Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I love a scene....or: a skirt with a view.


I admit to an overwhelming predilection for clothing and cushions with landscape prints on them.

And while I do not have many of these things in my wardrobe or my house, I will take a nice vista where I can get it.

As with all things in life, once you cotton onto one such item you immediately see the same thing repeated again and again and again.

When I saw Anthropologie's new pommed pencil skirt this week I was besotted:





A scene and pom-poms - over the top in the best way possible...


And then over at Gigis, where she's highlighted this lovely little summer shift by Boden:

Boden


This past Spring I tried like the devil to buy these sandals by Dolce and Gabbana from Yoox



but finally chickened out because the shipping and handling to Canada was prohibitive and the customer service rep was not-so-helpful on the sizing...  

Really, it's just as well...

JCrew used to love a good picture on their skirts:



As did Talbots:



It is a tricky business, this wearing of pictures.  Things have to look just right, hit just right, or it can be quite disastrous.  

You might end up with the Brooklyn Bridge spanning your nether regions in the most unflattering of ways..

Still, I imagine myself striding along autumn sidewalks, the aforementioned pommed skirt paired with a navy vneck, black boots, and a jean jacket, the pompoms swaying playfully as I move along.  

But as with all things in my life, the Scottish side of me emerges and I imagine catching those same pompoms on some ill-placed branch and doing a face plant...

But gracefully, I would do it so gracefully....

How about you?  Do you like vista on your fashion or do you leave that to your walls and windows?

Have a great day and stay safe out there!

xoxo wendy

28 comments:

  1. I once bought a sky scene print skirt from anthropologie. Loved it on the rack but hated it on me once I got it home. I'm still drawn to landscapes but limit them to paintings on my walls.

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    1. I hear you! I did have the venice skirt above, but always thought it was too much skirt for me, so gave it away to a pal who loved it!

      I am having two cushion covers made in a rich Illinois toile with a pale linen backing and I cannot wait for them to come back.

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  2. I like the look of some of them but I don't really like/wear prints, I don't have a lot of clothes so sticking to plains means there's less room for boredom.
    I could have mules those shoes and I'm a dab hand at Dolce and Gabbana sizing.

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    1. I am getting more like you re: prints Tabs - too hard to not make mistakes or wear things with them. I should have known you would be a D&G expert! I didn't mind the shipping, but was scared I would have to pay to return as well as I couldn't seem to get my size sorted!

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  3. I adore things like this! And I nearly bought a vintage Thibaut wallpaper mural of hot air balloons this week, I've lost my mind I tell you.
    I haven't been on Anthro for ages but I think I'll go look at this skirt in detail...

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    1. I know that Thibault print and I adore it! I have not mentioned this to Barry but I would love to change my wallpapered wall in my bedroom.... hmmm.... I think you will like the cushion covers I have special ordered. if I ever get that sewing machine, I will be all over making that type of thing!

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    2. Love how you two minds think alike! I think the skirt is cute and I bet the giggle of the Pom poms is sexy when you walk! I also adore thibaut wall covering. I think they have the best colors! Not sure if you would tire of the mural though. Can't wait for the finished house tour. So glad you stayed in the older home Dani.

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  4. Umm, Wendy, I will admit to having a few skirt projects in my sewing basket that are basically what you are highlighting above, so you know that I am solidly in the yea camp. ;) Take a basic a-line skirt pattern, add some amazing John Wolfe fabric (he is well known for his border prints featuring whimsical and artistic visions) and you will have some beautiful outcomes. Take a look at some examples here: http://www.pinterest.com/nof39/1950s-vintage-border-print-novelty-skirts/.

    I haven't yet sewn any up because I am nervous cutting into that luscious vintage fabric (got at a great price, but it is so special), but maybe by next spring or summer I will dare it. Do you think you will be grabbing that gorg anthro skirt?

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    1. I am going to have to look for his fabric - sounds beautiful! Love the pictures of those skirts!

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    2. Dang it! Added an e to his last name. John Wolf. Wolf. Ah - woo!

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  5. Gosh I love all these too Wendy - the instantly transport you to a deep blue sea with a white sandy shore where everyone speaks Italian, I am going upward to click into all those links for a peaceful half hour.


    I used to have a pink Old Navy skirt that had a capri scene on it and I just loved it - wonder where that disappeared to???

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    1. Dig it out! Unless the kids used it school project!

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  6. About 11 years ago when we were living in London that company called Toast (they sold about three things but did it beautifully) had an orange grove skirt and to this day I still think about it...gosh now you see the depths of my obsessional nature...

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    1. Ha, I will be thinking of the sandals above when I am 90!

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  7. They are beautiful but the most I'll do is a stripe for a print. I'll keep flowers in my garden, my vase, but not on my ass.

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  8. I'm a fan! I have made a few landscape dresses and love them. But then again I wear all kinds of crazy prints, toeing the line between looking Anthro darling or somebody's crazy grandmother. You be the judge!

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  9. The Anthro pommed pencil and Talbot's are big winners! I only occasionally do a tie with images; an old gf is a huge lab lover and gave me a pricey lab tie that I wear when I attend her BBQs....keeps me on her 'A' list !

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    1. I just imagine you keeping all those old girl friends happy with those lovely remembrances!

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  10. Thanks for the mention. I looove the Anthro skirt. Thanks for sharing it. I love scenic prints, too. Those D&G shoes are super cute.

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  11. I treated myself to this season's Kate Spade "Havana" skirt, and I'm really enjoying it. I don't usually do large-scale pictorial prints but this one works.

    BTW did Monty change her password again?

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    1. HI Fred - will have to go take a gander at the Havana! I think Monty is still summer!

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  12. While I enjoy looking at them I must say and I think I mentioned in one of my vogue reviews that unless you have tons of clothes then I don't get value from them bc i feel you can wear them once or twice at best and it feels so extravagant!!

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    1. I hear you! Although I have realized that except for tees and trousers, the same could be said of so much of my wardrobe sadly!

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  13. i adore that anthro skirt wendy. i'm not too keen on the back panel but the front is perfection. you always getting me thinking....!

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    1. Me too, Janet! I think it would be better if the print was the whole way round, but then, I didn't design it! I am still thinking on it....

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