Sometimes there are days when you just don’t really feel like going to much effort, you know? As it gets colder outside (and as of this week, rainier), that’s been one of my problems. That’s why I love skirts and dresses: they’re simple, throw-it-on pieces that, paired with a necklace or dangly earrings, often elicit exclamations of “What are you so dressed up for?”
One of my big requirements in my shopping is that I find pieces that are versatile, in terms of both seasons and occasions. It’s one of the ways I justify spending more money on the pieces I buy; it’s more money in the short term, but I expect everything I own to serve multiple purposes and live multiple lives. With that in mind, this outfit combines two of my favorite pieces (as well as two of my favorite stores), both of which pair easily with other things in my wardrobe.
The top is a supersoft cotton long-sleeved tee from Everlane (the store from which I order far too often, but they just keep making beautiful clothes), and the skirt is one of my favorite pieces in my closet: the Newsom Skirt. The skirt is simple, classic, and super-flattering; it hits right around the natural waist, and cinches in nicely with a zipper running up the back. The cotton twill is light enough to wear with a floral top in spring or summer, but still heavy enough to fit over tights in the fall and winter. It’s also sturdy enough to provide some great volume to the skirt. And for some reason I’m obsessed with the little triangle cut out in the front.
And remember what I said about versatility? There’s a definite 50s vibe here, which I’ve played up with Mary Janes and girly cardigans, as well as contrasted with modern tees and jewelry, as seen here. I can easily see this outfit with a pair of patent leather heels to dress it up, or some bright, fun flats to dress it down.
Plus, there are pockets!