Summer Skirt in A Fall Outfit #2: Day Thirteen

Again, we’re testing the theory that summer skirts and dresses become fall-ready with tights and boots. This one’s a bit of a stretch, I think. I like how the photos turned out, but in real life I find the skirt a bit summery and bright. What do you think? Would you have packed this skirt away by now?

What I’m Wearing:

  • Self-Stitched Skirt: McCalls 5803, finished back in March 2009
  • Blazer: H&M, bought in 2007. (Proof that lower-priced clothing can last, if you take care of it..)
  • T-Shirt: Forever21, bought ages ago and these days it should never be worn without a jacket!
  • Shoes: Dolce Vita, Winners

Read more about the skirt here, or see it in more outfits!


Q. What are your thoughts on today’s outfit?

A. Honestly, I got dressed in a hurry this morning! It was a definite Monday, in that I wasn’t fully prepared to start the week yet and even getting out the door on time was a struggle. Add in the challenge of putting together an interesting and new outfit including something I made, just slowed me down some more. This is the result of less-than-perfect outfit matching.

So, my thoughts are:

  • Wear ankle boots with matching tights for a longer leg line. See how the black booties and grey tights together make me look a bit stumpy? Yeah, don’t do that. It works the same with nude pumps and bare legs – the same colour all the way down elongates the leg. (Do as I say, not as I do.)
  • When wearing tights, don’t wear rings! The less potentially sharp edges to catch and snag your tights, the better.
  • If you’re going to layer, make sure your underneath layers are equally as nice as the top layers. What I mean is – don’t wear a scrubby t-shirt under your nice blazer and plan to never take it off. That’s the day that the office will actually be warm!
  • When trying the summer skirt in a wintery outfit, try to tie in similar elements. The first time I tried this look, I had a cotton skirt with a jean jacket and tonal brown tights. Better! Today I have a flippy floral skirt with a black blazer and grey tights. Too much contrast.

If it weren’t Self-Stitched-September I’d probably keep these photos to myself and take some better ones another time. Sadly, I am forced to share and look critically at what didn’t work. Ah well, tomorrow’s another day!

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15 Responses to Summer Skirt in A Fall Outfit #2: Day Thirteen

  1. Annie September 14, 2010 at 6:52 am #

    I like your outfits and I like your idea of summer skirts and dresses in fall outfits. I should probably try it out more myself. Could be useful here in Switzerland. This skirt however, though it is lovely, looks to me a bit too much like summer.

  2. Peacockchic September 14, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    Thanks for the thoughts. Never thought of the whole “ring” conundrum but it makes total sense. All thoughts were great because I plan to sport some tights this fall/winter so I need all the tips I can get

  3. Tanit-Isis September 14, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    The skirt in fall doesn’t bother me, but you’re right it could be tied in with the rest of the outfit a little more (a warmer colour of tights, or lighter boots, or a lighter/more summery jacket.) Which I wouldn’t’ve noticed at all if you hadn’t pointed it out to me.

    I am still envying your wooly tight collection, however. I wore a skirt yesterday (OMG!) and while I had knee-high socks and boots, my knees still got cold. :(

  4. Helena September 14, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    I think the skirt is a little too summer-y, however I think it would have worked better in a fall outfit if it hadn’t contrasted that much with the blazer. You do look lovely, though.

  5. Kelly September 14, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    I probably would have put it away, but like others said, pairing it with something different might work well into the fall. Perhaps a red sweater? Turtleneck? Something that brings out the fall colors in the skirt (mainly the red) and ignores all the springy pinks.

    I envy your ability to wear tights. I always feel like I’m 8 years old again, but you pull the look off well!

    Ooh, your red pumps would look great with this (assuming you were willing to do pantyhose instead of tights)!

  6. Greta September 14, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    thanks for the tip about elongating the legs. I need those tips. If it were me, I would tie it all together with purple. Purple is great for fall-winter.

  7. Maureen September 14, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    When I look at your skirt and think Canadian fall, I focus on the burnt-orangy tones, or darker pinks or the darker mauves. I think this skirt could really work as a transition piece. Perhaps a top or jacket in any of the colour tones I mentioned and lighter coloured shoes or boots.

    Love the tights! – here in Ontario, the temperatures are still too volatile to wear them. We have to dress for warmth in the morning and be able to take off layers by noon (only to add them back on by 5:00).

  8. Brooke September 14, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    I think you’ve answered your own question with the tonal thing in your final Q&A – you can get away with a skirt like that well into fall with a jacket that’s a deeper shade of one of the shades in the skirt–say aubergine, or a deep brownish purple. I think it could work for fall because it’s got enough orange and reds in it to remind a person of changing maple leaves.

    I think I’d also stay away from blazers with a floral–blazers and pleats work beautifully together, but the floral pattern gives the skirt such whimsy. This is probably my own wacko bias, but I’d go with a jean-type jacket, a scooter jacket, something like that: something to butch up the floral. Blazers can be a little on the corporate side when they’re in black or navy.

    You could soften up the blazer by putting on a structured cardigan instead – Eddie Bauer’s got something that might work:–BLAZERS&pCategoryId=3&pCategoryName=WOMEN&gpCategoryId=1&gpCategoryName=EB&catPath=~~categoryId=103~~categoryName=OUTERWEAR-JACKETS–BLAZERS~~pCategoryId=3~~pCategoryName=WOMEN~~gpCategoryId=1~~gpCategoryName=EB&viewAll=y

  9. Sofia September 14, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Pfff, I think you can wear whatever print/colour in fall. Fall does not mean sad dull dark colours. Colours go with every season, and the same rules work in summer as they do in fall. Like, in summer, would you pair this skirt with a white tank top, a black jacket and black sandals? Probably not. You’d wear brighter colours with it. So do the same here, but in warmer shapes, like long sleeved tops and shoes. I honestly think people are confused when they think that you can’t wear fun bright springy prints in fall/winter.

  10. Jessica September 14, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I agree with the others who say to play up the warm/rich/jewel tones in the skirt! You can definitely wear this into fall :-). Or if you play around with Fall-like textures [like sweaters or scarves or a nubby coat. Ha, if wardrobes were endless, but you never know, you might have those lying around :-).]

  11. Tasia September 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    Thanks everyone for the thoughts on tights, summer skirts, and how to make outfits that bridge the summer-to-fall transition period! It’s so tricky, especially when the weather is so unpredictable..
    @Tanit-Isis: Ooh you wore a skirt? I need to get caught up on my reading! You’ve all now seen my entire tights collection, I need to stock up for the season to cut back on the laundry. (and because you can’t tell, but some of these pairs are super uncomfortable!)
    @Kelly: Sometimes I feel like I’m eight years old again too! Just remember, it doesn’t look like that from the outside when you wear tights. It’s just how we feel on the inside and looking down :) but to other people, we look wintery and warm. (That’s my theory, anyways!)
    @Maureen: Good tip – burnt orange or darker tones would help de-Spring this skirt.
    @Brooke: I agree, it IS a bit too corporate. I like your ideas of a more casual jacket to ‘butch it up’ as you say :)@Sofia: Good points! Ok, maybe I should try this skirt again just to see if I can make it work…

  12. Brumby September 15, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    I have hated putting a lot of my photos up too, when i looked in the mirror they were okay, but then I see them on film and I am disappointed. I am treating it as a really cool learning experience, and learning that I need to push more boundaries than I am perhaps comfortable with, becuase it does translate into better outfit choices, almost like more, bigger and bolder, is better.

  13. quietandsmalladventures September 16, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    i’d say that skirt could go thru winter easily paired with black tights and a fitted black turtle neck sweater…. i wore a taupe chiffon skirt that way all last winter :)

  14. louise September 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    i’m with q&s – due to SSS restrictions i’ve been rocking a cream lacey number over heavy grey tights!

  15. Brooke September 21, 2010 at 5:46 am #

    I think that bright, cheerful skirts are exactly what should be worn through the autumn and winter months!

    I wouldn’t have paired it with the grey tights or the dark jacket though; perhaps camel or brown tights? And I really liked the suggestion of the aubergine jacket/jumper if you’ve got one. :)