Monday, June 13, 2011

White Skirt Season

Along with being able to wear bright, fun colors like coral and aquamarine, being able to wear white is one of my top reasons for loving summer fashion. It's unfortunate that white skirt season only lasts a few months! Especially up here in NY where the warm skirt/short wearing weather doesn't really start until May (and sometimes June). In the following outfit, I paired a tight white skirt with a belted loose top:

Shirt: Banana Republic (last season), XXSP
Skirt: Vineyard Vines, sz. 14 girls
Belt: Forever 21 (In Stores Now), S/M
Bag: Dooney & Bourke

At first, I tried tucking the loose-fitting top into the skirt, but it looked awkward and unflattering. Wearing the shirt over the skirt and belting it creates a classy and flattering hourglass shape, although tucking it in might work with a longer pencil skirt. You can find similar loose tops in Banana Republic now, but most of the styles such as this one come pre-cinched.
The belt was a great petite-friendly find I scooped up today from Forever 21! The store had several small styles that shocked me with how tiny they were. The belt I'm wearing above is a size S/M and could fit 25-26 in. waists well with no excess, but they had an even SMALLER size XS/S that would fit size 22-23 in. waists!! I was extremely surprised, considering I had been in every other store in the mall and had no luck finding a well-fitting waist belt (I've heard good things about Ann Taylor belts from you fellow bloggers, but there were a limited selection of styles.)
Although I normally stay away from anything with metal chains, this skinny faux-leather belt has a metal chain detail that is subtle enough for me to like:

I tried to find it online, but had no luck. Although I wouldn't recommend Forever 21 for quality, I would definitely recommend it to any petites looking for a casual, well-fitting find. Regardless of whether or not you're a petite, the store has a great selection of waist belts in all sizes that is worth checking out.

Another favorite white skirt of mine is this linen skirt from J.Crew (pardon my squinting):

Tank top: LOFT, XS (buy here)
Skirt: J.Crew, sz. 0 (last season)
Necklace: New York & Company (in stores now)

This simple look can be worn in a variety of ways, depending on your own personal style. This skirt (similar styles can be found everywhere, including LOFT) flatters both curvy and slim ladies, and gives the waist definition with its thick band. I like this skirt in particular because of its linen material and pockets (I'm a sucker for pockets!)
I'm wearing the skirt with my absolute FAVORITE tank from LOFT, which I picked up in two additional colors today. I love its straight, broad neckline (helps those of us with narrow shoulders) and its bra-hiding straps.
Another good find I came across today was this necklace (featured above) from New York and Company, a store I rarely visit:

I was looking for a sophisticated, statement-ish necklace that wouldn't overwhelm my frame, and this was perfect! Its brushed gold and silver colored metals can be worn with a ton of different colors, and it adds just enough style to an outfit without being too loud.

What great finds have you come across lately?
How do you style your white skirts?



Sundresses and Smiles said...

I LOVE that bag in the top pic!

Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) said...

So great! White skirts and I do not get along - actually white bottoms and I do not get along :P I'm way too clumsy LOL! But seeing you makes me want to rethink that - I would just not be able to eat, walk near anything or sit :P

Cee said...

What a great outfit! I lovveee white skirts and shorts for summer. It looks so crisp paired against any colored tops. Like you, I like to pair them with brown skinny belts too. There's something about that color combo that always works :)

Raulston said...

The First outfit with the blue & white paired with the DB is exceptional!