July 16, 2012

1 Piece, 3 Easy Ways For Mamas: The Bandage Mini

Now before you start rolling your eyes, I do realize that a short, tight mini skirt doesn't, at first blush, sound like something you'd throw on while kiddo-wrangling.  I get that.  But, if you recall Em's wise words in How to Rock Skirts With a Toddler Underfoot:

Short skirts can work…but watch the flowiness.  The shorter the skirt, the easier the wind flips it up…or the kiddos will want to hide in it.

With a bandage mini, there is no flowiness.  Literally ZERO.  And they are miraculously flattering on multiple body types:  Wear 'em high to show off curves, or low around your hips with a voluminous blouse to hide a pooch.  Also?  They can be had for cheap.  For reals cheap.  I have two.  My big splurge (Target) was $14.  But my Forever 21 number?  $7, Mamas.  Seriously. 

I think the keys to wearing these skirts while playing with the kiddos are:

  • Keep it casual (you only paid, like, $10 for the thing)
  • Wear swimsuit bottoms underneath for major playtime

If you've been following my instagram feed (@shanachristine) you've already seen my pink Target mini at the Bryn Mawr farmers market.  Here are three other ways I've been wearing it:

1. As A Beach Cover-Up….When You Want Something Outfit-y

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 (wearing: Target skirt – similar, Gap factory top, J.Crew bikini, Reef flip-flops)

Whether you are running errands before/after beach-going, or headed out to a pool party with a confusing dress code, bandage skirts are pretty awesome as a swimsuit cover-up.  Pair with a top in a similar hue, and it feels almost like a dress.

And if the skirt gets wet at the beach?  It's cheap. Nobody cares.

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(Michigan Mamas!  Get your bum over to the Grand Haven Farmer's Market!!  Easily one of my very fav farmer's markets.  It's small, but awesome.  Not to be missed:  homemade cherry doughnuts from Vander Mill Cidery.  OMG wantwantwantwant.)

 

2. Family Outing

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 (wearing: same skirt as above, J.Crew sweatshirt - a cool alternative, Madewell Whistlestop sandals)

My uniform for a cool summer night.  A simple sweatshirt and flat sandals offset the tight, short skirt.  Just as easy as my standard cut-offs, but the skirt makes me feel a little more dressed-up.

 

3.  Date Night

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(wearing: same skirt as above, J.Crew Factory chambray - or a more fabulous one, etsy wood bangles from various sellers, Aldo clutch, Salt sunnies, Betsy johnson heels – similar)

This skirt is a natural for date night.  So sexy, right?  Especially with heels.  Personally, our date nights tend to be somewhat low-key, so I like to offset the sexiness with a slightly more conservative top.  My current fav choice is a chambray button-down, sleeves rolled.  It's a low-cost way to make his eyes pop.  And after almost 13 years of marriage….I like making his eyes pop.

 

Hope you are having a wonderful summer, Mamas!

xo,

S

ps.  Is there any other piece you'd like us to test out for mom-friendliness?  Let us know!  We're feeling…creative.  And up for a challenge.  :)

31 Comments
  • Sybil
    July 16, 2012

    Oooo, love this. I am spending a month in Grand Haven this summer, will check out the market! I think I missed the boat on this, but what do you wear under those knit skirts? I always assumed undies (or bikini bottoms) would create major panty lines.

  • Kate L.
    July 16, 2012

    So cute on you, but me and my thighs will take a pass on this one. BUT. Your flat sandals! Tell me about them!

  • Shana
    July 16, 2012

    Sybil – on beach days I don't worry about panty lines.  If I really want to avoid them, I'll wear these smooth boyshort/panty hybrids I picked up at Nordstrom (although I think Victoria's secret has some too.)
    Kate L – Madewell.  They are shockingly comfortable.
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Rachel
    July 16, 2012

    thankyouthankyouthankyou! I had JUST asked my husband if I should get rid of all my miniskirts (I’ve quite the collection) and he *thankfully* said no. Here I was thinking that I was getting to old to wear them, or that they just weren’t practical anymore. Now I read this! Thanks for saving my momiform once again!
    ps – I wear mini’s pretty much from fall to spring with leggings and docs… just sayin, for a $10 “investment” you can get a crazy return!

  • Custom Buttons
    July 17, 2012

    Nice outfit and cool trendy color.

  • cindy
    July 17, 2012

    love. where is the ‘sweatshirt’ from?

  • Conlan3
    July 17, 2012

    I think I may just have to pick one of these up on my next trip to Target…and I’m dying to what those adorable flat sandals are (and the sweatshirt you wore them with!)

  • Elizabeth
    July 17, 2012

    I would love for you to test out rompers. I love how they look, but how do you go to the bathroom? Can they work for multiple body types? I’d love to know!

  • Sarah H. (aka Boot-Obsessed Mama)
    July 17, 2012

    Love love LOVE the chambray/skirt/heels combo! Perfection!!

  • Allie Dillinger
    July 17, 2012

    I would love to see something about rompers, too! I think they are cute but they never seem to have enough coverage, especially for my super-long legs. 1 inch inseam? HA.

  • Naomi
    July 17, 2012

    Love the longer length. Thanks for this tip. I’ve been doing micro minis with leggings in winter or tiny workout shorts in summer. I buy everything at a college town consignment shop but might have to look elsewhere for a mid-thigh mini. The PINK in your skirt pops! Love pink!

  • Emily
    July 17, 2012

    I love this! I’m a younger mother (22) So I always feel like if I dress how I want to dress I will be seen as a teenager. I Want to wear stylish things but I also want to be taken seriously. This makes me feel better to know you approve of this :)

  • Mrs. Bookworm
    July 17, 2012

    I can help with the sandals! I bought them after seeing them in another post. They’re the Madewell Whistlestop Sandals:
    http://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/SHOESANDBOOTS/wedges/PRDOVR~45764/45764.jsp
    I would love to know where the chambray shirt is from. And the sweatshirt too!

  • Amanda
    July 17, 2012

    LOVE the shirt w/chambray button-down! You look HOT, Momma, but in a cute, preppy, innocently-unknowing-appropriate way. “Oh, what? I’m HOT?” I’m so trying this, thank you!

  • annie
    July 17, 2012

    Where are those sandals in the “family outing” emesem from??

  • Mrs. Bookworm
    July 17, 2012

    Annie – they’re the ones I linked to a couple of posts above.

  • Jenna
    July 17, 2012

    I need links to what you’re wearing!

  • Lis
    July 17, 2012

    Oh, if only I could. Such a cool, low-key look. Love this, but I’m with the pp who said she and her thighs would pass. Me, my thighs *and* butt will pass too. :(

  • Shana
    July 17, 2012

    Thanks, Mamas! And sorry about the outfit deets – just added them in. As others noted..the sandals are Madewell’s and the sweatshirt is J.Crew. They only have a short-sleeve version now, but I suspect they’ll have something close this fall.
    Man, I get lazy in the summer. :)
    But YES – ROMPERS. I’m on it…hmmmmmm….if any of you know of a fun, cheap version in particular, let me know!

  • Julia
    July 18, 2012

    Whatever happened to the post about summer short alternatives for those of us who don’t really rock shorts? Did I miss it?

  • Jennifer
    July 18, 2012

    I love the way you dressed up the sweatshirt and chambray with a miniskirt! There is no way I could pull it off with my thighs. Could you suggest some alternative ways to dress up a sweatshirt and chambray?

  • Megan B
    July 18, 2012

    The date night outfit looks terrific! I love all 3, but the last one….wow!

  • Liz
    July 19, 2012

    Love the skirt! I am freaking out just a bit because the Anniversary Sale starts tomorrow and you all haven’t given us any clues to what fall looks will work this year! Any quick ideas? H.E.L.P.

  • Shadow Asgari
    July 19, 2012

    I am so excited to have found this site! Check out mine if you get a minute, I think you’ll like it.
    Shadow

  • pemora
    July 22, 2012

    before i ask my question, i just have to sing your praises. this is my FAVORITE blog…you have really inspired me to not just rely on my yoga pants.
    which brings me to my question — those yoga pants. while traveling with my family (and wearing my trusty fold over yoga pants from target), i thought that there MUST be a stylish way to rock them. am i off base here? what do you think?

  • Denise Scott
    July 24, 2012

    So after reading this post I order a similar skirt,wasn’t sure I could pull it off with the pooch and all. I LOVE it, thanks so much. I plan on wearing the heck out of this skirt now through the winter with tights.

  • Shana
    July 24, 2012

    Denise – so glad to hear it!!  They are surprisingly flattering, aren't they ?
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Lia
    July 25, 2012

    Shana you look great in everything! What size do you wear?

  • Shadow Asgari
    July 25, 2012

    love the skirt and the different looks!
    xo
    Shadow

  • Nadine
    August 16, 2012

    hi. i love this post! fashionable functionality! Can I ask an unrelated question here? I wear my baby in a moby wrap.I really like dressing her up but since she stays inside the wrap her outfit just won’t be seen.Can you recommend a baby carrier that can show what my baby is wearing?

  • Shana
    August 16, 2012

    Of course!  I love either the Ergo or Belle's baby carriers.  Belle comes in some really cool prints (mine is leopard).  :)
    S

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