A Quick Kitchen Sink: 2 Ways

I had to try the kitchen sink outfit. I have 2 pleated skirts... A plain black and a crazy print that represents the kitchen sink on it's own with several colors and different prints combined.
1-3 are the black skirt with black Paige Hoxton released hem jeans, the closest thing I have to leggings. Are the released hems too much?
4 is the crazy skirt with a graphic tee and Hoxtons. This version needs more work, I think. Shoes for both are Me Too black patent kitten heels. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed! I did get a hair cut after these were taken. It was getting long enough to flip up on the ends!

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32 Comments

  • rachylou replied 2 weeks ago

    Joy, you have some great pleated skirts, and I can’t tell you how much I like the rock n’ roll vibe on you!

  • Joy replied 2 weeks ago

    Thank you, Rachylou. I enjoy adding a touch of rock n' roll. I almost went with the Fender guitar graphic tee, but liked the colors of the art festival tee better with the skirt.

  • Brooklyn replied 2 weeks ago

    I love the first outfit Joy. You have such great style! Not sure about the second outfit. I think the jeans might look a little heavy here with the skirt. Maybe if you were wearing something heavier on top than the tee (eg a sweater) that would balance things out.
    I thought a while back you wore some leggings peeking out from a dress? I thought of you wearing that when I saw Angie’s post.

  • Gigi replied 2 weeks ago

    I love that leather jacket!

    I personally feel that the released hems overpower the ensemble. I think that the idea was that the leggings should "blend in" with the outfit; here, the released hems seem to steal the show. You could try the first look with regular leggings if you want to experiment more with the ensemble.

    On the second outfit, I think that the skirt may be a little too long to work well with ankle-length leggings; I think the two hems will be too close together. As a short person, I kind of find the look hard to pull off--too many horizontal lines on the legs makes me look stumpy.

  • skylurker replied 2 weeks ago

    Layered looks are not my cup of tea, but I think the proportions of #1 work very well. I also love the combo of black jacket and tee in #2.

  • Cardiff girl replied 2 weeks ago

    Wow,Madonna eat your heart out!I think you ve done a fab job on this especially considering that as a look it’s really far removed from my comfort zone.I ve tried to analyse what makes it work for me and I think that it’s the fact that all of the pieces that you ve used either match or tone colour wise so although the outfit is busy in the amount of clothing it’s calmed down by the clever use of colour.Well played!

  • Angie replied 2 weeks ago

    I am WOWED. Such creativity and verve.

    KILLER x2. You are ready for NYFW.

  • Isabel replied 2 weeks ago

    Joy, amazing, as is so often the case, and with an extra edge that is somehow still totally pretty.

    I like both of these and it's really striking in each what a difference the leggings make versus stockings. In a perfect world you might have actual leggings, even if they're a little long? The outfits are so great already I think boots and not too opaque tights would work too.

  • JAileen replied 2 weeks ago

    I really love the first one. The leather jacket with the short skirt is a great silhouette for you.

  • Joy replied 2 weeks ago

    So many helpful comments. To expand on my leggings problem...I have what are sold as leggings, but because of my skinny legs and wide waist, they fit more as skinny straights. I do have something that does not have a released hem that may work.

  • La Pedestrienne replied 2 weeks ago

    #1 is great. Rocker Pretty -- you could totally use that as a style moniker if you were so inclined. The printed skirt is a bit busy for my taste.

    You know -- I'm not sure if it's the released hem that distracts, or the length. One inch shorter and I think the jeans would look just right. 

    My body type is the opposite of yours (small waist, big legs), and I still find leggings hard to fit. If the fit is not very precise in the waist, they ride down and I end up with drop-crotch leggings, awful. High-waisted styles from athletic brands are pretty much the only ones that work for me. One thing you might consider are opaque footless tights -- I used to have a bunch from drug stores/Target/etc in a variety of colours. They were very useful when I had a wider repertoire of skirts. I wonder if you could get a leggings effect with them. 

  • Jane replied 2 weeks ago

    I love 4, so cool and stylish, it looks effortless, with the t shirt. 

  • JP replied 2 weeks ago

    I LOVE your leather jacket, Joy! And, the black skirt ensemble is great, but I think the released hem is a little too long. I read about your leggings issue, that could be an easy fix. You can have it taken in from the inseam. Wear it inside out and have someone pin it for you close to your legs and if you have a sewing machine sew it yourself or take it to alterations.

  • Joy replied 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for your comments, LaPedestrienne and Jane. They are very helpful.
    Footless tights are a good idea to still show some ankle
    I agree that the printed skirt is too long. I may try to roll the waist band to get a look at the proportions of a shorter length. It is rather sheer so usually needs a slip under it, but I kind of liked that the leggings would show a bit through the skirt

  • Joy replied 2 weeks ago

    JP! I missed your helpful post. I will try an athletic brand pant that I used to wear as leggings and maybe what Brooklyn remembers. If that does not work, I may sacrifice a pair of skinny straights to have the alterations you suggest.

  • Greyscale replied 2 weeks ago

    I love #1! So sleek and refined despite the rock n roll vibe. The original outfit had a longer skirt but I think the shorter skirt you wear in #1 works better with the longer jeans. And the shoes are perfect for it.

  • Sal replied 2 weeks ago

    I like 1 on you a lot, it is a really fun and I imagine comfortable look.  

    I am not so sure about 2 - there is a lot going on - but I think it is fun to experiment and try different things.  

  • karen13 replied 2 weeks ago

    You rock both of these. I like 2 just as much as I like 1. The color/texture mixing is very fun and pleasing to my eye. I would also like to see more traditional legions with a bit more ankle, as well.

  • Joy replied 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Greyscale, Sal and Karen 13 for your valuable feedback on these outfits.

  • shevia replied 2 weeks ago

    Love the look of the jean hems with the shoes in the first one. I feel like the second one, but would like it even more without the skirt I think (sorry!). Would you/did you wear either of these out?

  • Joy replied 2 weeks ago

    Shevia, thank you. So far I have not worn either of these out but am seriously considering it when it gets colder ( like next week). This will probably involve boots or booties as snow is predicted along with the cold temperatures. In fact, I can see wearing leggings or pants under skirts and dresses as very common in the future...maybe a signature look. As I get older, I run colder and want the coverage.

  • jlpp replied 2 weeks ago

    Both are arty rocking fun in my book! Great looks.

  • Joy replied 2 weeks ago

    Thank you. Adding more arty to my looks is something I would like to do.

  • bonnie replied 2 weeks ago

    #1 is my favorite, but I like both outfits.

  • lyn67 replied 1 week ago

    Nr 1 is is killer, and nr 2 could work even better with a black (or a top in a  color other than white).

  • Sisi replied 1 week ago

    You do Kitchen Sink like nobody else! I have just finished saying they are not my cuppa tea and now I would happily wear nr. ! 

  • Sisi replied 1 week ago

    Nr. 1 .

  • krishnidoux replied 1 week ago

    I like both very much but, my, pic 4, that outfit has so much peronality! Thank you for providing with an example of this combination. You look fab. 

  • MsMary replied 1 week ago

    So fun! I LOVE the graphic tee with the print skirt!

  • Aida replied 1 week ago

    Joy I want to be as cool as you!! First outfit is incredible. LOVE. Second I think might work better with actual leggings (a pair that's a little above the ankle, I think) and a graphic tee with a little more black in it for balance. Your wardrobe is amazing, you're always able to pull out ensembles!

  • Runcarla replied 1 week ago

    I can't believe how well you do this! You are so cool, Joy! Your closet is amazing. #1 is particularly fantastic and suits as very 'you'.

  • cindysmith replied 1 week ago

    These are both so fun! My personal fave is the leather jacket one (because I like the hard edge for myself) but that t-shirt in the second outfit really makes the second one a masterpiece IMO

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