I am absolutely loving this look right now: a simple chambray button-down shirt tucked into a floral skirt, pencil or full.
It's screaming spring, fresh, new to me, which is exactly what I want to be wearing now that the winter weather is finally starting to disappear. Pair them with a great pair of sandals, a cute belt, and a statement necklace.
I'll be honest, I have been been slightly frightened by the whole floral-patterned trend that we are seeing everywhere these days. I considered floral as more, like, the drapes from a nursing home as opposed to a staple part of my wardrobe.
But then, almost on a whim, I bought this skirt at LOFT.
And on my search for "what the heck am I going to wear this amazing not-me skirt with?" I came across this look. And I have never looked back.
Here are some great options for chambray shirts:
Keeper Chambray Shirt, $92, J.Crew
Copper Key Rhinstone Chambray Shirt, $25.85, Dillard's
Classic Chambray Shirt, $68.50, J.Crew Factory
1969 Two-pocked Shirt, $39.99, Gap
Here are some great options for floral skirts:
Floral Skirt, $39.95, H&M
Vertical Garden Pencil Skirt, $88, Anthropologie
Dayflora Stitched Skirt, $148, Anthropologie
Spring Fling Floral Skirt, $33.99, Ruche
Last season's finale of Mad Men ended in 1965. This is hardly all that notable of a factoid, unless you are a fashion person. While the late '50s and early '60s were arguably one of the most fashionable times in our history—the lines and the fabrics were universally flattering, the cinched waists and full skirts were nothing short of chic.
The late '60s, though, were a time where fashion was hardly flattering on anyone who didn't have a strong stomach and a Twiggy-like silhouette. The fabrics were colourful and pattern-heavy, waistlines were almost non-existent, hemlines were short, short, short. Lines were out and mod was in. Fashion in general was headed to a much more free-wheeling hippie style—everything was looser and louder.
Eye makeup got darker, thicker, and bolder, while lipstick went from red to pinks and corals. Turtlenecks, knee-his, and go-go boots, and ohmyheavenlydays palazzo pants were all the rage.
In season 6, the series' penultimate season, Megan Draper and Trudy Campbell, and even Sally Draper, will likely outshine Joan Holloway Harris, Peggy Olsen, and Betty Draper Francis, who were the most fashion-forward and most copied wardrobes of the first five seasons of Mad Men.
I can't help but wonder how this will affect the most fashionable show on television. Is this really an enviable look—is it really realistic in 2013 to be wearing giant collars, multi-coloured patterned dresses with wandering waists? Do we really want this?
Maybe we need to allow our favourite characters' wardrobes to stay on our screens and out of our closets. Maybe we need to let Mad Men become a costume drama—with our only takeaway being the miniskirt.
And this mod shirtdress from Banana Republic:
I can still stand behind these.
The rest, uh, no thanks.