Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How I Wear My: Skirt

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget).

Spring is here! It has been so nice to enjoy slightly warmer weather and to remember that we have legs that might like to see daylight once again so Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and I thought we’d devote April’s “How I Wear My” to that very versatile wardrobe item, the skirt.

Chances are you have several hanging in your closet and after you see this post you are going to want to get them all out and start wearing them regularly again (or maybe that’s just me). From pleated to pencil, from maxi to mini, and everything in between, check out all these great skirts!

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget), my lovely “How I Wear My” partner, has picked a neutral path with her gray thrifted pencil skirt, quilted sweatshirt from H&M, Vince Camuto tassel necklace (love!) and slouchy gray booties. I think this is a great transitional look as we move further into spring and I love the pop of color on her nails.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.
Tamera of Tamera Beardsley wrote, “I am having some major maxi skirt love right now! I love pairing maxi skirts with anklet collections, worn together, they work perfectly for a sunset beach walk as well as dinner and cocktails in town! Maxi skirts and anklets make for the perfect mix of modern coastal glam!”

It’s no secret that I love old Hollywood glamour so this picture of Tamera with the fur stole and the turban and wearing a crochet skirt on the beach is knocking me out. Mr. DeMille, Tamera is ready for her close-up!

Details of Tamera’s anklets.

Elsie of The Cooking Wardrobe.

I think Elsie of The Cooking Wardrobe looks so ethereal and beautiful in her unusual print Jacqui-E skirt worn with a Dolman-sleeved black blouse reminiscent of a kimono. I love the entire outfit set against such a lush and gorgeous background!

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina said of her skirt, “I really wanted to invest in a new pleated skirt this season but one that could be worn in a variety of ways. When I saw this little number I just knew it was the one.”

I love this picture of Trina so much. I think the entire look is Updated Grace Kelly, from the denim jacket to the pleated skirt, from the knotted scarf to the navy patent bag, capped off with sunglasses and chunky gold jewelry. Adore!

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb wrote of her outfit, “My chevron midi skirt is an oldie but a goodie. And with the weather in the UK just warm enough to bare some pale legs, it’s been nice to think about wearing something other than skinny jeans and boots. I’ve worn this skirt so many times on the blog and have just realized it works so well with neon.”

I never get tired of chevron stripes so I can’t help but love this look!

Sue of A Colourful Canvas.

Sue of A Colourful Canvas made this pretty pleated yellow skirt (and you know I am partial to a home-sewn skirt)! I love that she paired it with a paler yellow shirt and gave the whole outfit a vintage twist with the red belt and bag and scarf in her hair.

Jan of Fort Smith Stylista.

Jan of Fort Smith Stylista said, “I’m thoroughly obsessed by midis this Spring, and it’s a fun challenge trying to make them work for me!”

I love the color and length of Jan’s dusty rose skirt, especially paired with this shade of blue. I don’t own a skirt of this kind at all, but Jan’s photo makes me want to fix that, stat! The best part? Just like Sue, above, in fact, INSPIRED BY SUE, Jan made this skirt! What?!? Now I want one!

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep.

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep wrote of her look, “The ‘skirt’ is actually a vintage dress. I decided to go with a feminine modern edge and teamed it with a neoprene top and white pumps.”

Sheree thought it might be a good styling tip to show everyone this look, and I agree because I have done this myself by covering up the top half of a dress with another garment to give the appearance of wearing a skirt. Have you tried this too?

Bella of The Citizen Rosebud.

Bella of The Citizen Rosebud is pairing one of my favorite color combos—red, black and white. I love that skirt (and I think Elsa Schiaparelli would’ve too, do note the lobster!), and I like the addition of animal print boots!

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files shows us how to mix patterns in such a great way—I am wild about this blue leopard sweater next to a skirt featuring oversized flowers. Perfection!

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades.

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades said of her look, “I love this versatile striped skirt that I used as the feature to come up with two different takes on the nautical theme.”

This is such a great look with the blazer and neutral bag and I think the anchor T-shirt is a wonderful touch!


Miki said of her look, “I love wearing fun patterned skirts with a simple top and some sparkling accessories!”

Miki’s pencil skirt is by Charter Club and it’s great worn in combination with a citrine top by J. Crew. If you’re interested in the Silpada necklace she is wearing you can contact her here.

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made wrote of her outfit, “This is a super springy look with a short floral silk skirt by Velvet and a bright tomato red T-shirt James Perse. The simple T-shirt and elastic-waist skirt is extra comfy and easy for weekend wear, but I made it look a bit more polished with the bow belt and quick updo. I find I do wear skirts a bit on the short side, but being only 5’3 I think the length is better for me.”

Ana brings up an interesting point—do you favor a certain length in your skirt because of your height?

Silk Path Diary.

Silk Path Diary wrote, “I love wearing skirts - even my new found passion for boyfriend jeans has not diminished my joy in wearing skirts all year round. They are probably the most versatile items in my entire closet.”

The skirt she is wearing here is a vintage Max Mara. I just love the center front box pleat and that she is wearing the skirt with a gray cable-knit sweater and golden yellow silk scarf. What a great color combination.

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life wrote of her look, “I wear my skirts with textured tights and bright sweaters.”

I realized after seeing Linda’s picture that this is what I need to try—textured tights! I always love this look on other ladies but don’t own textured tights myself. The ones Linda is wearing here are from Old Navy. If any of you babes out there have other brand suggestions for textured tights, let me know what they are!

Anne of Music and Markets.

Anne of Music and Markets said, “Oh how eager I am to wear this skirt again, winter just WON’T let go here in the DC area!”

She’s wearing a lovely floral print pencil skirt from Talbots and—lucky lady—is walking along the shore of Lake Iseo in Italy.

Jenni of AfrockinNZ.

Jenni of AfrockinNZ was given this skirt by a good friend of her. She wrote, “It has such a pretty design to it. With the elasticized waist I can wear it high, as seen in this picture, or I can wear it lower on my hips. It has a pretty black ribbon that wraps around it and can tie into a big bow. It makes me feel very feminine.”

This is the kind of skirt that is just so perfect in springtime, don’t you think?

Kim of Northern California Style.
Kim of Northern California Style is wearing a new J. Crew skirt with her navy sweater and I love the feminine ease of her look. Maybe I need to ditch my regular jeans and start dressing like this!

Fiona of Avenue 57.

Fiona of Avenue 57 wrote, “I love this skirt so much – it’s so versatile and easy to wear, day or night.”

I love how Fiona showed us her two different ways to wear this floral skirt. Talk about taking it from day to night!

In front of Farrell’s Bar & Grill in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. The place to be on parade day!

I will admit that skirts are not a mainstay for me. I find them too restrictive for my everyday life, which, now that the weather is going to warm up, will include a lot of outdoor time with kids on scooters and bikes. But I wanted to get skirt pictures during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in my neighborhood of Park Slope so I opted for a basic black pencil skirt from J. Crew and riding boots. My daughter is an Irish step dancer and while her group marches in the parade, all of us parents are in the back, walking the parade route as well, with the very glamorous job of holding the girls’ jackets!

My friend Gwynne, also my fearless photographer, has a daughter in the same Irish step dance troupe so she brought her camera and after the parade we wanted to capture the scene in Windsor Terrace, where the parade ends. This is Farrell’s Bar & Grill, which is a Brooklyn institution, opening in 1933 just after Prohibition was lifted. The crowds spill over outside the bar every year after the parade, where they drink on the sidewalk from Styrofoam containers and the NYPD keeps a watchful eye on proceedings! I couldn’t help jumping right next to the men in blue for a picture.

I feel so safe next to New York’s finest!

A family affair: Two of the young men pictured here are sons of the drummer!

Gwynne and I were also on the hunt for a man in a kilt to join the skirt fun so it seemed beyond lucky when an entire pipes and drums band came outside of a house down the street from Farrell’s for a smoke after celebratory post-parade drinks inside. They kindly agreed to pictures and then picked up their instruments and started to play right there in front of the house. God I love New York. And men in kilts!

Parades bring people together!

For May we are going to focus on footwear, specifically, sneakers! Can you find a way to make them part of a fashion statement? If yes, please join us for “How I Wear My: Sneakers” by sending a photo to by May 5, 2014.

Do stop by Adrienne’s to see even more fabulous looks featuring skirts.

And thank you to all the fine foxes who joined us this month!


Sheree said...

LOVE these pics of you. You look great and it looks like a blast.
I bet you were the best jacket holder there ;)
Thanks for including me Jill...enjoy the weather excited!
Sheree xxx

Dawn Lucy said...

What an extra great HIWM. I could use some new skirt styling ideas and all these dolls look FAB! I adore the pictures of you and the St. Patty's Day fun! Makes me want to be there for all the festivities! I'd gladly hold a jacket! ;)

Elsie Davies said...

Hi Jill, Thank you so much for including me in this series. Love how, you've styled your skirt with the boots. Beautiful.

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Thanks for including me Jill.

Everyone looks wonderful and I love how there are so many different skirt lengths. Really goes to show how versatile they are.

Your photos are brilliant. Capturing a man in a skirt was perfect for the series! Did he know he would be the only man featured on a blog about fashion and How I Wear My Skirt? LOL

Jill said...

Hi Suzanne, I really should've told him I was going to feature him and his sons in a skirt post. However, they were so gracious about letting us take pictures, I don't think they would've minded so much. They had a lot of pride in what they were wearing, as they should! There is NO competing with a man in a kilt--I love the different plaids they are made of and the way the guys accessorize them makes them look so masculine. Somebody get me to Ireland, pronto! XO, Jill

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Hey, Jill (and Adrienne)! Thanks so much for hosting this lovely project. I'm happy to come out to play. It was a delight to see and be in the company of all these thoughtful women who considered your question and rose to the occasion!
Would have loved to have joined you at the parade this year. Nothing makes a fellow look so hot as when they wear a kilt ... or..ur... a skirt! You look perfectly at home among the bands in your skirt, with a perfect parade-watching outfit along with it!

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Oooh, another great round up of lovely women! And lots of new to me blogs that I look forward to checking out this week! Thank you so much for being such a lovely host Jill...not only for the skirt issue of How I Wear My, but for sharing your world with us too!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

You look great! I love skirts--more comfortable than shorts for me. I love everybody's looks!

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Jill, Thanks very much for having this. Loved all these super ladies and skirt ideas. So many stylish gals. I love your black look and what a cute pic with the kilt guy. Adorable! Have a great day and thanks again. x Kim

Avenue 57 said...

So many fabulous looks taking just a simple skirt and all of us making it look so different!


Citizen Rosebud said...

I wish HIWM- was a magazine because I am loving the variety of style and skirts here. For me skirt are a challenge- I love a good dress, so seeing so many lovelies is a thrill. Thank you for including me in with such marvelously stylish ladies!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

I love this series more and more and now look forward to it each month! Everyone looks lovely as per usual and I do appreciate all the hard work you put into it! xx

Catherine Summers said...

Thank you so much for featuring my chevron skirt Jill! As always there's too many lovely ladies to mention individually, they all look so fabulous.

And wow to the chaps in skirts (kilts). Nice twist ;)

Catherine x

Anonymous said...

Jill, a black pencil skirt is always a classic. I love yours and I love the photos of you wearing it. My dad's side of the family hails from Scotland so I appreciate the kilt too. :)

Can't believe I missed this HIWM. I am in skirts often but just have been too busy around here to spend time in front of the mirror trying to take that miraculous shot that makes me looks 20lbs thinner in my skirt. Sneakers will be in my plan.

Did you get my last email? xo

Adrienne Shubin said...

Fantastic showing as usual!
Love the kilted guys in your photo. The perfect touch to HIWM: Skirt!

Anonymous said...

Jill, once again, a wonderful collection of unique and stylish ladies. I just love seeing all the different ways of wearing a skirt. Your photo's are so entertaining and you are definitely dressed for the occassion.

Anonymous said...

Great post lovely ladies. I am so happy to have found your lovely blog. Would you come and visit mine? Sara

Tamera Beardsley said...

Oh Jill you are the epitome of NYC chic! So much so you make me miss the city terribly!

Thank you so much for once again including me in this ever so inspiring round up! I adore Shere's use of dress as skirt … Shere always is styling perfection personified!

I accept next months challenge of trying to make sneakers a fashion statement … I haven't been this styling challenged … since neon … but I still love the shoes I discovered to answer the neon challenge!

That is one of the things I like best about the HIWM series … it forces me out of my everyday comfort zone … into new style possibilities!

Thank you so much for hosting my dear!


Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Hello Jill, as I mentioned on Adrienne's blog, I always look forward to these posts to see how others interpret the items. Seems like I am so set in my ways sometimes that it is great to see other options on how to style things in my closet. Thank you and Adrienne, as always, for putting together these posts and for sharing how you wear your skirt! I often wear a black skirt and black boots as you showed and it looks great on you, but the man in the "skirt" was the most fun! : ) Ana

Jill said...

Thanks for all the great comments ladies. This was such a fun round-up, I really loved seeing the range of skirts. I hope you all will join us for "How I Wear My: Sneakers"! XO, Jill

Jenni Harrison said...

Thank you so much for letting me take part in this "How I wear my skirt" I completely forgot that I had sent it and my daughter found it. Look mum your'e famous she said :). I stopped my blog about two years ago and seeing this and all these wonderful ladies has inspired me to resurrect Afrockinz and try again. :)Jenni

Jill said...

Hi Jenni! I hope you join the blogging world again! I remembered your picture as soon as I saw it. That was a fun post! Think about joining us for "How I Wear My: Pearls" we are accepting photos through May 2 and you can join us whether you resurrect your blog or not. I hope you do, it's always nice to welcome people back! xx