Inspiration Monday : Alexa Chung and how to wear a short skirt in your late thirties

Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy Monday (I'm trying to beat my dislike of Monday mornings with a positive attitude and sunny disposition… so far, so good).

It's Inspiration Monday time again from Megan and Nora at Two Birds Boutique. I adore our this week's muse, Alexa Chung. I don't have a dress like the one she is wearing here so I had to go for a shirt that kinda looked a little bit like it teamed with a short skirt. I also tried a faux bob (it's not really working though is it).

May I draw your attention to my boots for a moment, they're a preloved eBay purchase from November last year. I think I like them. I like them teamed with a short skirt, they have a little bit of a heel, aren't too dressy but not too casual either. Do you think they look okay? You can say 'no', I won't mind as long as you say it nicely :)

Having reached the grand old age of 37 - an age at which short skirts are a 'should-I-shouldn't-I?' item - I have a strict set of rules for how I wear a short skirt.

The shorter the skirt the less flesh you can reveal. Cover chest, shoulders and arms. Keep tops semi fitted or loose.

Any skirt above mid thigh always necessitates tights - I'm talking triple digit denier here. No exceptions.

Steer clear of anything completely figure hugging, if in doubt, buy the skirt one size bigger than normal. If still in doubt, don't buy it.

If you're going bare legged, the skirt should sit no more than an inch above the knee - that's short enough.

Bare legs + short skirt = casual flat or low heel sandals, or converse type casual trainers (not the sort of shoe meant for sport of any kind), or flip flops. No crocs. No Uggs.

The higher the hemline the lower the heel should be, unless it's party wear, in which case wear a dress and heels. Same rules apply for length of dress and hosiery as above.

And to think all of these rules are followed subconsciously and simultaneously…

Hope you have a great Monday

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  1. Isn't it interesting how all of those things can be summed up in one look at a skirt? I think the shorter the skirt, the more I know *exactly* how I'm going to wear it (or not, depending on how short it is!).

    That one looks perfect on you :)

  2. i agree with your rules, but i don't always follow them. it's because in my head i'm still 20. i know i'm not, though!!!

  3. You look so cute! I love that skirt! And I think the boots definitely work, they're a perfect contrast. Good rules. I follow a lot of these anyway and im only 22.

  4. Love the simplicity of this look, and those boots look great!
    Pretty comprehensive set of rules - I follow most of 'em myself. :)

  5. Gosh I am so thoughtless, I've never considered skirt rules! I adore this look on you and those boots look pretty great. I do love ankle boots x

    1. With a set of pins like yours Sophie you can get away with almost anything when it comes to skirts!

  6. I like your two tone look here and the tights with the shorter skirt is such a great look for the cold weather

  7. Oooh, you look good! You look very nice! Can't believe you are 37, you look much younger!!!

  8. This looks lovely on you - I love my short skirts so I definitely want to keep wearing them for years to come and I can definitely see myself doing so in an outfit like this.


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