Style Resolutions: Fall Back in Love With Your A-Line Skirt
One of the biggest silhouettes of the year is the A-line skirt, and that’s great news for us all. Not only is the flared-from-the-waist shape universally flattering — a style attribute that’s near impossible to come by — but it’s also easy to wear in the sense that you’ve most likely been slipping on some iteration of the piece for years (need we remind you that circle skirts, skater skirts and midi skirts all fit the bill?) How convenient is it that this familiar basic will put you totally on trend? The answer: so convenient. We’ve made a style resolution to get the most out of our wardrobes in 2015, so here we’re showing you three ways to style your A-line skirt, whether you’re pulling from your closet or trying out this season’s coolest version — a hot leather mini ($129). Scroll through to see how we’d wear the perky skirt to the office, on a night out and on a lazy weekend.
Make up for the extra inch of leg you’ll be flashing by layering on a lightweight knit over a silky button-up that drapes over the skirt’s waistline. Also, heeled loafers couldn’t hurt in this calf-baring situation, whether you slip them on over tights or not. Continue the Casual Friday vibe with a dark wash denim jacket and luxe-looking accessories like marbled sunnies, a beaded choker and a leather tablet carrycase that will forever change your professional on-the-go game.
Zara Leather Mini Skirt ($129) + Topshop Boutique Silk Satin Shirt ($150), COS Contrast Knit Jumper ($89), Mango Dark Denim Jacket ($70) Charles & Keith Pointed Loafer Heels ($66), Maslo Jewelry Gobi Necklace ($44), Illesteva Leonard Cream Marble Sunglasses ($177), Materials + Process Earhart Tablet Carrycase ($120)
This outfit proves that you can still look fierce even when you’re not wearing a traditionally sexy color. We’re pairing the flared mini skirt with a slinky cami and lacy bralette — the latter of which will turn the rather basic separates into a getup worth a second glance. Go high-shine with the rest of your accessories to keep the look playful (+ stay in the spotlight!): a metallic mid-rise heel and a kooky wristlet means you’ll be able to own the dance floor without stumbling or snagging, while chic elements like a delicate ring and geode studs help to balance the flashier bits.
Zara Leather Mini Skirt ($129) + Topshop Button Front Strappy Cami ($35), Free People Bedroom Eyes Bralette ($38) ASOS Shuttle Heel ($67), Batsu Maru Whirl Ring ($20), Leif Geode Earrings ($128), Nasty Gal x Nila Anthony Cute as a Button Wristlet Clutch ($58)
The skirt’s mod-inspired shape was just asking to be matched with other retro-feeling pieces, and lucky for you there’s plenty to pick from this season. Channel your best Penny Lane in admittedly over-the-top accessories like a faux fur jacket and rainbow-lens shades that glam up sporty basics with a distinctly ’70s vibe, ’cause why not? (after all, someone has to put the “fun” in “Sunday Funday.”) Keep the look easy and the high-low fashion contrast alive by topping off the tee and sneaks with a canvas backpack. To make it feel less costume-y, zap it back into this decade with quirky charm jewelry that boasts that you’re a #nofilter kind of gal.
Zara Leather Mini Skirt ($129) + H&M Ribbed Top ($23), Warehouse Pink Crop Faux Fur Jacket ($71), Fred Perry Phoenix Navy Canvas Flatform Sneakers ($95), Gorjana No Filter Hashtag Necklace Set ($48), Quay Chelsea Girl Shades ($48), Stone + Cloth the Benson Backpack ($95)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!