WIW: skirt blues

I wanted to wear this blue, crinkle-knit skirt today. I was bound and determined to wear it for some reason. I tried it on with several different tops and some jackets, before finally settling on this combination, mostly out of fatigue, though I did feel I was kind of on the right track with the boxy top.
I like the idea of wearing comfy, casual skirts like this one. But I always have trouble figuring out what to put with them. (I think I've written this post multiple times!) I feel they veer into frumpy territory very quickly.

The outfit, worn to work:
Blue crinkle knit four-panel skirt (made by me); charcoal merino pullover (Eileen Fisher); black distressed suede boots (Donald Pliner, Devi); multi-color glass bead necklace (Dabby Reid) and red glass bead earrings; red and black narrow leather bracelet; black packable coat (Cole Haan); blue, green, and black scarf; black and brown snakeskin print crossbody bag (Aimee Kestenberg).

Your advice? What could I do better? What did I do well? Suggestions and thoughts are welcome. Thanks for looking.

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  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    I feel like this isn't quite as sophisticated arty as your usual looks - not sure why. I want to say sheer hose and booties but that may be too expected? Maybe more fitted boots? Or a bit of skin showing?

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    I like the shape of the top but maybe a lighter color would work better. Something about the skirt is sort of summery and doesn't totally seem to go with the dark top and boots. But this is really being nitpicky!

  • Windchime replied 5 years ago

    I had the same thought as Shevia-- that the top seems more fall appropriate and the skirt more summery. I love the color and length of the skirt; I wonder how it would look with a lighter top with an asymmetrical hem.

    I do like your boots; they seem to anchor the outfit and contrast well with the skirt. ( Which doesn't necessarily make sense if I'm reading the skirt as summery!) I'll be watching the other responses with interest.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    The skirt is unique and almost looks like lace in the photo. The fact that it is a knit doesn't register. I like the last photo best ,I think because the scarf that you are wearing looks like it repeats the skirt color. How does the outfit look with that scarf instead of or over your necklace?

  • Mellllls replied 5 years ago

    What about a cardigan on top to add some structure?

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Ooooh. How fun to see tall boots with a skirt again. Looking fab as always, sweet lady. I like the skirt and top combo. 

    How about a shorter moto over this outfit? 

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Thanks for the ideas, everyone!
    I think the knit does look more substantial in real life, and the color is kind of in the medium denim blue range, so it's not particularly summery in my view. But I agree it would look good with a lighter top, shevia, and especially one with an asymmetrical hem, Windchime. That would also provide more of my arty side that Una was looking for.
    , I tried a cardigan, but it wasn't the right color or shape, so perhaps if I could find the right one. . . .
    , you were on the track I was headed down for a while--I wanted to wear a scarf with the outfit but didn't find one that worked color-wise. Then I found this one on the way out, with my coats. It certainly could have worked, though for indoors, I wish it were a bit less bulky feeling.
    Angie, I like the idea of a short moto. Were you thinking as outerwear instead of the black coat, or for indoor wear?

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    I love the idea of an asymmetrical sweater with this. And lighter colour could be fun, too. Also, a moto would be great for proportions and reducing fears of the frump factor. (Said she, who does not yet own a moto herself....)

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Either, and instead of the coat. xo

  • replied 5 years ago

    I always learn something from your posts and the resulting comments, Sharan.
    I like the idea of the moto jacket in place of your coat- I think that would bring the look into a more contemporary zone. 

  • columbine(erin) replied 5 years ago

    I'd like to see a sleeker pair of boots with this, I think. I do like the skirt on you and the color palette. 

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Thanks for clarifying, Angie.
    Well, Suz, I'm with you--I don't have a moto jacket yet, other than a cropped black denim one. I did try it with the skirt, but not with this sweater. Perhaps it would work--I'll have to try it out. Probably I could use a moto jacket, as an outerwear option.
    Thanks, Lisap!
    Columbine, I do have sleeker fitting smooth leather boots. I was thinking the tougher looking boots would add some edge. Perhaps when I go classic I should just go all the way.

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