I just can’t quit this skirt. There’s something so festive and fun about a big, unapologetically glamorous skirt. Even more than a ballgown, in my opinion. It seems that these big maxi skirts – no matter how fancy – can be dressed down with pieces you already own and love *cough*turtleneck*cough* for a vibe that’s decidedly offbeat, and wildly festive.
The last time I wore this skirt, I paired it with a tshirt (of course), and a few of you commented that you’d like to see it styled a few different ways. So. Here are four ways to style this skirt, using pieces you likely have in your closet (think white shirts, denim or leather jackets, camis, etc).
Cozy: A Slim Sweater (or Turtleneck)
Yup. This is my favorite. 99% of the time, I will be wearing this skirt exactly like this: Turtleneck, short chunky necklace, and glitter shoes because obviously.
I love this look because I felt oh-so-happily-glam in the manner of some sort of Queen-to-be (which sounds so much more regal than ‘princess’), yet the outfit is totally comfy and warm. Win.
(photo credits: Vafa Photography)
This is my fav. But here are a few other ideas I messed around with in the studio…..
Classic: Denim Jackets & White Shirts
I don’t know who first rocked this look – Sharon Stone at the Oscars? More recently Jenna Lyons, that’s for sure. In any case…it wasn’t me. But this classic combination is classic for a reason: it WORKS.
I found that a silk blouse worked much better than a cotton one, and that footwear is a cinch with this outfit: tall boots. The casual vibe of the boot is perfect with a denim jacket, and would hide thick tights if it’s cold.
jacket – old (Joes’ Jeans I think) I splurged on it in 2002 and will never need another. In that same vein, I’m loving Current/Elliot’s denim jacket – a soft, stretchy number that’s almost a shirt or their snap denim jacket.
top – Tuxe Bodywear The Coach
boots – old Fryes….very similar to the Renee Seam Tall (in Cognac)
bag – my mom’s, but check out our Evening Bag shop for a ton of similar options
Edgy: Leather Jacket & A Simple Black Top
Tulle skirts and black leather jackets were made for each other. I kept the punk princess vibe going with stiletto booties and black socks. Because there is so much going on in this look, I went for a simple black shell. I like mine slightly cropped and boxy, but really, any simple black shell would work. Matching bracelets (in tortoiseshell) are a fun, unexpected accessory that bridges the gap between preppy and edgy.
jacket – old, but this year’s Iro Tara leather jacket is just as good (I’m in a 38 so I can fit sweaters under)
top – Kate Spade New York Sleeveless Wool Shell (now 30% off)
boots – similar (40% off until monday)
Sweet: Silk Tanks & Skinny Scarves
It’s hard to find an accessory that finishes the look without making me feel overly ‘done up’. Especially with such a foofy skirt – it’s an accessory all on it’s own. However, the silk-cami/tulle-maxi combo looked…unfinished. It needed a little something. So. Skinny scarf to the rescue. (And ear crawlers, of course. They always look good.)
top – JCrew Silk Cami (now 40% off)
shoes – Kate Spade Karolina Heels (everything is 25% off right now)
scarf – old Chan Luu, but her new ones are stunning (this is similar)
ear crawlers – similar
The problem with this outfit, of course, is how to warm it up? I have two ideas:
– Add a 3/4 Length Coat
I tried a bunch of options, including those long, down Chicago-style coats (which worked fine, actually). But my favorite? A slim, 3/4 length coat, which is one of the most versatile pieces out there. These coats tend to fit nicely in the shoulders, which keeps the look from overwhelming. And I like how much skirt shows at the bottom.
(wearing French Connection’s Mixed Media Coat – now 40% off)
– Try A Jackie-O Cardigan (Unbuttoned or Buttoned)
Ugh. These cardigans. I don’t love a cardigan, but sometimes, they’re just the exactly right thing.
How do we feel about it buttoned?
(wearing J.Crew’s Cashmere Cardigan – on sale and another 30% off this weekend)
Shop Statement Skirts
Here’s the thing: you don’t need a tulle maxi to recreate this look. Any big, glamorous skirt will give off a similar vibe, so pick one that makes your heart beat fast, one that fits you. Below, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite statement skirts – skirts with twirl, skirts with pouf, skirts that make my heart sing. Fa la la la la….
…la la la la.