Emily here with the latest installment of our Shaped by Stripes feature! This month we are showcasing how a simple style — in this case, a striped skirt — can be worn in different ways, on different body types. Check out the previous looks from Lyndsey, Hannah and Kristina, too!
I actually bought this skirt specifically so I could join in our month-long style challenge — it’s from H&M by way of thredUP (use my code to sign up and get $10 to spend), and I’m excited to add it to my wardrobe.
My closet is already pretty full of black-and-white patterned clothes — polka dots, stripes, florals — which are fun to mix with colors, as I’ve done here. The skirt itself, though, is a little weird. The fabric is stretchy and I assumed the waistband would be elastic, but … it isn’t. It doesn’t really stretch at all. And there’s no fasteners. So even though this skirt fits my waist perfectly, I have to put it on from the top (like a dress), and even at that, it’s a tight fit! What gives, H&M? I guess it wasn’t designed for someone with hips?
I added a pair of abalone earrings that mimic the polka dots on my top, and a rhinestone tennis bracelet that I found at a yard sale last summer. It’s fake as fake can be, but it’s still sparkly, so I’m good with it.
I’m inspired to try out some other looks with my new skirt! What would you pair it with? If you want to play along with us, tag your outfit pics with #shapedbystripes so we can see and share what you come up with!