Styling up basic items is a topic I have now touched upon a few times. From a white button down shirt, to crop tops, a good basic can make or break any outfit. Today I’m styling up one single skirt in 5 different ways. From masculine to feminine and from casual to formal: one skirt will go a long way.
Polka dot skater skirt (H&M)
The skirt I’ll be styling up today is this basic skater skirt. I love skater skirts. On dresses but also straight up. This one in particular is one of my favorites because it has polka dots: one of my favorite patterns. The pattern makes it a little less basic perhaps, but I’ll show you below that you can do much more than pair this with a white, grey or black t-shirt. In fact, you will see no outfit like that at all.
Sheer white blouse with faux leather peter pan collar (ZARA)
Black brogues (Primark)
Orange belt (H&M)
This very monochrome look, with a white shirt with a faux leather peter pan style collar, is the preppiest look I’d wear out. The brogues add a touch of school girl fun. The shirt is sheer which keeps the top half soft, feminine and flowy. In order to not have this be an all black & white outfit, I decided to accessorize with a bright orange belt. To break up the bleakness and give the outfit a bit more interest. To keep things simple I didn’t go with any other accessories.
2.) Monochrome androgyny
Paisley print sweater (H&M Men)
Black pumps (Van Haren)
Putting a sweater with a skirt always makes for a good outfit. Here I decided to clash print and opt for a busy paisley print sweater. Which shows that looking for items in unexpected areas of the store can bring you to interesting outfits. This sweater was in last year’s men’s collection and paired with a skirt it makes for an instant androgynous look. Pair it with high heels to ensure the girliness of the bottom half of the outfit and keep it simple. The clashing patterns are quite out there, so to layer up on jewelry doesn’t really go with it.
3.) A formal pop of color
Red tie up button down (Forever 21)
Ballet flat with toe cap (Primark)
Who said a formal outfit cannot containt a pop of color? I personally think it is no problem and if you want to steer clear of black & white you can easily add a colored blouse. I love putting red and black together for a much needed color pick me up, so that’s why I went with this, but of course you can also opt for a blue or green, whatever suits you. Just keep the base as simple as you can and use a few accessories to finish off the look.
4.) Neutral with a hint of blue
Off white button down shirt (H&M)
Blue necklace (Forever 21)
Desert Boots in wolf (Clarks)
I love to combine black with softer, more neutral colors. But of course that could easily become boring. So again, I opted for a pop of color in my accessories to add a bit of interest. The button down reminded me of the type of shirt you’d wear on an expedition to explore some foreign land, and so I opted for a comfy ankle boot. The top and shoes are quite boyish looking which makes for an unexpected element, which I am fond of. I love pairing masculine with feminine items.
5.) Comfort comes first
Black t-shirt (H&M)
Orange/ rust colored cardigan (Urban Outfitters)
Gold leaf necklace (Primark)
Dr. Marten’s 1461 in black
This last outfit is the coziest outfit of them all. The cardigan is what makes it so. If you’re willing to invest in the warmest, fluffiest and comfiest cardigan you’ll ever find: check out Urban Outfitters. They aren’t cheap, but they always do unusual ones and the quality is certainly a lot better than an H&M one. To stick to the comfy theme, I paired this outfit with my sturdy Dr. Marten’s.
There you have it: 5 ways to wear one skirt. I hope this inspires you to wear your own skirts in multiple ways. In my case, I just experiment and see whatever works. In the end, you should feel comfortable in what you wear. In other words: just go for it and rock what you got.