Max Tonal

I really think nothing makes you feel more girly, feminine and elegant, than a flowy skirt. I don’t wear skirts enough, but I need to because I’d like to feel this way more often! I think I have skirt amnesia. It’s like I forget how great it feels to wear a skirt, and I am perpetually forgoing skirts in favor of pants, jeans, and shorts–until I am forced to wear a skirt and it’s like an epiphany every time. Skirt senility.

For this Bloggers Do It Better challenge I knew immediately I would wear this much-loved skirt (seen here). I decided to pair it with a shirt I bought last year from H&M but never got around to wearing it much. It has a tendency to droop down and give people a show I’d rather not give them–at least not for free. So I went for a tonal blend of neutrals and browns–which has a lengthening effect and keeps the skirt from being too dramatic.

For my petite frame, platforms are a must unless I hem the skirt, but I opted against altering this skirt because I wasn’t sure if the raw-cut nature and pretty flowing quality would be sacrificed. Fortunately, I own a lot of platform shoes!

Friday the Bloggers Do It Better–Maxi Challenge link-up post will go live right here on Pretty Shiny Sparkly. This is when you make sure your post is up on your blog, you read the instructions/”rules” for playing (twice), and then link up your blog! Can’t wait to see what you guys have dreamed up. Whether or not you participate in BDIB, I think you will find tons of inspiration from real girls just like you, with real style (and real budgets).

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  1. 07.14.2011 / 12:15 am

    Great Max Tonal ensemble. Long skirts are some of my favorite pieces and the different weights allow me to switch it up from season to season. James Avery is one of my favorite stores to visit when I head South so I appreciate your adding a piece to this beautifully styled outfit. I hope you were headed out because if you walk around the house like this, I am in trouble!

  2. 07.14.2011 / 12:19 am

    CUTE! I really like the shirt you're wearing… too bad it doesn't like to cooperate! This outfit came together beautifully!

  3. 07.14.2011 / 12:41 am

    What a perfectly elegant look! I am eager for this challenge! Glad you opted not to hem the skirt. I think the length is perfect!

  4. 07.14.2011 / 1:03 am

    This might be my favorite of the outfits I've seen you wear. I LOVE those two colors together! Lovely!

  5. Linda
    07.14.2011 / 1:28 am

    Love the bag, I am longing for one, that feels aprox. like yours, for about a week! Will probably have to DIY 🙂 thanks for extra inspiration!

  6. 07.14.2011 / 5:52 am

    I love these muted neutrals on you – so pretty! I posted my BDIB look today too!

  7. 07.14.2011 / 6:10 am

    Great ensemble! I usually shy away from the maxi as I am vertically challenged (short) but I love it and that bag is to die for!

  8. 07.14.2011 / 7:04 am

    you look gorgeous in these neutral tones!! i love that skirt and i'm glad you didn't alter it… i'm petite as well and love wearing maxis with platforms because it adds a very authentic-looking extra 5 inches to my height haha. i love the BDIB challenges, it is such a brilliant idea to inspire real people as you say… can't wait to link up and see everyone's looks tomorrow <3shelby

    http://www.makemesparkly.blogspot.com

  9. 07.14.2011 / 7:44 am

    I absolutely love this! You look amazing! I love the subtlety of the tones, which is played down and classy, but the combination is still eye catching! Absolutely stunning! I can't wait to upload my bdib tomorrow, and see what everyone else has done too!!!!!
    Cheryl
    http://justfabblogger.blogspot.com/

  10. 07.14.2011 / 7:50 am

    The muted color palette looks great on you. I know I cannot pull this off and I know it. You look beautiful as always Kristina! Will put my link up on BDIB tomorrow. 🙂

  11. 07.14.2011 / 8:11 am

    I love your maxi skirt and the outfit you have worn it with. Just going to post my outfit now

  12. 07.14.2011 / 9:12 am

    I love the neutrals in this outfit. Such a perfect outfit for a casual nonchalant summer day! I need to buy a maxi skirt asap!

    justQUACHit

  13. 07.14.2011 / 9:25 am

    Great skirt! I love that it's from F21 but you make it look a lot nicer and dare I say it, expensive?

    You look great! Can't wait to link up tomorrow 🙂

  14. 07.14.2011 / 9:57 am

    What a pretty skirt! I love the two different tones and the sweater is very nicely handknit!

  15. 07.14.2011 / 9:57 am

    cute ensemble! will you think I'm creepy if I tell you that I really want to pet your bag? Well I do. I'm a designer and we like to touch things. This particular piece looks extra touchable!

    • 07.15.2011 / 7:41 pm

      Not weird at all, jacquelyn! I pet my bag all the time, haha! 🙂

  16. 07.14.2011 / 11:31 am

    You look so cute. I have a hard time pulling off two neutrals together but you did it wonderfully!

    • 07.15.2011 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you Rachel, that's very sweet of you!

  17. 07.14.2011 / 1:39 pm

    Love that ensemble and really appreciate the nude tone. I can’t do nudes (ha-ha) so I love seeing it done so well on someone else!

  18. 07.14.2011 / 2:22 pm

    I love a neutral color scheme, so this is right up my alley. I've already seen some bdib post on twitter and it looks great. I'm gonna have fun going through all the links tomorrow. Thank you for doing this again.

      • 07.14.2011 / 9:44 am

        Love the tones of all the colors!! And love how the photos turned out =)

        • 07.14.2011 / 1:04 pm

          Its a very good look for you, great skirt

    • 07.15.2011 / 7:42 pm

      The outfits are truly to die for. So awesome. Thanks for stopping by.

  19. 07.14.2011 / 7:38 pm

    you look stunning..and i love that bag of yours..

  20. 07.14.2011 / 7:45 pm

    Your outfit is so classy, I love the neutral tone. Love the necklaces. I am so excited to share my first challenge with everyone.
    Rachelle

  21. 07.14.2011 / 11:53 pm

    The colors here are beautiful! The finishing touches of your sparkly necklaces and the furry bag are perfect! http://www.stylecomb.com

  22. 07.15.2011 / 12:11 am

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  23. 07.15.2011 / 2:44 am

    […] lovies, happy almost friday! Today I’m taking part in Pretty Shiny Sparkly’s Bloggers Do It Better Maxi Skirt Challenge. The cool weather around SoCal has got me longing (just a tad) for fall, so I decided to take my […]

    • 07.14.2011 / 7:43 pm

      Oooh I love the neutral tones! I'm really excited to link up and also to see how everyone wore their maxi skirts. I'm loving your bold necklaces!

      I went for a nautical inspired look with my maxi…. I might have a slight obsession….

      • 07.14.2011 / 9:41 am

        Love this look! You're so funny "I’d rather not give them–at least not for free."!

  24. 07.15.2011 / 6:05 am

    I am so wishing we had a Forever 21. That skirt is exactly what I was looking for but couldn't find!

  25. 07.16.2011 / 4:32 pm

    I love how you put this together and I love Bloggers do it Better! I find neutral tones often don't look great on people with fair skin and hair but these look GREAT on you!!!

  26. 07.16.2011 / 11:35 pm

    Aww, beautiful look! Like you said, very feminine and elegant.

    xx Grace

    Dream-Boating

  27. 07.19.2011 / 6:43 am

    This outfit is so pretty on you! I love that it's neutral but still 'pretty shiny & sparkly!' 😉 So feminine! The necklaces are especially gorgeous!

  28. 07.21.2011 / 2:08 am

    Smart… such a very smart skirt which u have wearing and u look very pretty in this dress. This skirt is exactly what i am looking for. I also liked ur bag. U looking stunning 🙂

  29. 07.22.2011 / 11:24 am

    This outfit is just perfect! You matched everything so well with the shoes, handbag and accessories. I definitely want to wear a maxi shirt now!

  30. Kara
    08.14.2011 / 10:59 am

    Lovely outfit!

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