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Mommy & Me Skirts – All Alone to Awesome Duo!

Mommy & me thrift store skirts

Today’s refashion was fun, fun, fun from start to finish! Some Mommy & Me skirts are too cutsie (in our opinion) but today, we show you our version.  It’s cheap, easy, and fast!  One day I was haunting the skirt section at Goodwill and found this brown skirt for $2.00.

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Not too bad!

I liked the skirt with the asymmetrical lines a lot, but the length, well…not so much!  It was what my sister and I called “yuck” length when we were teenagers.  So I put it in my cart and kept shopping.  Low and behold, a few sizes away was this cutie, just what I needed to complete my refashion!  Add to the cart for $2.00 more!

before photo thrift shop skirt

Keep in mind as you are viewing this skirt that I forgot to take a before picture *before* I started and what you are seeing is the final products pieced back together.

So here’s what I did:

Step 1: Measured the bottom of the brown skirt.  Found that measurement on the embroidered tan skirt, and cut away.

Step 2: Sewed the bottom of the tan skirt to the bottom of the brown skirt.

Done with that skirt!

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Much better length, just perfect for some fall frolicin’

But as I was finishing, Annie ran up to me and squealed, “Oooooh cute, Mommy, is it for me?”  Well……no!  But I started looking at the top of the tan skirt that was left over and thinking!  So I decided to see if I could whip up something for Annie!

Step 3: Took the top of the leftover tan skirt and threaded elastic in the waist to cinch it down to Annie’s size!

Step 4: Sewed on a brown ruffle that was in my mending pile from another skirt that we got…somewhere!

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Hey there cutie pie!

So there you have it!  What a fun little project.  Annie was so pleased and asks at every possible occasion, “Can we wear Our Skirts?”  How rewarding to sew for someone who stands at your elbow when you are sewing and thinks whatever you do is amazing!

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You can see from Annie’s face how excited she is about this refashion!

I love how the skirts are matching, but not cloyingly identical!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $4

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress (if you already have a pre-made ruffle!  If you have to make your own ruffle and you are a beginner, just google “ruffle tutorial” and you’re good to go!)

Mommy & me thrift store skirts

Jumping for joy about these skirts!

What do you think?  Have you ever made Mommy & Me skirts?  Send us some pictures!

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Okay, now it’s your turn to do some work!  Vote in the poll and let us know your innermost skirt thoughts in the comment section!

What do you think? All Alone before or Awesome Duo after?

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Designer – Donna Karan

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Donna Karan is a very famous designer who began her career working for Anne Klein, eventually becoming head of the design team there before launching her own label. She became known for her Essentials line that initially offered only seven pieces with which to mix and match, making a full wardrobe. She extended her Donna Karan New York line by creating a less expensive line for younger women, called DKNY. Her clothing designs are very elegant and sophisticated, and sell for thousands of dollars.

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1. The Donna Karan Structured Pencil Skirt.

This skirt is a plain black pencil skirt with two seams down the front and a wide waistband. This skirt is designed as a piece for successful businesswomen looking to enhance their image.

Donna Karan

2. The Donna Karan New York Modern Trumpet Skirt.

The asymmetrical design of this skirt is stunning, with the fabric dipping to points in the front, and becoming slightly rounded in the back. The skirt is paired with a red leather jacket and heels on the model.

Donna Karan

3. The Donna Karan New York Handkerchief Georgette skirt.

I love the soft drippy layers of georgette in this skirt. The skirt is very structured and solid, but still gives an aura of being ethereal. Gold and white pair very well as accessory colors with this skirt.

Donna Karan

4. The Donna Karan New York Georgette and Satin Maxi Skirt.

This is a very beautiful skirt, which dips down lightly in the back, and has a ruffled and pleated layer of georgette at the bottom of the skirt. I like the look with the georgette layer under the satin layer. Perhaps we will have to emulate one of these looks sometime soon! I guess that I will have to put Donna Karan on my list of favorite fashion designers!

Maybe someday I’ll be famous too!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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A Girly Skirt Grows Up!

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Once upon a time there was a lady that had a date with her boyfriend. She wanted to look pretty, so she decided to buy herself a new outfit. She started off with buying a new pair of black heels, and then found a pretty white sweater. The only thing missing was a pretty skirt. So she went to a big department store, and found a beautiful green skirt with a pink rose pattern that would be delightful with the rest of the outfit and she bought it for an exorbitant price. She wore it out to a nice restaurant that evening, and had a nice date – she was happy with the skirt. But, the next day, there came an evil witch that planted the seed of doubt in her brain. Over and over the next day, she heard in her head: “You look like a toddler, you look like a toddler.” Driven almost crazy with the evil insinuations, she gave the skirt to a second-hand store, hoping that the curse would not spread to the next wearer. We bought the skirt two weeks later, and broke the curse- read on to find out how!

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Yep, pretty girly!

On this remake, I started with a pretty floral First Issue skirt from our friend Shelly’s for $3 that we had gotten a while back. I really liked the A-line style, and the pattern was very pretty, but the rickrack around the bottom made it look kind of little-girlish. Rick-rack is cute on some skirts, especially toddler skirts, but I wanted to put this one on Etsy, and it needed to grow up a little bit first!

1.  First, I seam-ripped the rickrack off of the bottom.

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  • Then I sewed on some pretty black lace leftover from another project.

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A girly skirt grows up!

Cool! I like this as a pretty, more grown-up skirt now!

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $3

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

If this skirt fit me, I would wear it with some black heels and a white cardi, or vice versa! You know me, I like to focus on the skirt, when I match together an outfit! This is a very easy project to do just to spice up an old skirt that needs more life! This skirt is a women’s size 16, and we are listing it on Etsy here.

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Now you know what to do!  Vote, comment and pop on over to Etsy!

Cast your vote! Girly before or Grown Up after?

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

P.S. I love Allegra’s story-weaving ability, don’t you? ~Audrey

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Velvet History

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Well, here’s the velvet part of our fabric series. We’ll start with some velvet history.  Velvet, like silk and satin, has always been associated with nobility. Velvet was first introduced in Arabia during the rule of Haroun al-Raschid, ruler of Baghdad, and spread from there. The earliest source of European velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice. Later it was taken up by Flemish weavers. There are many different kinds of velvet, such as Chiffon velvet, crushed velvet, Embossed velvet, mirror velvet, and velveteen. Velvet was traditionally made from silk fibers, but more recently synthetic materials have been used to create a cheaper velvet. Here are three of our favorite velvet skirts.

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1.The Green Crushed Velvet Skirt.

One of my favorites is crushed velvet, and I love this skirt. The way that it dips down in the front is very creative, and I would love to wear it on a fall day with some black boots!

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2. The ShopStyle Black Velvet Skirt.

I adore the way that this skirt is layered in an almost fish-scale pattern, and the way that each tier is lined with black satin to accent it. I would wear a white button down and red high-heeled pumps with this.   Fall is such a great time of year to wear velvet!  It’s warm, soft, and special!

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3. The Teal Stretchy Velvet Skirt.

The waistband and width of this skirt looks very comfortable, and the velvet is apparently stretchy, another win! This would be cute with tight, slouch boots, and an oversized sweater.  Fall outfit to be sure!

What is your favorite velvet skirt?  What is the most royal or special occasion you’ve worn velvet for?  I remember wearing a black velvet dress for my Aunt’s wedding and feeling soooooo special!  And my Mom has a velvet skirt I can’t wait to be tall enough to wear!  Speak to us some velvety comments!

That’s all for now!   Look out for Corduroy next week!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Guest Post: T-shirt Skirts and Tutorials!

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Do you remember E & T, the adorable girls whose Grandma made them skirts from dresses?  Well, today they are baaaaaaaaack!  Their awesome Grandma made them some skirts from T-shirts!

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E & T and sister J and little bro A!

See how each skirt is unique?  We have a feeling J is going to be the luckiest of these 3 girls as she gets to wear her big sisters’ skirts also in time!

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What fun trim and comfy skirts!

Thanks for sharing girls! And remember you can visit E, T, J, A and family here!

We decided we wanted to browse the web and find out how to make skirts from t-shirts too!  We found so many tutorials and cute photos that we had a hard time narrowing it down to the one we would start with!  But here’s a few of our favorites!

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First we found a tutorial over at Suburb Mama for this cute, cute, cute ruffled skirt made from t-shirts!  It’s so awesome in white, but you could also mix up the colors, go for an ombre effect with light and dark t-shirts, or go for a color block with a different color at the very bottom ruffle.

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We found a new-sew option for all you sewing machine-less people out there!  Just visit Wobisobi for the tutorial of this one.  Just looking at the skirt, we would never have guessed it was a new sew skirt!  Love it, love it, love it!

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We found this cutie over at Makeit-loveit.com.  This one has an ombre effect (you know how we feel about ombre!)  And one thing we learned from this t-shirt skirt tutorial was that you don’t have to do any hemming with t-shirt skirts, as the knit material of the t-shirt won’t fray!  How great is that?  Because you probably know how sometimes when you are sewing and you get to the end of a project you get tired!  And sometimes the last hemming gets left for another time.  And sometimes that skirt project sits next to your machine waiting for that last hem to be completed.  And sometimes that last hem never gets put in before the wearer outgrows the skirt project!  And sometimes when you’re digging through the pile next to the sewing machine and sneezing from all the dust, you find it, and finally hem it because you have another child who can wear the skirt project now!  Not like we know anything about that, we’ve just heard rumors about other people…and stuff…okay, let’s change the subject now!

We hope you enjoyed that little t-shirt skirt tutorial tour!  Fall is the perfect time to sew up (or not sew if you’re making #2 above!) some t-shirt skirts.  They’re warm, they’re comfortable, they pair perfectly with some thick tights and boots and hot apple cider!  Just sayin’!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Alert! Skirts on Etsy

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Today I decided to feature some skirts I found on Etsy.  I’ve been having so much fun over there making skirt treasury lists and exploring all the great handmade skirts, vintage skirts, skirt patterns, and so on!  So I decided to share some of the best skirts on Etsy finds I made with you all today!  Sit back and enjoy the skirts!  And while you’re over at Etsy, be sure to visit our shop too!

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Okay, who wants to twirl with me?

First is a red circle skirt made of a soft knit, and in the back there is a zipper. There are no creases in the skirt, so all the folds are natural. This skirt was made for you by a shop on Etsy called Lambear.

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A close up of the extremely gorgeous pattern!

This skirt is made from an interlocking twisted yarn that will not fray or unravel. This skirt has a waistband that is folded over, and it is of a good length. I very much enjoy this style of skirt. This skirt was made for you by a shop called Jakobine, on Etsy, of course!

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The perfect skirt for walking the beach, barefoot!

This is a high quality chiffon and silk ankle length skirt. It is very long and flowing. It is also handmade! It is made by a shop on Etsy called Claireworkshop.

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Have we told you before how much we like peplum skirts?

This is a pretty light blue peplum skirt. This is mostly cotton and is available in red and pink also. This skirt was made for you by a shop on Etsy called Jersa.

Well, that’s today’s Skirt Alert!  I hope you enjoyed skirts on Etsy as much as I did!  If you want to see the skirt treasuries I made, here is Red Skirts & Purple Skirts!  And once again, here is the link to our Etsy Shop!

Get flirty with skirts!

Aria

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Will Sew For Food – Our First Customer!

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We are excited to let you in on a new section of our website!  We hope you are enjoying our skirt refashions as much as we are enjoying refashioning them!  We sell some skirts on Etsy, but maybe they are not your size, style, whatever!  So what do you do if you have an idea you want us to execute on?

A friend of ours cannot sew, but has been admiring our refashions in person.  She’s the kind of person who oooohhhs and aaaaaahhhhhhs over our work and makes us feel so special!  So one day she showed up with 2 skirts and asked us to refashion them for her telling us exactly what she wanted.  So we had this lightbulb go on!  We’re quite sure there are others of you out there who would like to take advantage of our handy sewing skills!  Keep your eyes glued to the right margin of this website, because in the next few days, an opt-in box will appear (we’re working on it, but we have to stop sewing long enough!) and you will be able to submit your requests to us!  We’ve christened it Will Sew For Food!

So now onto our friend’s request!  Here is the first skirt she gave us.

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She loves the fit of this skirt, but her complaint was that it was too tight around the bottom hem, and “I have to walk like a robot!”  We also noticed when we were working with this skirt that there was an unflattering brown stain on the, well, rear.

On to skirt #2:

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The problem with this one?  It is just her style, color and pattern, but too short!  She requested we combine the two and the final product be close to 40 inches long!  Okay, here we go!

Step 1: Figure out how to combine the 2 to the best advantage of both!  Eliminating the robot walk, of course!

Step 2: Cut 11 inches off the top of the red, and all but 12 inches off the top of the denim skirt.  (Remember the unflattering brown stain?  Goodbye! ~ It was below the 12 inch mark!

Step 3: Hem the new top of the red skirt and new bottom of the denim skirt.

Step 4: Pin and sew the 2 skirt together.

Step 5: Top stitch again around where the 2 skirt connect to reinforce and make it look like a denim seam.

Okey-dokey!  What do you think now?

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We simply cannot wait to show this to our friend!

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Back view – notice: no unflattering brown stain!

Total Time: 45 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

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Twirl ready!  Look at that fullness!

We’ll be sure to update this post after we give this back to our friend, and let you all know what she thinks of it!

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By the way, what do you think of it?  Let us know in the comment section!  And since we’re getting hungry to do more sewing…keep your eyes peeled for that box, ‘cuz when we put it up, we Will Sew For Food!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Design – Fashion Illustrations – New sketching style by Allegra!

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This skirt design post is about my first fashion illustration: The Red Skirt.

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For this illustration I did a quick pencil sketch, not making any adjustments, and the sketch came out in this quirky elongated style, which is really funny. I have actually never tried sketching quickly like this, but I like the style. The sketch is of a woman wearing a long skirt with a tiered ruffle train in the back, and a ruffled shirt. I only colored the skirt, so that it would stand out more, but I think that the shirt would be white, and I would pair it with black shoes. Well, now that I have found a style that I like to work with, you may look out for many more designs!

See, fashion illustration is something new to us, and we’ve created a special board over at Pinterest just for Skirt Art, and we’ve been pinning a lot of skirt illustrations to it!  Here are some of our new favorites!

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I think my illustration most closely resembles the style of this fashion illustrator who drew this plaid skirt.  I love the whole thing, but especially the way just the skirt is in color and everything else sketchy.

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Some fashion illustrations are very realistic like this great one from Inslee.  We’ve pinned a lot of Inslee fashion illustrations to our Skirt Art board over at Pinterest, so don’t forget to check them out!

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I just love this fashion illustration!  Like some fashion illustrations, this one is quite unrealistic, by very artistic!  I mean, if we could sew a skirt to look like this in real life, we’d always be swimming in the dough!

vintage fashion illustration

There are a lot of vintage fashion illustrations out there, and many of them are simply stunning!  Like this one from Vogue in 1948.  I aspire to this kind of fashion illustration!  Maybe I was born 50 years too late!

fashion illustration

Lastly, (you know my habit of saving the best for last!) we have this just plain fun fashion illustration!  There’s the skirt, of course, but also all the little extra detail make it so interesting and enjoyable!  The red scarf, the umbrella, the windy day effect (notice the fall leaves) so you can even tell what season it it.  The stripes on the shirt, the purse, and even a hint of black boots all serve to accentuate this fashion illustration!

Well, that’s today’s skirt design post!  Maybe now you’ll be inspired to pick up some color pencils and design your own skirt or fashion illustration!  You know who to share it with if you do!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Not-so-maxi Dress – Icky to Invigorating!

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Project Sewn’s week 2 challenge is Floral Frenzy.  We think this dress to skirt refashion qualifies in a gorgeous, watercolor way!

We finally found courage to refashion a dress into a skirt!  And now we’re kicking ourselves for waiting so long!  It was so easy!  Plus now we have an extra section to explore when we go to thrift stores!  Thanks again, Fess, for the inspiration!  We knew it could be done, we just needed to see it modeled so fashionably!

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Icky factor at work!  I mean look at that (lack of) length!

So we started with a not-so-maxi dress in gorgeous patterns of aqua and pink.  One thing about being tall…we find lots and lots of maxi dresses that aren’t!  Oh well, more material for Skirt Fixation, right?  And the ties just looked like they were in the wrong place when the dress didn’t even reach our ankles!  Also, the shape left a little to be desired.  I mean Allegra is very slender, but this dress makes her look like her hips are verrrrrrry large!  We found this beauty at Plato’s Closet and payed $6.00.

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Cut off top of skirt, leaving about 1 inch above where we wanted the final top of the skirt to be.

Step 2: Folded over the top of the skirt twice and stitched in place.  This is slippery material, and the back of the not-so-maxi dress was elasticized, so it didn’t end up as the prettiest top seam in the whole world, but no worries, we plan to wear it as shown below!

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Ta da!  Isn’t that something to see!

Allegra plans to wear heels with this, so she wanted it extra long, and extra long she got!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $6.00

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

not-so-maxi dress Fabulous length now!

So now we encourage you to try a dress to skirt transformation!  It’s easy, fun and oh-so-beautiful!  We just love how this one turned out.  The dress could only be worn for certain occasions, but the skirt can be tossed on and worn just about anywhere!  What a great use of a not-so-maxi dress!

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Well, now it’s your turn, so vote in the poll and leave some comment love!  We’d really appreciate it.  And if you do decide to make a dress to skirt transformation, send us some pictures!  And if you already have, we’re waaaaaaaiting!

Which is your favorite? Icky or Invigorating?

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

P.S.  Have you checked out Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition, yet?  Are you up for the challenge?  Great prizes are going to be awarded!

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Satin History

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Following up the Skirt Factsination post about silk, I thought I might as well do one on satin history! Satin, or the term satin, originated in the Middle Ages, and was used to describe a luxurious, heavy type of silk known as samite. The word satin comes from the name of a Chinese town: Zaitun. The fabric was first available in Italy during the twelfth century, and by the fourteenth century, was widely available throughout Europe. It was very costly, and worn mostly by royalty. Satin was originally made by weaving silk fibers, but modern satin may be made of polyester or rayon.

For your viewing pleasure, we have included four of our favorite satin skirts from Pinterest.

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1. The Ballerina Satin Skirt.

I’m not sure if this skirt is actually a ballerina skirt, but the shade of pink is most definitely Ballerina Pink. I love the gathered style of this skirt, and would love to wear it with a rougher shirt and maybe boots to bring out the feminine in the skirt.

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2. The Raspberry Satin Skirt.

I adore the color of this sumptuous skirt, and it s wrap style. I like the black blouse and kitten heels that have been paired with the skirt in this picture.

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3. The Floral Satin Skirt.

This skirt is definitely pretty! The pattern is so cool, and an amazing pick for fall wear. I like the grays with the rust orange in the pattern. I would wear this with a rust orange blouse and black flats, or black tights and boots.

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4. The Long Black Satin Skirt.

Woweeee! This is such a GORGEOUS skirt!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot include enough exclamation marks! This is such a stunning skirt for a tall elegant figure. I love the pattern, which looks like zebra striped leaves! I would have to draw all attention to the skirt, so I would pair it with a plain understated white button-down and black heels.

Well, look out for a Velvet post next week!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra