Sneak Around Your Skirt

Here's an outfit post to take you through the weekend.

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When the pictured Altuzarra skirt went on sale on Net-a-Porter from it’s original $15 billion to a more consumable but still-too-high-to-purchase $750, I felt defeated. Why? Because a beige, pin striped skirt that features gold tassel trim work and fabric mutations that point toward one hell of a regal labia (do you see what I see?) practically begs for proprietorship and when you can’t deliver, it is disheartening to tuck away any hedonistic inclinations in favor of the unavoidable humdrum.

From my experience, though, a burning desire to own–if even just for a mere 48 hours–shall always prevail. As my dad likes to retierate, “if there is a will, there is a way.” Which is precisely the truism-coming-true that rendered this dance:

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Come to think of it, actually, the fleeting sense of ownership completely affected the details of this tango, too:

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Effectively, I’d borrowed the skirt, which only made it temporarily mine and which meant that I had exactly two days to wax poetic on the ways in which a five pound skirt (I’d guess that’s how much it weighs) should be worn outside the confines of a. Fashion Week, b. formal event season, c. “shoot me with your camera!” land.

When I monitored the cloth that bares slight semblance to a Jewish talit while it was on Net-a-Porter, there was only ever one left. That meant that several gens had already purchased the spoil, which also meant that they’d presumably been wearing it, or worse and probably more accurately – were just letting it hang by its lonesome self in their closets, waiting for the perfect opportunity, right?

The thing of it is, if you’re spending so much money on a skirt, you’ve really got to figure out how to wear it day in and out, no?

It’d have been easy to pair the Talladegan night with a pair of heels and a cropped blouse, or a button down, or jacket but how frequently are we really dressed to go to parties? My guess: unless you’re Anna dello Russo, not that frequently at all. But that shouldn’t deter you/us from wanting to have nice things.

Rather, it should provoke us to reinvent the ways in which the item in question is worn. In my case, I could only imagine that a skimpy white ribbed tank top and dirty old white sneakers could do the job I wanted it to: have the skirt take me to Whole Foods, then home, then out, then back, then out again, maintaining a sense of cool and simultaneous, utter comfort. I am also pretty sure my body learned about the joys of carrying around extra weight and it really wasn’t too bad.

Holstering any fancy booty that you’re dying to wear but just find yourself incapable of wearing? Talk to me — if there’s a will, there’s a way.

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Thoughts?
  • (BAD) Blog About Design

    Well don’t you look like you’re having a good time! Love the GIFs :)

    Check out the BAD Blog…http://design-bad.blogspot.com/

  • Christina Wonsbeck

    I love the skirt, it is so funny! :)

  • http://www.patagoniagifts.com/blog/ Patagonia Gifts

    great way of wearing a $ 750 skirt! looks so fun. hope you have a fabulous weekend, darling! xx carolina

    p.s. would you take a look at my blog and tell me what you think? thanks!
    http://www.patagoniagifts.com/blog/

  • Tami

    It is a beautiful skirt, but you are right. How else are you meant to wear it? I suppose it is one of those ‘one -night-out’ skirts ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    http://www.prima-fashionista.blogspot.com

  • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

    No idea why I understand the appeal of this particular skirt, but I do. It is great. And no way am I going to think about something labial. Am not. Not. :-)

    I bought a pair of shoes 3 years ago, a fact which suddenly popped up from the sweat fog of oblivion yesterday and since the weather was fine, I decided to wear them for our weekly groceries haul. Jep, to a place where everyone else is wearing sneakers, because you may need every inch of feet surface when schlepping the said groceries home.

    To add fun to insecurity, I also donned a blouse I had changed (basically, I took this thing suitable for noone and made it show some cleavage and some bare arms), just to see what it felt like.

    It felt great but I have to get rid of the blisters before repeating my Real Housewife experience.

  • Yagmur

    I am just here for the gif. x

  • Kim

    Ha! Love the dance! The skirt is kinda crazy, seriously $750?
    Kim

    http://www.buddhachicandbuttercream.com

  • CarolinaG

    I loved it!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    That skirt looks like it’s meant for dancing, and you seem to have that down pretty good. :-)

  • Kelly

    I have a beautiful vintage mint green silk mini skirt with an overlay of tarnished silver sequins with a scalloped edge. It was in a sale for £70 that I bought as a birthday gift for myself 4 years ago. I’ve worn it once. At the time I paired it with strappy silver sandals and a basic white vest but am now stumped on how to ever wear it again. I no longer have the sandals and as it is rather short I feel like it demands the wearing of a high heel.

    I’m also older now (a rather grand old 25) and though I am physically fitter than before my mind is very aware that the skirt is a really ‘fanny belt’ kind of affair. I refuse to banish it to the back of the wardrobe but would appreciate any ideas on how to dress it up.down! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :-)

    • Style Revival

      Now I’m no Leandra (I wish!) so I’d say pair it with a beat up moto leather jacket, or a mannish oversized cardi with or without a belt, and some serious shoe boots then toddle off to do your Saturday brunch looking effortlessly cool and garnering some authentic street style envy! Carpe diem!

  • ASULikeIt

    Leandra, could you post a series of GIFs where you recreate The Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian?” Day = made.

  • Abigail

    “Me fake sleeping while standing in the five pound skirt.” LMAO!
    You’re such a kid at heart. I love it!

  • Christina

    Did you wake up to Ignition by R.Kelly again this morning?

  • http://jessjoycej.wordpress.com/ Jessica Joyce

    HAHA! I love how you can totally pull off any skirt, even if it looks like it came out of a I Dream of Jeannie wardrobe. Also, whenever you rock your dirty white sneakers, it makes me feel so much better that I wear my dirty white sneakers more times than I shouldn’t.
    Your Friend, Jess

  • Amatoria Clothing

    Just splurged on the perfect leather jacket from Marc by March Jacobs… but I am still coveting the Bertina Senso boots, which will undoubtedly make me look like an elf. That’s sexy, right?

    Also… I am loving the Best of the Internet feature. I feel that we could also reminisce with the help of a “Nostalgia” section??? Mostly because I was reminded of the song last night, and I am pissed that we never found out Whose boy it really was…. #BestColabEver?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yh2EJWDDf0

    • Amatoria Clothing

      Marc**** Jacobs…. damn you, auto-correct! Damn you.

  • maud.schellekens

    Gorgeous shots, love it!

    XOXO Maud

    NEW BLOGPOST ONLINE:
    http://thirteentalesoffashion.blogspot.com.es/2013/08/outfit-still-alive.html

  • rhodawong

    love the movement in the skirt!

    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  • Grace

    spot on leandra! great gifs too.

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    Love how you styled it!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

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  • Paperstarz

    How do you manage to find the most hideous clothes in the world? At first glance I thought you’d wrapped yourself in bedroom sheets or a pair of curtains.

    Can you imagine a curvy gal wearing that? XD

    • sarah

      lolz. i thought she had a weird 80′s jacket inside out wrapped around her. ( mean you leandra) i would probably wear it with some black stuff.

  • claudia

    Love the outfit and very funny pics! :)

    http://tendenciesfashandbeauty.wordpress.com

  • Nico
  • Elaine Chow

    This outfit is ridiculous, but it makes me laugh and that’s why I love it!! You can totally rock anything…even a trash bag (okay, but maybe you shouldn’t try that). xx

  • Anna

    you are my absolute favourite.

  • http://www.EatStylePlay.com/ Eat.Style.Play

    ALOT of shimmeys for this skirt! I love it!

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    I love your silly dances sooo much! But 5 pounds, really?

    Mafalda ❤
    http://www.mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

  • Michèle

    I love your gifs, they ALWAYS make my day! The skirt is very pretty!

    http://www.thefashionfraction.com

    http://www.thefashionfraction.com

  • Stella K

    Though the wit remains, (dropping regal labia and fancy booty in one post? Ha!), I must admit that I tune in for what are now almost equal parts fantastic commentary, fashion insight and redonculous gifs. A skirt like that just can’t be taken in properly via still photography. Keep the action coming!

  • chatNoir

    Did you see the holla you got in NYT.com today for Man Repeller x Superga ??!

    *CLAP CLAP CLAP !*

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/15/fashion/collaborations-openings-and-sales-for-the-week-of-aug-15.html?_r=0

  • chatNoir

    “Partnering with Superga has been a real treat,” said Leandra. “I’ve been wearing the sneakers (care of my Italian mother) since I was six and so to try my hand at creating my own felt like a real privilege.”

    ????!? Uhm, Glamour, Leandra’s mom is IRANIAN , not Italian, yo ….

  • Style Revival

    Regal labia …. Hilarious! Love the skirt.

  • Louise

    What brand are the shoes?

  • Elisa Taviti

    Perfect my dear!

    With love
    Elisa – My Fantabulous World

  • Coffeeandbuttercups

    Love the skirt and your posts! You are so funny!

    It’s so true what you are writing.. If someone spends so much money on a skirt that person should really wear it as well. Clothes shouldn’t just hand in the closet :(!

    XXX Anna

    from http://coffeeandbuttercups.blogspot.co.at/

  • http://themannequintheory.blogspot.com/ Marin

    hahaha it DOES look vaguely vaginal. BUT THIS POST THO. You’re so right, you’re so smart. Too often I forego really beautiful articles of clothing because they’re “not practical.” I get scared of making a purchase that won’t pay dividends. Gotta stop doin’ that shit.

  • http://stylecurrent.blogspot.com Ashley Alan
  • Alice

    I used to be just like you, spending a shitload of money on a piece with which I could only compose one outfit. Those pieces are pieces of art; beautiful, sculptural and unwearable. Once a month I would open my closet and relish that feeling of possession. But after all, now I realize, what a waste of money.

    • Leandra Medine

      I don’t own this skirt though

      • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

        If I were Altuzarra, I’d let you keep the skirt because you’ve paid me in awesome dance moves/gifs

  • kc

    Ugh, you make it look so cool, gurl.

  • http://rosaandfox.com/ Rosa and Fox

    Oh my this post / outfit is incredible! I miss your outfit posts! x

    Rosa {Rosa & Fox}

    http://rosaandfox.com/

  • Mona Safabakhsh

    Leandra, I’ve got a bunch of people looking for a will and a way. Would love for you to post some outfit ideas with these pieces people don’t know how to wear: whatgoeswiththis.co.

    • Leandra Medine

      Oooooh, I’m so intrigued.

      • Mona Safabakhsh

        Niceee. I don’t think any of them point to regal labia, but you can’t win them all. We’re a startup and would love to see what you think!

  • Nathalia

    Girl, you’re so cool! I wish to meet you when I move in to NY! Greetings from Rio!

  • The Trendstop Team

    Gorgeous skirt – and it looks like a lot of fun to wear!

    The Trendstop Team
    http://www.trendstop.com