I’m a girl, and by me that’s only GREAT! I am proud that my silhouette is curvy,
that I walk with a sweet and girlish gait, With my hips kind of swivelly and swervy.
I adore being dressed in something frilly, When my date comes to get me at my place.
Out I go with my Joe or John or Billy, Like a filly, who is ready for the race!
When I have a brad new hairdo, With my eyelashes all in curls,
I float as the clouds on air do
I enjoy being a girl…
How many of you remember or even know that song? It’s called “I Enjoy Being a Girl” and it’s from the 1961 movie “A Flower Drum Song”. I have always loved this song. It sings about all the joys of just being – well, a GIRL – being feminine, in the most traditional way. It’s just a really fun, cute song. Now, I know you’re going to laugh at this, but I’m okay with that, this is my “getting dressed song”. Do you have a “getting dressed song”? Probably not. I’m probably the only nut job who does. If I’m not singing along with the radio, there’s a very strong possibility that I’m singing this to myself as I’m getting dressed in the mornings. It’s…I don’t know…inspiring. Uplifting.
I definitely have a girly-girl in me – and I don’t apologize for that. I don’t consider myself “prissy”, by any means – I don’t cry over broken nails, I enjoy the occasional game of football, I’ve enjoyed rock climbing and I’ve climbed my share of trees. Still, I definitely revel in all things categorized as “girl-ish” – clothes, accessories, make-up, hair…pink!
Now Summer is finally here and there is just something about Summer that brings out that girly-girl in my style more than any other time of the year. Everyone has their own Summer “look”. For some it’s all about the shorts! Maybe you’re totally into cut-offs and tee’s. Others do capris and polo shirts. Mr. T is a die-hard and refuses to change his style at all, sticking with his jeans and t-shirts all year round! For me, it’s all about SKIRTS! Give me a cute, colorful – preferably flouncy and twirly – little skirt and I am one happy camper! Of course, I do wear the other items, as well – shorts, capris, jeans when it’s cooler and, absolutely, a cute summer dress now and then, but my heart belongs to the skirt. It’s just as easy as throwing on a pair of shorts, and just as cool. Frankly, it’s even cooler if you get a nice breeze blowing up! LOL!
Even though it’s been almost three years since my weight loss surgery, my body is still changing and my skirt collection this year was in really sad shape, almost non-existent. Of course, this thrifty fashionista headed straight for the thrift stores – both brick & mortar and on-line. I believe I’ve done a good job of replenishing my skirt collection, and I thought it would be fun to share some of them with you. Hopefully I can inspire a few of you to enjoy being a girl a little more, too, and pull out your Summer skirts, as well!
The first skirt I’m sharing with you is this sweet A-line J.Crew skirt. I had tried this on several weeks before purchasing it at the same shop. But, it was not a sale ticket and I decided to pass on it. This time when I went in it was 50% off, so I grabbed it at only $3! I love the “twirly” flow of this skirt, though it’s a little longer than I usually care to wear my skirts.
I’ve paired it with a wonderful pinky/peach Nanette Lepore stretch top with front ruching and bows. The top was thrifted online from ThredUp. At $16.99, it was priced a little higher than I normally pay for my pieces, but I take into account the quality of the piece, which originally retailed for $198. Additionally, I had credit for some consignments with the store so in this instance the top didn’t really cost me anything.
The shoes I’ve chosen are brown leather mules from Glacee – also, thrifted. I found these on a “Shoes 50% off” day in like new condition for only $3.50! Always a good idea to find out if your local shops have special sale days like this – you can really find some good deals! Finally, my bling…The wooden drop earrings were hand-me-downs from my daughter when she did a jewelry purge. The beautiful polished stone choker was a gift from my dad when he was a missionary in Swaziland.
What body types does this skirt work well for? A-line skirts are very flattering and usually work well on any body type. However, I would not necessarily recommend this specific style for an “Apple” shape due to the elongated fitted top. “Strawberry” build? This would be an exceptional choice for you!
The second skirt, a Talbot’s brand pencil skirt, was purchased during the same shopping trip as the J.Crew skirt. It’s a bit big in the waist, but I loved the colors and the pattern in the fabric so much I decided to just go for it. I only need to pull it a tad below my waist to sit slightly on my hips and it wears fine. I doubt any of you would have noticed had I not said anything.
You can see from the picture that the colors in this skirt are just delicious! They’re like a bag of Skittles! Hot pink and orange! Then it has that wonderful, fun netting effect on the top layer! As you can see, I couldn’t resist adding even more color to my Skittles bag outfit with the additional of the teal! The top appears to look like a twin set, but it’s not. That’s a simple teal green Banana Republic t-shirt. The outfit looks just fine if you wear the t-shirt alone with the skirt. However, I imagined this as perhaps a going to church or out to dinner outfit – both places where the air conditioner is always on, thus I’m always cold! I grabbed this little Old Navy cardi and it ended up being a perfect match! Accessorizing, I threw on a multi-layer necklace that carries variations of the colors of the skirt, as well as gold, and a pair of jangly gold dangle earrings. Finally, on my tootsies, these fabulous – yes, yes they are (and amazingly comfy) – Christian Siriano floral peep-toe pumps. The skirt was $3, like the J.Crew skirt. The t-shirt and cardi are both thrifts, as were the earrings. The necklace is DSW clearance rack, and the shoes were a clearance/coupon deal at Payless – $5!
What body types does this skirt work well for? If you’re a straight up and down rectangle (like myself!) this pencil skirt is a great choice! Those of you blessed with the “Hourglass” shape would totally rock a pencil skirt, as well.
This is one of my favorite skirts this summer! It’s just so fun! Who doesn’t want a skirt covered in pink flamingos?! LOL! This skirt is “semi-thrifted”. (Is that a word?) I volunteer at a thrift shop once a month and when another worker came across this skirt she knew it was “me” and set it aside. So, it’s from a thrift store, but was free-to-me. Wasn’t that sweet? It’s so light and airy and twirly! Everything you’d want in a Summer skirt! I’ve paired it with a white lace sleeveless top (from the $6 store at the mall) and a pair of metallic silver Cole Haan wedge sandals. (These were like-new at a $1 sale at a local consignment shop!) Finally, the look is finished off with a hot pink and silver necklace and earrings – both $.99 from my favorite thrift shop.
What body types does this skirt work well for? Once again, the A-line is usually universally flattering, however, the abundance of pleats in this particular one can make it an issue for some people. Still, this would work well for “Strawberries”, “Rectangles” and “Pear” shapes.
The last skirt look I’ll share with you I admit is my very favorite skirt purchase this season! Who could resist this adorable pink and white candy stripe Lily Pulitzer skirt?! It’s another ThredUp purchase that I was able to acquire with some consigning credit. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it! When it arrived, it was a little shorter than I had been expecting, but not so much so that I felt I would need to return it. (My stubby little legs are quite forgiving in that area!) I do only wear it with flats, however. I’ve combined it here with a simple white v-neck t-shirt and royal blue Talbot’s cardigan. For shoes – Christian Siriano royal blue suede flats. The necklace is filled with multi-colored discs and gold circles – it goes with everything – and cost all of $.99! Everything here is thrifted, except the shoes, which were purchased at the same sale where I picked up the floral pumps and, also, cost $5!
What body types does this skirt work well for? Here we are again with another A-line skirt. The pleats at the top, the length and horizontal stripes are all things that I know make some people uncomfortable. But, this would be a great little skirt, again, for a “Rectangle”, a “Strawberry”, a “Pear” and possibly even an “Hourglass”.
I know some of you may be saying to yourself, “My body type didn’t show up in the recommendations very often or at all!” Unfortunately, that’s because I’M a rectangle, so that’s the body type I buy for. To make up for that a bit, here are a few skirt suggestions for each body type:
- Look for – A-line or flare skirts; knee and calf lengths; Bias cuts are excellent on you; Interesting hem details; also consider a high-waisted flouncy skirt – the high waist hits you at the smallest part of your torso and then flares out masking the mid-section
- Avoid – Layers and ruffles, Tight or fitted bands, Anything with bulk around the stomach area, Anything very short
- Look for – A-lines, full skirts, Bands that start at the waist or hips, Colorful or patterned skirts
- Avoid – Tube/pencil skirts, Straight sarongs, Skirts with excessive volume
- Look for – A-lines, Structured volume below hips, full circle skirts, maxi skirts
- Avoid – Tube/pencil skirts, Bias cut skirts, Fishtail skirts
- Look for – Pencil skirts, A-lines, Full circle skirts, knee-length
- Avoid – Layers, excessive volume, Tight/stretch skirts, Fishtail skirts
- Look for – A-lines and flare skirts, Pencil skirts, Tulip skirts, Short skirts, Wrap skirts
- Avoid – Big puffy skirts
**Note: there are lots of different ways to define body types out there. Some people use “fruit”, some people use “shapes” some people use letters of the alphabet or even numbers. The list goes on and each of those systems can break types into 4, 6 or more categories. If you’ve worked with a different system and you find that works better for you, that’s perfectly fine. There really is no right or wrong way to categorize these. Just use whatever works and makes sense to you.
Hopefully, regardless of sizes or shapes, this inspired you to go explore your closet (or the nearest thrift shop) and find a fun, feminine skirt or two and just “enjoy being a girl” this Summer!
Until We Meet Again!
One Important Final Note: Please remember, there are NO “good” or “bad” body types, shapes or sizes, there are just bodies…beautiful, God-given, God-designed bodies. None is better to have than another. The suggestions given here are only suggestions that give a sense of symmetry to your look. You may take them or leave them. True beauty flows from the heart and soul, my friends. The rest is just window dressing!