Or, How Lauryn Hill Taught Me to Mix Fancy With Casual One place where people get stuck with putting outfits together is that they think apparel items have to match specific occasions. Meaning, a dress will always be equated with a fancy occasion (or a business event). Or, a skirt means you have to be going somewhere special. (My automatic answer = your life is special enough of an occasion.)
Enter Lauryn Hill. The album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill exploded onto the scene in 1998. In 1999 she went to the Grammys and basically accepted every award possible. It was an awesome moment in music, and it also expanded my horizons sartorially. Why? Lauryn Hill came to the Grammys in a long skirt and a t-shirt. It stands out in red carpet history because it was so unexpected. She looked gorgeous, but not only that - she looked like herself. She was comfortable and radiant, and gosh darn it the look still holds up today.
I can't tell you how many times I have suggested a t-shirt or tank top with a skirt and people have said, "You can do that?" The lesson: if Lauryn Hill can accept a Grammy in a t-shirt and skirt you can certainly wear that combo to a coffee meeting. Or a date. Or, to run around on a hot, summer day.
A quick note about color: in these photos the skirt is coming off as green, but in person it is more of a deep turquoise. The pops of brick red make for an interesting color story (and, I will talk about color story on another day because it is one of my favorite topics). But, it's a color combo that is deeper in hue than what I usually employ. I'm not 100% sold on it, but I do find it fun and curious. The larger point - never stop experimenting.
How about you? Do you create t-shirt + skirt ensembles? When was the last time you listened to Miseducation? Cause that album still holds up. It's pretty incredible.