Insomniac Sale Picks: Shirts for Skirts

*In this late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Jen requested a few picks for shirts that are the right length to wear with skirts, so here we go:


Modern Woven Top – was $78, now $66.30

So the goal here is to find tops that are slightly shorter in length, since short tops work best with skirts and long tops work best with pants. This is a tough one to tackle as fit will depend on your specific proportions and build, so I’ve had to make some guesses here. As I’ve mentioned, buying petite sizes can help in some cases, but I’ve done my best to pick out some options that may work with skirts.

This model is wearing jeans, but the top hits fairly high on her hips which makes it a good bet for pairing with skirts. Reviewers have noted the short length and also the slightly boxy shape, so this would pair best with slim, pencil-style skirts in most cases. Available in this stripe pattern, mint/coral/tan stripe, solid cobalt, and solid ivory in sizes 2 – 18. Size availability varies by color.


Ponte  Peplum Shell – was $44.50, now $39.99 

The market is flooded with peplums at this point, and many of them are cut shorter than regular tanks and tees. The trick is to find a style that features a waistline that aligns with your own. When you do, this style can be a great bet for wearing with both full and slim skirt styles. This one is available in black, burgundy, and white in sizes S  – XXL. Size availability varies by color.


Tractatus Bow Blouse – was $148, now $79.95

This lovely blouse is 25″ long in front and features a slightly shorter curved back hem. Once again, it’s a bit on the boxy side so likely better for wearing with slim skirt styles. Available in this coral and also in white in sizes 0 – 10.



Amber Sun V-neck Boyfriend Tee$26

SIDENOTE: I bought these curved-hem tees from Nordstrom to wear with pants, but they also work beautifully tucked into skirts. They’re not short enough to wear untucked, but they are made from a rib knit which makes them fit closely to the body without clinging. Great for tucking. Some colors are on sale for $15.60 and $9.97.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for shirts that are the right length to wear with skirts:

  1. Boden – Unlike many U.S.-based retailers, Boden doesn’t cut their basic tops super long.
  2. Talbots Petities – Again, since petite tops are shorter in the body, they work well. I own a couple of Talbots petite tops and they pair with skirts successfully.
  3. ASOS – Varies by style, of course, but many tops are slightly shorter in the body than the U.S. standard.
  4. And, of course, THRIFT STORES! It’ll be hit or miss, for sure, but since shorter length tops were popular in decades past, secondhand shops are a great resource. ( can help you locate stores near you.)

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9 Responses to “Insomniac Sale Picks: Shirts for Skirts”

  1. Kate

    Sal, speaking of peplums, would you consider a post on making peplums work for you? I bought one but I worry it’s actually quite unflattering on me. (Size 16, tall, somewhat long torsoed, pear shaped.) I’ve searched on the internet and I found a lot of opinions but none that seem to have any definitive guidelines. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

      • Kate

        You are so right about all of the elements needing to align. There are so many ratios to be concerned about–hip to waist and hip to widest part of your body and waist to the widest part of your body–and then you throw in the actual shape of the peplum.

        If you don’t want to tackle it, I surely understand. I’ll check out Alison’s link!

  2. Gigi

    I am surprised that none of the images show the tops WITH skirts!

  3. Marsha

    I buy most of my tops at thrift stores and shorten them myself. Since I’m short-waisted just about all my tops need to be shortened unless I’m going to wear them tucked in. It’s a pretty easy sewing task if the top has a simple bottom edge. Sometimes I make a matching headband or scarf out of the cutoff fabric.

  4. No fear of fashion

    Never thought about wearing a peplum top with a pencil skirt. Which is why I never bought a short peplum, but instead had one make for me which was longer. Tssss. I might order a shorter one for my pencil skirts now. Having no hips this is THE best top for me.
    And I have an item for you to feature: sportswear that go wider on the hips and in at the waist so it looks like I am having a waist. And sportstop for SUMMER with sleeves to my elbow. Now there is a challenge for you. I never found it. Apparently when you go to fitness class (my sport because I hate this less than other sports) you already have the perfect body so you can wear figure hugging clothes.

  5. Molly

    My personal fit issues make knits a standard choice for me–lots of close-fitting, stretchy tanks–and they might offer another, all-purpose option here because they can be stretched down over the hips or scrunched up to be shorter.

    This wouldn’t appeal to everyone, but since my style involves a lot of simple, modern shapes, a little textural scrunching can actually be appealing with, say, a short skirt and tights with knee-high boots.

  6. Anne

    Thanks for the info on top length with skirts. I couldn’t figure out why certain tops look terrible with my skirts. It’s because they are too long! One day I just gave up and tried tucking it in. It looked much better. But I never connected the dots. Thanks for solving the mystery.

  7. AlsoTracy

    I have never heard the idea of shorter tops with skirts and longer tops with pants before. What is the theory behind this guideline? Proportion?