One Skirt, Two Ways

by Leandra Medine
November 4, 2011
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Oh my word, hi. Were you worried I’d been abducted? Robbed? Slashed at the throat? No? Well, that’s not very comforting for me. Either way though, I wasn’t, so he ha ho. Just shooting and styling shit, wearing ethereal dresses, holding wands, pretending I’m the tooth fairy. You know. But enough about me, let’s talk trends. Today on the roster: convertible garments. A big win it is when you buy an item and realize the multitude of ways that item can be worn. Minis as peplums, pants as antlers, heck, even the occasional tube top as pencil skirt. I was kidding about the antlers, but that’s just because I haven’t tried it yet. Now, likely the most easy transition to convertible garment though is the skirt as dress. Now, I know what you’re thinking re: the blog title, yes sure, I could have strategized a million billion thousand ways to display one skirt worn differently, but I’m not really an overachiever where’s the fun in feeding you quantities of outfit ideas rather than small glimpses at easy figure it out yourself style? At least then you can wholeheartedly take credit for how badass you look. Right? Let’s get converting.

 These aren’t so much do it yourself as they are awesome. An easy and comfortable alternative to any other heel on the planet, they’re an alpha outfit topper.
With moto-inspired boots down below, taking the outfit vibe a little further west seemed inevitable. I don’t typically tie my blouses at the waist, likely because I’m no daisy duke but on this day, my shapeless white midi skirt begged for an interesting alternative shape and dimension.
So I gave her what she wanted, and then I did a party dance.
blouse: The Kooples, skirt: Ever, purse: Alexander Wang, booties: Chanel
…Two times. Now, outfit number two moves seams up above the waist and makes accessorizing with additional garments the inevitable Man Repeller-approved solution of the past.
Because while jackets in any capacity (except those of the sleeping bag variety) are cool, and layering said jackets are even cooler, they are most certainly not cooler than detachable collars equipped with sleeves, yes, sleeves. And…wait for it…
You’re not wrong. Those are in fact Pineapples. On a dark backdrop. This immediately becomes reminiscent of everyone’s favorite pineapple under the sea. Why MTV Cribs has yet to explore Mr. Squarepants’ digs is still far beyond me. Waterproof camera crew, people. What’s the problem?
Here’s a side view in case you’re wondering how far from my head my ponytail hangs. As you can see, my Spongebob collar-and-sleeves features cutouts at back. What with the yellow, green and hint of orange present, I’m practically wearing a look from Carven’s S/S collection. Talk about a sartorial win.

This was shot a little while ago, and obviously it’s now a bit too cold to try the latter look so let me suggest taking the materials from outfit number one and incorporating them to number two: untie and button the chambray blouse, wear over skirt/dress. Pop on tights, a pair of higher heeled booties, and even a mongolian fur vest for good measure. Go on, take your own skirt and turn it into a dress. Show me what happens. No really, show me. Tootles!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07818206236173710558 alyssa

    this outfit might be your craziest (read: awesome)

    xx
    alyssa
    http://wereaucourant.blogspot.com

  • Arwen

    haha I have to admit for a while there I thought you were toning it down a bit but ooooooooooooh is the repelling on or what???!!especially outfit no2.THUMBS UP

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01923748697683821037 KrystaRose

    Haha I love you and your quirkiness!

    Xoxo

    Krystarose-stylemefamous.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14194815440194123998 CupcakesOMG!

    i want a bodyless jacket/collar combo now.

    CupcakesOMG!

  • http://www.i-am-not-a-celebrity.com i am not a celebrity

    Brighten my day, why don't you? Hilarity.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09739251167444138491 Fashion Agony

    Gosh, that collar/sleeve thingy looks absolutely amazing!!!

    xoxo
    Fashion Agony blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01406688056052163694 Mary

    I HAVE THIS MARGIELA BOOTS…BUT IN BLUE COLOR…I SHOW IN MY HEXT OUTFIT ^^

    SO….I LOVE…L O V E THE SECOND LOOK…GREAT GREAT!!!

    KISSES FROM ITALY http://www.thelastillusion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01406688056052163694 Mary

    next*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04084967155915780511 Mix of Styles

    love your chanel boots, great looks with the same skirt.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15072845310530030601 Lilith

    I like those shoes, lol :)
    xx
    lilithfashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.shootandkiss.com simone

    Oh I love the Chanel Boots!!!

  • http://www.closetcravings.com Closet Cravings
  • http://thrillofthechaise.com/ thrillofthechaise.com

    Love both outfits! The second one is beyond adorable. Repel! Repel! Repel! :)

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841237588940938787 Lydia

    OMG the second look!!! Now THAT is man-repelling.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11497965643941563412 Mademoiselle Michelle

    clever!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas

    haha love it. need to try more skirt and dress

    http://jas-tidbits.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.thefashionguitar.com thefashionguitar

    That second look is SO cool

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01567658149275652293 vv

    WOWZA! Second outfit… you will def be man-repelling with that shit… hahaha
    xo vv
    rdy4wknd.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12918661464750203232 Doni Brown
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03766669407141855541 Eileenie

    When I wear a skirt like that…I always feel like I'm about to flash the whole world. LOL.

    Love the booties & pineapples.

  • Anonymous

    WOW second outfit mind blowing!! did not expect it coming
    absolutely love it

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05843074051693386644 Greetings from Texas!

    Love those shoes in the 2nd look!

    Check out my giveaway today for a free blowout from Drybar!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07770819996591323620 Marta

    You're so f**ing awesome Leandra!!!

    http://WWW.THESTREETSPIRITS.BLOGSPOT.COM

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09001997685893437632 Elena Martínez Bengoechea

    1st look so cute
    and the second one so original and fun ;)

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16554782797827096097 Shush Charlotte

    ahah I have the same boots in black!They are beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    second look is some next level shit! kudos: you've out-manrepelled yourself!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07019179095730808204 Laura

    wow! the boots are great, and I absolutely love both outfits

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02626207827677516927 EverythingPrettyGirls

    haha i love this! Especially those sunglasses.. those are amazing.
    everything-pretty.com

  • Anonymous

    soooo pretty

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01790961449932166497 vanessa (the gal)

    FOR SURE look #2!!!!!! :)
    SO awesome. have a great weekend!

    xo- vanessa (the gal)

    http://fashiongalfireman.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07649100721033868817 Feelgoodlookcute

    I love your Mason Martin Margiela booties!!!
    And your blog too! And you closet! And your videos! Jijijijijij ;)
    Definetely one of the best blogs i've ever seen…
    xxx
    Miriam
    http://feelgoodlookcute.blogspot.com

  • http://stylelovely.com/rociociudad/ tarracostyle

    hola, tienes un estilo único, me encanta.
    saludos

  • http://anorexicescapades.com/ anorexicescapades.com

    not a fan of look 2. it's not flattering and looks like a skirt pulled up. But look 1 is very chic.

  • http://hauteeyes.com Caitlin

    Absolutely love both of these outfits!! The MMM booties are to die for! Have a great weekend!

    xo
    Caitlin
    http://hauteeyes.com

  • http://adahliavolk.wordpress.com/ adahliavolk

    Outfits are rocking. Loving the white skirt contrast with the gray tights and awesome Chanel booties. Have a good weekend!
    xx
    adahliavolk.wordpress.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11171110021542565280 Shoppalu

    I can't wait to try my pleated skirt as a dress now! You're so cray girl and that's why we all love ya. ManRepel on!

    xx
    shoppalu.tumblr.com
    http://www.shoppalu.com

  • Anonymous

    Oh good lord THANK YOU! Last summer I did that with my American Apparel skirt only to have my friend go "… that's a skirt…"

    Of course she isn't a man repeller like us. Props!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16088784976290111386 hannahstiff

    This is probably my favorite HILARIOUS fashion blog I've ever encountered. Thank you so not being uber serious/boring. Fashion sense with a sense of humor. I love it!! XO

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  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    this is definitely interesting shirt/shrug on the bottom! Happy Friday!

    xoxo
    molliee

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07617887318677859522 Camille Beaudet

    awesome outfits. I like the second one best

    http://www.ingenuestyle.com

    Camille

  • http://www.matevintage.com Mate Vintage

    SO obsessed with that skirt as a dress.
    You are amazing!

    xo
    Kelsey and Kayti
    http://matevintage.tumblr.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05659796932666602271 Carolina Sundell

    Great post showing how to wear a skirt in two different ways. I have a white similar skirt but in lace and I use it in exactly those two ways. I really love that you combined it with a denim shirt.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15848228991056695673 Raspberry and Rouge

    You look amazing! Love the creativity in wearing the skirt!!! XO Rebecca

    http://raspberry-rouge.com

  • http://www.blondevivant.com Blonde Vivant

    The star of outfit 2 (skirt as dress) is for sure the pineapple collar with sleeves attached. Everything else is secondary.

    <3 Blonde Vivant
    http://www.blondevivant.com

  • http://www.funfashionfit.com Jani

    Love this post. I love wearing my skirts up high as dresses!

    -Jani
    http://www.funfashionfit.com
    http://www.foottraffic.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00273517365832446003 Melissa

    omg that collar-sleeve combination is pretty darn awesome, but let me say that I don`t think I`m enough of a man repeller to pull that off.
    p.s. can`t wait to see you at holts on tuesday :)

    http://lavie-amonavis.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18234007927388076913 Inhale | Fashion and Beauty

    great outfits, you look so adorable.
    http://inhalefashionandbeauty.blogspot.com/
    Twitter:@Jenna_Iman
    Inhale | Fashion and Beauty

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02451299578131268902 Mary

    I can't get over that collar-with-sleeves!! I hope it reappears on here again soon, the pineapples are too great.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01857198373293387490 things – collection

    you always rock!
    camilla

  • Anonymous

    Did you know that Louis Vuitton has detachable collars?!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359487128946293599 SAMANTHA

    oh my god that second outfit.. AHMAZING !!!

    http://www.dragonnfruit.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02756585515065845268 Aubrey and Melissa

    Haha only you could discover a collar with sleeves attached and rock it. Loving the options with these outfits!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07676698510440246459 Taye Anita

    i need those red/pink sunnies! amazing!

    t.

    http://www.ohsoreginald.blogspot.com

    Xx.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17919730828117697874 Machaela

    So creative! I've never seen a skirt worn as a dress before!

    Just starting out! http://www.machaela-lynn.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15750928266317673018 Kelsey

    You're amazing! And the color of your Wang is just fabulous!

    Xo

    http://melodicmode.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09143662602202601652 Gabriella

    the second outfit is rad!

    http://www.dimplesandcharm.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02864884707495470417 Jenava

    I'm stealing the first look…the second looks like, well, a skirt that you're wearing as a dress. Not that there's anything wrong with that…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17437605523067624099 Marissa E.

    That sleeved-collar-with-pineapples-on-the-side is the best thing I have seen all day. Maybe all year. Score of the century! loveitloveitloveit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06935177585934005255 Habiba. J

    WOW, you are amazing and I love how you are so daring. I would love it if you checked out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts.

    http://www.modernbeauty21.blogspot.com

    J. Choudhury x

  • http://www.10k10q.com Devi

    Omg…never thought of this before.. AMAZING!! I am loving it!

    xx Devi
    http://www.10k10q.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04007364825338739929 The life after

    Interesting!

    The Life After

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10722918903816269410 Kristina O

    The second look is spot on repelling !!

    Love the collar and the boots. You look great.

    Xx Kristina

    Shoppingspy.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06402684628577760850 Marta Herráez

    Dios!! como te amo!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05137238505542889682 ADJ

    Those Chanel boots are insane. I absolutely love love love them!

    http://www.greeneggsandglam.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11631566006390343983 Elisabeth

    Wonderful post, so useful! Nice that you look at things from many angles! Hello from Helsinki!

    xxx
    E
    http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15277347797161119191 Veronica

    cool! a way to multiply your closet :)

    veronica
    http://stuffveronicalikes.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02116258930954122989 Polly

    That pineapple collar is the best thing EVER. Amazing.
    x
    polway.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05071065455569880286 Audrey

    Wow amazing looks! especially second!

    ROWE

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04911787439738696535 Alessandra Nido

    You are absolutely amazing.
    If you want, follow me :D

    MissPandamonium

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  • Mariana

    It's sooo amazing!!!!!!
    I love it!!!

  • Sarah

    Loving the Chanel booties! They are so cute and I usually don't like booties.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13596819835749657957 little moon lover

    LOVE the second look! stunning reptile boots btw.. you totally rock it

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16477634015153725314 black sabeth

    you're probably the most hilarious person i've never met! you always bring a smile to my face!

     sabeth

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15980069159146092697 Fashionista*

    looks gorgeous!
    and you are hilarious, always make me smile

    http://fashionistablogg.blogspot.com

  • http://www.prpsgoods.com Janice

    You literally make my life worth living, nbd. Those Chanel booties? Think I just died and went to sartorial heaven.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16327851332425419531 hannahalehandra

    Want those Chanel booties!xo http://hannahalehandra.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09248393354946033790 Angela

    Miss Medine, you rock my world. Thank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00834760361175097428 beckymonster

    The skirt's quite pretty but those BOOTIES are a must have

  • Carrington

    Everytine you wear those margiela boots my heart actually stops for one to two beats. So amazing. They seem to be sold out online, i only found some beige ones on ssense. And then i came across a similar style that isnt margiela but may have to do since it has the chic snakeskin and a ridic price:
    http://www.shopcollageboutique.com/servlet/the-364/SNAKESKIN-OPEN-TOE-BOOTIES/Detail
    Love them on you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04392538306781168379 Elegantly Wasted

    The collar & skirt as dress combination works flawlessly! Adore it!

    X

    http://www.elegantlywastedd.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01015923436795464435 A La Mode

    That collar is beyond awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Love the way you wore the skirt and the collar! I am excited you are coming to Toronto!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17216095008142526245 Breakfast at Cindi’s

    I just want to say I love your style and friendly personality. I remember meeting you during fashion's night out this year and you are such a sweetheart.

    http://www.breakfastatcindis.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15235755566305774338 Audrey (hkittygirl)

    That collar is so cool. I love how it comes with sleeves too! :)

  • http://giraffelegs.com Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Awesome.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13874703537637521080 sooz

    girlfriend, you can see your boobies through that skirt! i'd def call that man-attracting.

    http://www.solifestyle.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05415023400998052179 duckalicious

    I'm actuallymore inclined to doing it the other way around – I'm sporting a dress as skirt here, for example:

    http://www.duckalicious.com/2011/09/calling-all-cars.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03801488707167391693 Myco

    What a lovely collar is this !!
    Look from Carven's S/S, it's so nice.
    Your fashion has a many sense of humor I like.
    xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17694125186147952186 benedettadr
  • Lisa Daniels

    I missed out on this one. RAD.

    http://www.lamodebrux.blogspot.nl/