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Girly, Vintage-Inspired, and Casual: 3 Ways to Wear a Full Skirt


Over the past few weeks, I’ve showed you multiple ways to wear pieces you may already have in your closet. This week, I wanted to touch on a hot fashion trend for the fall: ladylike, ’50s-inspired lines.

As was discussed in a previous article here on CF, there are tons of ways to add some ’50s flavor to your outfits! In this case, I’ve pulled a cute knee-length full skirt. Below, I’ll show you three different ways to wear this one amazing piece.

The Skirt:

Full skirt in army green with buttons
Product Info: Skirt

This skirt’s color is what immediately drew me to it. Olive green is really flattering on most skin tones, as well as being a neutral (and a nod to the military trend). I also really liked the two rows of buttons down the front, because they add interest to an otherwise-basic piece.

Outfit 1: Girly Way to Wear a Full Skirt

Girly way to wear a full skirt

Product Info: Sweater, Top, Clutch, Bracelet, Lace-Up Booties, Thigh-Highs

I feel like this outfit is especially girly, thanks in part to the soft crochet sweater and floral top, as well as the dusty pink color palette. I added a pearl bracelet for an extra nod to all things feminine and sweet.

As you can see, I mixed multiple neutrals here, combining black tights, brown boots, and of course, the olive green skirt. I did this to show that it’s completely okay to combine quite a few different tones in one outfit – you don’t have to be matchy-matchy all the time.

Outfit 2: Vintage-Inspired Way to Wear a Full Skirt

Vintage-inspired way to wear a full skirt

Product Info: Top, Hat, Necklace, Bag, Shoes, Tights, Bracelet Set

This outfit is my favorite of the three I put together. It embodies a fun mix of girly and vintage mix, a combination I absolutely love. I am also completely in love with these polka-dot tights, because they add a bit of whimsy to the outfit.

Overall, I played with the “borrowed from the boys” look here: I grabbed the hat and the shoes, which can both be quite masculine, and made them feminine with the tights and jewelry. I feel like this outfit would be more than appropriate at school, or if you were going out somewhere artsy, like an art gallery or museum.

Outfit 3: Casual Way to Wear a Full Skirt

Casual way to wear a full skirt

Product Info: Tank, Cardigan, White Bracelet, Bag, Necklace, Boot

Of the three outfits, this one is the most relaxed and comfortable-looking – perfect for a day of shopping or lounging on a weekend. It’s simple and unfussy, without being drab.

In contrast to my first two looks, I used a pop of bright color here – the bright red bag and top stand out against the otherwise-neutral outfit. I went with a gray cardigan because gray is a perfect fall color, and, like olive green, it looks great on most skin tones. Because the boots I picked are quite tall, I don’t think the outfit needs tights or socks, but if you are more conservative, you could definitely throw a black or gray pair underneath, without it being too much.

What do you think?

So, tell me what you think! Which outfit is your favorite and why? How would you wear this piece? Do you have any pieces you’d like to see worn in three ways? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on October 15, 2010 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , , ,

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19 Responses to “Girly, Vintage-Inspired, and Casual: 3 Ways to Wear a Full Skirt”

  1. 1
    October 15th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    The vintage-inspired outfit is my favorite too! But I like everything! I also have a full skirt and I always wear it in a vintage-y preppy way(for school) and I get complements all the time. Nice post!

  2. 2
    October 15th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    love love love the second outfit! I love full skirts and how traditionally girly I feel wearing them. Also I love hats, wear them every weekend.

  3. 3
    October 15th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    i love the vintage look and the casual one! excellent post! i’m trying to eliminate jeans from my wardrobe. little by little and this post is really helpful

  4. 4
    October 15th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    i am so happy that you guys are mixing pieces, cause i have so many, and i have no idea how to put them together, so thanx :)

  5. 5
    October 15th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Gorgeous outfits, but I think the first and second ones are too similar in that they’re both vintage-inspired and girly. Intended, I understand, but it’s like you could combine looks 1 and 2 and just create one whole outfit (for either vintage or girly). I wish the top looks had distinctively different, well, looks- one obviously girly and one obviously vintage. I lean towards the second outfit more, but since your necklace is a Victorian throwback I wish you would’ve kept the look consistent with using black lace up boots instead of oxfords. The manly oxfords would’ve made your girly ‘fit stand out more. :)

  6. 6
    October 15th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Can you do a post like this for a maxi skirt

  7. 7
    October 16th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Loving the casual outfit!

  8. 8
    October 16th, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I actually just bought a full skirt! thrifted :). can’t wait to wear it. but somehow, it seems too dressy for me. but after reading this post, def know now how to style if for casual wear ;). love this post <3.

  9. 9
    October 16th, 2010 at 5:01 am

    I love those outfits, especially the first! Thanks for showing us how to wear skirts in different ways..

  10. 10
    October 16th, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I love London’s streetwear and i’ve been looking at a lot of blogs with awesome clothes. however. the thing is, most of the shops are like topshop, primark, river island. shops that aren’t in America (topshop is an exception)
    so is there any shop thats similar to London’s streetwear in the US???
    i would love to move to the UK’s one day

  11. 11
    October 16th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I absolutely ADORE this post. Very inspiring :)

  12. 12
    October 16th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I absolutely love every single outfit in this post. Great job! <3

  13. 13
    October 17th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Awesome outfits! I love full skirts, but they’re hard to wear sometimes if you want to achieve or maintain a certain look.

  14. 14
    October 18th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for this, I’ve had this really full olive green skirt in my closet for awhile now that I just didn’t know how to rock but Outfit #2 is totally my style.

  15. 15
    October 19th, 2010 at 12:50 am

    This confirms my great suspicion: I need a full skirt in a neutral color. Love the second, vintage outfit, except I would wear it with my Victorian boots and a girlier cloche hat. The cameo is lovely, and I like the whimsical addition of the spotted tights.

  16. 16
    February 14th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    The styles you’ve put looks really nice however would it work for a curvier frame of about size 10-12.

  17. 17
    August 9th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Love outfit 2 & 3!

  18. 18
    June 11th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I have a full navy blue skirt with white polka dots. I like pairing it with a black lacy cami and my leather motorcycle jacket and combat boots. I love mixing edgy stuff with my more feminine pieces.

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