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!