Skirts and dresses are staples for the summer season, but you probably already knew that. This year, the most notable thing about skirts and dresses was the volume designers were creating. Fabrics and textiles can easily expand a simple silhouette into something that is both flattering and eye-catching. From Balmain to Alberta Ferretti, designers were cutting skirts and dress hems to flare out, amplifying the feminine figure in variations of skirt lengths and solid to floral prints. My favorite interpretation of the flounced skirt was featured on the Victoria Beckham spring 2014 runway, where models floated down the runway in voluminous skirts that stole the show.
Following suit of what I saw in the collection, I decided to try the look myself with a few different pieces. I recently invested in a flounced skirt, and this one in a bold black and white striped print, is perfect for a warm summer day on campus, or instead for a dinner out with friends. Beckham designed her skirt with tight, tailored blouses, but I decided to dress down with a basic black V-neck that is great for pairing with statement pieces. Although simple, I really liked the pairing of the voluminous skirt with the basic shirt to create an effortless vibe.
For accessories, I wore a few dainty gold rings, and then a dainty gold necklace with a moon and star charm. This outfit would be great paired with Converse sneakers or even embellished sandals, but I opted to wear black strappy platforms that complemented the look without being too distracting.
I’m often afraid that I’ll completely butcher a runway look and totally take it out of proportion when trying to interpret it within my own personal style. It’s a legitimate fear, because these designers know what they’re doing when they create their pieces. I’m only admiring it and attempting to recreate it within the means of my own wardrobe. However, it’s simple yet beautiful pieces like this voluminous skirt that give me confidence in my own style, and really show that what designers showcase are meant to inspire. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!