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/ 13 May 2015 / 1 Comment


One of the capsule wardrobe rules is to only have things in your current wardrobe that you love and would wear right now. And it is a great rule, but today, I'm going to talk about why I decided to forego it with this denim skirt. Here's the story:

This skirt was a late-ish addition to the spring wardrobe (updated post!). I've wanted a denim button up skirt since I saw this one on asos some time in February. It was just one of those trends that stuck out for me. I'd been wanting to add a couple skirts to my wardrobe and this one was pretty perfect for my style - great colour, simple lines. I could imagine wearing it with most of my clothes, whether it was tees, shirts, crop tops or sweaters, ballet pumps, sandals or trianers. An all-rounder, basically. But ! Because there always is a but, or two with this skirt: it was expensive and very short. A big deal breaker.

And as I searched the internet, all the variations of this button up skirt seemed to come down to mid-thigh or higher. I'm not a prude but I know I do not feel comfortable in short short skirts. Might look decent on the model, won't look decent on me. I needed it to be just a couple of inches longer.

Then on a weekly grocery shopping trip I saw this skirt in Sainsbury's and pondered for a while whether to take it home. It was half-price and definitely not short short. A bit long, actually. And why do the buttons stop two thirds down? But I decided to jump the gun and get it - with the intention to shorten it to my liking. I knew I wouldn't have an access to a sewing machine for some time, so I told myself I'd have to wear it now, tailor later. And that's what I'm doing.

I'm not in love with the skirt right now, but once I chop the buttonless part off (and yes, it will be just the right length then), I think we'll be able to make it work. I can't wait to wear it in the summer. And if I get bored of it, I can dye it black. I love this skirt's potential.

Yes, I broke a rule, but it was for the greater good (haha). What I'm trying to say is, it's okay to follow rules and it's okay to break them from time to time, as long as you have a good reason. Don't go breaking rules just like that now, okay? You have to put some thought into it.

Have you broken any shopping/clothing rules for the "greater good"?

P.S. This look is the second one I created from my weekend trip capsule wardrobe. You can view the first outfit here, it's one of my favourites.
P.P.S. These photos were taken in Bletchley park where Alan Turing worked and lived during WWII and where parts of The Imitation Game were shot. A great movie, by the way and a must-watch.


1 comment:

  1. :) Thanks Marlen for that justification! I'm so glad this button up style is in fashion, it's so clean and pretty and I think it can work for a whole lot of styles! Can't wait to get my hands on a sweing machine.
    xo Kat


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Hi, I'm Kat! A colourful wardrobe advocate and a capsule wardrobe graduate. Need any help finding your personal style and curating your closet? Advice on how to make most of the clothes you have? Or how to pack for an upcoming trip? I'm your girl!


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