A Very Sophisticated Pencil Skirt…

L.K.Bennett skirt

A pencil skirt and a tucked-in blouse…

I’m having a bit of a Mad Men moment here, combining this lace overlay skirt (which you saw with a trench coat in my last post) with a sleeveless blouse (instead of my usual choice of a t-shirt).

I sort of like this little top (and I’ve worn it on the blog before, with trousers), especially with the skirt. It makes the outfit look a bit more polished and sophisticated, and that’s exactly what I’d like to see my style evolve into. Hmm, maybe I should wear shirts and blouses more often…

how to wear lace over 40

It’s just that I have this aversion to ironing… 

To be honest, I can’t quite remember were we keep the iron, and it seems such a waste of time, really. Think about it, all those interesting activities you could be engaged in instead of ironing… 

Such as what, you ask? 

Well, that’s not really important, is it? The point is, ironing is so boring, and I’d rather watch paint dry…

But let’s move on to something more interesting: shoes.

Michael Kors bag

Yes, this is what passes for heels in my world…

Michael Kors bag

I’m serious, I won’t wear anything higher. I need to feel comfortable, and I walk a lot.

Still,  doesn’t every woman have a few pairs of fun shoes, or ‘sitting down’ shoes, limousine shoes, whatever you want to call them? For those times when we just need to walk from the door to the car?

Well, I don’t have a car (as I’m such a terrible driver, it’s probably safer for everybody), neither does my husband (I promised not to say a word about his driving skills…) and there are no limousines picking me up either. So, yes, I walk, or take the bus / train, and I need shoes that are meant for walking.

Besides, I’m a fundamentally practical person, and as such I see no point in having shoes that are for decoration only.

pencil skirt

I am wearing: 

skirt: L.K Bennett /  top: Kappahl / poncho: Marja Kurki (similar) / bag: Michael Kors (old) / 

sunglasses: Prada (old) / shoes: Hotter Comfort Concept

What about you, do you iron your clothes? 

And where do you stand on comfortable shoes?



Linking up with: 

Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet StyleA Touch of TartanElegantly Dressed and StylishSydney Fashion HunterThe Pleated PoppyGet Your Pretty On, Style Nudge


    • Tiina L
      20 April 2015 / 7:41 pm


  1. Patti
    19 April 2015 / 9:58 pm

    Skirt does look a lot like mad men, and you look lovely wearing it! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo.

    • Tiina L
      20 April 2015 / 7:42 pm

      Thanks, Patti. Mad Men is one of my all time favourite shows, I always look forward to it.

  2. Jill James
    20 April 2015 / 10:05 am

    A very pretty look , your lace skirt and cream blouse, a style you wear so well. I must admit that I do own a few non practical heels, they do not go out much these days, so I am with you on comfort first. Enjoy your week, Tiina.

    • Tiina L
      20 April 2015 / 7:43 pm

      Thanks, Jill. I think I have way too many shoes, and I still struggle to find the right shoes to match to an outfit. Crazy, huh?

  3. Mrs C
    20 April 2015 / 11:41 am

    Gorgeous skirt! Love it! You should wear it more.. lovely. I too need comfort but still buy uncomfortable shoes just because they are pretty 🙁

    • Tiina L
      20 April 2015 / 7:44 pm

      Thanks! Comfortable shoes… if only they made them pretty, too…

  4. Marea Dotz
    20 April 2015 / 3:46 pm

    You always look fantastic, Tiina, but I found it so interesting that you don't drive. Lately, I've become so prone to daydreaming that I've had some very close calls. Not good. So I've been taking the bus around town. A new challenge (especially in California.)

    • Tiina L
      20 April 2015 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you so much. No, I don't drive. It's not that I can't drive, I'm just really, really bad at it. I take public transportation everywhere, which is usually easy just about anywhere in Europe (well, in big cities it is…) But I remember one holiday in Los Angeles, taking the bus everywhere, it took hours…

  5. Jessica Jannenga
    21 April 2015 / 4:26 pm

    Love this lace skirt, the whole look very elegant!! I am with you on the shoes too! Those are cute!Thank you for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Tiina L
      21 April 2015 / 4:50 pm

      Thanks, Jess!

  6. Celia M. High Heeled Life
    22 April 2015 / 12:09 am

    Hi there visiting from SFH linking party … great outfit … that skirt is gorgeous and the punch of color the poncho adds is brilliant.

    • Tiina L
      23 April 2015 / 5:46 am

      Thanks, Celia. Would you believe me if I said I have the same poncho in blue and white, too?

  7. Jan Graham-McMillen
    22 April 2015 / 4:26 am

    Sophistication … you already have that mastered, Tiina! Pretty choices, and more polished together than with a T, as you say. I just iron when it's necessary. I have one that folds down from a convenient closet door, and folds away instantly … I'm more inclined to go to the trouble if I don't have to wrestle an ironing board every time. I also listen to whatever book I'm reading on my Kindle while I iron. High heels? Gotta have 'um, and I do everything in them. I have easily contented feet and legs, I guess. Wish we again lived in a place where public transportation was available! Our nearest grocery is 18 miles away, our business is over 20 miles away, nearest town 45 minues … no busses, trains, taxis. Hope your spring continues to inspire; lovely wrap to keep spring chills away.

    • Tiina L
      23 April 2015 / 5:52 am

      Thanks, Jan. I think you're right about ironing, if it seems easier and faster, you're more inclined to do it. It's crazy, of course, but just having to fetch and then wrestle with the ironing board does make the whole thing seem like so much work. Or ironing in summer… The flat is hot like a sauna to begin with, then ironing… That's why my summer dresses are all a bit wrinkly.

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