Friday, June 24, 2011

Your Wish is My Very Belated Command

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works cited: top c/o ruche; j. crew skirt; UO flats; necklace from the camp lost and found ten years ago

A few weeks ago, someone sent me a message asking how I would style a loose-fitting blouse (such as this one that I kept obsessively mentioning) with a skirt rather than jeans. [Sidenote: I continue to feel perplexed that people ask me how to style anything, because still can't figure out how to style myself most mornings. I suspect I will need about 30 more years before I feel qualified to dole out advice.] So I rose to the challenge and styled this top with a skirt rather than jeans--the resulting scrap of advice I came up with is that I tucked the top into the back part of the skirt more than the front. But because I started this blog in part to get feedback and ask other people questions (rather than to give advice I feel entirely unqualified to give), let me ask: do you all have any tricks up your sleeves for wearing loose blouses with skirts?

34 comments:

Cara said...

My immediate reaction when I saw your tweet was: "belt it". Then I saw this skirt had adorable buttons at the waist, and I'm glad you didn't!

The reason I am drawn to belts is that I've found in order to successfully belt a loose top, it needs to be held in place well, so it doesn't slip in and out of where it's shouldn't. I find skirts tend to twist and ride up through the course of the day, so a belt prevents the shirt from doing the same. Of course, tucking into pantyhose/underwear works to - so long as you're sure the skirt won't reveal that you've done that!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

cara--wow, this is such a great tip! and you're totally right about how tops get scroogey if they aren't held in place. genius, my friend!

Danielle said...

Kind of going off what Cara said -
I like belting loose/longer tops and then blousing them over, even to the point where you can't see the belt anymore. It gives the shirt a whole new shape!

I've been doing it a lot with dresses worn as shirts -
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http://daniellesotherblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/out-on-porch-day-8.html
(these are both with jeans, but you could pair it with skirts too!)

-Danielle

Style Journey said...

My first thought when i read this was to add a wide belt. Another trick I do it to do the scarf as a belt. I usually try and make it wider kind of like an obi style.

AJD ∞ said...

I always do exactly what you did! Tuck that baby in and then let it naturally drape over the waist a bit. You're looking quite cute today, I might add! I'm loving the skirt and your long hair!

Lynzey said...

If I have a loose or longer top and want to pair it with a skirt, I generally go for the more sleek silhouette of a pencil skirt or something straight on bottom. This way the volume of the top is balanced by the sleekness of the bottom.

Sorcha said...

I think I tend to do the same - tuck in loose tops to a high waist. I'm pretty terrible at wearing belts to be honest!

Sorcha x
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Celynne said...

Since I only ever wear skirts really, I can help answer this! Slightly higher-waisted skirts are best, so you can tuck in enough of the shirt without worrying it'll escape and have you flashing flesh the minute you bend over or reach upwards for something. And it lets you poof-out the blouse and take advantage of its looseness, if that makes any sense at all.

Brittany Pruett said...

A little trick I've been doing lately for longer blouses is knotting them at the waist. You know, kind of like how you used to do to over-sized t-shirts when you were in elementary school.

Salazar said...

Huh. I never thought about it, but I realized I do exactly what you did too - tuck the blouse in and let it poof and drape naturally. Love this outfit!

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Lydia Marie said...

I tend to wear looser tops like that with pencil skirts, especially the higher waisted ones since there is a less chance that it will come untucked. And being able to tuck it into tights always helps too, however dorky that sounds.

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Camille said...

Belts with drawstring skirts are the best way to do it! Sometimes I just wear the blouse over the skirt so that the blouse can be as loud and colorful as it wants to be. When I do that I use a smaller, thinner belt (I love using this one for these occasions). You can also tie a knot at the front or side of the top and wear the skirt underneath the knot (does that make sense?), it's all a matter of how vintage or modern someone wants to feel :)

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Healthy and Homemade said...

I like the looser top tucked into a skirt. It's a more relaxed look than a tight tank or a button top shirt.

Sara said...

Oh man. I have no advice about the loose top/skirt conundrum, but I love how you ended up styling this! This outfit is adorable.

illumined said...

I generally stick with the whole "baggy top, tight bottom" and vice versa advice, so with a loose blouse, I would tend toward a pencil skirt. I think you did quite well with tucking it in and keeping it billowy but structured!

wildchild said...

this is a perfect little 4th of july outfit! so summery :)

HollyDolly said...

The top is adorable, perfect for summer. And usually, when it comes to tucking in a loose fitting top, the higher the wasit the better!

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Lexie, Little Boat said...

i agree with hollydolly -- i try to find high waist skirts for my loose tops! this is a cute example of what works!

SoFashionistica said...

This look came out lovely! Hmm.....advice on wearing loose blouses with skirts, belt it and add a cardigan or a vest for a more fitted effect.

Kelly said...

Nope! I am just winging it too most mornings ...

Kelly xo
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Ellen said...

ah-dorable! i just stubbled across your blog and i really like it! i luh-v this outfit too!

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Joy Chou said...

I love the pattern on this top! When it comes to loose blouses, I like to pair them with slimmer fitting skirts (or shorts) to avoid looking like an oompa loompa. Tuck either more in front or more in back (like you mentioned) and pull the rest loose and let it hang. Hope that helps?


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Renee said...

i love this outfit exactly how it is... the skirt and top compliment each other wonderfully!

Renee
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Sherry said...

So cute!! I love that top and those flats are adorable!! I love this outfit!! :)

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lovelyandliterate said...

Have to agree with Cara, you can't go wrong with a great belt! However, I love this outfit -- especially the skirth adn those flats!

tangerinetess said...

I like this outfit! It's so perfect for summer! I just got a loose blouse via etsy as well as sewed one up because I thought they are so easy to match with the rest of wardrobe. So far, i have paired it with a pencil skirt, peg trousers, slouchy trousers, and skirts. Will be pairing it with shorts. The only thing I haven't done, is to pair it with jeans..

Kezzie said...

This is such a pretty look! I love the red, white and blue! Those shoes are adorable! (hello, by the way, from a random blogger- I couldn't resist visiting when I saw the name of your blog on Alex Odd socks' blog!

Monique said...

That blouse is GORGEOUS! I love any type of bottom that's cream. Lovely outift!

Michelle said...

This is adorable.

myedit said...

No tips, just a sidelong jealous glance at your healthy (haha... not me) locks! This looks great!

Closet Cravings said...

Love the J. Crew skirt - adorable. =)

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Elizabeth. said...

I like your top skirt combination, it's lovely.

For other ways to wear it I was thinking especially if the skirt is tighter fitting I think tucking one side of the front and leaving the rest out can look quite nice. The other idea is to tie a little knot at the side or back of the skirt to make it tighter around the waist of the skirt (especially high waisted ones).

I hope that is some help. Happy experimenting

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umbrellamom said...

Have you thought of maybe adding a long,very light and filmy scarf. It really dresses up an outfit. You don't need to tie it just wrap it once around your neck and let it hang in front, or to be fancy, let one end drape in front or one in back. Or you might try tying knots in the ends and just draping it over your shoulders. I'm starting a new blog just about scarves at scarvesforwoman.com. I love your blog. It is very inspiring.

Anora said...

Hey,

I like this outfit for summer season. The color and style of your skirt is very beautiful.

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