Winter Work to Weekend: Thick Pine & Wool Squares


J.Crew honeycomb sweater (similar), thrifted Ann Taylor skirt, Burberry coat, Ann Taylor pumps (now $64)

This basic outfit combines two of the warmest pieces in my wardrobe. I found this Ann Taylor skirt at Savers thrift shop for $3 a while back, and liked the thick 100% wool and quality. It’s probably my only success story ever with shrinking a wool item in the dryer. Due to the texture, any damage made to the material by the dryer was not visible (unlike these poor J.Crew pants or this thrifted skirt, which now look faded and worn). I kept opening the dryer at 15 minute intervals to check on progress, before finding success in the fit. It shrunk almost 2″ in width, and 1″ or so in length.
For running errands and on the weekends, I’ve been trying to stretch more wear out of work pencil skirts by rolling up the waist for a shorter, more casual length. This definitely creates some bunchiness at the waistline and hips, but can be concealed under a longer, thicker sweater and/or a roomy jacket.


Gap jacket from a season ago (similar), Chanel bag, Cole Haan flats  

Several readers brought up the issue of the rotating skirt, which I’ll take a stab at addressing soon. This picture reminded me of a similar problem that I hear about often – how to prevent belts from shifting off garments without belt loops. I mentioned this once to a guy friend and he was baffled about how or why a belt would be worn without belt loops : )

For those who enjoy wearing belts for non-utilitarian purposes, one way to keep it from shifting off a skirt is with double-sided fashion tape. This is also useful for keeping any extra length of belts from flapping around, if you don’t want to pull it into a loop as shown here. One strip of tape can be cut up into at least two smaller pieces, but they’re still pricey for what they are. Note: Do not substitute regular double-sided tape for use on clothing…I did that once and it left behind a sticky residue that wouldn’t come out.

Readers – Any other solutions for the shifting belt strap, or recommendations on getting clothing tape for less?
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