Thursday, December 10, 2009

Important Inches

Following on my layering skirts tutorial from last week, I thought I'd break down what I did with this layered skirt look. As I've mentioned before, this black skirt is made of a lightweight fabric that blows around easily; that, combined with its short length, make me loathe to wear it without a layer underneath. I decided I wanted to play up the fullness by adding this little gray tulle skirt, however the gray skirt is even shorter than the black. So, since the gray skirt has a thick elastic waistband, I simply yanked it down around my hips, positioned the waistband of the black skirt above it, and covered both waistbands by belting over the top. Everything stayed in place, a couple of important inches were added to the overall skirt length, and the layers of tulle had the added benefit of keeping me warmer than the black skirt alone.

As luck would have it, Sal recently posted some brilliant, and very timely, advice for balancing accessories. One of the gems that stuck with me was this: "Consider pattern to be an accessory itself, and choose pieces that will complement instead of fight with a busy print." Since I already had a lot of pattern going on here between the skirt and the leopard print top, I chose one of my smallest pairs of earrings and a single bangle that fits with the safari vibe of the top. In this case I wouldn't really count the belt as an accessory, because the black is pretty harmonious with the black of the skirt; in fact, I positioned it to give the illusion that it's part of the skirt, giving it a high-waisted proportion.

T-shirt: H&M
Top: F21
Belt: Red Dress Shoppe
Skirts: F21
Boots: Fly London

11 comments:

Sheila said...

Ooh, fab. Doesn't yanking down the waistbands cause them to rise up when you sit, though?

Good call on the accessories. That Sal is a smart cookie.

Healthy and Homemade said...

You look amazing! That skirt is really fun =) I agree with Sheila, does the skirt ride up when you sit from moving the waist down?? I hate when my clothes shift throughout the day lol

Oranges And Apples said...

Amazing as usual! That skirt is great and I love how you've worn it!

Sal said...

Wow, I'm honored to hear that my advice rang true to an accessorization expert such as yourself! And man, I just love how that underskirt adds fullness to the silhouette.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

This is such a fantastic look! I love the print of the top with the layered skirts here.

Thanks for your lovely comments on Fashionable Academics, btw!

Diana said...

I love it! All the elements of the outfit harmonize really well.

dautretemp said...

lovely, lovely, lovely idea!!!Your blog is great!

Chelsea said...

I am a sucker for leopard-print, and I love how you've mixed it with the gorgeously patterned skirt. The tulle looks just dreamy... love how it adds fullness to the skirt, and the belt up higher on your waist is great!

Audi said...

Sheila/Healthy and Homemade: No, the skirt stayed put just fine -- the secret is having the elastic belt on top to hold it in place. And then, the skirt has a really thick elastic waistband that clung to my tights really well.

Jenny said...

This is an amazing tutorial and an amazing skirt!

xo Jenny
Fashion for Writers

Kate said...

This looks so cool!