Reader Request: Navy Skirts for Winter

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Reader Erika emailed me this request:

I have not historically worn navy or dark blue skirts, feeling they looked too preppy or stuffy on me. Now, however, I am finding navy skirts in the stores that are not only cute, but well-made. I am a bit lost on how to style navy skirts specifically, especially what kind of leggings or tights colors to wear with them, and how to coordinate a top without ending up looking like I’m wearing something that belongs on a schoolgirl. I prefer a more office casual kind of style, with fun or artistic accessories and touches, rather than polished or preppy.

I have to say, friends, that I am really enjoying wearing lots of pants and NOT having to figure out what color I want my legs to be for the day. (Meaning, picking tights that work with my outfit.) But since I’ve done skirts in winter for many long years, I do have some ideas to share for making navy skirts work in cold weather.


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Here are two examples with a palette I LOVE using for navy skirts: Burgundy, olive, and charcoal with cognac accents. I think charcoal/heather gray tights are the most versatile, and they work well with navy in a variety of mixes. Here, in the left outfit, they’re in a slightly more casual mix with tall boots, a pleated skirt, burgundy sweater, and field jacket. The scarf includes burgundy and olive, so serves as a bridging piece. The same palette is used on the right but with burgundy tights – another versatile color for hosiery – and cognac ankle boots with a pencil skirt, olive sweater, burgundy blazer, and that same unifying scarf. You could also rejigger the items and go for olive green tights.


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Speaking of scarves, there’s always the “wear a multicolored scarf and let it dictate the palette” technique. Any scarf with navy in the pattern will work with a navy skirt. On the left, the scarf includes navy, cobalt, black, and white, thus the black tights and boots and bright sweater. On the right, there are gobs of color in that scarf, with dark red and turquoise pulled out and complemented by cognac leather boots and a jacket. If red legs are too much for ya, charcoal would work here, too, and you could do a red or tan blazer instead.


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You can also play with patterned tights and simpler palettes. Gray – heathered/charcoal or otherwise – is a great bet with navy. Try a gray sweater and gray patterned tights with loafers and a long pendant. Or go for sheer, patterned navy tights with a pale blue sweater and multicolored scarf for a monochrome look. Gray ankle boots blend well without getting too matchy.

Those are some of my favorite combos. What other suggestions would you give to Erika?

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Emulate or Date – Queer Girl Conundrums

If you’re attracted to the opposite sex, the matter of style icons is relatively simple – there are celebrities you want to emulate, and you admire them because they have qualities you want. Sexual attraction doesn’t really come into it, apart from your icon’s ability to attract the gender you want to attract.

But if you’re same-sex attracted, sometimes celebrities that you consider style icons also give you funny feelings in your tummy. Which can be, honestly, pretty confusing. I’m not talking about the Cosmo style “girl crush” here, where you admire women in a platonic way. There’s very little that’s platonic about my feelings for say, Monica Belluci. It’s possible for me to both want to emulate a woman, and well…want them in equal measure.

So let’s take a look at my top three Queer Girl Conundrums, and why I both want to be AND date them all. (What can I say, I’m greedy)

Gillian Anderson


Back in the way back times, when I was watching The X-Files as a wee baby teen, the focus of my attention was admittedly David “Delicious” Duchovny. But re-watching it over the years, Mulder began to become less attractive and more annoying. Every time he talked over Scully I got increasingly annoyed, until I realised something totally unexpected as a former Mulder fangirl – I would have preferred the show if it was just about Scully. Gillian Anderson’s razor sharp suits, her delightful eye rolls, and her plush lips had completely turned me against my former favourite.

Style-wise, I’ve been trying to look as confident and competent in a pantsuit as Gillian Anderson does most of my professional life. She wore a crisp white linen shirt in a way I’ve never been able to pull off, and while aspects of Agent Scully’s style are a little dated now, I still aspire to one day look that perfectly put together.


Tilda Swinton


Oh Tilda. How to describe your ethereal and strange yet magnetic allure? Tilda is…well, Tilda. I’m frankly baffled there are movies in which they didn’t get Tilda to play the elf character, because she is honestly the embodiment of elfin to me. There’s something about her long limbs and translucent skin that makes me weak at the knees. Honestly, I watched the appalling movie adaptation of the Hellblazer comic, Constantine, JUST because Tilda Swinton was in it. And it was worth it.


Her style is just as ineffable and strange as her face, but that’s what I love about it. While I’d never wear half the things she wears out in public, I desperately admire the courage it takes to be so completely disinterested in trends or even what’s particularly flattering to her form. She just wears what she feels, and I think that’s fantastic.

Hayley Atwell


There’s something wonderfully accessible about Hayley Atwell, and not just because she’s utterly adorable on Twitter. She looks like the most beautiful girl you’ve ever met in real life, if you know what I mean, and I find that accessibility just CRIPPLING in terms of my blooming crush. Her hourglass figure, stunning grin, and vintage style make her my absolutely ideal girlfriend.

If you’re at all interested in vintage fashion and you’re not watching Atwell’s current show Marvel’s Agent Carter, you NEED to get on that. Practically every scene adds another item to my already exploding imaginary wish wardrobe.

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Do beautiful women give you funny feelings in the tummy? How do you untangle whether you want to emulate them, date them, or both?


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The author of Reluctant Femme, Cassie is a queer thirty-something Australian who thinks too much, reads too much, and has way too many pretty things. Her writing revolves around exploring concepts of femme and femininity, feminism, and just how much glitter you really can fit into a polish before it’s unusable. You can catch up with her in shorter bursts on Twitter , look at pictures of her favourite pretty things on her Tumblr, and browse her handmade accessories at her Etsy store

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Dressed for: A Wintry Weekend

Already Pretty outfit featuring black cowl neck tunic, red metallic yummie leggings, Frye Vera  Slouch boots, fringe handbag

Tunic – Exofficio Fionna (Christmas gift)
Leggings – Yummie by Heather Thompson Jade – also here
Boots – Frye Vera Slouch
Bag – Amazon/DIY (post here) – similar look
Earrings – Glass Gardensimilar

Truly sloppy, snowy weekend days get the Sorel treatment, but for fluffy snow like this I haul out my durable, weathered leather boots like these beloved Fryes. Paired with leggings – my new favorite brand, more on it next week – and a tunic my parents gave me for Christmas, they add just the right amount of edge. I will say, though, that I’m getting pretty sick of this brutal cold. Evidence below.


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