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
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!
Hello all! Emily here with a look at how the ladies of Shaped by Style have rocked maxi dresses and skirts.
Lyndsey brought an elegant and Asian-inspired style to her black lace maxi with a kimono she swapped with Hannah. Catch the full post here.
Justine keeps it cool and casual with this bright lace top, khaki maxi and tan sandals as part of her Workwear Wednesdays series. Check out the full post here.
Kristina looks like a fairy tale princess in this vintage goddess gown. See the whole post here.
Hannah showed off two looks in one with this chic knit maxi. The look is understated with a statement necklace and flat sandals — or watch it really pop when she adds a bright pink moto jacket (see the full post here):
Noelle created a dreamy, ethereal look with rich accents for a Style Imitating Art post inspired by a beautiful mural (full post here).
I went with a boho feel for this tribal-print strapless maxi dress and actually tried out a few different looks (see the whole post here).
What’s your favorite way to rock a maxi?
Hi there! Rebecca here, styling Hannah’s metallic gold maxi skirt. I decided to play up the beautiful metallic sheen of the maxi skirt by creating a head to toe metallic outfit! The key to pulling off head to toe metallic is to keep the tones neutral or risk looking like a disco ball. So I paired this gold maxi skirt with a champagne slip then polished by mixing gold and silver jewelry.
This skirt was super comfortable to wear and the movement of the fabric was spectacular!
The edgy asymmetrical dark red bob played up the metallics beautifully.
For my makeup I chose a sheer gold eye shadow and a shiny lip gloss.
Even my nails were metallic! I paired an additional simple band with my day to day gold and silver wedding band. For more looks at my wedding ring collection check out this post.
This cuff is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. I found it in a antique store in Oregon years ago, fell in love and I have never seen anything like it since! On my other wrist I stacked a bunch of gold bangles.
The low lighting when I took these photos and the willow tree gave this outfit a sort of “Witchy Woman” feeling that couldn’t have been more perfect! If you liked these metallics check out this gold sequin dress that I wore a little bit ago.
You may have noticed I like my clothes not just loud, but screaming in agony. Emily’s chartreuse skirt fits my garish bill quite nicely. I’ve been drawing influence from the ’60s lately, and this skirt is the perfect complement to an unbearably mod outfit.
FUN FACT: chartreuse-the-drink actually came before chartreuse-the-color! The color was named after the drink, and yet far more people have heard of the color than have ever even sniffed a chartreuse cocktail. I wonder what other colors ordinary objects might one day give us. My money’s on “haggis gray”.
And here’s how Emily and Hannah wore it!
I am a total magpie. At the thrift store, I reach for anything sparkly, shiny or bright. And yet somehow, I have literally nothing sequined in my (not exactly tiny) wardrobe! So I jumped at the chance to style this sequined skirt from Rebecca, because SHINY.
I was pleasantly surprised by how soft and comfortable this skirt was — the inside is an almost sweatshirt-like knit. So this is basically my dream garment — soft and cozy on the inside, flashy and glittery on the outside.
I really have to push myself to not go full-on matchy-matchy with my outfits, so in this case, I picked an orange lipstick to contrast with the cool tones of silver and turquoise. But I couldn’t resist the peacock-feather earrings!
I was afraid the skirt would be too long on me, but I actually liked how the length and cut gave a vaguely retro feel to the outfit. I have a pretty straight up-and-down figure, so I always try to find a way to accentuate my waist — in this case, with a belt.
Thanks, Rebecca, for sharing this skirt with me! I can’t wait to see how the rest of you style it …
It’s Hannah here and I’m jumping right in with my very first outfit post for this blog.
I’ve never been shy about wearing weird clothes. Thrift stores are a good place for me because crazy clothes are king at those places!
So when I saw that Emily had this loud, chartreuse skirt available for swapping, I totally went for it!
This is actually a color I’ve never worn before but figured it couldn’t be too different from a standard yellow or green, right?
Emily previously wore this skirt with a black top so I took some inspiration from her and also went with a black top. But to add my own unique signature to it, I paired it with a maroon hat and matching lipstick.
My favorite part would probably have to be the little owl necklace. I’m so obsessed with pairing bronze jewelry with my black clothes!
Top, outlet store | Skirt, traded from Emily | Belt, thrifted | Necklace, Amazon.com | Flats, Wal-Mart | Hat, H&M
I’m totally digging this entire outfit and am going to keep this color pairing in mind for the future. It’s different but somehow it just works!
Do you have any favorite color combos you’ve worn lately? Share them with me in the comments below. I’d love to hear about what you’re wearing!
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