Longer but Not Lither

I'm not entirely sure whether "lither" is a word.  I'm just assuming it is for my own greedy posting purposes.  Long and lithe is one of those word combos that just slips off the tongue pretty smoothly.  I'm sadly breaking that up though and not giving you the lithe bit.  I didn't post one of my annotated Topshop lookbook images where I had written "YES FOR LONGER LENGTHS" with a very long and very satsifying arrow (read that any way you want…hum).

Long, however is not necessarily some magical formula to stretching out and looking long-er.  Nope, I'm resigned to the fact that my cravings for long are going to somewhat stump me but the point is that I'm more in love with the fact that when walking there's material swishing about the knees and calves.  I'm even liking the fact that when you walk up stairs or get on buses, you have to lift up your skirts to do so which actually caused a woman behind me to make a small 'tutting' noise.  As in "Tut!  Who does she think she is?  The Queen of Sheba?"  (was it weird that I really tried to research WHO the Queen of Sheba was when I was seven when I first heard this phrase…?)

I'm currently liking layering different lengths to the volume.  So this slightly form-fitting Sretsis bow dress goes over the Margiela skirt…probably to disguise the latter's wear and tear from over-wearing…




Everyone likes a good BOOB BOW right?  And everyone just loves saying BOOB BOW no?

(Marks & Spencer black and cream satin floral dress, Sretsis bow dress, Margiela black and cream layered skirt, Acne shoes, Lanvin belt) 

Technically, these sheer dusky pink layered trousers isn't a skirt of course but there's SO MUCH fabric that it actually does require some lifting up.  They're Skirsers!  Or err….Skrewsers!  I have to thank a reader for tipping me off about these trews on eBay where I got them for about £3.  I've had a hard time scoring things for under a tenner these days so this recent buy restored my faith that a £0.01 bid price is still possible in this day and age.  The Michael Angel skirt definitely tames the amount of billowing fabric down a bit.  The dusky rose shade also conveniently does a matchy matchy trick with the Emma Cook ruffled shoes.  I still can't quite shake those scrunchies away.   




In fact I was half tempted to run out to the ickle chemist just to see whether they had more of these manky black and white scrunchies to cuff the sheer trousers up into a quasi-bloomer shape so that the black and white striped stockings could peek out.  Weirdly enough, I hadn't run out of shampoo/talc/toothpaste/Lemsip (it's always ONE of those that is missing…).


(H&M black sheer top, Sonia Rykiel for H&M bra, Michael Angel striped print and mesh skirt, vintage dusky rose layered sheer trousers, black and white striped stockings, Emma Cook satin ruffle shoes, cheapie chemist scrunchies)

156 Replies to “Longer but Not Lither”

  1. Always, always so so stunning. The wondrousness of both these outfits just blew my mind. This is why you’re my style icon! (The only one I have . . . Audrey Hepburn? Puh-leeze, you are so much more, well, interesting!)

  2. This is so amazingly creative. I love the dress in the first outfit, it is already quite a beautiful piece on its own but you took it to a whole other level with your clever combination.
    Also I love the colors in the second outfit and what you did with the scrunchies on the shoes.
    You never fail to amaze and inspire me <3

  3. The top outfit is one of my favourites of yours of all time. I have trawled through your archives (but not in an odd way!) and honestly think this is one of my favourite outfit posts ever! Am feeling a need for maxi skirts and longer lengths too.

  4. AH-MAY-ZING! The sretsis dress is a stunner (Go Aussies!) I totally get the length/stumpy thing but you really make it work! Those Acnes~~~~aaarrgghh! The Ruffle Shoes! The skrewsers! The graphic prints! The bows! I need to stop…I’m hyperventilating.

  5. This is all too perfect. These lengths, mixes and matches of fabrics… everything! Also, the bow dress is making my heart ache a little of jealousy.

  6. OMG ! I HAVE GONE TO FASHION HEAVEN !! that first dress has to be the best ever !!!! i love it on you !! its like OSCARS BUT WITH STYLE BUBBLE =] LOVE IT

  7. WoW! This Stretsis/Margiela combo is my favourite of all your looks I’ve seen too! I love the black with ivory. Also long skirts with huge platforms is a BONUS as it adds so much height to the silhouette. 🙂

  8. I’m a HUGE fan of floor-length skirts, no matter how short they make me look. Layering your shorter dresses on top creates some amazing depth.
    And gotta ask: Are those Acnes new or old? Just wondering if I’ll be able to pine for them come spring, or if I should pine via eBay …

  9. I agree the layering on the Marks & Spencer dress adds a nice amount of dimension to it. The ruffle shoes combined with the striped stockings is inspiring, although I’m not completely sold on the scrunchies.

  10. Oh hello, Queen of Sheba! I don’t know how you run to the drug store with these shoes but they sure look good. And such lovely peplum (was it peplum or preplum… a fashionable word I just learned and actually prefer to Boob Bow).

  11. awesome combination 🙂
    have a quick question for you, received a letter from chictopia.com about Chictopia10 Social Influence Summit, 13 Feb in New York Fashion week and its says you’re a speaker there…don’t know what this is about so just wanted to see if it’s a scam or something important.
    Kate xxx

  12. Wow those vintage pink trews are amazing and what a bargain! I reactivated my ebay account the other day in anticipation of the day when I can get hold of a real bargain!

  13. Susie, sometimes it just doesn’t work for me, but today is not one of those times. These looks are magical, especially the first. I don’t like to gush (especially not on blogs!) but I love these. You put me to shame in my floor length solid grey (sidewalk chic). And I have to say that you look really gorgeous in the first photo.

  14. Oh I love your outfits! And I love long dresses for precisely the same reason–it’s so lovely to hold up your skirt when you walk up the stairs or look back and see it trailing behind you. We love your blog and your style, and especially your maximalist style.
    Jenny from Fashion for Writers

  15. Both of these outfits put me of a mind to throw my feet over the arm of a sofa I am lying on and eat truffles in front of white floor-to-ceiling windows.
    That, and to rob your wardrobe. You’re safe, I’m not in London.

  16. Both outfits are some of the best things I’ve seen you put together in a while!! Im so inspired right now <3

  17. These outfits remind me of my favorite movie as a child. Beetlejuice. Susie, your outfit is incredible. I wish you lived in New York. As much of a fashion capital this place is all I see are blacks and grays. But you should be coming to the shows in a week so you’ll brighten and liven the streets of NYC soon. Hooray!

  18. gosh, you are too awesome! i love how you layered these outfits! and the black/white scrunchy on the ruffle shoes?? who would of thought?? 🙂

  19. Susie I absolutely love the first outfit. Actually, for all your outfits, even if I wouldn’t wear some of them myself, the fact that I can appreciate the thought and creativity that went into putting them together makes it worth something =) When you have the time, check out http://www.etsy.com/shop/junkbyjuju
    Hopefully you’ll love the accessories I make and sell =)

  20. wow! I think I love these two outfits more than anything you’ve worn before! Longer lengths are just perfect, I’m sick of people wearing skirts that barely cover their knickers (aren’t they cold?!)

  21. Totally fantastic ! I adore both looks, your outfits always make me smile and give me a little kick to be more creative in my outfits! x

  22. The bow and floral dress-combination is superperfect.Later, the dusty-salmon pink and b&w stripes, again, amazing. I love the fact that the ‘composition’ deliberately pushes you into the feminine-sexy however casino-diva-alike image.
    All in all, well done Susie.
    Best wishes,
    fashion abuse

  23. ok, so this totally reminds me of 1940s Hollywood musicals. have you ever seen the films featuring the costume designs of irene? she played with length, embellishments, and brave technicolour combinations. in particular, yolanda & the thief. here’s the colours in action: http://bit.ly/bccZeX here’s a good representation of the length: http://bit.ly/cywAXH

  24. I’ve been feeling the longer lengths too…something in the air…
    But really, the most important thing to note is the Stretsis dress…how have I never noticed this piece before? Is it new? It’s so incredibly gorgeous. I love the way you’ve worn it here, so unexpected and so genius. And I do NOT use that word lightly. You need to be professionally photographed in that outfit. For real.

  25. I was going to write WOW, but someone has already done so not too far up on your long list of well deserved good comments. So instead I will break my reaction into the points that made me reach the resulting “WOW”
    a) your layering throughout is amazing
    b) that Stretsis bow dress is made to layer over the Margiela skirt (but also to be worn alone as it is fantastic)
    c) I like the bra over top thing; kind of a reaction against the knickers over tights thing that’s been kicking around…the reverse super girl if you will…plus I really wanted that bra but don’t have the energy for riots when designers mix with high street as I know now from sulking over the loss of a Jimmy Choo for h&m dress.
    d) tights waist line above trouser waist line? nice.
    and finally…
    e) lifting up skirts to go up stairs! Oh how I love that feelings! I am definitely buying more long skirts now!! You have reminded me of that wonderful feeling and given me an excellent excuse!

  26. absolutely gorgeous, so creative and innoavtive and fabulous all at the same time, alexa who???? new girl in town, again love the blog susie, think my boyfriend is getting jealous,last night made him read your blog with me before going to sleep!!!! ha!!! keep up the good work, xx

  27. I want to squee about the mermaidish silhouette you create with the layering, but I’m too busy freaking out about the shoes. All the shoes.

  28. the trousers/skirt, glad you won them !! they are so beautiful and go so well with the emma cook shoes.

  29. You look gorgeous and the outfit is amazing. I love that you can take clothes from places like ebay and H&M and put them together in a way that looks designer.

  30. It’s been a while since I posted a comment on your blog Susie, but I still visit and admire. You’re styling in this post however is so genius that I could not just pass praising you!!! I mean…the b+w scrunchies on those shoes! Perfect…
    The silouette in the last outfit is one of my timless favourites…so flattering and beautiful. xx

  31. I agree – ‘BOOB BOW’ is quite fun to say!
    I love the first outfit in particular. I’m going to have to use the word ‘architechtural’ even though it makes me a little sick at the cliche… but it’s very intersting with all the different shapes.

  32. DO you actually own these shoes, or are they just a sample? Did they ever go into production because I need them in my life! Amazing post also.

  33. Wowzers…. so MANY comments… weird as it’s not particularly something new I’m wearing here but I guess I have Steve to thank for the pretty pretty pics…
    About the Acne and Emma Cook shoes, they were show samples… and alas, never went to production.
    The Acne shoes I got through work as a perk (!!!) and the Emma Cook shoes I bought at a sample sale…
    I’m not sure why those Acnes never went to production seeing as their wedge designs seem to do so well… they are extreme though as the wedge itself is hollowed out… but still fairly comfy…

  34. First time commenting! I had to after coming back a second and third time to analyze these looks. just wow. The first look seems to be a modern take on a geisha’s attire. something about the sleeves and slim layering. I love them both.

  35. Скажу отцу, чтоб впредь предохранялся… Безопасный секс тот, который не приводит к женитьбе. Лучше плохо, чем никогда. Что ж это за пьянка, если на следующий день не стыдно!

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