Or: One skirt, 15 ways

In December I got a new skirt from Allsaints. It’s from their “rhea” range, which is a repeat style for them. It’s a lightweight A-line midaxi with an asymmetrical cut. Like a slip skirt but without the bias cut. A bias cut is not my friend.

I love this style and have 2 already. A green “wing” skirt and a grey “ambient” skirt. I wear them both a lot.

I still regret missing the rust coloured “nolina” version that Suntiger posted about some time ago. I assumed it would eventually make its way to Australia, but it never did. I took no chances with this one and ordered it from the US during the Black Friday sales when Bloomingdales offered a discount plus free international shipping.

This Summer it’s served as a new anchor for my favourite outfit formula (patterned midaxi skirt + casual top + flat sandals). I’ve worn it several times, rotating my tops, shoes and accessories. For me, I know an item is a success when I can’t wait to try it out in another combination.

I liked some of these outfits better than others but in general I felt happy with colour, vibe and practicality. I still have other combinations I want to try (enough photos!).

In Autumn I will layer another skirt underneath it for extra warmth and wear it with a jumper and/or jacket and either combat boots or tall boots. I have already started wearing it with combat boots on cooler, wet days. I should be able to wear it most of the year in my climate.

I feel like my skirt formula has worked really well for me this Summer. After stocking up on tops for my formula last Summer, it’s now easy to keep things fresh by adding a new skirt to the rotation. I also put together a shorts capsule this Summer, after years of procrastination. My Summer casual wardrobe is sorted. I think I like it better than my winter casual wardrobe now. The world has turned upside down!

A few notes about the outfits:

*A number of my tees have a long curved hem because they date to the long over lean period. When wearing them with a skirt, I knot them at the waist or side, and then tuck the knot underneath for a clean look #9, 19.

*The tee in #9 was black and white. I dyed it tan to soften the contrast. The olive green tee in #19 is a DIY tie dye from a couple of years ago. (My Raquel Allegra hack.) The teal tee in #21, 22 was dyed by me from white. The teal resin ring in #21, 22 was made by my DH.

*My dark gold sandals were originally a dark taupe. This Summer I decided they looked too muddy for my taste. So I applied an “old gold” metallic shoe cream to them. It gave them an aged metallic look that I really like. #28, 29

*As I said in Angie’s necklace post, I find shorter necklaces more practical than long necklaces when wearing a crossbody bag. They don’t get tangled in bag straps. #21, 22 shows 3 strands of long beads doubled for a 6 (!) strand shorter effect.

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