4.23.2017

Twirl-Worthy

It goes without saying, some things are always in need of celebrating: spring time blooms, the scent from a floral garden, a sunny disposition, and a skirt that's oh-so pretty, and twirl-worthy, that you absolutely must wear it with a crinoline. Did I just say crinoline? Yes indeed. They still make them! Here's the funny part of this story - I visited my local retail store's lingerie department and asked a young lady if they sold crinolines. I was greeted with that dazed look you receive when you realize you're speaking to someone who hasn't a clue to what you're talking about. I simply gave her a polite thank you, and proceeded to text my cousin, LaToya, on where I might locate one...aka - a petticoat. Where did LaToya suggest? EBay of course.  

A couple of days later, my crinoline/petticoat arrived, and I was ready to slip into my floral confection of a skirt, and twirl, twirl, twirl. What is it about the perfect skirt that causes us to partake in such delightful youthful activities? Truth be told, the last time I wore a crinoline under my skirt was for my prom, circa 1984. And just as I did on the dance floor as an eighteen year old, here I am again, 33 years later, with the same desire to make my skirt billow around me. To answer my own question about the desire to twirl in a perfect skirt - though this defining moment can be marked as a truism, it most definitely is the driving force behind the need to twirl - It's just downright fun, and an opportunity that should never be missed! Enjoy the pictures and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


The protagonist in this style story is a vintage Leslie Fay skirt. I would place this skirt somewhere between the mid 80s to the early 90s. Raise your hand if you remember Leslie Fay clothing. I remember discussing the label often in my classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The garden themed skirt is in mint condition, and my goodness, it has pockets. Though the skirt is pretty on its own, I felt it needed a bit more twirl volume. Hence my reason for purchasing a crinoline.

Outfit Details
Skirt purchased from my cousins online clothing boutique: Toya Story Vintage & Resale
 Off the shoulder top: Loft (sold out). Check out the many options at Shopstyle
Obi Belt: Love the suede Louella Obi Belt at Chico's
Barely there ankle strap sandal: Many options at Shopstyle
Polish is Party on the Platform by essie


  
 

  
  
 

Sartorial Savvy 
  1. Bring a garment into the current decade by pairing it with modern touches.
  2. The best way to make such a colorful garment stand out is to pair it with a non-color. By wearing black, the colors in the skirt are even more pronounced. If I had worn hot pink or orange, the over saturation of color wouldn't give this twirl-worthy skirt the attention it deserves.
  3. By giving the skirt more volume, I needed to balance the outfit by wearing a fitted top.
  4. The perfect shape was given to the skirt by selecting a knee length crinoline. The knee length allows the lower portion of the skirt to cascade freely.
  5. Now is the season to bare our feet. Take care of them by treating yourself to a weekly pedicure. This can be done by at home or at a foot spa. 
  6. It's no secret I love to show my shoulders. I was wearing these types of garments before they became trendy. Keep your shoulders luminous by moisturizing and exfoliating. Check out my favorite skincare products on my ↪ Beauty Bar ↩ menu.
  7. Obi Belts are an excellent way to give your waistline more definition.

Now watch me twirl!


 Before you go...

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26 comments:

  1. Love this skirt on you and kudos for bringing back the crinoline.

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  2. This is one my favorite posts of yours! Just fabulous- the skirt is fantastic! I adore the way your shoes and other items let the skirt stand out. Brava, Glenda!!��

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    1. Oh wow, thank you Naomi! I love to read which posts are favorites. I did enjoy putting this style story together. I adore this skirt very much. It makes me smile :)

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    2. Your video makes my heart smile.

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  3. Your tips are excellent. And your skirt is so nice. You might have to fight off bees in summer as the flowers and colours give a very real vibe.
    Greetje

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    1. You are so right, there were plenty of bees buzzing. One landed on me, but I stayed calm. I'm glad you enjoyed the tips.

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    2. I said it as a joke. Never thought it would actually happen. Brave woman!

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  4. I enjoyed the video! You looked like you were giggling! And you should bare your shoulders because they are lovely - sculpted and strong.

    On another note, your husband deserves major cred on his wonderful photography. I'd love to read a guest post authored by him some day with his favorite tips and tricks. Yay Fred!

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    1. I asked Fred to share, but he said he doesn't know if he can explain how he does it. He said he sees a background, and because I know my angles, the pictures work. Granted we take over 200 shots for each post!

      I don't remember if I was giggling. However, after taking 3 takes, I was extremely dizzy.

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  5. Loving this floral skirt, Glenda - and yes I am raising my hand for having owned LF skirts and dresses in the late 80's. The crinoline is a perfect finisher! xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thank you so much Patti! The skirt looked so much more appealing with more lift. It is a fun piece to wear :)

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  6. Love that floral print skirt! The colors do pop beautifully when paired with the black top and shoes. I've come across some really pretty vintage Lesley Fay pieces and they are usually very nicely made. And I'm a big fan of twirling. That's one of my fav things I discovered when I took up swing dancing many years ago. Twirling, petticoats and dancing equals endless fun!

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    1. Oooo, how fun - swing dancing! There's something very nostalgic about spinning. I felt like a kid again. If I had worn the skirt with one of the colors, the look would have been completely different. The skirt would have been lost in a rainbow of color.

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  7. This skirt is simply gorgeous with its bold colors and twirlability! Your simple OTS top is perfect with it. So cool you added a crinoline. Great idea!

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    1. Thanks J. Elle! I still giggle when I remember the look on the young ladies face when I asked if they sold crinolines :D

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  8. Glenda,
    I love this fabulous floral and twirl worthy skirt! How wonderful it is with the simple black top and your tiny waist. Very beautifully shot. Keep it up Glenda. Kisses, Elle-- Love
    http://www.theellediaries.com/blog/

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    1. Thank you so much Twin! This post is receiving lots of attention. The skirt was purchased on a whim through my cousin's Instagram feed. The saturation of color won me over. I immediately envisioned it with the off the shoulder top. I may be wearing it for my upcoming speaking engagement.

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  9. I totally adore your vibrant floral skirt and the crinoline was a genius finishing touch. The black top really draws the eye and just perfect. Beautifully shot , you are a great team.

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    1. Thank you Jill. The hubs and I have come a long way with our photography. Now he climbs trees and walls to get THE shot. It's great fun. I know, right...this skirt is soooo pretty. I love it!

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  10. Glenda you are positively R A D I A N T, I am so glad the skirt and crinoline worked out so beautifully. You slayed it, doll! Even though the skirt looks amazing on you, my favorite part about your twirl video is your pretty and playful smile! Much love, my lovely cousin!
    Luv, Toya
    www.toyastoryshop.com

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    1. Well LaToya, the skirt is a hit. This post has been reshared across social media quite a bit. It's a lovely skirt and I'm glad I bought it. Keep doing what you do :)

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  11. Being a bit (ok quite a bit!)older than you, I certainly remember Leslie Fay - and Jonathan Logan, Tina Page, etc. and grew up wearing crinoline's and hoops!! What an adorable look for you and so clever to pair that beautiful skirt with an off the shoulder fitted top. You look great.

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    1. Thank you so much, Rebecca. The crinoline really makes it even more lovely. Such a fun and vibrant piece.

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  12. What a gorgeous maxi skirt Glenda. Such beautiful floral and colors!


    I Welcome you to stop by my blog as well. Also I run a linkup on Thursdays so stop by tomorrow and every Thursday and linkup your gorgeous style with me. Thanks, Ada. =)

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