summer breeze (aka ruffle revival)


Finally, finally, a warm (albeit humid) breeze has hit Chicago, and the summer clothes can make their debut! I found myself wondering whether it was “white skirt” weather…umm, that’s what happens, people, when you have an 8 month long winter. Your brain gets all sorts of confused about clothes. Anywho, speaking of summer. Is there anything more perfect for summer than a breezy white ruffle skirt? While I was enjoying my ruffles revival, I added white pumps and a tied at the waist button down. I haven’t worn a button down tied since the early 90s, so this outfit ended up being all sorts of liberating. I’m in a white skirt! No tights! Tied up button down! White vintage pumps! It’s warm out! Celebrate! It’s a ruffle (and summer spirit) revival. Thanks for coming, summer.


Top: Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from approx $45)

Skirt: c/o Fuchsia Couture by Liliana

Shoes: vintage via thrift ($2, they were $4, but 50% off sale)

Necklace: Charming Charlie’s (approx $10 on sale)

Purse: Kate Spade (gift)

Nail colors: orange polish (dollar store), gold (Frog in my Throat by OPI)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) With the “tied at the waist” button down, this outfit is definitely casual. However, the other way to style the exact same pieces for a more formal look would be by tucking in the button down and adding a short or long sleeve blazer. If you’re going to invest in staples for all season dressing, skirts are a great option. You can always add tights for cooler weather, which makes them wearable all year round. I think this skirt, for example, would look really great with colored tights and ankle boots. 

2) Shout-out to the lovely Liliana who designed and made this skirt. It’s made of out sustainable bamboo fiber and is very breathable for summer. It almost feels like pajamas (and you know how I feel about that), but clearly looks a lot more formal than pajamas.  When I’m looking for skirts, my top requirement is that the skirt fits (of course), but that it doesn’t wrinkle! I’ve made the mistake of buying a couple of skirts that wrinkle quickly; they end up being a lot of work and looking somewhat disheveled halfway into your day (unless you keep an iron in your office).  One way to check and see if a skirt may wrinkle is to pinch the fabric between your fingers and hold it for a few seconds.  When you let go, look at the wrinkle effect. I’m happy to report that this skirt does not, in fact, wrinkle easily, if at all. Check out Liliana via her online shop via: Fuchsia Couture by Liliana . #yougoLiliana
Anyone else have wrinkle tips? I’d love to hear them! Happy Monday, readers! I hope everyone is having a great start to the week!

21 replies to “summer breeze (aka ruffle revival)

    1. LOL I actually doubted them a lot with this look, but when I saw the photos, I decided it worked. It’s hard to roll with the 80s pump, right?!!?

      On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 1:16 PM, The Fashion Huntress wrote:


  1. Melissa, you are the coolest!!! FINALLY a warm breeze? Honey, I have been outside working with my roses and I am sweltering in horrid heat. It went from nice (70’s) to torrential rain and now to jungle. If I could I would be about in my birthday suit today!! And that is a fact!!! LOVE this outfit!!! Just love it!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

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