Thursday, October 25, 2012

Long and Short of Antique White

Do you remember the white Francie skirt from few seasons ago? I did not get it when J.Crew was offering it, because I thought white skirts are impractical, especially in the winter. Well, I have since converted, and in fact, I was obsessed with the idea of white wool skirt worn with a dark colored sweater. So when the No2 Double Serge Wool showed up in antique white, after deliberating a little, I decided to use the 20% off coupon code and order it without even waiting for further reduction, so I can wear it through out the whole season.


I have ordered it in regular and tall version in my regular size 4. The fit is as expected, see below for tall to regular comparison. The wool is nice and soft and substantial. The color is ivory white with yellow undertones but you only see it if you put it against true white.


My first idea was to wear it with a gray sweater, matching tights and black accessories. I loved how this outfit turned out! There is no pop-of-color other than the lip and some sparkle from my necklace. The gray cashmere sweater is from Brora and it is one of those magically-non-pilling-wonders. I love how the shape is fitted and cropped, it works perfectly with the skirt.


I have mentioned before that I've ordered the skirt in tall and regular version and below is the comparison.


You know how we often complain that the skirts are sometimes too short? Well, these pictures confirm that I am a short shinner and the longer length is not my friend. The tall version hits my legs at unflattering point, rendering my calves shapeless and looking like duck feet. I was glad to be able to compare, but for now I will stick to the regular length. Both skirts have about two extra inches in the hem and non-mitered corners so you can let them down even more.
 

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That's all folks!

Do you wear white in the winter?

Have you tried the Antique White pencil skirt or do you plan to get it?
Please share, it would be no fun without you!

My talented photographer

I tell you, this modeling business is tough, but somebody always makes me smile.
Thank you A!

39 comments:

  1. I bought the white wool Francie skirt on ebay a couple of months ago, my idea was to wear it with dark brown much as you are wearing your skirt with the charcoal gray, which I think looks amazing!
    I love this whole look.
    Your photographer is so cute!

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    1. The Francie must be great on you Dani! I had it in blue and black but I sold both because they were both too big. Of course brown will work just the same and you new purse would be perfect with the outfit

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  2. Oh I got it too and thought the wool was so cheap and flimsy. I compared it to one Dani sent me and there really is no comparison it's so thin. I went for the tall though this time which is so much better for me, I much prefer that length.

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  3. PS Love your look, so much better than my idea will be stealing this!

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  4. Oh I just measured, 19 then 16, I too am a short shinner, hmm, must take a closer look at my legs in the tall option.

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    1. I do not mind that it is thinner, I don't like very thick wool. I have several pencil skirts with older design and while they have fully fashioned waistband and are made of weightier wool, i don't find them fitting much better. As for the length I think it depends where exactly it hits you, sometimes longer may look better. That said I have a very hard time pulling off midi skirt. It looks ladylike on models but just dowdy on me. I keep trying though :)

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  5. Funny, I found the Francie on ebay as well! Love ivory in the winter. I plan to pair it with brown and grey, but most of all, a chunky ivory turtleneck sweater and brown boots. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Chunky ivory turtleneck sounds lovely, maybe I need one too? The only problem I see is that if the colors are not exact match it may bring up the yellow undertones too much.

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  6. What a cutie pie photographer! You look fabulous in the regular length skirt and now I want one too!
    I actually bought the blue skirt in petite this year and I love the length a little bit shorter. It just works better with some boots.

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    1. Thanks A! I wanted a skirt that will not have a gap between the skirt and boots but when I tried it , it just looked too heavy.

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  7. Looks gorgeous! I refuse to buy any of the wool pencil skirts this year. The wool is subpar! But I do have the original 2008 ds pencil in ivory, which is still NWT *hangs head in shame*... I am in the "white skirts in winter are impractical" camp... but after seeing how lovely your outfit is I may have to reconsider!

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    1. I used to have a problem with ivory skirts because I was pairing them with coots that were too sweet and church-like. Francie skirt had a stock picture with dark top and that has inspired me to try it with black and charcoal. Much better IMO.

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  8. Bought the ivory Francie on Ebay a couple of years ago, and although it's not a great fit for me (too straight through the hips) I still enjoy wearing it. I've mostly paired it with black and it's very striking with a skinny belt in a muted black print to provide a bit of interest. I need to try it with brown as suggested by DaniBP above! Love the softness and thickness of those older wool pieces. The pencil skirt silhoutte really does look nice on you!

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    1. Thank you Heather! Francie was actually a good fit on me but my regular size was too big and would not stay put. I sold them and I never got replacement. With aly crazy shopping habits I not a stalker, I have yet to get up at 5pm to score a popback.

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  9. Your photographer is having fun, clearly; she deserves a raise!

    Love the charcoal and ivory look; I have no winter white at all and may need to correct this situation. I have long legs/shins and the tall pencil this year has been great for me.

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    1. Oh, I alternate between bribes and threats ;)

      I wish I was a long-shinner (most models are), you are lucky Lane!

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  10. Thank you for the review. I planned to order the skirt as soon as I saw it. I have been trawling Ebay for the past few months for a white wool skirt without success. I ordered the mauve blush skirt yesterday when it went to promo (with the additional 30% off). I have still one last 20% off coupon left, so I may bite the bullet and get the white version.

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    1. I was tempted by mauve blush, it is a great price. Please, let us know how the color is irl. It would be wonderful with black, I think.

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  11. You look gorgeous as always, AJC! Your daughter is adorable! :) That sweater is perfect with that skirt. And what a difference the right length makes! I have an ivory wool blend skirt from several years back from The Limited and I love it. I've worn it with a black turtleneck, black tights and black heeled booties, as well as brown tights, brown suede boots and an hunter green blazer. Sometime this holiday season, I want to wear it with my red/gray buffalo plaid button down, black tights and booties and black long cardigan on top. I love ivory in the colder months!

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    1. Kittywitty, I love your Holiday outfit idea, I tried the red/gray plaid shirt and I liked it but did not know how to style it but I think your combo is perfect!

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  12. Especially love the first look with the gray tights. I purchased the heather carbon tights last year or maybe year before last and never wore them because they never looked quite right. But now, I have a plan.... :o)

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    1. I have the heather carbon tights too, they are great! The outfit with black sweater was just something I was wearing when I got the package.

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  13. You look beautiful as always, ajc, and your photographer is such a cutie! :)

    I love both of your winter white looks. The color is very versatile, and I'm sure the skirt will become a workhorse in your wardrobe this season, since it will pair beautifully with so many of your other items.

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    1. I agree, I think this skirt should become a staple in my my wardrobe.

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  14. Great outfit, and compliments to the photographer!

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    1. Thank you cate, I will pass it on, it will make her happy, I am sure.

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  15. You have me so excited! I have ordered this! Great styling!

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    1. I saw it in your post, we can be twins!

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  16. The grey and white really look great together in your first outfit, who knew? What a great outfit! I am trying not to buy pencil skirts this winter because I simply don't wear them enough but I want a white bottom. I have the felted mini but it is really short and because of that I tend to wear it more indoors (dinner at home etc) than outdoors. Maybe if the sterling came in white I would try that one. Thanks for the pics and for showing us the photographer!

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    1. I remember that white mini, I thought it was great on you! Sterling in white would be beautiful! Fingers crossed.

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  17. One look at you and I put this at the top of my list. Love the grey and white combo. You're daughter looks precious . Thank her for taking pictures for us as it's great when we get to see your face.

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    1. Thank you Marsha, I am trying to avoid bathroom pictures, I would feel a little funny about them, if ykwim.

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  18. This one is on my list (along with the Dark Poppy)! I am 5'9 but get the regular length No. 2 pencils because I am also short shinned.

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    1. I think it also depends where they sit. I have narrow hips and those skirt don't sit at my waist so they are longer than on some.

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  19. I'm totally stealing this look as soon as it gets cold enough, it will be in the high 80s this weekend. You look gorgeous and your photographer is so cute!

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    1. You are welcome Tiffany! High 80s? Lucky you!

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  20. You look fabulous in that white skirt! So chic and classic. Now I am contemplating buying one. I disagree with you, though, I think you look great in both the regular and tall length.

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    1. Thank you MS! I always want to like the longer length but when I try it instead of ladylike I fell old-ladyish ;(

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  21. Don't give up on the midi length. I find that the color makes a difference. I can do black, but other colors aren't as easy. This skirt is a winner, short shinner ;). Indeed, an adorable photographer.

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