I’ve been cooking all sorts of new things for CUR behind-the-scenes, and today marks the re-launch + re-modeling of a fun style series! I’m so stoked to introduce 1 Thing, 3 Ways. My goal with this series is to give y’all some real, easy outfit inspiration to get the most bang for yo’ buck in yo’ closet with versatile pieces that mix + match seamlessly. While I don’t consider myself to be a “style blogger,” one of my biggest pet peeves about actual style bloggers is when they claim to be showing “how to wear” something, but really, it’s just a bunch of pretty pictures followed by links to shop and…that’s it. No actual style talk or teaching taking place. BOY does that grind my gears. Ya feel me?! Like, you saying “just wear it how I’m wearing it here” is literally not helpful in the slightest, because chances are, no one has the exact same closet as you, nor does everyone have the same budget as you to just buy everything on your body and call it a day. And the other thing…everyone has different body types, tastes, etc! So please for the love of style, someone virtually slap me if I ever create a style-anything that is actually not helpful whatsoever. Mk? 😉 This series aims to give you multiple ideas + tips on how to wear something with what you’ve already got…or at least ideas of what types of pieces work with what so you can mix + match accordingly.
If you’ve been following along for awhile, you probably know that I’m a bargain girl through and through. Back in the day, I’d raid Walmart clearance racks before graduating to bringing $100 to an off-price retailer like Ross or Burlington to see how much of my wardrobe I could revamp with my hard-earned cash. While I’m much more willing to splurge on certain pieces nowadays (+ firmly believe that some pieces are 100% worth it!), I still can’t refuse #DaDealz.
For today’s 1 Thing, 3 Ways, I’m rocking a grey and white, knit, grid-print skirt. This exact skirt was $11 at Primark, which unfortunately doesn’t have an online shop. BUT, if ya follow me on Snapchat (I’m: erica_lig), you know my lovelovelove for Primark runs deeeeeeep. Primark was a European fast fashion powerhouse that recently debuted in the USA with massive warehouse-like stores designed for all-day shopping (#bless). I had the opportunity to check out a local Primark opening as a press event, and I *think* they had said the most expensive thing in store was around $60, and it was luggage. So. Find yo’self a Primark STAT.
I lovelovelove this skirt for a few reasons.
1.) The pricetag. Obvi.
2.) It’s this fabulous knit material, which makes it all the more versatile. Skirts can be tricky to wear in cooler weather if they’re not the right material, because only certain fabrics really work with tights or boots. I lovelovelove that this knit is lightweight, but still warm and seasonally appropriate.
3.) The colors + pattern. A super easy way to wear patterns is in a neutral color palette. The grid print being wide + big is also very wearable, since it works with solids, textures, and even other patterns of a tighter, smaller print.
Here are 3 ideas for how to wear a grid skirt (or really, any similarly printed knit skirt!): sporty chic, night out on the town, and daytime glam.
Look #1: Sporty Chic
Sweater – (old – similar, similar, similar in black) // Chambray shirt (old – similar, similar) // Thigh High socks (+ here) // Adidas (+ affordable lookalike!) // Kate Spade Backpack (sold out – similar, similar) // Lipstick (“Candy Yum Yum”)
I am lowkey *obsessed* with this look. As much as I lovelovelove a good pair o’ heels, I also love being able to run around (literally) when I’m inevitabley late + hot messing it out the door. 😉 For this look, I layered a light V-neck over a chambray button-up on top. I tied together everything with black thigh high socks and my fave white Adidas (I also love these with the gold touches, and these white kicks are super affordable lookalikes that arrived on my doorstep last week!). My backpack was a Christmas present from my hubby that he got during a Kate Spade flash sale, so it’s no longer available; ironically, I saw a black and white polka dot backpack on my last Primark run! 😉
The neat thing (yup, “neat”) is the repetition of stripes/straight lines. I think it adds character.
What else adds character? Thigh high socks. Thigh highs always add character. It’s a great way to feel a bit more covered up (by literally covering up) while leaving a tiny bit of skin showing justbecause. I intentionally wore black socks with white sneakers here to pull together the whole look, since my top half was pretty white dominant with that touch o’ black in the collar and sleeves.
P.S. This lipstick is one of my faves for a bright pop o’ punchy pink (fitting, since it’s in the shade “Candy Yum Yum”, and it has great wear.
Look #2: Date Night Out
Black Lace Top ($5 on Primark clearance – similar, similar, similar) // Leopard crossbody ($9 on Burlington clearance – similar, similar, similar) // Black booties (old – similar, similar, similar all under $40!) // Red Lipstick (“Ruby Woo”)
This skirt rocks because it’s so dang versatile. I mean, first I’m wearing it with sneakers…now it works for a fancy schmancy night on the town. A fun way to wear larger prints is with textures pieces, like this lace top. It’s not print mixing, per se, but it’s a fun way to add some unexpected dimension and flair to a look.
A key to remember when mixing textures is to keep your color palette pretty simple + consistent. This works because the only other color, really, besides the grey + white grid skirt is black. I’ve got black lace on top, black snakeskin on the bottom, and it’s all balanced out because of the color consistency. How to wear mixed textures all together = keep color consistent. If I had worn yellow lace with black solid tights and pink snakeskin, it’d look more like a Lisa Frank folder.
Look # 3: Daytime Glam
I bought this top from an Instagram boutique and I. am. obsessed. It’s the most flattering cut, and the side ruffles are just too stinking cute. Any sort of ruffled or peplumed top works really well over a slimmer, tighter bottom, since it lets the fabric fall as it naturally wants to and accentuates your waist. I’m a big fan o’ balance in fashion. If it’s tight on top, it’ll be looser on bottom, and vice versa. Slim all over can scream “too tight” or verge into unflattering territory, whereas pieces that complement each other are more likely to make you look (+ FEEL) amazing.
I pulled everything together with a fun turquoise statement necklace and these heeled over-the-knee boots (as seen here!). I scored these bad boys from Burlington for under $40 and they’re totally sold out at this point. BUT, they’re in stock here. Fun fact: I was a marketing intern for Burlington when I was in college. I learned firsthand how the buying process works for them, so I know for a fact that Burlington is not just “last season’s leftovers” or “what no one else wanted,” like many people mistakenly think. And here’s proof – I spent under $40 on my boots, and the exact same pair is in stock this season for over double the price. Y’all. When I say don’t write Burlington off…I’m not kidding. 😉
Speaking of #DaDealz, nearly all of the pieces I’m styling here were bargains. Fortunate for my bank account. Unfortunate for snagging the exact things I’m wearing, since most isn’t available for me to directly link for ya to shop. (Exact matches include: My sneakers, pink lipstick (Candy Yum Yum), red lipstick (Ruby Woo), deep plum lipstick (Venom), and my turquoise necklace)
BUT, I tried finding as close matches online as possible so that you CAN still achieve your fave looks with your own wardrobe staples. As in, I spent hours trying to find matches, so I hope something works for you! #TheStruggle.
If you’re into Pinterest, I’d recommend pinning this for later: 😉
How would you wear a grid print skirt?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on how to wear it, + also your thoughts on the series! What kinds of pieces would be most helpful for you to see styled 3 ways? Drop yo’ requests in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to schedule content around it.