Breton Stripes and an A-Line Denim Skirt


I’m trying something new here

Yes, I know, it’s the same old Breton top, and I understand if you’re tired of seeing it… but this look needs a blue and white Breton top, and it’s way too cold for short sleeves… So, bear with me…

OK, so this is the look inspired by my mother’s 1970’s smart casual looks, but with a contemporary twist, and adapted to my style sensibilities.

70's inspired style

First we have the A-line denim skirt… 

That’s a first for me. Actually, two firsts: a denim skirt, and an A-line skirt. Apart from this one, I only have pencil skirts. And I own two pairs of jeans, and a denim jacket that I hardly ever wear.

But when I saw this skirt in a shop window, I just had to try it on. And 10 minutes later it was on its way home with me.

Yes, that’s how I do my clothes shopping: I see something I like, try it on quickly, pay and go. I hate looking for something ( I never find what I want). I still do it, but not very often. Lucky for me I have a lot of time to just browse in shops, and whenever I find something that I really like, I get it then and there because when I come back for it later, it probably won’t be there anymore. Just to be clear: I don’t buy new clothes every week, maybe not even every month…

So, here’s my message to any fashion designers out there: look, over here, a woman more than willing to spend her hard-earned cash on beautiful outfits, why don’t you have anything to offer her???

calf hair bag

Sorry, digressing here a bit…

So, the bag… well, it’s old. I found it in my own closet when I was doing a half-hearted wardrobe detox. Which makes me think that maybe I should put a bit more effort into my spring cleaning; who knows what’s lurking at the back of the closet?

And the pencil pendant? I found it in an second hand shop…, oops, a vintage shop in Alexandria (the one near Washington D.C.) a couple of years ago.

denim over 40

I’m wearing:

Breton stripe top: Banana Republic (old) / denim skirt: Cubus / bag: Adax (old) /

 shoes: Clarks (old) / sunglasses : Chanel (old) / silver pencil necklace: vintage

Do you plan your spring wardrobe shopping?
Or do you just see what’s out there and see if it works?


Linking up with: A Touch of TartanSewingadicta, Mis Papelicos, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish


  1. Jill James
    13 April 2015 / 11:04 am

    You always wear your Bretton stripes so well, I saw from your previous posts that you have practiced for some time. A perfect dressy casual look for Spring and into Summer.P.S. Your previous post on your stylish mother was wonderful, such impeccable style.

    • Tiina L
      14 April 2015 / 5:27 pm

      Thanks, Jill! Yes, I guess we could say I'm addicted to Breton stripes… Maybe I should go into some sort of rehab, try them in another colour or something…

  2. Natalia Lialina
    13 April 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Congratulations on your successful experimenting with a new type of skirt! I hope there are more to come, it's fun to experiment, isn't it? This top really shows off your beautiful curves. I like how the pendant looks with it. I too am rather an impulsive shopper – I buy what I like, it's rare that I look for something in particular. xx

    • Tiina L
      14 April 2015 / 5:25 pm

      Thanks, Natalia! I'm not into experimenting, I tend to go for what works, but every once in a while… I find shopping very frustrating, especially if I'm looking for something. On the other hand, if I happen to come across something I like, better snatch it up because it will be gone if I don't.

  3. Jessica Jannenga
    14 April 2015 / 4:30 pm

    I really love the a line skirt on you, the stripes and the red bag! I have been looking for a red bag, and see it in my future. Lovely look on you and you were ahead of your time with the pendant!Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess

    • Tiina L
      14 April 2015 / 5:22 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! The A-line skirt is really a first for me. I struggle to find skirts that fit properly, and usually go for a pencil skirt (better waist to hip ratio), so I'm really happy with this one.

  4. Anne M Bray
    12 May 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Both the boat neck stripes and the A-line denim remind me of things that I wore in my youth. Ah, memories…I'm a total impulse shopper, online or brick and mortar. I don't allow myself to "shop" much though. It's how I save money.Thanks for linking with 52 Pick-me-up!

    • Tiina L
      13 May 2015 / 1:49 pm

      I love impulse shopping! The best way to shop, in my opinion, as you're going to love everything you bought.

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