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Departmental T-shirt with eShakti custom made skirt and L.K. Bennett patent leather wedges

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Never buy complete outfits

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You may end up with only one additional outfit when the individual pieces do not go with anything in your wardrobe. It would be pretty expensive to build a wardrobe like that, right. Before buying anything always think about what outfits you can create with the piece and whether the piece works for more than one season. The latter is especially important in cold climate regions as often layering is the only way to create the insulation you need to stay warm.

#fashionover40 Woman in white leather motorcycle jacket
White leather motorcycle jacket with silk cashmere sweater, pumps and c/o eShakti striped skirt for a workout fit. Here the jacket is worn like a blazer

Think of several new outfits with the piece before buying it

Today’s post uses the striped skirt as an example to demonstrate what I mean. You will admit that a striped skirt is not a neutral that goes with everything, i.e. an item one has to put some thought into before giving it a place in the closet. Thus, ask yourself these questions.

  1. Are there – from the top of your head, i.e. without long thinking about it – pieces in your closet that work with the colors and vibe of the item to build at least three outfits?
  2. When/where can I wear it?
  3. Will it work later, i.e. in another season?

To buy a winner the following must apply:

  1. You have to be able to answer the first question with yes. If so take mental notes or notes on you iPhone with which pieces it goes and check immediately at home whether it works so you can return the piece if needed.
  2. The answer to the second question should include the part of your life that you need to dress for most of the time unless you are shopping for a special occasion (wedding, opera, vacation, etc.).
  3. The third answer should be a yes, and you should have at least three ideas, and also take mental notes or notes on your iPhone how, and of course check at home and return if needed.

Here are a couple of outfit ideas how to make multiple outfits with a striped skirt.

Striped skirt c/o eShakti and own silk scarf, custom-made leather top, DIY pendent, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, printed oblong silk scarf, Bulova watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Nicole sandals for a work outfit


style book author wearing a skirt on a rainy day
Men’s HH raincoat, LongChamp pilage, Hunter rain boots, H buckle, GNW top (all own) to brighten up a rainy and windy day worn with skirt c/o eShakti


style blogger in polka dot cardigan
GNW polka dot cardigan, H buckle, plateau sandals, peridot necklace (all own) with skirt c/o eShakti for an office appropriate look on a chilly, rainy summer day


street style blogger in leather bomber
VS leather bomber, college T-shirt, L.K. Bennett wedges, Esprit shoulder bag, DvF sunglasses (all own) and skirt c/o eShakti


stylist in striped and polka dots work outfit
Jones New York polka dot shirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle and Christian Louboutin pumps


over 50 years old woman in office look with sweater
Pencil skirt c/o eShakti with own chartreuse and Moda International black cashmere sweaters, pearls, Hermes collier de chien bangle and leather band, Paloma Picasso sunglasses and Anne Klein slingbacks


midlife blogger in business casual look
Skirt c/o eShakti with own Oliveo blazer, Jones New York polka dot shirt, Esprit bag, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, Hermes collier de chien bangle and Christian Louboutin pumps


lifestyle blogger in custom made skirt
Skirt c/o eShakti with own Moda International silk cashmere sweater, opera pearl necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle and leather band, Bulova watch and Anne Klein sling backs for an office


Wear it now, wear it later

In fall, the same outfits can be worn with black tights and fall booties or sturdier shoes than shown here. While in the above outfits, the jackets are only as outerwear for the commute in the early cool morning hours, in fall they serve as the outfit and a trench coat or light leather coat are the cover-up for the commute.

If you are interested in further How-tos you may want to take a look at how to style jogging pants, how to wear capris when it is not hot outside, and how to wear a long leather skirt in fashion over 40.

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