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SKIRTS: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA | A STYLE GUIDE PT. 1/3

SKIRTS: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA | A STYLE GUIDE PT. 1/3

In ancient times, the skirt wasn't just a piece worn by women, but by men, as well.  From pieces of fabric tied around ones waist to billowing chiffon maxi skirts worn by street style queens at fashion week, the transformation of the skirt has done a 360 since those B.C. times.  When the skirt was first introduced as a fashion statement, it was worn long, maxi style and remained a modest garment.  When the 18th and 19th century rolled around, skirts were made to accentuate a woman's narrow waist and curvy hips, a look that Marilyn Monroe perfected.  As years have come and gone, so has the amount of fabric on a skirt.  Like most trends (like denim and outerwear, as mentioned in my previous "FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" posts), styles recirculate and over the years, we have seen the hemline jump from maxi to micro-mini and everything in-between.  

Nowadays, it's hard to pinpoint which skirt length is in style, because for the most part, all lengths are "in."  But every fashionista knows that different skirt lengths are best paired with certain tops and shoes.  It's never just about the skirt, but rather, the entire ensemble.  This "FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" style guide highlights the mini, midi and maxi skirt, and how to wear each one.  No longer will you roll out of bed, contemplating which skirt to wear.  These three outfit ideas will make getting dressed quick and easy, while still helping your outfit look on-point. 

 

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Finding the perfect skirt for your body can be quite the task.  Depending on the store, your typical size can fit weird causing you to have to go up or down a size; when will retailers start being consistent with their sizing?  Being completely obsessed with skirts as I am, having struggled myself, therefore causing me to search around for the best-fitting skirts out there (I like to think I'm a skirt expert).

In each skirt style, you will find a section called, "FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" which lists the best place to purchase each style of coat for your body type.  No longer will you feel discouraged pre-skirt shopping.  Instead, embrace your body and love the piece that you're in.

Additionally, all of the BEST SKIRT BRANDS mentioned below have sizes ranging from 00-16 and ranging from short/petite to tall lengths.  So, don't think for even a second that you won't be able to find a skirt that is fit for you, because these brands have created pieces that are MADE for you.

 

AN INSIDERS GUIDE TO THE BEST SKIRT BRANDS

Surprise, surprise, Free People carries the best skirts.  I find this to be true for a few reasons:

no.1 FIT:
This past summer, I was on the hunt for a few new skirts.  After searching around Marshalls & TJMaxx, I found two from Free People which I adored.  My normal size range for skirts is between a 2 and 4, the ones that I picked up to try on from Free People were both mediums, which depending on the brand, can fall between a 2-6.  When I tried these skirts on, they fit perfectly.  If you know what size you typically are in skirts, Free People will fit.  Their garments run true-to-size and you don't feel like you have to guess. 

no.2 PRICE:
If you didn't already know, both Marshalls and TJ Maxx have been carrying Free People for some years now.  If you're as obsessed with Free People as I am, this will be quite the revelation.  Instead of paying the typical Free People price of anywhere from $68-108, you'll spend about $15-25 on a new skirt from the Free People brand.  Not only is this price awesome, but you'll know that the quality is equally as great. 

no.3 ETHICS & SUSTAINABILITY:
For those of you who are BWAB frequents, this will be preaching to the choir for you.  For the newbies, you may not know that Free People is both an ethical and sustainable brand.  You can read more about it in some of my previous posts, but also on the URBN Inc. website here and here.

To be quite honest with you, I haven't found any other skirt brand that I love as much as Free People and Anthropologie.  While I do own skirts from other brands that fit me well, they are not ethical or sustainable or have sizes for women of all shapes and sizes.  Therefore, I will only be using Free People and Anthropologie as the main "skirt sources" in this post.  If I discover skirts that I love from other brands that are both ethical and sustainable, I will update this post.  

HAPPY READING.  XOXO.

 

PART 1: THE MINI FIT & FLARE

The fit and flare is a classic skirt that is perfect both dressy and casual occasions because of its classic silhouette and ease of ability to style.  A chiffon blouse is my favorite top to pair with a fit and flare skirt because it can be dressed up with some accessories — think a statement necklace or heels and a clutch — in addition to being dressed down by throwing on a pair of chunky-heeled sneakers and a few bangles.  

Along with the fit and flare skirt being incredibly stylish,  it's also one of the most comfortable.  No matter what type of body you have, the fit and flare skirt falls over any so-called "imperfections."  Typically, the fit and flare skirt is made out of a cotton material which allows it to be comfortable for all events and occasions as well as temperatures. No matter the color or pattern, the fit and flare skirt is for everyone.

FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA

A fit and flare skirt truly looks good on everyone.  The cinching at the waist followed by a flare at the hem gives the illusion of  a slim hips and nonexistent love handles but still allowing your curves to shine through. Free People and Anthropologie offer many fit and flare skirts in a wide variety of colors, textiles and adornments —in sizes ranging from petite 00-16 — so you're sure to find one that not only fits your personal style but also your body shape. If the price point at Anthropologie and Free People is too high for your budget — trust me I get it — T.J. Maxx is a great option.  The discount retailer boasts pieces from Free People at a much more affordable price point.

 

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STAY TUNED FOR PARTS 2 & 3 OF THIS SERIES TO DISCOVER MORE SKIRTS THAT ARE FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA!

SKIRTS: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA | A STYLE GUIDE PT. 2/3

SKIRTS: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA | A STYLE GUIDE PT. 2/3

OUTERWEAR: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA | A STYLE GUIDE

OUTERWEAR: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA | A STYLE GUIDE