You Have, You Need: Styling A Silk Skirt

Jun 28, 2023

Several years ago, the must-have item was a leopard-print silk skirt.  I thought this trend would be a short-lived, but I was wrong.  So if you have a silk skirt hanging in your closet, here are some thoughts on how to style it.

Silk Skirt // This silk skirt is from the Quince brand, which prides itself on creating high-quality, affordable pieces.  It comes in a wide selection of colors.  Sizes run 0-16.  The quality is better than anything you’ll pick up for a similar price elsewhere.

If you’re concerned about the skirt being a bit hot, I own this Banana Republic skirt with side slits, which keeps it a bit cooler.  Plus-size? J.Crew has you covered.  Prefer a pleated skirt?  Lily Silk makes a chic one.

First Look // Pairing a silk skirt with a simple, short-sleeve sweater is a classic look that can be worn to a semi-casual office or to brunch.  This sweater from Banana Republic is a great option.  I chose the pale blue for a tone-on-tone look, and complemented it with a necklace with the same color.

There are a number of color combinations that work.  Try ivory with a pair of pearl hoop earrings.  Try lavender and an amethyst-hued necklace.  Or go bright with an orange sweater and a coral necklace.

If the sweater is too dressy for you, try something more casual.  A striped boatneck would be a classic choice.  You could also choose a graphic tee.  A tie-front, button-up shirt gives a modern look.  Prefer something sporty?  Try a racerback tank.

Second Look // A silk skirt pairs well with a silk top.  It’s a stand in for a cocktail dress, but it gives you two pieces that you can mix up to make other outfits.  If you’re the kind of woman who wears something to a wedding and then shoves it in the back of the closet, these separates are a better option for you.

Quince makes tops in several styles to match the skirt.  This simple camisole is the easiest option.  Also in a cowl-neck.  There’s also a pleated, high neck halter.  Or stick to a simple t-shirt style silk top.

Pair the separates with a strappy sandal for a chic wedding or rehearsal dinner look.  These Open Edit sandals cost <$50 and have a unique look.  The J.Crew sandals from yesterday would also be fantastic.

However you style a silk skirt, I recommend stocking a steamer so you can keep it looking it’s best.  The Nori Press Steamer is the one you’re looking for.  It’ll pay for itself in the money you save on dry cleaning items that just need pressing.

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  1. Diane says:

    Uncanny timing again. I just impulse bought a black and white patterned silk skirt from BR when I bought the green silk shirt earlier this month and have been trying to figure out how to wear it!

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