I wear this skirt so much, but noticed I'd never featured it on the blog. That had to change, because it gives me an opportunity to tell you about the maker, Da-Rue of California. Over the years I've accumulated a few of their skirts, and they are nothing short of incredible. I'm not being compensated in any way by Da-Rue of California, I just happen to enjoy their clothing.
It looks like silk, but is in fact, synthetic. Wash and wear, never needs ironing, and the colours stay fast through years of washes. The pleats look as good after hours of sitting as they do when I pull it out of the wash. My Da-Rue pleated skirts are the reliable items in my wardrobe that never get packed away as they are essentially, "season-less." If I sound like a fan, it is because I am. Sure, I'm the sort of person that gets excited over a pleated skirt, but I also find excitement in the rare, well-made item of clothing. This is a brand worth keeping an eye out for.
A pleated skirt that's flattering? It shouldn't work, and yet...at 5'2 I don't look dumpy in my Da-Rue skirts. Wish I could say the same of some others hanging in my cupboard. Side note-the squirrels have been leaving hunks of seed they raid from the bird feeders in my plant stand. Now that the plants are inside, they use the empty planter as a launching pad up to the feeder. Guess it is time to clean it up, and bring it in. You should have heard the rumpus down there the last couple of nights-you'd think they were having a wild party or something.
The print on this particular skirt is just so perfect. Today I'm wearing it with a silky blouse and jacket, but it works just as well with a solid polo neck, or a cotton tee in the summer. I've worn it with a tailored suit jacket, with cardigans, and everything in-between. There are so few things I own that go easily between casual and dressy, but my Da-Rue skirts manage the job.
This is my solid coloured Da-Rue in the beautiful faux silk material. That stretch waist is forgiving because this photo was taken last year, and after a year of illness my waist no longer looks like that (*mutters about mega-doses of steroids and antibiotics*). I can still wear the skirt though, and it is still flattering!
I'm going to make an effort to post more of my "everyday teaching clothes" along with the vintage posts. Monday-to-Friday I tend to favour the skirt/blouse combo (not always, as evidenced by yesterday's towel-dress) but enough that it might be interesting to post what I pull off the hanger at 6 AM.
Up there-that's where the squirrels plot their takeover of the human race. They might well succeed.
Don't mess with me squirrels. Do Not. If you think I won't come after you because I'm dressed nice, you're wrong. This skirt? Da-Rue. That means, "washable and squirrel-proof" in human speak.