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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Whizbang OOTD and advice

It's sunny in Seattle! The weather man says that the days will flip flop between sunny and rainy for the next week. That's 50% SUN! Fabulous. I'm a glass half full kinda gal :)

Plus, today is my last day of antibiotics!!! Woohoo, it's a good day indeed!!! Now to start replenishing the good bacteria in my gut. Gimme some yogurt, STAT!

I'm wearing purple this week in recognition of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

The first time I wore this skirt, I had no idea what it was called. Since then, I've seen auctions for it on Ebay. This skirt was from Anthro Fall 2009 and is called the Whizbang Mini Skirt. The original description said:
"A subtle print, this is not. Idra pairs it unexpectedly with fine-wale corduroy and a cummerbund waistband, making a true statement of a skirt."
I know you're thinking, what the heck is "wale"? Ok, maybe you already know what it is so you weren't thinking that. Hmph. Know-it-all :) Well, I looked it up for myself and the rest of y'all who didn't know (knowledge is power! Although, I'm not exactly sure what you can do knowing what 'wale' is, but I'm sure you'll come up with something grand).
"The width of the cord is commonly referred to as the size of the "wale" (i.e. the number of ridges per inch). The lower the "wale" number, the thicker the width of the wale (i.e., 4-wale is much thicker than 11-wale). Wide wale is more commonly found on trousers; medium, narrow, and fine wale fabrics are usually found in garments used above the waist."
Thank you Wikipedia.

Well, this is some fine wale indeed, and that's what keeps this skirt feeling a little more elegant and not too too chunky. And the corduroy and dark colors make this perfect for Fall.

And have I mentioned how much I love this dark chambray shirt? I swear it goes with everything. Don't tell me it doesn't. I won't believe you. Just kidding of course. You should tell me if I'm going fashion crazy. Keep me in line folks.

OOTD Specs
Anthropologie corduroy paisley skirt by Idra sz 0
(thrifted $6)
Gap dark chambray? button-up sz XS (thrifted $2.40)
H&M mustard yellow cardigan sz 6 ($20)
grey sweater tights ($8)
Black bow CL by Chinese Laundry flat/really low kitten heels (thrifted $5.99)
H&M faux pearl strand necklace ($5)

Ok, now I wanted to ask y'alls advice on this faux leather aviator jacket from H&M. I've already bought and returned this jacket once much earlier this fall. It's $30. And earlier I was super itching to have something in the aviator style (cuz like everyone else, I fell head over heels with the look in Burberry Prorsum's collection). I also hadn't yet replaced my leather jacket that I grew too small for, so I didn't have something I could wear to give an edge to girlier looks (and I love pairing girly with tough). Now I have the Bebe faux leather jacket and, I'm not as itchin' to have an aviator. But I'm also trying not to buy things for me right now, so maybe that's it.

I returned this the first time around because I thought it looked too cheap, and made me look kinda chunky. And, I was going to try to hold out to find a real leather one.

Well, since then, I've seen this jacket on other bloggers, and I thought it was kinda cute. I saw this at H&M again, and decided to give it another try. But I'm still iffy about whether to keep it. And, not surprisingly, I saw that a bijillion other bloggers actually have this jacket which makes me kinda wanna seek out a different one if I go for an aviator. That's where y'all come in. Do y'all think I should keep it or return it?


Cindi said...

YAY for sun! It's lovely out and the sun's shining through my office window right now.

If you're going back and forth about the jacket, then I'd say look for something else. The fact that you returned it already and now you found it's not as unique as you'd like, I'd return it. I think with your thrifting ability, you can find something really great!

Kathleen said...

I love the pattern on that skirt. And the colors? Awesome!

I'm with Cindi - if you aren't sure about the jacket, keep looking. If you don't love it, you won't wear it. Even at that price, I think you can find something you really love.

Inkmark said...

I'd say return it. Leather last for a long time, I'd wait out for the perfect one and splurge on it.

vintageglam1234 said...

Lori, good girl finishing off those antibiotics :-) that's what a "wale" is! I had no idea myself. I'm cleary not a know-it-all..drats.
Your oufits look great! You are brilliant at hunting down thrift items.
As for the pleather jacket i think it looks OK. It is only $30, so you can trash it around more than you can with a real leather jacket. But if you don't think you will get plenty of wears out of it, then return it. There's no point keeping something if you won't wear it, no matter how cheap the item is :-)

LC said...

I say hold out for a real leather jacket. I think the look and quality would be worth spending more.

Jess said...

What a pretty skirt, the colours are so fall-ish :) I like the little bit of learning you put into the post today too. I think you should return the jacket too. I don't mind the fake leather, but I think the fake looks better more matte, less shiny.

Matt said...

Fabulous outfit!! I love the colors too! And I didn't know what wale meant! Thanks!! I think the aviator jacket is really cute! But a good leather jacket is a great thing too! Either way is probably great! And yay for finishing the antibiotic! I hope you're feeling better! :)

LittleMissSeamstress said...

Hi Lori,
I was at H&M yesterday and saw that jacket! It caught my attention for 10 seconds and I ended up just passing it. I think it does look a bit chunky.. like you mentioned, but I have to ask you if the jacket is functional enough for colder weather?

Final decision is on you and I personally have no luck when it comes to H&M. Infact, I bought three sweaters, and two are going back to where they once belonged...
Good Luck!

Jamie - Thrifty Threads said...

WhizBANG indeed. It looks so magical! I love me a good fine wale cord -- still sad I didn't pick up the Southward Stop dress when I could!

I think the aviator looks cute on you, but if you don't feel 100% on it, I would try to find something else.

Debbie said...

Cool name for a pretty skirt! :-) I love how vibrant the colors are and the way you paired it with that sweater.

The jacket is cute but I think if you're unsure about it you should probably keep looking. There are lots of jackets out there in that style right now. It is definitely a cute look! :-)

Marianne said...

Oh no. I am in love with this skirt now! But anyway, I think the jacket is fine, but you don't sound excited about it and I bet you won't end up wearing it much.

Lori said...

Thanks everyone! I ended up returning it...again :)

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