Thursday, July 31, 2014

Teacher Style: Floral Skirt Inspiration

Ah, the floral skirt. Maybe it's not everyone's teacher staple, but the looks I provide would work with just about any printed skirt, an item of clothing I think should be a teacher staple. In fact, tomorrow, you will see how the same formulas apply to a different patterned skirt. Yesterday, I failed to bring you a casual Friday look with the blue pencil skirt, but I've brought you a casual look today with the floral skirt.

1. Buy patterned skirts that share some of the same colors. That way, you can mix and match shirts, cardigans, shoes, and accessories. The look is completely different without spending an exorbitant amount on an entirely new outfit.

2. When you can't experiment with color, experiment with cut and texture. In the looks below, you'll see a cardigan with a little ruffle, a short sleeved button up, and a lace shirt. This way, I'm playing around with more than the color scheme of the skirt.

3. Pick a pattern that does not scream only summer or fall. Pick a pattern that works well for any season. Instead of choosing a floral pattern with a white background, which seems more "spring/summer" to me, I picked one with a navy background. It has enough color to work for warmer months, but it's not so light that it looks awkward in the winter. (For confirmation, I provided you with a previous look from the winter.)

The Skirt: Francesca's
Options: Macy's (on sale), Asos, Ann Taylor (not colorful but remixable), ModCloth 


Look 1 (casual Friday): tank + chambray + sneakers
(Tank: Target / Chambray: Old Navy / Sneakers: Converse)

Look 2: colored cardigan + neutral tank + colored flats + pendant necklace
(Cardigan: New York & Co. / Tank: Target / Flats: Target / Necklace: Old Navy)

Look 3: colored top + colored heels
(Top: LOFT / Necklace: Old Navy / Shoes: Dana Buchanan via Kohl's)

Look 4: lace top + nude heels + statement necklace
 (Top: Old Navy / Heels: J.Crew Factory / Necklace: The Limited)

Look 5: white button up + big belt + metallic flats + pendant necklace
 (Top: LOFT / Necklace: Lauren Conrad / Flats: Audrey Brooke via DSW / Belt: New York & Co.)

Look 6: colored sweater + leather jacket + braided belt + tights + booties
(Sweater: J.Crew Factory / Belt: Francesca's / Booties: Nine West / Leather Jacket: Wilson's Leather)


  1. This skirt is perfect. You are totally right about picking a floral with a darker background; I think it makes it much more versatile. Oh and because of this skirt series, I'm totally going to be on the lookout to add some a-line skirts to my closet.

  2. Ok you seriously remixed this skirt so well!! I love all the looks--and they are all so different!! I am dying over the last one--so perfect for fall :)


  3. Love the button down with the belt. I think I will translate it to my floral skirt. Loving this skirt series you are doing too!

  4. So..... it's possible that I just ordered the Macy's skirt. It's just gorgeous and I've been looking for a multi-colored floral skirt forever. I had a pencil skirt in mind, but I love the look/length of this one, and it's probably going to be way more comfortable! This just might be my 30th item, if it is as gorgeous as I expect it to be!

    You've definitely proved the versatility of a twirly floral skirt!

  5. I never thought about specifically looking for colors that will work in any season! That is a genius tip my friend. Your skirt is so pretty. Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen a prettier floral skirt.

    So many color matching options! Pink and purple? Perfect! Pink and red, wow! These are just great. I like that you also provided a warmer weather option too. Good choice on that skirt Danielle!

  6. A-line skirts for the win!!! I love this so much! I think my favorite of all these outfits is the one with the ruffled cardigan - you are just adorable, Danielle. This skirt series is winding my watch.


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