My favorite thing in life is the unexpected. I personally work to learn things and be things that are naturally contradictory- soft and strong, warm and cool, intense and comforting- you get the idea. I’m naturally curious and love exploring the entire spectrum of most of life’s issues, so it’s no surprise that the element of juxtaposition naturally works its way into styling this skirt.

Taking a skirt that on its own is not at all casual and making it fit into a more casual, street style look is something I dream about and this skirt screams for me to challenge it.

The key to skewing the vibe of a piece is to match its “cool level”. Leather is a whole vibe even in this very conservative midi length pencil skirt, so I picked a casual and light top with a trendy twist detail to punch up the “I’m effortlessly werrrking right now” look. Add in a pair of sneakers and be ready to catch the train- and eyes.


Monochrome (the same color all the way through) is also a favorite of mine. If I can get it in all black- I’m there for it- but a good neutral monochrome look is just as fab.

To make give the look some depth, I’ll slightly vary the shade, change up the textures and add in a little pattern mixing.

Pro trip: when pattern mixing, play with similar or highly contrasted colors to keep the look intentional.

For the girls that like a flowy romance to their look, a retro/boho twist is where it’s at while styling this skirt.

The skirt itself is not boho, but when paired with the perfect top tucked in, and a playful eye done you can feel a shift in style.

Pro tip: cognac (skirt) and blue (shoes/shadow) are an example of high contrast colors working together to create a punch.

Because cognac is an orangey brown, it sits across the color wheel from a true blue. Thats how you know you’ve got contrasting colors.



Babyyyy! You know this one is IT for me. If there is leopard involved, I’m buying in. Perfect for girls night or date night, pop the skirt on over an animal print bodysuit and polish it off with accessories that have a subtle sexy feel.

The midi-length skirt, classic black heel and long sleeve body suit are all very conservative shapes- you’re not showing much- but the strappy shoe detail, hoop earrings and smokey eye with lush lashes hint at the fact that you know what serious sex appeal is.

This is the perfect look for feeling every bit of your feminine power while also confusing the patriarchy.

Styling this skirt four very different ways is not only an exercise to show that versatility is more simple than you may think, but also an argument for investment pieces.

One skirt has just proven to work four very different looks, so you’ll want to wear it more often. Paying a bit more for quality ensures you’ll get to keep wearing it longer. And because your use has quadrupled, your cost per wear decreases. Simply, replacing a $20 fast-fashion skirt every few months will cost you more long term than investing in a $120 skirt once every few years.

We can’t wait to work with you in person, but you can also shop the looks below:

Casual Street

by Ellemonus

Monochrome Fall

by Ellemonus

Boho Fall

by Ellemonus

Edgy Chic Fall

by Ellemonus

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