Today I’m killing two birds with one stone. Well actually no birds will even be harmed in this blog post, much less killed. You know how much I love birds! However, today’s post is a part of two different style mini series. First, I’d definitely consider today’s pleated midi skirt outfit a winter classic. And it is indeed all styled from items in my closet. But this outfit is also one of four that I’ll be styling this year with this classic pleated midi skirt.
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About the Pleated Midi Skirt
One of my “style resolutions” for 2022 is to wear more skirts and dresses, even on “regular days.” Plus, several of my readers have been asking for more outfit posts with skirts. I tend to wear a good many dresses in the course of a year, but I’ve never felt quite as comfortable in skirts.
This flowy 100% polyester floral pleated midi skirt is so comfortable and fun to wear. In fact, you won’t have to wait until spring to see me style it again. I wore this skirt working from home Tuesday, so it will make an appearance in Friday’s How I Really Dressed for My Day post. It feels oh so soft on the skin and has such a lovely drape. I do think that is one of the keys to choosing one of these trending skirts. Look for one with a good drape, a little weight, so it doesn’t “poof out” on you too much.
I had been quite hesitant to even try this style of skirt, fearing it would add visual weight. But since I ordered this floral pleated midi skirt and fell in love with it, I challenged myself to style it four different ways over the course of the year, one way for each season.
Styling the Pleated Midi Skirt for Winter
The day we shot these photos it was a brisk 12 degrees outside. But since there was no wind, I actually felt just fine in my skirt outfit (well, for long enough to shoot the pictures!). I’ve definitely layered on the warmth here. So first, let’s talk about what you can’t see. Under my winter skirt outfit I’m wearing these fleece tights and this camisole. Staying warm while looking chic is all about wearing thin but substantial layers close to the skin.
I’ve got a few ideas for how I might style this skirt for spring and summer. But for our frigid winter it seemed to make the most sense to top the pleated midi skirt with a cashmere sweater. I could have worn one with a different neck or fabric composition, of course. But this camel colored crewneck pullover sweater gave me the look I was hoping for…a little understated and very simple to balance all the flounce and frill and florals going on below.
I also kept my jewelry classic and pared back. I wanted it to be impactful enough to be seen, but nothing fussy. I love this knotted bolo necklace for wearing with plain front sweaters. And my bangle and earrings are pieces I wear almost daily.
Of course, I also simplified my jewelry because I knew I’d be wearing my leather blazer over my outfits. Those bold gold buttons are plenty of jewelry in and of themselves! That said, a single strand of pearls would have looked nice here, too. In fact, they would have balanced out all the splashes of gold quite nicely.
My black Veronica Beard Gaya leather blazer was an investment purchase I made in 2020 with the help of some Nordy notes I’d earned. I’m so glad I have it in my closet and reach for it even more than I thought I would. But you could certainly achieve the same look with a faux leather blazer, or even one of a different fabrication. I just felt like the skirt and sweater combo needed a jacket that would lend a little more structure and shape.
My black suede boots seemed like the obvious footwear for this winter edition of my pleated midi skirt. I purchased these at the same time I bought the skirt, I believe. But they quickly sold out. Interestingly, they have one pair in stock as I write this…in my size. Ha! These are GREAT boots and fit true to size. You just slip them on. I have wide calves, but they go on just fine. Ann Taylor has a few other boot selections here.
I felt perfectly comfortable and pretty in this pleated midi skirt outfit. In fact, I wore this that evening to meet friends from church for a burger. We took these photos in Lebanon, by the way. I know some of my Ohio readers like to know where I’m shooting. That was the first time I’d been there, and I can’t wait to go back so I can browse more and eat at The Golden Lamb. Someone gave us a gift card for Christmas!
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Blessed for My Day
My son Daniel always loved playing on teams when he was growing up. I believe he enjoyed the comradery of his teammates more than he did the sports or competitions they shared. I like working with teams, too. But even sweeter than teamwork is the love and fellowship and common goals shared by a church family. There’s just nothing like a church family.
Look, I’ve been hurt by church families. I mean, I’ve taken some major blows from churches. But that doesn’t keep me from valuing and enjoying the fellowship and love of the group of people I do life and worship with now. God intends for us to grow within the context of a church family, a group of fellow disciples. I hope you have a church home where you get that kind of encouragement and support and love. That is God’s best for you. If you do, be grateful. If you don’t, why not begin this weekend looking for a church family to call your own?
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. ~ 2 Thessalonians 1:3