Floral Maxi Skirt & Cropped Tank Top: The Fluidity Of Friendship

floral maxi, cropped tank top, brown sandals

When we are younger, our circle of friends can be rather fluid. People enter your life and sometimes exit almost as quickly as they appeared. Youthful friendships, much like youth itself, are often transient and fleeting…

THE STORY

…That isn’t necessarily true of all friendships rooted in youth; my best friend and I have been together since elementary school although an actual friendship didn’t blossom until we were about thirteen. If you look back though, many many people have probably passed through your life; some of whom you probably can’t even remember their names even though they may have been important to you at the time.

As we get older and gain some life experience and maturity, we realize who our friends really are and what friendship really means. And at least speaking for myself, we narrow the field. I now prefer quality over quantity in regard to friends. I may have a small group, but it is made up of some of the most spectacular women on the planet.

Here’s the thing though, sometimes we (I) need to remind ourselves that while we may be set in our ways and comfortable with our circle of friends, there is always room for more truly good people in our lives. People whom we care about and enjoy being around. People whom if you were ever in a bind or just needed to talk, you could call them and they would be there. People we can truly trust. People who feel that exact same way about us. Sure, it’s difficult and perhaps initially more awkward making friends when we are fully formed adults, but that makes it all the sweeter when you discover someone who is a keeper.

THE OUTFIT

Maxi skirts/dresses aren’t something you see me wear very often. Why? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m lazy. What does that have to do with wearing maxi skirts? I’m short, and therefore unless it’s a skirt that I can hike clear up to my bra and wear like a strapless dress I have to get it altered. And that’s where the lazy comes in. I just don’t feel like going through the hassle of getting them altered.

You might be thinking, “This floral maxi skirt is the perfect length on you.” Um ya, that’s because I’m wearin’ it like a strapless dress under my cute little tank top. Speaking of which, have you tried any of the Basics line from H&M? I have several tees and I recently picked up a couple of these tank tops at 2 for $10. Most of their Basics are available online, but this top seems to be an in-store only item. It’s lightweight and makes the perfect layering piece. Since it is cut low both at the neckline and armholes, I wore it over one of my cage bralettes which serves a dual purpose; needed coverage plus a little extra pizzazz at the neckline.

THE TIP

Consider adding a bralette or cami with fancy strap detailing under a low cut top or dress. It’s an easy way to make something basic more interesting.

THE LINK UPS

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Skirt: Forever 21 (Similar);  Tank: H&M (Similar);  Sandals: Payless (Similar)

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30 Comments

  1. 08.17.2016 / 7:05 am

    Love the strappy neckline, and that skirt is so pretty!

    • debbies
      08.17.2016 / 9:38 am

      Thanks so much Tara!

  2. 08.17.2016 / 9:43 am

    Must agree with Tara. The neckline really catches the eye. Your photo with the covered bridge also catches the eye! I so enjoy seeing everyone’s surroundings with their photos.

    Julia
    http://www.whenthegirlsrule.com

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 9:55 am

      Thank you Julia! The tank top was cute on it’s own, but the bralette added that little extra something…

  3. 08.17.2016 / 10:27 am

    Nice post. I explored the same subject a week or two ago. It’s something we should all question at different points in our lives. Humans are social animals and the extent to which we interact with others has big effects on our physical and mental health.
    Shybiker recently posted…Smooth StrokeMy Profile

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 9:59 am

      I agree…I think it’s super important to surround ourselves with high quality people.

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 10:00 am

      I’m sure it would…if I had your sewing skills…lol!

  4. 08.18.2016 / 9:21 am

    Your strappy neckline looks very fashionable. Your maxi skirt and tops combined so nice. Love it

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 10:00 am

      Thank you!

  5. 08.18.2016 / 10:48 am

    What a sweet skirt and I love the Fall transition colors so much!! What truth in regards to our friendships, it really does come down to trust and meaning. You’re such a bright light with such sweet style. 😉
    Andrea Nine recently posted…PANTONE MIX and SUMMER SYTLE LINK-UPMy Profile

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 10:02 am

      Thank you so much Andrea! Trust is everything when it comes to friendships and relationships in general. And it was the Fall-like color that attracted me to the top. I liked the juxtaposition of the fall color on a tank top. 🙂

  6. 08.18.2016 / 12:32 pm

    Great look! I admit as shorty myself (4’10”), I’ve always just avoided maxi skirts and dresses because even petite sizes had too much length left and pulling them up as you’ve done made me feel “bulky”. But, recently I bought my first of these by shopping in the children’s department! It actually made it a perfect fit! Who knew?!

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 10:04 am

      I’m no stranger to shopping in the children’s department (girls and boys) so why did it not ever occur to me to look for maxi skirts there…duh!! lol!

  7. 08.18.2016 / 4:50 pm

    So pretty! Love the layers and the bralette peaking out!

    Jill
    Doused in Pink

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 10:04 am

      Thanks so much Jill!

  8. 08.19.2016 / 12:21 pm

    Love this post. Need to read something like this today. Great advice. And I love the outfit!!!

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 10:04 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post Stephanie! 🙂

  9. 08.19.2016 / 1:00 pm

    HI Deb,
    I enjoyed reading your story about friendships, I feel the same. Your outfit is so flowy and feminine. Love the skirt/dress. I am not great about getting things tailored. ( isuppose lazy there) .. I do, it just takes me a bit of time to bring things to the shop. Very carefree look!
    thanks for linking up with turning heads tueday
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedanstylish.com

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 10:05 am

      I’m the same way Jess…it’s pure laziness on my part. When I do end up going I have a whole pile because I’ve procrastinated so long!

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 10:06 am

      Thank you Edye!

  10. 08.19.2016 / 5:45 pm

    Great tip about the bralette or cami for interest. I see a lot of gals wearing really cute strappy sports bras under tanks. I need to try it. Your whole look is so Stevie Nicks and “Gypsy”. So flowy and feminine. Beautiful. Thank you for linking up with us at The Blended Blog.

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 10:07 am

      A bralette or cami is really an easy way to change things up. Funny thing about Stevie Nicks…I really never cared for her voice, but I always loved her style…so thank you!

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 10:11 am

      Thank you Anna!

    • debbies
      08.22.2016 / 10:12 am

      Thanks so much Laura!

  11. 08.22.2016 / 5:33 pm

    Browsing through your fashion blog! You are so beautiful my dear! Gorgeous red hair is your crowning glory!
    I’m glad maxi dresses/skirts are timeless. A very romantic look. I’m wearing an almost-maxi skirt in my post

    See you Friday!
    ❤️carmen