top: Old Navy // skirt: Ann Taylor // shoes: Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop // purse: Pieceology Vintage // necklace: Old Navy (similar) // earrings: c/o Limbo Jewelry
photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
Would you believe me if I told you that I almost returned this skirt? I bought it the first weekend of March after seeing it in the shop window at Ann Taylor, and had to have it. When I found out they were having a 40% off sale, I didn't even flinch at the over-$100 price tag and very, very happily brought it home with me. This was only the beginning of a whole lot of shopping last month, and as my budgeting bloggers post date neared, I started to have buyer's remorse. Spending essentially half of my monthly budget on one skirt (that I definitely can't wear once a week, if even bi-weekly) is not exactly wise shopping. The cost per wear on this baby is going to be rather high, simply because of its attention-grabbing appearance. However, I decided to take it as a challenge. A challenge to wear more pretty things without having some fancy occasion to do so. And, of course, a challenge to style this skirt a ton of different ways!
I started with gold and black, because how chic is that? I was inspired by these Sam Edelman sandals, which go with everything in my closet. In fact, this outfit is a really good example of my staples and a statement soapbox. Not sure how to dress a loud article of clothing? Surround it with classic items in a single color so you're not competing. I'm also a big advocate for dressing consistently from top to bottom, as you can see in the gold necklace/black tank complementing the black and gold sandals. Everything here felt like it went together, which made me feel extra confident in this outfit. It's always nice to feel like people are staring at you like "damn, that's a good 'fit" instead of "ooh, what was she thinking?" or "ummm close, but no cigar."
Next, I'm thinking of trying some citrus shades with this skirt, like orange and coral. How would you style this skirt?