Fashion

The Challenge of Separates and How I Wore It: Black Skirt

January 15, 2019

I receive a lot of comments from people making mention of the feeling that they don’t know how to get separates to work for them in the context of vintage style fashion (and non-vintage, for that matter). Over the next few days, I will be purging some items from my closet in an effort to pare it down to my favorite go-to’s. I will start by keeping what I know I wear and love, which is a very basic, yet very versatile and dynamic piece!

This skirt is from Amazon and has been a well-loved addition to my wardrobe. Black is a universally flattering color, to begin with, and can be paired with any other color including brown ( I know, I know, this has been debated for as long as people have cared about more than just getting eaten by bears). One tip for brown and black is to make sure that you wear brown shoes with your brown belt or purse to make it look intentional… but back to the skirt before I get carried away here…

The shape of this skirt is what gives it a retro vibe and the shapewear that I wear under all of my clothes helps me achieve a more vintage silhouette. Skirts in the ’50s generally fell within one of two styles- pencil and flared. My hips are not quite cooperative enough to get away with pencil skirts (at least not until I get the correct shapewear) but I have found that a flared skirt is very flattering on my figure, and can look amazing on almost everyone.

Flared skirts, also called a-line, skater, and circle skirts (depending on their volume) can be found all over when you know what you are looking for. It’s kind of like when you buy a new car and all of sudden, it seems that everyone else on the road has the same make and model. When your eyes are trained, you will see them available everywhere! I have found many at thrift stores and modern retailers alike so you definitely don’t have to go to vintage shops to find these.

Flared skirts can be worn with or without a petticoat to go from a daytime to nighttime look, and by adding other accessories such as belts, hair scarves, and different shoes, the overall outfit can go from “work” to “play” no problem.

I put together a side by side photo montage to show you just how versatile this simple piece can actually be. As you can see by the photos, 1 skirt = 7 outfits, and these are only the ones I have photographed.

If you are looking to expand your vintage-inspired wardrobe, I recommend you start with a basic item such as this. If you are simply stuck in a rut regarding how to style separates either vintage style or not, I encourage you to go into your closet and pick your favorite item of clothing. When you have found it, start pairing it with other things you may not have thought to pair it with. Try it on. Take a picture and study it. Tuck it in, pull it out, tie it, fluff it… just experiment! Do you have a favorite piece? Let me know!

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