Insomniac Sale Picks: Faux Leather 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?*

Shevvi requested a few picks for faux leather skirts so here we go:

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Charter Club Faux Leather Pencil Skirt – was $79, now $33.99
with code SUPER

I found a number of faux leather pencil skirts that hit far above the knee, and another group that seemed super expensive (like this lovely but spendy Lauren one). This sleek skirt has a versatile knee-brushing length and a fabulously low price. Available in sizes 6 – 16. Ann Taylor has a similar one in 0 -14 including petite and talls that’s 40% off with code PARTY40. And this pull-on pencil comes in sizes XS – 3X.

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NY Collection Faux-Leather Pleated Midi Skirt – was $60, now $35.99

I still can’t resist a full, pleated skirt – even in faux leather. I’m a little puzzled as to why this is classified as a midi, though I suppose at 26″ long it will hit below the knee for some. It’s fully lined and versatile enough to go from funky casual to dressy night-out. Available in sizes 2 -12. This style lacks pleats, but has the same full shape and is available in sizes 1X – 3X.

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George Simonton Faux Leather Skirt with Pleat Detail – was $53.50, now $48.72

One of the only good-looking non-black faux leather skirt on the market, from what I can tell. (It comes in black, too, but sold out in many sizes.) It’s got a bit of elastic at the back of the waistband for comfort, and is fully lined. Available in this cognac in sizes 6 -28 and black in 6, 8, 26, and 28.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for faux leather skirts:

  1. QVC – Cute options in colors besides black!
  2. Nordstrom – Great variety of styles and price points. In addition to the one above, I ADORE this pleated midi.
  3. Lord & Taylor – Prices vary wildly, but there are affordable picks like this gorgeous CK pencil skirt.

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If You Want to, You Should Totally Chop Off All Your Hair

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Like many, I’ve got a Pinterest board dedicated to hair and hairstyles. Although I don’t personally have enough to braid, I pin braids and updos. I pin textures and colors I’ll never have.  And I totally get that Pinterest is a place for bookmarking things we actually want to try, and also things that we may never try but like to fantasize about. Really. I get that.

But I’m going to be a little nervy and blunt, here. Because I’d say that around 70% of the hair-related pins I see in my feed are short, spiky, pixie-style cuts with comments like “Someday I’ll work up the nerve” and “Love this look, but just can’t pull it off.” Short hair, wishful thinking. So here it comes:

If you want to, you should totally chop off all your hair. You should. And even though you may already know them, I’ll give you a whole bunch of reasons why.

It grows back

In most cases, the hair you cut off will grow back eventually. This is one of a very small handful of life decisions that is TOTALLY REVERSIBLE. You can play around with short hair now, and in a few years you can play around with long hair again if you want to. And yes, growing out a pixie can be a long and difficult process. But who’s to say you’ll definitely want to grow it out someday? You could become a lifelong short-hair convert. Either way, you can make this change now and it will not permanently alter you. Big picture-wise, it’s low risk.

Short hair won’t make you any less attractive

And anyone who says it will? They can swing by my house later today and I’ll give them a long, stern lecture about the patriarchy and hetero-normativity and controlling the beauty paradigm. Just as women who are short and tall and fat and thin and old and young can all be attractive, so can women with long or short hair. Partners and parents can be pushy and vocal with their opinions about your hair length, but the choice is yours. It may take them a while to get used to the new you. Heck, it’ll probably take YOU a while to get used to the new you. But you’ll be just as gorgeous and lovely and sensual as you were with longer hair. Promise. Your hair is only one aspect of your appearance, which is only one aspect of your self.

You don’t have to have a specific face shape

Those charts showing which face shapes suit short hair and pixie cuts make me want to set things on fire. You know how certain dress styles work fabulously with certain figures? Well, lo and behold, certain short hairstyles work fabulously with certain face shapes. You don’t have to go buzz-cut or pixie short to play around with shorter hairstyles. There are plenty of chin-length or shorter options that can ease you into the world of short hair. If you’re not sure about the style you’d like to try, consult your stylist. If your stylist offers no or crummy advice, tinker around with hair makeover tools like this one. And if you’re still undecided and worried? Try going short in stages. Do shoulder length, a long bob, chin-length. Once you get there, you may be able to move your hair around a bit more to see what it would look like in various super-short configurations.

You don’t have to be thin

This is the one that really gets me. OK, they all do, but I’ve actually had women tell me that they’d love to try my hairstyle but not until they lost a bunch of weight. Will having super short hair make your face look rounder? Maybe. Will it reveal more of your face? Probably. Are these things bad? No, although everyone will have her own comfort level. Faces come in all shapes and sizes, and although balancing your face shape with hair, accessory, and glasses choices can be great, it isn’t actually necessary. If you’re fat or not-thin and want to try short hair, I would encourage you to go for it. Because the whole can’t/shouldn’t-based-on-body-size-or-shape thing? It’s bunk.

Being afraid of “ruining” your looks can be very stifling

Another thing I totally get: Fear of looking weird for a long time. I have a fantastic hairstylist and a magazine-sanctioned face shape, so it’s all well and good for me to say these things. But I do understand that a drastic hair change means a big risk. If it doesn’t work out how you’d like, you may feel “stuck” or “ruined” or like you’ve made a horrible choice. And if that fear is stronger than your desire to take the plunge, please don’t think I’m saying you absolutely must cast that fear aside and chop away. But, again, in the vast majority of cases your hair will grow back. So if you cut it all off and don’t like the end result, you can – over time – change it back. And breaking free of the idea that your looks should be consistent and as close to perfect as possible at all times? That can be freeing. Nothing you do will ruin your looks. Nothing. And you have every right to make active decisions about the aspects of your looks that you can change and control.

Short hair is more expensive to maintain. It can take a while to hone in on the perfect shape and cut for you. And it is risky. But if you’ve wanted to go short for ages and just haven’t been able to muster up the nerve, I hope I’ve furthered the mustering process somewhat. Because lemme tell ya: I love my short hair so very much and can’t imagine ever growing it out. I feel more like myself with short hair than I ever did with long hair, even though everyone in my life fawned over my long curls. And every time I open Pinterest and see a string of darling pixie cut images and accompanying captions of stifled longing, I wish I could project my voice through the computer to that pinner and say, “Go for it.”

This is me whispering to you.

This post first appeared on Huff Post Style

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Dressed for: Sweater Dressing

Already Pretty outfit featuring sweaterdress, leggings, black ankle boots. Rebecca Minkoff Logan

Sweater dress – Style & Co via Twice
Leggings – Old Navy (same as mine)
Socks – Hue
Boots – Kork Ease (no longer available) – similar
Earrings – The Wellington Boot
Bracelet – via Ideelsimilar
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan (no longer available) – similar

Still mining my stash of pre-snow outfits for now … but fear not, you’ll have six months of photos of me in the snow.

Like all Minnesotans, I’m terrified that we’ll have a repeat of the brutally cold winter we endured last year, and have been seeking cozy sweaters and sweater dresses accordingly. This is another Twice find, originally from Macy’s, and I realize now that those sleeves are gonna be a problem now that it’s truly frigid. Layering over or under should help. I’ve been scouring Twice for secondhand garments to flesh out my revised style, and have been thrilled with the results. Tip for shoppers: Always peek at the “New” tab, since they’re uploading new goodies all the time.

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