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.)
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…
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)
On My Sister: sequin dress
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.
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.
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.)