This morning, Mrs Woog* set me a style challenge. Style and Challenge. Two words guaranteed to get my attention.
Although, I must confess, I was a weeny bit miffed when she threw down the gauntlet, or should I say the skirt. See, I was lusting after a similar Country Road maxi skirt in a grey marle. Not suprisingly it disappeared before my very eyes at my local store. Was tempted to see if the lovely staff member who I spied wearing it wanted to sell me hers but refrained from asking as didn’t want to be escorted out the door. And never allowed back.
But back to the challenge … this is the skirt that Mrs Woog bought – but in black. Either colour is a great neutral wardrobe base. So full marks, Mrs Woog, on making an excellent purchase, especially considering the Christmas duresss you were indeed under.
This particular garment has super-power flattering capabilities. It’s all in the cut and in the fabric. It’s true, dear reader, do not be afraid of jersey or knit material. When purchased in your correct size and in a cut that drapes beautifully you are set. With a capital S.
The key to making this look work is to think about balance. The skirt is streamlined so you can afford to balance out this look with a bit of volume on top. Just make sure the top is either belted or skims the body at its lowest point to create and enhance your shape.
This skirt is SO versatile. On a cost-per-wear-type basis, quite frankly, it had already paid for itself before it was wrapped in tissue paper at the counter. It’s a true “dress-up-dress-down” wardrobe essential.
Here are my key holiday looks for you Mrs Woog:
1. For beach casual, think Havaianas and a loose black and white striped tank top layered over a fitted stretch tank or your cozzie. Just add a cotton scarf and tote bag if you’re tearing yourself away from poolside cocktails and hitting the shops.
2. For a romantic night out with Mr Woog, add some blinged flats, a black draped tee and statement necklace. The effect is a black streamlined shape with flashes of brilliance. Definitely Very You.
3. For a long, boozey lunch with your besties, work it back with a loose white shirt, belted on the hip with a light tan belt and a pair of wedges (I know you don’t generally do heels, but stick with me here). A wooden or resin bangle or two works a treat. Think of it as a sort of 70s- meets-90s-meet-10s fashion fusion.
4. For Christmas Day, team with this:
KIDDING. Would be WAY too hot for an Aussie (or Bali) Christmas. Just choose option 1,2,3 depending on where you’ve managed to score an invite on Christmas Day, and swan around with a champers as your key festive accessory.
*If you haven’t acquainted yourself with the uber-fabulous Mrs Woog, stop what you’re doing. Right now. Head over to www.woogsworld.com. She is HILARIOUS.