– By Stacy Igel –
It’s not often the fashion powers that be look to the ice rink for inspiration, though for Spring/Summer 2012, that’s exactly where they went. Inspired by the short, flirty skirts worn by figure skaters, the Skater Skirt made catwalk appearances for the likes of Dolce and Gabbana, Carven, Topshop Unique, and Felder Felder.
The versatility of these flippy little skirts make these a must rock for summer – and an easy transition piece come fall.
The Off-Duty Look:
Embellished basics give the Skater Skirt just the right touche of glam for day. Leave your top untucked, so that the skirt hem ruffles out from underneath. Layer on loads of bracelets, and a ballet flat to give yourself a carefree yet chic look.
The Lady-Like Look:
Classic silk blouses and feminine lace tops give these minis a proper feel. Blouse buttoned up to the collar (with a brooch pinned at the top, naturally!) and lace tops with exaggerated lace or ruffled details, play up the lady-like look even further. Top it all off with a skinny belt and a pointed-toe pump or ankle booties
The Boys-Club Look:
Take inspiration from the boys, and pair with a menswear tailored blazer or oversized sweater. To keep everything in proportion, layer a cropped top or bralette under the blazer (be sure to choose a high-waisted Skater Skirt for this look!), or choose a sweater with feminine touches like a sequined collar. For the blazer/crop-top look, accessorize with sparkly jeweled necklaces and sky-high heels. If you choose the oversized sweater, accessorize based on where its detailing appears. If it’s on the collar, wear a bejeweled bracelet and cocktail ring. On the sleeves or hem, pair with a statement necklace or earrings.
3. Balenciaga A-Line Skirt
4. DVF Adella Skirt
5. Topshop Floral Skater Skirt
6. Miu Miu Faille Full Mini Skirt
11. Topshop Aztec Skater Skirt
13. Vanessa Bruno Athé Flared Skirt
14. Miu Miu Embellished T-Shirt
20. Chloé Necktie Blouse
Stacy Igel is the founder and creative director of the young contemporary brand, Boy Meets Girl®. She is also the host of Behind the Seams™ with Stacy Igel on Lockerz.com, where she is the site’s Chief Fashion Editor and Stylist. Stacy is a frequent lecturer on subjects including social media, branding and entrepreneurship in fashion, and she is deeply committed to a number of charities, including the Young Survival Coalition and BullyBust. You can follow her on Twitter @stacyigel or at her blog.