WIW: 2 skirt outfits

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.

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  • catgirl replied 3 years ago

    Oh, love the skirt and sneakers! 

    Some of the things you make really remind me of this brand:


  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, Una. I'm glad you like the sneakers with the skirt. I debated wearing them. I've seen Komarov before, and I have a tunic by that company that I hold onto, even though I don't wear it often. It can come in handy for a special occasion.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    We might have to call you Queen Sneaker, Sharan. You are adorable in Outfit #1. 

    And YAY. You're wearing my favourite dainty and heeled shoes in outfit #2. I especially love how it all came together in pic #5. Killer Ethereal and Fairy-esque. 

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thank you, Angie. I will wear the heels with this outfit again on a non-work day!

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    YAY. Or when you see me again. *smiling*

    I LOVE those heels on you, Sharan. Don't think I haven't had my eye on them too. 

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    Both turned out great Sharan! Especially fond of the second version (no surprise I'm sure). Ann and I were at Nordstrom earlier and thought a lot of the fall Paul Green looked very you :)

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    I think you have definitely have the hang of it. Both outfits look super. I definitely see the influence of LR's feminine yet funky style.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Angie, I'll definitely have to wear the shoes for you now.
    Aida, wish I had been with you guys! I'll take a look at the Paul Greens online.
    Jaime, thank you!

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    I do see Linda Rodin in these and I think she's a wonderful icon for you. So interesting to play with aspects of style that have not been easy by making reference to an icon. Very clever of you. I need to take note. 

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Suz, thank you. I think if I keep looking at photos of LR, I'll be ready to try bolder statement glasses in a year or two. And I'm thinking of continuing to grow my hair; I could wear it up sometimes, rather than getting it cut short.

  • Sally replied 3 years ago

    I think you have channeled Linda Rodin very well.  I like both skirt outfits...the first casual with denim and the 2nd elegant.   I don't own skirts and find them hard to style....you have some lovely ones.  

  • Staysfit replied 3 years ago

    Definitely Linda Rodin here. I am also intrigued by her style. I have been looking at pics of her, and Robin Roberts. They both have style features I love.

    I cant pick a favorite between your skirt outfits because they are both fab!

    Longer hair and bolder glasses! Wow! I would love to see that transformation Sharan! I have the one pair of bold glasses, my green Prada glasses, and I love them. They are so much fun. I had another pair when I was in grad school, also green and a similar shape. I'm thinking of adding a frosty white pair or even fuschia if I can find them.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Sharan, you look so ladylike in both skirt outfits. My favorite is the first but the second is so feminine without being overly sweet, so a winner. My favorite pieces are those made by you.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thank you, Sally, Staysfit, and Joy!
    Staysfit, we'll see about the longer hair. It's a thought. It may be more Linda than me. But I did try on some bold glasses that I liked a couple of seasons ago. They have stuck in my mind since then. I just didn't feel ready to go that far at the time.

  • bonnie replied 3 years ago

    You have shown two very different styles. I really like the first outfit - everything is perfect. The second outfit is lovely but maybe a bit too feminine for me to relate to but I'm sure many others would find it perfect.

  • skylurker replied 3 years ago

    Never heard of her.
    I like the #1 outfit best because it's more structured, and I like the asymetrical top with the skirt. The soft palette of #2 is pretty too.

  • Mirjana replied 3 years ago

    Fantastic skirt outfits, I like #2 and #5 the best.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Sally, it's funny, I don't feel like I've channeled Linda Rodin's style in these outfits, so it's nice to hear that you and others see it. I think your term is good--it's more of an attempt to channel some of the ideas, not to copy. I realize there aren't outfits of hers I feel I could even loosely copy.

    Joy and Bonnie, thank you. The second outfit felt more "me" than it looks to me in the pictures, strangely enough. And the first outfit felt pretty minimal for me--I kind of liked that aspect of it.

    Staysfit--I had to look up Robin Roberts. Wow, she is not only very chic, but very fit looking and such an inspiration.

    Skylurker, I was aware of Linda Rodin but wouldn't have thought of her without Angie's prompting. Thanks for your comments.

    Mirjana, thank you!

  • ecteacher0000 replied 3 years ago

    Your choice of LR to emulate is apt. Both your ensembles are terrific and I'm sure they will give you much pleasure with each wearing.
    Best wishes and I'm looking forward to seeing more skirt outfits.

  • viva replied 3 years ago

    I love Linda Rodin! And I definitely see her here, although more in 1 than 2; still, i love both outfits. (Showing my own bias here, but I do love the jean jacket and sneaker look with the skirt in 1; very clever and modern, and has that Rodin unexpected touch.) 

    I'm so intrigued by your hair considerations, Sharan. It would be interesting to try to grow it a bit and wear it up sometimes, and if that is not successful, then cut it shorter. Honestly, I think you could go either way, and you are blessed with a texture that gives you lots of options.

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 3 years ago

    I adore the first look with the sneakers and jean jacket, I may have to give this idea a shot as soon as temperatures allow for it..

  • replied 3 years ago

    Number one looks spot on and frankly, bangin' on you! It has a cool urban sassy feel that doesn't look like you tried (to anyone who sees you in it without challenge foreknowledge). I love how you do the backpack/sneaker thing. It's playful and FUNctional!

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, eteacher and TraceyLiz!
    Viva, thank you! I'm thinking, yes, growing my hair longer can always be reversed easily enough. After I started thinking about cutting it, of course it started behaving better. Still, I'll be more than ready to see my hair stylist in two weeks, the earliest I could get in.
    I think outfit 2 is an example of one that would be better with hair up. If I could manage it--which I can't. Something to learn!
    Jen, thank you! And I appreciate your pun. Between these two, I prefer look 1 also.

  • anchie replied 3 years ago

    Your choice of icon and execution of outfits is both excellent. Linda is my style icon too. 

  • Beth Ann replied 3 years ago

    Love your outfits and your inspiration!  What about the second skirt with the denim jacket and neutral booties as we move into fall?

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    High five, Anchie!
    Good idea, Beth Ann. I could wear that skirt a little bit into fall, anyway. Maybe with my Kork Ease booties, which are good for transitional weather.

  • MomOfThree1980 replied 3 years ago

    You rocked those outfits!  I love the patterned skirt and denim jacket combo! You look fantastic in it, I've never been able to pull off a denim jacket.

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