Eclectic Chic / Sure I can wear skirts size 6. I just need two!

by byanika on 22/01/2011 · 46 comments

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Hi Sweethearts!

I sewed this dress last night, what do you think? It is the first time I am in a pink dress since my wedding day (I designed a blush pink silk dress for the big day. Pink, you say? Indeed. I am honest lol).

I made the dress using to skirts size 6 that I found at H&M. I love the pattern, so true to form I didn`t think, oh I can never wear those, it was more how can I make this work for me? The belt I made with fabric from an old skirt of my mums, I love sewing pieces that have a history to them, it makes it even more personal. Accessories by H&M, including the hairclips I used to adorn the girls lol. The scarf is one that my mum bought in Paris when we lived there thirty odd years ago. (OMG, I am growing up! Soon to turn 32, and loving it.)

I have to honestly say that this dress is one of my personal faves to date. I feel a lot more confident in my style nowadays, and I have you to thank for a lot of that confidence. You blow me away with your interest, support and warmth. <3!

Speaking of personal style, I need your input my friends. I have to describe my style (in fashion and life) for a feature, and I have been pondering how to describe it. How do you like Eclectic Chic? Any input and suggestions from you would be grately appreciated lovlies. <3

Tell me, how would you describe your own style in fashion and life?

 

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AnikaByAnika 1 AnikaByAnikaNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm

[New Post] Eclectic Chic / Sure I can wear skirts size 6. I just need two! – via #twitoaster http://byanika.com/2011/01/22/eclectic-c

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2 JenieseNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I think Ecletic Chic is a great way to describe your style! I also love that you made this dress! So cute!
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byanika 3 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Thank you so much for your input love! xx

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4 BibiNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

beautiful dress…and i like ur shoes too!eclectic chic sounds very good, but shouldn’t ur style have some reference to the fact that you basically design almost all the pieces you wear?
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byanika 5 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Thank you Bibi! That is a very good point, I agree with you, thank you for that! hugs! <3

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6 Seeg0No Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Eclectic chic? Definitely agree! But I can’t believe that you’re wearing 2 dresses sewed up together! It looks like one dress. Amazing job Anika. I love the print as well.

I would describe my style as…honestly, I will admit, I have no idea what my style is. Some days I dress like a granny, some days I’ll dress boho, some days I’ll be simple and plain and some days I’ll be a little rocker. I guess I’m almost a little bit of everything. Almost. ;)
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byanika 7 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Thank you so much! I love the print, completely out there, but who cares :)

Your granny-chic-rocker-boho-look sounds fab honey! You know I like it! <3

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8 GabrieleNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Really nice look!

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byanika 9 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

thank you so much Gabriele! xx

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10 SACRAMENTONo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Aren´t you clever????? I do love the dress so much, apart from having been made by you it has the added touches of your mum. Fantastic.
I always describe my style as quirky; with the knowledge to distinguish the thin line between quirky and clown.
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byanika 11 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Gracias my lovely new friend! <3 Incorporating happy memories in my clothes does feel lovely, like a lucky charm :) You my dear have amazing style, a very elegant quirky!!!! Besos and lots of warm hugs for you! xxxxxx <3

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12 ChristinaNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Wow! I love that pattern! :) You, my dear, are so very talented! I wish I could make such beautiful clothing! ;)

-Christina <3

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byanika 13 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Thank you so much darling! I am sure you can, it looks a lot harder than it is! kiss kiss <3

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AnikaByAnika 14 AnikaByAnikaNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

RT @anikasweetface Eclectic Chic / Sure I can wear skirts size 6. I just need two! http://byanika.com/2011/01/22/eclectic-c

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necessary2BMe 15 necessary2BMeNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm

RT @AnikaByAnika: RT @anikasweetface Eclectic Chic / Sure I can wear skirts size 6. I just need two! http://byanika.com/2011/01/22/eclectic-c

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16 BeejNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm

How brilliant you are! I think eclectic chic is an alright description, but kinda general sounding. What about something like.. effortless diversity. Hmm.
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byanika 17 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Thank you for your kind words! I do agree, I have not quite found the personal touch for the description. Oh well. Thanks for your suggestion love <3

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18 PaulaNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Very creative–love how the scarf colors are similar to the belt! Would have loved to see the old dress of your mom’s. Paula
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byanika 19 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Thank you for your comment honey! The fabric came from an a-line skirt that mum never actually wore. But sure, I can start showing the pieces I use for the dresses more often. :) xx

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20 Chloe MasadaNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm

HOW DO YOU DO IT? Omg! You sew and sew and sew… envious

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byanika 21 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 12:04 am

It is a condition, what can I say. The doctors don`t know what to do lol <3

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22 LaCaraNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 1:22 am

I love your creativity and passion!! Gorgeous design (as always!), and I think ‘eclectic chic’ is a perfect way to describe your style. I’m still trying to figure out my style, but I do like oversized and flowy tops, fitted dresses & bottoms. So I would describe my style as feminine, minimalist, and urban…now I just need my wardrobe to reflect that lmao! :D <3

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byanika 23 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm

sweetheart, thank you so very much! I love your style, now on to securing your wardrobe in London in a couple of weeks! <3

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24 melina beeNo Gravatar January 23, 2011 at 6:07 am

yes, also envious of your madskillz. I’ve really tried so hard to sew (lessons and all) but it is just not the craft for me, oh well. it seems that you really like leopard, no? those kinds of scarves rule, esp since they are often wool. Is the belt an actual part of the dress, or an actual external belt? at first when I saw the clips I thought it was a super unusual version of those 70s belts where the buckle clips together.
do you live in europe or by “nordic” you just mean cold?
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byanika 25 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Thank you Melina! Yes, I confess I do like leopard lol. The the belt is fabric I cut from an old skirt of my mums. I see what you mean about the clips :) I live in Norway, so when I say nordic I mean really nordic lol xxx

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26 vanessaNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 6:52 am

That is such a brilliant idea. I find great stuff at the thrift store all the time, and I wish I could buy it but it does fit. I need to start buying them, and making super unique stuff. I would definitely describe your style as eclectic chic, and one of your style rules is always wear a piece of animal print.
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byanika 27 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Yes! Do get wonderful thrifted stuff, and then figure out what to do with it :) I always pick up little treasures, and trust that I will find the right way to work them later :) . You do have a point about the animal print, it isn`t a rule of mine, but I do tend to wear it a lot don`t I lol. <3

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28 Meagan MorrisonNo Gravatar January 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Beautiful Anika,

Thank-you ever so much for your incredibly sweet comment on my blog. I absolutely love what you did with your two skirts here. Not only are you a talented designer, but a visionary who solved her own problem and made something beautiful out of it.

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byanika 29 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Lovely Meagan, thank you so much for your comment! I really appreciate your kind words to me. <3

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30 LetilorNo Gravatar January 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Thanks for the proposal that you made to me on my blog for Inclusive H&m it’s so nice ! I’ll see if I like something on the collection on march and maybe after I will ask someone, but thank you!
ps : I think they are missing out on a really big market in Belgium and France.
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byanika 31 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Let me know sweetie! xx

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32 Cafe FashionistaNo Gravatar January 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I really love that dress on you – the print is just stunning!! :)
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byanika 33 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Thank you so much! xxx

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34 DC(K)No Gravatar January 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Hi sweetie!
I think you are fab(as usual)!
I also feel more confident!
For the ECLECTIC CHIC, it’s perfect!
You couldn’t find better way to describe your style!
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byanika 35 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Hi darling, thank you so much! I am so glad you feel more confident love, you are wonderful! <3

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36 VanessaNo Gravatar January 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Ingenious use of the H&M skirts, my dear! This dress is a lovely concoction and you should feel proud and confident and sassy in it, because that’s exactly how you look. I love the way you accessorized it with the bits of jewels at the neckline and that great bangle!

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byanika 37 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Thank you so much Vanessa sweetie! I did feel sassy in it, could you tell? ;D xx

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38 MegNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 12:22 am

Hi Anika! Just wanted to say thank you so much for your amazing comment!! Just replied over there! :)
I LOVE this dress, its so awesome that you put it together too, I would totally wear it! It’s also a great length (I hate showing off my legs), I think the reds and turqouises accents are fab!
Just from this photo I would definitely say eclectic chic is a perfect description
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39 jerrica NavarroNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 1:11 am

Awesome creation! you worked all the patterns really well. :-)

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40 The Merry TravellerNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 4:03 am

As always very clever with the fingers my dear and I don’t understand why they don’t make these dresses bigger because big girls rock them too!
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41 CharlotteNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 4:38 am

That turquoise bangle adds the perfect touch of color! And the prints and layers mixed together makes this outfit so fabulous!

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42 AlissaNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Seriously, you are so freaking creative. I love this!
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43 KristinNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 1:39 am

Love the mixed prints! That scarf looks gorgeous against that dress!

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