|Impeccable man. I hope he can’t see me now. Source.
It’s been a long while since I wrote about Tim Gunn’s List of Wardrobe Essentials. I’ve covered the Day Dress, the Trendy Indulgent Item, the Little Black Dress, and the Mythic Trench. His choices are classic, of course, and a bit corporate for my style. But I never disrespect the Tim, he is made of class and taste.
For a quick review, here are Tim’s Top Ten:
• Little black dress
• Trench coat
• Classic dress pants
• Classic white shirt
• Day dress
• Cashmere sweater
• A comfortable alternative to a sweatsuit
. . . And one trendy, indulgent item.
I pay tribute to The Skirt today. Tim originally wrote this: “A skirt is womanly and can be flirty or businesslike. Nowadays women do not wear many skirts or dresses, which makes a lot of them fall into a rut of dressing sloppily or like men.”
I do take issue with his last remarks: a woman can live her life in jeans or trousers and never look “sloppy”. And what’s wrong with dressing “like a man”, if that’s your style? But the larger point is taken: skirts are versatile.
A skirt can get you through a Florida summer, if it’s light and breezy, like this:
|Breezy summer skirt, MANGO
That same skirt can go to work with a polished knit top and cardigan. All sorts of fun sandals and open-toed shoes will flatter.
A classic pencil skirt can be worn every day to the office, it that’s your choice. I wear mine once a week, at least. They work well with every topper, from button-downs to silk blouses to graphic tees.
|Of course, black and taupe are classic, but I’m loving this floral pencil skirt. Zara.
The denim skirt! I would not have survived my 20’s – 40’s without you! I still love a denim skirt and choose a more refined style now. This denim skirt suits my mostly-grown-up vibe and is fun to wear:
|Great details! Nordstroms.
I also have a tulle skirt, a knit maxi skirt, two 70’s wrap skirts, and a cool reversible full skirt (thanks Megan!). They serve as wardrobe anchors for work days and terrific shorts/jeans alternatives for casual days. They inspire creativity, you can buy one for a song at the thrift, and they let the breeze caress your legs. Hooray for skirts.
On my wish list (this one is $500, I will find a similar at Etsy ☺):
|Burberry Silk Skirt, Nordstroms
Over to you: do you wear skirts a little or a lot, or not at all? Have a large collection or just a favorite few?