Why I went from a city girl to winterising my maxi skirt and becoming Madame Town & Country.
I’m fairly certain you have seen every piece of this outfit in other looks, except the good old black ankle-length gum boots!
I purchased them last winter when we were invited to a morning of truffle hunting that would be followed by a 5 course lunch with a focus on truffle. We were going to be wandering about on cold wet earth and I needed something appropriate on the feet. As I am
not NOT a camping girl, I rushed out to Target, spent a whole $10 on something I was pretty sure I wouldn’t wear again. Little did I know that one year on I would be building a look around being able to wear those ugly old boots again.
But here’s the deal. I was invited to a colleagues 40th birthday celebrations at a place called The Tangled Maze. As it was the start of winter and we were going to be traipsing around a hedge maze, I went with a winter version of the maxi skirt look and made sure it worked in both town & country.
Originally, I had been thinking of wearing either one of my pairs of cowboy boots or my brown suede boots (and a whole different look) but then Mother Nature spent two days watering the lawns and I didn’t want to ruin my boots so I began formulating a plan B. If it had kept raining I could have stuck to plan A but the clear blue skies and relatively mild winter day meant there was no excuse to getting out into the maze…so plan B…gum boots.
But how to make gum boots stylish was the million dollar question and then I had a flash!
It started simply. My gum boots were black. (see, I told you simple) So build a look as if they were any other black boots. Okay, it’s going to be a bit cold out. I’ll need a jacket. Enter the black leather varsity style jacket. Layers are good when it’s cold, how about my thick black leggings underneath. Good, good, but I couldn’t stop at a jacket and leggings! How about something a little unexpected? (even more unexpected than me in gum boots!) Gee, I do like that mustard coloured maxi skirt but it’s too long for wandering in the hedges, the hem will get soaked.
What if I raise the hem like I did for the anniversary dinner with the Fashion Mister?! That would keep it from dragging on the ground and getting wet. Starting to like this…
Finish it off with the pale yellow Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater, some pearls for a bit more of the town & country reference. Be sure to take the leopard print scarf and Mulberry bag just in case you run into any wild animals while wandering the maze. And just because your feet are forever cold, go for the ultimate in unexpected and wear a pair of mustard coloured socks!
Ta-da! Winter Maxi Skirt goes Town & Country. Simply ah-maze-ing!
It’s not a look I would wear every day, but if I ditched the socks and gum boots and just put on my leopard print kitten heels it would be something that I would wear again.
So, was it too much? Did I go past style to stupid? Or do you think it works?