WIW: Tildon Tube Skirt (ETA see added update re: lining)

Ok…let me explain…I know I was going to sell the skirt on eBay due to the ill fit and sticking-to-tights issue…BUT…I couldn't get this skirt out of my head. I absolutely LOVE the bold broken circles and the black/cream combination. So I took it to Wonder Woman last week and for $12 she: took in the waist, shortened the skirt by 3.5 inches, closed the kick pleat and tapered the bottom. She also stitched in 2 inch wide pieces of silk ribbon every 4 inches on the inside of the fabric lining which gives the skirt "slippery-ness" and voila - no more sticking to tights in winter (she suggested this as she has done it before). I could not be more thrilled - picked it up last night and had to join Team Wear!

So I've paired this bold, graphic skirt with my dark red tank and topped it with my black suit blazer. For footwear, I went with my pointy toe kitten heels. I have two corporate meetings this afternoon that warrant a more conservative and business professional outfit. For a bolder, fun look I would swap the blazer for a leather jacket and the kitten heels for my Docs.

For accessories, I chose my black/dark red handbag, silver bracelet and wedding ring, red specs and red lip.

So what do you think? Have I saved the skirt and can you forgive me? What are your thoughts on the outfit? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blazer: Nygard
Tank: Eileen Fisher (eBay)
Skirt: Tildon
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Handbag: Kate Spade (thrifted)

LINING UPDATE: Well the ribbon lining is driving me NUTS so far this morning :( It's scratching the bare part of my legs and is causing the lining to twist a bit when I walk. So great idea but isn't working for me. I'll just take the skirt back to WW to remove the ribbon strips. I adore the fit of the skirt though so still thrilled with it. I'll just figure something else out for wearing it with tights - now that I like the fit and know I'll wear it, I may just have WW take out the fabric relining and re-line the skirt with proper slip lining. No biggie.

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  • missvee replied 5 years ago

    What a great solution. She really is a Wonder Woman isn't she? I think the length is perfect now and suspect you'll wear this a lot now that it's comfortable.

  • replied 5 years ago

    What a great idea to stop the skirt from sticking! What a great save and you look great Shannon. I too love the abstract circles pattern. Your styling is as always spot on.

  • JamC replied 5 years ago

    The pattern is unique.  This looks amazing.  Nice save!

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 5 years ago

    I am so tempted to get one now that I see it in action.  I love the deep red with the B&W.  Beautiful Shannon.

    Could you post a pic of the alteration to the lining when you have time?  No rush as I know you are busy this week.  I am curious and think it might be a good thing to understand.

  • annagybe replied 5 years ago

    Fantastic save!

  • frannieb replied 5 years ago

    she really  is wonder woman. the skirt is perfection on you.

  • Aubergine replied 5 years ago

    Glad you could rescue the skirt! I'd never heard of the ribbon trick.

    Love the touches of dark red here.

  • Janet replied 5 years ago

    Wow, way to boss around that skirt! Go, Wonder Woman! I think it looks great.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    What a great alteration job! Fantastic Shannon!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Fabulous save! Wonder Woman is genius about the ribbons -- I have never seen or thought about it. Maybe when you are less busy you could snap a pic of the inside and do a post about this? It might save a lot of skirts for people! 

    I think it looks terrific now. It's in proportion and the abstract broken circle detail makes visual sense to me! Love it. 

  • Neel replied 5 years ago

    *squeeeellll* The skirt now is stunning gorgeous on you! Wow! Your seamstress is truly a wonder woman :)

    I love the deep red accents with the skirt! Beautiful!

  • amiable replied 5 years ago

    LOVE!  What  a gorgeous, graphic outfit!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Great save on the skirt -- hope you can sort the lining out.

  • Parsley replied 5 years ago

    Well, I was a nay-sayer (or at least a nay-thinker :-) ) on that skirt, and I am eating my words! You look great! That lively pattern echoes your vivacious personality, and the fit and length are great. Wonder Woman strikes again!

    Darn about the lining issues! And I was just wanting you to post a picture of the ribbon trick! 

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    Well done, Shannon!  The skirt is bold, but still classic -- a a lot of fun.
    sorry the ribboning didn't work out.

  • Diana replied 5 years ago

    Oh wow! Wonder Woman is truly a wonder. The fit is a thousand times better now. (Also, so cheap! Here I can even get a simple hem for $12.).

    Too bad about the lining. Getting a regular slip sewn in is a good idea.

    Your purse is so cute!

  • Neelie replied 5 years ago

    Amazing!  I think the tapering made it look so good, and I love the handbag with the red...awesome outfit.

  • replied 5 years ago

    I own up to being a naysayer on this skirt too - and with Parsley, am swallowing my words with my coffee.  You told THAT skirt what to do, and it worked.  Looks great with red, and the alterations have turned it into a totally wearable, unique piece!  Sorry the ribbon business didn't work, but maybe it's just meant to be a spring/early fall skirt anyways with no tights.   Love how your bag echoes the fun print of the skirt with that little bow.

  • Nebraskim replied 5 years ago

    Love this on you. Too bad the ribbons thing isn't working, but worth having your friend add a lining. I think linings make every skirt hang a bit better regardless of tights or bare legs. That might just be me, though. The way you have styled this look is just outstanding. Ten stars.

  • Kim replied 5 years ago

    How about just a good old fashioned half slip? Does anyone wear these anymore?  It would add a little warmth (extra layer) in the winter too, cause we Canadians can use every extra layer we can get in Feburary! LOL

  • rabbit replied 5 years ago

    Awesome!  (and what an affordable alteration).  I really love this outfit, especially the color blocking on the bag which echos the bold pattern of the skirt.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Kim - now you have me thinking about just removing the fabric lining myself and wearing the skirt as is with a half slip. Easy and inexpensive solution. Sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees!

    I think wearing a half slip with the self fabric lining and the skirt will be too messy and add potential lumpiness, but removing the lining and wearing with a slip would work.

  • Diana replied 5 years ago

    The half slip doesn't work with my VC tube skirt, for what it's worth.  It's not long enough and the clingiest bit is right where the skirt is narrowest, i.e. at the bottom.  I think even a midi-length slip would be problematic because it's not tapered enough.  However, now that you've had this skirt shortened, it might work after all. 

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    WW's work is great and her prices are amazing.  I paid over $30 to have a simple jersey dress hemline shortened.  Sickening.  Expecially since I paid less for the dress than the alterations.

    Of course I love this, great save.  Black, white and red has been a favorite combo of mine since my teenage bedroom was decorated in the color scheme way back when.

  • Kim replied 5 years ago

    Hmmm, if Diana is right you might need to get your half slip altered...LOL

    Easiest solution would probably be to remove the self lining and have WW install a slippery lining. 

    What a pain in the patootie for us in colder climes...Going barelegged in the winter is just asking for frostbite!  And I'm sure frostbitten blue is not the good color on me...LOL

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Bummer about the ribbon. But I'm sure there will be a solution. 

    I can't do a half slip with my VC tubes, either -- too bunchy, twisty. But I'm sure there must be an answer. 

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    I wear cheap half slips with tights but if the skirt is too fitted I still get bunching... That aside, this outfit is 100% AMAZING!

  • Marley replied 5 years ago

    This is so polished as well as fun!  I'm really glad that you were able to boss that skirt around and make it mind it's manners!  You look great!

  • jenanded replied 5 years ago

    Shannon you can just make amazing outfits! Inspired again... look forward to hear how the lining works out!

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Shannon, that outfit is so fab, especially when paired with the bag. Perfection. I hope a half slip or new slippery lining will work.
    BTW, what happened with the EF dark tulip skirt that was rather short? Did you take it to Wonder Woman too?

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    So glad you kept it - it looks great :)

  • fuzzylogic replied 5 years ago

    A great save, TS! The skirt is so fun and the styling is 'spot' on....... Giggle giggle :-) I particularly like the way you have scrunched the jacket sleeves!

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Shannon this outfit looks great.  I was unsure of the skirt fitting with your current style but your stying here is great.  And you know so what if we veer a little from time to time into  territory that is not 100%  'our look'.  This has that hint of retro (probably due to the spots) which I think will always be quite authentic to you.  Nicely done.

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Oh wow what a save! I'm glad you're able to keep the skirt, it really does seem quite perfectly designed just for you. Too bad about the ribbon. I'd probably just do a normal slip myself, but haven't tried that with a tube skirt. I just bought my first this year, and well I'll be in the same boat as you with tights soon enough. Curious to hear what you end up doing.

    EDIT: PS, the outfit looks smashing ^^

  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    Love this! One of my favourites...ever! Can't believe the purse! Love the red lippy, too! You look absolutely smashing, TS!

  • Echo replied 5 years ago

    And it's Wonder Woman for the save! This skirt is positively perfect on you now, and I adore the way you have paired it with black and red. Truly fab outfit.

  • Annie replied 5 years ago

    I'm so glad you kept the skirt and made it work! The pattern is so fun and the fit is great - and look at that pretty smile. :-) Definitely a versatile piece that can be worn professionally and casually. WW did a fantastic job.

  • Day Vies replied 5 years ago

    I love the fact you were able to save this skirt. I love the broken circles too! I especially love the shape of the jacket and the pairing with that deep rich red. This is definitely a favorite for me.

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    So glad you kept the skirt! It's so fun! Even if not working, great ideea with the ribbon lining, would you pls make a pictie about the reverse of the skirt before taking them out? Then, why not wearing a short regular  slip underneath?

    Great outfit, so You-and esp love the bag, here!!!

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