If you’re on ‘the grams’ as much as I am, you’ve likely already drooled over this skirt. It’s a 100 percent silk, bias-cut midi skirt by Réalisation Par, it’s absolutely gorgeous on, and alllll the fancy Instagrammers are rocking it. The skirt appeals to me because it really is the kind of piece that can be dressed up, dressed down, worn when it’s 90 degrees, or worn when it’s freezing.
Obviously, I had to try it. In summary? This skirt is not for everyone. First of all, it retails for $180, which is pricey, but…considering the many, many ways to wear it, plus the fact that this skirt can be worn year-round…one could easily make a decent cost-per-wear case. This skirt can be dressed up for holiday parties or weddings…or worn with sneakers on the weekend. It really is that amazing. My one big beef with the skirt, however, is the execution. The waistband is elastic. Normally this is a good thing, but in the case of this particular skirt, there’s no other opening. Just the elastic band, attached to a 100% silk skirt. The elastic stretches, but the silk? Not so much. Which means that I have to schooch, oh-so-carefully, this skirt over my bum. It takes a few minutes. After much Googling, I have found that I am not alone: this skirt is abnormally hard to get on. Many girls are reporting that they actually have to put this skirt on over their heads.
Even more annoying, once the skirt on, it’s screamingly fabulous. GAH!
In summary, I’m keeping the damn skirt. Here are a few ways I’m wearing it, as well as a round-up of a few other skirt options with a similar vibe.
Leopard Silk Skirt By Day
This skirt was freaking made to be worn with sneakers and graphic tees. Warm it up with a leather jacket. I got a ton of compliments on this easy outfit.
Leopard Silk Skirt By Night
Not just date-night worthy, but fancy-party worthy when paired with a silk cami. Ladylike and fun.
Leopard Silk Skirt, Warmed Up
I don’t know why this exact skirt is so freaking easy to style — it even holds up well to thick sweaters and boots, which can sometimes overwhelm a floaty piece. I suspect that’s the genius of leopard print (there’s already enough black to ground it).
Leopard Skirt Alternatives to Réalisation Par’s Naomi Skirt
First of all, the closest alternative is this Free People Normani skirt (but I suspect it won’t stay in stock for very long). Others can be found on eBay. There are several eBay options claiming to be alternatives, but these $19 ones are rendered in satin, with a slightly different cut. I’d skip over them. Instead, if you’re looking for a solid dupe, I’d go for this silk one (eBay also) or this one. It is 100% silk, bias cut, and is very similar. (NOTE: My skirt, from Réalisation Par, also arrived from China.)
Has anyone else been fascinated with this breakout brand?