It’s rare that you’ll catch me in a skirt, but this geo-print a-line skirt stole my heart when it arrived in my last Stitch Fix box. It makes a great work wear piece, or if you don’t work in a professional environment, you may like it for church or even dinner out.
If you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it’s a subscription box service that sends you clothes and shoes to try out at home. You send back what you don’t want and only pay for what you keep. It’s a great service for busy women who don’t have time to shop. My experience has been hit or miss over the years, but I like to order a box every now and again.
I have a hard time with skirts because I’m too short-waisted and well-endowed to tuck in my tops, but this sweater is short enough that it works untucked with a knee-length skirt. In my perfect world, it would be a tad shorter, but what’s a girl to do!?!
You may be wondering why I say that.
Ideally when you put an outfit together, it should visually divide your body into thirds; that’s considered the most pleasing balance of proportions in matters of art, photography, and fashion.
Often I’m going for a 1/3 to 2/3 body ratio — the top is 1/3 and the pants are 2/3. In this case, however, it’s more of a 1/3 to 1/3 to 1/3 situation — the top is 1/3, the skirt is 1/3, and my legs are 1/3. (The shoes don’t really count — they more or less bookend the look.)
So basically, I want the sweater and skirt to be about the same length. If the top is too long, it shortens the skirt area, throwing off the proportions. Make sense?
This is a very rudimentary diagram, but you can see here, if my sweater were a TAD shorter, it would be perfect.
(I measured from the top of my shoulders to the bottom of my skirt. That is 6 1/2 inches. Then I drew a line at the 3 1/4 mark, which is half of 6 1/2, and therefore where my top should ideally end. It’s close!)
Yes, some women wear long tops over short skirts and leave only a bit of skirt showing, but that is a hard look to pull off. When they do that, if they do it right, they are probably creating the “rule of thirds” with the top (2/3) and skirt (1/3) OR the rule of thirds comes into play in the way they combine colors… or it just may look wrong. LOL!
I’m a plain Jane and usually stick to this 1/3 to 1/3 to 1/3 outfit formula when I wear skirts because it’s generally pretty foolproof.
This skirt is so super cute. Look at the red zipper detail.
These are fake pockets, by the way. I know women tend to like skirts with pockets, but they can create extra bulk, so I don’t mind that these are fake. I’m sure it also saves some money in the manufacturing.
If you subscribe to Stitch Fix, you can request this skirt. It’s the LE LIS Maura Zip Pocket Detail Skirt, and mine is a small.
To bring out that red zip pocket detail, and because the outfit is pretty plain otherwise, I carried a red bag.
This bag is old; I scored it at the J.Crew Factory Outlet several years ago when I was shopping with a friend. I love the orangey-red color, plus it’s the perfect size and shape for carrying for a dinner out. It’s just big enough to hold my regular wallet, and the chain allows me to eat and drink hands-free. When I prefer to carry a clutch, I can tuck the chain inside.
Since it’s no longer available, I’ll link up some other red bag options at the end of this post.
My first instinct was to wear a long pendant necklace or layered necklace on this sweater to break up the expanse of black, but then I spotted this monogram pendant in my top dresser drawer, and I decided to wear it instead.
I like how it draws attention up towards my face; otherwise, the eye is drawn only to the skirt because the white in the print is the lightest part of the outfit. When you add a light or bright piece near your face, it causes the eye to bounce around and distracts from any problem areas you don’t want people to focus on.
This sweater is from Ann Taylor, and I can’t believe it, but it’s still available in some sizes! Aren’t the button cuffs on the sleeves a fun touch?
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You can definitely swap out the long sleeve sweater for a short sleeve version when it gets warmer, but this works perfectly for the current weather situation in our neck of the woods.
A blazer would also make a nice addition to this outfit; it would create more structure through the waist area, and of course it would also provide extra warmth if you need that.
I’m not wearing hose, but they certainly would not detract from this look at all. I’d wear a verrrry sheer nude or black if I wore hose with this. Probably nude, to keep it from being too heavy. I recommend Donna Karen The Nudes if you need a good pair of sheer hose.
Finally, these black pumps are my absolute favorites. They’re so good to walk in, the shape is flattering, and the leather is high quality. You can sometimes find them on sale but not very often. In my opinion, they’re worth paying full price if you need a classic pair of pumps. For a lower heeled option, check out this pair by Cole Haan.
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!
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