The skirt is one yard of printed foil-on-spandex that I bought from Spandex House on St. Patrick’s Day one year. A friend and I were visiting New York for an overnight trip, and somehow we ended up in the Garment District looking for fabric. *cue innocent face*
Also somehow, despite looking for small pieces of green fabric, I ended up with a yard of this amazing stuff. Printed foil on spandex, it doesn’t actually stretch. But it’s shiny and flippy and every time I wear this skirt I get TONS of compliments. Seriously. In this skirt I’ve gotten compliments from men and women, young and old, plain and eccentric — I never fail to be astonished at the variety of people who notice my makes, much less take the time to comment.
The skirt is no pattern. I cut two rectangles as big as I could, then saw how my hips and other curves distorted the pieces. I cut some godets and inserted them evenly around the skirt to accommodate my curves. Then I attached some 2″ wide fancy elastic for a waistband, and called it a day. The seams are unfinished because they will never, ever, ravel, and the hem is treated the same.
That being said, there are precious few places I can wear this skirt without being inappropriate. It’s *really* shiny. So when I met up with a friend to meander around town one afternoon, I grabbed it and walked out the door. Well, I grabbed it and some accessories: sunglasses a few summers old, from Payless; new earrings from So Good; wallet about a year and a half old from Target, and pedicure in that same turquoise color I’ve been wearing all summer: Swimsuit…Nailed It, by OPI. Technically in this shot, I’m wearing Austin-tatious Turquoise, also by OPI, but as I write this I’ve got Swimsuit…Nailed It on my toes. I know the current trend in nail color is screaming neons, but I love looking down at my toes and being reminded of the beach. Anyway, I’m clearly rocking the metallics trend!
What about you? Are you sampling this summer’s neon nail colors/experimenting with metallics in your wardrobe, or trying any of the other current trends?