Do you have fun with fashion? While I do think it’s smart to take into account things like proportions, body shape, contrast in intensity and optimal coloring, I also think it’s important to keep fashion fun. Or at least, I think it’s good to have fun with it occasionally. Why am I starting today’s blog post on a pleated midi skirt styled two ways for fall this way? Hmm. You’ll see. 😉
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A Pleated Midi Skirt Styled for Elegance
For this first look I definitely took a more traditional approach to styling this beautiful deep chocolate brown pleated midi skirt for fall. This pull-on skirt features an elasticized waistband that folds into the skirt, leaving the waistband smooth and seamless. It runs true to size; I’m wearing a medium comfortably. The skirt is also available in black, camel, navy, ivory and blue. Oh, and you can get it in a print, too.
A couple of years ago, I styled a pleated midi skirt from Ann Taylor for each season of the year. Maybe I’ll try to do that with this one, too. They’re so versatile and I find them quite flattering. For this first look I envisioned wearing the skirt to church or a special event. So I topped it with a cropped cashmere sweater and completed the look with my suede block heel pumps, also in chocolate brown. (Use code SARAHFLINT_CCLAURAKAY1 for 15% off at Sarah Flint, new customers only)
Actually J.Crew calls it a shrunken cashmere sweater, and it does run on the smaller side, although I’m wearing my usual size medium. I tried the large and it was roomier, but lost its cropped effect. Don’t let the terms cropped or shrunken fool you or keep you away. A lot of brands are sharing cropped length sweaters and tops these days because they work so well with the fuller silhouettes of jeans as well as high waisted anything. This one is 19.5 inches in length and covers the waistband of my skirt completely with no risk of baring my midriff as I move about.
While I generally like to keep the contrast in intensity low in my outfits, I think this one works well for me all the same. the heather stone colored cashmere sweater seems to be a good neutral for me, so I like it around my face. I’ve completed the look with simple but impactful gold jewelry and carried my brown suede clutch from last year (same bag updated for this year).
Proportion-wise, this shrunken sweater paired with a brown pleated midi skirt and brown suede block heel pumps definitely produces those desirable 2/3 to 1/3 proportions. I think this look is easy on the eyes and a little elevated, but definitely still comfortable and not at all fussy.
I would style my pleated midi skirt like this for church, dinner out for a special occasion or another nice event. And I think this style formula would work really nicely with a different colored sweater, too, such as rose, peach, red or even lavender. But let’s move on to another way to style this skirt. Buckle your seat belts!
A Pleated Midi Skirt Styled for Fun
Next I styled my pleated midi skirt…for fun! Honestly, I fell in love with these croc-embossed cutout loafers first. And I was just itching to style them with this skirt!
I’m sure my croc-embossed cutout loafers are not everyone’s cup of tea. But I absolutely love them. Not only are they very on trend and youthful, but they’re extremely comfortable, too. I do think it’s important to style these lugsole cutout loafers with modern pieces or they can look quite frumpy. But I like to think I was at least on the right tract with my pleated midi skirt, simple crewneck tee and trending cashmere vest.
I’ll also wear these Italian leather cutout loafers with jeans and pants, but I’m all for experimenting a little with fashion. So I thought it would be fun to wear them with a skirt here. We’ll never be fashion forward unless we are willing to take a few risks.
I kept my handbag choice simple and a little subdued. I’ve really loved carrying my Kate Spade Hudson convertible shoulder bag.
I don’t allow myself to posts any outfits I wouldn’t be 100% comfortable wearing in “real life.” So I’m pleased to tell you that I’m actually wearing this outfit today. I have a nail appointment and plan to make a few stops afterwards. We’ll see how it goes!
If nothing else, you have to admit I shared two very different ways to style a pleated midi skirt for fall. Ha! I have a feeling I’ll be sharing this pretty chocolate brown skirt again, too.
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