Classic shape, loud print

8 Aug

In trying to decide what my favorite outfit was, it really was a matter of which loud, brightly colored skirt to pick. I have a collection of flashy skirts in happy colors and prints that make me feel put together, polished but not stuffy. I’ve picked them up here and there, but the No. 2 pencil skirts from JCrew are my favorites. They have a great shape and length and good color and print choices. (Here’s my favorite, found on eBay for $51.)

Still, as much as I love those, this one, Baraschi from Anthropologie about a year ago, is my go-to skirt for just about any occasion. It’s just an instant mood lift.

OK, so here I am yesterday going to work — I’m a newspaper editor in Florida — on an average day. I had a bunch of stories to read, a column to write, meetings with my reporters, other editors and my boss, but nothing out in the public. So, I paired it with a simple striped long-sleeved T (also from Anthro, I think) and flats. (These are my favorite shoes right now — Kenneth Cole Reaction leopard print flats.) I’m wearing everyday jewelry — a necklace from Target, cheap red earrings from I-don’t-know-where, a gold bracelet I got years ago from my mother-in-law and my wedding rings.

But, I’ve also worn this skirt for a night out with the girls or my husband, putting on high heels, a black shirt and flashy dangling earrings and bangles. And for work days when I’ve needed to look a little more polished, I’ve added sensible black heels and a crisp, white button-down.

My 4-year-old took this blurry, boob-centric, headless photo. I include it because it shows you a couple of my favorite things about this skirt.

First, the high-waist paired with a tiny bit of ruching on the hips give me an hour-glassy shape when, trust me, I don’t have one. It looks fine without a belt, but I’ve added belts when I’ve wanted to.

Secondly, it has just about every color in the print and because of that, it has allowed me to play around and really stretch what I’m comfortable pairing. This outfit is the first time I’ve ever “pattern-mixed,” I think, and I was OK with it because the stripe in the shirt is barely there and the skirt is so loud you don’t notice it. Once I got comfortable with this pairing, I started wearing this skirt with a wider striped shirt — inch-thick stripes that match the blue flowers — and a big beaded necklace in a different color. I’ve worn this skirt with pink cardigans and brown ones, gray and black; with delicate little chain necklaces and big beads in every color; with tanks and button-downs, T-shirts and sweaters.

No matter what I pair it with, the print makes me smile. And best of all, I feel damn good in it.

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4 Responses to “Classic shape, loud print”

  1. andreaunplugged August 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Very cute. I really should try to find a great pencil skirt.

  2. Sarah L. August 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    I love your skirt! I really need a pencil skirt in my life. You look great!

  3. RA August 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Yay for fun skirts! Somehow, the pencil doesn’t work for me (at least, as far as I can tell), but I would love this print in an A-line.

  4. MichelleSullivan August 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    You know how much I love this outfit. I would have thought pairing stripes with a flower print would work but it really, really does. So fun!

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