A timeless wardrobe is an iconic wardrobe. It's why the inspiration behind every Senza Tempo item comes from a style icon from real life or the silver screen. The Estella skirt is no different.
The 1998 film Great Expectations features a green skirt and cardigan ensemble by Donna Karan worn by Gwenyth Paltrow is one of the most iconic looks in modern movie history that still resonates today. It’s one of those outfits that I remember that made me love the monochrome look even when it wasn’t all black. This movie came out the year I graduated from college and I filled my new work wardrobe for my city life with long skirts and purchased items with an eye for creating monochrome ensembles. It’s probably one reason I look to create so many ensembles for Senza Tempo today like the Pat and Claire I — they can be so hard to find.
The Estella is a midi length instead the full maxi skirt that was so popular in the 90s. This was done out of practicality. You still get the long, lean, streamlined look without having to get it altered to fit your height as one often has to do with a full maxi style to get it just right. I wanted to make this style easy without losing that sleek, minimalist 90s vibe.
I added a front split for ease of movement, for aesthetics and it just makes it a little sexier. It takes more time to sew to incorporate this type of detail, but I felt it increased the versatility of the skirt to make it breezier in the warm summer months. Yet in the fall, you can pair it and show off your high boots. You can opt for a pair of chunky sandals like Gweyneth wears in the film for a full 90s retro look.
The skirt is part of the Four Piece Flexible Wardrobe Capsule of the heavier weight deadstock micromodal, along with the Pat tunic, Claire I pant and Marisa dress. It’s the perfect capsule set for when you are ready to jet off somewhere. The fabric is lightweight and packs perfectly, it just needs a steam and spray of wrinkle release to be ready to go when you are.