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How To Layer Skirts Like The Street Style Set

15/06/23

Author: Divya Venkataraman

DOCUMENTED BY: LARA VRKIC & RIISE

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Living in the relatively warm, relatively sunny climes of Sydney has its obvious perks, but there is one drawback. A sartorial one. Namely: I can never layer with quite the casual panache that others seem to be able to. Sydney weather will never lend itself to the stylings of the grungy London girls with their heavy, no-nonsense coats and double-bundled scarves, or the Scandi princesses with their pastel knits all tumbling over one another in that sweetly chic way.

Enter: the layered skirt. Call it a nostalgia for the bygone noughties—the influence of which has taken over the fashion world over the last few years—but the skirt as accessory (rather than actual cover-up) is having a comeback. Sure, skirts have been worn over each other since the age of the crinoline, and over pants since at least the noughties. But, unwittingly, the Disney Channel stars of yore have paved the way for something beautiful. 

It was a common sight on the streets of Australian Fashion Week in May, and earlier, in the street style captured on the streets of London to Milan for the spring/summer presentations: a midi skirt over a longer, texturally contrasting one, or a mini, worn over jeans or slacks.

It sparked something in my own stylings: last week, I was debating a dinner outfit, choosing between wearing  a flouncy, asymmetrical vintage slip skirt—flimsy, too sheer—or a straight, woolen midi—pretty, but a little more staid than I would have liked. The solution came in a flash: why wear one when I could wear both? The sheer over the grey was a way to layer without necessarily adding extra insulation;  a way of creating textural intrigue without unnecessary bulk.

I recently spotted a canonical example of the power of the layered skirt on TikTok, courtesy of creator Camelia Farhoodi.  She wrapped a simple, grey wrap skirt over a pair of black trousers, giving the whole look exciting new proportions. “I’ve been loving styling my skirts over my pants,” she tells me over text. Partly, that’s because of the potential for rewear and reuse that it allows. “Getting the best use out of pieces in my wardrobe is super important to me. After years of shopping for ‘events’ and buying pieces that I can only really wear once or twice throughout the year, I’ve finally come to realise that that method is extremely impractical!” 

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While she sees the influence of the noughties as part of the appeal, Farhoodi thinks the trend also speaks to modern concerns. “In this current time, being versatile, practical and sustainable is important to many of us…. In light of recent inflation, everyone just wants to invest in pieces they can wear over and over again, without it feeling repetitive.”

Take a leaf out of Farhoodi’s fashion black book—your favourite skirt can do so much more than you think.

For Farhoodi, the styling of a skirt over another layer also allows pieces to transition between seasons, instead of restricting them to one. “Having a piece that I can wear throughout winter and summer is crucial to me,” Farhoodi explains. “Hence why now, my favourite summer skirt, I now style over my pants. Not only does it elevate my whole look, I can wear my favourite pieces all year round.” 

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