Inspired by these new approaches to styling a skirt, I decided this would be the perfect way to take a baby step into rocking – so this week I set out in search of my very first skirt. I knew I wanted to channel the dressier vibe demonstrated at Dion Lee, so I opted for this black pleated skirt, pairing it with my go-to black dress pants. To lean into minimalism, I finished it off with a black t-shirt and a black leather blazer – and the end result was surprisingly fresh. The skirt detail added just enough visual interest to my otherwise simple outfit without it being a blatant statement. I needed a second opinion, so I headed to my local Starbucks for a test drive. Grabbing my frozen pumpkin spice latte (yes, I’m basic), I asked my favorite barista what she thought of the polarizing skirt-pant combo. “Honestly, it’s killer,” she said of my look. “You give what must be given.”
All the fears I had about rocking a skirt in public (a weird sideways glance, perhaps, or a dramatic head turn) didn’t happen on my caffeinated walk. I love that a monochromatic approach to the look makes it barely noticeable; there is a subtle cool factor. And now that I’ve overcome my skirt apprehension, I’ve started thinking about other new ways to wear it this fall. I could really channel Y2K style by throwing a denim miniskirt over jeans. Or I’m into the idea of a Chopova plaid pleated skirt over cargo pants. Shit, I’m even willing to wear a skirt on my own. Turns out they’re not that scary, we promise.