Are You Feeling It?

summer smart casual

I don’t know if I like this skirt or if I hate it

I guess it depends on the day. The last time I wore it, I loved it. And when these photos were taken I hated it. For no particular reason, I just wasn’t feeling it, I guess.

Or maybe I was just having one of those days. You know, when nothing seems right, or you find yourself at odds with the universe. For no particular reason.

maxi skirt over 40

I’m a rather analytical person. OK, that was probably the understatement of the year. Let’s try this again… I’m quite an analytical person. To the point that I can look at anything from several points of view and argue for (or against) all of them. And I overanalyse everything. And I mean everything. I think too much, even about all sorts of trivial things.

Yet, when it comes to clothes I often trust my intuition. If we can call it that. Intuition, I mean. I just instantly know that I like something, and that it will make me feel fabulous. Or the opposite. And I never regret buying something when my decision is based on intuition.

I never got that ‘I-know-this-is-right-for-me’ feeling about this skirt. I sort of liked it but I wasn’t quite sure. Something about it was not quite… I don’t know what, exactly. I wasn’t feeling it; I talked myself into buying it.

statement accessories

I rationalised: it’s super light, crinkled silk/viscose mix, and it obviously doesn’t require ironing. And the best part is that it takes no space at all in the suitcase. Just what I need for my holiday wardrobe. It’s perfect, in theory. I wasn’t feeling it, but it seemed like a sensible choice.

Actually, I’ve always felt the same about the shirt I’m wearing, too: ‘every woman needs a classic shirt, right? It goes with anything, and I can wear it forever’.

That’s why I seldom wear it. Because that’s the way I am: if something feels right, I wear it all the time. I have clothes that I have featured on the blog so many times that I’ve lost count.

This shirt has been featured maybe 3 times. Usually when I’m scraping the bottom of my wardrobe for something to wear because I’m bored with all my clothes or feel that I need something ‘new’ to wear for a blog post.

Yes, I know, some bloggers find that blogging forces them to be creative and do something with all the clothes they would otherwise ignore. I’m not like that. I’d happily wear just a few favourite pieces over and over again. I get very attached to my favourite clothes. I have cashmere sweaters I’ve had for 10 years, for heaven’s sake!

Oh well, maybe it’s the combination of this skirt with this particular shirt that isn’t working for me. Or maybe it was just one of those days. After all, the skirt is feather-light, non-iron, and takes no space in the suitcase at all…

chic minimalism

Outfit details:

shirt: Marks and Spencer (old) / skirt: Grizas /

bag: Furla / shoes: Van Dal (old) / sunglasses: Prada

Do you ever talk yourself into buying something?


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  1. Nancy's Fashion Style
    19 August 2018 / 7:17 am

    I think that skirt looks very very good! And the blouse on top of it is great too, but I think you can wear anything on that skirt!

    • Tiina L
      22 August 2018 / 12:22 pm

      Thank you, Nancy.

  2. No Fear of Fashion
    19 August 2018 / 9:09 am

    I like both tems and I like the combination. So it must have been one of those days. I tried to figure out for you what was the difference between the first skirt styling and the second. (I analyze a lot as well.) The difference for me is the length of the top. In other words proportions. Noe, again, I have no problem with the second styling at all, I like it. But perhaps you feel differently and perhaps the proportions are the key? Just trying. As we say in Dutch, it is the lame helping the blind.😂🙃.Fab bag by the way.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      22 August 2018 / 12:27 pm

      Thanks, Greetje.No, it's not the proportions. I think it's the style and material of the shirt. It'a shirt (instead of a t-shirt, as in the first outfit), and I find it's less comfortable. I've never liked shirts. I mean, they look nice; I just find them somehow restricting. As in, restricting my movements. Also, in the first outfit the t-shirt was linen jersey (yes, again, it's about comfort…) whereas this shirt is viscose. Which would be fine if it was jersey…

  3. señora Allnut
    20 August 2018 / 8:50 am

    I like your skirt, and it has fab qualities as it's comfy and fits you nicely! and it looks perfectly comfy&cool with the striped shirt!. I think that your skirt would be perfect as a base for some layering, but that's not minimalism!I believe that intuition is key when buying clothes!besos

    • Tiina L
      22 August 2018 / 12:28 pm

      Thanks! Yes, intuition is key. In many things, not just when buying clothes. I'm on a life-long mission to get out of my head (so to speak) a bit more and trust my intuition.

  4. Patti Gibbons
    20 August 2018 / 12:48 pm

    I hear you loud and clear – there are pieces I want to wear all the time (and do, except for blogging pics). I like this look on you, but if you don't look forward to wearing it, it's not as much joy. I do love packable clothes, and this skirt packs well, yeah? xox-Patti

    • Tiina L
      22 August 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Thanks! Yes, the skirt packs well. And it also look good with t-shirts (which is how I'll most likely wear it).

  5. mummabstylish
    23 August 2018 / 8:21 am

    I feel the same sometimes – can put something on one day and love it the next it's just wrong – maybe that's just women – lol. Thanks for joining the #chicandstylish #linkup today. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Tiina L
      23 August 2018 / 11:14 am

      Yes, maybe that's it. Thanks, Jacqui.

  6. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    23 August 2018 / 12:42 pm

    I can't see what it is you don't like about the skirt – I think you look great in it. Although, if you don't feel it, you won't feel yourself! You might grow to love it… Maria xx

    • Tiina L
      24 August 2018 / 8:23 am

      I guess it was just one of those days… Thanks, Maria.

  7. Nicole Mölders
    24 August 2018 / 4:21 am

    You look stunning in this outfit! Three times isn't that often. Moreover, it's a classic. So what.

    • Tiina L
      24 August 2018 / 8:25 am

      Thanks, Nicole. Yes, three times is not often, given that I wear most of my clothes over and over again. Oh well, a classic…

  8. Emma Peach
    28 August 2018 / 11:07 am

    I really like this outfit, but I know what you mean – sometimes you just don't feel right in something. You might feel completely different about it another day…it happens to me a lot! Thanks for linking up!Emma

    • Tiina L
      28 August 2018 / 2:08 pm

      I know! It's really about your mood, isn't it?Thanks, Emma.

  9. Radostin
    3 September 2018 / 7:03 am

    I think you have described the problem yourself: this outfit combines two of those items that are simply a good idea, rather than things you really feel excited about. I don't think it means you need write off either garment; just remember in future to wear either of them only with another garment that you find more exciting.

    • Tiina L
      3 September 2018 / 1:18 pm

      Yes, I think that's it, precisely.

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