Ask Belle: Styling a Pleated or Peasant Skirt
Mar 7, 2013
I purchased a skirt VERY similar to this one and I’m having trouble styling it. I have tried a pretty peasant blouse tucked in (with small, pretty spring flowers) but I end up looking very matronly/Sound of Music. Any help?
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Wearing a full skirt well, esp. a full, maxi-length skirt, is all about proportion. Adding a peasant blouse on top might seem like a good idea, but it adds to much volume and creates, as you said, a very matronly look. If you’re going to wear a voluminous skirt, you need a sleek top (and vice versa).
Tanks. I like the idea of pairing a racerback or halter style silk tank with a full skirt. It’s the right combination of beachy and chic. You could also wear a standard cotton tank and a low slung belt.
I also like the idea of adding a textured tank like this eyelet number from J.CREW. If you need something a little less expensive try this textured lace tank.
Button Up. Adding a crisp white button up shirt or a chambray shirt to the outfit brings a bit of structure and classic sophistication to a breezy skirt. I would add a statement necklace or roll the sleeve and add a wood bracelet. This might also be a good opportunity to try the tied-in-front blouses that have come back into style this spring.