Every once in a while, The Sartorialist hits the nail on the head:
Could this woman be chic-er?
About 10 years ago I owned a knife-pleat black, knee-length skirt (from the Gap of all places, back when they actually designed things). I wore it with a Sisley, 3/4 sleeve burnt orange, narrow boat-neck, waist length knit top. It looked just terrific with some lady-shoes I had in patent leather.
The whole outfit has moved on in pieces, gifted here or there to those on whom it might look lovely with an air of novelty. I felt damn fine when I wore it, just like the woman in this photo looks.
Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.