I've often mentioned here that I have trouble wearing skirts. It has been harder for me to get the proportions the way I like them in a skirt outfit than in a pants outfit. Yesterday and today, I wore skirt outfits that I quite like. Maybe I'm getting the hang of it.
I've also been trying to channel style icons that you all have suggested for me. My top pick is Linda Rodin--I find her looks very inspiring. When it comes down to finding a look I want to sort of copy or work from, I've been challenged by circumstances such as not being able to wear jeans (work days) or not having quite the right pieces for summer weather. Still, I kind of thought about Linda Rodin's style when I put these outfits together. Both of them incorporate mesh knit (LR wears a lot of mesh tops and lace layers), both have a central feminine streak (a key component of LR's looks), and both incorporate flat shoes (which LR favors). I didn't try putting my hair up, which I think would go a long way toward capturing her regal air. I love that she still also has a very relaxed, casual feel to her looks. I think of her style or look as everyday royal, or maybe Royal Quotidienne?
1-2 (worn to work): navy and white mesh knit giraffe print skirt (made by me), navy drape-front top (Halogen), blue jeans jacket (AG), navy sneakers (Paul Green), gray backpack (Rebecca Minkoff).
3-5 (worn to work): sand linen skirt (made by me); ivory layering tee (Tees by Tina); tan, pink, and burgundy print mesh knit shrug (made by me); pewter flats (Walk); nude tote.
6 (tried out but didn't wear): same as 3-5, but with nude pumps (AGL) and clutch (J.Crew).
Finds to come later. I'll also post some Linda Rodin inspiration photos later (done--I've added a couple photos of her in skirt outfits).
Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions welcome, as always.