Reader File – A Gold Skirt

I’ve been wanting to try out something new on the blog — reader submitted style questions. In fact, my reader survey nudged me along when someone suggested such a thing! Friends often ask me for suggestions, so I thought it might be fun to do that here.

A couple days ago, my friend Lauren mentioned to me that she needed help with a particular skirt. I told her to send in her question for my inaugural post. So here we go for my first Reader File.

Dear Jacqueline,

About a year ago, my husband gave me this skirt as a gift. I’ve never worn it because 1) it was too tight, and 2) I don’t know what to wear it with.

While the first problem is solved, I’m still stuck on the second one. I’d love to wear it next Friday for my birthday — I’ll be at work all day, and then probably a fun restaurant for dinner, but nothing overly fancy.

While it’s no longer too tight to wear, it is very fitted, which is something to keep in mind for shirt-tucking-in purposes. (And I’d like to tuck the shirt in, because of that fabulous gold zipper!) It hits at my natural waist, and falls to about 2 inches above my knees. I’ve seen gold skirts styled with chambray shirts, but I’m looking for something a bit dressier, but still fun. I want to be able to walk to dinner, so I’m planning on these shoes, (I have them in black) if possible.

Thanks for your help!

First, happy birthday, lady! I hope it’s a great one. You are going to look awesome in that skirt.

This skirt is super versatile, even if it doesn’t seem so at first. You could choose a shirt with color blocking, a tiny-all over print, or a solid in a pale or dark color. I would avoid anything bright or loud on top. The key is to choose something that won’t compete with the skirt.

Since you want to tuck in the top in order to show off the zipper for your birthday, you should choose something made of a thin fabric. A thin silk would be nice in August. However, don’t feel constricted to do that every time you wear it. I think it would look equally nice with a sweater or a peplum top, in which the zipper isn’t the main focus.

But back to your birthday.

This first option is the Simple Lady. Your new skirt is matched to a classic rose cami and a string of faux pearls on a gold chain. For this ensemble, I went with the black wedges you already own. For work, add a black blazer or cardigan.

I’m calling the second look the Casual Walker. Your skirt is paired with a crepe racerback tank in navy, dangly earrings with coils, and textured wedges with a low heel. A navy blazer would be perfect on top for the office.

The last look kicks it up a notch for an Olive Edge. Here your skirt goes with a olive green sleeveless shirt pleated at the shoulders, hammered collar necklace, and some serious booties. Maybe wear a pair of ballet flats and a cardigan around the office, and toss them both in your bag when you get to the restaurant. You’ll look hot in these shoes, but they probably aren’t the easiest thing to walk around in on New England’s streets.

Realistically, I think most of these outfits can be mixed and matched pretty easily. And sub out whatever you’ve got in your own wardrobe that is comparable. Hope this gives you some ideas. Again, have a great birthday!

Anyone else have suggestions for Lauren?

And if you have a style question of your own, hit me up at


  1. Emilia Jane says:

    Love this!

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  3. blacklabel says:

    I love the olive option…good luck to your reader!

  4. Lauren says:

    Thank you so much, Jacqueline!! I love them all, especially the olive one, and had been thinking something with an interesting, structured shoulder would be good. I’ll be on the hunt this weekend (although I’m not sure I’d ever be able to pull off/walk in those booties, haha!)

  5. Evie says:

    That last look! I die.

  6. Noelle says:

    These are all great suggestions! I’d also say wear a black top that you can tuck into the skirt, with a gold statement necklace. I love pairing black & gold.

  7. miss alix says:

    I love the last look as well. Though I’m also partial to the pink and gold combo.

    Excited about this new feature. I’m trying to think of a good question that isn’t just “how do I dress myself?”

  8. What a great idea-Good job!!!!!!

  9. jacqueline says:

    Thanks everyone! It was really fun to do and only a little stressful. Ha! Send in your own questions —

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