06 August 2014

A Helios Batik

helios batik

I'm kind of conflicted about this skirt. I adore the print and colors and it just feels fun. Plus the name is cool - Helios, Greek god of the sun and all (though technically Helios was a titan). The paperbag shape at the waist though, is kind of awkward and kind of exaggerates the pooch since it puff out on top, nips in at the waist and them puffs out again. So it's not exactly the most flattering silhouette in my closet, but I've had this piece for years and kind of can't bear to let it go. If any of you stylish gals have any ideas on how I can wear this skirt, please let me know - or if you think I need to give up on it, do tell!

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Top: Merona via Target ultimate scoop (sim, v-neck, ruffled)
Skirt: Edme & Esyllte via Anthropologie helios batik (worn here - sim colors, pricey, dress, silhouette dif print)
Belt: Anthropologie ekbal (worn here - sim, grey, flowers)
Necklace: Purple Peridot clear crystal (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Bracelets: J.Crew factory chainlink, Love Obsessed (sim, steal, pricey)
Shoes: Gap espadrille wedge (worn here - sim, sim)
Bag: Coach legacy penny (worn here - sim, sim)

helios batik

helios batik

43 comments:

  1. I think the print of this skirt is so fun....and I love it with stripes!

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  2. i love the print and colors of this skirt!
    have you tried wearing it with a wide belt that would cover the top edge/paperbag effect? thats my 2-cent suggestion. :)

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  3. The print of that skirt has great colors mixed in, so I see LOTS of top pairing options in your future. Have you considered having the top poof removed by a tailor? The skirt would have more of a traditional A-Line shape and the remaining circle trim would create a cool, scallop-like edge.

    Cheers!
    -Michele
    The Salty Hanger

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    1. I have never considered getting the poof removed, but that is a good idea if I want a skirt with a print I adore and don't have to think too hard about.

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  4. Greetings Lisa - My 1 cent advice (offering a 50% discount today) . . . I think this is one of those items that you either love because of the extra details or hate. Personally, I love the flounce at the top, and the pattern at the waistband is like a little belt. If you tailor those details out, or cover them up with a belt, then you are left with just another print skirt. I know you are pattern mixer, but the skirt is so unique that perhaps a sleek, solid top would do it more justice. Something like the Banana Republic Catalina Tee, which fits close to the body so you can tuck into the skirt. It's got a scoop neck so you can show off a necklace up top. Good luck . . . Jennifer

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    1. I get what you mean girl, sometimes you gotta let one statement piece speak for itself. A nice solid tee in blue, black or white would be good imo.

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  5. Perhaps pairing with a solid color button-down and adding a skinny belt at the waistline would help to make the shape more of what you'd like?


    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com
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  6. Well, I don't have any advice but I also don't think the skirt makes you look larger or anything. The details at the waist are different, yes, but not in a bad way. I think it's one of those skirts that most people would shy away from because of it's different-ness. But you are fabulous and not afraid of rocking something that's unique.

    Also, I have that shirt & you are the third other person I've seen it on in the last week. Popular find I guess!

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    1. Stripes are no fail - and great minds think alike!

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  7. I think this skirt looks great on you! You're so tiny! I also think the name is fun as well as the pattern mixing in this outfit!

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  8. I really love this skirt Lisa! The print is so fun. I also liked the way you styled it with stripes. I kind of wish I had discovered it a few years back at anthro! Plus, the allusion to Greek mythology is right up my alley since I have to teach that subject in school.

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    1. That is so cool - I loooooove Greek mythology! Apollo is my long-time fave - and I got to play Persephone in a really bad high school video project a bunch of us did together. ;o)

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  9. I like the silhouette you have going on with it now. MAybe just pair it with a bright, solid tee shirt? Or a silky sleeveless top.
    -Ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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  10. I love the pattern mixing. You look fab as usual!
    Rosalyn
    www.just2fancy.com

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  11. I think it's great and really like the waist! I think continuing to wear it with fitted tops like you have here looks really nice, and as others have said you could always try a belt to see if that changes your opinion on the waistline? It is a really gorgeous piece, I can see why you want to keep it and make it work :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. I've only tried this skirt with skinny belts, there are a lot of votes to try with a wider belt, I need to do that!

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  12. Oh I disagree! I think it's slimming! No pooch at all! It's a really sweet and fun silhouette! Gosh though - I am drawing a blank on what colors besides blue to pair it with.
    xo,cynthia

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  13. I think it makes your waist look tiny (as it is). Maybe a solid top and for a difference, a denim vest or cropped denim jacket? I can see this with a rust colored top or maybe a deep red like it appears is in the waist of the skirt. Lovely though!

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  14. It's a great print so I can see why you held on to it. As for recommendation, how does it look if you wear something untucked with it? I am not a fan of skirts that have that elastic and tend to just wear a big belt over it.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmdilife.com

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  15. I think this skirt is fabulous and I love it with the striped tee! I am not a style maven, but you could pair it with a simple tee and a bright skinny belt too! That would also be a cute look! Susan

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    1. I think the play with the colors in the skirt more, you're right!

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  16. i like the skirt and would probably pair it with a solid white fitted shirt to accentuate the details at the waist. you look fab in this outfit too! xo

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  17. That skirt is gorgeous and I feel like it would go with anything but yet I can't suggest anything. Whoops.

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  18. I LOVE the skirt! The print is to die for and the pockets make it even better! Never give it up, unless of course, you'd like to donate it to me...lol! I love how it looked with the pink top in your previous post. How about pairing it with a mustard top or blazer? A white blouse and cobalt heels? White tank and blue jean vest? I also wonder how it might look with a green top? It's so versatile!!

    Robyn
    http://feelgreatfashion.com/

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    1. Ooh, I've honestly never tried layering it since I didn't want to take away from the paperbag effect, but if I wore a jacket over it, the effect is still kind of there, with the bits of puffiness camo'd - thanks for the idea!

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  19. I second the suggestion to try covering up the paperbag effect with a thick cinching belt! The pattern is so cool! I love batik!

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    1. I've never considered doing that, I need to try it!

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  20. I think all suggestions have pretty much been said, maybe if you tie a shirt at the waist ?
    While i love the print, I do think it is not that flattering.

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    1. I go back and forth on this skirt myself - I do looove the print!

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  21. Lisa, I do love it just as you have worn it here. But I can also see it with a fitted blazer and a little skinny belt. I would also like to see this as you transition it to fall and warmer colors with some great short boots. Maybe a leather jacket?
    Gorgeous as always, Lisa. Kisses, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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