Styling Autumn Layers: Swirling Leaves Skirt, Pumpkin & Greens

Olive Waterfall Cardigan, Pistachio Cami, Shirt, Pumpkin Bag, Leaf Patterned Skirt | Petite Silver Vixen

Olive Waterfall Cardigan, Pistachio Cami, Shirt, Pumpkin Bag, Leaf Patterned Skirt | Petite Silver Vixen

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen the below photo I posted about a week ago during the height of our Indian Summer.  I spotted the tree on my way to work.  Look at it, quite rightly, flaunting its leaves in all its cinnamon spice glory.  I don’t love the heralding of shorter days but I do love the ever changing canvas of colours this season gives us. 

Then a couple of days ago, I also posted one of fallen leaves.  Don’t they look like Autumn confetti? Both photos reminded me that I have a skirt with swirling leaves in these colours – pumpkin and cinnamon.  Up until this weekend, I’ve not felt very Autumnal but with the leaves finally turning and falling, I’m ready for Autumn now.  It’s really arrived.

Tree in Autumn with Cinnamon & Red coloured Leaves | Petite Silver Vixen

Fallen Autumn Leave on concrete | Petite Silver Vixen

I played around with the styling of the outfit.  I knew I wanted a layered effect whilst still showing off the pistachio in the skirt and cami top but layers can be tricky.  Too thick and they can add bulk.

I’ve had this cami top for ages, bought specially for the skirt but it’s not a colour that works on its own with me.  It has to have a companion colour to tone it down, hence the contrasting green.  To allow each shade of green to stand out, rather than compete against each other, I layered a cream shirt in between.

Olive Waterfall Cardigan, Pistachio Cami, Shirt, Pumpkin Bag, Leaf Patterned Skirt | Petite Silver Vixen

Originally, I tied the shirt in front but what looked fun in the mirror, screamed NO, NO, NO on camera!  It only served to make me look really heavy around my waist.  The dreaded bulk. Too much flapping material!  And flapping in this case, is NOT a euphemism for a swear word beginning with ‘f’!  It literally was too much material flapping about my midriff.  I don’t quite have a long enough torso to work that look.

Darn my short-waistedness!

When faced with a dearth of length, employ the old trick of creating an optical illusion!  By tucking the shirt in but keeping it open the pistachio was a long ‘v’ in the centre, drawing the eye upwards. Bingo!  Much more streamlined.

To add a little more visual interest, I flipped the shirt cuffs over and slipped on a trio of Autumnal coloured bracelets and one of my favourite necklaces I wore with my Vintage Style Gladstone Bag and Denim Shift dress.

Olive Waterfall Cardigan, Pistachio Cami, Shirt, Pumpkin Tote, Leaf Patterned Skirt | Petite Silver Vixen

Olive Waterfall Cardigan, Pistachio Cami, Shirt, Pumpkin Tote, Leaf Patterned Skirt | Petite Silver Vixen

Leaf Patterned Skirt, Bead & Glass Bracelets | Petite Silver Vixen

A pumpkin coloured bag to fit the season and tone in with the colours of the skirt.  A light counter-point to the greens.

I’m feeling a little smug about this bag – yes, it’s my favourite shape – another mini tote.  I work to the school of ‘if it ain’t broke…’  I’d seen it when it first arrived in New Look back in August.  I bided my time and a couple of weeks ago, it was in the sale and under a tenner!  Looks perfect against the pistachio, nutmeg and cinnamon colours.

Do you fancy a pumpkin latte now?

Pumpkin Tote, Leaf Patterned Skirt, Bead Glass Bracelets | Petite Silver Vixen

The material of the skirt although lined, is quite thin.  Wearing it this time of year really means donning some warm woolly tights or knee high boots.  I want to hold out wearing knee highs for as long as possible though.  Gawd knows they’ll be on intensive rotation for at least the next 4 months.

For now I’m sticking with either ankle booties or shoe boots.  Or are they booty shoes or faux boots? Or even,
I’m-hedging-my-bets-and-covering-two-bases-here, footwear?

Pumpkin Tote, Leaf Patterned Skirt, Brown Faux Suede Shoe Boots | Petite Silver Vixen

Woolly Patterned Tights. Brown Faux Suede Shoe Boots | Petite Silver Vixen

White Stuff Swirling Leaves Skirt (preloved e-bay)

Monsoon Pistachio Cami (preloved e-bay)

Cream Shirt (ancient from the Emporium of I Forget)

Dorothy Perkins Waterfall Cardigan SS15

New Look Mini Tote (sold out online).  Here’s a Brown snake winged Tote, River Island

Necklace (gift from my mum-in-law)

Bracelets (thrifted)

Bhs Shoes Boots (AW14)

Throw over a cape or a trench and you’re good to go!

Still fancy that pumpkin latte?  Good job I never drink coffee.  I’d be rushing to the nearest coffee shop with all this talk of cinnamon and spices.  I’ll see you there though.  You have a latte, make mine a … green tea.

Olive Waterfall Cardigan, Pistachio Cami, Shirt, Pumpkin Bag, Leaf Patterned Skirt | Petite Silver Vixen

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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:31 pm

      Thanks Patti. I trying to stay with light colours for as long as possible!

  1. October 19, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    I love that tip for tucking in your shirt but keeping it open as a "V"—I'm going to remember that for Nancy since she's also short waisted!! Love the tights & ankle boots—I'd have only thought to wear brown tights, but I like how the light ones show off the ankle boots more! jodie

    • October 20, 2015 / 8:33 pm

      It's a neat trick, isn't it? I buttoned the shirt up underneath to stop it sliding around but the long v really works and then there's less emphasis at the bust. Can't wait to see Nancy rocking the look! To be honest, I did start by wearing brown but looked in the mirror and the boots were totally lost so off came the brown!

  2. October 19, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    I have a short waist too, Jacqueline!
    And it can be a right royal pain in the bum….especially with full circle skirts or tucking in.
    I love the flow of this outfit and the soft palette.
    Of course the cuffing works a treat to pull everything together…so simple yet so effective.
    I love your ribbed tights.
    I have a similar pair (erm…okay then, pairs) and I love that cheeky "school girl" vibe they give. There is something a little cheeky about ribbed tights (I am not sure why!)
    Another great look.
    Fake Fabulous

    • October 20, 2015 / 8:35 pm

      Yes, a right royal pain in the bum! With the ivory shirt and ivory tights and the long V it does make it flow – well, that was what I was going for!
      Thought you'd like the ribbed tights especially as you are the Queen of Tights! They are kinda cheeky!

  3. October 20, 2015 / 9:51 am

    A lovely colour combination , perfect for Autumn. I agree with you about not wearing long boots to soon , I have the same rule. Winters are always long enough.

  4. October 20, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Loving your bag and boots! That olive color was the perfect pairing for your skirt. Isn't it funny how something can look so different in photos. I've learned a lot blogging!
    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • October 21, 2015 / 1:09 pm

      Indeed. As soon as I saw the first photo, I knew it was wrong, tied up at the front! But out of that came this end result so we got there!

  5. October 21, 2015 / 1:17 am

    Your pictures of the fall foliage are delightful and your outfit is just spot on! I love the skirt you have on and the way you played with color. I think it was a great idea to layer the shades of green to bring out the colors of the skirt.

    • October 21, 2015 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks Katie. I really wanted to bring out the colours so I'm pleased you think I have.

  6. October 21, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Wonderful outfit! I too have the dreaded short waist, but I've gotten used to it. That's why I love belts because they help define my waist. Happy Autumn!

    • October 21, 2015 / 11:12 pm

      Belts can really help but I find I have to get just the right size! Happy Autumn to you too.

  7. October 21, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    Beautiful autumn colours, I mean your outfit of course. The leaves look lovely, too.

  8. October 21, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Ah you are the personification of jasmine green tea with floral blossoms in!!! The layering works superbly and the colours are sublime!! I'd love white knitted tights!!

    • October 21, 2015 / 11:13 pm

      Well, green tea is my favourite, Kezzie! Knitted tights are fun, aren't they?

  9. October 22, 2015 / 1:58 am

    Cute outfit, very fallish! Nice it!
    Fashion and Travel

  10. October 22, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    You wear colour so well! 🙂

    That is such a pretty skirt and you know just the right pieces to wear with it!

    I wish we had an autumn where the trees would turn red like that! The closest think I can think of is right now, as we near the end of spring the jacaranda trees start to lose their purple flowers and almost every street in Brisbane gets covered in pretty purple petals!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:33 pm

      Aw, thank you Mica.
      I shall imagine you walking on purple petalled streets as you do your Frocktober Challenge!

  11. October 22, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    Such pretty fall colors! Yes, fall confetti is a great descriptor for your skirt. Your textured tights and booties look so cozy on you and complete your look wonderfully!

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks Jennie. With a skirt of this pattern I had to do an Autumnal layering post!

  12. October 22, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    This outfit does have fall written all over it! Love the leaves falling on your skirt, and the citrine, olive and the brown booties just give it a great mix of colors What a perfect match the bag is as well. One of my favorite looks on you, friend!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Aw, thanks Jess. What a lovely compliment.
      I was so lucky the bag was such a good match – it just lifts the look and balances the greens.

  13. October 24, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    I just love these colors put together just so! I especially love the addition of the bag because it keeps the whole look from being too somber. Lovely print on the skirt as well.
    I, too, am short-waisted, so I understand all too well the challenges it poses. Your choice to leave the shirt open was a wise one!


    • October 25, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      Thanks Alicia. I was so pleased that the bag was on sale as the colour is so autumnal yet bright.

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