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The quest for the perfect little black {insert whichever current object needed here} seems never ending.  However, I checked one thing off my list.  For years, the perfect black skirt has eluded me until I found this skirt.  And now, I’ve been happy as a little lark!

I love this skirt because of the color, fabric, cut, and length.  Black is a simple and great neutral color.  The fabric has a great texture that gives it an extra something. The fullness of the skirt helps to balance my broad shoulders and lack of a waistline.  And the hemline is appropriate for work but still playful enough for casual outings.  {In fact, I wore this outfit to work a couple of weeks ago.}
I mention black because that is my neutral color of choice, but your perfect little skirt could be navy, grey, brown, or even yellow.  As a confessed black-aholic, I’ve been trying to wear other neutral colors like navy and grey.  The key is finding the shape that works well for your body!  Here are some rules of thumb {and please feel free to add more in the comments}:
  • An a-line skirt tends to be flattering on everyone.  They can hide wider hips or highlight gorgeous legs!
  • Skirt hems that hit at the widest part of your calf can make your legs look shorter.  Wear hems above or below that area.
  • A pencil skirt can help straight figures look a little curvier or accentuate already existing curves.  I LOVE pencil skirts!
  • A mini skirt can make shorter gams look long and lean if worn correctly.
  • Try wearing wedges under a maxi skirt to elongate your silhouette.
SWEATER :: CABI {similar from BR}
TOP :: old H&M {cute by Rachel Roy or F21}
SKIRT :: Giambattista Valli last seen here and here {love this Miu Miu but pricey}
HEELS :: old Antonio Melani {strappy sandal version from NW}
EARRINGS :: old Marshalls
BRACELET :: made by my friend L*, old Marshalls
BAG :: Chanel {similar from Rebecca Minkoff here, here, and here}
SUNGLASSES :: Karen Walker

And here are some of my picks for the perfect black skirt!

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

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  1. This is a beautiful skirt Sam! I love Giambatista Valli..yet to own anything from that fabulous line!

  2. Kay says:

    Love the outfit and the skirt! Those are great suggestions you made on what to look for in skirts and how to wear them. I feel like I’m constantly buying black skirts and need to branch out from my safety zone.

  3. Ashley K says:

    I must confess black is the color I go for all the time. I should try to branch out but colors are just so intimidating! I like this skirt a lot the texture is interesting and helps break it up a bit from the rest of the outfit.

    -Ash

  4. Lilli says:

    lovely style!

  5. Tiffany says:

    On myself, I like a good pencil skirt, but I love the shape of that skirt on you!! And those shoes are so pretty!

  6. Rachel Lynne says:

    What an amazing post! :) :) :) Your black skirt is amazing, love the texture!!!!! I would have to say a black pencil skirt is my perfect black skirt because I love wearing pencil skirts to work! :)

    xoxo,
    Rachel
    http://www.rachelslookbook.com

  7. you look beautiful, sam. great skirt, and i love the peplum one out of your style picks.

    hope all’s well. :)

    xoxo
    jasmine
    AdamAlexMommy

  8. oh..thanks for the tip…am going to get the #5…:P

    and i actually love your skirt, the texture is very rich…and love the fact that you match it with a simple white top and the cardi.

  9. Ashley says:

    Cute outfit!! Love your skirt and glasses :) Great tips!!!

    XoXo,
    Ashley
    ASassyWoman.Com

  10. Mary Ann says:

    The skirt looks gorgeous – I love it! I hope you had a nice weekend! ;-)

  11. V says:

    That is such a lovely skirt! Great find the fabric looks so nice.

    -V
    http://stylishlyme.com

  12. Sayaka says:

    It looks like you found the perfect black skirt!! I love the texture and the pleats in the front of the skirt. I’m also drooling over you shoes. They are so so pretty!!

  13. Whitney says:

    just stumbled upon your blog and i love the pharmacy theme haha! the layout is super cute and i’m so jealous of your chanel bag!

    whitney
    whitwatwear

  14. you look great! love the outfit!

  15. Annie says:

    I love this Sam! That skirt is SO pretty – love the way it poofs out, and the purple cardi looks great with it :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

  16. Mica says:

    Gorgeous skirt! Love it with the purple carid. I’m glad you found your perfect skirt. I buy many items looking for the perfect one, hehe! ;)

    Love Franklin too! Cooper does the same thing, comes up to sniff my bags sometimes! He occasionally takes a lick but luckily has never tried to bite or chew.

  17. Lol! Franklin…love it!
    A perfect black skirt it is!! A classy outfit!
    I’m actually loving the peplum skirt…need one in black. :)
    Have a great day Sam!

  18. the skirt looks pretty Sam! I love your shoes and cardigan so much! I’m a big fan of color pink!

    Babi

  19. Andrea D says:

    I love finding the perfect piece of clothing that goes with virtually everything. Love your skirt, and that pretty purple cardigan! :)

  20. Rakel says:

    Great post!Would you follow each other? let me know on my blog ;)

    http://alovelystyle.blogspot.com.es/

  21. Niki says:

    Really cute skirt!! And some great alternatives as well. I found my perfect black skirt recently too from Gap of all places:
    http://fashionatforty.blogspot.com/2012/04/striped-gap.html
    Niki

  22. steph says:

    that’s a nice find indeed. and franklin thinks so too, lol. he’s too cute!

  23. I love the skirt that you’re wearing. Anything that has pocket is an instant winner for me.

  24. […] looked back. The CAbi items I own transition perfectly from work to play. {See for yourself here, here, and here!}  All images and opinions are my […]

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