April 10, 2012

  • [ Guest Post by the Sister, Part II ]

    I’m thrilled to introduce you yet again to…
    …my second guest post by my sister!


    Modest is Hottest Part 11 [or.... New Ideas for the Practical Woman]


    I, Claudia, have combined my love for photography with a fascination for unique clothing combinations, and am excited to be introducing a new and improved and most delightful post. 


    I am now in the official tenth month of my One Year Clothing/Shopping Fast. YAY! If you need a brief history of this decision, you may read our previous post: Modest is Hottest Part 1.

    Since last June when I made the decision to discontinue shopping trips, revamping my style and coming up with creative ways to wear what I already have in my closet has become my new personal favorite. So, without further ado, here’s my latest addiction.

    Skirts as Dresses



    SO FUN!!! I can barely get over it. I usually try not to over-style a new style, but I can barely pull myself away from this one. It’s, like, two for the price of one… or something.



    Since I wore this outfit on our last outing before the second-to-eldest sister got married, I just had to include them. I do adore sister pictures.)


    (Remind me why no one ever told me about this before? Like I said… SO FUN!)


    Where my clothes came from:

    1. If your family is nice like mine, you can mix and match from different closets. Last week I raided mother’s closet and found that cool skirt labeled #1… It makes a good dress on me and a lovely skirt on mother. 
    2. Skirt #2 was an old project of mine last year. I sewed it all up, in and around, and actually liked it.
    3. From a pile of clothes a friend was getting rid of. So kind of her.
    4. The black dress is actually my official Honey Brook Girls Choir Skirt. I don’t own it, but at least I can break the unspoken rule that choir uniforms have to be ugly.
    Accessories: One of my belts comes from a sister closet raid. One comes from the kind heart of a cousin. The purple cardigan will go back to its hanger in mother’s closet and my favorite cream colored cardigan was a Christmas gift from Ervina. Double YAY!

    How to Rock the Skirt-turned-Dress Look:

    Find the right skirt: It really helps if it’s a wide-mouthed skirt, has elastic around the waist line, or has a fold-over flap. Just saying, I don’t usually have a problem with it, but it’s a big bonus if I wear it as a dress and it actually stays up. :)
    Wear a belt: Otherwise you are quite prone to become acquainted with the unflattering wispy-willow tree look (see below)…


    Wear fun shoes:

    Shoes have the power to complete an outfit.
    Skirt #1 gets worn best with [puss-in-]boots from my mother
    Skirt #2: Plain ol’ flips given to me in Cambodia by a dear friend
    With Skirt #3 I get to wear awesomely fun black heels from sister’s wedding
    Skirt #4 was worn with my flats from the Official Jana Barkman-Swartz Wedding Reception

    Basically. I just always wear leggings. Yup. Even in the sweltering heat of a Cambodian summer. Even in sub degree weather. I’ve worn them ever since my grammy handed me my first totally-uncool pair (she called them “snugglies”… or something strange like that). I think I’ll keep wearing them even when the world kicks them out of style (God Forbid).

    Do something fun with your hair:

    This is just the funnest thing ever.
    Braids as headbands, feathers in hair or flowers that add great character. Just do it. Please, it makes life (and pictures) so much better.

    And that’s that. Experiment with it. Forthcoming: we will demonstrate how we love to layer dresses on dresses and leggings on leggings and…. ok. ok.

    Just kidding.

Comments (13)

  • I LOVE the look! My sisters and I have used skirts as dresses…it is so fun. I am so impressed at the shopping fast….I am wondering if I could do it. I only went a couple of months, that sounds like nothing now! The sad thing is…I truly do have enough clothes to last me years, I just like change.

    I also love the braids as a headband. My hair is curly and it’s hard for me to wear headbands and braids sometimes. I’m going to have to experiment a bit more.

    Inspiring post! Loved it.
    Thanks for sharing your sister Clarita, thanks for posting sister. =)

    Praying for you as you near the end of your pregnancy!!! How exciting!
    I can’t wait to see your new little one. =)

  • fun post and so inspiring!!

  • Neat idea! These posts make me look at the clothes in my closet in a whole new way :) I did try an idea from the previous post and it was a smashing success, in the opinion of my wonderful husband. Can’t wait to try this idea! :)

  • outfit 1 and 3 are my favs. love it! fun post– thanks for sharing…your sister Claudia is gorgeous! :)

  • Great fun post and I hope we have more of them on down the line :) I really love outfit #3! I don’t know if I could pull off this look but I’m going to try it ;)
    I love the hair as headband and have personally tried it-it’s so fun! Sometimes I’m tired of the regular look and some braids will usually do the trick.
    oh and while I love leggings too, I don’t know how your sister can stand them in the sweltering heat! I’d say she doesn’t live in Texas with temps of 100+ in the summer but Cambodia is probably similar to here :)

  • fun fun
    *feeling the need for more layering pieces in my life. that, or a few more closets to ‘borrow’ from*
    love your sister’s sense of adventure w/ dressing.

  • so fun!
    and, like i said last time, so *Claudia*!
    love that girl. =)

  • Such a fun post…I think you’re family must be full of fun creativity!
    I’d forgotten that your sisters spend time in Cambodia…my sis-in-law and her family are moving there in a few months!
    Have a great day~

  • I LOVE THESE FASHION POSTS! Please keep them coming….I SO need help with my wardrobe and these tips are great! Not sure I even have any skirts with elastic tops…maybe I will find some at my next thrift shop excursion. :) Wearing 1 article of clothing in different ways increases my options without taking up more space in my closet…er…bar/rope in my office. (Old house no bedroom closet) :)

  • This is a really fun post! Love the creativity and the energy and the fab outfits!! Clarita you sister is a kick… just delightful. I would love to be in a room with all of you :) The skirt as a dress is so darling on her, I am so intrigued I might just try it. I wish I was so fun and carefree with my style but I always fret and over-think what I’m wearing. This is just really good reminder to me that fashion should be fun!

  • I also meant to say I miss you, I think about you every day, praying for the safe and uneventful arrival of that little one :) Love you friend!

  • thanks, claudia! {you’re adorable by the way!} what great fun and creative ways to be stylish. modest. and not spend a dime!!! :)

    so glad you shared. i’m going shopping in my closet now. ;)

  • I’m gladsome to mature so more serviceable and informative assemblage on your website.
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