Tiered Skirt

The tiered skirt can take a variety of forms.  Whether it is the literally tiered layered skirt featuring multiple layers of fabric or the latest trend with the peasant skirts to have them look layered when they are really one fabric gathered to create a layered look.  The peasant skirt has recently gained in popularity and is a wonderful casual option for a spring/summer skirt.  Peasant skirts can really take a variety of lengths ranging from roughly knee length to ankle length as the maxi dress length has recently increased in popularity.

If you like the maxi skirt length, you will see a host of skirts with long length in either the peasant skirt look or in actually layered fabrics.  Personally, I prefer the peasant skirt look as it is not as heavy and is easier to wear.  The peasant skirt is the perfect casual skirt that works well for weekends or casual events.  You can easily wear these skirts with flip flops.  The peasant skirt is naturally very comfortable and a great all around occasion skirt.

The tiered skirt featuring layers of fabric can come in many styles including multiple fabric patterns.  I’ve seen this done with a bohemian style look and I must admit, it is not my style as it seems to overdo the pattern.  The layered skirt is, however, something that I could easily see a Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City wearing and I think she did wear similar style skirts in various episodes of the show.  It is a bold and often dramatic statement and can range from casual to very dressy depending on the fabric, length and style.

Of course with these skirts there are a few rules of thumb when pairing them with tops.  As a rule of thumb generally it is never a good idea to tuck any shirts in with these flared bohemian style skirts.  Of course there may be an exception, but by and large it is not a good idea.  We like pairing these skirts with looser fitting tops such as the Zooey ¾ length sleeve V Neck top or the Zooey Ruffle Bib Top.  These tops are looser fits and have subtle details that balance out the flared skirt.  You would also want to stay clear of wearing tops that are too long as with the long length of the skirts long tops do not look flattering.

Whatever style of skirt and top suits your individual style, having at least one tiered skirt is a great addition to your closet.  If you are looking for just one such type of skirt then I would suggest that you go with a peasant style tiered skirt.  I love the Hilton skirt by Velvet by Graham and Spencer as a good middle of the road skirt that has a good length and just enough detail to be comfortable and stylish.  These skirts are a perfect casual summer go to skirt for so many occasions and really do balance the wearability with feminine style.

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Tops with Studded Accents

Let’s be honest, when it comes to finding that perfect top it seems like a perpetual quest to find something distinctive for your closet.  One of the latest trends in tops and dresses include metallic accents that range from metallic threading such as metallic threaded belts or metallic stripes to actual metal studded accents.  The metallic details are a great way to include bold details into your wardrobe and these are always great statement pieces.  If you are looking for a bold look then tops with studded accents are a great way to go.  Studded accents have become more prevalent in the latest styles and fashions as bold accents.  Of course you can find studded accents in sparkles or even studded with metal grommets or a combination of a number of other elements on the piece.  While it may sound unconventional, you have most likely seen some of it on certain designer fashions and can be a creative and stylish way to add to the distinctiveness of the piece.

Consider Ella Moss, a well known designer, who incorporates studded grommets around the neckline and sleeves of its Sonia Ruffle Sleeve Studded Short Sleeve Top. This bold and modern style top features a series of accenting metal grommets around the sleeves and prominently in the back of the top.  A great style of top with a fitted waistband the style of the top on its own is worth considering, but with the added studded accents which makes it even more unique and turns an otherwise elegant but simple top into an amazing statement piece.

At Vintage Fringe we love the Keesha top by Velvet by Graham and Spencer which also features studded gold accents off the shoulder.  We love how the studded accent adorns the draped neckline of the Keesha top in Mineral a beautiful sea green color top.  This top features a looser fit around the waist and raw edges at the hem.  Part of Velvet’s Whisper collection, this top is lightweight cotton which is a comfortable casual fabric contrasted with the studded accents.  It truly is an elegant, sophisticated top and the studded accents really take this top to another level.

To utilize the studded trend, keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to have metal grommets, but instead it could be accented sequins or other sparkle to give it an added pop.  Zippers are another great trend that has made a strong showing recently.  As you can see the contrast of studded accents can transcend a variety of different types of accents which really does make it possible to take basic styles or elements to another level with a touch of contrast.   These statement pieces can have varying degrees of contrast catering to a variety of preferences and different ways to weave bold accents into classic styles.   The trend really is to add shine or sparkle to the top and obviously generating that statement piece look certainly doesn’t take a one size fits all form.

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