Wardrobe Experiments 1: Cute vs Attitude

summer skirt

“It looks like kitchen curtains”

That was the first impression this skirt made on my husband… But I liked it. It reminds me of the cute gingham summer dresses my mother used to wear. So, in a way the skirt evoked some happy childhood memories…

And it has pockets! And it allows free movement! It’s practical!

So, the skirt appeals to me on both emotional and rational level, and in my book that’s good enough a reason to get it. Hubby will get used to it.

The only problem is that I don’t do cute. It’s just not me. I blame all those frilly dresses I had to wear as a child, and a lifetime of being told to look pretty… Besides, anyone who knows me would describe me as terminally sarcastic, drawn to pessimism, and a bit of loose cannon when it comes to politically incorrect opinions. In other words, definitely not cute

So, I needed to add a bad-ass t-shirt to balance the outfit out. After all, I wouldn’t want to misrepresent myself…

casual summer over 40

casual summer wear over 50

Outfit details:

skirt: Zara / t-shirt: Mango (old) / bag: Furla / 

shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Marimekko

So, what do you think of this outfit: kitchen curtains, too cute, or too much attitude? 

Let me know in the comments.


PS: I want to thank debwlv for the very kind comment on an old post. I tried to publish it and accidentally deleted it instead… Should not try to do these things on the iPhone, I guess… Anyway, that was a very sweet comment, and it made me very happy.


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  1. Patti
    28 May 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Badass + cute is an irresistible combination. Love this look. xox-Pattihttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Tiina L
      31 May 2017 / 2:05 pm

      Thanks, Patti.

  2. Natalia Lialina
    29 May 2017 / 12:24 am

    Tiina, I think you did an excellent styling here – love this skirt especially with such a contrasting top! Perfect balance to suit your personality!

    • Tiina L
      31 May 2017 / 2:05 pm

      Thank you, Natalia.

  3. Shybiker
    29 May 2017 / 2:49 am

    I find your aversion to cute to be interesting. Not sure I understand it but it fascinates me. The skirt is nice and needs no justification; if you like it, wear it. Glad to hear you don't take fashion advice from men. 🙂

    • Tiina L
      31 May 2017 / 2:09 pm

      Well, I probably had the childhood wardrobe you wanted: pastel colours, pretty dresses and frills and bows… I think I simply overdosed on all that stuff.

  4. Nancy's Fashion Style
    29 May 2017 / 6:20 am

    I love contrasts in an outfit! Next week I post an outfit wearing the perfect tee for you! But I love this skirt, the whole look is something I would love to wear!

    • Tiina L
      31 May 2017 / 2:09 pm

      Yes, I love contrasts, too. And Rock t-shirts…

  5. Emma Peach
    29 May 2017 / 9:19 am

    I almost bought that skirt yesterday when I popped in to Zara. I ended up buying another skirt but if I'd known it had pockets I'd probably have bought it! I liked the dress in the same pattern too. I didn't have much time to browse or try things so I'll have to go back. I love the graphic t-shirt!Emma xxx http://www.style-splash.com

    • Tiina L
      31 May 2017 / 2:10 pm

      Yes, I think it was the pockets that sold it to me. There's a dress, too??!!

    • Emma Peach
      6 June 2017 / 6:43 pm

      Yes a short sleeved, slightly flared shirt dress. I think bizarrely it was about £10 cheaper than the skirt, if my memory serves me correctly.

  6. Kellyann Rohr
    29 May 2017 / 10:17 am

    I LOVE that skirt!

    • Tiina L
      31 May 2017 / 2:10 pm

      Me, too!

  7. Jill James
    29 May 2017 / 11:44 am

    I really like your your combination here Tiina. Yes, the skirt could be too cutsey with a different top and not your style at all.Wear it your way because you like it and it suits you .

    • Tiina L
      31 May 2017 / 2:10 pm

      Thanks, Jill.

  8. Sasha Shut
    30 May 2017 / 8:26 am

    I love skirt! It's great combination!

    • Tiina L
      31 May 2017 / 2:11 pm

      Thanks, Sasha.

  9. Nicole Mölders
    2 June 2017 / 4:26 am

    You look great in this look. Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party.

    • Tiina L
      2 June 2017 / 8:15 am

      Thanks, Nicole.

  10. Jessica Jannenga
    2 June 2017 / 2:59 pm

    LOVE this skirt on you, and I saw this and debated the shirtdress. Love the print! Thanks for linking!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Yes, I loved the print, too. And the skirt is so comfortable! Thanks, Jessica.

  11. Suzanne Carillo
    6 June 2017 / 8:39 pm

    I almost bought this same skirt. It is very cute. I like how you've styled it. BisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      7 June 2017 / 8:51 am

      Thanks, Suzanne.

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