Shop your closet: The Pleated Mini Skirt
I'm going to let you in on a little 'Short and Tailor' secret. Most of my posts feature items I've had for years. Yeah, I occasionally feature a new dress, thrifted blouse, or new shoe - but for the most part, I'm just shopping my closet. I don't stand in front of my clothes wondering what to wear. Outfits pop into my head and I try to make them work with what I have. For instance, you've seen this gray, pleated skirt on my Instagram a bunch of times, right? People always ask me about it. It's a Target skirt from a few winters ago. (It's no longer available, but keep reading for links to similar looks).
I've had this for a couple years now, but only recently found ways to rock it confidently. I was worried about the length at first, and a-line skirts are a problem for me because they tend to ride up in the back. Since I paid my hard-earned money for it, I decided I had to find ways to get comfortable in it. I took advice from my own post Why Some People Have No Personal Style and Never Will and rocked it around the house first to get used to the skirt. Now, I love it!
- If you see something you like on a model, or in a magazine, stop and think about what you already own to make it work. It can be tempting to run out and buy something new, I know! But sometimes you stop and look at yourself and wonder why you own 7 black tank dresses (me!). If you see a new trend you want to try, check your closet first.
- Make the most out of each item of clothing you own. Mix and match your pieces . Sometimes we buy things, wear them once then forget about them. Maybe you're someone who doesn't think they are great at styling, so you stick to one formula for certain outfits. I call it "These jeans with this shirt and these shoes" syndrome. Mix it up. This skirt has so many possibilities!
- Wear what you have. Don't buy something to leave it on the hanger. Learn to love what you have even if it means wearing it around the house first.
See other ways I styled the skirt below!