Visible Monday #23: Breaking Rules Willy-Nilly, and Having Fun

Welcome to Visible Monday #23! If you want to participate, it’s so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the simple how-to.

Today I chose the second gift that wonderful Sheila (of Ephemera) sent me (see the first one here): a yummy silk blouse by Talbots. It fits me perfectly, thank you Sheila! And in her honor, I am pattern-mixing it with my favorite hounds-tooth midi skirt. I am actually assigning this skirt to the “Neutrals” category, because it “goes” with every darn top in my closet. Whee, breaking rules at my advanced age!

A belt pulls the look together, I think. I  am also showing my little GAP faux-fur jacket as a topper. I thrifted it a couple of years ago, and I love to pull it out of the closet for the 6 – 10 cool days we have down here. For footwear, boots of course. As long as I can extend boot season on either side of the calendar, I will do it!

I read in one of my fashion/style books that when wearing boots with a skirt the “rule” is: for form-fitting skirts, show a little skin (or hose) between the hem of the skirt and the top of the boot. For full skirts, like mine, it’s OK to have the skirt cover the top of the boot. What do you say?

Blouse, c/o Sheila, thrifted vintage skirt, GAP jacket and belt,
Gianni Bini boots

I’m linking to Tammy @ SilverStyle’s “Trending Through the Decades” here!

Now, I would love to see what you are wearing this holiday weekend – did you buy something new/old and fabulous on Super-Shopping Friday??

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple!

  1. Any Monday, whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post.
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In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!


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  1. I just got my Sheila goodies too and they fit !!!
    Oh the wonderful world of blogging…. and I was waiting for you at Prince 😉

  2. Oooh! Hooray for another Sheila item. She's the best. You are rocking that pattern mix. The houndstooth skirt is so fabulous, I love the length.

    My personal preference is a-ok if the skirt falls over the top of the boots – if – the ankle of the boots is slim enough, but then again, I've seen people wear awesome chunky boots and pull it off. It just depends.

  3. Oh, serendipity! Or great minds, or one of those happy coincidences — thanks again, Sheila, you rock.

  4. Love this look on you Patti!  And I have followed those same rules with boots – of course some outfits beg to break rules, but I think the books look fantastic with the length and fullness of your skirt!

  5. LOVE your pattern mixing here! You look fabulous as usual:-) I also wore some faux fur today, but am now coveting yours!

  6. Patti, I'm so glad you like that top – it was one of my favourites! I am also pretty sure I wore it with MY houndstooth skirt…Yup, here: .

    Thanks as always for doing Visible Monday!

  7. Rules…we don't need no stinkin' rules! Well, maybe some. I had never heard about the boot /skirt/skin thing. I like how your skirt falls over the tops of the boots.

  8. I love this outfit. That blouse is beautiful. You did an excellent job of pattern mixing. I think houndstooth is a neutral that looks good with so many things.
    I have a similar jacket from Chico's, but it is still too warm to wear it. I like to just look at it hanging in the closet.
    I like the skirt length and the boot height. It looks very classic and classy.

  9. Patti, I had to look very closely at your belt as it looked familiar to me.  I have the same belt in white.  I love it in black too.  I read that it was from Gap so I know that it is the same one.  Anyway, I love your advice about the boots and skirt combo…good lookin out for us Patti, thanks for that.  Great look on you, styled like a pro.  Love, love the coat…can I have it?  Wrap it up for xmas…my address is listed below.  Ha!  Thanks for hosting. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo 

  10. Count me as another big belt fan! Especially when I'm separating two contrasting prints, I think a belt helps to make the outfit cohesive!

  11. The top and jacket go together beautifully. Love your WendyB pose :). Thanks again for featuring these lovely ladies in their visible Monday outfits.

  12. The ladies are lovely ! i am suppose to mention you on my blog i think… i do not see my link to your Visible Monday…well maybe when I return..
    The blouse is nice Patti goes well with the skirt, it is a nice shirt, so versatile and they are right about the boot rule!


  13. I think the top & skirt go great together. I've never heard that skirt + boot rule but it kind of makes sense, seems like it could get bulky otherwise. But rules are meant to be broken you should try it some time 😉

  14. absolutely fabulous! I love the fur coat for some glamour. The blouse is beautiful, how nice to receive it from a friend. Yes, maxi skirt over boots is great, thanks for hosting by the way!


  15. Love the mix of red and black and the patterns, don't see any clashing here.  I've also long been a fan of long skirts and boots.  As to the shorter skirt/boot "rule" I tend to say "it depends".

  16. The blouse and skirt look fabulous together! I think you're right about that boots/skirt guideline. 

  17. I love the blouse and Shelia always has such great pieces!!  I also like your hair…great cut!!

  18. I think the boots look great with the longer skirt. I wear an above the knee denim pencil skirt with tall boots and no tights – just bare knees. I had a reader tell me that wasn't a good look on me, but I happen to like it. I am so glad to read that your book and you think it's just fine! 

    I am loving Visible Monday…and I added your button to my blog 🙂 


  19. I think they are right on about the rule about the boots. 
    Love this print with the hounds tooth–I agree–this is almost like a neutral!

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