How To Style Skirts

I used to wear skirts all the time. In high school, I had a collection of suede pencil skirts; it was the 1980s, after all. I can remember debating which color to wear as I stood in front of my closet: royal blue, purple, or maybe black if I was going for something a little more understated. Typically, these were worn with some type of lace or patterned tights.

After high school, I moved on to the early 90s phase of long skirts in tan or denim, with an over-sized sweater or rugby shirt and white socks with bucks, of course. My Pi Beta Phi letter sweatshirts were a common pairing as well.

Next up was the wholly inappropriate short skirts of the mid to late 90s that I wore as part of a suit to work at the State Capitol of Ohio of all places. Thank you to Ally McBeal for that one.

Since then there has been a bit of a skirt drought in my closet. Maybe it was because the next decade I became a mom and thinking about what to wear on top of a skirt was really just too difficult. Dresses or jeans became my go-to. There was also the added difficulty of my thicker mid-section, which seems to always persist. It is a post-pregnancy complication and not a sign of middle age – that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

A few years ago, the skirt made a resurgence with the return of “the midi.” I started to find myself drawn to this separate once again.

Maybe it is because I now buy for a clothing store, but it seems to me like there might be a full skirt movement underway that has generated too little conversation among us. This fall I purchased an Ulla Johnson tiered silk floral version that I put in constant rotation. Each order we unpack, there seems to be another new, great skirt I want to add to my wardrobe.

I have heard from many customers that they aren’t sure how to style skirts or that they fear the focus on the middle.

We are here to show you some great ways to style skirts. Really, if you own a fitted, black turtleneck, an over-sized cream sweater, a denim or white shirt, or t-shirts in any color, you are set. The addition of a black blazer and denim jacket can help for layering and versatility in the transition months or to make them more office appropriate.


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  1. Megan says:

    Great post! I love how all of these skirts are styled with flats, too. I know I have been hesitant to go for skirts because I don’t want to wear a heel. That Ganni one is calling my name…

  2. Katie Katie says:

    It’s a great skirt! Come see us!

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