Combine a clothes shopping hiatus for almost half a year and birthday gift money, and what do you get? If you ask me, it’s a strong invitation to shop one of my favorite local boutiques. Especially when that favorite boutique has just reopened with a store-wide sale.
I scored some unique and beautiful summer summer pieces, including this classic-with-a-twist summer skirt and top.
The outfit featured here isn’t one that screams “summer,” but that’s kind of what I like about it.
At first glance, this navy and white pin striped skirt and white top outfit has a classic look. Understated. But look a little closer. The not-so-classic details are what attracted me to both pieces.
The skirt has an interesting silhouette with a high-low hem and asymmetrically place panels. The lightweight fabric makes it a very comfortable summer piece. And though the top doesn’t have short sleeves, the light crinkle texture fabric has a very summery feel.
What I love about this skirt, again, is its unusual lines and seams. I don’t think those details photographed especially well, because the movement of the skirt is what really shows off those features.
It’s fun to insert a bit of surprise in a look with shape and structure – the architecture of fashion.
Here’s a closeup of the top to show the crinkle detail.
I like the way the skirt is styled in the photo below with a waterfall front jacket and closer fitting top. Note: I don’t think this model is carrying a few extra COVID pounds like I am! I’ll enjoy wearing the skirt a bit more when I feel more in shape.
I’m looking forward to playing around with other top style and colors would be fun.
The architecture of a clothing piece can elevate it from trend fashion to timeless style. That’s one of the things I love about discovering fashion pieces that feature unusual lines or beautiful draping. Fashion should be what you wear because you love it and it says something about who you are; unique style gets noticed and can communicate confidence, individuality, and creativity.
If you haven’t worn clothes with strong architectural features before, an asymmetric hem skirt is an easy place to start. Take a look below at some of the styles that make a statement – but not too much!