Skirted leggings might sound like an odd mashup or perhaps a piece of furniture but I think they’re a match made in heaven. As soon as I spotted this dynamic duo on the sale rack at Anthropologie back in October, I know that it/they would be a perfect choice for some as-yet-undetermined future special occasions. As it turns, the first of wearing happened this weekend.
A significant portion of The Husband’s family lives in New York and New Jersey. Much of our travels in the past year and a half were related to family events. His aunt has 6 grandchildren and the bat mitzvah of grandchild #5 was this past weekend in Hoboken. Last year, we were here for the bat mitzvah of #4. In early Spring 2016, our daughter joined us for the b’nai mitzvot (double event) of #2 and #3. On this trip, we had both kids with us which made for a really great weekend. They’re headed home now but the Husband and I have extended our time away for another week.
In planning what to pack for this trip, my mode of dress would be mostly casual but I did have to consider outfits for the temple service and for the party. My first consideration for the party was a high/low hem floral dress that I bought last year but hadn’t yet worn. However, after a bit of consideration, I deemed it not quite right for the nightclubbish theme that had been defined for the party. Then I remembered my recent skirted leggings purchase and knew that I had the foundation piece for my party night outfit.
These are not two separate pieces. The skirt is attached to the waistband of the leggings. I think that leggings is interesting option to a typical lining that a sheer overskirt would need. The high/low hem, the ruffle, and the floral pattern give this pairing a romantic aesthetic that contrasts with the more modern style.
The sequin jacket that I bought last year at a local American Cancer Society Discovery Shop (and seen in this post from last November) add sparkle and provide a barrier against the chilly night air. I’ve had both the strappy sandals and the beaded purse for many, many years so my only challenge was finding a top for the outfit.
I envisioned a satiny or velvet or lace top in one of the colors found in the floral pattern of the skirt, perhaps the kelly green or the violet. A significant effort was made to find an option other than black but I struck out on all accounts. It seems that the timing of my search was out of sync with the offerings of holiday wear. I wound up wearing my black sleeveless peplum sweater that I’ve shown in a couple of recent work outfits. A statement necklace that I’d purchased last year on Poshmark finishes the look.
After I bought the skirted leggings, I looked them up on the website to get an idea for styling them. The photos from the online listing showed them with a denim shirt. Initially, I thought this to be an odd choice. Even so, the first time I wore them was with an off-white cable knit v-neck sweater and black chelsea boots. Intrigued by the notion of wearing them with a denim shirt, I put together this look with a chunky knit cardigan and OTK boots.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s link up is Michele, an Instagrammer at @seechele_styles. As a host of a number of challenges on Instagram, Michele describes her IG account as “Real Life Chic Style with a touch of Thrift”. Michele was also featured in my Instagram: Guidelines For Safety post.
Packing for my current trip took place after the photos for this post were taken. Inevitably, a final ensemble can vary from one’s initial plan and such is the case with here. Below is my proof that the only change made was to the footwear. Instead of the strappy sandals, I opted for a pair of lace-up velvet booties that would be (and were) more comfortable for all night wear. Also, I could wear them earlier in the day with tights and a knit dress for the temple service. Photos of that outfit and others worn on this trip will be shared in upcoming posts on Instagram. There will also be a special post on the trip that will be published in a couple of weeks.
One more thought before I sign off. As indicated by the absence of the words in the title of this post, there is no link-up this week. In fact, I’ve decided to suspend my weekly link-up for a couple of weeks. The long hours I’ve been spending at work in the last month has left me with no time to respond to all of the wonderful comments on my recent posts much less comment on the posts that have been added to the link-ups. This has left me feeling derelict in my obligations as a blogger which has been weighing heavily on my mind.
With being out of town this past weekend and the next one, I realize that any expectations that I would perform any better in this arena are unrealistic. So while I’ll still publish my weekly themed posts, there will be no link-up. I will resume the Fine-Whatever link up on November 18.
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