The Ambiguous Investment Piece

by Leandra Medine
January 5, 2012
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…But that was retail, I scored this little hooker on sale, so make that $320. In any case, my purchasing this skirt spurred an idea that evolved into a blog post and here you have it, The Ambiguous Investment Piece. Ambiguous because, is a piece of clothing that ultimately doesn’t function as black outerwear ever really an investment? By the rules of this site, absolutely. While in store I thought: bright yellow taffeta mini skirt, tough. Weird, even. But when I remembered Spring runways and the resurgence of taxi cab paraphernalia, the notion of pairing yellow with, say, burnt orange or grey or a muted hue of any sort rendered a sense of longevity. After all, from a school of take risks, we’re still playing it fairly safe. And on that note, it’s important to remember another note: Miu Miu pouf is a recurring collection theme. It’s a buy now, wear forever tale as old as time, so below find a couple outfitting alternatives.

sweater: Alexander Wang, t shirt: The Kooples, tights: Hue, heel: Burberry, flat: Chanel. 
Salute the skirt in a casual environment: paired with a thick knit, t-shirt, opaque tights and lace up booties of the amazon or refined variety, you’re sold on a day time look that likely deserves four to five days of outfit repetition.
Deciding whether to wear one shoe of each or pairing up the old fashioned way is ultimately up to you. I will say this though: why wear one shoe style when you can wear two? The best thing I ever did with a gift card was buy these steel toe freaks. They’re really steel, it’s self defense at its finest. That aside, limping is very right now, people. Onto look number two, only it isn’t photo’ed. Remember that peewee sized birthday party bullshit recap? Skirt city. You can opt to click here to see Miu Miu engaged in sartorial formalities. Never mind if you don’t though, it may disturb the flow of our proverbial run of show. I wasn’t kidding about the burnt orange, though. Holy rhyme. And on to your third alternative:
I call this one: eighties prom queen meets well endowed biker boy, good at sports and also defying the lines of heterosexuality, fornicates, adds Alaia. And on that note, I’ll just say the southern ankle happenings were but another fantastic sale squandering compliments of The Outnet. I’m really running with this peplum thing, eh? I’ll spin this one to function not as a casual or formal look and instead just let it suffice as premium fashion conquest. Without even a mouth, the black and orange on the tulip skirt practically ask for a sunny pick me up.
skirt: Zara, sweatshirt: Sandro, leather jacket: Rebecca Minkoff (and on sale too), booties: Alaia.
Then the hidden gold sleeves induce a terrible wink and shot gun at all of you. Call me? Maybe? Calculate cost per wear based on this post and figure you’ll have worn it at least twice formally, thrice casually, and once a peplum. All photos by Naomi Shon.
REPLIES
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 Trips & Treasures

    Personally I still think 320 dollars for a tiny skirt is crazy expensive, but I'm just a student ofcourse. I do like it a lot, big fan of yellow, all year around !

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.blogspot.com
    fashion & lifestyle in BElgium

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17434406833598999095 Marcela

    oh its a lot of money for a little yellow something. but the way you explained – you deffo sold it to me as investment hahhaha

    love the colour!

    xx
    M.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01084773367091700061 lilla hornyak

    the chanel flats are wow. really. and the color of the skirt is a bingo too. but two skirts together is a bit too repelling for me.. sorry :(

    http://31west54thstreet.blogspot.com/

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

    the two skirts together is just genius, GENIUS!

    http://lavie-amonavis.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01862856685689985823 jenaly enns

    so much fun. i love it.

    http://jenalyenns.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06995520093537035084 Kathrina

    Haha, funny how you wear it as a peplum! :) Love!

  • http://www.modelovers.de Modelovers

    I Love your Style so much!!!
    Fantastic!

    Tanja

    http://www.modelovers.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01176243240937929546 betty

    iv seen a replica of this at top shop…!! worth an investment if u can spend over $300 for a skirt !!! haa that made me LOL dont even have much that much money in my bank !! no biggy :)

    http://betty-freestylescraps.blogspot.com/
    http://betty-freestylescraps.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00669543213517799080 SUGAR LANE

    u r crazy as hell! and i love every single post!

  • http://adahliavolk.com Chrissy

    That skirt is sweet and a pretty fantastic investment!
    adahliavolk.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01321688876180838093 Ría
  • http://teresasglobaladventures.wordpress.com/ Teresa

    Love this, very definitely an investment piece. Basic black is overrated.

    http://teresasglobaladventures.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06269491731355480421 Melissa Soldera
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    Love that sandro sweater and the way you layered those skirts. And the Chanel shoes… I just died a little.

    Collections

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11911346524189487467 Andrea

    such a cute skirt ..i love yellow and miu miu :D

  • sarah

    that little yellow skirt is awesome, but instead of breaking the bank, i'll just go whip up one myself….. anyone who loves fashion but is broke should consider taking a couple sewing classes…. pieces like that are toooooooo easy to make yourself! (literally a rectangle of fabric + a piece of elastic!)

  • http://www.rocktheboatandbreaktherules.com Stephanie

    very nice skirt, and i absolutely love your chanel boots! :)

    Stephanie
    http://www.RockTheBoatAndBreakTheRules.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15700465900004360977 Ashley {styleash}

    That skirt is amazing & I would definitely consider it an investment piece.

    Ashley
    http://styleash.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18308083396588264606 Fashion Me Wild – Style Team

    Beautiful look! Crazy… but beautiful!

    Check out today's look:
    Look of the Day

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15089103352911415231 Fashion Dawgs

    Amazing. No words.

    Fashion Dawgs

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10886827011446856155 Pip

    I love it with the leather jacket and I adore the Burberry heels! Wow! I love Burberry anything though! xx

    Pip

    http://chicstayathome.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14540013757712828351 Britt+Whit

    oooh I love this! Key pieces are so important! Keep repelling baby!

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12295144767851463597 Sean

    style no. 2 is great, very Balenciaga! p.s. nice redesign~~

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

    Oh God, I love what happens when you layer a second skirt underneath!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14001809050902751430 Bri

    Love these look!
    xx

  • http://www.hautecanada.com Victoria | Haute

    I love the pleated detail in this skirt! It's subtle and chic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    test

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17633726694364104789 Helen

    Thanks for your inspiration. Besides of your amazing look, I'm also impressed by the way you tie the laces from the third picture. I never thought about that.
    Also love the black and orange tulip skirt. I have been hunting one in that color for a while. Thanks:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14812067003551006898 Hannah Harvey

    Yellow skirt is amazing, love the way you styled it.

    theimportantceofbeingperfect

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00186653388828397132 indie.electronic.alternative.

    two thumbs up for the use of "hooker". i don't know anyone who uses that word like i do. now i do. your outfit is bonkers. love it.
    http://www.indieelectronicalternative.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06401183559443310748 fashiongamble

    cool combo. would have never gone for that!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12570872654773804597 Girlie Blogger

    I like the idea of an ambiguous investment piece. I'm sure you'll have more fabulous ideas about how to wear this skirt.

    http://www.thegirlieblog.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts

    You are SO hilarious :)
    Rory
    <3
    http://www.WearAboutsBlog.com

  • http://soffisinglesstyle.blogspot.com/ soffi

    man-repelling all the way. :))

    http://soffisinglesstyle.blogspot.com/

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

    Not my fav but not bad…good job!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15588937421573926958 Zoey H

    Haha, nifty little thang.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15337215241014513320 Sage

    excuse the totally cliche saying, but your blog is "the best of both worlds". (shit, hope i don't sound too hannah montana.) but awesome fashion, great writing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14654691178100203023 Roxanna

    You're a fabulous freak show, MR. Keep it up!

    xx Roxanna

    http://www.dissectmystyle.com

  • Bridg

    great post – love these two outfits, and those chanel flats! always admire the way you pull outfits together.. i have a lot to learn! haha :)

    http://www.phoandchips.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15910817988072437632 SILVIA BAROCIO

    I love your blog so much

    Insanecloset.blogspot.com
    Insanecloset.blogspot.com

  • La Petite Bete

    Great also as maternity wear!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15151360996177256844 amanda archambault

    That skirt is a hot statement piece! I really adore it. It could go with so much
    Great post! Keep it up :)

    toppedoffwitharedhat.blogspot.com
    Check out my blog for updated post!
    xoxo, Amanda

  • http://sickcitywindws.com Dani

    chanello all the way babe :) and miu miu is always an investment piece, regardless of form or function (or lack there of)

    xo
    Dani
    Sickcitywindows.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16859549597148443067 flowercake

    my fave is the second outfit!

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

    LOVE the skirt. and those chanel shoes! amazing

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02069188476419421758 Anna

    Great Post! I am loving it!!!
    But you didn't introduce and explain your arm party to us – what are you wearing??

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

    I like it very much!!!

    The Life After

  • http://www.ewoomall.com/home-gifts-hot-hugs-c-343_352.html Aromahothugs

    the shoes are amazing !!so cool!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14500270521327539575 Iveta

    500$ or 300$ for shoes I can take it:) But for this skirt, MammaMia:))))
    Post are funny:)

  • http://thrillofthechaise.com/ thrillofthechaise.com

    Love it. Especially love the leather jacket look. I just 'invested' in a pink plaid Viv Westwood mini skirt. I do what I want :)

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05466412448386870015 Sol

    Gorgeous!! I loove it! It looks great with black tihgts!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05667823926679328131 FashionableAsians

    Girl… spending $320 on a skirt is just cray cray. But then again if I had the money I'd probably do the same..

  • http://www.sanderbrandculture.com juliet

    you are BRILLIANT girl, crazy, and brilliant!

  • http://www.citysoles.com City Soles

    Love it!!!

    Shop designer shoes Chicago now at CITY SOLES online. Visit us for European footwear for men and women.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09509612874147350162 Iben

    Soooo pretty! Love the layering too, you are definitly the queen of layering!

    Love Iben

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14520938848031069893 Flaviana Boni

    I want these chanel boots! can you tell me the price?

    MY BLOG: DRESS UP FOR ARMAGEDDON

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07904293199101553442 Jessie

    ahhhh i kind of love this piece. risky for the color but definitely beautiful. and not that awful considering the pricing of things these days.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

  • Karissa

    I love this skirt and can see it standing the test of time with its simple, classic shape, subtle details and solid color. Look no. two is fabulous.

    http://theautumnissue.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11395804061715268970 Liliana P.

    I love love love your style!! It's really refreshing and for once not an imitation of what everybody's wearing. That's true fashion inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.sweetandtenderfashionista.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16624475679036311658 cindie.c

    LOVE both looks! I find a yellow skirt with that price a bit too much but then if you are the one that made the purchase it'll be worth it cause I am sure you can find a billion ways to work it. You have an amazing gift!

    x
    Cindie
    http://nocigarmagazine.com/cindiemindie

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

    That skirt is to die for
    and i love your new layout by the way

    http://fashionistablogg.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00730178215928737319 Tamina

    lovely greetings from Hamburg,Germany ;-D

    I saw your closet confessions video on bluefly.com and thought I have to check out her blog … and now I'm here and I looove it

    you're such an extraordinary fashion blogger :-) in a good way … of course!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06681284541885288937 pinkmate

    I love those chanel flats!

    Vanessa

    http://thepinkmateproject.blogspot.com/

  • http://woodstockwardrobe.com/ Dana

    I love this! I would rather invest in a funky piece than a classic staple…call me crazy! It looks great on you!

    http://woodstockwardrobe.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04338310237708356179 Amber Nefertari

    Oh my lord, your shoes are the business.

  • http://www.allegromedical.com/wound-care-c541/aquacel-ag-silver-4-x-4-7-p193330.html aquacel

    Wow, nice collection! Thanks for sharing! Keep up the good work.

  • http://plaidskirtsforwomens.com plaid skirts for women

    the two skirts together is just genius, GENIUS!

  • l.e.

    so glad I can sew! saving $300 on a skirt is godsent for a student with an unpaid internship as a job. you’re so badass leandra; I’ll name my firstborn after you if I ever can halt the repelling long enough to attract a mate.

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