Last month I made the move from Los Angeles to Portland. After living in Southern California my whole life this has been a huge change. I could speak volumes on the distinction between the two cities, both of which have their virtues, but today I want to talk about this move in the context of my wardrobe.
In L.A. the weather is mild to sweltering, and I could get away with wearing sundresses every day of the year. I would simply add a cardigan and tights for “cold weather” (read 65 degrees Fahrenheit). Portland is very wet and chilly in comparison to the eternal sunshine of Southern California.
To distract myself from the stresses of moving to another state, I would lay in bed at night and plan my Portland wardrobe. This wardrobe consisted of layered button-ups, sweaters, tights, booties, and Mabel skirts. Fast forward one month later and Mabel has become an absolute staple in my wardrobe.
I love a garment that looks put together but is comfortable and easy to wear. On a rainy day, I can style Mabel with leggings and boots, and if the weather is bright and sunny I can wear Mabel with a breezy blouse and flats.
This is why I am excited that the Pattern of the Month for May is Mabel!
Here is why I love Mabel:
- Mabel is a simple fitted knit skirt that transitions seamlessly from season to season.
- This style of skirt can easily take you from work to play.
- It is perfect for traveling.
- It can easily be sewn up in an afternoon.
- The simplicity of the garment creates the perfect opportunity to play with prints and color.
I am dreaming up a few versions for summer to be worn with button ups and tshirts alike. I have rounded up some inspiration for spring and summer Mabel skirts.
- A color blocked skirt from J.Crew.
A casual drawstring skirt perfect for the relaxed weekends, from Banana Republic.
A midi-length striped skirt with subtle side gathers, by Caslon.
A pink skirt with shaped hem from Topshop.
A floral skirt from Ann Taylor is the perfect way to were florals to an office setting.
This faux wrap skirt from Anthropologie is an edgy take on a classic style.
Try making a coordinating set like this one from Asos.
Through the end of May, you can get Mabel for 20% off when you use code MABELMONTH at checkout.
We are also hard at work on another pattern hack and ideas that will teach how to modify you Mabel skirt.
Have you made a life change that has drastically affected the way you think about your wardrobe?