My first order from Modcloth came – three full skirts – and I am in love!
I have always wanted to be able to wear skirts, but I could never find any that fit me well. I don’t look great in straight or A line skirts, and I can’t sit comfortably in pencil skirts (I sit on a table in front of my class a lot).
My mom and I tried to make a skirt a few years ago from a Cynthia Rowley pattern, but we couldn’t get the waist right, so we gave up. That was before I knew the magic of skinny belts.
Here are the three skirts that I bought.
Mentor of Attention Skirt, Size L, $69.99
Modcloth sizing is true to what sizes used to be, I think. People like to say that Marilyn Monroe was a size 10 or 12, but she wasn’t a 10 or 12 by today’s sizing. She was probably a 6 or 8 today. My point is, if you plan to purchase a skirt, make sure you read the reviews and look at the sizing chart. I wear size 6 bottoms, and this large fits me perfectly.
I love the tweedy material, with the tiny black velvet dots. That belt is velvet too. It’s not the one that came with the skirt, but I think it looks cute.
I also love that it is lined, AND it has pockets! Pockets in skirts are pretty darn delightful.
Here is the view from the side and the back. The thing that I love about this style of skirt is that, even though it is full, it still makes me look thin because the waist is fitted.
These are my dark green Born flats. I live in Born flats… and Keds.
The green dot blouse is one that I made from Anna Maria Horner fabric. Isn’t this outfit adorable??
Imperative Narrative Skirt, Size L, $59.99
This next skirt is just plain black, but it is also lined, and it also has pockets. The one thing that it doesn’t have is belt loops. I have already worn it to work once, though, and I did exactly what you see in the picture – I put the belt right below the waistline of the skirt. It worked perfectly.
I bought this little yellow patent belt at Goodwill. Did you know that you can buy new Target clothes, shoes, and accessories at Goodwill for a fraction of the price? I think I paid $3 for this belt, and I wear it often.
Here are the views of the side and back. I love love love the way this skirt fits. My favorite part is the length; it has such a vintage 50s feel to it.
I wear these blue Born flats all the time. For some reason, the bows look dirty in the picture, but they aren’t really. The scallops on these shoes are my favorite part. They are from a few years ago. They came in yellow too, and I kick myself for not buying them.
My sweater is from J Crew Factory. I have seen other people tuck in sweaters, but I never knew what it would look like on me. I like it; the fullness of the skirt hides the bulk of the sweater’s waistband. I have another winner!
Light and Aviary Skirt, Size M, $69.99
I saved the best for last. I loooooove this skirt!! The colors are dynamic on me, and it has owls! I am a sucker for woodland creatures on my clothes.
This skirt came with the black velvet belt that I wore with the tweed skirt above, but I wanted it to look a little less wintery, so I paired it with a belt that I had from another dress.
This is the side and the back. When I first tried this skirt on, I was a little worried because it is seriously voluminous (and it isn’t lined), but it grew on me. I spent some time looking at full skirts on Pinterest, and I like them on everyone else, so I figured I would like this one on me.
Born flats #3. Is it possible to own too many pairs of Born flats? I think not.
This shirt is another Goodwill find. It’s originally from Gap. Our Goodwill used to have half priced Mondays, where you could find J Crew and Gap and Banana Republic clothes for under $10. They don’t do that anymore, but I still think I only paid about $8 for this blouse.
Final Thoughts: I am a convert. I plan to expand my skirt wardrobe. I am already eyeballing a pink plaid one, and one that is black and white polka dots. They are perfect to dress up or down, and they are definitely a nod to my favorite vintage aesthetic – 50s housewife.
I hope you like them as much as I do!