Dot Sweater skirt c/o Ann Taylor (50% off most items today with FLASH50)
I posted a fitting-room review of this skirt a while back - petites is now sold out online, but might still be in stores. The skirt runs a bit smaller in the waist than Ann Taylor's usual sizing (with a wide, stretchy concealed elastic waistband) so regular sizing might work for women who don't mind a longer length. I was pleasantly surprised by the thick & sturdy knit on this skirt, and of course, the fit with no alterations needed!
I had packed this for my last west-coast trip as elastic waistbands are a must when continuous eating is expected. I don't often show work outfits with flats, but the cut of this skirt is a good candidate for pairing with low shoes. The waistband can sit high at the natural waistline which creates the illusion of longer legs, and the gentle flaring adds shape without too much width and volume that may weigh down a short frame.
Coming back to Boston and getting hit by a cold dose of reality, I defaulted to navy opaque tights which work with most of my outfits. Unfortunately too much navy led the skirt + legs to blend together creating a dark blob-like effect. Marled grey knit tights turned out to be the perfect solution - just enough contrast to not blend in, but still in a similar dark & broody color scheme. When wearing tights with an unlined knit, I sandwiched a slinky slip skirt in between to keep the materials from clinging or generating static. Now if anyone has suggestions on how to not get static lion hair after wearing a knit hat, please share! I love the effects of the dryer sheet tip but alas it leaves dandruff-like white speckles all over my head, which probably frightens my friends more than a static mane.
This coat is light in weight but I haven't had the heart to put it away until spring...the cut is sleek and classic which I can't get enough of, so I've just been piling on knit layers both under and over it to squeeze in a few more wears. Would love to find a cream or camel one in the same cut and fit but thicker!