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:
- 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.
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
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.
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!)
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.
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!