ladylike lumberjack


If you’ve ever looked at my “ooh la la” board on Pinterest, you may already know that I have a serious obsession with all things flowy, sheer, voluminous, and/or tulle. So, when I borrowed this tulle skirt from my sister, I knew I was in for some fun. Tulle skirts are a bit of a quandary for me at work. On the one hand, I want to live in them and twirl around in my office…on the other hand, I find that styling a tulle skirt for work is quite tricky. Decisions, decisions. I ended up pairing this ultra girly skirt with a slightly masculine top for a ladylike lumberjack tulle look gone right. It’s a fall, tulle, flannel dream, readers…I’m swooning.


Top: unknown via Goodwill ($4)
Skirt: Aqua via Bloomingdale’s (borrowed from my sis)
Sweater: Target (gift)
Vest: Aqua via Bloomingdale’s (so old, I can’t even remember anymore!)
Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from $25)
Tights: Target (approx $7)
Shoes: Lula Townsend via DSW ($12 marked down from $79)
Necklace: Juicy Couture charm + Kohl’s necklace ($5 marked down from $24)
Scarf: Express ($7 marked down from $35)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’m a huge fan of tulle skirts, but I do think they can be tricky to style for work. Tulle skirts seem more like a party/weekend type of look to me, but I try to never turn down a challenge to style something for the workplace. If you’re going to wear tulle at work, I strongly suggest a long version versus the tutu voluminous tulle skirts that are wide and short. I actually love tulle in all forms, but I think the short voluminous tulle skirts are practically impossible to style for a conservative work place. By balancing a long tulle skirt with a conservative top and tights, you can easily make the look work appropriate.
2) Vests are back in a big way this season, especially the furry and puffy versions. This vest is from the last time that vests were popular (maybe about 8-ish years ago). I try and save my “trendy” outerwear for the next time it becomes popular. Ponchos, capes, and vests are all back in a big way, so if you saved your pieces from the last go-around, it’s time to pull them back out! I know it’s tough to hold onto things for years that you don’t wear, but I try to limit this solely to outerwear, since I generally just pack it into a shrink-wrap bag and store it under my bed. And, as always, if you love vests, who cares what’s trendy and what’s not? Wear what you love, regardless of any trends. Old Navy is having a great outerwear sale right now, and I think their quality is quite good. If you’re in the market for a vest/coat/etc, check out Old Navy! 
Anyone else have tulle tips? Vest tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers!

40 replies to “ladylike lumberjack

  1. You’re adorable 🙂 tulle is never a bad idea ❤ Also, I adore the buffalo plaid! It's a big thing this year and I'm loving seeing it styled. Great look!

      1. Yes I was wondering why you haven’t replied… Btw, you commented on my blog already and I have new avatar there, so I figured you connected the dots (dots…get it? pun intended XD )

  2. If I “borrowed” that skirt from my sister she would NOT be getting it back. And I agree, vests are back this fall in a big way. I haven’t seriously wanted a fitted “puffy” vest in a while, and now I can think of tons of ways to syle it.

  3. i so love this! i’m also a big fan of anything flowy, sheer, and most especially tulle. ❤ love how you work it for office look, you need to steal that skirt from your sis. 😀

  4. OH. MY. GOODNESS! Melissa, you just about made me fall off my chair with this outfit! This is YOU, so totally YOU and you can pull this off! How you combine opposites and designs is mind blowing. I LOVE flowy skirts and when younger and really into dancing, I wore flowy all the time, one of my dresses looking very much like the skirt you have on now. You are fantastic! You are SO talented and I hope for YOU that you RUN with this talent! The way you can put clothes together and get a HOT look, any designer IMO, would LOVE to have! This outfit by far is my favorite on you! *longing for my dancing days* Just wowowowowoow!!!!! YOU ROCK! (((HUGS))) Amy

    1. Awww Amy!!! YOU made my entire day! Your words and photographs always offer much needed respite and then you’re so encouraging in your comments! I really appreciate your kindness- more than you know!! And I love that the look reminded you of what sounds like a great memory. Xo!!!!

  5. Drooling over you $5 Juicy Couture necklace and you have all of us swooning over your fab outfit creation with you, crafty lady. Pairing this ultra feminine skirt with the ahhh soooo trending plaid shirt was an excellent idea. Fall perfection!

    XOXO Nensi & Natasha

  6. Tulle skirts are so much fun! You did a great job styling it for the office. You’ve opened my eyes to wearing tulle during the day. I’ve always thought of tulle skirts as a night look but this button up plaid, sweater and vest combo makes this look office chic 🙂 You could definitely take this look from day to night.

    xo, Jackie

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