A red pencil skirt

Forever 21 polka dot t-shirt • Vintage skirt via Think Twice • Twice as Nice earrings • Nine West flats


A few days before my paper defense, my friend Susan went on a shopping spree to complete her list of must-haves for the summer. As we don’t have many chances to meet, both studying in different cities, I was  more than happy to accompany her. She’s an avid vintage shopper, which is something I’m not that into for some reason, and so when we shop a whole new of world always opens for me. This time was no different. We dug up memories from early high school and laughed about our old stories while she dragged me from one vintage shop to another. Antwerp is a vintage shoppers playground, both for lovers of vintage fashion and furniture / deco, so you can imagine what a good mood she was in! On our way back to the bus station, we stopped by one last store. Susan asked me to help her look for a nice skirt since she needed one to pair with her new emerald top. Obedient as I am, I dived into a huuuuge rack full of skirts with the most awkward combination patterns and fabrics. In between this tremendous amount of the ugliest skirts I had ever seen, I found this gorgeous, perfect red pencil skirt. Earlier that day, I lusted over a similar skirt from Zaras new F/W’13 collection. That one came with a price tag of €40, which I could never give for a skirt (considering my income) and it was pretty horribly made to be honest. But my vintage find? Ten bucks and in a perfect shape. The red color is perfect, the length is perfect, it fits perfect. It’s fully lined on the inside, has a hidden zipper and a button closing and above all it’s easy to wash and doesn’t get wrinkly fast. I am in love. And waddayaknow, vintage stores are the places to be to find pencil skirts! I also found a mint-aqua one and a terracotta-ish one in my size, but since I was saving up for Italy, I decided to leave those for someone else to love. 

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  1. 1 July 2013 / 11:20

    I love this look Nikki! I also never seem to shop at vintage stores, but am always pleasantly surprised when I do. It sounds like you found some gems – I can't believe you found 3 skirts in your size! That red one looks amazing on you.

  2. 1 July 2013 / 13:07

    I always love a good pencil skirt. Essential to every wardrobe!

    Nicole
    settleinn.blogtspot.com

  3. 1 July 2013 / 14:18

    Girl, how tall are you? You have legs for DAYS!

  4. 1 July 2013 / 14:33

    So glad you discovered the excitement of vintage shopping!

  5. 1 July 2013 / 16:29

    You look sooooo cute!
    I must get into vintage stores more as well, but Ghent is not my city do shop vintage, ugh!

    <3

  6. 1 July 2013 / 16:38

    yes to vintage shops! They are great places to find great pencil skirts like this!! You look great!
    xo,
    nancy

  7. 1 July 2013 / 16:46

    and thaaaat is why we vintage shop, haha! granted, there is a whole lot of ugly out there, but sometimes you find scores just like that. and that skirt looks like it was MADE for you- i love how you paired it with polka dots. and ooo la la italy- that sounds like a beautiful vacation 🙂

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  8. 1 July 2013 / 16:48

    your outfit is perfect.
    i love that skirt!
    goodness it looks great on you.

    K

  9. 1 July 2013 / 18:27

    Vintage stores are my favorites for scrounging up fun pieces! You can find killer deals and still look fashionable. One day I'm coming back to Belgium and hitting up Antwerp!

  10. 1 July 2013 / 20:38

    your red pencil skirt is perfect with your polka dot top. timeless! 🙂

  11. 2 July 2013 / 02:44

    That skirt does look perfect! I love when I can find great things in thrift stores. I don't usually shop for vintage things but I found a mustard cardigan I've been wanting for months at a thrift store for $5! I snagged it right up!

    Really great find on the skirt. It looks great on you!

  12. 2 July 2013 / 03:25

    love that color!! its gorgeous!

    ~Veronica

  13. 2 July 2013 / 12:22

    That red skirt is beautiful on you, what a great find! I really like it with the polka dot top 🙂

    Wish I could be that lucky thrifting – was swapping thrift stories with a new colleague at work, I'm so jealous she is one of those people that has amazing luck too. I get a few nice finds, but no=where near the success rate everyone else seems to have, haha.

    Away From Blue

  14. 2 July 2013 / 14:36

    Beautiful! Red ánd dots! I love this style. 🙂 x

  15. 2 July 2013 / 19:48

    Die rok staat je echt super en wat een kleur!

  16. 2 July 2013 / 21:18

    Mooie rok, misschien moet ik vintage shopping ook eens een kans geven 😉

  17. 2 July 2013 / 22:53

    Oooh, the vintage shopping sounds so good and what a great score with that skirt. It's beautiful and an absolute classic, love it with the polka dots too!! xo

    ps – thanks so much for your blog visit + sweet comments. I've been saving too, but this month I'm splurging and grabbing the dress. Yay! 😉

  18. 3 July 2013 / 02:05

    What a cute skirt! And I love how you knotted your t-shirt.

  19. 3 July 2013 / 10:32

    This is a perfect outfit. So classy and chic. Love this so much.

  20. 3 July 2013 / 17:22

    You are just the cutest thing! I love your polkadot top and this red pencil skirt really is perfect! It sounds like maybe you are cozying up to vintage shopping a bit more!

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

  21. 4 July 2013 / 14:18

    Nicely done! 😀 (or well, found) Ik vind hem super gecombineerd ook, met dat polkadot shirt 🙂 xo

  22. 4 July 2013 / 21:24

    This looks so perfect on you, my goodness! And how fun to know it was a find, right?

    I like vintage clothes, but am rarely paient enough (or in a location where vintage items are ever sold) to be much good at it. It is interesting that you and your friend's shopping styles are so different and yet you can enjoy the experience. Great post.

  23. 5 July 2013 / 00:38

    Look casual, but chic!!

  24. 5 July 2013 / 01:34

    Oh yeah. I always find a ton of pencil skirts when I go thrifting! I just buy them and take them up to the proper length. Usually they're really really cheap too. You red one looks wonderful on you! I really love the dotty top paired with it.

  25. 5 July 2013 / 02:14

    so very darling Nikki! i am crushing hard on the red skirt and for these photo selects. what a tremendous backdrop too!! brick, sconces and cobblestone makes me almost be able to hear the clickety clack of a suitcase being lugged on through the city streets while traveling in a wonderful European destination.

    great times you had with Susan, sounds like a vintage shoppers dream! ♥

  26. 5 July 2013 / 15:08

    Ik ben een fan van bolletjes dus love this!

  27. 6 July 2013 / 19:42

    very cute! i've been on the lookout for a good red pencil skirt for quite some time. i had one that i used to wear constantly but i accidentally shrunk it and it wouldn't fit anymore 🙁

  28. 29 July 2013 / 11:20

    Die rok is prachtig en staat u verdomme beeldig! Snel nog eens meeten!

    Lieve groetjes

    x Sven

  29. 23 August 2013 / 16:58

    Wow that red skirt is gorgeous. It is such a vibrant colour. It just works perfectly with the top. Great look xx

    Heroine In Heels

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