The fashion equivalent of the Madonna/whore complex. A paradox in itself. Is it girly and innocent or overtly sexy? I’m not here to argue either side because, frankly, it can be both. And what you decide to pair with that skirt can obviously teeter it one direction or the next. So I say; don’t give it any help. Keep them guessing.
The perfect example: Liv Tyler in Empire Records. The pleated skirt paired with combat boots and a loose (albeit it cropped) sweater and no makeup. The perfect combination to keep the paradox alive (it went well with the character’s personal conundrums as well but I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it yet, and you should, it’s a classic.) Don’t go too girly; stay away from Peter Pan collars and knee high socks or you’ll end up looking more Lolita than Liv. The same goes for low cut tops, knee-high boots or anything else overtly sexy. Keep the rest neutral and your attitude will shine through instead outfit.
On me: vintage t-shirt, my boyfriend’s vintage French labour jacket, a 6-year-old American Apparel (rip) skirt, and classic chucks.
*There could be a conversation about whether or not this skirt is age appropriate. One I’ve had with myself several times when I’m walking down the street and I pass girls half my age wearing their school uniform. But then I brush it off because, well, it’s 2017 and if Baddiewinkle can wear wtf she wants, so can I.