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styled alternatives: the fancy skirt

i have a family wedding to attend this spring, and i’m dreading dropping serious change on a dress that i’ll wear once and will then wither at the back of my closet.  instead, i’ve been thinking about the value of separates.  picking up a formal skirt that can be repurposed in any number of ways feels fresh, but it also feels smart.  i’m thinking that this skirt from the rodarte/opening ceremony collaboration might be an absolute necessity.

sure, at first blush (sorry, i had to…), this looks a little formal for anything but an evening event.  but bear with me:

on the left, we have the wedding-guest ensemble…pitch perfect for any non-black-tie wedding, i think.  but i’ll have endless options to restyle that skirt and use it all year long.  that stunning blush shade, tinted with gold metallic, is pitch-perfect for warmer weather, and the semi-sheer, floaty crepe gives this a beautiful shape. it’s a little short, particularly for a knee-showing-phobe like me, but i’m thinking if i size up, it might just work.  and the pricetag ($325) doesn’t feel that out of the budget realm for a special event…after all, i’d pay that much for a dress, i’m sure, and the skirt is endlessly more versatile.  it could so easily be paired with a sleek black top and nude pumps (and maybe that sweet little bow belt?) to make it event-worthy, or a simple nude tank for cocktails, but it will also be amazing for day.  the trick is to keep the rest of the look simple and ultra-casual – let the skirt steal the spotlight.  add a white tee, denim jacket and perhaps some rachel comey booties, and you’re set!

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this or that: the ruffled flat sandal

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i’ll admit, $225 isn’t cheap for a sandal.  but it’s a lot better than $1,300, don’t you agree?  the question is, which is which?

the version on the left features snake-embossed leather, and the ruffled top is accented with zipper trim, which gives it a bit of edge.  very biker-chic.

on the right, i do love the two-tone metallic, but the frills on this one seem so much taller…i could see these turning into a case of the shoe wearing you, rather than the other way around.  still, they’re definitely more bold than the black, and the right person could definitely rock these the right way.

so, without knowing the prices, which would you pick??  (click the links to check your work!)  and when you’re done with that, go buy the steve madden version for $79.

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