Shop Talk: How to Style Skirts for Spring and Summer

Shop Talk: How to Style Skirts for Spring and Summer

Plus, a roundup of new local spas and services

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Photos by Michael Ventura

Silver Spring fashion designer Betsy Garcete, above, thinks all women can look great in a skirt, regardless of their shape, age or size. That’s why she created Zophia, a line of custom pencil skirts, in 2010. The high-end, curve-hugging beauties ($499 each) come in fabrics such as luxe tweed and champagne-hued faux leather. Each one is hand fitted and sharply tailored using eight separate measurements. We asked Garcete how to style skirts for spring and summer.

What’s your favorite way to wear a pencil skirt?

The nice thing about pencil skirts is that they can be dressed up or down. For work, you can wear one with a simple white blouse tucked in and a sleek pump, and it’ll look French. Or on the weekend, put a pencil with a T-shirt and slip on skate shoes.

What about minis?

I love a mini with a button-up blouse and either flats or platforms. You can even make it look truly 1960s by wearing a suede one with tights.

What’s the best fabric to buy a skirt in?

When I’m making my own skirts, I just go for things that seem wearable and high quality. And when in doubt, darker colors can be so flattering.

Are skirts easier to wear than pants?

No, because I do think you have to be more careful with what shoes you wear with most skirts. And pants make it easier to hide figure imperfections. But that is why a well-fitting skirt is important; if it follows the curves of your body, well, anyone can wear a skirt.

What about maxi skirts? Are they still a good option?

I think so, especially ones that are sequined, feathered or printed for the evening. A woman gets bonus points if she wears one of those with a simple white T-shirt.

Zophia skirts are available by appointment only;

Slip These On

There’s something about warmer temperatures (and tanner legs) that make us want to put on a skirt.  We found lots of great options at local stores

Julia Farr’s flippy “Alexandria” skirt in teal tweed brings boss-lady cred to blazers and blouses. $255 at Julia Farr in Washington, D.C.

A splatter-print midi skirt by Sugarlips would sizzle with a trim top in summer’s hot-as-the-sun coral. $48 at Current Boutique in Bethesda

Rebecca Taylor goes girly with this floral mini, a distinctly 1990s-revival feeling piece that, with a denim jacket and T-shirt, could go to the farmers market or the movies on weekends. $295 at Bloomingdale’s in Washington, D.C.

Ann Taylor’s striped, mid-calf charmer brings a French vibe to weekend looks, or could be combined with a simple white blouse for a crisp work outfit. $129 at Ann Taylor in Mazza Gallerie in Washington, D.C., and Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda

Michael Stars’ denim A-line skirt summons a breezy, 1970s vibe. Try it with a floral blouse and chunky heeled sandals. $188 at Luna Boutique in Bethesda


Fresh Takes

A roundup of new local spas and services

Hands on Demand

Recently launched massage-on-demand app Zeel sends a licensed masseuse to your door as quickly as within an hour for 60-, 75- or 90-minute rubdowns. Options include Swedish, sports, prenatal or deep-tissue techniques, and the rate is $116 per hour in Maryland and $129 in D.C.



Smooth Services

Potomac’s Shobha Tummula was expecting to open the second D.C.-area branch of her hair-removal salon, Shobha, in April in the new Galvan at Twinbrook mixed-use development.

In bright digs that look like a boutique hotel, expect defuzzing services for women and men, including sugaring, waxing and laser-hair zapping, plus eyebrow threading. A single brow-threading session is $22, and a three-pack series of bikini-line sugaring treatments is $139.

Shobha, 1800 Rockville Pike, Rockville,

New Spa on the Block

In plush wood- and stone-accented digs, a jumbo new branch of a Texas-based chain called The Woodhouse Day Spa plans to open this year in North Bethesda. Choose from 70 body and beauty treatments, including an 80-minute, four-hand massage performed by two therapists ($320). The spa’s own cosmetics, many using natural elements such as lavender or seaweed, star in most services.

The Woodhouse Day Spa, North Bethesda Market, 2 Paseo Drive, North Bethesda, 240-317-3114,

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