Styled by Kristina: Tribal top + mustard skirt

When I was a kid, I loved to play with paper dolls.

There was something so satisfying about all the little outfits, laid out flat, each one perfectly sized to fit on the doll. I had a Raggedy Ann paper doll with a whole shoebox full of dresses, all basically the same shape, all lavishly decorated with stripes, polka dots and flowers in vivid colors.

There's something extra good about playing with clothes that aren't your own, isn't there? That's one of the reasons I love the Shaped by Style group so much — borrowing someone else's clothes and trying to figure out how to style them is just plain fun.

This outfit comes to you courtesy of Kristina of Eccentric Owl, who looked through my archives and came up with this combo for me to wear. (You can see the look I styled for her here.) It's a perfect guest-style combo, because I definitely never would have put these items together myself. And, I'll be honest, I was skeptical at first.

Would the different shades of yellow in this blouse and skirt work together? Would flats make me look dumpy? Most of all: could I fit this belt around the waistband of this skirt? (It was a tight squeeze, but it worked out in the end.)

But when I put it all together, I was pleasantly surprised with how it all worked out. With the top tucked in, I loved the silhouette it created, and the shoes add a great pop of color and interest. (I get compliments EVERY time I wear these shoes, which are F21 via the thrift store. You never know!)

Thanks to Kristina for playing paper dolls with me! It was really fun, and I would love to do a style exchange with any other blogger who's up for it.

Tribal print top: a.n.a. (consignment bag sale)
Mustard skirt: Ann Taylor (thrifted)
Red ankle strap flats: F21 (thrifted)
Belt, necklace: Vintage (thrifted)
Total cost to me: About $15


  1. I love the silhouette of this outfit. Very mad men.

    1. Thank you! This skirt is magical, it makes everything look classy :)

  2. You look fabulous! Did you wear this outfit or simply try it on? (Asked as I think I know you usually post worn outfits). That green top is a lovely colour - both in itself and on you. And now I want to find a top that colour to wear with a skirt I ready have in the colour of this skirt. But the peacock earrings are so absolutely stunningly good on you that I think you should put them in to regular rotation. I mean, I have always loved peacock feathers, but they make your eyes look like peacock feathers, so specially good.

    1. Thanks! I will admit, I just modeled this outfit for photos over the weekend because I wanted to make sure I got this post up on time! But I am definitely going to reprise this outfit "for real" soon (maybe adding tights - it's getting pretty chilly here).

      This top sat in my closet for the longest time, until I challenged myself to wear it (you can see the post here: and found that I really liked it! For some reason I had never thought of tucking it in, which seems ridiculous in hindsight.

      And these earrings were a total impulse buy, but I have not regretted it for a moment. One thing about having thick, curly hair — you can pull off wild, crazy statement earrings because they kind of get lost in the shuffle anyway.

  3. Ooh, I love how it turned out! And I really want those shoes, sigh. They're SO perfect. I think because they're pointy and the skirt hits your knee instead of being longer, it actually makes you look taller. But I LOVE how this shirt brings out the color in your eyes, and those peacock earrings are so perfect! (You chose well there!) I agree with Radostin -- you should wear them all the time.

    1. Thanks again for doing this with me! These shoes are pretty great, haha. Another impulse buy, but they just ... called to me. You know how it is. These are pretty much the only "dangly" earrings I own, so it was an easy choice! But yeah, every time I wear them, they make me smile :)


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