Elegant Skirts from The Modest Mom – A Giveaway!

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As I mentioned earlier today, having a holiday wardrobe ready a few weeks — or months — prior to all the parties, plays, concerts, and festivities, can really set one’s mind at ease. Thanks to my mother-in-law, my boys always had cute little suits to wear for Christmas during my early parenting years. Trouble was, I was the one scrambling for something to wear on the eve of the big event.

Usually, my closet and bedroom would be a wreck before we headed out for the evening. And I’m sure I tried on ten outfits if I tried one. Between baby stains and a fluctuating waistline, my “wardrobe” as it were has been all over the map.

In recent years, I’ve gone through fits and spurts trying to keep a few nice things on hand for special occasions. Remember I am not a fashionista. But, over the years I’ve learned to keep lots of mix and match pieces in a few basic colors, black being one of them.

So, a nice black skirt is definitely a must. Especially near the holidays.

Recently, The Modest Mom sent me one to try out. And I am so excited to add this to my wardrobe.

I chose the Long Ruffled Skirt in black, thinking it would be feminine, but versatile for a number of occasions. While black is simple, I can change the look with different shoes. Right now it works for a wedding or date night paired with sandals and short sleeves. Come cooler weather, heels and a sweater will work great.

An added plus is that the fabric is not see-through, like so many other skirts I see. I consider this an added plus so that I don’t have to mess with a slip. Yeah! Love that!

The Modest Mom is a small business owned and operated by a mom just like you and me. Caroline and her sister create custom-made skirts, including maternity sizes, in a variety of fabrics. They also sell a wide selection of gently used maternity tops for very reasonable prices. So, if you’re planning on a baby after the holidays, you’ll want to check out what they’ve got available.

This week 1 winner will each receive a custom-made skirt from The Modest Mom.

Ways to Enter:

There are three ways that you can enter this giveaway. Pick one, pick ‘em all.

1. Leave a comment, telling us your about your favorite special occasion outfit to wear.

2. Follow @TheModestMom and @FishMama on twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Then come back here and leave a separate comment with your twitter handle, telling me you did so.

3. Subscribe to LifeasMOM in a reader or via email and leave a separate comment, telling me you subscribe.

This giveaway will be open until Sunday night, August 1st at 8 pm, PST. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. You have 48 hours from the time I send the email to respond, otherwise I reserve the right to choose another winner.


– Disclosure: The Modest Mom provided one skirt for review as well as one for giveaway. I was not compensated to post positive comments. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

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  1. My favorite special occasion outfit is a long black stretch-velvet dress that my now-husband bought for me the first Christmas we were dating. Still fits. Still works for innumerable occasions! 🙂

  2. I follow FishMama and The Modest Mom on Twitter. My twitter name is @andreaholloman.

  3. I subscribe to Life as Mom on Google Reader.

  4. I love to wear a long black skirt with a fuzzy warm sweater for holiday parties!

  5. My favorite special occaision outfit is my black skirt with my purple argyle sweater. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. My favorite special occassion outfit is a long black skirt, with white stitching around the ends. I usually pair it up with a colorful jacket (depending on the season).

  7. I don’t have a favorite outfit like this…that’s why I need to win this giveaway!

  8. I’m a follower of your blog already! : )

  9. I also subscribe to your feed via reader! and love it!

  10. Right now I don’t have a special occasion outfit. I just had a baby 6 weeks ago so I am in need of some nice clothes. These skirts are beautiful!

  11. Anna Whiteside says:

    I don’t have a favorite outfit, but I have a favorite pair of SHOES! They’re a pair of two-toned pink heels from nine west. A big splurge on vacation a few years ago and rarely worn now that I’m busy chasing my one and three year old!

  12. Looks like a wonderful skirt.

  13. Kimberly Foster says:

    I have one black dress that I bought 9 years ago for a Christmas Party with husband. That dress has been worn every year to the same function (minus the years I was pregnant)! Just worn different ways with added accessories! It was a great steal from 180.00 to 13.00 on the clearance rack!! I get so many compliments from this dress!! Talk about Frugal!!!

  14. When I was a teenager I had a beautiful long plaid skirt in a deep blue and green and a green velvet vest to go over it. I felt beautiful in it. I actually used the skirt as a Christmas tree skirt when it went out of style.

  15. I wish I had a favorite outfit! These days, it just needs to make me feel good (most of my clothes do that now), be the right type for the weather, and fit. Soon, I will need to be able to nurse in it again! Which makes all the above more difficult…

  16. I already followed you on Twitter and I signed up for Modest Mom now!

  17. I have one pair of black pants that I wear for “dress up”. I have not worn a skirt in ages. But this skirt looks great!

  18. AND I have been following you on Google Reader and you are one of my favorite blogs ever!

  19. I subscribe, too.

  20. I could use something from here…I’m not big into dressing up — jeans and a nice shirt for me, lol 🙂

    thanks for the chance!

  21. I subscribe via Google Reader


  22. Christine says:

    My favorite outfit was a pair of black pants w/ a flowing burgundy A-line top. I say “was” because I have lost 50 pounds and it no longer fits. 🙂 I currently don’t have a special occasion outfit because I am barely keeping up w/ the casual clothing since my size keeps changing. But it is a good problem to have! 🙂

  23. I had a newborn last fall and don’t have any special clothes that fit now. Would love to have a black versatile skirt.

  24. I too have a long black skirt that can be dressed up or down with different shoes.

  25. I subscribe via google reader

  26. My favorite dressy outfit is a versatile stretchy teal colored dress from REI of all places. I love it. So comfy. I’m wearing it now with flip flops in fact. But it also looks great in heals with some fancy jewelery.

  27. I subscribe in Google Reader.

  28. I don’t have one favorite special occasion outfit, but I do have several classic “go to” pieces. A beautiful black stretch velvet shirt and a black satin skirt are probably my favorite. I’m a very modest dresser in general, but I’m always entertained by people looking grossly uncomfortable in expensive formal clothing that they have to be so careful how they move in! 🙂

  29. My favorite outfit of the summer is a tea length white skirt. I can wear it to almost any occasion. Thank you for the giveaway.

  30. i subscribe to Life as Mom emails.

  31. My current favorite is a long flowy dress taht is so comfy! I wear skirts and dresses 4-5 times a week so a new skirt would be a nice change. Thanks for the chance!

  32. I have a fun black dress that is oh so versatile which is my go to outfit. Problem, though, is it is fitted, and I am 5 months pregnant. No go to outfit anymore:-(

  33. Right now (summer) my favorite “dressy” outfit is a white skirt with eyelet/punched trim, and a brightly colored top or t-shirt. 🙂

  34. I follow you and The Modest Mom on Twitter…I am @AQuietHeart

  35. And I follow Life as Mom in my reader! 🙂

  36. I had the perfect black shirt and skirt combo. I had it for years and could dress it up or down. I lost weight and it had to go. This skirt could be just what I have been looking for! Thanks for the chance to win.

  37. I subscribe via google reader.

  38. Tessa B. says:

    my favorite is a knee length skirts with a cute shirt and flats. that is as dressed up as I like to get, unless I’m pregnant. I liked wearing dresses then. 🙂

  39. Tessa B. says:

    I am subscribed via google reader.

  40. I love long skirts that can be dressed up or dresed down. Thanks for the giveaway, hope to win!

  41. I subscribe via google reader 🙂

  42. My favorite is a black dress. I’m kind of between outfits at the moment now, between pregnancy and nursing, though.

  43. I read your RSS feed in Google Reader.

  44. I rely on a LBL—“long black dress”–that’s modest but versatile, like you’ve described.

    Thank you for entering me….AND for a fabulous blog.

  45. Favorite outfit — my long black stretchy skirt. I have several layer-able tops that can go with it depending on how dressy I want to make it.

  46. followed ModestMom and FishMama and tweeted! = )

  47. and….. subscribed to rss. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  48. I am an RSS Subscriber.

    I LOVE my skirt from the Modest Mom and I need another, so I hope to win!!


  49. I follow both on Twitter and tweeted @VTOrganizeNOW

    I LOVE my skirt from the Modest Mom and I need another, so I hope to win!!


  50. My favorite dress is a simple black dress with white border. I’ve had it for about 8 years and it wears perfectly, never wrinkles and always is in style for any event. I especially take it when traveling.

    However, I LOVE my skirt from the Modest Mom and I have been getting a LOT of compliments on it every time I wear it, and I need another, so I hope to win!!


  51. Danyelle says:

    I have a couple lightweight sundresses that i dress up with jewelry for special occasions during the spring and summer but I don’t have a cool weather outfit.

  52. Danyelle says:

    I subscribe via google reader.

  53. Jennifer says:

    I have a deep purple dress that I wore to a wedding and an anniversary party this summer. With hose and a sweater, it should work for winter get togethers too!

  54. I am so glad to be subscribing via feeder to your site! 🙂

  55. A little black dress or a black skirt and black tank top are my go-to holiday/special occasion outfits, then I add a sweater or colored shirt depending on the season and use a necklace for a splash of color or simply pearls. Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. My favorite special outfit is a black shirt dress that I bought when I finally got back down to pre-maternity weight after my daughter. It cam go from casual to dressy and I always feel pulled together with one piece!

  57. I love having life as mom in my google reader, it makes it easy to stay up to date or catch up quickly!

  58. Like you, I really love basic black pieces with nice accessories to dress them up. I love a good pair of earrings and shoes to finish off an outfit.

  59. eunice b says:

    i love to wear elegant clothing on a date with my dear husband…he likes it, too! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    ~Eunice B
    rsmile2u @dejazzd .com

  60. eunice b says:

    subscribe via RSS

    ~Eunice B
    rsmile2u @dejazzd .com

  61. I have a long blue and grey dress that is probably my most worn outfit- it is comfortable and can be worn with different jewerly and scarves. Would love to get a new dress!

  62. I wish I had a special occasion outfit. Right now I am carrying weight leftover from my pregnancy and have nothing that fits 🙂 That skirt is beautiful.

  63. Sarah H. says:
  64. Sarah H. says:

    I have a beautiful black and white floral dress that I love to wear. Sadly, it’s not conducive to breastfeeding so I’ve missed out on a few chances to wear it this summer. 🙁

  65. I’ve got a great blue/green/black dress at easter time that is really simple in its line and design and as an added bonus my then 18 month old gave it the “pretty” seal of approval (the other two I tried on got a yucky!)

  66. Fun giveaway! I love pieces that stand up over time – I have a long apricot colored dress with big flowers on it that I have worn to summer weddings for the past 15 years or so. For winter I have a silvery shell and a burgundy sweater that I can dress up or down with black skirt or pants depending on the occasion. (You look great in the pics, by the way. 🙂

  67. I subscribe via Google Reader

  68. Black flowing pants (the kind with the chiffon overlay), black wedge sandals with crystals and I have 3 or 4 different tops/sweaters. It is dressy and soooo comfy!

  69. I do not have a special occasion outfit so i would really love to win!

  70. I subscribe through a reader!

  71. Last winter I bought a beautiful shimmery silver skirt with velvet flowers on it. Just gorgeous with a black, velvet top.

  72. I subscribe in Google Reader.

  73. I love dressing up for church…I feel I don’t dress up like I would like to doing the week so it’s my oppruturnity to dress up and worship!!

  74. My favorite holiday outfit was a pair of cream dress pants that I could mix and match with blouses/sweaters and heels to work with any occasion.

  75. I don’t have a special outfit I like to wear. . I am normally the one scrambling before running out the door for the christmas party or pictures. I need to purchase some versitile pieces so it is easier for me to have an outfit to fall back on. I am hoping that I can fit into some of my clothes by the holiday season this year & not keep on this baby weight from just giving birth this month.

  76. Jennifer says:

    I love wearing my red belted dress with black turtleneck. It sounds awful, but looks quite nice!

  77. Jennifer says:

    I subscribe via RSS

  78. I love to wear simple black skirts or pants with cute tops. That is all I have time for with two little ones. I love the skirt!

  79. Right now, since I’m pregnant, my favorite outfit is a pair of preggo jeans w/a poofy, wildly patterned top….sleeveless of course, it’s too hot in Michigan right now! Thanks!

  80. Brenda B says:

    I don’t have a favorite outfit, so I would love to get one!

  81. I subscribe through google reader.

  82. Lea Stormhammer says:

    I bought two fabulous dresses on super clearance (less than $25 each for very high end dresses!) 3 years ago that I alternate between. One is bright red, mid-calf length with buttons down the middle front of the top and the other deep purple and very simple cut ankle length. Both have wide belts that hide ‘problems’ in the middle area. 🙂 Both are long-sleeved and fairly heavy weight though, so they’re out for summer.

    Thanks for hosting this give-away!

  83. Since I’m breastfeeding right now, simple black pants or capris and a few different tops is my fashion statement of choice.:) I love dresses, though! I will miss wearing mine until this little one is a year…

  84. In the winter, I love to wear an ankle-length black velvet skirt with and a gray sweater and sparkly scarf. Now I need a favorite for hot weather.

  85. My fave in the last couple of years has been a pair of fine knit, stretchy, wide leg, black with a bit of sheen, pants topped with any of my well loved bright colored sweaters. This year, after losing about 75 lbs, I have to start over & one of these lovely black skirts would fit the bill nicely :0)

  86. Gina Maddox says:

    I have a long blue satiny dress that I wore on our formal night on our cruise that I love!

  87. Gina Maddox says:

    I subscribe via e-mail!

  88. Gina Maddox says:

    I follow on twitter and tweeted about this giveaway! @thecravetosave

  89. Well, I just ruined my favorite special occasion dress. It’s a beautiful long navy blue dress with a jacket I could remove if the weather was too warm. It’s dry clean only – which I do with Dryel in my own dryer. Unfortunately, it accidentally got scooped up with another load of laundry and washed. It shrunk by several sizes. Ugh.

  90. Jennifer says:

    My favorite special occasion outfit is, ummmm, well, I’m not sure. Probably a black skirt and a nice top with black heels. I love your outfit!!

  91. I’m now following @TheModestMom too!

  92. I have a lovely “little black dress” but we rarely attend functions that are dressy enough for me to wear it!

  93. I folllow you & The Modest Mom on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway – @GirlstoGrow

  94. I subscribe to Life as Mom in my feedreader.

  95. Melissa P. says:

    I have finally lost all of my “baby weight” so my favorite black pants and sweater no longer fit me. Time for a few new things I think.

  96. I subscribe via reader

    jennifer @

  97. and my go to outfit is a red and white polka dot sundress that looks like it’s from the 1950’s. Love it because it’s flattering and it twirls and makes me feel beautiful!

  98. I have a red sweater with little jewels on the zipper that I think looks so Christmas-y! I usually wear it with a long black wool skirt.

  99. I subscribed via Google!

  100. I love a red sweater during the holidays!

  101. Hmmmm, don’t know that I really have a special occasion outfit, so to speak. I do however, have a gray sweater that I don’t get to wear very often, so it usually only gets used to dress up. Thanks for the giveaway!

  102. I follow via google reader!

  103. I have a navy blue dress with white polka dots that’s great for weddings.

  104. My favorite would have to be my green empire cut sweater with a black skirt. Thanks!

  105. My favorite outfit is a black skirt paired with a colorful top. But, I could really use a new black skirt!

  106. Jennifer Foutch says:

    Jeans, black boots, white blouse, and a black blazer. Classic casual.

  107. Jennifer says:

    I have a black dress that I put a little black half-sweater over and that is my usual go to fancy outfit, although for Christmas I love to wear anything red. That skirt in the pic is super-cute on you. ( :

  108. okay, i really loved my wedding dress, but that’s probably not very practical.
    My favorite go to outfit is a skirt paired with an easy top. I find it much easier than a dress for some reason. Maybe because I don’t know as many dresses since I am 6 foot tall.

  109. i read you via google reader

  110. Elizabeth R says:

    A favorite holiday outfit for me is black velvet pants and a cashmere sweater.

  111. Elizabeth R says:

    I subscribe by email 🙂

  112. I really don’t have a favorite dress outfit so I would LOVE a basic black skirt like the one you are wearing.

  113. I already subscribe by RSS

  114. Right now I am 36 weeks pregnant and I have one pair of black pants that are versatile for any occasion-they have to be! As of this past week, I am down to one “nice” top that fits to go with them.

  115. I subscribe via google reader.

  116. I found a slightly below knee length flowered skirt (black background) at Goodwill that I wear with a pink shirt. I love it!!

  117. I’m subscribed via Google reader…

  118. My favorite outfit is actually a maternity skirt and blouse that I can’t wear right now since I’m not pregnant. It is a long, black, velveteen skirt with a beaded red blouse that made me feel so elegant while I was big and pregnant. I’d love to have something like that for when I’m not pregnant!

  119. I subscribe via email.

  120. I like to wear a black dress during the holidays. It is knee length with a bit of gather in the front to hide a small tummy 🙂

  121. Kristen Beecham says:

    I’m trying to transform my closet from a lot of clothes that don’t fit/don’t look right/I don’t like into a closet that has versatile pieces that would work for home, work, and the holidays. I’ve bookmarked The Modest Mom for future shopping.

  122. Kristen Beecham says:

    I subscribe via email.

  123. Dressing up for me right now entails trying to find something – anything that will fit over and around me! I am pregnant with baby #3 and only have about 5 weeks to go…..I am looking forward to wearing my “normal clothes” someday in the near(er) future. I have an orange dress that I love that I normally wear – but my hubby recently asked me when I was going to get rid of it. Come to find out – he hates it! So, I am definitely in the market for something new!

  124. I subscribe. 🙂

  125. Sheila Bailey says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  126. Sheila Bailey says:

    I have one black skirt that I love. It fits great and is so comfortable;however, it’s starting to look its age.

  127. I’m a subscriber.

  128. Since I just had my second kid in 2 years, my default dress up outfit usually involves my “magic pants,” a pair of black pants that are stretchy, but not fitted tightly in the body. I’ve worn them through both pregnancies, in between & after. Plus I’d bought them as a single in college. So they’ve held up for almost 9 years!! But I am sure their life will end soon so I’d love a new skirt to replace them w/.

  129. I don’t have one that is why it would be great to win this.

  130. I subscribe via emails.

  131. My favorite is a little black dress that used to belong to my sister – I borrowed it so many times that she eventually just gave it to me!

  132. I love a LBD that was handed down to me from my sister-in-law. I don’t go out much and have only worn it a few times, but I always get complimented when I do. it makes me feel great.

  133. I subscribe.

  134. I love a basic black dress with a colorful sweater!

  135. I subscribe by google reader!

  136. I love wearing the bridesmaids dress from my best friend’s wedding! She picked a really classy black dress and it is perfect for any occasion from casual to formal depending on what shoes and accessories you pair it with.

  137. I subscribe with google reader.

  138. My fav outfit right now is anything that fits …at 39 weeks pregnant, that’s not much!

  139. I’m a subscriber!

  140. I have a great J.Crew via a consignment store wrap dress, navy voile with tiny raised dots that is my go to summer weddings etc. dress.

  141. I subscribe to your feed

  142. Elizabeth Rotering says:

    I have a lovely yellow dress that I feel gorgeous in. A skirt would be a little more versatile though.
    Hope to win!

  143. I’m an email subscriber 🙂

  144. Can’t say that I have a go-to nice outfit…..this would help!

  145. My favorite outfit is a navy pantsuit that I can dress up with different tops under the coat depending upon the season and the weather. I can wear this outfit all year ’round.

  146. Sadly the only thing I have is a sweater. Much needed upgrades!

  147. I follow both on Twitter and tweeted:
    jennaod @TheModestMom and @FishMama are having a giveaway: Elegant Skirts!

  148. I subscribe to your daily emails!

  149. I telecommute and don’t have to dress up very often, which is why I’m always stuck when I need to. Help! 🙂

  150. I’m a subscriber, and really enjoy the posts. This skirt looks great! I like versatile pieces that can be used over and over for different occasions, and be comfortable. This summer I’ve worn a long brown fluttery skirt. For cooler weather I like a basic pair of black slacks. Will be checking out modest mom.

  151. my fav special occasion outfit is a gauze white skirt & a pink & green nursing shirt

  152. i subscribe via reader

  153. My favorite outfit is the black dress that I can mix with different accessories and shoes.

  154. We never have the need to be too dressy so I really enjoy wearing knee length or longer skirts with a casual top.

  155. Christina says:

    I love long skirts with a variety of tops!

  156. Christina says:

    I subscribe via email

  157. Mary Smith says:

    My favorite was a bright red pant suit that I bought while pregnant but due to a new medication & 40 lb weight gain, I can no longer wear it.

  158. Mary Smith says:

    I subscribe via email

  159. I have a black pants suit that I’ve had for 5 years that I wear for parties. The skirt is so cute I would love to have it!!

  160. I haven’t had a special occasion outfit for years. I do remember having one about 15 years ago. I worked part time at a fabric store and one of our perks was that we were able to make models for the store to use for free. After hanging in the store they were ours to keep. I made a matching mother daughter dresses for my then 2 year old. She is now almost 17 so of course that has been many years ago.

  161. Probably a favorite is a simple flowery skirt with brown boots and a white dressy shirt – found the shirt and skirt at a thrift store too!

  162. My favorite special occasion outfit is a little black dress. It is so versitile. Funerals, Weddings, Holiday gatherings. It works all the time and it makes me look thinner which is always a plus!

  163. I love simple skirts with pretty tops!

  164. blog follower via google reader

  165. I don’t actually have a special occasion outfit either–that is why I need a new skirt! 😉

  166. I also don’t really have a special occasion outfit, though I would say that I like something comfortable that I can chow down in (nothing too tight).

  167. My favorite dress-up outfit is a black dress. Perfect for everything! Thanks for the chance to win!

  168. Nothing beats a little black dress with a funky pearl necklace for me :).

  169. I subscribe to your blog via email.

  170. Wish I had a special occasion outfit! I just had a baby so my old stand by is on stand by for a few months :~)

  171. I have a black skirt I wear with a variety of tops, depending on if the occasion is more casual or more formal. Your new one looks great on you.

  172. I subscribe to your blog by email. 🙂

  173. I usually wear a pair of black pants with a top. I could really use a skirt : )

  174. my favorite is a dress i bought last year for my husbands christmas party. it is a deep purple and it hides all the belly which u have too much!

  175. i subscribe to email

  176. Since DH retired 6 years ago, we haven’t had any “fancy schmancy” special occasions (like the Air Force ball), so I don’t have a dress that is truly for special occasions. But, I do have a nice dress that I like to wear to weddings. :o)

  177. I subscribe by email.

  178. Following you both on Twitter and I retweeted the tweet about the giveaway posted @TheModestMom.

  179. I love dressing up for date night.

  180. I’m a subscriber.

  181. I’m in that same position of scrambling for something nice to wear. I do have a really nice skirt for the winter that is a heavy tweed skirt that I pair with boots and a black sweater. It ends up looking dressy and classic.

  182. I also have a black skirt- I love to pair with a pretty sweater & nice shoes- or a dressy shirt. I love versatility!

  183. I’m an email subscriber

  184. I have a simple black dress, just below the knees (I hate my knees) that tends to be my easy go-to if needed. I can dress it up or change it with jewelry or different shoes.

  185. Rosalind W. says:

    I have a black knit lycra dress that can be worn with all different kinds of accessories! It has a nice, full, drapey skirt and it doesn’t wrinkle. I always feel thinner when I wear it. Everyone needs a dress like that! Believe it or not, my husband bought it for me as a gift. He made a great choice!

  186. I subscribe to Life As Mom in yahoo reader.

  187. I have black pants and a black skirt that I wear to dress occasions.

  188. I am an email subscriber.

  189. I just bought a black dress and sweater to wear to a wedding.

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