbottoms, and a thrifted and upcycled top (I sleep in these… true confession), a thrifted vest, plus a hat from DSW, and even though you can’t see them, the boots were thrifted too.

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I added on the coat,

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and topped it off with one of my upcycled cowls (or “ponch-owls” or “conchos”).   I was good to go.  Oh, wait!  Sherman, one more time if you would, please.

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See you next time.  XXOO









32 Responses to A Skirt for All Seasons

  1. Ashley on February 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    That totally is THE perfect maxi!

    • Jean on February 9, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks Ashley! I’m glad you stopped by! I’m going to enjoy reading your blog. :-)

  2. Pam@over50feeling40 on February 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Loved seeing all of your different ways to style the skirt, Jean! It is a great piece to have in your closet…you look lovely each time!

    • Jean on February 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      What’s really funny is that I’ve worn it countless other times without photos, you know? Who knew how versatile it would be! Hope all is well with you. Thanks for stopping by. It’s been crazy for me but I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to.

  3. Olga on February 10, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Seems like this skirt is one of your wardrobe’s favourites. And I understand why: lovely print, maxi length, great fitting and so versatile! Beautiful combinations and every time look different.

    • Jean on February 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Thank you! It was so interesting to look back and realize that these stripes seem to go with almost everything. :-)

  4. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on February 10, 2014 at 1:57 am

    You know…I really notice the different moods you’ve created. The skirt is the same in each photo, but the accessories and tops, and your hair, all add layers of emotion and mood! Lovely!

    • Jean on February 10, 2014 at 11:11 am

      When I looked at these pictures I recalled the various moods that created them too. Funny how that works.

  5. sandra on February 10, 2014 at 5:44 am

    I just love every single way you have worn your skirt, and your up-cycled tops are amazing, particularly the poncho/tassle top, it’s gorgeous! x x x

    • Jean on February 10, 2014 at 11:12 am

      I can’t wait to pull it out when the weather gets a little warmer!

  6. Vix on February 10, 2014 at 7:52 am

    You have me hankering for a black and white skirt (or dress!) now, I love how you’ve styled them, they look fab with everything. I’ll have to dig out my stripy tights instead!
    I didn’t watch much tv as a kid either, we can both be clueless together!
    Love you! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Jean on February 10, 2014 at 11:16 am

      I have a picture of my 5 yr. old grandson wearing black and white stripe pajama bottoms. I almost included it in the post. :-) If I come across a skirt or dress with your name on it, I’ll be sure to pass it along. In the meantime, I’ll love seeing how you style your tights!! Love you too!!!

  7. Curtise on February 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

    But you know, Jean, I LOVE to see the same pieces re-worked and re-imagined over time, it’s completely right to wear what you love again and again! Your new coat is a beauty, I can see that becoming a favourite piece too.
    PS You featured in a dream I had last night; I know you were there, I just cannot for the life of me recall the context or story of the dream! But the vibe was good, I know that much, because when I was rudely wakened by my alarm, I wanted to get back into the dream, I felt I was missing something! xxxx

    • Jean on February 10, 2014 at 11:19 am

      I’ll bet we were about to score an amazing thrift find or two and heading out for something fabulous to eat. I know I’d be crushed if that dream were interrupted, especially if we were hanging out together!!! XXXXOOOO!!!!

  8. The Style Crone on February 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

    The striped maxi skirt is a hit every time! It’s one of those pieces that looks divine with everything that you choose to wear with it. And the coat! What a find! Looks like Diva Diva Boutique is the place to be. Which reminds me – your Diva products are definitely making your hair shine!

    • Jean on February 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

      One of the reasons I’m impressed with the shop is that the woman who owns it volunteers for a philanthropic organization (can’t remember which one). Many of the pieces are donated from other people in the organization. She could charge way more money but instead chooses not to, making them very accessible. Her size range is extensive and her eye is good. I appreciate all those choices on her part.

  9. Grunge Queen on February 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Ooh, I love all the different ways you’ve styled that skirt, Jean. It’s not H & M, it’s your creativity. And I think I need to see more of that first coat – have you shown it before? Xo

    • Jean on February 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      No, I purchased it quite recently and this was it’s first outing. I wore it again today and will try to add on a quick pic to this post. XXOO

  10. Dawn Lucy on February 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    You’ve inspired me to go find my black and white maxi in the back of the closet and put it to good use! :)

    • Jean on February 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      With your sense of style, I know you will!!

  11. Forest City Fashionista on February 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    You can’t beat stripes! That is the best skirt, and it looks amazing with everything. I’m kind of drooling over those flowy bell bottoms :)

    • Jean on February 11, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Yesterday was the first time I wore them out. I’ve always used them as pajama bottoms. Silly me.

  12. Jan Graham-McMillen on February 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

    It is absolutely a gift to be able to wear maxis (not to mention stripes!) and have them make you look even taller and thinner! Honestly, Jean, if I didn’t adore you so much I’d be green. You wear everything so well, and have such great taste to make it sing. Sigh. I will be like you in my next life, I just know it. Great finds, and making them your own with restyling and/or perfect combinations with other worthy pieces makes every piece so much better.
    See … every so often I just have to burst into hyperbole about how much I love your blog and your mad skills and lovely self. I’m all better now.
    Does Joey know that there is a new Mr. Peabody and His Boy Sherman feature length movie soon to be released. You should go.
    Rocky and Bullwinkle, Boris and Natasha, Fractured Fairy Tales … very politically astute! All us old kids watched them … so did my mom. She was a serious politico, and I inherited that from her.
    Great post, darling Jean!

    • Jean on February 11, 2014 at 11:53 am

      First of all, THANK YOU!! I always appreciate compliments, especially from someone who uses the word hyperbole. :-) Secondly, when we went online to find the link to the cartoon, the new movie popped up first.

      Joey was horrified. He is a purist when it comes to his cartoons. XXOO

  13. Veshoevius on February 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Your legs look like they go on forever in striped maxis! What a wonderfully versatile skirt and this is actually also a brilliant showcase of how versatile your upcycled designs are. I love the bell bottoms!

    • Jean on February 11, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks V. !! I have to say that when I put on my upcycled stuff, I’m never uncomfortable. Maybe because I’ve made it all with me in mind? I’ve also noticed that it all seems to go together cohesively. Pretty cool.

      Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you’re well and dancing up a storm. :-)

  14. Melanie on February 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Wow, Jean, you make this maxi look absolutely brand new in every styling, your eye for mixing it up can’t be beat. And that last mix with the coat, concho, and grey pants is a visual party. If you walked by I’d still be watching trying to figure out who you are and what you have on.

    • Jean on February 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Ha ha!! We’d be eye-balling each other, for sure!! I’m always amazed at the sum of your parts, trying to figure out how you did all that!!!! I’m still determined to meet up and hang out. XXOO

  15. Feda on February 13, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    That skirt is great. I love wearing things over and over. It’s fun to mix and match. Those staple pieces never get old! I loved allll the ways you styled it! So talented Jean!

    • Jean on February 13, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      I have to bring the skirt to Boston next time, right? XXXOOO!!!!

  16. Rosalind on February 17, 2014 at 6:44 am

    You are elegance personified in the long, lean maxi. A treat to revisit the various stylings too. I do enjoy the thrill of wearing items I’ve had for years in new combinations.

    • Jean on February 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      It makes me wish I’d kept more things over the years but I seldom know what’s really going to stand the test of time. At least now I’m a little more aware of what I love.

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