The Strokes Tee & Gold Pleated Mini

You know those pleated midi skirts everyone loves? I cut mine in half. I just wasn’t feeling it as a midi. Long, flowy skirts are romantic and all, but I’ve always preferred minis. No excess fabric means legs that look longer, get more sun, and have freer movement. Plus, being petite means minis are easier to pull off without looking inappropriate. Wins all around.

I thought I would like this outfit with a midi skirt and ankle boots, but it felt way more me with my Strokes tee & gold pleated mini. The studded flats felt more interesting than boots. I’ve loved The Strokes since their first album came out so wearing their t-shirt makes me happy.

Since we’re talking music, I thought it would be fun to give you a look into my Spotify. I was inspired by Batsheva of Cynical Duchess, who recently did a post where she put her music on shuffle and shared 10 songs. So here’s a sample of what I listen to (apart from the Strokes & Arctic Monkeys, though they’ll both probably pop up on the list).

  1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
    I’ve also been listening to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for ages, since Maps came out. Their sound has changed quite a bit over the years but I still love them.
  2. Arctic Monkeys – From The Ritz To The Rubble
    Told you they would be here. The Strokes, surprisingly, aren’t. Arctic Monkeys my favourite band, I love all of their songs. They aren’t afraid to experiment with different sounds yet you can always tell it’s an Arctic Monkeys song, and the lyrics! The guitars! Ok I’ll stop.
  3. St. Vincent – Pieta
    I’ll be honest – I only found out about St. Vincent because she’s Cara Delevingne’s ex. I was curious to hear her music and ended up really loving it. Her sound is one of a kind.
  4. FKA Twigs – Hide
    This might seem out place as I don’t really listen to similar music, but her genre is hard to define. I like how she puts together experimental sounds and makes them sound really good.
  5. The White Stripes – Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
    Another classic band I’ve been listening to forever. I find it amazing that it was just Jack on the guitar/piano and Meg on the drums. You’d think it was a band of at least 4 people.
  6. Lana Del Rey – West Coast
    I have mixed feelings about Lana Del Rey. I think she has a beautiful voice and her music is dreamy – I love the classic rock vibes of her later albums. I don’t always agree with her lyrics, but sometimes they hit me right in the feels.
  7. Kasabian – West Ryder Silver Bullet
    These guys have a really interesting sound. It’s a cool mixture of rock and electro. Sometimes their lyrics are dark, but they have songs I could listen to on repeat for hours.
  8. Amy Winehouse – Cupid
    I don’t really listen to soul/jazz, but Amy Winehouse had an amazing voice and her lyrics were always so honest.
  9. Franz Ferdinand – Stand On The Horizon
    Yet another group I’ve been listening to for years and years. It takes me a long time to get sick of music ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I’m going to see these guys live soon and am beyond excited, their music just makes me want to dance.
  10. Jimi Hendrix – Gypsy Eyes
    I love listening to classic rock like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors. You can just tell how into the music they were – they’d get lost in those guitar solos (some last for minutes). I wish I could travel back in time to see someone iconic play. I haven’t met a lot of people my age that are into classic rock but I think 70s music is just as good as 70s fashion.

Most of my friends are into EDM/hip hop so I listen to that when we hang out, and I’ve been to my fair share of EDM shows. But when I’m on my own I always go back to what I love the best – messy guitar riffs and clever lyrics.

PS – yes, I am wearing socks under my tights. I was changing outfits in Jon’s car, and it was really cold on the day of the shoot so I decided to leave my socks on for extra warmth. After I put my tights on that I realized I was wearing open shoes that showed off the socks (oops), but I honestly didn’t mind how it looked. Who knows, maybe it will become a thing.

Photos & video by Jon Pernul



  • Rumela

    That skirt is gorgeous and love how you styled it.
    My blog: RumelaTheShopaholic

  • Ivana xx

    I love love love love love! the gold skirt with the burgundy! 🙂 Really cute :))

    • Maria

      Thanks so much!

  • Saida - She talks Glam

    I really liked this post with the shuffled picks from your Spotify Maria (checking some of those tunes right now), might copy it at some point 😛 I have a very eclectic music taste, but love Arctic Monkeys too and was obsessed with Franz Ferdinand during all my uni years! Moving on to your gorgeous outfit, I love the mini plaited skirt and the fact that your tatoos peek out. If you hadn’t mentioned the cold, I would have said it was a warm windy springday because of the great light of the shots.

    Hope you are having a great week, linda!

    • Maria

      Thanks! I really liked it on the blog I linked to, everyone’s taste in music is so personal so it’s fun to see what other people listen to. It was actually freezing, I got a bit of a cold after the shoot 🙁

  • Esther Santer

    Great post! Love your pics! | Instagram | Bloglovin

  • Paola Lauretano

    You rock girl, I love every single piece!
    Kisses, Paola.

    • Maria

      Thanks Paola xx

  • Dakota Daniels

    First off, I love that we both just posted a blog on music! Also, I adore the location of these photos. #GORGEOUS. And that cold with the maroon is perfection. As far as music is concerned, I adore Amy Winehouse but have never heard of the song Cupid. Thanks for the new music queen!

    Dakota D.
    Instagram/Twitter: @missdsquared413

    • Maria

      Haha I thought of that too when I saw your last post, what a coincidence 🙂 It’s a really cute song, hope you’ll like it!

  • Paola Lauretano

    Happy Wed Maria!
    Kisses, Paola.

  • Carrie

    oh wow i love this look. That skirt is beyond amazing

    • Maria

      Thanks Carrie! xx

  • Jessi Malay

    Love how you styled that metallic skirt in such a casual way babe! It looks so edgy paired with that tee and bomber jacket… I’m obsessed! <3

    XO Jessi,

    • Maria

      Thanks Jessi! I have a feeling it will be a very versatile skirt 🙂

  • Sharon Wu

    i love that gold pleated skirt so much! it’s so unique and pretty on you 😉 xo, sharon

    • Maria

      Thanks Sharon! I’d been wanting a pleated mini skirt for so long but couldn’t find one anywhere.

  • Paola Lauretano

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Kisses, Paola.

    • Maria

      You too Paola x

  • Christina Gliati

    Oh I hadn’t seen the socks. I cheched them out when you told us. Sure it will become a thing! Me too I don’t like midis I prefer mikns. Kisses!

    • Maria

      Oh that’s funny, they seemed so obvious to me.

  • Maggie Dallospedale

    You look gorgeous sweetie
    Maggie Dallospedale

    • Maria

      Thank you Maggie!

  • HsinWei

    this outfit is so cool! Want the skirt but it is probably a bit too short on me. 😛 but looks amazing on you!! when it comes to music, I am so old fashion. Still living in 90’s English haha

    • Maria

      Thanks! I was worried I cut it a bit too short but everyone told me it’s fine on me. Haha I still listen to 90s music too, whatever!

  • Violette

    I love how you styled this outfit! Looking so cool!

    • Maria

      Thanks Violette 🙂

  • amely rose

    who two (you and your dog) are so cute and look amazing together.
    And how cool are the spickes in the Background,
    love this Location.
    But my Highlight is the Gold the combination.

    with love your AMELY ROSE

    • Maria

      Thank you! It’s an art installation that switches up every few months and they’re usually always cool, so it’s a really handy spot for shoots 🙂

  • Nevena Krstic

    Your outfit is really cool! 🙂 xx

  • Maggie Dallospedale

    Have a nice day sweetie
    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary – Fashion blog

  • Atsuna Matsui

    Your gold metallic pleated skirt looks amazing here! They look so beautiful with your stylish sheer black tights.


  • Nataliya

    The skirt looks super cute as a mini, so it was a good choice cutting it! I think I want to cut mine too but it’s DKNY and I have a thing with modifying brand items. 🙁 Still…I’m on the fence now. And I think the socks actually look cute!!

    • Maria

      Thanks! I get that. I didn’t mind cutting this one because the hem was undone and the fabric is pretty light. There are certain fabrics I won’t touch. I think the sock thing has potential, it could be the new socks and sandals 🙂

  • Batsheva

    I CANT BELIEVE I MISSED THIS POST!!! WHY DIDNT YOU TELL ME? Wah. Hello, you look BEAUTIFUL!! I love this vintage-y, band-y, slightly hipster look you have going on, which is only further helped my that awesome strokes tee. I also always appreciate a bit of clothing mutilation. I have basically heard of almost none of the songs on your playlist, which is getting me excited, as now I have new music to dig into! Out of all of these, what do you recommend I try?

    • Maria

      Sorry but the good news is you found it and I’m so glad you like it! Hmm for you I’d say St Vincent 🙂

  • Elisabete Carinha

    I love that gold skirt … so cool … love your style babe…



  • Lera

    Damn how cool you are! Just fantastic.
    Love the name of your blog, it’s soo cool!
    Keep up the great work!

    • Maria

      Haha thanks, you’re very sweet xx