WIW -- Updating the Dated (this time for real)

OK, I was told my last exercise in this challenge wasn't really dated, just classic. http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....-challenge

This made me realize there is a difference between what is dated and what I'm just tired of. I think fitted tops was a look I wore for a good 10 years, so for me it feels old even though it's not dated.

Before Pictures 1/2 -- Da Nang (I was crazy about this brand) hi-lo midi skirt from 2003. I wore this to death until 2006. The back patch and military hardware (#2) are dated I think.

After Pictures 3/4/5 -- I am wearing a black cami and black sandals to create a column effect. The loose knit sweater has a hi-low hem, hiding the patch, and is on-trend. Since it was chilly that day I wore my BB Dakota unlined jacket over the outfit. I was told by one acquaintance that I looked like a glamor girl in this outfit. Which isn't what I was going for, but I guess compared to my environmental norm (jeans and sweatshirts), I am.

Thanks for looking!

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  • annagybe replied 8 years ago

    I used to covet Da-Nang. Finally got rid of all my pieces. Including one pair of embroidered red cargo pants with giant chrysthanenums that I bought at Century 21 in NYC in futile hope that I would lose weight to fit into them. By the time I could fit into them they weren't my style anymore. I couldn't even sell them to Buffalo Exchange.
    I like your update, but honestly think the skirt isn't quite working anymore.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    What a difference a few pieces can make - I actually think the skirt does work this way. The hem is still current with the hi-lo length. You've added a fabulous loose knit blowsy sweater (very current) to it with a wedge, caged sandal (also very current). I love this outfit - what sandals are those Denise? They look very similar to the Doc Martens sandal.

  • CocoLion replied 8 years ago

    The sandals are from Steve Madden Shannon. Got them last year.

  • jayne replied 8 years ago

    I loved the look in 5. The skirt is on trend and the way I see it worn is with converse and a tank. Loved your mature version!

  • christieanne replied 8 years ago

    Hi-Lo is still on trend (maybe making another circle around) and I like the boxy top over the skirt. Brilliant to cover up that patch in back. I see why they did that as part of their brand but it's unfortunate. Can the brand patch be carefully removed at all? Like with a stitch picker tool?

  • rae replied 8 years ago

    (I love those sandals, too!)

    I think you did a great job of bringing this skirt into the modern age - I used to love those back patches, too, but I think people did eventually get tired of huge tags on the behind. It helps that the skirt is a midi length, too, because now it looks totally current.

  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    I think your updated version is awesome - I'm seeing skirts like this all over the place, and the knit sweater is AMAZING.

  • DonnaF replied 8 years ago

    You really rock that sweater like nobody's business, and I think the sweater + sandals could make a person wonder if he/she is seeing someone famous, hence the *glamour girl* reference. It doesn't mean bombshell, but that the look is on a higher level or three from what is seen in your environment. (Same sweater and sandals on me would look dumpy, and I would immediately catch on my watch and everything else on that sweater so I would have holes and strings hanging down every which way, so I wear those wonderful items vicariously through you!)

  • Janet replied 8 years ago

    I think it looks great this way! I love that sweater.

  • shevia replied 8 years ago

    Also love the after look.

  • cheryl replied 8 years ago

    I think the updated version looks fantastic! You look so chic and i love those shoes too!

  • MNsara replied 8 years ago

    I am in awe of pics 4/5! I can see why you were called a glamour girl -- because it is so chic! in pic 5, I think it's incredible that both skirt and sweater have the exact same angle! It makes for a very cohesive hi-lo outfit.

    That means I prefer it without the jacket interfering with those beautiful geometric lines ;-)

  • Beth Ann replied 8 years ago

    Love the last two looks, Denise. The "details" of the skirt might not be on trend, but the overall silhouette is, particularly as you've styled it. Now --- if it doesn't make you feel fab, grab something else from your closet that does, and pass this one on. I'm really liking the fact that this hi/lo skirt has some structure, and is less extreme in volume and "slope" than the ones in stores currently.

    Now....I'm going to go put on a classic wrap dress for brunch. Hardly a new look, but it's new and fresh to me!

  • replied 8 years ago

    I like the updated version, glamour girl, and I enjoyed hearing your thought process.

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Wow. What amazes me is the way you get all the details right. The lines in the shoe echo the lines in the sweater, the hi-lo of the sweater echoes the skirt, and you have a neat combination of textures going on, too. It looks very hip and urban and also very "you" -of-this-moment.

  • Jjsloane replied 8 years ago

    I'm loving the update. Another fan of the shoes here too.

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    This looks amazingly current to me. Clever styling Denise and it's very you. Given the update do you expect to bring this skirt back into rotation?

  • Jonesy replied 8 years ago

    I think this looks fab! Love how the horizontal lines on the sandals echo the lines on the sweater. The skirt works like this, IMO.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    Dated, updated - whichever way you look at it - you look incredible in all of these outfits, Denise! You rock my style world.

  • Jem replied 8 years ago

    I love these! I don't think you look dated at all!!! Add me to your shoe fan club, too!

  • replied 8 years ago

    I saw this last night, but didn't have time to comment. I think it looks INCREDible on you, and I love the updating you did. Not that I could have ever tell is *was* dated (or anyone else in your town, lol)! Rock this fab skirt, please!

  • cciele replied 8 years ago

    Fantastic Denise! I covet your sandals. Actually, I covet your whole outfit -- I love the silhouette on you.

  • Meredith1953 replied 8 years ago

    The skirt looks awesome the way you have styled it and may I just say how much I LOVE both pairs of shoes!!!!

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