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Photographs by Jennifer Denton, ©2019

I’m crazy about this umbra-colored, Vince midi skirt. It’s the second piece I’ve bought that I featured on one of my Fashion Friday posts. The first piece I bought was that beautiful Zara trench coat last month. Perhaps I should write about something like bowling shoes, because since I don’t bowl, I won’t be temped to buy the shoes.    

When I bought this skirt I knew it could be the basis for lots of different outfits.

1. For starters I could pair the new, Vince midi skirt with my old, belted tweed blazer and my Oscar necklace—you’ve seen both several times before—along with a nude camisole underneath plus my old pair of tan, suede, Saint Laurent ankle boots. Since the colors are all in the same family of warm browns, they work well together.

2. By changing from the blazer into a winter white, turtleneck cashmere sweater with fringe-sleeves, I’ve created a totally different look. I love the smooth simplicity of the skirt contrasted with the curly texture of the sleeves. I added a wide leather belt I bought in Pittsburgh in the early ’90s—I remember this because my boyfriend’s son was graduating from Carnegie Mellon—together with a gold tone St. John’s necklace I’ve had since the ‘70s, and my Julie Vos bracelets. Same skirt and boots from outfit #1.

3. Next I decided to add an inexpensive leopard print scarf to the same outfit to create yet another very different look.

4. Here I’ve added a leopard print cardigan I bought on sale years ago, but haven’t worn until I paired it with this skirt and draped the leopard print scarf over my shoulder. I belted the sweater and the scarf with the same thin, suede belt I wore with the tweed blazer and added my Oscar necklace.

If you wonder what I’m doing in this shot… I’m singing along to my playlist. 🎼Music! 🎵Always!

Before you go shopping, online or in a store, it’s helpful to take a quick look at what’s in your closet. By adding one or two pieces each season, it’s easy to create lots of new outfits. BTW, I can also create more new outfits by using the cashmere sweater. Items that will be versatile in your closet are great buys and lower your cost per wear. 

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  1. I like all these long skirts lately in the fall collections. I have one that I haven’t worn for ages and now I’m thinking about getting it out.
    I love seeing the snippets of your house–your decorating taste is as exquisite as your fashion taste.

  2. I love the outfits you created using the skirt and ankle boots for the baseline. I recently bought Donna Karan black ankle boots and plan to wear them with black tights and a knee length skirt. One skirt is solid black, one is black and brown leopard and another black and beige animal print. You’ve convinced me I need a midi skirt, too.

    • Thanks, Doreen. The second one is my favorite as well. I read on FB where it’s cold where you live! Is that a normal fall or have you skipped right on to winter? xoxox, Brenda

    • I love it when you stop by, Josephine! Thanks so much, and I’m glad you enjoy my blogs. It’s always fun to see how other women style something because it gives me ideas for my own closet. xoxox, Brenda

    • Hi Cindy, I am happy that longer skirts are in fashion, but I’ve also made a decision. I’m going to always wear exactly what I want regardless of trends or what we generally think of as “age appropriate.” Don’t you hate that term? So happy we’ve gotten over that one! xoxox, Brenda

    • Elizabeth, Compared to all the charm of your home, my house looks like I live in a bare bones monastery… minus the men. I guess that would be a convent. LOL! I’ve tried, but it doesn’t come naturally to me. A good girlfriend once told me, “If I lived here, I’d have all these walls filled up with stuff in a heart beat.” Maybe the English charm will rub off on me. xoxox, Brenda

  3. Hi Brenda. I love the way you mixed and matched and came up with new looks for this beautiful skirt. I’m fighting the mid-length skirts though and wish they would just go away. The skirt looks great on you, but I think when we still have nice legs in midlife we should show them off with skirts, just above the knee. Since traveling in Europe, I’ve found a store that sells the classic above the knee style. At this Dika store that is out of Bulgaria, I found a pretty, black, pleated above the knee style, that I just love. I do have several of the mid-length ones, but for our lifestyle, and the way we walk everywhere, in Europe, the above the knee style suits me better. I’m going to keep my eye on some pretty ankle boots for fall, like yours. Thanks for sharing. Always enjoy your posts. By the way, love your house too! It’s so my style!

    • Christina, When I was in my 20’s my first husband told me someday I wouldn’t have great legs, so in the mean time, I needed to wear skirts. And so I wore lots of skirts. Mini, above the knee, mid and maxi… The latter two he didn’t have in mind when he told me that. Now I’m at the age where I agree with my friend, Sandy Linter, who says pantyhose take the age off our legs. Other than tights, I don’t wear pantyhose anymore, so I’m lowering the length of my skirts. What I really need is a tan so my legs don’t look so white! So happy you enjoy my blogs! I’m grateful you read and leave me comments. Thank you so much!!! xoxox, Brenda

  4. I’m as huge believer in the cost per wear method myself! I never spend a lot on anything until I do this. It has saved e from wasting money.

    • Thank you, Hilda! Up until a few years ago I also wore shorter skirts with dark tights. Now I like the look of slightly longer skirts better on me. So happy you stopped by and left me a comment! I hope you have a wonderful week! xoxox, Brenda

  5. I love all of these! So beautiful. I love your classic chic style. And your house! Lovely! Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Beckye, You’re always supportive and sweet to read my posts, and I look forward to seeing you here. I hope some day we can arrange to meet one another. Thank you. xoxox, Brenda

  6. This skirt is a definite keeper and all the looks you created with it are spot on. Enjoy your blog, although I rarely comment. I will rectify that! Karen (@figcottagelife)

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