This poor vintage Ann Taylor floral skirt was rescued from the thrift store a year and a half ago. It had an elastic waistband, was far too large and too long. I shortened it, created a new waistband with a zipper, transformed it into a new skirt, and then never wore it.

I won't make up excuses or try to rationalize it, but 16 months later I finally put it on, and hopefully I will again soon. With a print that is just begging to be styled for fall, there is no reason it needs to languish in the closet for another year.

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The Rundown
Lace Top Thrifted similar
Floral Skirt Ann Taylor thrifted & remade by me
Sandals Franco Sarto via TJMaxx similar
Brown Leather Tote Hobo via ebay similar
Agate Stone & Tassel Necklace c/o Serendipity and Grace
Crystal Quartz Cuff Bracelet c/o Serendipity and Grace
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Hammered Gold Ring Thrifted similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Naughty Nautical" Essie



  1. What a great job you did on this skirt! Gorgeous! Love that you are wearing it now :)


    La Joie de Vivre

  2. As strange as this will sound, I think after putting so much effort into a skirt, that it actually seems logical not to have worn it... because you would have been waiting for exactly the right moment for it to make its debut. Or at least, that's what I would have been doing. I would have loved to have seen a before shot, because the after is absolutely lovely, but I can see how it could go very wrong in the wrong cut. The colours are so lovely with the warm brown tone of your back and sandals, I can only imagine how beautiful they will look in the autumn.

  3. Wow you're sewing skills are amazing! I can sew a button on a shirt but that's pretty much it! Super cute look Lydia!

  4. These photos are lovely, I am loving the backdrop and that darling necklace!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  5. that skirt looks amazing, and the backdrop is just breathtaking. would you like to follow each other? stay in touch<3
    www.rebelrebel.co x

  6. Unfortunately I think we all have items like that in our closet--I know that I have several that are STILL unworn (even after a no shop summer!!!!--shameless!!!). But I am glad that you are wearing it now--it is so cute! What a pretty print! I copied one of your looks for my Make it Work Monday today FYI. Thanks for being a constant inspiration! ;-)

  7. Yay for finally wearing it! I LOOOOVE the print and colors! Such a great skirt :)

  8. Lydia,

    I miss chatting with you! I love this skirt, and I hope you're having a great summer!!

    Kelly | Kelly in the City

  9. It's almost sinful Lydia !
    What a marvelous print.
    How did this happen ? The moment I get something fixed is the moment I want to wear it.

  10. Love the floral print! It looks perfect for transitioning into fall.

  11. That print is amazing! I love what you did with it. I wish there were before photos because the after is gorgeous on you!

  12. That is a beautiful skirt!! I love the print!

  13. I wish I had your talent. How pretty!

  14. Ooh I think it's pretty and worth the save! I love it now but you're right those colors DO look like they'd be great with some fall layers too. Not that I'm trying to hurry that along.

  15. Nice remake!!! Glad you rescued it again because it seems like it'll go with so many things!! jodie

  16. Do you make the alterations on your own? The colors and print of this skirt is so pretty, glad you are finally wearing it!


    Would love to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  17. Such a pretty skirt. Your so talented to be able to adjust and fix these things yourself. It always costs me a fortune!

  18. That skirt is such a pretty print, and as you said, perfect for fall. I'm sure you will be getting a lot more use out of it!

  19. Oh don't hide this skirt!! Wear it all the way into the late fall/holiday season! Boots, tights, a chic turtleneck...this skirt is too pretty to be hidden!!! Love how you styled it here!

    Clare | Understated Classics

  20. Such a romantic print on the skirt. It really is perfect for fall!


  21. That skirt is so pretty! I love the lace top paired with it!

  22. Wow, great job fixing this skirt! It looks amazing on you. I love the vintage print feel it has going on. What a great background too :)



  23. awesome skirt! it totally worth you work!

  24. That is such a pretty print! It definitely makes for a transitional piece into the fall season. Nice job with the alterations. -R