My Custom African Print Full Skirt

Skirts have been having an extended moment for a few seasons now.  Shout-out to all fellow skirt-lovers!  This fall, one of my favorite skirts—the voluminous, full skirt—has emerged as a dominant trend.

On a trip to NYC in September, I had a full skirt made with African fabric at a tiny shop in Harlem.  I wore the skirt to the St. Louis Louis Fashion Blog Awards and couldn’t wait to wear it again.  So, here it is again.  This time, I paired the skirt with a button-down shirt that I tucked in.  A bow belt, studded clutch, and chunky gold jewelry add finishing touches.

African print full skirt 3c
Location: Lily Ponds & Shelter, Tower Grove Park, St. Louis

African print full skirt 8c

African Print Full Skirt_Economy of Style 1c


Skirt—Custom-made by Yara African Fabrics 

Belt—Forever 21 | similar
Shoes—Fergalicious via Famous Footwear*

Bag—Rebecca Minkoff via TJ Maxx

Earrings—Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack | similarsimilar

Necklace—Vince Camuto via TJ Maxx | similar

Rings—Vince Camuto via Nordstrom Rack | similar

Watch—Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack


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  1. Anonymous
    November 5, 2013 / 2:18 pm

    Hi. I'm not a blogger but I'm a dedicated reader of your blog: I read it on the bus everyday on my way to work! I must say you look fabulous! And I totally see myself wearing a combo like this soon. Thanks for the inspiration……

    • November 5, 2013 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you so much for reading! I'm so happy to hear that you've found inspiration here.

  2. November 5, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    Beautiful fabric, i love the entire look!

    • November 5, 2013 / 3:54 pm

      Thanks, Nikki! The fabric store in Harlem has so so so many fabric choices…it was tough to pick one. I can't wait to return for more.

  3. November 5, 2013 / 3:48 pm

    That skirt is so pretty – love the shape too! So the shop sells fabric but makes clothes too? I may need to check that one out, I think African print fabrics are gorge!

    • November 5, 2013 / 3:56 pm

      Thanks, Lisa. Yes, it's a fabric store, but there's a tailor on site who can make anything you want. I only paid $45 and that included the cost of the fabric too.

  4. November 5, 2013 / 5:37 pm

    I LOVE this print! Would love to have something like this.

    • November 6, 2013 / 1:36 am

      Thanks so much, Laila! The process of getting this skirt made was so easy and affordable at the Yara store in NYC.

  5. Anonymous
    November 6, 2013 / 12:36 am

    Its amazing that it takes reading Economy of Style blog to find a diamond in your own backyard. The skirt is fab & I will be visiting Yara's soon.

    • November 6, 2013 / 1:38 am

      Word! I wish I lived in Harlem. Definitely visit Yara soon! I can't wait to get back to NYC…I'll have a few more things made there. Thanks so much for reading EOS!

  6. November 27, 2013 / 7:42 am

    I love this outfit, and the length and cut of the skirt is just what I am looking for. I live in Seattle and have no plans on visiting NYC in the near future. Do you think they will do orders online/over the phone? If so, what did you tell them you wanted in this skirt? I really just want a replica!

    • December 1, 2013 / 8:59 pm

      Hey Rachel! Technically, they should be able to do it. They just need your measurements and your fabric choice (the codes for each fabric is listed on their site). This place, however, is a tad laid-back, so there is no telling how they would handle a situation like that.

      I took a photo of what I wanted into the store, so feel free to share my image. I was measured by the tailor. My skirt was ready within 3 days.

  7. November 27, 2013 / 7:44 am

    I really love this skirt! Do you think Yara does phone/online orders? Also, did you just tell them you wanted a full, a-line skirt? I really just want a replica of yours!

    • December 1, 2013 / 9:00 pm

      A photo of what you want is your safest bet, Rachel! Good luck! Let me know if they are able to handle an order by phone.