Do you prefer horizontal or vertical stripes? Does it matter? I know the golden rule used to be, “don’t ever wear horizontal stripes, they will make you look wider.” However, in the wave of feminism and progressive movements, the one thing I do try to embrace is “if it feels good and you like the way you look in it, then go for it.” Confidence and being comfortable in your own skin is where it matters. I started this blog to create confidence and better style in the workplace – because let me tell you, if I don’t have on a pop of color, print, or some other interesting piece on, I’m not myself – and therefore not confident and comfortable. You have to love yourself… and for me that’s also goes for what I’m wearing – even in a t-shirt and jeans!
So after all that ‘love thyself’ chatter, really all I’m saying is… I love this skirt, horizontal stripes and all! I’ve also been all about affordable and quality pieces lately. That $15 dress from Target yesterday? Yup, it fits the bill. I say if you can get $1-2 per wash out of a piece then it was worth the investment (i.e. the Target dress should last 7-15 washes). I’m looking for the same in my work wardrobe. Now ya’ll know, my workplace has gone from professional dress to casual, so I don’t wear skirts quite as much as I used to. And that’s where affordable becomes important to me. And also closet staples.
I owned a stretchy knit (horizontal striped) pencil skirt from Old Navy for years. They still sell the same skirt in black/white stripes here. I loved that skirt! I ended up selling it when the dress code changed at work last year because pencil skirts were just too uncomfortable for me. I moved to a different location that is much busier, and when I need to move around quite a bit, I want a skirt that moves with me lol! A-line skirts have become my new best friend after I let my precious pencil skirts go to the Poshmark pile.
I was excited to replace my beloved Old Navy skirt with this A-line wrap striped skirt from Ann Taylor. The material is the same as the ON version – “ponte knit” or “scuba” material – because it has quite a bit of stretch. It’s also more structured, so shouldn’t wrinkle and keeps its shape at work (and wards off the hot bodies that love the air conditioning lol!). The wrap adds interest also, and I don’t see stripes or wrap skirts going out of style anytime soon (if ever!) so this should add easily to the closet staple section of your closet.
It’s also on sale + an extra 40% off! So way more affordable than regular AT pricing. Also, if you have ShopRunner, it’s free 2 day shipping.
Sizing: I went with my regular size (non-petite). The regular length is 20″ and that’s a perfect work friendly length for my 5’2″ frame. The waist does not have stretch, so if you are in between sizes I would go up one size.
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