Reader Question: Three Ways To Style a Plaid Skirt

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Reader Question:

I was wondering if you could help me with styling this new skirt which I recently bought at Zara. The skirt is lovely and vintage-y but I found the styling surprisingly difficult.



I thought it would work with black but I am wearing it with black t-shirt and black ballet flats today and it just looks … blah. Help please?




K – thanks for emailing!  Printed skirts are hard.  As you mentioned, you can easily end up looking a tad boring, or I sometimes end up with some weird color-blocking thing going on and regretting that I ever bought bright blue tights. (Why? WHY?)

The key, I think, is to either mix patterns (you can do it subtly, if nervous), or make sure your accessories are interesting.  

For example, if the outfit K described above had been black stiletto ankle boots and a black faux-leather tee, there would've been nothing boring about that all-black look with the plaid skirt (although admittedly not work appropriate).  

Anyway, allow me to illustrate my point:




Look 1: Stylemint tee, Sam Edelman leopard flats

Look 2: Phillip Lim for Target dressJames Perse sweatshirt dress, faux-leather clutch , Enzo Angelini boots

Look 3: Zara striped shirt, Madewell chambrayNine West boots 


Hope this helps!






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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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  1. Thanks for the tips. I am a sucker for any odd print skirt on the sale rack at Anthropologie. I always default to a solid tee and cardigan. When I’m feeling exceptionally daring I wear a denim shirt.
    I hope you’re hanging in there and not feeling too wretched.

  2. Shana,
    Love your blog–your voice is so real and I find myself cracking up out loud when I read your posts. I would never ever wear about 75% of what you suggest though, because I don’t think it would be flattering on me. You are tiny and cute so everything looks good on you (yes, really it does…overalls…need I say more? want to see me in overalls? NEVERINAMILLIONYEARS!!! :::shudders:::)Thanks for being a non-vapid fashion blogger. You’re awesome!
    xo, Gina

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