Skirting the issue: K/R, plus Nickel & Suede

So, here is the skirt of controversy styled a few ways for your consideration. 

As you can see from my pics, it has a slit up one side and a short underskirt so it is not see through all the way up. It is extremely light and floaty. 

This skirt feels to me like an updated version of those floaty bias skirts or the Indian peasant skirts some of us wore in the 90s. It has a very "easy to wear" feel to it, and to be honest, if I worked in an office, this would be an absolute no brainer. I am just not sure I'll wear it enough in my casual life. 

FWIW, Mr. Suz likes it a lot. 

I am also trying out the FAB Nickel & Suede earrings/ cuffs that Lisa modelled and Inge introduced us to. These are brilliant because they are super lightweight. Perfect summer jewellery. I highly recommend them. I am going to be ordering more. I got cuffs in gold and white, and earrings in gold, silver, and white. 

ETA: these are all basically versions of tucked tops or loose tanks with the skirt, and various jackets as possible toppers. 6 is some pattern mixing, 7 shows Celia's taupe top (waving to Celia!), 14 is with a crisp white shirt for a bit of contrast (floaty and crisp). I do have a few more options in the closet. 

Because it is super light, it is most absolutely a summer skirt for my climate. No use in any other season. 

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  • viva replied 6 years ago

    Why would you not wear that skirt? I love all the many ways you have styled it here, especially with the print Equipment top, and also all the ways with the calf hair shoes. There's just something about matching it with a bolder print that I really love.

    And those earrings -- aren't they great? I have them in citron. Had them in silver but I lost one, am about to place another order. I love how lightweight they are. They look terrific on you!

  • abc replied 6 years ago

    You've proven it works with your existing pieces. If it will serve a purpose on your upcoming trip (plus real life back at home) I vote keep.

  • replied 6 years ago

    My favourite here is #16 - I like the raspberry with it plus the untucked top..... 

    I am about to order another set of the earrings and cuff in silver myself:)

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    I vote keep! I like it in all of these iterations. The cat print blouse totally works! (That one I wouldn't have guessed.) It clearly dresses up nicely and gives you a fantastic option for summer dates or occasions. But it also dresses down very well. I especially like that split-back tank with it, and love, love #11. That's the kind of look I think you could wear as a shorts alternative. And #16, too, with the flatter sandals. I would even try it with the new Ecco sneakers. The jewelry looks great on you, too--clean, simple, modern.

  • Elizabeth P replied 6 years ago

    Love how you're wearing it in #1 :)

    I really like it, and I think it looks versatile enough to have a place in your closet... which just leaves it up to whether you feel you'll actually wear it. 

    My favourite stylings are with the denim jacket, which makes me think you may wear it a lot... that helps bring it into casual land.

    Not crazy about it with tops tucked in - they make your torso look very square.  one of my personal "things" on me, so I notice it on others.  Also not crazy about it with the Converse, but I do like the white denim jacket a lot.  And... much as I love the top in 3-5, not with this.  Gives the upside down cone effect with the line of the shoulders.

    But with a longer top or jacket - wonderful!

  • replied 6 years ago

    You absolutely should wear that skirt! It works really well with your other wardrobe items. I have to admit to not being as fond of it with your cat shirt, but apart from that I love it? Oh, and I would also love to see you do a semi tuck with some of the tops wear it is tucked on one side only to mimic the asymmetry of the skirt as well as add the structure you have with a full tuck.

    ETA..a semi tuck like this photo

  • Joyce B replied 6 years ago

    I love that skirt on you. The black and the white tops are my favorite combinations and it looks great with the denim toppers and also with the chambray. It seems very versatile.
    I agree with Diane on the cat shirt and I think the side tuck that she suggested would be very nice.
    The only thing I would check is how see-through (or not) it is when you wear it on a sunny day and how functional the half slip of the skirt is but even that can be sorted adding a slip if you feel that you need it.
    You have a tough choice to make on that beautiful skirt.

  • celia replied 6 years ago

    That skirt is amazing on you Suz. And also the earrings.
    just not a big fan of #6 but love all the other styling options.

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    I'm going to be a spanner here. 

    I don't know about this skirt for you.  I mean, it fits well and looks nice, but it doesn't seem like you.  It's feminine and ladylike, but not crisp.  It's more like something I would wear, but it would fit me differently (less voluminous) and I would RATE it up, which is not you either.   It just seems a little too soft, voluminous, and boho for your style. 

    That said, I do like it a lot in 8 & 16 with the solid, simple, sleeveless tops.  I think the skirt is a lot of skirt (both volume-wise and style-wise) so you need something simple up top, and I prefer bare arms with it to balance the longer length, especially since you prefer more covered shoes. 

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Well, this is so interesting! I am happy to see there is some controversy and disagreement! (Always makes life more interesting, ha!)

    Joyce, it's totally okay in the light with the underskirt. Very see through elsewhere, but I'm fine with that -- I'm not wearing it to an office. 

    I figured people would either love the pattern mixed look or hate it and that seems to be the case. 

    I can try an asymmetrical tuck, Diane -- good idea. 

    Square torso, Elizabeth? Hmm.Interesting. Seems like maybe LisaP sees or thinks the same thing, since she prefers the untucked top. I don't really worry about looking square in that area, to be honest. To me, these are JFE looks, but I hope I'm not deluded. Some may depend on one's tolerance for tucking generally. I'm a tucker from way back. 

    The tank in 3-5 is loose and untucked.  This was the tank that the sales associate sold me specifically to go with the skirt! ;)

    Anyway... I am totally okay with waist surrender myself, so it doesn't bother me. I wasn't sure about it with the Cons, either, but I needed to give it a try to see if I could dress it down successfully. I didn't love it, but didn't hate it as much as I'd expected. ;) I would probably wear with the other footwear options. 

    Sharan, thank you. It doesn't surprise me that you like this! :) 

    And there's Viva and abc saying that all the looks work. I love how we all see things differently. 

    If I go by FEEL, it feels easy. That's usually a good sign, right? But I'm still on the fence at the moment. 

  • Peri replied 6 years ago

    I like it in the 1-5, 10 and 14. Not so much in the others, but it's not like I dislike it (except sorry, I dislike #6 :( ). 

    I would say keep it if it wasn't pricey cause I'm concerned about your trip! I don't think you are used to these temps! 

    It isn't my favorite thing I've seen you wear but I don't get concerned over things not being a person's "usual style". Sometimes there is a reason to go against our usual style and a Canadian coming to hot temps would seem to be such a time. I mean if I were to visit you in February I'm assuming my winter coat wouldn't cut it either!

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    I love this skirt on you. It's unique and different from your other skirts, plus it looks both comfortable and stylish.  All that equals a "keep!" to me!

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    PS - Thank you for the link to Nickel and Suede!  I just browsed through their website and think I might order one of the leather cuff bracelets (either the silver or the gold metallic multi-strap one) - I haven't been wearing my big metal cuffs because they are too heavy/knock on my laptop too much while working, so I've been looking for leather ones instead.

  • carter replied 6 years ago

    I have to go with Diana here. The proprtion feels off to me in most of them. It just seems like a whole lot of skirt. I like it better with untucked tops and with the jackets because they help with some visual balance. All that to say I don't find it a traditionally flattering item. However, it is JFE, so if that works for you, then enjoy it.

  • Alassë replied 6 years ago

    Take it for what it's worth... it seems a bit off to me (agreeing with Carter). Also, I may have a poison eye for this length midi. But you know your style best.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    So very interesting! Thanks for your input, all. 

    It really seems like a whole lot of skirt to you? I am puzzled a bit, I confess. I doesn't feel like that. Hmmm. 

  • replied 6 years ago

    Well, I'll chime back in to say I agree with Diana, Elizabeth P and Carter. It's not my favourite look for you. It doesn't seem to represent your style, and doesn't look like YOU.  

  • Astrid replied 6 years ago

    I love it! I think it looks great on you. And very swishy, I love it when my skirts swish... Btw, I think this is definitely wearable in a casual setting. Pair something like the black tank top with it, get rid of the jewelry and add some casual shoes and you're definitely not too dressed up. I wear my skirts all the time, even for sitting around at home or grocery shopping. ;)

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    Suz, try something for me?  What happens if you shorten the whole skirt by, like, 2 inches (or whatever it takes to get the shorter side to your knee)?  I think that might help. 

    Possibly one problem is that the slit doesn't show at all in these photos.  It may be different in motion. 

  • MTBGirl replied 6 years ago

    I really like it for you. It seems very versatile for dressing up or for more casual. It is really lovely on you! I read and looked at your pictures before reading any of the others' comments and thought right away that this skirt seems like Suz. After reading the comments and looking at the pics again I think that all the outfits are great and they all seem like your style.

  • Maneera replied 6 years ago

    I think it all comes down to this - how do you FEEL in that skirt? Do you find it light and comfortable? Are you loving the look of tucking in tops? Do you see yourself reaching out for it?

    In my opinion, this skirt looks off-proportion with bulky tops tucked in. That includes all shirts. I like it best in #8 where the white tank creates a sharp, crisp contrast. I also like it in #2 and #16. If you see yourself wearing it a lot with floaty sleeveless tops and tanks, it's a good choice.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Ah. SO interesting. 

    Diana -- I can try it, but honestly, if it needs an alteration, I'm not keeping it. It's too expensive for that. And the whole point was to have a midi. I do think in IRL the effect is a bit different because it's completely diaphanous. Very floaty. 

    I respectfully beg to disagree with the "it's not my style" comments. Yes, it's a bit of a departure from my recent tube skirts. (That's actually the point -- I want a departure.) But I have worn skirts like this for decades, off and on, in the summer. I think the fact that Mr. Suz liked it immediately and thought it was totally wearable indicates that it is not too "out there" for my summer style. 

    That's not a definitive reason to keep it, obviously. Just saying that it doesn't FEEL weird to me, or out of my style range. I don't feel like I am in costume. On the contrary, I feel perfectly comfortable and easy in it. (Leaving how it looks aside.) 

    I suspect that those of you who don't feel it is my style also think it does not flatter or isn't JFE. Which is totally worth hearing, and I thank you!

     I think my own high tolerance for tucking might be unpopular here....hmmm. Too bad Angie can't weigh in. I'd love her take on it. ;) I am wondering how much of the dislike stems from my relative high-waistedness? I actually like a shortened torso at times because I've always battled my short legs. But I do accept that not everyone agrees. 

  • Astrid replied 6 years ago

    Just came back to say that I prefer it with the floaty tanks and tops - so #2, #7, #8 and #16. I also like the pullover in #13. I don't think the skirt works as well with anything overly structured. I'm not a fan of the looks with the button downs for example.I think you have to amp the swishiness up! ;)

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    Suz, as much as I like the skirt (it is a dancing skirt!) I am not sure about it for you. From the pictures I like how it looks with denim jackets and some untucked tops (##5 and 16) but not with the tucked in tops.
    We have pretty similar style preferences and I know that I have hard time wearing my flared skirts now so they do not see much action (except dancing). When I want to wear a skirt in summer I usually reach for a dress or VC tube skirt than for the flared skirts - and I work in the office.
    Looking at the pictures I think it does not have enough structure for your style because if the fabric weight and the style. I know I would be hard pressed to style it to my liking (except for dancing with a fitted top).
    So - how do you feel about it? If you love it and the way you style it makes your heart sing then disregard all ofthe above, wear it and enjoy...if not that I would return it and look for a lightweight dress or two for your trip.

    Noticed the recurring dance motiv here...I guess this is what I have today on my brain :-)

    PS Read your comment to is not that I don't think it is your style, I am just coming from my own experience. I like a flared skirt in theory and get excited when I get one I like but I do have hard time wearing it and feel fab for some reason. I was so excited to get my Halogen striped skirt and I had great plans for it but end up not wearing it as often as I thought I would...

    I have no logical explanation for it:-)

  • crst replied 6 years ago

    I agree wholeheartedly with Astrid. Wear it and own the swishiness! Which sized earrings are those? I am planning to order but can't decide between medium and small.

  • Tania replied 6 years ago

    I think this skirt looks fab on you.  Perhaps the mixed reactions have to do with style preferences.  I like the tucked tops and the floaty ones...just depends on what vibe, where you are going, and how comfortable you will feel with your lifestyle.

    I like the black and white sleeveless tops the most, and I think all the toppers work.  The long sleeves work too, but when I see the skirt, I think breezy and the long sleeves counter that.

    Personally, I would try a black casual tee with a semi tuck and the white converse as a bright pop. 

  • kellygirl replied 6 years ago

    Ooh, I love it with the toppers and the untucked fuschia shell. It's a fun piece for sure. Floaty and cool. The hemline is awesome. The only thing that gives me pause it seems like it shortens your torso (with the tucked tops) which isn't necessarily a bad thing--just different. I have a feeling this looks even better in motion. If you love it, I would keep it because you have so many styling options. 

    ETA: Love 5,7, and 8 too. 

    ETAA: Actually, after looking at the pics again, I think I'm just not used to seeing blousy tops tucked into a full skirt. Upon secondary review, I think all of these look fab. 

  • texstyle replied 6 years ago

    I'm no skirt expert but I really like it.  I started to point out which outfits I like best but I like most all of them - esp. with the black sleeveless shell and the raspberry shell for a dressier look, and with the denim jackets (love the white one) and chambray for more casual.

    How do you like those Ecco sandals? I've been enjoying mine.

  • pil replied 6 years ago

    Well, I love it on you, Suz. My favorite is with the black tank and least favorite are the black kimono jacket and white denim jacket. Not that I don't like them but I just like the others better

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    What a beautiful skirt Suz! and I can only imagine how wonderful it is in motion. Here are my thoughts:

    - I think the camera angle is messing a bit with how the proportions look in the pictures. The camera seems like it might be a little bit lower and so shoots "up" at you, making your bottom half look longer than I suspect it is IRL. This potentially is what throws off the look (for some people) with the fully tucked tops.

    - Yes, it is a bit of a departure for the style we have seen you wear in the last six months but that doesn't mean it isn't YOUR style. A top (tucked or untucked), skirt and crisp topper is very definitely one of your favorite formulas. And that's what this is - with just a slightly different skirt shape is all.

    - I think it's difficult when we post an item for review that is a bit of a departure from what Fabbers are used to seeing us in....hence the "it doesn't look like you" comments. And I get that. But I also know personally that I'm often drawn to things that are slightly different because it means I'm ready to maybe shift a wee bit in my style. And that's how we grow.

    So long and short of it is, I think the skirt is lovely, you've styled it beautifully and if it feels as wonderful as I can imagine and Mr. Suz likes it - keep, wear and enjoy :)

  • Daria replied 6 years ago

    It is a beautiful skirt. I'm however in the camp of those who dislike it with tucked tops, although I don't agree it's "a whole lot of skirt". :)
    I do however understand your concern of not being able to wear it enough. I know I wouldn't - and I do work in an office. I actually have a fairly similar dress and don't wear it often, even though it's a bit shorter than your skirt so a bit less dressy.
    But to reiterate - it is beautiful, and you certainly have enough accompanying pieces to pull it off!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Shannon, thanks for weighing in. You of all people will understand this -- I know the issue has come up a lot in your K/R posts. People do get used to a particular style for someone and find it hard to imagine something different. Also, you are probably right about the camera angle. I just moved it from the guest room and it may not be set up the way I usually have it. 

    crst, these are the medium earrings. I debated, too, but Lisa had got the medium so I went with that. I do have big ears, FWIW. I felt like that might help balance the size, even though my features and face are not huge. I'm 5'4 if it helps, with a long neck. 

    Tex, thanks -- I am enjoying the sandals so far -- just got them yesterday! I think they will work really well for this purpose and am encouraged that they are good for you in your heat. 

    Sveta, maybe you need this for your dance capsule!! It would be such a great skirt for that. I am not sure if it is a lack of structure that would bother me -- I honestly don't think so. But I might be wrong. 

    Thanks, everyone -- I am really enjoying the varied opinions and find it fascinating. Still no decision. Luckily, I have a week or two to make up my mind for sure. 

  • Thirkellgirl replied 6 years ago

    I think it looks fantastic on  you, especially with the black tank. You look long and lean and gorgeous. Keep!

  • Astrid replied 6 years ago

    I agree about people getting used to some looks and being influenced by that. So some things that don't seem to be much of a stretch to ourselves might look like a bit of a departure to other people. I think no matter how often you post pictures what we see here is always just an approximation. I also have some looks I enjoy that I might not have posted or that just don't translate well in pictures. I think in the end everyone needs to trust their gut feeling and decide based on how something feels and looks IRL.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Astrid - perfectly put!

  • Marley replied 6 years ago

    I think that if you like it - keep it!  It sounds like its a fun skirt to swish around in! :-)
    I like the way you have it styled with the tops except for #9 - just seems like too much fabric/bulk on both the top and the bottom.  Also, I'm not crazy about the pattern mixing in #6 - I want to see a 3rd piece added to it - like a taupe or ivory or black or blue denim jacket - I think that would pull it all together.
    As far as shoes go - I'm not crazy about the black ones or the white cons.  All the others are either low contrast or low vamped and to me seem to work better for the proportions of your outfits.
    If I were considering this for myself - I would question the colors in the skirt.  They don't seem very "summery" to me - but I'm not saying that that would automatically eliminate it - its just something to consider!
    I really, really wish we could see the slit in the skirt in your pics!  I think that would make a big difference in people's opinions.  I looked at it on-line and it doesn't really show it there either, nor does it mention it in the description.  Weird, huh?

  • replied 6 years ago

    Astrid and Shannon have made a good point, and have articulated it well.  Lots of food for thought here.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Marley, you hit a really important point. If this skirt were ink or navy or even charcoal, I would not be hemming (ha ha) or hawing (hee hee)!! 

    Seriously -- if it were in a colour I typically wear more of, I wouldn't even hesitate, despite the cost. Maybe in the end, that is the real issue! Hmmm. 

    And you're right -- isn't it weird they don't mention that slit? It is very definitely there, though, and shows in motion. 

    Well, I'm leaning towards returning, but with some degree of sadness since I think I really would wear a skirt like this a whole lot! 

    I thank you all for your opinions and am so interested in the fact that there is such variation here, with some people's favourites being others' most disliked versions. Just goes to show how much of style is subjective and how important it is to feel great in what we're wearing, right? :) 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Chiming back in here - your comment Well, I'm leaning towards returning, but with some degree of sadness since I think I really would wear a skirt like this a whole lot! is worrying me a bit Suz.
    Why are you leaning towards returning it? Because there has been some negative feedback? Because it's black & white and not another color? Returning something that makes you sad and that you think you would wear a lot makes ME sad! Make sure you're returning it for the right reasons. We have to please ourselves first and foremost and if you really like it, then keep it. Just sayin' :)

  • replied 6 years ago

    Hi Suz - I really like the silhouette with the Franco Sarto (?) cow print shoes. It seems like a comfortable skirt that you could wear around the house. 

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Awww. Thanks, Shannon. 

    I DO really like it; but I'd like it a whole lot more in ink or navy with white. And I feel sure I'd get my money's worth from it in those colours. Know what I am saying? 

    Having said that, in black with taupe (it's not white in the pattern, but a light tan or taupe) it's a bit more unexpected for me—and that can be a good thing. Ummlila mentioned in another thread that she had put herself on a "blue fast." Well, I could perhaps consider a similar strategy if I want any variety in my wardrobe at all. Looking at my closet, especially my summer closet, it is a veritable sea of white and blue. Meanwhile, black is an accent colour in my closet; taupe is a key neutral. So it's not such a stretch.  

    Anyway. I do so appreciate all your thoughts, positive and negative. I will of course try it on again and wear it for an hour or two before deciding, and also consider where and when I might wear it in my regular life. Often if I make a list of upcoming occasions, I can see why I was drawn to a particular item. 

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    What about this navy EF as a potential replacement? (It also comes in white).

  • UmmLila replied 6 years ago

    I really like this skirt and I think it looks best with something more fitted on top, so you don't have extra volume blousing out over the top. I think the black tank and booties look is my favorite.

    BTW I have been very good about my blue fast, though I haven't found any dresses I like for summer this year that are not blue, so have forgone them all. 

  • anchie replied 6 years ago

    I like it best with the topper and less heavy, lighter color shoes. Skirt looks summery to me despite black color, maybe because of fabric, cut and movement? Not office-y at all. It also looks easy to style, and easy to dress up or down.  And it gives you some variation in silhouette. And seems like something that will travel well.

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    I am going to weigh in for returning. I think that in these colors, it's a bit too conventional and conservative despite the fabric and cut. It's neither edgy enough nor strict/classic and the pattern and color keeps it from being boho, so I find it kind of an amalgam hybrid. I am so sorry because I can see how it does look nice on you. And feel free to overrule my opinion!

  • Gaylene replied 6 years ago

    Well, I was restraining from commenting--after all how does someone who is veering towards a no-fashion look have anything to contribute to a fashion critique? So I'll stop at saying I like the skirt. But what I am really wondering is why on earth you are thinking of returing something that YOU and Mr. Suz obviously like.

    Yes, MAYBE you might decide after after a few wearings that this skirt isn't for you, and, yes, you could possibly find a "safer" skirt that everyone approved of, or that your head told you was the right color or shape, or that was exactly like all the other skirts in your closet, but is that the path you really want to take? Some of my most expensive fashion mistakes came from exactly this kind of "talking down" and substituting. And I'll always be dubious about dressing by group consensus.

    Shannon has nailed it. Does this skirt make you happy--yes or no? Do Mr. Suz's eyes light up when he sees you in it--yes or no? I can't help but think of Janet and that HL dress that so many commenters felt was not her style or wasn't as flattering as her "normal" look. She was smart enough to listen to herself and her hubby when it counted...

  • kerlyn replied 6 years ago

    I really like it on you! My favorite looks are the black tank and the denim jacket.  It looks like it would be very versatile.

  • Sal replied 6 years ago

    What Gaylene said!!

    If you and Mr Suz love it, the only reason to return is if it is stretching the budget or preventing you buying something you love more.  I see this as a versatile skirt and ideal for working from home too on a hot day, throwing a jacket over as needed.

    I have these earrings too and love them - they really suit you, and are such a fun addition to the wardrobe.

  • Susie replied 6 years ago

    I think this is why I rarely post k/r items. You like the skirt, hubs likes the skirt on you, and it makes you sad to think of returning it. So why wouldn't you keep it?! (assuming it's affordable of course.)

    For me, how I feel in something is now my most important criterion. If I like something and I feel good in it, then it IS my style, even if it might be different than things I normally wear.

    For what it's worth, I think this is a great skirt. And I also think that it likely looks even better IRL.

  • replied 6 years ago

    Re:"I DO really like it; but I'd like it a whole lot more in ink or navy with white"

    Ah. Take it back then. I'm sure you'll be able to find something else.

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    What Diana said.
    But that doesn't mean you can't have a style shift or shadow style or just a whackadoodle item.
    The main thing I  noticed is that the skirt does not look too dressy for normal excursions where you might dress up a little bit. So I think it's very  wearable.

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    Suz - I love that skirt, and it loves you! It is a truly gorgeous piece that is on trend and a modern piece that can elevate all manner of tops, as you have shown.   I would wear it in a heartbeat, but I am an office worker. I would not choose it on weekends. For that, I have adopted some lovely maxi skirts. Given your reduced budget based on your other post, do you see yourself wearing it often enough to make it a good purchase? Only you know that.

  • Vicki replied 6 years ago

    One skirt that feels THAT comfortable and looks THAT great with such a wide variety of tops and shoes, is a KEEP.

    I especially like it with the black top, the denim jacket and the fuchsia top (with silver sandals). So many pretty looks, Suz.

  • Tina replied 6 years ago

    I want to jump on Gaylene's bandwagon here.
    Looking at the photos again I think they are all very wearable and would suit various occasions and activities as well as varying summer temps. You have so many different looks right here, it's hard to argue that you don't have enough to pair it with. You are an attractive woman and these looks do justice to your style IMO. I picture you as someone who walks with purpose and I can see this skirt just swishing along:-)

    I look at someone's appearance as a whole and these pictures look like they would translate into impressive real life imagery.

  • Peri replied 6 years ago

    I'm enjoying this discussion! I hope you keep the skirt, and one of the reasons is I've never subscribed to the idea that we can only have one style. The idea that something isn't "you" is strange to me...keep it, wear it, and it becomes "you". Are we only allowed to look one way?

    I've made such comments in the past and most of the discussion was more in favor of having a coherent style. Which I can kind of see, but not if it becomes a box we aren't allowed out of!

    And on top of that, I don't see it as being that different from "you". I think it looks very much like you...pretty, feminine, easy, casual and classy. 

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    Agreeing with TS, if it makes you (& Mr Suz) happy then keep :) Having said that, if it is a summer only skirt for you would you get more wear out of a skirt that could cross into other seasons?

  • replied 6 years ago

    I prefer the black and white variations and version number one is so good I would keep it just for that outfit alone. 

  • Windchime replied 6 years ago

    Suz, I'm not going to offer an opinion about keeping or returning the skirt. You have plenty of input about that already. :) I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed scrolling through all your stylings of the skirt; it's amazing how many tops you've successfully combined with it, and how each one shifts the character of the overall outfit. Some of my favorites are 11, 12, 13, and 14. I'll be interested to know what you decide!

  • Marilyn replied 6 years ago

    I think it looks really lovely on you, Suz.  Go with your gut feeling. 
    I've admired that skirt in store and it's beautiful...... but it's too much skirt for petite little me.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    This is so very very interesting! I thank you all so much for your considered thoughts. 

    Marilyn, aren't we the same height? I think  we might be...

    Windchime, glad you like the stylings. 

    Isabel, the first one is the one the SA sold me on. 

    Caro, there is (almost) no such thing as a cross seasonal skirt for my climate. Our highs are too high (and let's face it, Beijing will be a lot hotter than that!) and our lows are too low. The only things that really cross seasons for me are a few jeans, but I don't really wear jeans in summer. Because they are too hot. Anyway -- just to say -- it is perfectly normal and reasonable in my climate to have a summer only skirt or dress. Summer is at least 3 months and maybe 4. 

    Peri, you said this: "And on top of that, I don't see it as being that different from "you". I think it looks very much like you...pretty, feminine, easy, casual and classy." 

    First of all, thank you. And secondly, this is exactly what I think, too. It doesn't feel like a style stretch at all to me when I put it on -- the only thing that is different is the asymmetry, and I love asymmetry! So interesting, though, to hear others' perceptions. 

    Tina, Thistle, Vicki -- thank you. And thanks, Unfrumped and Smittie, too -- you raise an important point -- there might be another, better version out there. Hmmm. 

    Gaylene, I like your approach. I won't go by consensus, no -- but I do value all your opinions because sometimes we don't see ourselves all that clearly. Also, this is on the pricey side for my new budget. I can afford it, but it's at the edge of guilt inducing, if you know what I mean. Unless I wore it a lot, I might feel silly for having bought it. The Halogen striped full skirt that Sveta mentioned is an excellent counter example. I only paid $45 for that. So the fact that I have worn it a grand total of 4 times is perfectly okay with me. I love that I have it in my closet and love that I *could* wear it if the right occasion came up. I do not feel I wasted my money in the least. But paying closer to $200 for a similar type of item seems a bit on the risky side. 

    Susie, how I feel is the most important criterion, too. And I feel great in the skirt. Which still doesn't mean I'd wear it enough. Sigh....

    Diana, I saw that skirt, too -- but it's a solid, and almost $100 more, and I don't really like high low front/ back hems that much for some reason, except in maxis. Alas. 

  • Marilyn replied 6 years ago

    Suz.....I'm only 5'.  A few more inches would make SUCH a difference when shopping.    But, we must work with what we've got, right.  :)

  • Debbie replied 6 years ago

    Suz- I love it. I think it will be a versatile summer piece. It goes well with the items you have and will be a great travel piece. I think it does fit your style and qualifies as a wildcard piece to me.
    I hope you keep!

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    OK, I'm rather short on forum time lately, so I only skimmed the other responses, but I saw enough to realize there is some debate. :-)

    I kind of like it, actually, and suspect it's one of those things (like my HL dress) that perhaps doesn't hold the appeal in photos that it does IRL. I think longer (midi and maxi) skirts in particular can be problematic in photos, especially when it's a floaty, light fabric and we can't see the movement in a static photograph.

    I am not crazy about tops tucked fully into it -- they do seem to make your torso look quite short. But I am sensitive to that proportion issue because it is my concern with tucking tops into skirts. I'm also not really keen on #6 but I'm not much of a pattern mixer. ;-) However I think it looks amazing with the raspberry top and with the taupe top and the denim jacket. I think a semi-tuck is worth trying if the top has a blousy feel. I also think a fitted untucked top could look really nice with this.

    Here's the thing. You don't need committee approval if you and your hubs love the skirt. Keep it for a few days and see if you decide you want to wear it. If you do, then I say it's a keeper. I understand looking for feedback -- after all, I obviously do it too! -- but I'm glad I didn't let some opposing opinions hold me back from the HL dress or the Skirted Leggings of Controversy.

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    So now I'm feeling guilty that I chimed in. Here's the thing - I am in a super picky phase and I returning anything at all which doesn't feel like All That to me. I am always swinging between the poles of "eh, good enough" and "must be smitten". And of course only you can decide what you want.

    Okay, I'm not smitten with it on you, but who cares? You, Suz, catch your wardrobe fish with such a fine net that there is no doubt about fit and styling. The only remaining questions are subjective ones only you can answer. So I revoke my opinion and say follow your heart.

  • Gaylene replied 6 years ago

    OK, I was downtown this pm and popped into Club Monaco to check out the skirt. If anything, it looks better in real life than in a photograph. The store had it on a mannequin paired with a top in in deep burgundy. The fabric is light and floaty so I can understand your feeling it would be mainly a summer item, but, paired with the deeper color, I could also see it working for warm evenings in fall. The elastic waist and lightness, though, make it perfect for hot weather.

    At that price, though, I do understand your hesitation. For me, the pros would be (1) the utility of having a no-brainer, summer skirt for casual dressing up, (2) the asymmetrical cut and style, and (3) the ease of packing. The cons would be exactly the ones you've articulated--the price and how often I'd actually reach for the skirt. It definitely falls more into the statement realm than the essential category, in my opinion. I think if you can figure at least a dozen times in the next few years when you'd wear the skirt, then go for it. If you are hard pressed to think of more than one or two times--or if you doubt that you'd pack the skirt in your suitcase--then I'd consider returning it.

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    I am astounded at how interesting this skirt has become through the comments. Well since I only skimmed for now, I will say that I agree that if it make you happy (which includes Mr. Suz's feelings) keep. If you were asking me, based on the pictures, I would say return. It is not that it is not your style, I just don't love it in these pictures. In person, I might feel differently. 

  • Aubergine replied 6 years ago

    Really late to the game, but I like the skirt a lot -- in general and on you. My favorite of the looks you've shown are the ones with the simple white tops, the denim jackets, and the berry peplum top.

    I guess I can see what people are saying in the sense that, if I saw the skirt randomly in a store, I wouldn't necessarily think of you. On the other hand, I don't think it's a huge departure style-wise and the way you've styled it certainly makes it your own. And it's gorgeous and makes you happy and sounds like it would fill a niche in your wardrobe. So I vote keep unless you're really second-guessing it.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    I like all the ways that you have styled this skirt, both tucked and untucked. Sleep on it and trust your instincts as to whether or not to keep it. Would you take this skirt to China? It looks good dressed up and styled casually.

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    I'm 68 posts late. 'Why wouldn't you wear this skirt?' was my first thought. I like it best with an untucked top of a similarly light material.

    On the other hand, I don't love all that bunched fabric at the waistline... But that is the style.

    On the third hand, I don't find it that exciting.

    On the fourth hand (right, I was clearly radiated somewhere along the way), the side slit provides thrill... I'd go for it if I were you ;)

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Beautiful.  This is definitely case of looks so much better on you than the model:)  Very versatile, dress or down. I love it.

  • Style Fan replied 6 years ago

    Suz I looked at your pictures and thought what is there to think about?  The skirt is so FAB on you.  I love it.  Then I started to read the comments and I was surprised. 

    I can see a skirt like that being a workhorse but that is me.  The skirt looks great dressed up and dressed down.  Perfect.  Love it with the jean jacket.  Black and ink together is very French.  (I think)

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    I love it in the first pictures with the back split hem tank in black.  I like the other looks too except for the one with the Cons because it just feels too sporty for this skirt.  This is an elegant piece and I love it with the tank.  Let me repeat....

    I'm thinking with dressy footwear it could work for an occasion calling for more elegant attire.  You've put a lot of effort into figuring out how to style it for casual wear, but I like it as a piece you keep around for when you suddenly need to be more dressed up.  I have found it's essential to have things like this in my closet, it reduces stress.  I've made peace with the CPW.  In fact I just spent a small fortune buying some Rick Owens pieces (jacket and 2 skirts) for just such occasions.  I put a lot of value on how I feel during these times so it's worth it to me.

    So those are my two bits.  (I've got insomnia it's 5:15 am and I'm not sure I'm coming across clearly.) LOL.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Denise, what a good point. I do agree with you about that -- our lives are similar enough that I know exactly what you mean. I guess the trouble here is that I have a few of those pieces for this type of weather, situation -- and I'm wondering if I need to have this as well. Know what I am saying? It's a question of value. 

    I'm going to make a list of events where I would wear the skirt, potentially, in the next couple of years, as Gaylene suggested. It's not going to date super fast, I suspect, so that is not an issue. 

    Again, all, I truly appreciate your comments and thoughts -- it has been really helpful to hear the variety of opinions. 

  • dakotacheryl replied 6 years ago

    Wow, what a great lot of replies !!

    Whatever you do will be the right decision !!

  • Elizabeth P replied 6 years ago

    Stop analyzing this skirt to death, and cut the darn tags off.  It's really cool, and dresses up and down well, and with interest.  Just don't wear it with your tops tucked in :)  (And for the record, I am NOT against tops tucked in, I just think they don't work super well with this shape of skirt, on you.  But that's only one of many ways to wear it)

    And just wanted to point this out to you... $53 at the Bay.  Mine arrived yesterday, and I love it.

  • Cococat replied 6 years ago

    I haven't been here long enough to know your style Suz, so for me, you're a blank to

    I really like the skirt. It looks great on you. I like it every way you have styled it except for the white sneakers (just personal opinion, I don't like sneakers with below knee skirts no matter how gorgeous the skirt or sneaker). The tucked blouses look great, the denim jacket looks great. It's a winner in my book.

    I recently bought something quite similar from ASOS. I haven't worn it yet. You have given me some ideas.

    I'm going to go back and read the replies now.

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    I love it and you styled it beautiful! Thus, I understand your hesitation when it comes down to CPW, otherwise, I would keep it for sure!

  • jackiec replied 6 years ago

    Seems I'm late to the party, so I'll have to go back and read the comments after I post this. I absolutely die it love the first outfit so much. My word. So cool. My next fav is #8. The skirt seems breezy and certainly reminds me of one I had in the 90s. Boy did I love the 90s. Love the nickel and suede stuff. I admired it on Lisa too. If I had shorter hair I'd pick some of these up, but I really stick to studs every day. This is a great look on you guys.

  • Vix replied 6 years ago

    Hi Suz --

    I was too lazy to log in so I read alllll the comments about the Skirt of Controversy before seeing the photos.

    My .02 is that you: 

    • need a skirt for a super-hot & humid vacation
    • like the way it feels + you have a thumbs-up on the homefront
    • have 3+ outfits, including shoes, that work with it (more on that later)
    • chose something kind of on-trend but timeless, so you can continue to get your CPW down over the next couple of years, minimum, during summer weather/warm-weather trips


    I mean, I get it re budget and colors.

    My new Diaper Dress was a splurge for something with very limited use (seasonally + maybe casual summer Fridays) but knock wood as long as it fits I know I'll wear it for at least a few years because I know myself. So CPW rationalized. And the new blue/green/etc ($) pencil skirt I bought paired with a million things in my closet, but the same one I bought in black/white blob print really one works (*IMO*) with a few black/white/taupe items. So I debated taking the latter back, but in the end kept it because I don't have many summer neutrals  that can go super-casual.

    So I vote keep.

    I do prefer it with the black tank, the white tank, and the white sleeveless blouse because WOMAN you're gonna be showing a lot of leg when moving and when in the sun and the heavier fabrics up top seem mis-matched.

    [Perhaps the jackets etc in early fall/late spring with hose/booties or something, but for summer....]

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Elizabeth -- that's it!! I'll get the Jones New York instead. 

    But I WILL tuck my tops, so there. I like it.  :)

    Hang on -- how long is that JNY? And what is the sizing? 

    I definitely think the price is more in my ballpark and the colours, too. 

  • SW Ann replied 6 years ago

    I'm really late to this thread, but had to weigh in....because I liked the tucked versions.  My first thought, before I read any of the comments..I like this skirt but it would be dependent on "how much it cost"....I like it on you very much, but saw that while it would be perfect 10 months of the year for me here in Arizona, I know you are Canadian and that might somewhat limit your use.  I think you look great in the skirt, and while I didn't love every iteration, I thought there were enough different ways to wear it that you could get your use out of it  IF IT WASN'T EXPENSIVE.... We all have our own definition of expensive...I would spend less that $100 for this skirt here in the states...that decision has to be your life and your budget. 

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Oops. Spoke to soon. They don't have it on the website any more. Grrr. 

  • tulle replied 6 years ago

    I'm really tired of the asymmetrical hemline look in general, but I must say that I think you'll find this skirt useful.  Easy to pack, easy to wear--and your husband likes it?  Keep it.

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    Suz, I know you said the skirt is light - but have you checked if it is breathable? The website says it is a poly and in my experience this is not the best fabric for the heat and humid.
    I have quite a few "light and floaty" poly tops which I cannot wear in the heat because they make me hot and sweaty - much hotter that my cotton and linen tops which are heavier in weight.
    Sorry but you said you do not need it for AC.. :-)

  • elpgal replied 6 years ago

    I wish YLF had the capability to upload short videos so you could see clothes in motion :)

  • Elizabeth P replied 6 years ago

    I was actually wondering the exact same thing as Sveta... just hadn't had a chance to get back, yet again, to this thread :)  104 and humidity...I dunno.  Might be better for your real life than this trip.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Yeah, I think the skirt will have to go back no matter what. Maybe I should try the EF linen one Diana linked to after all -- it's on sale today. 

  • Rubygirl replied 6 years ago

    The skirt is hands down a keeper!

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