Friday, June 14, 2013

The Travelling Yellow Skirt Freak Show


For those of you who don't know the story of the Travelling Yellow Skirt Freak Show,  last fall, Melanie, of Bag and a Beret, found a marvelous lemon yellow long full skirt at a thrift store, and after posting a photo of herself wearing it on her blog, she received a comment from a friend(?!) who noted that she "looked really ugly in those clothes".  Well, the challenge was on!  After some discussion in the blogosphere about personal style and the reaction one has to criticism like that and whether we should let it affect our ability to experiment and play with our clothes, it was suggested by Sarah Misfit that the skirt go on a journey and visit other bloggers to see what fun they could have with its retina-burning fabulousness.

The skirt had already made its way from Vancouver to Australia, New Zealand, Italy, California, when it finally arrived in Ontario, first to Amber of Butane Anvil, and then to me. 

Most of the bloggers who have had the skirt have taken it out into nature -  the beach, a field, or the forest.  I was determined to urbanize it, and when I found this graffiti in my neighbourhood (O.E.V stands for Old East Village, which is what my neighbourhood is called) I knew I'd found the perfect backdrop.

I saw the skirt as a cocoon, so a few strategically placed thrifted belts were employed to rein in its voluminous-ness

The skirt inspired some clowning around

...and then it was time for the metamorphosis.  Released from its restraints, the skirt spread out like the wings of a butterfly in the sunshine

which lead to a twirl...

and one good twirl deserves another!

I'm wearing:
The Travelling Yellow Skirt
sleeveless turtleneck and red belts - thrifted
awesome hat - gift from The Style Crone
magical shoes - Doc Marten store Toronto
arm warmers - London Rock Shop
Ray Ban Wayfarers - courtesy of Smartbuyglasses
 Thanks a million times over to my photographer extraordinaire, Heather!

If we choose, we can add something to the yellow skirt before we send it off to the next blogger

  I drew a pair of red glasses, but of course didn't plan my letter spacing very well. 

The Travelling Yellow Skirt will be hand-delivered to its next recipient, Megan of The Fashionable Bureaucrat, this weekend

39 comments:

  1. Awesome skirt! I'm glad it had a chance to spread its wings.

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  2. OMG, so fabulous! I love the "treatment." :-)

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  3. Ummmmmmmmmm...OOOOOOOOh mmmmYYYYYYYYY Gaaaaaawwwwwddddd!!!. You took it not only another level, to another UNIVERSE. The setting for your iteration is brilliant. I'm bedazzled and humbled, kowtowing at your feet. Congratulations Yellow Skirt!! You are now in the pantheon of yellow-skirt goddesses. I keep asking to be in line. Please advise. XXOO

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  4. Very cool story of the Traveling Skirt! I like all the ways you decided to wear it. Will be interesting to see what the next blogger does with it! Janice

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  5. Ab fab post Shelley - love all the styling you did with the skirt!! When it's done travelling, I think the skirt should have it's own Facebook page with everybody's transformations! :-)

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  6. That is awesome!! Love how you wore "the Skirt"!! I remember seeing posts from other bloggers that have had there turn with the traveling skirt. And I like that you added red glasses to it. Fabulous photos!

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  7. The cocoon is wonderful! I'm thinking though not much good for walking in. Love the yellow skirt and its travels.

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  8. Absolutely brilliant wy to weear it, ahhhhhhhhhhhh
    I am so looking forward to getting it, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Happy weekend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  9. I don't think I've ever seen such an incredible way to style a skirt!!!!! Freakin' AWESOME baby!!!!!!!!!!!! You're burning up my eyeballs, which are spinning around in my head with sheer joy!! Oh gawwwwwwwwwd you are flippin' amazing and I love your little signature on the skirt ... oh life is good, good, good with amazing wenches like you walking the earth. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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  10. Oh Shelley, just tremendous!!!!! I love all its particulars, from the emblematic setting of your neighbourhood to the amazing hat and red-belt-cocoon and twirling transformation, whee! Well done, my friend!

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  11. All the Goddesses of the travelling yellow skirt!

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  12. Fabulous! Love this incarnation of the TYS!

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  13. BWA-HA-HA! Miz Bagg is weeping with joy that she has finally found her long-lost second cousin. Were you the one known as Ms. Ziplock in your youth? She seems to recall many happy hours making snow-fort catwalks with you.
    Seriously, Shelley, your styling is AWESOME! Your belt and hat and all the rest are perfect, and then you let the skirt fly and twirl. Just love it. The heart behind you seems to be a halo around your head. You couldn't have planned this shot better. And your glasses addition will help the skirt in her continuing journey around the globe. Hugs!!!

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  14. shelly brilliant, i love it . you made the skirt shine, lucy

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  15. Effing brilliant!!!!!!!!!! You look like a modern pop art doll cartoon or something! I love your little red glasses addition to the skirt! Sooo good!!
    Becky

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  16. Oh wow, I love these photos SOOOO much, Shelley! The setting is perfect, the styling is wonderful, the red hat is stunning, your addition to the skirt is brilliant, and YOU, my dear, are a STAR! This just might be my favourite TYS shoot yet! xxx

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  17. Oh Shelley, Well Done! Talk about telling a story with a photograph. So much eye candy here, I see something new each time I look. Must comment on your hat from Judith. Super fabulous!!!

    Sue xo

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  18. What a wonderful way to wear the skirt, all belted up, I adore the look, puts me in mind of The Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland. Brilliant, Shelley, and perfect against that graffiti! Congratulations too on your marvellous cover girl and other pictures in the fabularse Vogoff!

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  19. OMG OMG OMG!!!!
    Shelley, you are TOO DIVOON!!!
    Frigging BRILLANT! XXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  20. Cool, what a way to wear a big skirt

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  21. Absolutely frigging fantastic! Loving the skirt-as-cocoon, you remind me of the trippy caterpillar in Alice In Wonderland. You're a marvel! xxxx

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  22. I'm sorry that our plans for meeting up got foiled. I'll email you my mailing address now.

    Love what you did with the skirt. I'll be hard pressed to top this!

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  23. I love your take on the traveling skirt, dare I say I like it best!!! You are reminiscent of everything I love about children's fairy tales. I love the pop of red and interest those belts give this look. Your cheeks too, how sweet are they!!!!
    xxoo

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  24. Brilliant Shelley. Your creativity and the traveling yellow skirt join together in a show of splendor. So happy to see that the red hat is having so much fun and the fingerless gloves are as perfect as the urban background. Brava!

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  25. wouuau, red and yellow over a graffiti background!, a dream of colors and joy!, you're fabulous and love so much your arm warmers and awesome shoes!
    besos & awesomeness

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  26. I love it Shelley!
    The red is splendid with the yellow
    Do you think you could bring the skirt to Montreal?
    So i could do my bit

    Ariane xxx

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    1. I won't have the skirt when I come to Montreal as it is going to Megan (Fashionable Bureaucrat) next, then I believe it may be headed to Vancouver, and then over to Curtise in the UK.

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  27. How cool?? Love it with the red--the yellow skirt does bondage!! and the glasses thingy is so cute!!

    How do i get it to come to me?? I have plans involving...livestock. Is there a list somewhere?

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    1. There is no official list (although it's getting popular enough that there may need to be one created). It's going to Toronto this week, then I think off to Vancouver and then over to the UK. Depending on where you are located, you may want to contact the blogger that gets it that is closest to you to see if you can jump the queue. I know there are some people who have been waiting a long time to get it.

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  28. You are fantastic. Your yellow skirt pics make me smile big time. You look like you're having so much fun.

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  29. I think that is the most creative take on the Yellow Skirt yet! I'm feeling a pirate vibe, urban pirate of course, and it works sooooooo well with yellow and red.

    You're brilliant! No wonder you made the cover of VOGOFF!!!!!

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  30. This is MY FAVOURITE styling of the yellow skirt yet, Shelley - you absolutely NAILED it!!! I love it with the red, belted and not, the pics are splendid, the backdrop is perfect, the posing is exquisite and I LOVE that this interpretation of the skirt is so YOU.

    Fabulous!!!

    Sarah xxx

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  31. the awesomeness of this post keep kicking me off the sofa and onto the floor! seriously friggin awesome!!!! i keep returning to this post over and over and over again to soak it all up!!!! fabularse bravissimo!!!!! xxx

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  32. Shelley!!!!! This is just the greatest thing in fashionland!!!!

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  33. Yes, I never got that it was Melanie's "friend" either, what a dick. But you have totally transformed the skirt. It looks amazing, you've turned it into art. That hat is insane, but you look fantastic in it. Brilliant!! xx

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  34. You have outdone yourself, my dear. Congrats!
    Jean & Valerie

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