‘Cause I’m a lay-dy
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‘Cause I’m a lay-dy

Every now and then, I feel like a proper lady–you know, the type of woman for whom vacuuming while wearing heels and a pointy bra is an everyday occurrence.

I don’t have a bullet bra (gotta work on that), but I felt like a tight sweater and full skirt worn with pointy heels would be adequate, especially when paired with a headscarf and pompadour-ian Janelle Monae/Shingai Shoniwa-inspired updo.

Note that the sweater is cropped. I bought it in college, back when I actually had a flat stomach, and haven’t worn it in years because…well, let’s just say the tummy ain’t what it used to be.


The skirt is high-waisted. See, this is what I try to tell people: don’t be afraid of a high waist! It conceals the pooch (y’all know what I’m talking about), emphasizes the thinnest part of your waist, and eliminates even the possibility of the good ol’ muffin-top. Win-WIN.

Mission Ladylike: accomplished.

Vintage skirt and scarf, Victoria’s Secret sweater, DKNY heels

And I still haven’t vacuumed.

  • Charlene

    September 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Like a lady-dayyy indeed! This is such a classic look that has a modern touch. And I love how you had Janelle Monae in mind when you did your up-do, I’m currently fairly obsessed with her now. 😀

    • tamia

      September 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

      @Charlene It’s hard not to be a little obsessed–she’s so adorable & has great style.

  • Kasmira

    September 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I love how you are all lady-like – but for the exposed tummy! Nice juxtaposition.

    • tamia

      September 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

      Exactly! Just a little bit of a twist to keep things interesting…

    • tamia

      September 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

      @Kasmira Exactly! Just a little twist to keep it from being too literal.

  • Jon in Cincy

    September 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Wow- Beautiful shots. And I’m guessing the title is a reference to Santigold? If so, good choice 🙂

    • tamia

      September 16, 2010 at 10:05 am

      Thanks, Jon! I love Santigold, but I was actually thinking of Jamie Foxx’s “Wanda” character! Yes, I’m old…

  • Brandy

    September 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Fierce. Now for a hairdo how-to post.

    • tamia

      September 16, 2010 at 10:08 am

      @Brandy Ha! I doubt I could replicate the ‘do because I’m not really sure what I did–it was one of those experimental “let’s see what happens if I do this” accidental thangs!

  • Amy

    September 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    You look stunning!

    • tamia

      September 16, 2010 at 10:13 am

      @Amy Thanks!

  • preppywithatwist

    September 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    This is Louis Vuitton AW10 gone vixen…that little peek of midriff is totally sexy but ladylike at the same time. I love it!

    • tamia

      September 16, 2010 at 10:14 am

      @preppywithatwist I totally had LV in mind as I was swishing around in my skirt. If only it was leather!

  • chomy

    September 20, 2010 at 11:47 am

    this is quite lovely. gotta love a full proper skirt , adoring the styling here. Brava!

    • tamia

      September 21, 2010 at 11:31 am

      @chomy: Thanks!

  • Kiffe Coco

    September 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    you have such great style!

    • tamia

      September 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      @Kiffe Coco Thanks!

  • breukelensfinest

    September 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    omg you look FLAWLESS! New to the blog, over from natural belle and your blog is fantastic!!


    • tamia

      September 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm

      @breukelensfinest Thanks for visiting!

  • God's Favorite Shoes

    September 29, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I swear to you that I want to be you when I grow up! From the hairstyle to the shoes…this is what style is about!

    I am a fan!

    • tamia

      September 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm

      @God’s Favorite Shoes Thanks, dear!

  • God's Favorite Shoes

    October 4, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Hi lady! I just wanted to let you know that I am linking this post on my latest post on my blog. I totally was inspired by your lady like ensemble, I did my own version. Totally inspired by you! Drop by to see if I did you justice!

  • LoveBrownSugar

    October 8, 2010 at 1:04 am

    This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Love the vintage 50’s feel it has to it. And your hair is gorge by the way!

  • TrendySocialite

    October 10, 2010 at 1:29 am

    The style is A-MA-ZING!!!! I could never do the crop top (not even a high-waisted skirt will hide all I’m working with LOL) but this is so subtle and sexy. I am going to try to duplicate….thanks for the inspiration!!!!

    • tamia

      October 11, 2010 at 12:05 am

      @Trendy Socialite Thanks for the compliment–and you’re welcome!

  • ...love Maegan

    October 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Fantastic! gorgeous in every way!

  • Kevin

    October 22, 2010 at 12:45 am

    These are personal thoughts but I’ll take you out on a date every single day of my life 🙂 I like the outfit but the model looks as gorgeous as a “robe” of chocolate on a strawberry… From a french admirer

  • Carnilius Cogdell

    January 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Hi Tamia, I stumbled upon your blog while looking for pictures of the Noisettes lead singer and I enjoy not only your sense of style, but everything from your beautifully natural hair to how expressive your poses are. I decided to colorize one of your pictures here http://img375.imageshack.us/i/noisettes.jpg/.
    Hope you like!


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  • karoliina

    May 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    love your clothes !

  • prettypinkponies

    October 14, 2011 at 8:51 am

    You look fantastic!!!