One Skirt, Two Ways

Leandra Medine | November 4, 2011

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!

  • alyssa

    this outfit might be your craziest (read: awesome)


  • 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

  • KrystaRose

    Haha I love you and your quirkiness!


  • CupcakesOMG!

    i want a bodyless jacket/collar combo now.


  • i am not a celebrity

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

  • Fashion Agony

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

    Fashion Agony blog

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  • Mix of Styles

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

  • Lilith

    I like those shoes, lol 🙂

  • simone

    Oh I love the Chanel Boots!!!

  • Closet Cravings

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


  • Lydia

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

  • Mademoiselle Michelle


  • jas

    haha love it. need to try more skirt and dress

  • thefashionguitar

    That second look is SO cool

    XO Charlotte

  • vv

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

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  • 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

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    Love those shoes in the 2nd look!

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  • Marta

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


  • Elena Martínez Bengoechea

    1st look so cute
    and the second one so original and fun 😉

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  • 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!

  • Laura

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

  • EverythingPrettyGirls

    haha i love this! Especially those sunglasses.. those are amazing.

  • Anonymous

    soooo pretty

  • vanessa (the gal)

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

    xo- vanessa (the gal)

  • 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…

  • tarracostyle

    hola, tienes un estilo único, me encanta.


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

  • Caitlin

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


  • adahliavolk

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

  • 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!


  • 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!

  • 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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  • Molliee

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


  • Camille Beaudet

    awesome outfits. I like the second one best


  • Mate Vintage

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

    Kelsey and Kayti

  • 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.

  • Raspberry and Rouge

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

  • 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

  • Jani

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


  • 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 🙂

  • Inhale | Fashion and Beauty

    great outfits, you look so adorable.
    Inhale | Fashion and Beauty

  • Mary

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

  • things – collection

    you always rock!

  • Anonymous

    Did you know that Louis Vuitton has detachable collars?!


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

  • Aubrey and Melissa

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

  • Taye Anita

    i need those red/pink sunnies! amazing!



  • Machaela

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

    Just starting out!

  • Kelsey

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


  • Gabriella

    the second outfit is rad!

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

    J. Choudhury x

  • Devi

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

    xx Devi

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  • Kristina O

    The second look is spot on repelling !!

    Love the collar and the boots. You look great.

    Xx Kristina

  • Marta Herráez

    Dios!! como te amo!!

  • ADJ

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

  • Elisabeth

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


  • Veronica

    cool! a way to multiply your closet 🙂


  • Polly

    That pineapple collar is the best thing EVER. Amazing.

  • Audrey

    Wow amazing looks! especially second!


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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.

  • little moon lover

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

  • black sabeth

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

     sabeth

  • Fashionista*

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

  • Janice

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

  • hannahalehandra

    Want those Chanel booties!xo

  • Angela

    Miss Medine, you rock my world. Thank you!

  • 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:
    Love them on you!

  • Elegantly Wasted

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


  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Audrey (hkittygirl)

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

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  • sooz

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

  • duckalicious

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

  • 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.

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  • Lisa Daniels

    I missed out on this one. RAD.