30 Outfits in a Bag: A-Line Skirt

June 25, 2014

All capsule travel wardrobes benefit from having a healthy variety of shapes and colors. Business travel complicates this simple rule because business-appropriate attire often bears boring shapes and/or colors.

Of the twenty items assembled for this hybrid trip, only two skirts made the list and both are somewhat typical workwear (with a slight twist): one in a distracting yellow color and the other flares slightly.
J. Crew Classic Schoolboy Blazer | Ann Taylor Silk Shell with Necktie and Pintucks | J. Crew Sterling Skirt in Double-serge Wool | H&M Shoulder Bag | Miu Miu Taupe Pumps (similar)

I avoid safety-pinning clothes when I can but when faced with the prospect of having to wear the same skirt every day for a week, I get creative (if not outright destructive).

There are two no-sew methods when it comes to shortening a skirt: one can either roll up the skirt (something I learned in fifth grade; stuffy Catholic school uniforms beg to be tampered with) or shorten the length with safety pins.

For A-line skirts, especially ones with pockets, the first method works improperly about fifty percent of the time so I normally choose to fold the skirt inward from the bottom and secure the new length with safety pins (four or five of them will do the trick).
Ways to wear a tan skirt
Previously on 30 Outfits in a Bag:
Part I: Overview
Part II: Crossover Dress
Part III: Bow Top 
Part IV: Navy Blazer

Part V:  Crochet Dress + No-Sew Dress Shortening

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11 comments

  1. Do you think ironing before and after you fold the skirt will help it not lose shape during the day and just re-iron if you want the full length after?

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    1. Hi there,

      To be frank, I wouldn't recommend ironing for these temporary hem jobs. It is possible that I am just terrible with an iron but some creases are stubborn/permanent and I don't feel the difference (between ironing vs not ironing) is pronounced enough to warrant the extra step. :)

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    3. Okay, thanks! Also, for the jean jacket, is it true to color through pictures? I have been looking for one for the longest time and I like the color of the one you have on. Also, is the material thick or thin? I have run across some that looks thick but is actually quite thin. Thanks again in advance.

      :)

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    4. My jean jacket is from last year but the wash should be the same. The denim material is medium-weight. Hope this helps! :)

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  2. I love this series..its so helpful to get mix and match ideas... some great combinations for the skirt here..

    xo

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    1. I am glad you found it useful. :)

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  3. I am digging that pink purse. It's a lovely size and is a nice pop of personality to an otherwise business-y outfit.

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