Week 4 :: of black and red and tough all over

Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men!

This was to be Floral Week and I had all the inspiration pics and outfits all planned out and lined up in order.  I even took into consideration the warming weather trend, the lessons I was planning on teaching (whether or not they required me to move around or no) and the very important parent meeting on Tuesday.  I had thought of every contingency.

Except, apparently, for the most important one.

If you’re female, I think you know what I’m talking about.  I don’t want to mention it and risk sounding gauche so I’ll just say that it’s the game-changing thing that happens every month and prevents the wearing of whites and pastels.  Get it now?

So, yeah.  No Floral Week this week.  I had to mad scramble to come up with something else, and what with the ridiculous Daylight Savings Time change, I was loathe to put forth too much effort.  Therefore, my friends, I present to you…

:: Maxi Skirt Week ::


I feel that I’ve come full circle with this theme, actually, since my very first batch of pins on Pinterest were for maxis.  It was the tail end of last season (last school year) and maxi skirts and dresses were making a resurgence and I’d said to hell with being short and all the rules that pertains!  I’m going maxi!  So I bought a plethora of maxis, wore a few to the ground, then promptly forgot all about them this season when I hit my color/print/floral phase hard.

I think it’s high time I pulled them out of retirement.

Today’s outfit came perilously close to being pumpkin-esque and Halloween-y.  I didn’t have an oxblood skirt like the inspiration pic and I thought a deep tomato red would do the trick.  But when paired with black, my tomato red morphed into orange.  Blargh.  I was about to scrap the whole outfit and try another when it hit me – I didn’t have to do all black on top.  So out came my prints and surprisingly, with not very much effort, my ensemble fell into place.


The blouse is actually a peplum but when I wore it over the fullness of the skirt, it ended up feeling frumpy.  Tucked in then implementing a patent leather belt to emphasize the tuck, it looks a lot more polished.  I toyed with the idea of a necklace but the print of the top serves as accessory enough.  I did add a pop of color with the drop earrings at the last minute just because.


I like the juxtaposition of hard and soft, especially with something as flowy as this skirt.  The outfit was already toughened up with the moto jacket a là the inspiration pic, but I wanted to kick it up a notch so I opted for moto boots as well.


Would you have used a different shoe with this outfit?  Or do you appreciate the quirkiness of a moto boot paired with a maxi?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Skirt- Tobi
Top – H&M
Jacket – H&M
Belt – Marshalls
Boots – Charlotte Russe
Earrings – Old Navy

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7 thoughts on “Week 4 :: of black and red and tough all over

  1. Sheela Goh says:

    Definitely moto for the feet but I’d have gone with heeled booties because I too am munchkin plus I seriously, genuinely, truthfully can’t walk on flats. They make me feel giddy and woozy and I tend to fall over flat on my face. I actually did, that one time I wore them, when 8 months preggers. I swore never again and switched back to 4″ heels until my tummy popped.

  2. mtsedwards says:

    @Elba: OOOH! I’d been eyeing that seersucker jacket at Target. No bueno, eh? Sometimes, when I think on whether or not to get something tailored, I remind myself that back in the day, ALL clothes were tailored to fit. I even remember being seven and my mom paying a tailor to make me and my sister some corduroy jackets for our first trip to the U.S. So if you’ve been wanting a seersucker jacket and it’s not a spontaneous buy, then I say tailor! That or see if a higher end brand (J.Crew or Banana come to mind) will fit you better but then you’d probably spend as much if you’d gotten the Target one tailored, eh?

  3. Del says:

    I really like the outfit but I’d probably try it with a slightly thicker belt. The one you have is almost hidden in the top pics. Also, a thicker belt may balance the fullness and length of the skirt better… 🙂

    • mtsedwards says:

      What? No comment on my combat boots? :p I did try this with a thicker belt and was gonna go with it but I had this issue with it being too long to just hang but too short to do that cute loop up and over and of course it was too thick for the belt loops that came with the skirt. Then again, this thin belt was really a pain in the arse all day coz I had to constantly readjust and pull it down so maybe i should’ve stuck with the thicker belt after all. Ah, well. Live and learn.

      • Elba Ortega says:

        Cant wait for floral week! I’m still on the fence on maxis. I love how they look on other people but i always feel like I’m drowning in fabric when I try them in. I went to target and yes I spent more than I planned. But I did get several layering pieces – tanks w/ dots and florals and stripes. I also bought a blue sweater and a seersucker jacket. Still not sold on the jacket. Doesn’t fit quite right. Maybe a visit to the Tailor, but I’m afraid it will cost more than the jacket!

  4. jenortega says:

    This does not look pumpkin-esque at all. I think maxi skirt week is a wonderful theme. I still really long for some maxi skirts…maybe you’ll inspire me to add one to my wardrobe.

    Your full pic still isn’t crisp enough for me (my fault). Let’s try using the real camera. Can you email it to your iPhone, and they use the app for layout that way?

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yes, I believe so. And you’re probably more steady and familiar with your camera anyway. Okay, let’s try our photo shoot with your camera tomorrow. 🙂

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