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Guest Post – Denim mini packin’ Grandma Round 2

denim mini packin' grandma

Do you remember our denim mini packin’ Grandma B?  Well, she had a little surprise for us the other day, and she gave us permission to share it with you!  She is a very unique lady and very, very classy!  This classy dressing woman takes great pains with her appearance and always looks awesome!  Truly, if we could get her to use a computer, we would have her on the staff at Skirt Fixation as a first class style advisor!  Awhile back she brought over a denim mini and a lovely tiered green skirt and asked for our advice on putting the two together.  We should have snapped some before shots, but alas, we didn’t even think of it!  We’re not sure of her exact steps, but if you read this denim mini refashion, or this one, or this one, you’ll get a general idea on how she did it.  One thing she did tell us was that the denim mini fit a little snug around the hips, so she sewed the pockets shut and cut out the extra pocket material on the inside!  Smarty!  Anyway, here was the result!

denim mini packin grandma

 

Fancy Lady!

Do you see what we mean about fashionable?  I mean she has the accessories down to a T!  She paired it with a cropped white sweater, a wide black belt, nude sandals, and a scarf that pops!  Amazing!  We are just hoping that being this fashionable is genetic!

denim mini packin' grandma

Check out this version in sepia!  Can’t you just see this on the cover of some magazine?  Like Mary Jane’s Farm, or something!  Allegra loves to play around with photos using iPiccy, and she hit the nail on the head with this one.  Of course she had a great model and our beloved distressed building background!

Well, leave us and our denim mini packin’ Grandma B. some comment love!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Designer – Style Studio App with Aria

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Today  we are featuring some skirts Aria designed using the Style Studio app.

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For the first skirt, I started with simple skirt design, with no pattern or decorations.  I picked a pattern I liked and colored it blue.  Then I took a plain belt from accessories and colored it a lighter blue.  I like the clasp on the belt because it looks vintage.  I would wear this with a light blue shirt with ruffled sleeves.

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Look at this one by Ralph Lauren!  Who could wear this and not feel feminine?  I know the color clashes a little bit with the skirt, I’m just using this one for an example!  I wouldn’t really wear these two blues together!

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Black boots would look awesome too!  These are Gabor Astoria Knee High Leather boots.  They have a low heel for riding, and two adjustable metal buckles.  These are a perfect idea!  I mean how many times have you tried on just the cutest boot ever, but the calf was too big or too small?  Problem eliminated!  I think this outfit would be perfect for horse riding!  Seriously, have you see our board on Pinterest featuring horse riding skirts?

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Next I designed a knee-length, fun skirt!  I started with a ruffled skirt and added the cute, vintage floral design.  I then decided to add the pink flower to the top ruffle.

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I might wear this with a light blue turtleneck sweater, tucked in so you could see the flower.  Turtleneck sweaters and fall are like apples and pie, like the Fourth of July and fireworks, like Mom and Dad!  To keep warm below the knee, I would add pink leggings or thick tights.

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You could throw on a hat and gloves like these for added warmth!

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These cuties are from Land’s End, and if you’ve ever bought from Land’s End, you know that name is synonymous with good quality, warmth and good price.

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For shoes, clogs would be perfect!  These clogs are by Dansko in the color raisin.  They are a little more polished than their regular clogs, with a more tapered silhouette.  My Mom had a pair of Dansko Mary Jane clogs that she bought about 10 years ago, and they are still cute, comfortable, and in good condition!  I think this outfit would be perfect for a fall nature walk to look at all the gorgeous tree colors, followed by roasted marshmallows around a campfire just as it got dusk!

Get flirty with skirts!

Aria

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Denim Mini Makeover – Shaggy to Superb!

denim mini makeover

Today we have another denim mini makeover for you!  There’s nothing like finding a good denim mini to use as bones in a refashion to get our creative juices flowing!  This one we found at Goodwill for $1.25.  It is by Younique.  We just loved the studded detail around the waistband, and have been saving it for something special!  It only needed a trim around the bottom as it was getting kind of shaggy.  The rest of it was in great shape!  Well, today is the day for this one to come back into production!

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 See the studs?

Next we found this really cute XL patterned dress by Rue 21.  It’s lovely blues and browns stir something in our blood, and we had to have it.  The price didn’t make it too hard to refuse either!  $3 at Salvation Army means it’s coming home with us!

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No work-ey in this condition, but just you wait and see!

Here’s the steps!

Step 1:  Cut off shaggy bottom edges around bottom of denim mini.

Step 2: Cut off dress below brown trim.  Originally we hoped that this brown trim would work around the bottom of the denim mini, but it was elastic and too small.

Step 3: Pin and sew bottom of dress to bottom of (newly shaved!) denim mini.

Step 4: Cut a slit in underskirt of dress to ease it for walking purposes.  After all hobble skirts have gone out of style!

Step 5:  Hem slit in underskirt.

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Ta-Da!  Here are the results of the denim mini makeover!  Aria loves this skirt and feels it’s perfect for fall weather.  She would suggest wearing it to a pumpkin patch to be inspired while picking out the perfect pumpkin!  Or for staying warm while roasting marshmallows over a bonfire after a hayride!

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The cat thinks it’s a winner too!

Total Time: 40 minutes

Total Cost: $4.25

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

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Aria decided she could let this skirt go (with a sniff!) and it’s listed on ETSY for your favorite preteen to look superb this fall!  So now we need you to vote in the poll and leave us some comment love before you pop on over to our ETSY shop to see all the fabulous skirts listed there!

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Corduroy History

corduroy history

Today we continue our tour of fabric types and their history with some corduroy history and styles.  Legend has it that the term corduroy came from a 17th century English corruption of the French phrase  “corde du roi” or “cloth of the king!”  Corduroy is composed of twisted fibers that lie parallel to one another to form the distinct ‘cord’ pattern.  Corduroy is, in essence, a ridged form of velvet. Corduroy, however, is considered a durable cloth, and is commonly found in trousers, jackets, shirts, and skirts. In Europe, corduroy is commonly know simply as ‘Manchester’, or ‘Cord.’ I tend to think of corduroy in terms of horse riding, or pheasant hunting, a sportswoman’s fabric. Corduroy is enjoyable to wear in winter, as it is a heavier fabric, and comfortable and warm. Corduroy skirts tend to be made most prevalently in midi length, with pencil style as an overall trend. I found some cute corduroy skirts on Pinterest to list as examples.

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1. The Olive corduroy skirt.

This is the classic corduroy skirt, businesslike, sleek, and warm. The nature of the fabric gives the pencil shape a bit of modesty, and the skirt looks professional enough for work, yet casual enough for hanging at home. I adore the way that corduroy looks with clogs, like shown on the model, but patterned tights and pumps would work for a business look.

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2. The Caslon corduroy skirt.

Cute cute cute! I love the less fitted style of this skirt, and the flirty look of the pleat. I also like the large pockets and defined waistline, and the way that this skirt looks with the boots. Corduroy and boots are a definite winning pairing. This skirt’s shape makes it a bit more casual than the previous skirt, a perfect ingredient for a relaxing winter day.

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3. The Holly Hills corduroy skirt.

Corduroy skirts tend to be made in darker and earthier colors that other fabrics, and this skirt is no exception. This skirt is almost an elongated version of the olive skirt, but with a bit looser shape. The skirt would be a good choice for lengthening your shape, and paired with burgundy tights and brown boots like those shown in the picture, you could be a stunning winter knockout!

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4. The Long corduroy skirt.

I like this style of skirt, a very warm feeling color and style, almost along the lines of a denim maxi, with warmth that is perfect for chilly climates. Boots are a definite win with all corduroy skirts, but a pair of well-chosen clogs would be darling with this style.

I love corduroy skirts because of the warm feeling that they give me when I wear them or even look at them! We hope you enjoyed this little tour of corduroy history!  Share the love (of corduroy skirts) and leave us a comment in the comment section about what you love about corduroy skirts!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

 

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Will Sew For Food – U’s Skirt Update

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Okay, as promised, here is the update to our 1st Will Sew For Food customer!  Remember how we made U. a skirt from 2 that didn’t work for her?  And we promised to let you know what she thought?  Well, all that as promised today!  Here is our Will Sew For Food update!

So here was the original before and after photo.

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Well, the day I made this I got to thinking!  The skirts that U. saw and was hoping to replicate were these two.

denim mini copycat refashion

And something these two skirts have that U’s remake lacked is a denim ruffle around the bottom.  And here on my sewing table was sitting a whole bunch of remnant material that we’d cut off from the robot skirt!

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You’d probably already figured this out, but we took that leftover denim skirt and made a ruffle for the bottom of U’s skirt!  Also since she’d requested the skirt be really long, like 40 inches, and the after was sitting at about 38.5 inches, we just wanted to go the extra…inch! (or 2)  So we cut the bottom of the skirt into 3 inch strips, hemmed one side, pinned and sewed it on the bottom of the red skirt as a ruffle.  The results, you ask?

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Introducing…the ruffle!

We think this makes the skirt complete!  Before it was cute, but now it’s simply smashing!  So the ruffle added about 30 more minutes, bringing the total time up to 1.5 hours.  Part of the time constraints with this skirt was the sheer diameter around the bottom of the skirt!  This thing really has some twirl potential!

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Ready, set, twirl!

But we promised to give you U’s reaction, and so without further ado, here she is modeling her skirt for you!

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See that smile?

U. was so excited with this remake!  She couldn’t say enough nice things about our sewing abilities!  Awwwww!  We are so glad you liked it!  Someone else we know saw U. wearing this the other day and absolutely loved the results!

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So now it’s your turn to participate!  Part of the reason we ask you to vote is to help us fine tune our design abilities.  We don’t always get it right the first time, or did we?  Comment and let us know all your thoughts!

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Audrey

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Skirt Alert! – Style J skirts

Style J skirts

Today we’d like to introduce you to one of our VERY favorite skirt websites, Style J!  This website is all skirts (sound familiar?!)  When they first started, their sole focus was denim skirts, which you can see reflected in their domain name www.denimskirts.com.  Since they began, they have branched out and offer other skirts too.  Come along, we’ll take you on a tour!

Let’s start where they did, with denim skirts!  They offer many, many denim skirts, sorted by length.  There is Extra Tall (we love you, Style J skirts!) Tall skirts, Regular skirts, Petite skirts, Calf Length, Knee Length, Plus size Long & Plus size (shorter) and 100% Cotton denim skirts!

Style J skirts

Here is one of their Regular Denim skirts.  They call it the Sweet Mermaid Denim Skirt, and we can totally agree with the sweet part!  We have ordered, worn and worn out several of their denim skirts, and we can recommend this company with confidence!  The skirts last, and last, and last, and are very well made.  Only one time did we encounter a problem with a skirt we’d ordered.  The button on one of the pockets came off the first time we washed it, and because this was so unusual, we called the company.  They were very friendly, had us send them the skirt, and they replaced the button and shipped it back to us, no charge!  I’m actually still wearing that skirt!  One word of advise, when you figure out your size, be sure to check if the fabric on the skirt you are ordering is stretch denim, because we have found those Style J skirts to run a little tighter, so you might want to size up!

Style J skirts

Next they offer Khaki skirts.  These come in all sizes and lengths.  This particular one is called Career Long Khaki Skirt, and wearing it would definitely enhance your career!

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The next section is for Girls!  My girls have had better luck with Style J skirts with elastic waists, because they like to wear them really long.  On this particular skirt we love the back pocket details!

style J skirts Next up is Trendy Skirts. We love this Cloudy Monet Flowing Skirt.  It really is darling, and we’d wear it often if we were in possession!

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The next section of the Style Jskirts website is Comfy Casual Skirts.  They are sorted into two categories, Regular and Plus Size.  These skirts are mostly knit skirts, and look sooooo comfortable!  This Misty Morning Long Comfy Skirt looks perfect for lounging around on a Saturday morning!

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The Office Skirts section is sorted into lengths with categories for Long, Calf Length, Knee Length, and Plus Size.  We don’t own one of these, but we know two different ladies who do, and they wear them so elegantly, that we are certain the next skirt we buy from Style J is going to be from this section!  Specifically I have my eye on this Plain Blue Long Skirt!  Oh, the places I’d go!

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There is a section just for Maternity skirt, and believe me, finding good quality maternity skirts is worth every penny!  This cutie is called the Brush Maternity Long Denim Skirt.

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The last section is Final Sale.  These skirts are included in all the other sections, but here you can see them all at rock bottom prices!  This In Bleached Denim Skirt looks perfect for fall with a pair of thick tights and tall boots!  And speaking of sale prices, while you’re over at Style J, be sure to sign up for their emails.  (It’s in the left side bar, underneath the categories list.)  Style J frequently has great sales (up to 40% off we’ve gotten emails for) and these sales make their great, comfortable, affordable skirts even more awesome!

We hope you enjoyed your tour and this week’s Skirt Alert!  Leave us some comment love telling us about your favorite Style J skirts!  See you next time!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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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!

Mommy & me skirts

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!

Mommy & me skirts

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!

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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.

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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!

a girly skirt grows up

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!

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Allegra.

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

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Velvet History

velvet history

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.