Friday, January 25, 2008

What to Wear: Plaid Pencil Skirt

It is so stormy and cold this week! As a California girl used to mild winters, I'm struggling with how to look cute and stay warm. My latest trick has been to throw a turtleneck under a dress with opaque tights. Here is Carla's request:
I really enjoy reading your blog--you do everything with such aplomb {ed:bonus points for use of "aplomb"} and style! I have a what-to-wear request. I have a skirt very similar to the one in this photo except without the bow. The plaid has a very thin stripe of dark turquoise, though it's not very noticeable more than a foot or two away. I have black and brown boots and tights that I can wear with this (depending on what you recommend), so I'm really looking for different tops to wear--mostly for work, but if you have more casual looks in mind, that would be great, too! I just can't seem to think of anything but brown or white, which is getting really boring. I'm 5'9'', size 10, with a (shall we say) ample chest, so v-necks are better than turtlenecks or crewnecks. I have blond hair and blue eyes. Thanks in advance for your help!
I love this skirt! Plaid is adorable for winter.

Skirt - Plaid pencil skirt with bow sash on sale for $168. When I showed Rob this last night he said "that goes with everything."
Sweater - Any sort of jewel tone would be lovely with the plaid. Choose bright shades to help bring you into spring. This magenta cashmere top is on sale for $69 from Gap. Turquoise, to match the threading, would also be a great choice. Without the bow on the skirt, you can wear it tucked or untucked.
Boots - The beauty of plaid is that both brown and black boots would work. I would pair this top with nude fishnets instead of black tights.
Earrings - Vintage inspired pearl clusters play up the classic silhouette.
Coat - On sale for $129 from La Redoute in versatile chocolate brown.
Purse - Bronze metallic handbag from Kenneth Cole for $80.

Professional and sharp for work!


6 comments:

love.boxes said...

Oh I just love this outfit!

Fine Twined said...

I really appreciate all the the boots shown on this site. It really helps me in my search!

Can a 5' girl get away with flat heeled boots?

MissEm said...

Of course! There's nothing wrong with being short!

Greeneyes said...

Any thoughts on where to find boots for us girls with chicken legs? (13 or 14 inch circumference)

MissEm said...

Ooo! I've got the chicken legs too.

It's so hard to find boots that fit. Only vintage pairs or boots on sale in France are reliably thin enough. Remember, you can always get a pair you love cut down to size by a cobbler.

Greeneyes said...

Thanks for the tip!! I think you just opened up a whole new world of boot-dom for me. Just ask the cobbler to size the calf down to fit?