DIY Mini-Skirt Inspiration from Chictopia

festival-style-reverse-skirt_400I love lurking on street-style blogs for many reasons, one of which is the MAJOR DIY inspo I can find there. Looking at the variety of other people’s outfits always gets my creativity wheels a-churning, thinking “oh, I could do this to a skirt I already have!” or “use an applique and you’d be able to make that!” etc.  I find that the street-style blogs geared towards a younger audience ( and, for example) are such a treasure trove of inspiration for embellishment, cutting, studding, and clothing alteration that you can’t find anywhere else (and that you can easily make yourself).  Given that Spring is in full swing already and skirt hemlines are rising, here is some mini-skirt inspiration sourced from Chictopia’s member style photos and shopping section:

festival-style-reverse-skirt_400Tibet Cross Skirt, $47

If you’re one for embroidery, you can embroider little crosses all over a chiffon skirt like in Hetterson’s Embroider a Pine Tree Dress for Frolic! Tutorial.  You could also use fabric cut into cross-shapes, backed with Heat ‘n’ Bond…or even tiny cross appliques.


A DIY tutu is no problem…you just need a couple yards of tulle, a little time, and this great DIY Tulle Skirt tutorial from Cotton & Curls.

buckled-zara-boots-chain-cross-bag-asos-bag-wrap-skort-zara-skirt_400from user STYLELIMELIGHT

Looks like that white Zara wrap skort is suddenly having a moment.  You could totally DIY something similar with a bit of white, stiff fabric using my DIY Simple Wrap Skirt tutorial.

penelopes-vintage-skirt_400Vintage 90s Corduroy Zip-Up Skirt, $30

Create a zipped-up look to any skirt by tacking a zipper down the front.

latiste-skirt_400Aloha Peplum Skirt, $34

Make this yourself by using A Matter of Style’s DIY Peplum Skirt tutorial – it’s so detailed and the finished product is amazing.

satin-elle-jacket-studded-aldo-pumps-wolford-stockings_400from user THECOVERTBOUTIQUE

You could totally change the look of any skirt you own by throwing on a removable peplum over it…I did a tutorial for a puffy DIY Jil Sander Gathered Removable Peplum awhile back, and, Maegan has a great tutorial for a flippy, soft removable peplum of leather (easily converted to use with your favorite fabric).

yellow-cotton-on-shirt-black-stradivarius-shirt-yellow-little-paris-skirt_400from user ZEANVO

I love this pretty yellow skirt with this contrasting black print!  You could DIY this by hand-painting trees onto the bottom of a skirt with fabric paint…or even going the extra mile and making your own DIY Screenprinted Tree Skirt (and my tree image is available here if you’re interested).


Punching Leather Skirt in Black, $58

To DIY this takes a great deal of time and precision…but you could do it to a thrifted leather skirt, using a leather punch and Syl and Sam’s DIY Scalloped Skirt tutorial.

blanco-skirt-blanco-blouse_400from user TWENTY7THINGS

Easily make a wrap-style tulip skirt from a large scarf like Lions, Tigers, and Fashion Oh My!.  Perfect for a beach cover-up or a chic boho look to any outfit!

What are your favorite mini-skirt tutorials?

Happy skirting!



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Is Fashion Racist? Chictopia Article: The Rise of the Asian Supermodel

A great and insightful article posted on Chictopia about racism (mostly regarding the use of Asian models) in fashion.  As someone who spent my formative years in Japan (and getting used to the types of models used in fashion and the media over there ), I found it an interesting discussion about the models used in the West.  To me, whenever I come back to the U.S. from spending some time in Japan, I always have this period of reverse culture-shock, where I watch TV or flip through magazines, and am wondering “Where are all the Japanese and half-Japanese models?”  Then after awhile I get used to it and even stop noticing that Asian faces permeate the media far more infrequently than over there.

Sometimes I wonder why companies, who want to be PC, don’t just split their model usage according to the population demographics of the country they’re targeting.  (For the U.S.: 60% White, 13% Black, 15% Hispanic, 4.4% Asian, 2.3% Multiracial, 0.8% Native Americans/Alaskan native, 0.14% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and 5% “some other race”, mostly being of Latino origin. Source)  Or split the demographics according to world population.  Would that not be the most fair?  Or would people be more in favor of using models that reflect the demographics of the market their targeting (i.e., their customers)?  Or, since fashion is essentially aspirational and idealized, should race be allowed to be a component of that?  Or does it inherently become part of that aspirational quality?

What do all of you think?

Read the Full Article Here



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