Monday, February 20, 2012

Red Skirt Remix! (from Greater Than Rubies)

Hi everyone!  While I'm off on trip #3 and rounding up my traveling (FINALLY!) some fantastic ladies have offered to guest post for me.  I'm super, super, super excited because these guest posts are AWESOME.

Get ready for a full WEEK of One Piece Different Ways remixing posts!

In the Wardrobe Help Survey a couple of you asked for a remix post on a red pencil skirt.  Since I don't have one (but really want one), Caitlin from Greater Than Rubies is here to do it for us!

It's funny to say, but I immediately felt a connection with Caitlin based off of her blog and her style, so I'm excited to have her as our first guest poster of the week!

Hi fellow Putting Me Together readers! I'm Caitlin, from Greater Than Rubies, where I'm chronicling my style journey as I remix my closet for a year. I've been a huge fan of Audrey's since I found her blog. She is gorgeous and I'm always inspired by her posts, so I was excited and honored when she asked me to write this one.

I've had my red skirt for several months now and had fallen into a styling rut, always picking the same things to go with it. When Audrey listed remixing a red skirt as an idea for the post, I jumped on the chance to get over my remixing woes.

One of my favorite ways to style a skirt is with a blouse. You can go classic and tuck in the blouse, which emphasizes your waist or go a little more modern and partially tuck it. The partial tuck is a new favorite of mine. It defines your waist but is more forgiving.

When it's cold outside, I pair my blouse and skirt with a cardigan, tights and booties. (Favorite trick: pairing same-color tights and shoes makes your legs look miles long.)

If you have a blouse with an already-defined waist, try it untucked, like this.

Moving away from blouses...here I used a plain t-shirt and layered a blazer on top. Add some flats, a belt, and a fun piece of jewelry to complete the look.

Another look I like is a thin sweater left untucked. Add a scarf for a little extra flair.

Dress down and stay cozy with a turtleneck and boots.

A few extra tips for red skirt styling:
  • Mix up your outfits by pairing your skirt with flats, heels, and boots.
  • Red is a versatile color and can go with anything. Check out these outfits where red is paired with red. orange. yellow. green. blue (how cute would that gingham shirt look with a red skirt?). indigo. violet. gray.
  • Use your belts! Thin, thick, at the waistline of your skirt or over an untucked shirt; all of these combinations give you multiple remixing possibilities.
  • Add a scarf. This video by Wendy Nguyen from Wendy's Lookbook showcases 25 ways to style a scarf. Layer the scarf over a plain tee and add a cardigan or blazer if it's a tad chilly. Voila- chic and cozy!
Writing this post has me excited about all the possibilities my red skirt holds. I hope I won't get too many weird looks when I show up at work in it for 12 days in a row.

If you have a great way you wear your red skirt, please stop by and show me! I'd love to see it.

If ever I wanted a red pencil skirt, I REALLY want one now.  Let's thank Caitlin for her great remix post and all the tips she gave.  

Be sure to stop by Caitlin's blog, Greater Than Rubies to say hello!


  1. I really like how each looks seems to have style! Great outfits! 

    - Violet 

  2. Love the blue top mix and the white top and white top / blazer.  xoxo A-

  3. I LOVE all of the outfits...especially the blazer with the white top. I have a favorite red skirt that I'm always needing new ways to remix it. :) Thanks for the ideas!

  4. i think i need to go buy a red skirt now haah!! love her style~

  5. Great ideas, Caitlin! I think my favorite is the first red and pink outfit...pretty sure I need a red pencil skirt now!


  6. Super cute! I don't really wear turtlenecks but the skirt + white turtleneck and belt look is my fav! 

  7. I love all of these! Thanks for convincing me I do need more pencil skirts, I love all of these looks! The white turtleneck is probably my favourite, very Canadian haha. Lovely guest post, heading to check out the blog now!

  8. Thanks so much, Samantha! I wasn't a big pencil skirt wearer until I started thrifting, but now I can't get enough of them! 

  9. Merrick, I hope you find one! I am a little (lie. a lot.) obsessed with the pink and red combo trend now. It's different but so fun!

  10. Thank you so much for the compliment, Sandy! 

  11. I obtained a red pencil skirt not to long ago and she's TOTALLY right. It's way more versatile than I thought it would be.

  12. i do love a great way skirt and i love the different ways you styled it, seriously tomorrow red skirt, brown boots and a black blazer with a white shirt that outfit is my favorite

  13. So cute with the pink top. And this makes me realize red is more versatile than I thought - I'm slightly scared of it because primary reds can seem a little Christmasy, but your skirt really is a great canvas for so many looks!

  14. Every girl should have at least one pencil skirt!  I have a vintage black one that is a staple in my closet and now I will be looking for red!  Thanks Caitlin for showing all these great looks!

  15. I'm so glad! That one was a bit of an accidental finding, but it turned out to be one of my favorites, too :)

  16. Thanks Anne! I've got to admit writing this post helped me realize how much more versatile the skirt was than I'd thought. I hope it inspires you to come up with some great red combos yourself! 

  17. I absolutely agree! A pencil skirt gives you so many remixing options. It's one of my favorite articles of clothing. Good luck on your hunt for a red one! 

  18. So true! I may have to hop on over and steal some outfit inspiration from you myself :)


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