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I rarely come across a couture look that's actually wearable in real life, so imagine my delight and surprise when I saw this gray skirt from the Alexis Mabille SS09 show! The high waist, the side tie, the tailored lines--altogether it struck me as the perfect blend of tailored femininity. It was also a familiar look that I'd seen before for a lot less money when I was coveting a tie waist paper sack skirt by Joe Fresh last fall.
This tie waist skirt by Joe Fresh was $29.
The Joe Fresh version unfortunately isn't available anymore, so I've been eyeing other tie waist skirts. This chocolate tweed number by Robert Rodriguez ($121.54) is a pretty scrumptious alternative. The only downside is that it's from Bluefly, which according to my reader Em has scary brokerage fees for goods being delivered to Canada.
For all of these reasons, I think my best bet would be this version by CiCi, a clothing line by Vancouver-based designer Jenny Yen. (You may remember from this post that I did some website work for Jenny in the past and got a CiCi sweater dress in return.) CiCi is designed and made locally, and it's close to my heart because I've met the designer behind the label. Jenny and her Two of Hearts design partner Tabitha Savoie are taking the plunge and opening their own boutique this week; maybe I can ask Jenny to put aside one of these skirts in my size. I can get my hands on a style I've been craving AND support local design talent...it's a win-win all around, don't you think?