How to wear a skater dress: a “how to style”
March 6, 2012
Learn to wear a skater dress the right wayGood morning! I can't begin to tell you how much time I've spent on the Topshop website as of late. It's pathetic and extremely embarrassing. What's worse is I've yet to purchase a single item from the new season of beautiful clothing. That's what tax returns are for, though! Right??
I write this as I sit in my bed with my pup wrapped around my feet, half chewing at a rope toy and half asleep. He does this thing when he's tired where he really wants to keep playing but he's totally tuckered out and literally drifting off to lalaland. Very shortly I've got to wake him up and run off to work for the day.
Lately, I've seen a number of horribly styled skater dresses and tunics alike and wanted to do a post on "how to properly wear a skater dress" in the hopes of saving at least one person from the proverbial fashion police. My main piece of advice would be to remember your skater dress is a layering piece - meaning that it's not appropriate to simply toss it on and run out the door with your bare arms and bare legs. Possibly in the summer if you have a super sweet bod and pair it with adorable shoes - but most definitely not in the spring.
What is a skater dress?For those of you looking for a skater dress definition of sorts, it's a dress that resembles something an ice skater would wear on the ice. This mainly applies to the overall silhouette, and doesn't mean you need to step out in shiny spandex. The dress typically has a fitted bodice and flares out at the natural waist. These dresses are hugely popular in the UK and are making their way into American and Canadian closets as well.
How to wear a skater dressMy suggestion would be to use items like those shown above. Add a statement necklace to add to the minimalistic bodice. Wear chunky shoes like the nude platform sandals shown, but pair them with girly ruffle socks. This adds to the "ice skater" feel and also feminizes the outfit a bit. If you have super sheer black stockings, these are always great to layer under frilly ankle socks - especially if you're currently having a winter like ours!
Lastly, please put something on your arms. Straight cut sleeveless dresses are rarely flattering on account of the fact EVERYONE has armpit creases (that bit of skin that attaches your torso to your underarm) and it really creeps me out. Plus, something like a cardigan gives you the opportunity to add a fun pop of colour that your ensemble would otherwise be missing.
All in all, this is how I would style a skater dress. If you disagree, feel free to do as you please. Just know that I'm putting a cardigan on you with my mind.
PS - Check out this adorable skater dress perfect for summer!
- Chevron Metallic Tunic
- Knitted Tweedy Short Cardigan
- Pendulum Cross Strap Platforms
- Plaque Section Collar
- Lace Trim Ankle Socks