Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Customizing the Classics: black skirt

Black skirt – Maison Martin Margiela

Black pleated skirt – Junya Watenabe, Navy flaired skirt – Miu Miu, Wrap skirt - Carven
Gray skirt – Gucci, Navy skirt – Reiss Lime, Brown skirt – Kosher Casual  
Navy tweed skirt – Debenham’s, brown velvet skirt – Alberta Ferretti, gray suede skirt – Z Spoke by Zac Posen
Navy pleated skirt – Theory, camel linen skirt – Selina, white cotton skirt – Jigsaw online
Velvet blazer – Miu Miu, striped sweater – Old Navy, navy sweater – Ry, navy pumps – Isola, navy flats – Oasis, navy rain boots - Hunter


  1. You have shared this point of view in previous posts and it is advice worth repeating. It's helpful to know that rather than getting stuck on the "rules" which get doled out constantly, always consider your personal situation and adapt. Thanks for encouraging this common sense approach.

  2. Wonderful post, with great examples! I love a full or pleated skirt, because they are so easy to move around in. A pencil skirt looks nice but feels constricting on me. To each her own, and isn't it grand? : >

  3. My first reaction was "What do you mean that I don't need a black skirt?" But after thinking about it, I realized that you were right. I still have a black wool skirt that I first purchased back in the 80s when the book French Chic came out. It will be wearable again when I lose another 10 pounds. In the meantime, I bought another black cotton skirt, but wonder if I made a mistake. Black is not my best color, but is fine if not worn too close to my face. However, continuing to look for another color such as brown probably would have been a better choice.

  4. I love love love your blog - I just discovered it today and I can't wait to read through the complete archives. You have an amazing talent - you will go far - I can just tell.

    I love your aesthetic - you are my new fashion role model.

    I was wondering if you'd be willing to design a wardrobe around a body type. I've learned through many bad decisions over the years that only certain silhouettes look good on my body but in certain seasons it can be hard to find clothing in those shapes.

    I can give you more details if you're game.

    Thanks for keeping this wonderful blog!

  5. Dear Cate,

    bring on the details! you can leave a comment, or email me at

    thanks for being here,

  6. Well said. I do however love my black pencil skirt, it has a huge (stitched flat) bow on the ass and I feel like I'm in Mad Men when I wear it ;) It's the only black pencil skirt I have though, the rest are many and varied and just as fun in their own way

  7. This is a wonderful way to consider shopping for different seasons and types of clothing. It also made the very valid point that black clothes are not for everyone. Such a useful post on so many levels!