Denim Skirt Ensemble X 3

After Angie's blog post on this I could hardly wait to see what I had to make this outfit. I learned that tops I thought were quite cropped when paired with pants were not cropped enough with a skirt. First up is a dark navy jean skirt, then a white skirt. The tops are all boxy and, I had thought, cropped. The striped one is cropped. The plaid and black ones, not as much as I thought. Are the proportions too far off? Comments and suggestions welcomed.
Should I release the hems of either or both of the skirts? Both are at least 3 years old.

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  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Killer ALL round. 

    You have a habit of nailing the Friday ensembles! Wave to Tanya. 

  • Dianna replied 3 years ago

    Love all three outfits, Joy.  You rock.  I have similar pieces to outfit number 2, so I will use it as an inspiration.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Nicely done, Joy. I especially like outfit 1; the boyish plaid blouse is so cute with the skirt. And the top in the last outfit is so pretty and unusual, with the pleats.

  • Joyce B replied 3 years ago

    Those look fab on you! The first one can also work into Fall.

  • kkards replied 3 years ago are just the best! loved #3 -the light and the dark are perfectly balanced! but #2...well i love a stripe and that outfit is just sooo fab! 

  • Ledonna N. replied 3 years ago

    Joy you can wear anything and look Fab I must say I love your hair. It enhances your own . Your wardrobe must be never-ending I love how you can just pull it out and be like bam there it is!

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Thank you all so much. Angie, thank you! My happiness factor was high with each of these outfits and I wore them on casual days and will again.
    The plaid shirt in 1/2 was a purchase for hot fall days. It is loose and breezy and feels cool with a denim skirt and bare legs. The striped EF linen top was in my 30x30 capsule and a great top for summer. The pleated black top with the white skirt is also cool and breezy.. I like the texture of the pleats and the top is a bit sheer so that it is a soft black on.

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    Joy, these look great. You make me want a white denim skirt!

  • Tammyb replied 3 years ago

    All 3 look great. I have a white denim skirt. I may need to try to replicate that look. My fave is #3. I bat for Team Dressy and that reads as dressier than the others to my eye.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    JAileen and Tammyb, white denim skirts are wonderful, especially in summer. I am humbled if this outfit gives you inspiration. All the credit belongs to Angie. Tammy, it is dressier. I am always happy for a way to wear dressy pieces in a more casual way.

  • Sterling replied 3 years ago

    I agree with Angie.  You take an ensemble and make it your own.  My favorites were the first two.  

    Wearing dressy pieces in a more casual way is a great strategy.  I want to start to learn to do that.  

  • skylurker replied 3 years ago

    I love them all.
    I don't see the attraction of released hems in general, so my answer would be no. Besides I think the length of both skirts are good as is.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Sterling, using what most may consider a dressy piece in a casual outfit is probably my most useful takeaway from YLF. A dressy top with jeans or a graphic tee with a skirt and jacket has been easiest for me to pull off.
    Skylurker, thank you for addressing the released hem issue. The big appeal of released hems for me is that they're unexpected on an over-70. Distressed jeans would be too, but that is too much and seems a younger look.

  • Ryce replied 3 years ago

    These all work beautifully, Joy! The plaid one will be especially nice in fall - will you still have hot weather then in your new home? And the white and black is perfection!
    Because of the angles of the photos I'm not sure what to advise about the hems. Are you feeling the skirts are shorter than you would like, or just wanting to try the released hem look?

  • Runcarla replied 3 years ago

    More inspo!  I have been toying with the idea of cutting and fraying the hem of my white jean skirt, but have resisted so far, since I use it for work and don't think the frayed look is best for that environment.  Also, I've got quite a lot of fraying going on in my closet already (but gosh, I do love the trend! Don't know why - just do!)  Of your candidates, I think the white skirt is the one.  Keep the darker jean skirt lean and clean for 'fancier' occasions. 

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Thank you, Ryce and RunCarla. I am thinking only the white skirt for the hem release treatment because I would like the extra inch of length when I sit down. I think the length is ok standing. The dark denim is longer and I plan to leave it as it is, so, yes, I am considering this for length.

  • Meredith replied 3 years ago

    Looking fabulous, Joy!

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    I hereby crown you Queen Denim Skirt. 

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Thank you, Meredith. Angie, I am honored by my title. :)

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Update: I started letting out the hem on my white denim skirt and decided thst it would not be a good candidate for this DIY project. I will look for a used faded denim or white skirt instead.

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