Making A Teal Skirt Work in Real Life

The older I get, the more I see value in buying basic pieces for my closet. On the other hand, I’m 24 with purple hair and am easily swayed into buying weird clothes from the thrift store. Hey, I’m human!

Outfit: Sleeveless chambray blouse, teal skirt, printed vintage clutch, purple pixie cut

Like most people who thrift, I’ve went through a phase of being totally infatuated with everything I found at a thrift store. I try to forget those years, or rather the outlandish things I bought, but I’m in a place now where I don’t ogle over every glitter covered thing in the store.

As evident from my thrift hauls, less and less clothes are making their way into my closet every month and the things that do make it are either boring basics or things that just scream tacky. (I use that term with much endearment.)

Outfit details: Sleeveless chambray blouse, teal skirt, printed vintage clutch, gold medallion necklaceOutfit: Sleeveless chambray blouse, teal skirt, printed vintage clutch, purple pixie cut

This teal skirt is kind of the best of both worlds. It’s literally just the simplest skirt that any competitor on Project Runway could make with their eyes closed. (Does it not scream cool girl Ashley Nell Tipton to anyone else?)

But guys, IT’S SO BRIGHT! And it’s SO TEAL!

Outfit details: vintage patterned clutch, purple nails, gold ring

I did the only thing I could think of to tone it down for daytime – I wore it with a basic from my closet. Cue this sleeveless chambray shirt to the rescue. It can literally go with anything as evident by this teal skirt, this bodycon skirt, and even this floral romper.

If you swap out this vintage clutch for a purse and it’s exactly what you’d catch me wearing for an afternoon of thrifting.

Next time you’re out thrifting, instead of being intimidated by crazy vintage pieces, think of how you can wear them with basic pieces, even if they, too, are vintage. (This top is totally ’90s!)

Purple pixie cut, gold medallion necklace, vintage patterned clutch
outfit-details-02Teal skirt – $2 (thrifted)
Sleeveless top – $1 (thrifted)
Clutch – .50 cents (thrifted)
Necklace – gift
Red lipstick – Stoplight Red by Wet’n’Wild

Shoes – the world may never know


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  • Lee

    Beautiful skirt! Love the color!! also that clutch is adorable

  • Mary

    I think this skirt is really great. You can wear that year-round. I can see it in cooler temps with a turtle neck and boots, even.

    • You bet! Styling it for winter is my next challenge. 😉

  • Anna Martin

    The mix of blues with your hair, top and skirt. So good! <3 I needed this. I have a beautiful teal skirt that isn't getting much wear, because the color is so bright and I freak out pretty much every time I look at it. Hahaha. I love the softness of this outfit. The colors you chose really worked well!

    – Anna

    • You have the coolest style ever and can wear anything. I hope to see you in your teal skirt soon!

  • Emily

    This outfit is so goood! I struggle with NOT wearing prints because I’m a crazy person. But you’ve inspired me to give it a try.

  • nmettille

    That bag is a gem. I love how the print on the bag and the color of the skirt complement the simple shape and classic shirt to make the perfect balanced outfit.

    • I hadn’t looked at it like that but you’re absolutely right. Good eye!

  • Ana Valentin

    That clutch is seriously such a statement piece! Also, that teal skirt is amazing and I need one just like it! It’s such a versatile piece! Hope youre doing well!

    • I often see these kinds of skirts in a million colors at the thrift store. Just buy one and GO FOR IT! You’ll love it. <3

  • Sarah Poet

    The teal skirt is awesome- I bet at the thrift store it was like “BAM” into your face..and how can you deny clothing when it screams at you? Haha. The outfit is adorable, especially the clutch!

    I actually featured a bright skirt on my blog recently too- it would be awesome if you could check it out! My blog is

    • Honestly? I passed the skirt by the first time I saw it. lol I was like “What the heck will I wear that with? I don’t need it.” But then that little voice in my head said to go back for it. Thank God for that little voice!!

      I’m going to need to see that skirt. Thanks for commenting and sharing your link, Sarah! 🙂

  • Rebecca | Three Things Great

    I think a teal skirt actually can be a wardrobe staple. Teal actually goes with a wide range of colors (black, white, red, yellow, purple) and is somehow classic yet fresh! I just picked up a teal pencil skirt from J. Crew earlier this year that I love. Also, you know that if you see something in a J. Crew catalog you know it won’t be going out of style anytime soon.

    Rebecca |

    • So much truth in your comment! Thanks, Rebecca. 🙂

  • I tried very hard on my monthy thrifting trip today to get at least a FEW basics and I actually did exactly that.. I came home with 3 basics! Haha. It was a light grey blouse, burgundy pants, and a feminine black clutch with a long strap. I plan on trying even harder when I go back soon!

    Ps- I love the way you styled that skirt! Your style is so perfect.

    • Yay! I’m so proud of you. You go, girl!