One Skirt, Three Ways

April 8, 2014 — This post could also be called How to Wear a Winter Skirt in the Spring.

When I inherited the skirt from my last post, it was a knee length and about two sizes too big. Feeling inspired by the below looks (preppy-mod-meets-nineties), I decided to invest in having it tailored.

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My skirt is made of a thick tweed with silk lining, and whenever lining is involved, alterations get more expensive. In this case, it was $40ish. The first look is an unbuttoned version of my last post’s outfit.

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I mean, if there are pearls in the picture, don’t I have to do some sort of pose with them? It feels awkward … yet… I can’t fight it.

The thickness of the skirt also meant that it was made to be worn in the winter, but I wanted a little more bang for my buck. Here’s a springish look:

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The pops of pink are hard to tell, namely the necklace and lips. If you’ve been following my fashion posts, you’ll know a magenta clutch and pumps are on my wish list, which I think would be very fun additions to this outfit. And magenta nails. The necklace, bracelets, and shoes also incorporate a bold gold, which is also sort of hard to see. Use your imagination!

Next, the Clueless-inspired look:

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Yellow Clueless (7)… and I already have more ideas! Which look is your favorite? High wasted mini skirts are back, people!




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I would consider myself fairly adept at pattern mixing when it comes to fashion – polka dot cardigan with striped skirt, plaid pants with paisley blouse, leopard and anything, etc. I also love a good matching set, such as a a tweed suit (a la St. John or Chanel). One trend that has not come quite as naturally to me is wearing two pieces that have the same pattern only in different sizes or colors (so, not quite matching). For example:


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So, I decided to challenge myself when I inherited a skirt that matched an Anthropologie coat I scored at Buffalo Exchange a few years back. The checkerboard/houndstooth hybrid print is identical, except the skirt’s print is slightly scaled down. I just got the skirt back from the tailor, so I wasn’t able to give the outfit a whirl until this weekend – I made it just in time, as the coat will be tucked away with my other winter clothing in a few days.

What do you think?

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I’m not sure how long this trend will be around, but it was fun to try out, especially with Tristan art directing and taking the photos :). While spring may be here, I am not quite ready to let go of the skirt yet – I’ve only had it for a few days! I’ve put together a few more looks with the skirt that I will share in my next post. And I will give you a hint as to my inspiration:


About my look: Skirt – Nordstrom, old; get a similar one here. Coat – Anthropologie, old. Tights – Hue. Shoes – Kors.

Until next time!