10 Oct 2019

Those Lace-Ups: This Is One Way To Wear Them


What to wear with the lace-ups?

I’m starting with a black midi skirt because it is an easy win.

Style the skirt with an oversized sweater, a tee or a classic man shirt tucked in if your waist is forgiving. The midi skirt is one of those wardrobe pieces without hanger appeal; it is one to forget. The midi gets pushed to the back of the closet and neglected more often than not. I know I do. I see it, slide it along, pull it back and then push it further because I forget how great it can really look.

Wearing a skirt does require more thought than a dress – true – but as a season turns and layers are more and more vital, it is a winner. I like a bias cut and I love a pleat; I also think an A-line can look very beautiful with a classic blouse and a pair of lace-ups.

Let’s start with the skirt.

I’m looking for a black midi because it can be the base for many outfits but a tweed, tartan or check can look equally wonderful. Maybe even a caramel with the black lace-ups? Caramel is one of those shades I admire on others but find it hard to wear.

If your shape is fuller around the middle, don’t dismiss the skirt  – wear a longer line blouse and /or jacket in a complementary colour; work with the texture or add a pinstripe or check.

If a waist is your winner, tuck in the blouse, try a tailored jacket or cropped style and emphasise your luck.

This will be one of my go-everywhere outfits this season; I just know it. xv

Wear Them With These

stateside bias  ||  sandro velvet  ||  joseph pleated  ||  stella mccartney crepe  ||  balenciaga a-line  ||  noir kei ninomiya side slit

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Linda B

I started wearing midi skirts in high school, when they were not particularly in vogue. I began with a vintage blue wool plaid skirt that was my mother’s, which I “borrowed” and somehow didn’t ever return. I still love midis, more than 45 years later. Love all those black ones you put links to. . .And I love the idea of a caramel colored one with the black lace ups–I adore that color combo and wear it frequently in various iterations.

I do really need to get on the ball in searching for those black lace up boots ASAP. You’ve got me convinced.


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