Skirting the Rules

Once the weather warms up (will it ever???), skirts become one of my Spring-into-Summer wardrobe go-tos. It’s amazing how many looks you can create with one piece — whether it’s an expected combo or a surprising one, dressed up or dressed down. This striped skirt ticks all the boxes for me — pattern, color, fit and movement. It’s a keeper that’s for sure.


Most often, my looks are a mix of high/low — in other words, stylish steals and strategic designer pieces. But I’m breaking that rule here with a head-to-toe look that’s firmly planted on the steal side of fashion. And why not? When stores like H&M and Target deliver both fresh style and fabulous prices, you can’t go wrong with a little wardrobe refresh. Any one of the pieces in this look would be a versatile addition, altogether they came in at under $150! (One caveat, with fast fashion you really have to move fast. A few of these pieces are already sold out. If you’re in-store and see something you like/love, get it. If you change your mind you can always return it.)

First this midi skirt! A pleated skirt is a pretty traditional silhouette, but not when it’s boldly striped on the bias. With its black/blue/white color combo, this striped skirt is going to go with so many different tops and shoes. Here, I’ve paired it with a tongue-in-chic Rolling Stones tee. They’re one of my all-time favorite bands, and now I’m going to rock this statement tee is with everything from skirts to white jeans to denim cut-offs.

Speaking of denim. Surely you have a favorite blue denim jacket, bit how about refreshing your options with a white one? This white denim jacket is just slightly oversized, so it’s got a casual but not sloppy vibe, you can easily roll up the sleeves, and even layer a sweater underneath should you need some added warmth. I’m loving it!

Inspired by the visual impact of color-blocking, I grabbed this top-handle bag the moment I saw it. Plus that pop of orange was too fun to resist. (Just for comparison, check out this uber expensive version.) I purchased these patchwork denim Mary Janes months ago, but they’re still available online for under $20! They’re super chic, super comfortable. If you like them too, run, don’t walk!!

I don’t know about your Spring weather, but ours has been so fickle. In between days (and days) of clouds and rain, we were lucky to get a sunny day for this shoot. And I for one can’t wait for lots more of those!

Skirt: (H&M, sold out online but you may still find in-store) Also like this and this.

Tee: (H&M, also sold out online but I’ve spotted it in-store.) I’d rock this or this, too.

Jacket: (H&M) Loving this cropped and frayed option and this boxier top-stitched one.

Bag: (A New Day x Target, sold out) Similar here and here.

Shoes: (Who What Wear x Target, on clearance but lots of sizes still available.) Have my eye on these (glitter heels and 40% off with code STEPITUP!), too. (Posting this from Switzerland so hopefully price will show up for you in your country’s currency…)

Photos by Kristin Moore-Gantz and MP Allegaert.

4 thoughts on “Skirting the Rules

  1. Phew! One day hot, next day whatever! But good basic cottons can always handle it! Solids or stripes! Guess it’s all about picking what’s best for you

  2. This skirt is beautiful and I love how you paired it with the tee and shoes! love the bag! I denim jacket is always a good item to have! won’t even mention spring…don’t really know what’s going on!

    1. Thanks so much, Yvonne. It was a fun look to put together and wear! Just spent a week freezing my pants off in Switzerland. Hopefully Spring is around the corner…xoxomp

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