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Fashion Investment Pieces: Bandage Skirt


I’m definitely the girl who loves being complimented on an outfit just because my response can almost always be, “Thanks, it was [insert ridiculously cheap price here]!” But even I know that there are some items that are definitely worth their price tag, whether it’s a dress, a pair of shoes, or a bag. These “investment pieces” are worth the extra splurge for the quality, as well as the use you will get out of them.

In my opinion, the key to figuring out if an item is worth investing in is if you can imagine wearing it every single day, and you can immediately think of things you already own that you can pair it with.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to feature different investment pieces and show you how to accessorize them with more bargain-friendly items. This week, the focus is on the bandage skirt.

The Investment Piece:

Bandage Skirt from

Bandage Skirt – Pleasure Doing Business from – $98

Why a bandage skirt is a great investment:

My bandage skirts are definitely some of my favorite pieces in my closet. They suck in my gut (and yes, I have one and can still pull this type of skirt off!), make me feel sexy, and when I’m getting ready for a night out, I don’t dread putting one on because they’re comfortable, too!

But, in my shopping pursuits, I’ve found that some cheaper retailers’ bandage skirts (think Forever 21) don’t do the same things for me that my more expensive bandage skirts do. It’s all in the fabric, and cheaper ones just don’t flatter in the same way. In fact, my cheaper ones sit untouched in the back of my closet, and with the money I’ve spent on those, I could have probably bought one more great bandage skirt that I’d wear all the time!

Outfit #1: Casual with Some Boyish Charm

Bandage Skirt Outfit 1
Destroyed Jean Vest – Wet Seal, Shirt – Urban Outfitters, Chain Necklace – Forever21, Watch –, Flats –

I love this outfit because it includes so many of my favorite things. To me, there’s nothing more comfortable than a butter soft, oversized men’s t-shirt, and this piece is the perfect way to downplay the skirt’s “sexy” factor. The chains and destroyed jean vest give you a little bit of edge, while the flats and skirt both give you a feminine, sexy look. When this outfit is paired with the menswear-inspired watch, you’re immediately trendy without looking too try-hard. So you get comfort, trendiness and sexiness in one outfit – how can you beat that?

Outfit #2: Working Girl

Bandage Skirt Outfit 2
Button-up – The Gap, Scarf – Miss Selfridge, Heels – Aldo, Watch: Asos, Opaque Tights – Oasis

Upon first seeing a bandage or bodycon skirt, you may not even think of wearing it anywhere work-related, but as you can see in this outfit, a sexy skirt immediately transforms you into the workplace bombshell when paired with the right complementary (and conservative) pieces. I’d suggest tucking the shirt in for maximum effect. To me, this outfit screams trendy professional.

Outfit #3: Sexy Glamour

Bandage Skirt Outfit 3
Sequin Crop Top – Forever21, Booties – Forever21, Purse – Asos, Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle –

This outfit is one I’ve actually worn myself! The best part of this bandage skirt is that it’s high waisted, so you can wear it with a crop top without exposing your midriff! The sequins add a splash of glamour to a simple skirt, making it more night-out appropriate. Although the entire outfit is black, wearing a brightly colored nail polish (such as the one pictured) adds a burst of color to a simple palette.

Outfit #4: Trendy & Celeb-Inspired

Bandage Skirt Outfit 4
Crop Top –, Faux Leather Jacket – Forever21, Suede Boots – Forever21, Silver Hoops –, Angel Wing Ring – Asos

I like to call this my Mary-Kate Olsen-inspired outfit. She wore a very similar outfit recently, but her Pleasure Doing Business skirt was in pink and her top was black. The pink in this outfit provides a pop of color underneath the bad-girl-esque faux leather jacket, and it adds a little bit of girly-ness as well for a completely stylish look.

Outfit #5: Dinner

Bandage Skirt Outfit 5
Crop Top – Topshop, Trench Coat – Tillys, Essie Nail Polish in Sexy Divide – Amazon, Ballet Flats –, Stockings – American Eagle

This outfit would be perfect for an event where you’re required to look nice but not too overdone, like a formal dinner with your boyfriend and his parents, or going to a nice restaurant. It’s classy, mature and feminine, but the Sexy Divide nail polish adds a little bit of funk and color to this neutral outfit.

What do you think?

Do you own any bandage skirts? Can you imagine yourself wearing a bandage skirt with almost anything in your closet? Do you think it’s worth the investment? Tell us in a comment.

Posted on on January 12, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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54 Responses to “Fashion Investment Pieces: Bandage Skirt”

  1. 1
    January 12th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Wow, I’m so glad this was posted! I just got this same skirt and was struggling with things to wear with it. I especially love outfit three. Never thought of wearing a crop top! I was also trying to think of ways to casually wear this skirt because I love it so much that I want to wear it more often. I love the vest in outfit 1 and I like the idea of it – not sure how it would look on me though! Overall, really helpful post and now I have some great ideas!

  2. 2
    January 12th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    What a wonderful post, I love this idea for the series and you’ve practically convinced me to buy a bandage skirt. Loved the outfits as well. Nice!

  3. 3
    January 12th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I recently bought a similar skirt and have found that I can pair it with almost anything and everything. It has been so versatile, I don’t know what I did before I owned it.

    I really like the outfits you have put together, I would wear any of them confidently!
    I think I’ll be having to purchase a few crop tops now to wear with it :)

    I believe in spending more money on quality items you will get more wear out of, and this is a piece I think any girl should invest in. Spend the time finding the perfect style/cut in the skirt for yourself and you won’t be disappointed. I have also found that wearing the skirt makes you look like you have put in the effort and look pulled together :) I can’t rave enough about this piece of clothing!

    Love the site! Keep up the good work :)

  4. 4
    January 12th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I really found this so helpful. I’ve only worn my bandage skirt a couple of times because I only have thought of it as a ‘sexy’ piece usually reserved for clubs or bars. Thanks for expanding my fashion horizons!! Look forward to seeing more of this series!!! :)

  5. 5
    January 12th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I’m scared of the bandage skirt! I think it will emphasize my gut. And also, most of them have quite short hemlines, which scares me, too! :P

  6. 6
    January 12th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    oooh i adore it, especially the first one!! so my style!! perfectly grungey AND girly!

  7. 7
    January 12th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Leia – don’t be afraid! Trust me, I have a gut too, but if you find the right bandage skirt (my favorite is from BCBG), it will act like a girdle without being uncomfortable. Plus, it can never hurt to try something on in a store, so don’t be scared! I bet if you look, you’ll find the perfect skirt for your body type!

  8. 8
    January 12th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I love bandage skirts! They’re so versatile and so chic. Great post!

  9. 9
    January 12th, 2010 at 5:35 pm


  10. 10
    January 12th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    love the idea of the post and as cute as those outfits are i dont think it applies to every body type out there….personally i have wide hips, thick thighs, and a butt lol and bandage anything on me looks horrible, do you think that you could feature some pieces that would look good on all body types or devote a post that focuses on thicker/curvier girls, thanks!

  11. 11
    January 12th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I love the bandage skirt trend. But do you know of any options that have a longer length? I know that the bandage skirt is “sexy” but I go to a conservative school, which is more strict on length rather than tightness.

  12. 12
    January 12th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    oh my gooodness, this post bothers me for the sole reason that I’ve been meaning to get a bandage skirt for so long, and I end up forgetting about it once I go shopping. great post, even though it reminds me of what I’ve failed to do. =P I am in love with any piece that I wear with almost anything.

  13. 13
    January 12th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    These are some AWESOME outfits!! I must have this skirt :)

  14. 14
    January 12th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Hey! I like the bandage skirt but I didn’t think I’d wear it enough to invest so instead I went to topshop

    It is the same skirt but it is only $44. I really like it, and i think that the investment skirt is worth it if you have the money. I can wear it day or night!

  15. 15
    January 12th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    express just came out with a skirt like this! adorable!

  16. 16
    January 12th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I would love to be able to pull off this item but my legs are on of my problem areas. Super tight skirts tend to not be my friends. I love the idea of the post but I think of investment pieces as more classic items. I do agree this is versatile, but I do not see it as a lasting fashion item.

  17. 17
    January 12th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Kellie– american apparel has a body con pencil skirt. not exactly bandage, but it’s still cute.

  18. 18
    January 12th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    i have a cheap-o bandage skirt that i bought to try out the trend & its quickly become one of my favorite & most versatile pieces in my closet! i’d definitely like to invest in a pricier, better made version because i know i’d get wear out of it!

    great post! xoxo

  19. 19
    January 12th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    As a guy, I can say I am impressed. Outfit number 1 “To me, there’s nothing more comfortable than a butter soft, oversized men’s t-shirt, and this piece is the perfect way to downplay the skirt’s “sexy” factor. ” Nothing could be more true.

    Great post….I’m looking forward to reading more

  20. 20
    January 12th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Love it!!!! Great taste :)

  21. 21
    January 12th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    SAR BEAR! your post is super sa-weet! we miss your great fashion sense so much at bloomington so im so glad you have these posts to keep me updated! now i feel like your still right here with me. however, another idea you could have incorporated is a one piece. this choice would work especially for people not worried about their gut and are completely confident with their own bodies! just a thought ;). looking SO forward to your next great post! keep it up!

    you know it true-
    we’re miss you at IU

  22. 22
    January 12th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Oooh, I am loving the celeb-inspired outfit! =) I would totally wear that to school. :]

    makes me wanna go shopping for a bandage skirt now… (:

    great post sarah!(:


  23. 23
    January 12th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    All those outfits look really great. I’ve recently started trying to wear pencil skirts, but I’ve never tried out a bandage skirt before, but that’s something I’ll have to check out.

  24. 24
    January 13th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I really like this post- I’m looking forward to hearing more from this intern! Great job, hun!

  25. 25
    January 13th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Just today I was thinking I needed an idea for an investment piece — I need more pieces that will actually LAST and not go out of style. I LOVE the idea for this column and your outfits with this skirt are fantastic! Thanks for this great suggestion!

  26. 26
    January 13th, 2010 at 1:23 am

    These outfits are so cute, Sarah! I have a bandage skirt (which I adore!) but I always wear it the same way. This definitely inspired me to mix it up–I especially love the first two outfits. Can’t wait to read more of your stuff, hun!

  27. 27
    January 13th, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Omgawd. I wa just experimenting with my own bandage skirt earlier… then I go on this site and I read this. I LOVE bandage skirts. They’re definitely worth the money. :D

  28. 28
    January 13th, 2010 at 3:01 am

    This is inspiring, I’m going to look out for my own pair soon. I only have a tailored high waist pencil skirt so far. The main difference is the fabric, but it almost fits the same as a bandage skirt and they are absolutely flattering, especially in dark colors.

  29. 29
    January 13th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I do own a bandage skirt that I got a couple months ago but I don’t really wear it that much. I do think that I could probably wear almost anything with my bandage skirt because it can look high fashion, vintagy, or classically chic. I think bandage skirts are great and everything but they’re not necessarily worth the investment because there are other alternatives to acheive that polished chic look and this trend isn’t a must-have piece for every girl’s closet.

  30. 30
    January 13th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Great article! Very helpful!

  31. 31
    January 13th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I love this article! Who isn’t a fan of versatility?!

  32. 32
    January 13th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I love this style!! I recently purchased a black bandage skirt at Express and loveeee it! I havent really had a chance to wear it though because of the weather. I want to buy a few more in different colors I love them!

  33. 33
    January 14th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I had been on the edge about buying a bandage skirt, but after seeing all the fantastic outfit ideas in the article (especially 1, 2, and 4) I went to Topshop and grabbed one. I LOVE it! It’s insanely versatile because not only does it go with nearly everything in my closet, but the high-waistedness lets me play around with proportions buy tucking things in. Definitely one of my favorite things that I’ve bought in while.

  34. 34
    January 14th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I want a bunch of bandage skirts for spring!xx

  35. 35
    January 19th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Wow, this looks so pretty! I LOVE tight knee-length skirts, but unfortunately I can’t wear them: every time I wear such kind of skirt (or any other tight skirt) it ends very loosely above the waist after walking a few steps. I couldn’t solve the problem yet because I don’t really know the reason. I’m quite hourglass-shaped and I have the feeling that the problem gets worse as soon as I carry a large handbag with me (what I do all the time).

    Do you have any solution for my skirt problem so that I can try this kind of style? I especially love outfits #2 and #5, because they most represent the look I want to achieve.

  36. 36
    July 30th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I LOVE you for this! I actually went out and purchased a bandage skirt after reading :D

    I was a little apprehensive before I read the article, thinking it wasn’t a piece I could mix with multiple tops, but you proved me wrong. Thanks for that!

  37. 37
    March 3rd, 2011 at 4:03 am

    I love the working girl and the dinner outfits! They are so cute, I must buy this skirt soon.

  38. 38
    April 21st, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Is a 13 year old to young to wear a bandage skirt?

  39. 39
    June 10th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Can a 14 year old wear a bandage skirt? Or is that to young?

  40. 40
    September 26th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I like that you included nail polish options too. :) Cool. Very cool. :)

  41. 41
    February 17th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Ok I hav a really cute bandage skirt that I want to wear out to a casual event coming up, but I have no tops to wear with it. Its a blue-green-balck-white stripe pattern, and I don’t want to wear a bright patterned shirt with it…. Please help :)

  42. 42
    February 16th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Love this article! The article being from 2010 and all, now it’s 2013 and bandage skirts are still all the range ;)

    I’ve got the T by Alexander Wang twist skirt, and it is soooo pretty! It works very well for those of us with wider hips I think, because of the layering in the fabric. I’ve also got one from Fillippa K, and I wear both of them to death ;)

    Maybe you could do an update post? :)

  43. 43
    October 10th, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I love the office outfit. Black opaque tights and conservative quality accessories make it appropriate for the office.

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