Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dressing Down | Lace Skirt + Hood

Hey y'all! I've had some emails asking how to "dress down" skirts in such a way that it doesn't look like you're too fancy for every occasion and I thought my outfit from yesterday might help illustrate that. In people's minds skirts=dressy and, although it's important to show respect by putting effort into your attire, sometimes it can draw undue attention. When everyone else is wearing jeans and a t-shirt, you stand out like a chocolate covered strawberry among the apple slices. Both are appropriate in a fruit bowl, but the strawberry looks like a little dramatic. Or something.


This white lace skirt is rather fancy, no? It's a lovely cotton lace and definitely the best new item in my summer wardrobe. Yesterday was a day of running errands, so I paired it with a casual, sporty shirt. By going with the "sporty" look instead of with a graphic tee or chambray button-up, it turned the skirt into just an interesting texture to the outfit instead of a focal point. 

It worked out well that the contrast of the shirt is white, because it gave a cohesiveness that an outfit with different styles needs. I also went with a tank the exact color of my shirt so that it was just easy on the eyes. 

I threw on a simple pair of flip flops and my favorite long earrings. I left off any other jewelry due to time constraints, but I probably would have only added a casual wrap bracelet. 

// outfit details //
Shirt: Made By Me (yeaaah that blog's been neglected)
Tank: Ann Taylor, ThredUP
Skirt: Banana Republic, ThredUP
Flip Flops: American Eagle, $8
Earrings: Thrift Store, $2


I hope y'all have a great weekend! What are some of your tips for "dressing down" those fabulous skirts?

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39 comments :

  1. I like your outfit!

    By the way, to everyone who helped me out with my dress dilemma in the comments a couple of posts ago, thank you so much for your suggestions! Thankfully, I didn't have to look much farther for a dress than my own closet. I will be looking at all the places everyone suggested in the future.

    ~Keri

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  2. I absolutely love this outfit! It's so gorgeous, especially the skirt! I love the top you made as well!
    xx,
    Brooke Jordan
    Pineapples & Daisies

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  3. Ooooh, that IS a lovely skirt.

    For me, like you said, it's all about the pairing. As a giant tomboy who doesn't actually wear skirts hardly at all, I usually feel dressed up the minute I put one on - because that's generally when I wear them! I've been trying to take up skirt-wearing more often, honestly I think partially as a result of reading this blog for about a year or so now and seeing someone who can put outfits together with skirts so well that DON'T ever seem fussy or 'too much' and right now partially because I am 28 weeks pregnant and flowy skirts are starting to kind of be the most comfortable option there is!

    I focus on the top. I have a lot of tops that can spin a skirt dressy vs. tops that spin it casual, and just try to pair casual + my favorite pair of sandals (Minnetonka that I found at TJ Maxx super cheap - score) or some Old Navy flats I have that are casual enough to tone it down. I'm not sure how successful I am just yet - but I keep trying! And sort of hope people forgive me and understand I'm not the best at dressing this new shape right now.

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  4. That is so cute! I love that skirt! (I also love your new layout!)
    Thanks for posting
    -Marianne
    www.lettersfromelinorandmarianne.blogspot.com

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  5. These are wonderful tips! I think pairing your skirt with a casual pair of shoes is perfect if you don't want it to look too dressy. Also wearing it with a casual sweater or sweatshirt if it's chilly I think is also a good way to dress it down.
    You dressed your skirt down beautifully, while still being able to show off its loveliness! :)

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  6. Thanks for posting this, Olivia! It's a big help :D

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  7. My tip: jean jackets:) They go with most everything and in the winter, if you take a cute dress and pair it with leggings, Toms or Converse, and a jean jacket, it's a pretty casual look:) And of course, cowgirl boots;)
    Cute outfit! Love the new blog design btw!
    Bubbles and blessings,
    Erica

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    1. Great tip!!! I've found that if I wear leggings of the same color or blending color it brings a more casual look! -especially if the leggings are a tiny bit longer than the skirt so that they show! Converses, and a pony-tail, and you've got a cute/casual outfit!

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    2. Oh, and I LOVE your signature! Bubbles and blessings to you too!

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    3. That's so true! :) Aw thank you Kallie:)
      Bubbles and blessings,
      Erica

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  8. I love the whole outfit. :)

    catscraftsncritters.blogspot.ca

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  9. I absolutely love that shirt and skirt together!
    Kathryn

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  10. I wear denim skirts for everyday casual wear, usually with a cotton button-down and sneakers or flip flops. To me, skirts don't = dressy because I wear them for everything from milking cows to playing ball. Here are some pics of me in denim skirts. https://www.etsy.com/listing/191092082/jean-maternity-skirt-made-to-order?ref=shop_home_active_1 (I don't know if cowgirl boots go with the big baby bump or not:)

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  11. I like this post! Your comparison is hilarious, and completely relateable. I have felt like that many times in spite of the fact people know I tend to be a fancy dresser. Your earrings are cute too. I have been loving jewelry items with leaves recently. :)

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  12. Lol! I mostly dress down, for the reasons you mentioned. I live in a small town where people wear pjs to Wal mart! So yeah...I guess my denim skirts are the best! They go with everything and are casual, yet distinctly feminine.
    I love your outfit-adorable as always! Could you just pick all my outfits out and tell me what to wear? lol! That would be oh so much easier! ;)
    Natasha
    A modest fashion blog: www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  13. Ooh, more posts like these, please! :)

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  14. Where do you take all your pictures?
    Kate

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    1. I usually just take them at my house, but these I took in our little town since my sister and I were out doing errands. :)

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  15. I agree with Erica's comment up above--denim helps tone many things down. A denim-look chambray shirt can do much of what a denim jacket can do (and without the long sleeves), and so can a cute button up blouse with a peplum made out of light weight denim!

    Several years ago, I viewed a segment on the Martha Stewart Show where (probably pre-selected) ladies brought in items from their closet that were great items by themselves, but the owners couldn't figure out what to/how to wear them! Martha herself made some really good suggestions. It was a neat segment that had some usable information--in case you don't have enough ideas to blog about, that would make a great series--using items from your readers' closets! :) (P.S. I've been following you for a while, and I know a lack of ideas is NOT your issue!)

    This was a fun, helpful post!

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  16. Do you remmember how much the skirt cost?

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  17. I love the skirt!! I dress down by having certain skirts that are my nice skirts and others that are for hanging out or running errands. I do have a few that are in between skirts, for those if I'm dressing up I wear heels, if I'm dressing down I wear flats, boots or sandals. I do also love a great jean jacket, which can be a dress up or down. I actually just went to the thrift store the other day and picked up 2 that are both different styles. Great ideas for dressing down!!

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  18. Please let us not forget hair as an accessory. Half up, pony tails, tight curls, for example, all have bearing on an outfit.

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  19. So beautiful, Olivia!

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  20. I love your skirt so much! <3 I have this weird obsession with lace clothing. ;)

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  21. it's hard for me to dress down a skirt, that's not jean, without flip flops or a jacket, because I don't wear sneakers with skirts, don't ask me why I have no idea. so I don't wear skirts in winter unless I'm wearing snow boots. but I think putting a t-shirt with a maxi skirt or another kind of skirt makes it look more casual than what it might with a blouse. but you have to remember that it has to be a decent t-shirt to pull it off. it cant be a raggedy old thing. you have to keep good with good and rags with rags:) it makes more sense in my head if it don't to y'all. love your blog Olivia ~ Kelly

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  22. Love your outfit! Great job as always. I so know what it is like to stick out like a chocolate covered strawberry! Most everywhere I go I am the only one besides the rest of my family wearing a skirt. Most of the time people think I am over dressed as well. Because everyone thinks skirts are dressy and they so don't have to be=)

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  23. I love to pair simple skirts with leggings and a t-shirt because it looks nice yet I can still be sporty and move around well. I mostly do that with my shorter skirts. It gets to hot in the summer where I live to wear leggings so I've been working on dressing down my longer skirts so I can wear them more often. A friend of mine always wears canvas high-tops with her long flowy skirts and it looks great, not to fancy. And by changing fron a t-shirt to something nicer you can dress it up again without to much hassle.

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  24. Oh, you know, I'm really bad at dressing down a fancy skirt. In fact, I've hardly ever even thought about it. :P Looks like I know what my next personal fashion challenge will be!

    charmant

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  25. Great post! It gets really hot in the summer where I live so I'm always looking for ways to dress down my long flowy skirts. Often just wearing them with flip-flops and a t-shirt is enough to dress them down. A friend of mine always wears canvas high-tops with her long skirts and it looks great. :) Nice enough for church but casual enough for other things.

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  26. love the outfit Olivia, and really liking the new blog desing:)

    ~Sarai
    http://oursweetlittlemodestyblog.blogspot.com.au/

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  27. Your hair is so pretty! Outfit is really nice too.

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  28. Hey, Olivia, I just wanted to thank you for having that Braided Up-Do Video on YouTube. A friend of mine is going to be in a wedding and she asked me to help her with her hair. I suggested that video and she loved it!
    Thank you again!
    Moriah

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  29. Love your new blog look and your outfit too!

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  30. You are so cute! Love your blog and how you styled the skirt more casual!
    I'd love for you to come link up at WIW... to church!
    Congrats on the new launch.. it looks exciting!
    Carolyn
    http://www.ccmcafeeperspective.com/

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