This ensemble was inspired by a new addition to my wardrobe: Halogen’s pleat midi skirt in a bold black and cream stripe. I have a soft spot for dramatic fit-and-flare midi skirts because they remind me of my late Mum. With the memories of my Mum fading a little, it’s special to be reminded of her when I see this skirt in my closet.
Fit-and-flare midi skirts, although a fringe trend at the moment, are Retro Classics with a high longevity factor. To my eye this style of skirt looks best when you incorporate a bit of Modern back into the ensemble.
Instead of using the exact same striped Halogen pleat midi, I’ve substituted it with another flared skirt in a black and white pattern. Here are the components of the formula:
Skirt: You’ll need a fit-and-flared midi skirt, in either a solid or pattern, that’s knee-covering but no longer than half way down the calf.
Top: This is where you can add a Modern aspect to the outfit, so think further than a tucked soft silk blouse, regular button-down shirt, fitted wrap top, or cardigan. Create a bit of casual edge with a tucked denim or chambray shirt. Create interesting proportions with a fluid and luxurious fine gauge pullover that is welted for structure, and scrunch the sleeves. A roomy high-low crop top baring a slither of midriff is another option. Or match the skirt with a fun upscale sweatshirt.
Topper: A denim jacket or moto get my vote for Modern on trend toppers. Or leave off the topper.
Footwear: Keep it dainty, Retro and feminine with pointy toe pumps. Add in a trendy aspect with ankle strap pumps. Wear pointy toe flats that are low contrast to your skin tone if heels aren’t your thing. Or wear tailored heeled booties for a harder edge.
Accessories: An angular and sporty clutch is a fun contrast against the twee integrity of the skirt — another Modern outfit injection. A small satchel or tote with short handles are other options. Add jewellery, eyewear, hose and watch as desired.
Of course, you can also change the colour palette to one that fits your style. Here are some street style renditions of this outfit formula:
All that’s left to do is speak to the weather angels for warmer weather.