Why have I spent my entire adult life not owning a cape?! They’re awesome and I mean that in the old sense of the word. Not just cool. They’re awe-inducing! My favorite bit is how easy they are to wear, which totally blew my mind. You can throw them over any kind of outfit and it’s like adding style sprinkles to a cookie. This outfit is as simple as jeans and a t-shirt and yet it is so much more than that with the cape.
I’ve always thought that capes would be difficult to wear. Something really “out there” that would stomp me. I could appreciate them on others, but when it came to me, I just didn’t think I would be able to figure out the equation. I looked at them and only saw “x + y(cape) = chic and dramatic” and I’m just awful at math. Well, I am so grateful to this group because I was able to play with something that scared me without making a commitment. I was able to discover how absolutely easy capes are.
What I learned during my time with Emily’s cape, and now Hannah’s, is if you treat them exactly like cute coats, they are pretty much foolproof. They seem to inspire overthinking, which makes sense. They are a tad “other” in the wardrobe world. At least they are in my Northface and yoga pants obsessed corner of the world. But, they don’t need to be. If you think of it as any other coat you can easily integrate it into your rotation of clothing without having to do any sort of wardrobe algebra. Now go out and wear all the capes!
Cape: Hannah’s | Shirt: Olan Rogers Supply | Pants: Torrid | Shoes: Torrid | Hat: Boohoo
If there’s something a tulle skirt doesn’t match, I have yet to find it. Neither has Kristina, who let me take her tulle skirt for a spin.
Let me just say, I absolutely adore it! A tulle skirt is now on my own thrifting wish list and here’s why:
- It’s perfect. ‘Nuff said.
But really, I had so much fun dressing up in this skirt. I styled it a few different ways but this was my favorite because it was the outfit I wore for my 25th birthday back in March.
Despite not having taken a ballet lesson since the age of 4, something about this skirt brought it all back to me. I was definitely twirling all day and I think this skirt is the culprit. (Or it was all the cake and ice-cream I was hopped up on!)
But because I’m a grown-up now, I wanted to style this skirt in a grown-up way. I went with a striped crop top, colorful shoes, and my trusty denim jacket decked out in vintage buttons. This girly-girl meets tomboy look is killin’ me!
Outfit details: Skirt, borrowed from Kristina – Everything else, thrifted
If you’re on the fence about buying a tulle skirt, just scroll through this blog post again and tell yourself to just go do it.
Be sure to check out Kristina’s blog because she’s styled this skirt a plethora of ways. There’s so much inspiration to be had!
The minute I laid eyes on this gorgeous Oaxacan dress of Kristina’s, I knew I wanted to try styling it! The embroidery is so eye-catching and the beautiful colors really pop on the black fabric.
Emily styled this dress for Cinco de Mayo with an adorable pom pom crown, and I decided to keep my look casual while I was in Florida last month. I prefer this dress belted and I’m really pleased with the addition of the jean jacket, too.
Finding a dress like this is now on my thrifting wish list, for sure. Not only is this a pretty dress on its own, it would make a fantastic, beachy swimsuit cover up!
Thanks, Kristina, for letting me borrow this fabulous frock!
Emily was gracious enough to let me borrow this lovely scalloped collar shaped necklace. I was so excited when I saw it in her closet because it was so full of sweet little details. I not much for accessories, but this is exactly the kind of accessory that I would like to add to my collection. It’s a statement piece that mimics the characteristics of a collared shirt or dress. I was even more pleased when I saw it in person because it is solid. It’s heavy and thick and I imagine it could take a beating. Much like many women I know, it’s beautifully formed with sweet, delicate details and fortified with strength and resilience. Because it takes from both the hard and the soft it’s perfect for adding to any outfit.
I wore it to mimic a collar on my floral sweater as a nod to the collegiate quality of my plaid driendl skirt. I love mixing this skirt up in different outfits because it has a distinct preppy style with its navy color and plaid print. Yet, the primary colored lines offer a chance to play up lots of different styles and colors. The skirt can be librarian chic, 1950’s sweet, or even spunky and ecclectic with a graphic tee and statement belt. I’m going to be putting it up for swap to see what the over lovely ladies can do with it!
Sweater: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s | Skirt: Thrifted: Shoes: Payless | Necklace: Emily’s
Like they used to say on the A-Team, “I love it when a plan comes together.”
I had been eyeing this beautiful Oaxacan-style embroidered dress of Kristina’s since she first posted it ages ago. And when it came my way to be styled, I didn’t know at first what I wanted to do with it.
But then quite suddenly I figured it out. And I was so driven to create this vision that I got out some old yarn scraps and sat down and made a pompon crown because it just felt like that was what needed to happen. And even though making those stupid pompons was, seriously, the most boring craft I have ever done, it was worth it. Because my plan came together.
This look is a real mish-mash of ideas and inspirations. I’m sure the pompon crown I saw on Mariah a while back was on my mind. I thought about how Kristina styled the dress originally, and how I styled it for her when we did our style swap. And when I put it all together, I felt a little bit like Tasha and a little bit like Frida (Kahlo, that is).
I bought these little apple earrings last summer and just found them the other day — I must have tucked them into my purse when I was going around to yard sales, and set aside that purse for the whole fall and winter! (Please tell me this happens to other people …) I don’t wear dangly earrings often, but the shape and size of these are perfect for me, especially with my hair up.
Thanks, Kristina, for sharing this stupendous dress! You can see how much fun I had wearing it. I styled a second look with it, too, that I’ll show you another time. Until then —
Hi, Justine here! It’s a new month and the Shaped by Style ladies are back to our regular posts. To ease the transition from striped skirts, I’m showing off another type of striped skirt: Noelle’s chevron skirt!
And what a skirt this is. It’s positively perfect with the gorgeous pattern, perfect length and pockets. Lyndsey has already shared two different ways to style it and today I’m showing one more.
These photos are from my trip to Florida back in March. I thought this beautiful chevron skirt would be a wonderful addition to my packing list. I was right! I love the combo of the navy and orangey-red.
The secret to this outfit is that the polka dot “shirt” I’m wearing is actually a dress! But with the addition of the skirt and a belt, this becomes a whole new fun outfit. So when you’re packing for your next trip, consider all the versatility of your clothing to maximize space in your suitcase.
Thanks for letting me borrow your skirt, Noelle!
Old Navy Polka Dot Dress
Thrifted Brown belt
Noelle’s Chevron Skirt
Sofft Bernia Sandals
We’ve been sharing our favorite #shapedbystripes looks this month, featuring similar striped skirts that each of us own or have swapped. Here’s a roundup of some more inspiring looks we found on Pinterest:
This simple look via taralynnsboutique.com pairs a classic chambray shirt and white flats with a crisp striped skirt for a fresh and tailored look.
Speaking of preppy, Gal Meets Glam gives her navy and white skirt a warm and feminine appeal with a simple blush long-sleeved top (love that quilted clutch, too).
Do you mix brown and black? Stylish Petite makes a great case for breaking this fashion “rule” with this chic ensemble. The rich brown tones of the bag and belt really make the skirt pop.
Two great stripes that go great together! This look from Atlantic Pacific smartly blends striped separates of similar widths in a look that’s both simple and statement-making.
This pin from Wanted Style makes a strong case for how much fun you can have playhing with color against a black-and-white piece. Now, where can we find those pom-pom heels??
We’ve had fun styling our striped skirts this month, and we’d love to have you join in! Tag #shapedbystripes to share your favorite looks or inspos so we can share! You can find us on Instagram at @shapedbystyle.
I’ve been experimenting lately with simplicity because blogging my outfits has bestowed upon me a habit of wanting to make every outfit overly complex. I want my outfits to be a portrait of my personality and that can mean cramming too many things in at one time. I’m practicing how to showcase personality with small touches. I’ve done this skirt with colorful florals and pattern and sparkles, and it has served extremely well as a complement to many things. But, for this look I wanted to accomplish two things; let the skirt take center stage and show how lipstick can be that accessory that adds interest and personality.
Keeping everything sleek, clean, and black let’s the volume of the skirt sashay it’s way to the visual forefront without being overpowering. Stripes, while great for playing a part in the big picture, are graphic enough to be the whole picture all by themselves. That’s what makes a striped skirt (dress, shirt…I’m not picky) so versatile and why it should be a basic piece in everyone’s wardrobe. It’s a workhorse pulling double shifts and racking up that overtime pay.
I chose to add my personality through lipstick because it’s something I know well, and a bright, bold lip adds color and interest to an outfit without actually adding anything extra to the clothing. I played up the red by adding the complementary green with my belt. The red lip and the green belt are small additions on their own, but the relationship between them makes it one larger statement.
Shirt: Target | Skirt: Modcloth | Shoes: Torrid | Belt: Target| Lips: Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Succulent
If you want to join us this month and wear your OWN striped skirt (or dress; hey, we don’t mind some variation!) please comment with your post link, tag our Facebook Page, Twitter, or Instagram (all@Shapedbystyle) or use the hashtag #shapedbystripes to show us what you wore! We want to round up all the gorgeous ladies who join us to share their own striped garments and showcase your beautiful selves at the end of the month in a round up post! And if you write a blog post, be sure to copy+paste this banner into your post!
Happy Monday! Justine here with the next installment of our Shaped by Stripes series! I have been seriously loving seeing how the other girls have styled their skirts. If you haven’t already, check out Kristina’s, Hannah’s, Lyndsey’s and Emily’s posts and stay tuned for Noelle’s this Thursday!
My striped skirt is from one of my favorite stores for modest yet chic clothing: DownEast Basics. I discovered this marvelous store visiting my sister in Arizona last year and immediately made a few purchases after I returned home. The Joie de Vivre skirt I’m wearing today also made an appearance last year.
This skirt was one of my most worn last spring and summer for it’s work-appropriate length and versatile navy and white stripes.
Like my good pal Lyndsey, I chose my top (Gap via thredUP) because of the splotches of navy that pair perfectly with the skirt!
And my heels are Clarks Sage Cooper pumps (worn as a bridesmaid last May) and for heels, they are quite comfortable. Justttt enough of a heel to add a little height but not so much that I can’t walk :)
Gap Abstract Tee: thredUP
Joie de Vivre Skirt: DownEast Basics
Brown Belt: Savers
Clarks Sage Cooper Pumps: 6pm.com
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Thanks for reading!
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!