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Insomniac Sale Picks: Maxi Skirts

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Nicola requested a few picks for maxi skirts, so here we go:

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Old Navy Jersey Maxi Skirt – was $34.94, now $29.97 – $19

Basic, solid, and affordable. I love maxi skirts with a bit of swish to them, and this one has a gentle A-line shape. Available in cobalt, magenta, and teal for $19, bright red for $29.97, and navy, burgundy, black, and charcoal at full price in sizes XS – XXL. Size availability varies by color. Also in petite and tall sizes. ON has a slightly slimmer fitting maxi in prints and solids in sizes 1X – 4X.

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Bobeau Long Stripe Skirt – was $59, now $39.90

Striped maxis are pretty commonplace, but this one has such a fun asymmetric/ruched detail at the waistline! Fabulous for wearing with shorter or tucked tops, and easy enough to cover on days when you want a basic striped skirt. Available in sizes XS – XL, including some petite sizes. Also comes in solid red, black, charcoal, or gray in regular and petite sizes. This striped skirt is similar and available in sizes 0X – 3X, though it lacks the waist detail.

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Maison Jules Pleated Maxi Skirt – was $49, now $29.99

I’m swooning over this one. Pleated and lined with a wide waistband, and it’s machine washable! What a fun option for now, and in this color range can also work into fall and winter. Available in this olive as well as navy and black in sizes XS – XXL. This similar pleated maxi is available in two colors in sizes 12 – 22.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for maxi skirts:

  1. Old Navy – 53 affordable options, including petite, tall, plus, AND maternity sizes
  2. Macy’s – Prints, solid, trendy side-slits and more. Some petite and plus size options available, too.
  3. eBay – Includes vintage and used, but with 100,000+ options there will be lots to choose from. Use the criteria in the left rail to narrow your search by size, color, material, etc.

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Two Stylists, Two Looks: Metallic Ballet Flats

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My friend and fellow stylist Carly Gatzlaff and I have extremely similar business models for consulting with clients, but we also have very different personal styles. Naturally, we put our own preferences aside when working with clients and focus on their tastes and needs, but we definitely bring different ideas and techniques to the table. So we thought it would be fun and interesting for us both to take items from our personal wishlists, style them into outfits, then post them side by side.

And since the two of us are collaborating on a workshop – How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe – this series will focus on footwear. During the workshop we’ll discuss footwear trends, talk about how to pick shoes for your outfits, and reveal each of our top 10 picks for timeless shoe styles. Today, we’ll look at one of my top ten – metallic ballet flats!

Carly’s Look

 

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Details on Carly’s set here

CARLY’S THOUGHTS: A metallic flat is a must-have for every women. They are comfortable, sleek, and simply match with everything! Whenever I am styling flats for clients, I try to keep the lower half or their outfit more tubular. For example cigarette leg pants, straight and pencil skirts ending above the knee, and dresses that are straight and do not flare out. For my look, I wanted to create a tailored outfit to help dress up the flat ever more. A fitted top and blazer give a more formal look, while the slightly distressed denim still reads fun. To transition the look for work, try swapping the denim for a navy slim ankle pant!

Sally’s Look

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Details on Sally’s set here

SALLY’S THOUGHTS: Although I find that metallic flats and sandals of just about any shade are incredibly versatile, bronze has been my go-to this summer. I wear my bronze flats with EVERYTHING, so I opted for a similar pair. They’d look marvelous with a neutral mix, but also add some zest to this colorful outfit featuring a turquoise floral dress and denim jacket. Black would look too stark with this frock and although you could pull out the pink or yellow with your footwear that might feel a bit matchy. The bronze is warm and subtle, and slightly more unexpected than tan or cognac. That said, a tan leather bag, tortoiseshell shades, and a couple of brass-toned bracelets unite the look with their earthy tones. This outfit would be great for weekend errands, a backyard party, or casual night out.

Definitely some overlap with these looks, but they’re quite different, too! Which one suits your taste? Or would you wear both?

Join us for our workshop,
How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe!

August 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mall of America Executive Center, Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4
Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance

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Dressed for: Summer Whites

Already Pretty outfit featuring white maxi dress, white tuxedo blazer, skull bracelets, rhinestone statement necklace

Blazer – courtesy Karen Kane (no longer available) – similar
Dress – via Ideeli (no longer available) – similar
Heels – Clarks Wessex Wyvern (no longer in snake) – similar
Necklace – eBay – similar
Bracelets – Amrita Singh via Ideeli – similar
Earrings – Noir

I’ve loved the look of head-to-toe white for summer, but it’s just not a terribly practical dressing formula. Especially for a food-accident-prone owner of two shedding kitties such as myself. I wore this outfit for a recent TV segment about maxi dresses and felt glamorous all day – even got stopped in the parking lot by a gal who said I looked beautiful, bless her heart – but can’t imagine doing it on the regular. I’m a stain magnet already, and wearing white always highlights my talent for splashing salad dressing on my clothes.

How do you feel about all-white looks for summer? Great in theory, not in practice? Or do you just go for it and deal with any mishaps in the laundry room?

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