Today is the last day of the Use it or Lose it Challenge! I'm finishing things off today with an OOTD, and I'll post a summary tomorrow of my progress on the challenge.
Ahhh, the Ackee Pencil skirt. Where did you and I go wrong? Why did it take us so long to forgive each other and move on to a decent-looking outfit?
It was love at first sight when I reviewed you (here) and I bought you immediately when you finally went on sale (here). And then I tried to wear you on Memorial Day weekend:
Yeah, that's right. I changed before I went out, but I did seriously attempt this outfit. There are some things I just don't let you see, folks.
I was scarred. So were you, I think. We needed some time apart after this incident. You sat in my closet for the next two months while we existed at a standstill; unable to forgive each other and unable to move on. I decided that I needed to be the one to make the first step towards reconciliation---largely because you are an item of clothing and lack a will of your own.
So, I attempted to learn from my prior mistake by refusing to play into the patriotic nature of the skirt (not having a national patriotic holiday nearby helped). I chose a contrasting top and neutral shoes that wouldn't fight with my torso. I think this works, though.
Use it or Lose it? Ultimately, this skirt is much less versatile than I thought, but it's too pretty for me to bear letting go of yet. If I continue to have difficulty styling it (i.e., more second pictures than first pictures) I may have to reassess my stance on this piece.
In this Outfit:
J.Crew Silk Pocket Tank (4, but size down one from your normal size. A 2 is better for me in this shirt)
Anthropologie Ackee Pencil Skirt (6)
Anthropologie Coalescing Necklace
Anthropologie Button-Down Heels by Miss L. Fire (40) (scored at Buffalo Exchange in Philly)
Gold/Pearl Hoops via Ideeli