June 21, 2019
I honestly don’t know if National Stripes Day is anything more than a made-up thing by J.Crew to sell more striped things, but the idea amuses me…
So I saw this skirt and saw both the potential and the challenges:
These colors are lovely, but they’re certainly not easy to find in the world of clothing…
Just to make things interesting – and tough – I’m sticking with the general structure that I used for the last skirt for which I conjured 10 Ways to Wear…
In warm weather, a denim jacket might seem odd, but in the world of excessive air conditioning and unpredictable weather, it might make sense. Right now, in Chicago, it’s plenty cool enough to wear it!
A simple tee shirt is always such an easy way to pull things together! And note that if this skirt was mine, I would take OFF the bow, and the belt loops, and never EVER tuck things in… All depends on how your body proportions work …
Yes, you’ve seen this blouse before. I love how simple it is, and how well it works with a range of colors…
A darker colored tee shirt gives this skirt a different look than the lighter tops:
I thought that this would be a challenging skirt, because of both the colors and the very summery feel of the fabric. I honestly don’t know that I could find a cashmere sweater that wouldn’t look oddly heavy with this skirt…
However, there are still sweaters that would be perfect in the spring and autumn (as well as these freakish cool summer days!).
This skirt could easily be worn for something somewhat “serious” if you layer a cardigan over a simple linen blouse:
This skirt would be ideally suited for casual wear!
I’m not sure about this particular outfit, but I’m certain that somewhere in the world, there’s a floral top that would be perfect here…
If you don’t want to own a ton of dressy clothes, this skirt could be worn for a wedding or other “nicer” event. The blouse, sandals and earrings can change everything!
I love the idea of being able to wear a garment often – the best way to get good value for a purchase, clearly establish your personal style, and avoid dumping tons of clothes into landfills!
What single garment do you wear the most? Mine would be a denim jacket, or my favorite jeans… not very imaginative, I’m afraid!
I like the length of this skirt and the colours. Even though it has linen in it, I think this length and style of skirt wouldn’t wrinkle so much. I would look at the Lands End Hedge Green you introduced us to a few posts ago. The green denim jacket and/or other tops could be good. I like the skirt with the green ( and the green ray bans!), the coral and the yellow. For proportion, I’d try to find fitted t shirts for this full skirt. Like you, I’d take off the bow and belt loops. I don’t need anything extra on my belly. Cute skirt. Thanks.
Deborah Singh-Boos says
Another winner. These posts are really my favourite ones as you give us so many options with a single item of clothing which really shows that we don’t need a ton of clothes but rather better quality and more thoughtful purchases.
Janice Collins Coyle says
Pretty skirt and I find vertical stripes slenderizing. The blouses you are choosing are genius! My most worn item: knit jeans from Lands End – In both cropped and long. VERY comfortable and light weight for summer. I have 3 pair as I literally wear them every day! I vary things with a variety of solid tees and different printed scarf scrunchies for my summer pony-tailed hair. That’s my casual uniform.
Janice Collins Coyle, Washington DC
I also love these posts where you showcase one item and style it different ways. I wouldn’t necessarily choose such a skirt as it is the wrong style, colour and print for my taste, but I love its versatility.
My most worn item this year is a buttoned down, collarless light grey patterned blouse which has a subtle oriental floral print, long floaty sleeves and can be worn casually with jeans and canvas
slip-ons or a bit smarter with slim fit trousers and strappy sandals. I also wear a fine knit long cardigan over it if it gets a bit cooler.
Ardyth Eisenberg says
My most-worn garment are the Eileen Fisher slouchy pants that you introduced me too. I love them so much, I have three pairs!
Loved the outfit with the yellow tee but would opt for strappy flat sandals (still can’t get into the chunky sneaker and sandal thing). I like the versatility of the skirt that it can be worn with or without the belt for more options. Also LOVE the earrings with the first outfit. If I had a second piercing, I’d buy those in a heartbeat! My favorite summer item is my cutoff, cropped straight jeans. So much cooler feeling than skinnies in the summer and they look great with flat sandals or wedges.
I too love a post like this, one item styled many different ways. I might have to add that skirt to my closet…
I wish it was a dress instead of a skirt. Nordstrom’s, are you listening? The accessories would all still work great and I would wear it more. You can always put a a pullover on top to give it a skirt look.
Cathy T says
I have these striped colors in trousers from Marshall’s! My perfect colors-ivory,aqua, rusty pink, chocolate & (yellow-y). I have T shirts in all colors, light weight tailored jacket in ivory & salmon & bought 2 hoodies (also Marshall’s)
in aqua & pinkish…what else do I need! Oh, loafers, sneakers, & 2 different bags! This is/was my year to buy shoes, bags, undies, and summer scarves. Still no scarves : (
Hélène G. says
I LOVE your choices. And this skirt is really charming !
Thé only difficulty is that, according to me, it is obligatory to be thin, or very thin, to be able to wear this type of skirt : if not, you look like having taken 10 kg more ;)
My favorite clothe ?
Perhaps à trouser in cotton, with elastane, to be confortable…
My favorite garment for this summer is a maxie skirt I found in a thrift shop. It has those tiny change pockets from before key fobs or phones and it buttons up the front so I can vent it during the warmer months. It is a medium weight cotton in a cool shade of khaki. I’ll be wearing it through at least 3 seasons and possibly year-round.
From before cell phones, although I think that may have been implied.