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Styling a sheath as a skirt

This plaid sheath dress has been my favorite sheath dress this winter so far. You saw this sheath before styled with a green turtleneck sweater as an outfit for St. Patrick’s Day, and fall’s trend of tartan with leather. This time I turned it into a skirt by pairing it with a buttoned denim jacket and my motorcycle leather vest.

over 50 years old stylist in sheath dress
Ruby Belle plaid sheath dress worn as skirt under an oversize Great Northwest denim jacket with leather motorcycle vest, flower and multiple strings of beads statement necklace, opaque GNW tights, and Harley Davidson motorcycle booties (all own)
Sheath dress worn as skirt
Oversize Great Northwest denim jacket worn as top over Ruby Belle plaid sheath dress under a VS leather motorcycle vest with GNW tights, statement necklace, and Harley Davidson booties (all own)

A leather vest is a great investment as it is very versatile. Other outfits with this leather vest include pairing it with a suede skirt and white top, and tweed skirt with chartreuse sweater.

How to stay warm in a dress in winter

To stay warm I wore a long sleeve T-shirt under the sheath dress, two pair of tights, and my Harley Davidson booties with an insulating sole.

When wearing two pairs of tights it is important to have a nude colored one as the first layer when one still wants a semi-opaque look like here. Two pairs of black tights would be totally opaque, which of course does not look bad either.

Accessories for the final touch

I added my rose statement necklace to soften the edginess of the vest and booties. The collar on the denim jacket is just pinned on. Such pin-on collars mean additional outfits are possible like this nautical fall outfit. The collar was a $12 vintage find in a thrift store downtown Fairbanks and probably as old as I am.

What do you think? This outfit would surely not be visible on Mad Man :). Do you like the Mad Man trend? Have you already jumped the bandwagon? Let me know by email, I am curious.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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