Today's post is a little different because I am giving you a look into the future. Seeing as how spring and early summer weather here in the Pacific Northwest has an extreme case of multiple personality disorder, I don't always have amazing weather to work with when taking outfit photos. This past weekend was beautiful though. I jumped at the chance to take photos in the sunny weather - and I'm glad I did! It's back to dreary today.
So let's go back to the future and see what I am wearing to Phantom of the Opera tomorrow!
- Kiyonna gifted me the skirt in this post. Opinions are 100% my own. -
A majority of people here attend shows in shorts and a t-shirt or jeans and a hoodie. The Portland area is just a lot more casual overall. It was a big culture shock when I moved here and sometimes it still surprises me. Whenever we attend a musical, comedy show, or other act at one of the beautiful auditoriums in the city, there is quite the mix of outfits in attendance. I personally find it fascinating.
I still can't bring myself to go so utterly casual for an event like that. I like to dress up a bit. Plus, I obviously find fashion and dressing up fun. I know not everyone feels that way. That being said, I also like to be comfortable and feel like myself. Kiyonna sent me this gorgeous lace skirt recently and I knew it was perfect for this particular outing!
The Matinee Lace Midi Skirt is another item that is equal parts cute and comfortable. It is lightweight with a fuller cut that looks good on pretty much anyone. Seriously. Full skirts like this are my absolute favorite! The crochet lace overlay adds a great texture and extra feminine touch to the skirt, but can be dressed up or down easily. If I wore this at my natural waist, it would definitely be mid-calf on my 5'9" frame. I like to wear my skirts a bit higher though, which made this skirt knee length. I love the way this piece hangs and flows around my body.
The wide knit waistband is soft and comfortable, but that is where I had a minor issue. While comfortable, the waistband isn't particularly cinching to your body. Meaning, it has give as the material is stretchy, but not so much that it tightens around your body. I am wearing this skirt in a 3X and, because I wear it higher on my body, I would definitely need to size down in the future. If you are going to wear this at your natural waist or if your body shape is wider in the middle, your normal size may be just fine. But if you are shaped more like me or prefer to wear this in a higher, smaller portion of your body, sizing down should do the trick. That being said, a stretchy belt kept the skirt in place just fine for me, so it wasn't a deal-breaker.
I wanted a punch of color, so I paired the skirt with this gorgeous blue/purple/black blouse I picked up from Catherines this past weekend. I appreciate the subtle pattern-mixing and love the way the skirt picks up the black color in the top. It would be a great office look as well. I finished the look with some black wedges, silver bangles, and a simple sparkly necklace.
Matinee Lace Midi Skirt - c/o Kiyonna
Refined Blouse - Catherines
Silver Piping Wedge - Avenue (Similar here, here)
Wide Stretch Belt - Lane Bryant (Similar)
Silver Bangle Bracelet - Lane Bryant (Similar here, here, here)
Silver Necklace - Swarovski
How would you style this skirt? Where would you wear it? Do you have a favorite musical or play? Tell me more, tell me more...in the comments!!
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I am a member of the Kiyonna Blogger Brigade and they provided me with the dress in this post. All opinions on the item are my own.