Sunday, 4 September 2016

Frills and Lace

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Out of my comfort zone: frills and lace

This is me, facing my childhood traumas head on. Well, some of them. I'm talking about frills, of course.

When I was a little girl I was dressed in cute frilly dresses on a daily basis. I think there were very few outfits without full-on frills, ruffles or at least some sort of a lace border. My mother certainly went out of her way to prove the old cliché about new mothers wanting to dress their daughters like pretty, little dolls... And I suppose I didn't really have a problem with that, either; as I recall, I was the ultimate girly-girl. When I wasn't wearing my own little frilly outfits, I was playing dress up in my mother's old petticoats and frilly negligees...

elegance revisited
elegance revisited

But then I turned into an angry teenager, with a preference for jeans and a studded leather jacket... And since then I've had a bit of an aversion towards anything frilly or lacy.

Well, there were a few experiments with the New Romantic off-the-shoulder tops in the 80's, and the anything-goes-as-long-as-it's-trendy fashion school phase, of course... But mostly my outfits tend to be streamlined and simple.

stripes and frills
ballerina flats
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But then I saw this skirt...

And I just had to get it. It makes no sense. Frills and lace, the two things I usually avoid like the plague, and I just couldn't resist...

Well, I have worn a lace pencil skirt on the blog before, so maybe this didn't come totally out of the blue...

Anyway, the skirt is navy, not black, and I thought it would look fabulous with a linen Breton top (of course).

And where did I wear this outfit? Well, first to work (notice the rather heavy tote bag I'm carrying...), and then to dinner after work.

poncho

Outfit details:
skirt: Zara / t-shirt: Zara / shoes: Clarks / Bag: Furla / 
sunglasses: Marimekko / poncho: Marja Kurki
location: restaurant Saaristo (Klippan, Helsinki) 

How do you wear frills and / or lace?

Tiina
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26 comments

  1. It's just beautiful, Tiina. Love your sunglasses too! And what precious photos of you as a child, such a lovely girl!

    I am also not big on lace and frills, though I appreciate it on others and experiment myself from time to time as well. I am glad that you acted on your impulse! You look happy wearing this outfit!

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    1. Thanks, Natalia. I really, really like this skirt, and I'm happy I got it. Yes, I don't really like frills and lace, but I suppose there's an exception to every rule...

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  2. You look wonderful in your new skirt, Tiina! And I really enjoyed the pics of you as a wee girl. It's fun to change up our personal style every now and then! xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Patti. I guess we could say that I'm revisiting my childhood here, in a way.

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  3. It's funny how you were dressed in frills and lace and disliked it as a child. I was prevented from wearing those clothes and hated that. Too bad we weren't switched at birth. :-)

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    1. I didn't mind frills and lace as a child. I was quite a girly-girl, a real little princess: I loved pretty dresses and playing dress up. Maybe I got an overdose of sorts?

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  4. I know what you mean about frills , but this skirt looks wonderful on you. The striped top works so well and takes away the little girl look. Sweet photos of the little Tiina too.

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    1. I guess there's a way to wear frills for everyone, even me. And anything looks good with stripes.

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  5. I think this is the most beautiful picture of you I have seen!The one after the childhood pictures! It could be in a magazine! I think, without knowing you really, this is you! You are looking absolute beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Nancy! That's so sweet of you. Actually, I wasn't sure if I should post any of these pictures as the light wasn't so good (we took the pictures just before sunset)...

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  6. Looks really good on you, this skirt. See? Sometimes we have to reevaluate old "rules". Love the pictures of your youth.
    Greetje

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    1. I totally agree. This is the 'grown-up Tiina' version of frills and lace.

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  7. You look so pretty! <3

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you, that's so sweet of you to say that!

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  8. oooH! I love the lace and the layers of frill gorgeous in navy! I wear lace pencil skirts, shift dresses etc. I love the shape of those pretty red flats too and loved hearing about what you wore as a little girl! I remember polyester pants!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thanks, Jess! This outfit is a bit out of my comfort zone. Well, lace and frills are out of my comfort zone, but I think I managed to make this outfit suit my own style.
      Oh yes, polyester pants, I remember those, too.

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  9. I love the nautical vibes of this look! Thank you so much for joining my link up, I appreciate it!! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW FASHION POST

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    1. Thank you. Yes, nautical is what I was going for. And the photos were taken on an island...

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  10. See...and I was just the opposite---I hated frills & ruffles as a kid!
    But now...I think they are fun!
    I especially love the red flats with this---very classy!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes, they are fun. In small doses ;)

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  11. I love these pictures of your younger days and your great skirt today!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  12. Beautiful pictures, I love this black skirt so much!
    Alnis
    http://alnisfescherblog.com

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    1. Thanks! The skirt is actually navy blue. Navy is sort of 'my version' of black. It's very dark, but a bit softer and gentler on my skin than black.

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  13. Wow this is a great outfit for work and then dinner out. It is perfect for that type of day. I'd call it elegant, and casual, but dressed up.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. That's actually quite a good definition, exactly what I was going for.

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