Hello friend and welcome to another Skirt Code post. Skirt Code is my series where I discuss the many reasons I prefer to wear skirts over pants, and even dresses. You can catch up on the series here. Today’s discussion is reason 7: skirts are inherently more sexy than pants. I will be demonstrating that fact with my suede mini skirt outfit featuring this lace-up suede mini skirt.
Hello friend! Welcome back to another post in my skirt code series. In this series I discuss the many reasons I have for wearing mostly skirts. If you haven’t read the other posts yet, make sure to catch up on reasons 1-5. My sixth reason for wearing mostly skirts is that skirt design allows for more architectural interest than pants. Let me demonstrate that with my Claudine shirting skirt from Anthropologie.
Claudine Shirting Skirt Review
Before I get into the nitty gritty of my skirt code thesis, let’s take a look at the Claudine shirting skirt, shall we? I was happy to score this on the Anthropologie website during the Black Friday sale. It obviously caught my eye because of its unique details. When I received it in person, it looked as beautiful as it did online.
The black fabric is a medium thick polyester material that is completely opaque and lies smoothly against the skin. The white “shirting” fabric is 100% cotton, therefore that part has a tendency to wrinkle. That is the only concern I had with the skirt, and that’s mostly because I hate to iron!
Claudine Shirting Skirt Fit
Because the Claudine shirting skirt is made by Asilio, an Australian brand, I was confused about my size. The sizing advice online had recommending sizing up. I went up 2 sizes, but I think I would have been OK with going up just one size. But otherwise, I found the fit to be beautiful and flattering. Just look at how pretty it flows.
Skirt Code: Claudine Shirting Skirt
Now, back to our skirt code discussion. The Claudine shirting skirt is a perfect example of structural details I enjoy in skirt. It has intricate folds and asymmetrical hemlines. Both of these details adds so much interest to the garment. A pant, in contrast, could not bear the same details and look right, don’t you agree?
I simply adore skirts like this. It is also easy to dress up or down. I chose to wear it more casually here, relying on my fallback top, a chambray shirt. But to make it more evening-appropriate, add a sparkly top or a sexy bustier and some jewelry. The skirt will then be ready for a night out on the town!
Hello friend! It’s time to visit another Skirt Code post! If you missed the other reasons, check them out here: reason 1, reason 2, reason 3, reason 4. The fifth reason why I prefer to wear skirts is that they are more sanitary. This post will surely out me as a germ-a-phobe, but I am OK with that. I have long come to terms with who I am! I will be demonstrating my point with the lovely J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt.
As I’ve said before, I wasn’t always a devout skirt wearer. In fact, when I first started to work, I probably wore pants most of the time. I’ve always had a love of skirts, especially the ones at Anthropologie. But I still wore pants to work for most of the week, mostly just because of habit.
Then came the fated day. I will spare you the details, but when I went to use the restroom, I walked into the stall without realizing I was stepping into someone’s bodily fluids. Because I was wearing long trousers that draped over my shoes, the hem of the pants was touching the ground and said fluid. Gross, I know! Needless to say I was thoroughly disgusted. I think I even threw those pants away!
After that day, I started to wear more skirts. The more I thought about it, the more I was bothered by bringing home clothes that had swept the floor of the hospital (my work), public restrooms, and so on. Because unlike shoes, I keep my clothes on when I snuggle with my daughter on our beds. I just didn’t want to bring those germs into our homes and beds. Wearing a skirt can decrease the chances of that occurring.
This is also the reason why I do not wear maxi skirts or dresses to work. The maxi-mum (pun intended) length that I will do is a mid calf. That still leaves plenty of room between the hem and the floor.
J Crew Rainbow Gingham Tie Front Skirt Review
Now you know one of my quirks! Let’s switch gears and talk about the skirt in detail. The J crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt is a lovely specimen of a skirt. The colors are vibrant and fun. The fit is perfect. I chose a petite this time as I noticed this was a bit of a longer skirt and I wanted it to hit right at the knee. I got the 2P and it fits great (for reference I am usually a 0 in J Crew).
J Crew Rainbow Gingham Tie Front Skirt Styling
When I first tried to style the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt, I was a bit stumped. I felt it already had a lot of color and print in it, so I was leaning towards a solid top. But I still wanted some interest. Therefore I went with a lace tee. This ensured there was no competition in color or pattern. But the textured top added another element of style.
As you already know, I love pairing my skirts with chambray. While the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt would also look great with a chambray top (like this one), I chose to mix it up for this look. Therefore I added the chambray element in my jacket instead.
While this may be an unexpected reason to wear skirts, it is still one of my reasons. It is definitely not my most compelling reason, but it was one that spurred my desire to mostly wear skirts to work. Whatever the reason, I encourage you to wear skirts more, especially to work. Plus with some as amazing as the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt, why wouldn’t you wear skirts daily?
While a pair of pants covers your entire leg, a skirt leaves some skin exposed. Furthermore, pants often stick to your skin all the way down. A skirt however, skims over certain areas and leaves the rest completely bare. Therefore, a skirt is definitely lighter and airier. So as the summer months creep up on us, I recommend wearing more skirt outfits to help keep you cool and comfortable.
This skirt specifically exemplifies this reason because of its open panels. I adore how it moves when I walk. And it certainly keeps you cool!
When I first set out to style this skirt, I was a tad stumped. Because the skirt is so unique, I wanted it to be the main focus. I decided on my fallback: a chambray shirt. It never fails to make an outfit look pulled together. Because this is more of a summer look, I chose a sleeveless chambray shirt (seriously one of my faves!).
With the top decided, I moved on to accessories. The shoes were a bit of a no-brainer as well. I’ve always loved white accessories in the spring and summer (read more in spring transition post). Therefore, I often reach for my white pumps this time of year. Besides the shoes, I also adore white jewelry in the warmer months. Thus I had to wear my Yasmin drops and white enamel watch.
And finally for the last piece of the outfit, the bag. I went with an old stand by, my Clare V leopard print clutch. As always, it adds some richness and warmth to the outfit.
I hope reason 4 of my argument for skirt outfits is proving strong in the court of fashion. I think wearing skirts provide visual interest as well as cool factor (both figuratively and literally!).
Hello friend! If you’ve been following me for some time now, you know that I adore wearing skirts. While my penchant to wear skirts came around slowly, it is a style I have fully embraced. First, if you need to catch up, read my previous skirt code posts. The third reason that I opt to wear skirts is that it allows for me to have fun with tights. Pairing a skirt and tights is a simple way to increase the wear of your skirts.
Because we have a relatively mild winter in Southern California, I can still comfortably wear skirts in the winter. That allows for me to use tights as a fun accessory. Choosing a skirt and tights over a pair of pants has many more possibilities for a fun outfit. Whether I choose a great color or a fun pattern, tights can bring an added element to the outfit.
For this outfit, I specifically decided to wear solid colors in my shirt and skirt so that the tights and shoes stood out. This is to demonstrate my point that even with a simple outfit, patterned tights and shoes can bring in so much character.
Now of course, you can be more creative and mix prints in your skirts and tights, or even include your shoes. You know I am always up for a good triple pattern mix. And this is my exact point, wearing a skirt allows you to have the opportunity to wear two patterns on your bottom half. Whereas if you were wearing pants, you would only have one item and thus one pattern! I rest my case!
Since there is so much focus on the tights and shoes, I kept the rest of my accessories minimal. I added another pop of color with my gold purse. As for my wrists I threw on a fun arm party for one and let the other one go bare. Lastly for my earrings, I chose a bold pair, the Zosma drops from Baublebar.
Because I love my arm party so much, here is a close up of it. I am wearing my Daniel Wellington Dapper watch (you can use code “POLISHEDWHIMSY” for 15% off of any watches). I am also wearing my Trellis Lane Aria and Olivia bracelets (you can use code “POLISHED25” for 25% off all jewelry).
In conclusion, it really is fun to have another item of clothing to mix up colors and patterns. Wearing skirts and tights is an easy way of getting that opportunity. Hence the third reason that I prefer to wear skirts over pants! How do you feel about wearing a skirt and tights? Which one are you more interested in adding in a pair of tights: a pattern or color?
Hello friend! I often get comments regarding my skirt collection. I’m not going to lie, it’s good! But that’s because I have been curating my collection for many years. I adore wearing skirts and I tend to do so on a daily basis. That’s why I started this series; you can read more about it in the first skirt code post. The second reason that I wear skirts is that they have a bigger “wow factor” than pants.
Unique Skirt Details
There is no way to truly explain it, but I think we all know what I mean. There is not much you can do to a pant that makes it all that unique. Skirts, on the other hand, can be designed in many different ways. From adding pleats to scalloped edging, skirts will definitely stand out more than pants.
Wow Them with Tulle
One of my most favorite skirts is a tulle skirt. Romantic, frilly, undeniably feminine, tell me which pant can come close to the whimsical perfection of a tulle skirt. Furthermore, a tulle skirt can be paired with anything, from a tweed jacket to a simple tee shirt, and still look phenomenal. Pair the same items with a pant, and the result is just not the same.
If you don’t wear skirts as often as I do, I encourage you to start! They truly add such pizzazz to an outfit. I can guarantee as soon as you start wearing them, you will get a ton of compliments AND feel fabulous. So why wait, start today! If you’re not yet convinced, stay tuned to the next installment of this series. I predict in time, I will have a skirt wearing army to back me up!
I have listed some comparable skirts from the post and ones that I am currently lusting over below. Happy shopping!
If you have known me (online or in person) for a while, you know that I prefer to wear mostly skirts. This is intentional. I love skirts! I often get questions about why I choose to wear skirts, especially to work. In this series I’d like to share every reason I have as to why I wear them.
Today’s reason is my oldest one: they are more comfortable. I started mainly wearing skirts when I first returned to work from maternity leave. I found that my slacks just did not fit the same. The waistband dug in, the thigh area was snug, and the crotch was off. Instead of buying multiple new pairs of pants, I turned to my skirts.
As time went on and I lost the baby weight, I could once again fit into my pants. But by that point, I did not want to wear slacks to work. I had gotten used to skirts. They allotted a lot more freedom and comfort. I was hooked!
Stay tuned for the next installment of Skirt Code to learn more reasons why I wear mostly skirts.
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