DIY Fashion Trend #4: Full Sweaters + Full Skirts at Proenza Schouler (and Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta)

Despite an excessive amount of '90s slip dresses, the New York Fashion Week shows featured plenty of wonderfully full skirts. While a few designers paired their mega-skirts with crop tops (like Alice + Olivia), there were much cozier pairings going on at Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen, and Oscar de la Renta; each designer paired their full, flower-like skirts with covered-up volume on top. It was sweaters and shine for Proenza:

 

milkmaid lace at Oscar:

 

and a nipped waist with flowing sleeves at Zac Posen:

 

Although the above looks were all from Spring 2014 collections, am I wrong in thinking that this is the coziest outfit idea ever for fall? Crisp weather is finally, finally here (the first thing I did this morning was pull on a pair of thick cozy socks; pumpkin spice latte, you're next!), so in the spirit of hay rides and back-to-school, I decided to raid my closet for swingy skirts and bulky sweaters and see if I could pull together a sort of Proenza 2.0, wearable right now.

I dug out my trusty pink H&M skirt that I've worn all summer and paired it with a vintage '80s sweater, some socks from the men's section, and the greatest hat I own.

 

 

The look was so comfortable and cozy/breezy that I didn't want to take it off, but I had to try another version — opting this time for head to toe vintage (a cashmere golfing sweater, I know, I know, and a $0.25 floral skirt from Goodwill that goes with everything and yet somehow goes with nothing):

 

 

Ladies, I'm not taking this last outfit off. Ever. It's so cute and autumnal and girly (but freeing--you could work a Stairmaster in these skirts). Yes, I have a feeling I'll be spending the entire fall in voluminous skirts and extra-cozy sweaters, warm drink in one hand, and perhaps a little yellow eyeliner just to remind me that summer was once here.

 

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