Style Story: Yes, to Ruffles!

I don't naturally gravitate towards whatever the latest trend may be. That is, unless the latest trend speaks in bonafide "Glenda" language. In other words, in order for me to make space in my closet, the trend must speak to me; and talk in such a way, I know we're in total agreement to move our relationship from beyond casual acquaintance status. After all, if I'm to give space in my beloved boudoir, a level of intimacy must exist. 

Lately I've been on a mission to update my skirt wardrobe. Over the past years, I have found skirts to be a major snooze-fest. I mean really, how many pencil skirts does a woman need? Truth be told, I'm not really a pencil skirt kinda girl. With that being said, I set out to find skirts that are creatively interesting. I recently showed you a couple of my acquisitions in Faux Sure, and then again in Twirl-Worthy. Now I'm back again with another skirt that has many of the qualities I love - Wit, Femininity, Flattering. My friends, my latest skirt has me shouting, Yes, to Ruffles!

Yes, ruffles are popping up on everything these days - tops, pants, handbags, and yes, even footwear. I'll tell you, when the industry grasps hold of a trend, it often can go over-board with its grip. However, in this case, I'm loving the witty, romantic feel of a good ruffle; and as you'll see in the images below, the garment says all the right things. Enjoy the pics and I'll meet you below in the comment section.

If you say, Yes, to Ruffles, here's where you can find this outfit...

Outfit Details:
Silver Wedge Sandals by Nina (I've had them for years. Love the Bonanza Strappy Wedge by Badgley Mischka)
All Silver Jewelry was purchased in Mexico
Polish is Ladylike by essie

Sartorial Savvy:
  • I'm in the stage in life where my waistline is becoming more full. Yes, I'm perimenopausal. However, I was told by my physician - the full waistline doesn't have to become a life sentence. She said the mistake many women have made is to think, "Oh well, I'm gaining weight," and then they stop exercising all together. She stated the fuller stomach will leave once the menopause cycle has completed. That is great news since I'm a woman who subscribes to fitness b4 fashion, and keeping my body in the best shape possible is very important to me. In the meantime, to create an illusion of a waistline, this skirt works well with its banded/tie waist detail.
  • With the high volume and detail of the skirt, I chose to balance it with a quiet, simple tank top.
  • Don't shy away from metallic footwear. Metallic is often viewed as neutral and can work with just about any outfit.
  • On your next trip to Mexico, make sure to shop for their incredible array of silver jewelry. I never leave Mexico empty-handed.
  • With this flirty, albeit minimal outfit, I chose to not complicate the look or interrupt the silhouette by carrying a heavy handbag. Instead, I chose to carry a whimsical, feminine fabric clutch.

Before you go...
Catch last Wednesday's midweek style story called ↪WAR AND PEACE↩ I share ways to create an interesting outfit by juxtaposing. 

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  1. This skirt looks fantastic on you! The shape and the length are flattering and, when YOU wear it, it looks so much more "high end" than it does on the website model. You have such an eye for fashion!

    1. Thank you so much, Pamela. It really is a fun skirt. I like the way is flows with my curves. I think a more womanly figure works better than the waif frame of the model.

  2. Loving these ruffles, and I agree that a skirt is best when you can twirl in it! thanks for linking up, xo


  3. What a gorgeous skirt on you Glenda! I bet you wear this quite a bit this spring/summer season! Fabulous inspiration and photos!

    1. Thank you Suzanne! Yes, I agree, this skirt will be in heavy rotation :)

  4. So Fabulous and I love this look on You.

  5. Navy & white are always a great combo. I have a few navy & white striped T-Shirts that are on 'high rotation' in my wardrobe at present! Fab skirt too.

    1. Thank you so much, Louise. I agree, navy and white are such classics - like peanut butter and jelly.

  6. I love it! I love the shoes with it! Perfect.

    1. Thank you so much Kerry. I love metallic. They make a great neutral.

  7. I am not much in favour of ruffles, but this skirt is beautiful and I would wear it too. Not boho, not girly. Just feminine. You chose well to add metal sandals and a simple top. Looking good as always.
    I love what your physician said: the fulness will go away after menopause. I wouldn't count on it. I grew at least 7cm more waist in one year during menopause. Having seen so many muffin tops I didn't wait to see whether it would go away (I was already 55 and well into menopause). I did what is a risk: I went to the best plastic surgeon I could find (reviews, recommendation by my very wonderful GP) and I asked him to suck it away. Took less than an hour and that was that. Still very pleased with it.
    Being an inverted triangle is challenging enough.

    1. I love a pretty, feminine ruffle. This skirt is so fun to wear with heels or flats. I'm glad I made it mine. I'm enjoying revamping my skirt wardrobe. It had grown pretty stale.

      As far as my mid. My doctor said to consider how my mother came through menopause. My Mom was in excellent physical condition. Yes, she developed a pooch, but it did go away when she finished her cycle. She and I had the same body type - hour glass.

    2. Lucky you. Your future looks bright.


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