24 March 2011 – Spot the Flower

March 24th, 2011 § 15 comments

24 March 2011 – Spot the Flower, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Cardigan: Gap
  • Tank: Target
  • Skirt: Anthropologie, via eBay
  • Tights: Banana Republic Factory
  • Shoes: Steve Madden, via DSW

End Notes:

Don’t strain yourself looking for florals in today’s outfit. When the weather turned cold and cloudy — after several days of beautiful sunshine — I had to scrap my original floral print-based outfit in favor of some warmer elements. (In this, I must salute L., who’s proudly wearing flowers despite the dusting of snow in her part of the country!)

But, I am mixing stripes, so that has to count for something, right?

I just won this cozy Anthropologie sweater skirt off of eBay last week for only $15. I initially thought that I would have to wait until post-partum and cooler fall temperatures to wear it, but turns out it can sit just fine above my bump (at least for a little while longer!) and the idea of wearing a sweater on my bottom half was just too delicious to resist. I added my Where’s Waldo horizontal stripes up top, then wrapped everything together with a turquoise cardigan and a flower earring-turned-brooch.

Detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

Admittedly, there’s a lot going on here and I suspect that in photographs all these stripes may have me looking slightly more like an extra for Alice in Wonderland than I do in person. But, I find that outfits like these — that push my usual instincts about pattern out the door — are frequently a lot more fun to wear and get me to see my closet in a new way.

Plus, no belt today. Can I get a kudos?

24 March 2011 – Spot the Flower, originally uploaded by academichic.

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§ 15 Responses to 24 March 2011 – Spot the Flower"

  1. Nadine says:

    Beautiful! Love this so much.

  2. I love those colours together. Great outfit!

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

  3. SweetAsCake says:

    I wouldn’t have expected it, but the stripes work beautifully and aren’t too much at all. I don’t even normally like stripes that much, but I love this outfit. The turquoise breaks up the stripes while simultaneously tying them together, since it appears the skirt’s stripes continue narrowing to the width of those in the top. (Or something like that…!)

  4. Salazar says:

    What a great mix of patterns. I never would’ve thought to combine stripes like that!

  5. Cool stripes combo! Love the colors, too! :-)

    Relatable Style

  6. Kitty says:

    Oooooh! I LOVE the two different stripes. Looks so fresh and clean! Gorgeous!

  7. kimmie says:

    I love how you mixed horizontal stripes and vertical stripes. and what a score for the skirt.

    You look lovely, E! :)

  8. Pheobe says:

    I loooove this dress and that color on your cardigan is gorgeous! What a great outfit for a spring day


  9. Christine says:

    This is a particularly great outfit today! (And really, I can’t even see a bump!)

  10. Jenny G says:

    I rarely comment but this is fantastic! Sigh, to have time to wear more casual outfits (as compared to the norm for my job).

  11. Erika says:

    I love the combo of vertical and horizontal stripes. Personally, I think the shoes make this outfit. They are darling, delicate, and add a little extra umph. I wish this style of shoe looked better on me (why don’t ankle booties look as flattering on short-legged ladies?) The cardigan helps break up the lines and you didn’t even need a belt! I rarely see the academichic ladies sans belts but it works here. I’ve definitely increased my belt collection since I started following this blog. Nicely done, E., once again.

  12. casey says:

    I love love this outfit. I was just talking about my new attempt to work stripes into my outfits, and here’s is this shiningly good example! Thanks!

  13. Laura says:

    Love it! You rock the outfit. That skirt is certainly a great score, it is fabulous! And kudos to you for the no belt.

  14. Jessica says:

    I love this outfit. Bold move to put two kinds of stripes together but it really works and is quite eye-catching. Great job!

  15. [...] a fair amount of.  But, I have to admit, this outfit was totally inspired by E.  I loved how she paired her vertically striped skirt with her horizontally red and white striped top and finished the look off with heels and and a cardigan  As soon as I saw it I knew I would be [...]

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