SKIRTS: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA | A STYLE GUIDE PT. 1/3

In ancient times, the skirt wasn't just a piece worn by women, but by men, as well.  From pieces of fabric tied around ones waist to billowing chiffon maxi skirts worn by street style queens at fashion week, the transformation of the skirt has done a 360 since those B.C. times.  When the skirt was first introduced as a fashion statement, it was worn long, maxi style and remained a modest garment.  When the 18th and 19th century rolled around, skirts were made to accentuate a woman's narrow waist and curvy hips, a look that Marilyn Monroe perfected.  As years have come and gone, so has the amount of fabric on a skirt.  Like most trends (like denim and outerwear, as mentioned in my previous "FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" posts), styles recirculate and over the years, we have seen the hemline jump from maxi to micro-mini and everything in-between.  

Nowadays, it's hard to pinpoint which skirt length is in style, because for the most part, all lengths are "in."  But every fashionista knows that different skirt lengths are best paired with certain tops and shoes.  It's never just about the skirt, but rather, the entire ensemble.  This "FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" style guide highlights the mini, midi and maxi skirt, and how to wear each one.  No longer will you roll out of bed, contemplating which skirt to wear.  These three outfit ideas will make getting dressed quick and easy, while still helping your outfit look on-point. 

 

- about "FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" -

Finding the perfect skirt for your body can be quite the task.  Depending on the store, your typical size can fit weird causing you to have to go up or down a size; when will retailers start being consistent with their sizing?  Being completely obsessed with skirts as I am, having struggled myself, therefore causing me to search around for the best-fitting skirts out there (I like to think I'm a skirt expert).

In each skirt style, you will find a section called, "FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" which lists the best place to purchase each style of coat for your body type.  No longer will you feel discouraged pre-skirt shopping.  Instead, embrace your body and love the piece that you're in.

Additionally, all of the BEST SKIRT BRANDS mentioned below have sizes ranging from 00-16 and ranging from short/petite to tall lengths.  So, don't think for even a second that you won't be able to find a skirt that is fit for you, because these brands have created pieces that are MADE for you.

 

AN INSIDERS GUIDE TO THE BEST SKIRT BRANDS

Surprise, surprise, Free People carries the best skirts.  I find this to be true for a few reasons:

no.1 FIT:
This past summer, I was on the hunt for a few new skirts.  After searching around Marshalls & TJMaxx, I found two from Free People which I adored.  My normal size range for skirts is between a 2 and 4, the ones that I picked up to try on from Free People were both mediums, which depending on the brand, can fall between a 2-6.  When I tried these skirts on, they fit perfectly.  If you know what size you typically are in skirts, Free People will fit.  Their garments run true-to-size and you don't feel like you have to guess. 

no.2 PRICE:
If you didn't already know, both Marshalls and TJ Maxx have been carrying Free People for some years now.  If you're as obsessed with Free People as I am, this will be quite the revelation.  Instead of paying the typical Free People price of anywhere from $68-108, you'll spend about $15-25 on a new skirt from the Free People brand.  Not only is this price awesome, but you'll know that the quality is equally as great. 

no.3 ETHICS & SUSTAINABILITY:
For those of you who are BWAB frequents, this will be preaching to the choir for you.  For the newbies, you may not know that Free People is both an ethical and sustainable brand.  You can read more about it in some of my previous posts, but also on the URBN Inc. website here and here.

To be quite honest with you, I haven't found any other skirt brand that I love as much as Free People and Anthropologie.  While I do own skirts from other brands that fit me well, they are not ethical or sustainable or have sizes for women of all shapes and sizes.  Therefore, I will only be using Free People and Anthropologie as the main "skirt sources" in this post.  If I discover skirts that I love from other brands that are both ethical and sustainable, I will update this post.  

HAPPY READING.  XOXO.

 

PART 1: THE MINI FIT & FLARE

The fit and flare is a classic skirt that is perfect both dressy and casual occasions because of its classic silhouette and ease of ability to style.  A chiffon blouse is my favorite top to pair with a fit and flare skirt because it can be dressed up with some accessories — think a statement necklace or heels and a clutch — in addition to being dressed down by throwing on a pair of chunky-heeled sneakers and a few bangles.  

Along with the fit and flare skirt being incredibly stylish,  it's also one of the most comfortable.  No matter what type of body you have, the fit and flare skirt falls over any so-called "imperfections."  Typically, the fit and flare skirt is made out of a cotton material which allows it to be comfortable for all events and occasions as well as temperatures. No matter the color or pattern, the fit and flare skirt is for everyone.

FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA

A fit and flare skirt truly looks good on everyone.  The cinching at the waist followed by a flare at the hem gives the illusion of  a slim hips and nonexistent love handles but still allowing your curves to shine through. Free People and Anthropologie offer many fit and flare skirts in a wide variety of colors, textiles and adornments —in sizes ranging from petite 00-16 — so you're sure to find one that not only fits your personal style but also your body shape. If the price point at Anthropologie and Free People is too high for your budget — trust me I get it — T.J. Maxx is a great option.  The discount retailer boasts pieces from Free People at a much more affordable price point.

 

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STAY TUNED FOR PARTS 2 & 3 OF THIS SERIES TO DISCOVER MORE SKIRTS THAT ARE FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA!

ALEXA CHUNG | LOOK FOR LESS

LOOK NO.1

TRENCH & METALLIC BOOTIES

Alexa Chung takes this ever-so-effortless trench coat and amps it up a few notches by pairing it with metallic booties.  Since the shoes can overwhelm a more lively outfit, by pairing them with simple jeans and a coat is the way to go to look simply glam.

LOOK FOR LESS DETAILS

COAT | TAHARI

JEANS | ZARA

BOOTIES | ZARA


LOOK NO.2

LEATHER & DENIM

This is a signature Chung look and can be easily accomplished with pieces you already have in your wardrobe.  Not only is this look super casual, but it's perfect for the days where the weather just can't make up it's mind.  The leather jacket is the perfect cold-weather contrast to the chunky sandals which makes the look all-weather appropriate.

LOOK FOR LESS DETAILS

TEE | H & M

JEANS | ZARA

COAT | ZARA

SHOES | ZARA

** the leather jacket I chose for the "Look for Less" is a bit pricey, but since it is almost identical to the one Alexa Chung is wearing and also is faux leather and from a story that is in the 80th percentile for sustainability, I think that the price emulates the quality of the jacket **


LOOK NO.3

SWEATER & SUEDE

This look put together by Chung is very Parisian-chic.  With the french graphic sweater all the way down to her patent chelsea booties the ensemble screams "ready-to-hit-the-street."  Not only is this look incredibly fashionable, it also receives major comfort points.

LOOK FOR LESS DETAILS

SWEATER | ZARA

SKIRT | NORDSTROM

BOOTIES | ASOS

TIGHTS | H & M


LOOK NO.4

METALLIC MIDI & EGGSHELL BLUE

This look by Alexa Chung brings together fashion week style and loungewear.  The metallic pleated skirt is the statement of the outfit, toned down with an eggshell blue sweater that not only softens the look but makes it everyday appropriate.

LOOK FOR LESS DETAILS

SWEATER | H & M

SKIRT | FREE PEOPLE

BOOTIES | ASOS


Which Alexa Chung inspired outfit will you be recreating?  Let me know in the comments below and tag me in your picture on Instagram (@brunettewithabudget)

CARRIE BRADSHAW | LOOK FOR LESS

After just two short months of binge-watching Sex and the City, I have finally finished watching all 6 seasons shamelessly.  Currently, I am watching both of the movies in order to continue my Carrie Bradshaw obsession for just a little while longer.

After spending a good 2 months with my new BFF Carrie, I have fallen completely and irrevocably in love with her closet and sense of style.  She is the spitting image of the theoretical New York "IT girl".  And as much as I wish I could go out and drop over $400 on a new pair of Manolo's, doing so is just not realistic with my non-existent blogger and editor salary.

But even-so, I feel like I am not a minority with my adoration for all things Carrie Bradshaw.  Which is why I wanted to created 3 "Looks for Less" in order to fulfill my desire to someday be as city-chic as Carrie Bradshaw and to hopefully fulfill your wishes as well.

Fun Fact: The stylist for Carrie Bradshaw's outfits was Patricia Field.  I met her while I was in NYC last February.

look no.1 : the long-lost sweater 

This sweater was the hidden gem in Carrie's overwhelming closet.  It was the piece she pulled out of her closet and fell in love with again as she was cleaning it out to move in with Mr. Big.  This sweater is the perfect piece to include in your "wannabe-Carrie-Bradshaw" closet.  It's layer-able, versatile and adorned with beautiful embroidery that causes you to swoon in the name of fashion.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Sweater | Free People

Skirt | Missguided

Heels | ASOS

look no.2 : THE LEGENDARY TUTU

I am guilty for fast-forwarding through the intro of T.V. show's just because they are overly repetitive and after the Pilot I have seen it one-too-many-times.  But Sex and the City was different.  I was obsessed with Carrie's dusty pink tutu.  For many years now, I have been trying to find the perfect tutu to layer under and over some of my favorite pieces in my closet, but gave up hope in finding one after a year-long search.  After watching the intro of this show play several times, I decided I would reacquaint myself with the glorious tutu hunt in hopes that I would find the perfect one -- Carrie Bradshaw style.

Outfit Details

Skirt | Needle & Thread

Tank Top | H & M

Heels | ASOS

LOOK NO.3 : I WISH THE FUR WAS FAUX

As much as I love Sex and the City, I was never a fan of the use of real fur in almost every episode.  And as humorous as it was when Samantha's fur coat got red paint thrown all over it in the first movie (relive the moment here), "I couldn't help but wonder" what it would be like to recreate Carrie's signature fur coat look using faux instead.  But with that being said, finding a natural-looking faux fur coat isn't an easy feat.  But regardless of the tackiness of some faux fur coats, I still believe it is worth it in order to avoid supporting those companies that kill animals in the name of fashion. 

Outfit Details

Coat | MANGO

Dress | ASOS

Heels | Missguided

I hope these 3 looks fulfilled your aspirations to dress similar to the oh-so-fabulous Carrie Bradshaw.  Which look was your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!  Decide you're going to re-create one of the looks?  Make sure to show off your style to me on Instagram!

@brunettewithabudget #brunettewithabudget