Monday, August 9, 2010

My New Purse from the Michael Kors Collection

As I mentioned before, a handbag is a must if you wear skirts on a regular basis. I need somewhere to keep my keys, wallet, cell phone and other electronics. A handbag is the perfect place for everything so I don't have to keep everything in my pockets. I started carrying a purse awhile ago while wearing skirts, but now carry a purse even if I am not skirted. They are very practical and most importantly, stylish. My favorite designers and brands are Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton and Coach.

I just love my Michael Kors Uptown Astor Shoulder tote. It has golden hardware, top handles, shoulder strap with rings and chain detail, and a hanging logo charm. The size is 12"H x 15 1/2"W x 5"D. I also love the studded detail across the center and being able to wear it over the shoulder.

Fashion Tip: Wearing a Skirt over pants or leggings

I think the first time I saw this style was Madonna in her "Lucky Star" video years ago. This style has come back in recent years and it is more common to see people with skirts worn over pants or leggings. To me, it is a classic look.

I like to wear a black skirt over jeans sometimes, which I think makes a great outfit. A kilt also looks great over jeans as well. I recommend using skinny jeans or pants. You can also try to pair a brightly colored skirt over black pants. When cooler weather comes, I usually wear leggings under my skirt, no matter if it is knee-length or ankle length.

Another item you can wear is a extra long sweater over leggings, which makes a comfy outfit for lounging around the house on cooler days. Anyway you pair them, skirts over pants has made a comeback in the fashion world.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Skirt of the Month: Broomstick Skirt

Here is one of my personal favorites - the Broomstick Skirt! These come in many different colors and style. This is a great skirt for Contra Dancing or just lounging around the house. They are also sometimes known as "gypsy" skirts.

The fabric is very breezy and the waists are usually elastic for an easy fit. Broomstick skirts usually have a "crinkly" feel to them and bellow out when spinning. These skirts are made for dancing. They are designed so that you can grab the fabric and make dramatic, sweeping motions with the skirt (think Stevie Nicks). They usually are ankle-length or a little longer so you may have to pull up the hem slightly when going up stairs.

I've got a number of broomstick skirts in different colors. They can be worn all summer or paired up with leggings during the cooler months. They are great for a casual look but can be dressed up a bit as well. I have a red broomstick skirt like in the picture but usually wear my black one, which goes with most everything. These skirts are some of the most comfortable skirts I've ever worn and are highly recommended for comfort and style.

Put on a Skirt and Get on the Dance Floor

Contra Dancing is always more fun twirling and spinning in a skirt!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Picking the Right Skirt for a Contra Dance

I think there may be more skirted guys in this video than the women. Check out the variety of skirts - from knee-length to ankle-length. I've worn skirts of all different colors and styles to Contra Dances, but always prefer ankle-length because of the flow. I usually wear long, three-tiered cotton skirts or broomstick skirts. Some guys prefer kilts while others like skirts with floral patterns - it's up to you how you want to express yourself. Skirts aren't for everyone, but usually there are a couple of skirted guys at a Contra Dance. The important thing is to find a skirt you feel comfortable in and have fun!

Wearing a Purse with My Skirt

One thing you find out quickly if you begin wearing skirts - you need a purse! I mean seriously, where are you going to put your wallet, cell phone, I-Pod, etc. while at a contra dance, party or a festival?

I've slowly built a small collection of handbags starting with leather, messenger bags. I found them very comfortable and stylish and soon began wearing them with my pants as well as my skirts. Now, it natural for me to grab my purse every time I go out.

I love this Coach handbag pictured. You can wear it crossbody or over the shoulder. You can also carry it as a tote. There is plenty of room inside for all of your things and it will go with any color or style of skirt. I love shopping and I've been wearing handbags for about a year now. I have received many positive compliments like "cute bag" from women.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Skirts are more fun at a Contra Dance

Skirt wearing guys are pretty common at Contra Dances. It's a lot of fun to wear a long, flowing skirt to one of these dances and spend the night twirling around. I usually get a lot of complements from the women like "nice skirt." Check out this video of a contra dance with a number of guys in skirts.