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Closet VIP: How I Wear My Black Skater Skirt


Closet VIP Black Skirt

Previously on Closet VIP, I’ve talked about the ways that I wear my favorite navy blazer and denim jacket. This time, I’ll be showing you four ways to style a basic black skater skirt.

Before we get to the looks though, I wanted to share a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for a skater skirt. Read on to learn more!

Choosing The Perfect Black Skater Skirt

A skater skirt is one that is fitted at the waist and flares out into an A-line shape, but not all skater skirts are not created equal! I’ve noticed that there are four main variations on these popular skirts; while they’re all quite similar, I thought it’d be worth pointing out some of the differences between them:

types of skirts
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  • Flippy/Circle -These are typically made out of a knit fabric, like jersey or ponte. They don’t have pleats and are the most casual of the four types. Go for one in a heavier fabric, as these types of skirts are quite prone to flying up on windy days!
  • A-Line -This silhouette usually flares out less dramatically than the others, giving a more streamlined look.
  • Schoolgirl Pleats -These have large knife or box pleats, which are great for those of you with a preppier style.
  • Micropleated - These skirts are usually chiffon or some other airy fabric, so they don’t usually flare out quite as much. Micropleated skirts have a more delicate, feminine feel.

Mini skirts are great for going out and midi/maxi skirts are still trendy, but the most flattering and versatile hemline is mid-thigh to knee-length. It’s appropriate for class or work (although you might want to keep the hem closer to the knee for work) but still shows off some leg.

Suggested Retailers:

Skirts usually don’t go through as much wear and tear as say, jeans or jackets, since there isn’t so much friction and pull at the seams. Fast fashion stores, like H&M, Forever 21, and Zara, all have some great options. If it fits well and the price is right, go for it!

How I Style My Black Skirt

It’s still pretty cold here in Boston, which is why the following ensembles read a little more “winter” than “spring”.  The accompanying outfit sets are more geared towards springtime, though! The A-line skirt I’m wearing is from Madewell, purchased secondhand at Buffalo Exchange.

Leather and Lace

black skater skirt, leather jacket, lace top
Product Information: Skirt, Top, Jacket, Boots, Bag

Sometimes it’s simple that makes a statement! A black-and-white ensemble couldn’t be easier to throw together, but the textural contrast of girly lace and tough leather keeps the look fresh. I always like to throw in a pop of color, though, either in the form of a bold lipstick or a punchy handbag.

Geek Chic

Black skater skirt, sweater, collar blouse, flats
Product Information: Skirt, Sweater, Blouse, Flats, Sunnies

If you’ve been reading CF for a while, you might know that I also write the Geek Chic column. While I don’t normally flaunt my fandom preferences in such an obvious way, I saw this Darth Vader sweater online a couple years ago and had to have it… which led to my lurking in the shadows of Gap Kids trying on various sizes until I confirmed what I’ve always suspected: I have the body of a twelve-year-old boy.

But I digress. The point here is, a graphic crewneck sweater can be a great foil for a skater skirt! If you want to play up the quirky-prep vibe, layer a collared shirt underneath the sweater.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but sometimes I feel like my feet look weirdly small when I wear ballet flats with a full skirt, which is why I chose a pair of pointy-toe flats. For full on geek chic regalia, don’t forget your glasses! (Mine are authentically thick – I have awful vision!)

Bold Blazer

Bold blazer, skater skirt, pumps
Product Information: Skirt, Blazer, Top, Pumps, Ring

For a fancy dinner or night out, dress up your black skirt with a blazer in a color that packs a punch! I chose a solid colored top, but a patterned blouse that either complements or contains the color of the blazer would also look great. Heeled boots or pumps pull it all together for a fashion-forward ensemble that’s a cinch to assemble.

Sweater Weather

Black skater skirt, plaid shirt, cardigan, boots
Product Information: Skirt, Shirt, Boots, Cardigan, Scarf

Like they say, April showers bring May flowers! Even though it’s officially spring, I’m sure many of you CF readers can’t yet venture outside without a heavy coat, or at least several layers of clothing. For those chilly days, try out a cozy combination of a plaid top, cardigan, and ankle boots. (This would also be cute with rain boots!)

What did you think?

Would you wear these outfits? Do you have a go-to black skirt? How do you like to style it? What other closet essentials would you like to see featured? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on March 29, 2014 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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16 Responses to “Closet VIP: How I Wear My Black Skater Skirt”

  1. 1
    March 29th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Amazing post! I am such a huge fan of skater skirts, and I absolutely adore all of the outfits you’ve created here!

    I’m also loving that CF is posting pictures of it’s actual bloggers – it makes the outfits look so much more wearable!

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    March 29th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Super great! I liked that there was an actual theme and point to this. Sometimes people just show us their clothes, but it doesn’t really seem to have a point to it. Also love the outfits. They’re really well put together and are inspiring!!!!!

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    March 29th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Great post! I have a circle skirt that’s been sadly neglected for a while, and I never thought to pair it with a leather jacket. I will definitely be trying that out soon.

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    March 29th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Do they still sell that Darth Vader Sweater anywhere?! That is a must have.

  5. 5
    March 29th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Great looks! love that sweater. :)

    I do like the looks of skater skirts, particularly short ones. However I hardly wear the length since it can be pretty deceiving in covering your back porch until you bend down….at least clingy skirts stay clung! I guess I need to stock up on bike shorts…

  6. 6
    March 29th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    This is super helpful–thank you!

  7. 7
    March 29th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Love all the outfits! However, I am not a skirt kinda girl, no matter how hard I try :/ I’ll wear dresses sparingly (aka when I’m out of jeans) but that’s about it. But if I were, I’d wear that last outfit!

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    March 30th, 2014 at 1:17 am

    One of my favourite things to do with a flippy, shortish skater skirt is wear it over a knee lengthfitted/bodycon dress (generally with a little or a lot of sleeve) as I think it thoughts cool and if it gets windy it doesn’t matter if it blows up a little!

  9. 9
    March 30th, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Awesome! Now my next challenge is finding a black skirt for less than $10…

  10. 10
    March 30th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Great outfits, you look gorgeous in every one! Now I just need to dig through my closet to make my own copycats of these outfits. For a casual look, a black skater skirt also goes well with a loose graphic t shirt and a denim jacket

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    March 31st, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Thanks for your feedback and kind words, ladies –I’m so glad you found the post helpful!

    @Rachel: Unfortunately, it’s been a couple years since I got the sweater, so it’s not at the Gap anymore. Places like Forever 21 and H&M have done Star Wars collections in the past, too, so those might be good places to look!

    @Julia: That’s a great idea! I’ve had some unfortunate mishaps with flyaway hems so I’ve been steering clear of shorter skirts, but I’ll definitely try that out.

    @Jinx: Love a denim jacket with a skater skirt! :)

  12. 12
    April 5th, 2014 at 5:24 am

    These are good set of outfits for different occasions. Love the skirts to a greater extent.

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    April 10th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    The last one is PERFECT!

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    May 12th, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I love love love your dress sense so much!

  15. 15
    June 30th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    This was so helpful! :) i bought some skirts and i have no idea how to wear them :( these outfits really helped and were really cute!

  16. 16
    July 12th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I am a male who enjoys wearing skirts and in particular short skater skirts. Teamed up with some nice underwear they look great

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