Combining a flared skirt with a fashion sweatshirt or a polished hoodie isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, I like the combination, and have been sporting it quite a bit recently. It’s another way to wear my dressier, swooshy skirts in a more relaxed way when the weather isn’t warm. 

It’s also a cosy combination when working from home. Ines de la Fressange’s new collection at Uniqlo styled a very full gathered black skirt with a cream hoodie and matching cream hi-tops. I thought it was a super cute look.

I’ve been wearing these skirts with my fashion sweatshirts and a woolly hoodie. Sometimes I semi-tuck the tops and sometimes I don’t. When left untucked, the sweatshirt welts create a little tapering structure. I finish off the outfit with white or blush boots or hi-tops, a short jacket or long coat, and a white, blush, or orange bag, and pearls. Comfortable and fun to wear.

I’ve been helping some of my clients create this look with items they have in their closet, and they’re enjoying the combination. Some work from home, and some are back in the office. Either way, they’re after a casual and comfy skirt vibe, and this is one way to achieve it. Here are some versions that might be more to your taste. Some of the skirts are dressy and some more casual. The tops and skirts are patterned, but you can choose solid versions too.

1. Neutrals

Combine a full neutral skirt with a black sweatshirt. Here, the colours of the slogan on the top complement the shimmery khaki pleated skirt. The white sandals further pick up the bits of white in the top. The neon bag is a clashing stand-alone item that makes a statement with the neutrals. White or black boots would work well too, as would chunky black loafers.


2. Brights

Combine a brightly patterned full skirt with a hoodie or sweatshirt. Make sure that the colours match, much like the greens do here. Finish off the look with sneakers or casual footwear that works with the vibe of the outfit. Add a bag that works with the palette of the outfit. Here, the yellow picks up the yellow in the top and bottom.


2. Beachy

Combine a short patterned full skirt with a slogan sweatshirt, or long-sleeved tee for a beachy vibe. Finish off the look with sneakers, sandals, or flip-flops, and add a hat. A baseball cap works well here, but so will a Panama hat, bucket hat, or straw hat. Add a beach tote to complete the look.


4. Mix it Up

Combine a full patterned midaxi with a patterned tee that works with the palette of the skirt. Knot the tee to showcase a bit of waistline. If you like, add a third pattern with a plaid shirt and tie it around the waist. Finish off the look with Converse sneakers or something similar. Or go for a ‘90s redux with black combat boots. Here, the tee, the shirt, and the sneakers are black and white, which pulls the look together and harmonizes the mix of patterns. The earthy beads around the model’s neck match the floral of the skirt. Fun look.

Mix it Up