November 03, 2008

Youthful or Sophisticated?

This weekend, I came across a dilemma. I found two very very good bargains and can only get one. Both are 70% and both are very hip this season items. They are also very different however and cannot exactly be compared apples to apples, but here I go trying anyway.
I first came across this skirt on the Marc by MJ sales rack at Bloomies. It is not exactly my usual style, and in fact, if I saw this picture (above) I wouldn't even consider it (you got to admit, it doesn't look that great). But I decided to try it on anyway, along with a bunch of other stuff, for fun. It was one of those items where you put it on and WHAM- you look great in it and you really want it! Thats what happened for me anyway. I've never owned a pencil skirt, cause I always thought they'd make me look short, but this one was just hot. The cutting was flattering, it is different from what I already own and it definitely has hip edge to it, with its shiny fabric, fishnet pattern and zips. And then I got out of the changing room and the skirt accosted me again on the mannequinn. So despite the hip being just a tinsiest bit loose on me, I bought it 40% off at Bloomies.

Afterwards, of course I went online and googled it up and sent it to HG and all my other girlfriends for their opinion. Most thought it was not me, but HG thought it was really cool. The two of us then proceeded to spend all night analyzing its pros and cons and how to wear it. I
t's tough, because it's a bit in between officey and casual, being too hip for the office but too formal for the streets. I was originally thinking just a black top and boots will do the trick. HG pointed out that it would look very officey and too formal looking, and that I got to wear it "hip" with bright colors like in the picture above. As I said before though, I'm not very fond of the styling above. A good alternative would be to wear it with black and add on a large pink scarf like this one. But I'm not about to spend more so I can wear a skirt. Oh, guess what else I found? I found that Saks was selling the same skirt for 70% off! Yes, I am the type of girl who must have best deal in town. So I made the trip to Saks (good thing everything is so close together) and I came across this:
This tulip shaped pink skirt also 70% off, also from Marc by MJ. As I said, they're not exactly an apples to apples comparison. This one is more youthful, fun and punk, while the pencil skirt is more sophisticated and rock. This one is also easier to pair though. Since it is already so colorful by nature, wearing all black everywhere else is a given. I can even pair a hip short jacket with it. Plus, this skirt can definitely not be mistaken for office wear!

So in the end, I opted for the fun, youthful and easy to wear skirt instead and decided to leave sophistication for later. It all sounds very logical now, but trust me, it took a LOT of debate for me to get to this stage!

Image Source: Saks

23 Comments:

Blogger Adrienne said...

Can you tell me who that top is by in the first pic??? I love it! Thank you!!

11/03/2008 10:35 PM  
Blogger Xiaoke said...

yay for magnificent mile! everything is ridic. close
btw will you share some of the ways you came up with for "hipping" the pencil skirt? was there anything else other than the bring pink scarf? that look would be great tooo

11/04/2008 1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to know the source of that large pink scarf. It's gorgeous.

11/04/2008 1:35 AM  
Blogger Eve said...

I think you definitely made the right choice! Its what i would have picked anyway.


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11/04/2008 3:33 AM  
Anonymous E said...

haha, I said the pink one!

11/04/2008 3:36 AM  
Anonymous Cecilia said...

i agree with the final decision :)

11/04/2008 3:52 AM  
Anonymous Toni said...

I love your choice!

11/04/2008 4:05 AM  
Blogger Celeste said...

I honestly like the second one better. The first one is cute too, but the second one would be more wearable. Plus the color and print is so fun!

11/04/2008 5:13 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Goodness me! I say buy that tulip skirt!! Yes; because youthful is what you are, and I see so many possibilites!

11/04/2008 7:38 AM  
Blogger ash said...

i would go with option one!
let us know which you actually do buy!

11/04/2008 8:13 AM  
Blogger Barneys Girl said...

Hi girls,

Thanks for all the tips! In the end, I got the pink skirt.

All the stuff in this posts, including the pink shirt and scarf, are from Marc by MJ.

And the best way we came up with to "hip" a pencil skirt is with lots of colorful accessories! Think lipstick jungle!

11/04/2008 1:28 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Go back and buy the pencil!!! a great tailor that you trust can take in the skirt in no time. and think cream cropped flared jacket over your suggested black top with black patent booties.

but your end choice is cute, and very wearable.

11/04/2008 2:24 PM  
Blogger ryan manning said...

wildly attractive

11/04/2008 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Lovely match, I love the choice in colours

11/04/2008 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Sophie said...

Love pink and black together.

11/07/2008 9:24 AM  
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Thank you for the wonderful effort

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أنَّى اتجهتَ للإسـلام في بـلـدٍ * تجْده كالطيرِ مقصـوصًا جناحـاه

كـم صرفتنا يـدٌ كنـا نـصرفها * وبات يـملكنا شعب مـلكناه

بالله سل خلف بحر الروم عن عرب * بالأمس كانوا هنا واليوم قد تاهوا

وانزل دمشق وسائل صخر مسجدها * عمن بناه لعل الـصخر ينعـاه

هذى معـالم خرس كـل واحـدة * منهن قامت خطيبـا فاغرا فـاه

الله يعلم ما قلبت سـيرتهم يومـا * وأخطـأ دمـع الـعين مـجراه

يا من يرى عمـراتكسوه بردته * الزيت أدمٌ لـه والكـوخ مـأواه

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