What I Wore: Got it at Etsy

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wardrobe oxygen over 40 US fashion blogWhen I get an idea in my head I get a bit obsessed. To speak on a panel at the TCFStyle Expo, I decided I wanted to wear a fabulous maxi skirt. Something with a cool print, something not too stiff, something with pockets, and something that would fit my short curvy body. I immediately went to Etsy. I found this Ankara maxi skirt on Etsy, and was able to order it with the right sized waist and length; many Etsy sellers offer custom sized fashion. I searched and found nothing that was quite right.

over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen in a colorful maxi skirtBut Etsy watches your searches, your favorites, your purchases and will recommend items. Based upon my maxi skirt searches, the next time I opened Etsy this skirt from Trinity Michelle was in my suggestions. Perfection! I reached out and asked if I could do some customization. I wanted a 3″ wide waistband so I could wear it high and it would tuck under a cropped top like I have in this post, or else would cover skin if I decide to wear it with a knotted tee. I also asked for pockets. Not a problem, the skirt arrived and the print was even prettier in person and the waistband a perfect size. I thought I'd need to hem it but once I put on my Naturalizer sandals I found it was a perfect length too.

over 40 blogger alison gary of wardrobe oxygen in an ELOQUII wrap top, vintage earrings, and a colorful custom made maxi skirtSkirt: Trinity Michelle via Etsy (16 but with customizations) | Top: ELOQUII (14) | Shoes: Naturalizer | Bracelet: Secret Garden Cuff c/o cabi | Earrings: Bejewelled Relics via Etsy (similar) | Ring: Reliquary Antiques via Etsy | Lipstick: L'Oreal ‘Eva's Red'

Update: Trinity Michelle is offering 15% off this skirt while she still has the fabric available.  Use code WardrobeOxygen at checkout!

Wardrobe Oxygen in an ELOQUII wrap top, custom made rainbow maxi skirt from Trinity Michelle, and vintage gold earrings over 40 fashion blog wardrobe oxygen alison garyThe top is from ELOQUII and I wore it previously in this outfit post with my shorter Ankara skirt. This is such a fun top, I'd love to style it with a pair of high-waisted jeans, though I haven't been able to find any I like. The fabric is like a lightweight ponte so it has body but is also stretchy and figure flattering. This top also comes in a gorgeous berry color. And yes, it launders nicely!

plus size rainbow maxi skirtskirt | top | earrings | ring | bracelet | shoes | lipstick

Rainbow print maxi skirtSpeaking of Etsy, my earrings and ring are both from there. I wore these vintage earrings on the blog previously. The ring just arrived this week. Being a larger woman, it's hard to find pretty cocktail rings over a size 8. This is a size 10, is in like-new condition, exactly what I desired, and only $30. Seriously, if you're frustrated by the lack of fun fashion for larger women, head to Etsy!

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    1. These are clip on! It’s the only way I could make it work. I’ve been doing bigger earrings lately that are post, but look for lighter weight versions. For example the ivory ones from J. Crew I often wear have the sequins attached to leather instead of metal or plastic which reduces the weight greatly. And like a pair of heels, the night after wearing big earrings I take the day off and go without so my ears can rest!

  1. You look stunning in this outfit! You have inspired me to shop Etsy for an Ankara skirt. Especially since they have pockets!

  2. This skirt is stunning! I feel like you should be standing on some seaside balcony with a glass of wine in your hand and the skirt blowing out behind you from the breeze. 🙂

  3. Wow you knocked it out of the park! It’s wonderful when you find just the right thing for a special occasion. You did it.

  4. That skirt is TO DIE. Literally. It looks so great! I love it with the black top you’ve shown with it but also seconding the suggestion of a white shirt.

  5. Yowza! That skirt deserves more that just it’s own post … it might deserve a whole week of “what I wore”. Major impact and drama. If you’re on stage, it blows anybody else offstage. I could see it styled with a crisp white shirt … and Tees in multiple solid colors.

    1. I too was thinking a white shirt, dress it down with a heather grey v-neck tee, a denim shirt tied at the waist, get crazy with pattern mixing and style with a striped off the shoulder knit top, a colored fitted tee or tank, so many ways to style this!

      1. I don’t know if you’re ever planning a “top ten” outfits post, but this definitely makes the cut! Certainly for this year … and maybe a couple past years.

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