Shabby Apple wanted to know if I would like to try one of their tulle maxi skirts. Yes, you read that correctly: Tulle, in the manner of SJP, but as a maxi skirt. It’s my own personal policy that anything involving tulle maxi skirts is always YES, because FUN, OBVIOUSLY, but it occurred to me that maayybbee grown women who are no longer in their twenties should not be wearing tulle maxi skirts.
(And then I was like EFF IT because I’m fashion blogger and we’re all a little bit nuts.)
The package came in the mail. With trepidation, I tried it on. The entire time my brain was saying, “a grown woman does not wear a tulle maxi skirt. A grown woman does not wear a tulle maxi skirt with a t-shirt and a ponytail. A grown woman does not clomp down the stairs in said tulle maxi skirt to ask the opinions of seven and four year olds.”
[clomp clomp clomp]
There’s a collective intake of breath. Then Raines, shaking his head in amazement, stretches out his arms and says with awe in his voice, “you look beautiful, Mom.” Pax comes barreling at me, “MOM YOU WOOK WIKE A PWINCESS!!” And then they’re on me, oohing and awwing, petting the skirt, walking circles around me, telling me that it’s the only thing I “should ever ever wear”.
I just stand there, soaking up their little selves. Gosh, it’s fun to be queen.
“Mom,” Raines says. “You gotta spin. I mean…look at it! You just gotta spin.”
So I spun and I spun and I spun while my two princes (who humor me so well) clapped and whooped. For their crazy Mama.
But he’s totally right of course. Sometimes, you just gotta don the twirly, swirly skirt….and spin.
tee –Monrow (size xs)
skirt – Shabby Apple Wooster Skirt in mint (size 2, but I should’ve done the 0P – it’s a tad big, and I had to hem it)
shoes – Steven Viienna
sunglasses – Ray-Ban Wayfarers with pink lenses
The verdict? I’m so, totally, IN. I may have gotten a few funny looks (we shot this on a random wednesday in my tiny little hometown) but there’s something so…joyful (perhaps?)…about wearing such a dramatic skirt. The sheer frivolousness of it somehow helps me to remember that life need not be So Serious All The Time. Sometimes, I choose fun. Sometimes, fun is enough.
And this? Was fun.
Gang, I’m so impressed with Shabby Apple’s entire line of dramatic maxi skirts. Not only are they affordable ($76 – $150), but the tulle one I’m wearing comes in both mint (as shown) and a really pretty, subdued gray (which I think I like better – I chose the mint this past summer while I was going through a ‘more color!!’ phase. I should’ve known it would never last). But if the tulle feels a little too much, there’s a bunch of silk options that are gorgeous. The silk skirts are just as dramatic and pretty, but have a timeless quality that would honestly work for any age (from teenager to grandmother).
Here are my favs:
You’ll be seeing this skirt again soon…..I’m thinking holiday style….
photo credits: Vafa Photo (based in Marquette, MI in the summer, and San Diego, CA in the winter). Love you guys!
ps. I’m looking for a photographer in Philly for an upcoming shoot – any recommendations?