WIW: Denim skirt for transitional weather

I couldn't help myself. One look at that quilted J. Crew denim skirt and I was a goner...despite my vow to Sveta and Angie that I wouldn't buy any more skirts because I just don't wear them. 

What can I say? It went on final sale. 

After some hemming and hawing I bought my regular size. It's quite body con in the hips but still a bit loose in the waist so I pull it down a bit closer to my hips. Super stretchy, and I'll "de-bombshell" anyway with my tops. 

We are having unbelievable weather for this time of year. Still very warm during the day. So my first outfit is what I'm wearing around the house and if I have to pop out while it is still sunny. October 2 and I am still wearing sandals. Wow! 

The second version is what I will wear tonight. My daughter made the honour roll at her school and there will be a small ceremony early this evening. The nights really cool down, so I will trade my sandals for booties, add a merino cardigan (it is navy, not black, as are the booties) and a scarf for extra warmth. Presto chango. :)

This outfit feels very "me." I guess I need to admit it. I'm a modern classic, through and through. 

Skirt: J. Crew
Cardigan: J. Crew (this is my replacement for the sweater I sent to LisaP. For me, its straight lines are more "me." 
Cream silk shell: Ann Taylor
Booties: Zara
Scarf: Old Navy
Belt: consignment

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  • greycat6 replied 5 years ago

    Love! Especially how you change it up to transition to fall. Very seasonally appropriate!

  • Mona replied 5 years ago

    congratulations! Your daughter is one smart cookie, just like her mom.
    You look lovely in this skirt. Our modern classic urban prince!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Oh Suz, you say Modern Classic like it's a bad thing! But I know what you mean. You look so good in your new skirt; I love the detailing on the front. This is a great silhouette for you in general, and how great that you're having such mild Fall weather. Enjoy it, and my congratulations to your DD. ;)

  • bella replied 5 years ago

    Looking good Suz! Nothing wrong with modern classic in my book. 

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Claire, I'm wearing "our" scarf!! I can't believe I still have it. I don't really love the fabrication but it is just so useful I can't let go. 

    And yes....I knew you'd understand the modern classic thing. I've come to realize it's actually a good thing, as long as we keep the "modern" part. Not always easy, but this skirt with its detailing does help. :) 

    Mona, thank you! I'll bet your son is on that same list. :) For similar reasons. 
    I will PM you with restaurants - haven't forgotten. 

    Thanks, greycat and beautiful Bella! 

  • Alassë replied 5 years ago

    Congratulations to your daughter! You look really good in these 2 outfits (skirt lover here), and I think the quilted pencil meshes very well with your style (not to mention colours!). I hope you surprise yourself by finding lots of ways to wear it!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Super pretty!  I love that skirt - and it looks so great on you . This simple, classic, modern - oooops, I didn't say that , did I? look on you is fantastic.  Nice to still have sandal weather happening - enjoy it while it's there!  We seem to be done with that now.    I also really like the idea of having the evening switch-up already figured out and ready to do. Perfect.  Are you going to do bare legs with the skirt and boots tonight?

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    Great skirt and I love both versions.  The quilted skirt looks very modern.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    I think it will still be warm enough for bare legs, Lisa. As long as my top part is warm and my feet are warm. If not, I do have tights or nude hose I can pop on, either way. I try to delay the tights as long as humanly possible, you know? Ugh....

    Thanks, all! 

  • texstyle replied 5 years ago

    I loved that skirt the first time I saw it (and I don't even wear skirts!). You look fantastic in it so I'm glad you got it. Love the 2 ways you've styled it - perfection on both to my eye. I think I can sort of copy this later this year with my deep blue (almost quilted look) pants, white top, navy BF cardi and black booties. I must remember to try that!

  • shedev replied 5 years ago

    Love both looks.

  • Emily replied 5 years ago

     You look beautiful, and I love absolutely everything about this outfit! 

  • O replied 5 years ago

    Oh, wow. Of course you had to get it, of course. My jaw dropped on the floor (ok, kitchen counter) when I opened that first photo.

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    Suz - I love this look on you! So cute with the booties. The skirts fits you beautifully.

    It's funny. As you know, I am not a skirt wearer either, but I lost a few pounds this summer (just 5 or so) and they seem to have come right from an area that made some skirts difficult. DH and I went to a Pink Martini concert the other night, I wore my black wool JCrew pencil skirt with pumps, and I just loved how it looked and felt. Now I want more skirts! I think my body has shifted just enough. How strange that happened at the exact same time you bought this one! Let me know if you find any more! Because you know, I want to buy everything you get. :)

    BTW, in your response to Lisa, you wrote, "As long as my top part is warm and my feet are warm," and I read, "as long as my poptart is warm."  Yeah, that too. :)

  • Angie_T replied 5 years ago

    Suz both these ensembles look fab on you. I especially love the evening look.
    I'm on my phone so I can't see well, but I have to ask...is your bootie at the ankle worn with a dark sock or is that the construction of the shoe? I can't make out the detail but I LOVE the look.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Poptarts, yay!  :) 

    Thanks, Vivian! I am glad you enjoyed your pencil skirt the other night! I actually love skirts in spring/ summer, but have a problem with tights in winter. You know? But this one may be do-able even that way. We'll see. 

    Ornella, you crack me up. :)

    Emily, Shedev, thank you!

    Tex, I'll be honoured if you do a copy! 

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Ah - Angie, these booties are last year's Zara bootie with neoprene top. So it looks like a sock, but is neoprene. I really like how it works with skirts, too, which surprises me. I guess the slim ankle fit helps make up for the horizontal lines or something. 

  • columbine(erin) replied 5 years ago

    You look great, Suz, in all iterations. I'm very fond of modern Classic and you don't ever let it become boring. I like the footwear. That's one way you keep it stylish. I have a head cold, hopefully I'm making some sense. :)

  • AviaMariah replied 5 years ago

    Suz - this is one of my favorite outfits of yours that you've posted - and I'm usually lukewarm about jean skirts.  So obviously this skirt had to be yours!!

  • Nebraskim replied 5 years ago

    When I clicked on this, I randomly hit view 2 first, and I actually said out loud...Omigod so cute. And I so want to copy this. Really a winner on this.

  • replied 5 years ago

    *Plonk!* I love both versions! Of course that skirt had to be yours. I love that you have socks inside your booties in the fall appropriate look, what a great idea!

    ETA... slaps forehead! I just read about the neoprene top on your boots... Though a sock would look good too, I guess!

  • chouette22 replied 5 years ago

    Love this! What a great look on you!

  • N-Marie replied 5 years ago

    I love that skirt on you - so glad you jumped on the final sale!  I almost bought it too, but then I remembered that sitting on the floor with toddlers and pencil skirts don't mix well.
    #1 is lovely, but I really love #2- something about the black in the cardigan weaving it's way through the skirt- it all looks so cohesive.

  • AJ replied 5 years ago

    Oh 2 FAB looks!  The quilting is such a nice feature to modernize the denim skirt. 

    I thought you were wearing socks with your booties.  How neat that it's a neoprene "mock sock." :)

    I am favoriting this and hope to come up with my cheapo copycat  soon!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 5 years ago

    I can see why you went against your no buying skirts, this one is very special and your styling is spot on!  Modern Classics done perfectly!
    Congrats to your daughter! 

  • Eliza replied 5 years ago

    Brilliant.  It is both classic and Suz classic, IYKWIM. Very you, very versatile and I am betting very likely to keep morphing through the seasons.  That skirt plays well with others and you look great. 

  • Day Vies replied 5 years ago

    I love the cap sleeve on the blouse. I remember it from a post you did last year. I think the entire outfit is cohesive, full of visual interest and texture with and without the sweater and scarf. I like both versions but the paired down version wins by a hair for me. I think it's because I like that sleeve detail. It's a  simple detail but it makes such a difference.

  • Meredith replied 5 years ago

    Wow, this looks great. I love how the quilting reads as a print at a distance. I don't love denim skirts or cardigans (on me), but this look has me rethinking both.

  • Sharon replied 5 years ago

    You look gorgeous.It may be classic, but it is also modern and youthful. Is it the weather that has led to you avoiding skirts in the past, or have you just not been in a skirt mood?

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    You naughty girl you, I need to spank you bottom! Another skirt!!!!
    Well, actually I can understand the draw because with quilting it looks uqite modern...I even can forgive you is you promise me this skirt will not become an orphan! :-)
    I especially like the rendition with the booties, scarf and cardigan - looking good! And this modern classic waving to you from afar! :-)
    I think I am running colder than you: it is 22C here today and I am wearing nude hose and booties with my dress...but again I have AC at work :-(

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Sharon, I adore skirts and wear them gladly all summer long. It's just in fall/ winter/ early spring that I find myself not wearing them, and it's a big problem. It's because of the warmth/ tights issues. To get the warmth I need, I have to wear opaque hose, and that means "dark" and I get so depressed by all the dark. Plus, my kitty gets his claws into my hose. So it's a constant dance. 

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    Oh I love this skirt! I was so tempted to try it, but didn't because of the final sale - boo hoo, I think I should have taken the gamble. And I'm a skirt girl, too - I wear them year round. 

    You look fantastic in both versions, with the booties outfit being my favorite. But isn't it nice to still be able to wear sandals this time of year? 

    I'm still laughing over Viva's "poptart" comment. Oiy, sometimes I'm about as mature as my grade school students...and what's with you and Sveta spanking each other's bottoms :) I seem to remember another post where you were going to spank her bottom, or she was spanking yours, I don't remember. So what really happened in that hotel room in Boston, anyway, he, he, he :)

  • E replied 5 years ago

    That's such a great skirt on you Suz! At least we're having a warm fall, so you'll get to wear it more. :) Have you tried finding opaque tights in lighter colours? Or layering your lighter tights over silk long johns? I don't know if either of those are good solutions though.

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Yay to your daughter!  And I love this skirt - it's not just ANY denim skirt and suits you to a T. 

    There is no shame in modern classic!  It's the perfect style when you want to push a little in any direction, but not all the way.  Like risotto, you can add anything to it and change it up.  Yes, I need lunch.

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  • Staysfit replied 5 years ago

    Oh this is just beautiful on you!  You are giving me inspiration to wear my quilted denim skirt, maybe tomorrow in fact!   I think we will have at least one more warm day before the air turns seasonably cold again.  When it gets real cold I layer two pairs of opaque tights under my skirts.  It's not cat proof, but they are warm.  I try to find the least expensive wool tights possible.  That helps. 

    Congratulations to your DD! 

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Well! That skirt is divine on you, so I'm glad it's made a home in your closet. Totally adore the layered up version, and plan to copy within the week :D Is that an infinity scarf? If not, how do you have it tied? It looks pretty perfect.

  • bostonsmama replied 5 years ago

    The classic girl in me is swooning at your ensemble! I love the scarf and long cardigan...I love to pair those with destroyed denim and booties, which are fabulous btw!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Thank you, all, and Sveta, I solemnly vow I will not orphan this baby. On Team Wear and wore it the first day I had it, so that is a good sign. :) 

    And yes...no air conditioning means no need for hose. It was warm in our house today and even warmer at the awards ceremony. 

    Aida, I'm chuckling because I didn't even tie the scarf. It's one of those long but rather wide oblongs. Instead of leaving it long ways, I folded it up into a wide rectangle and then a triangle and then just threw is on like a bib. And because of the fabric it doesn't even need to be tied. It just kind of clings to itself and hangs there. I guess it might come off in a really strong wind, but we didn't have that problem today. 

    Una, I hope you got a good meal into you! 

    E, I never seem to find lighter tights in good colours, or they don't work with my booties, or SOMETHING. I think I need to make a more concerted effort. The brick and mortar options here are not great for tights. The choices are pretty much black, black, and maybe navy. :) 

    Karie, I am laughing too. And this skirt would be super on you! 

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Oh that's fun, thanks for the explanation! The scarf I was planning to wear for my copycat should work with this "tie" method, can't wait to try it ^^

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    I liked it when I saw the first picture, but when I saw your evening look I said whoa ("literally" - in keeping with the theme of teens)! Gorgeous! Must copy with non-denim skirt somehow! And congratulations to DD and her proud parents!

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    The skirt is great, Suz. It looks so good on you with that shell and then layered with the sweater & scarf. Sandals or booties both work so well. So even if you just wear it in warmer weather, it's worthwhile. It's a great shorts alternative in the summer, right? And maybe it will be a good fall piece, too--though kitty claws sound definitively bad for tights.

  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    Well, you know how I feel about the Modern Classics:-) I think you have got yourself a winner here, Suz:-) I adore both outfits, and this skirt (the quilting is so fun) will play so well with many other pieces in your closet too. So we'll just overlook the fact that you weren't "supposed" to buy any more skirts;-)

  • Lyn D. replied 5 years ago

    Congrats to DD!

    I like the self-pattern on your skirt Suz :)

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    DD it's such geml! She did the honours last year, too-if I remember well?:-) Love the both versions. Chic and wearable! Love the long cardi, and scarf, and love the drape on the sides of the front tuck of that white top. prefect!!

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 5 years ago

    Suz, I love this outfit and think I will copy it.  It was with your help that I concluded that I too am a modern classic and now that I have accepted it, I am enjoying it.  

    That skirt looks gorgeous on you.  To me it looks a touch bombshell but the rest of the outfit offsets it very well for a balance look.  

    Is this an outfit you could wear with tights and boots in the colder weather?  I was looking at the uniqlo site and they have a very lightweight thin tight that is in a special fabric that retains heat for cold weather.  I am thinking I might try it out and wear them under pants and tights in the really cold weather to give me more freedom to wear things I like that otherwise would result in frostbite.  :)

  • Tanya replied 5 years ago

    Amazing outfits on you Suz, both versions!  That is one cool skirt.
    So interesting that you seem to be getting into cardigans again, as I am also thinking about adding a couple after quite a few years of no interest in them.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Sensational Suz strikes again. Love the skirt on you - it was meant to be yours. The cardi is a no brainier too. Rock on. xo

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    I love a good denim skirt!  I'm always on the hunt for one, but my standards are high, particular since I actually would actually be that "home school mom in the denim skirt."  I'm sorely tempted to shimmy into the science fair with a super tight denim pencil, heels, and an angora sweater.  You know:  defy expectations, work the room.  Hee.

    You look terrific in this -- I like the balance of the tailored skirt with the fluid top. 
    The quilting takes is a fun touch.

    Congrats to your DD!  

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Stop saying "modern classic" like it's a dirty word Suz - it's a style that look fabulous on you!

    LOVE the skirt! I like each way you're wearing it here and I can picture it in colder weather with tights, booties and a warm pull over.

  • MsLuna replied 5 years ago

    You look gorgeous, Suz! I know going full on edge isn't your thing but this is definitely one of your edgier outfits! I think it's the boots combined with the denim skirt!

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Suz, I'm so glad that you have that quilted denim skirt. It is perfect for you. Both versions look fab. It's amazing how a few simple substitutions really change the look and season. Congratulations to your daughter!

  • christy replied 5 years ago

    From one modern classic girl to another - you look great! :)

  • Vicki replied 5 years ago

    I want to see Sveta spanking you!!!  That's worth another YLF meet-up, but I can totally see why you bought the skirt.  They feel so cool in summer and you look so good with it in these transitional times.  Love it with the navy blue cardigan.  

  • Lynne replied 5 years ago

    Congratulations to your daughter, Suz, and I'm so glad you caved in and bought the skirt; it looks fabulous.  I love that you've styled it to be, as you say, modern, and classic - it's quietly interesting. 
    Fab to the power of fab!

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