Being Extra: Dramatic Skirts

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One of the reasons I love dressing up is because it feels so…festive. Which is why, especially around the holidays, I find myself gravitating towards something with a bit of drama. I know sequins are everywhere right now, and Scotti (my sister) totally rocks them…but sequins have never been my thing. I just don’t recognize myself all sequined. I can do a subtle shimmer, something metallic perhaps (like this)…but it turns out that the piece I have the most fun wearing (since that’s the entire point here) is a giant, black, princess skirt.

I’ve styled up giant skirts in years past, but my old one was mint green. Which was so pretty!! But I’ve now been living on the East Coast for more years now, and my East-Coast-self is not feeling the mint green. But black? BLACK I CAN DO. And let’s all recall the true genius of the giant princess skirt: it’s WARM. You can layer tights under there, boots, legwarmers, snowpants — nobody knows. It’s the skirt of secrets.

The day we shot this outfit, I paired my giant skirt with tall statement boots because if there’s one thing a princess skirt wants out of life, it’s blue snakeskin boots. (Or maybe just a reminder not to take yourself TOO seriously.)

When we want to dress up in something fun, statement-making & warm — dramatic skirts are the outfit key to being extra — in the most chic, subtle way.When we want to dress up in something fun, statement-making & warm — dramatic skirts are the outfit key to being extra — in the most chic, subtle way.When we want to dress up in something fun, statement-making & warm — dramatic skirts are the outfit key to being extra — in the most chic, subtle way.When we want to dress up in something fun, statement-making & warm — dramatic skirts are the outfit key to being extra — in the most chic, subtle way.When we want to dress up in something fun, statement-making & warm — dramatic skirts are the outfit key to being extra — in the most chic, subtle way.When we want to dress up in something fun, statement-making & warm — dramatic skirts are the outfit key to being extra — in the most chic, subtle way.When we want to dress up in something fun, statement-making & warm — dramatic skirts are the outfit key to being extra — in the most chic, subtle way.When we want to dress up in something fun, statement-making & warm — dramatic skirts are the outfit key to being extra — in the most chic, subtle way.

Continuing with this theme of Not Taking Oneself Too Seriously…I later wore this exact outfit with a t-shirt layered under the cami. Of course I don’t have pics (eyeroll), but I’ll get ’em. Eventually…

Outfit Details

cami: Cami NYC Olivia Top (xs for reference) – my favorite thing from the Black Friday sales…

skirt: This is so annoying, but the skirt I’m wearing is only sold in select Anthropologie stores. If you call the direct number and tell them you are looking for the giant, black, Eri + Ali skirt, they can send it to you (runs a bit small). Otherwise, I’ve rounded up some seriously fun options below.

boots: Sam Edelman (I freaking love these things…so much so that I’m actually wearing them over skinny jeans, too. #truth)

earrings: J.Crew

On My Momtop | sequin leggings

On My Sister: sequin dress

On the Guys (big and little): Our husbands are wearing Bonobos (more pics here), and the little guys are wearing Appaman.

Shop Dramatic Maxi Skirts

These skirts are all-out drama: full-length maxi skirts, done in some sort of fancy fabric (tulle, silk, etc.,). The advantage to these skirts (in addition to feeling like a princess) is that you can layer tights, leggings, tall boots, OTK boots — anything — underneath. It’s hard to not feel amazing (and comfortable) in a skirt like this.

Wear withmy fav opaque (and fleece-lined) tights | fav semi-sheer tights | fav OTK boots | fav tall boots (snake)

 

Shop Pretty Midi Skirts

If you don’t want the length, there are plenty of statement-making midis (which is a broad term I’m using to describe any skirt between mini and maxi length).

Wear with: Bare legs and these sock booties (comfy even without socks). Too cold? Add these socks or these sheer tights. Some of these will even work with my fav tall boots (the snakeskin picture in the photos).

Shop Statement-Making Mini Skirts

These are just fun.

Wear with: my fav semi-sheer tights and my fav OTK boots. The combo of slightly sheer tights + OTK boots is both sexy and warm.

 

Shop Tall Snakeskin Boots

We all know this is faux-snakeskin, right? Anyway, these boots are REALLY fun to wear. They’ve even brought me back to the tall-boots-over-jeans thing which I haven’t done in years. (But they’re still best with dresses and skirts.)

 

xo,
S

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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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4 Comments

  1. Love those boots..,all the reviews seem to size up? Did you find they run true to size or did you go up as well?? Thanks as always!! Loving all these fun holiday posts!!

  2. I honestly love every single part of this look! It’s even a little subtle (I mean, as subtle as a princess skirt can get!) ,on its own with the top and skirt, and then the BOOTS show and I have heart eyes for days. LOVE.

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