Much like a game of chess, great style is all about strategically making your next move and not being afraid to take a risk at times. The bright colourways, risky hemline and voluminous shape of this vibrant 1950’s inspired ensemble is a great example of how some sartorial experimentation can result in a timeless and chic look.
The focal point of this outfit is the multi-coloured vintage Balenciaga skirt that belonged to Mona’s mother back in the 1980s. Although this skirt is decades old, it still possesses an ultra-modern feel thanks to its vivid colours and unique length that hits the sweet spot between maxi and midi. Maxi skirts and dresses are timeless summer staples, and the midi length hemline made a huge resurgence on the Fall 2013 runways.
Tucking in a top is a great way to style a voluminous skirt such as this one. Here, a bright pink Cynthia Rowley silk top that picks up on the pink lines of the skirt is tucked in to carve out a feminine silhouette.
A tricky hemline such as this one can cut off your legs and make them appear shorter, so the proper choice of footwear is vital. Nude coloured heels close to your skin tone solve this problem by creating the illusion of a longer leg. A handcrafted silver statement necklace and metallic clutch bag finish off the look and lend a contemporary touch.
Photography by Chandni Patel Editing by Mona Hamid
Styling and Modelling by Mona Hamid
Writing by Reem Buhazza
- Silk Hot Pink Top: Cynthia Rowley
- Skirt: Vintage Balenciaga
- Nude Pointy Pumps: Enzo Angiolini, available here
- Tassel Clutch: Asos