Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts

It’s always interesting to see how your fashion changes over time.  Throughout my life, I’ve gone through various skirt phases.  In college, I was all about mini skirts.  I wore them so often that a random guy in my humanities class asked if I even owned a pair of shorts.  Fresh out of college and starting my career, I moved to midi skirts.  I felt professional, yet still stylish.  Throughout pregnancy, I had several maxi skirts on rotation.  They were so dang comfortable and a way to avoid buying maternity clothes.  Nowadays, I flip-flop between midi and maxi skirts with the occasional mini making an appearance. 

I’ve seen a few designer striped skirts recently that are absolutely beautiful.  Stripes are my favorite pattern, and skirts are my favorite piece of clothing, so today I’ve rounded up a slew of designer and everyday wear striped skirts for comparison.  They range in price from $1,300+ (yes, really) to $16.  Sure, the quality will likely be lower with the less expensive options, but for $1,200 less, I’m willing to go with the more economical option.  That goes for pretty much every expenditure in my life, not just skirts.

As I’ve mentioned before, I do believe in paying for quality items that are staples.  However, I’m not sure how many times I would wear a striped skirt (probably not more than once or twice a month), so the price per wear of the skirts in the expensive column aren’t justifiable for me, personally.  But they sure are pretty!

Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts » StyleEmulator.com

  1. Carolina Herrera  vs.  BooHoo
  2. Akris Punto  vs.  ModCloth
  3. Alice + Olivia  vs. Marks and Spencer
  4. Eliza J  vs.  TOV
  5. Valentino  vs.  LOFT
  6. Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts » StyleEmulator.comGül Hürgel  vs.  Joe Fresh
  7. Rossella Jardini  vs.  Unique Vintage
  8. Lela Rose  vs.  New York & Co.
  9. Gucci  vs.  Marc Jacobs
  10. Muveil  vs.  NINEMINUTES
  11. Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts » StyleEmulator.com Suno  vs.  Maison Jules
  12. Mira Mikati  vs.  LOFT
  13. Milly  vs.  BooHoo
  14. Kate Spade  vs.  Target
  15. Lisa Marie Fernandez  vs.  Unique Vintage

Which one is your favorite?

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Banana Republic Feather Sweater Look for Less

I saw this image recently while perusing Banana Republic.  I was instantly drawn to the feather sweater.  I was not, however, drawn to the $198 price tag.  I can’t understand why someone would pay close to $200 for a sweater with lots of fringe on it.  Like, I need someone who has bought this to explain to me why/where you’d wear it/why/what are you doing when you wear it/why/who are you wearing it in front of/why.  It does look chic, and I think it’d be perfect for work.  But, that still doesn’t justify $200.  You can probably grab it on sale this week, but if not I was able to find a cheaper look that is just as stylish as the original:

A wallet friendly feather sweater look inspired by Banana Republic.

  1. Feather top // Dillard’s – Changing up the white top for a classy striped version with black feathers.
  2. Cardigan // LOFT – This cardigan hits right above the waist.  Since the hemline is shorter than other cardigans, and because it has side slits, it won’t interfere with the feathers.
  3. Feather necklace // Shoptiques – I couldn’t help myself.  This is a playful, yet sophisticated outfit–just like this necklace.
  4. Capris // Macy’s – Bringing in blue gives the outfit a bit more dimension.  I realize it may be winter where you live (I wouldn’t understand that; I’m typing this up in Florida on December 26 at 10:30pm with the A/C on), so blue pants (on sale!) may work better for you.
  5. Shoes // Sole Society – The best, right?  Stripes might as well be a neutral to me.  They are also available in leopard, gingham, and silver (!).

Here are a few other feather/fringe tops.  All five of the tops are under $40.  The gray sweater is $70.

Macy’s  //  Nordstrom Rack  //  Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack  //  Off 5th  // Nordstrom Rack

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