20 July 2011 – Changes

July 20th, 2011 § 6 comments

Skirt as Skirt Option 1 Skirt as Skirt Option 1


  • Tank: Banana Republic
  • Skirt: Gap Outlet
  • Scarf: Filene’s Basement
  • Shoes: Tahari via endless.com
  • Necklace: Accessorize

Sources (below):

  • Tank: Splendid via Filene’s Basement
  • Dress: Hourglass via Marshall’s
  • Shoes: Gap Outlet
  • Necklace: made by me

By now most of you probably have read that the chics of Academichic are closing up shop at the end of this month. While I’m certainly sad to see this project end, I’d like to echo S.’s words today and THANK YOU all for your comments (both kind and critical) as these have pushed me to think far beyond my wardrobe into more theoretical questions of femininity, feminism, gender, ethnicity, economics, politics, and culture. Like S. said, we’ll each have longer wrap-up posts to get into our favorite discussions and wardrobe decisions, so I’ll hold off on waxing poetic for this post!

I thought it was appropriate that one of my last posts is very reminiscent of my first post – nothing beats a swirly skirt and light tank in the summer heat! However, one thing that makes a swirly jersey skirt even better is one that can be both a skirt AND a dress. I nabbed this at the Gap Outlet clearance section in June and have been experimenting with it ever since. Around the same time I picked up the blue dress in the images below and have been remixing that into a skirt. I was totally inspired by A.’s recent post about turning a strapless summer dress into a shirtdress, and you guys know how much I love “convertible season.” So here are two ideas that I’ve come up with so far for this skirt as a dress: trying a scarf/sash around the top OR using a scarf to give a little more coverage over the shoulders.

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For the blue strapless dress I wore it a few times alone, but one day didn’t feel like being so bare up top and opted for a tank underneath. By pulling the dress (now a skirt) up right below my chest I made a kind of empire waisted dress that fell just below my knee. While I’m not sure that the length is very flattering on me, I know that mid-length skirts are “in” and it is very comfy this way.

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Finally, I wanted to show off one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, which dresses up any outfit. My sister brought these small “evil eyes” back to me from Turkey and I love how they look all together (pun intended). I also strung one on the back so I have an “eye in the back of my head” so to speak.

Evil Eyes

What are your best convertible pieces? How do you style a dress as skirt or vice versa?

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§ 6 Responses to 20 July 2011 – Changes"

  1. Stephanie says:

    I love your evil eye necklace! My fiance is part Turkish, and when we got engaged his parents gave me a unique looking evil eye charm (kind of a bunch of them all stuck together to form a ball) that a Turkish relative had given to my fiance as a baby. I always feel a bit invincible when I decide to put it on.

  2. nicole says:

    L, I will really miss your posts. I found throughout the year since you’ve been blogging that I closely identify with your sense of style and I have looked to you for inspiration countless times. I am so glad that you were brought on as a Chic!

  3. Grace says:

    L! I’m glad you joined Academichic and have enjoyed getting to know your style and story. :) Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself and your style. In love the full skirt looks you showed and love the idea of convertible clothing (like the different ways you wore the sundresses up top). Good luck with your second year of teaching and with all your other endeavors. We’d all love it if you stopped in occasionally to say hello. :)

  4. Mia says:

    I love what you did with the pink scarf! I’ve been trying to find ways to feel a little more covered-up with a strapless dress I have, and I’m totally going to try that shoulder wrap thing. Plus, grey and pink is just a beautiful combo. Thanks for the tips on converting clothing!

  5. Terri says:

    I’m gonna miss you. I pinned the version of the grey skirt, with the scarf as a bodice. You’ve had some great styling ideas.

  6. [...] So cute, so amphibious. I was trying to imitate the shoulder-wrap thing that L at Academichic did with a scarf, but I’m not sure it works as well with a halter-style dress as it did with her strapless [...]

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