I’m sure that I have said this before but skirts can be tricky. Tricky to find in the first place, tricky to find the right tops to go with them and tricky because unlike a dress which is an outfit in it’s own right, they require more thought in terms of shoes and accessories.
Separates are always billed as being the way forward but finding a good, everyday, skirt is no mean feat. Whilst pencil skirts are having a moment, they’re not for everyone.
The skirt that I am wearing below was from Jigsaw last summer. It’s their trench skirt and I liked it for it’s length, its volume which allows me to move around easily, and for the fact that I can put lots of things with it – except tops with buttons as it then looks like there’s a bit of a button fest going on.
For a skirt along similar lines, there’s this Hobbs skirt (£69). It’s an easy fabric in the sense that it’s not too far a departure from jeans – it’s just jeans in the guise of a skirt really – which can be a good starting point. With it’s slight fullness, it is flattering over curvier hips and the wider hem has the effect of making legs look slimmer.
I like to be able to wear my skirts with lots of different shoes, from heels, to brogues, to converse or flat sandals (not asking much am I?!) and for me the Hobbs Millie Derby (£139) would be the perfect complement to this skirt. However for those not so fond of brogues, there are lots of other options that would work equally well. It goes back to this being the skirt version of jeans really.
This French Connection skirt (£65) has a great print on it. It too is fuller in the skirt and therefore requires a fitted top to counteract that, so as to keep the silhouette neat. Depending on your height, it’s designed to be knee length, as opposed to mid thigh or midi. Again, one to be worn with heels or brogues, it could take you from a sunny day out with flats and a strappy vest, to a night out with heels and a silky top.
The challenges that tall ladies face in finding a skirt with enough length to it are just as great as those faced by petite ladies who find lots of skirts too long.
This Pixel python skirt (£95) from French Connection is more of the midi variety – depending on your height – and arguably requires slightly more styling to keep it out of frumpy territory. However, that can be done with the usual suspects which I use to “rescue” outfits from going down the wrong route. These might include a denim shirt, some neon jewellery, a biker style jacket, a silky fitted top and shoes in the shape/style of the season. We all know how the “right” shoes can make all the difference to an outfit.
The Crochet pencil skirt (£87) also from French Connection comes in dark blue as well as this pretty cream/ivory colour. When thinking about what types of skirts to include in this post, it reminded me of a navy Mango pencil skirt that I find really useful in both summer and winter. It’s great in the winter with thick tights and a short fitted jumper and in the summer with lighter weight shoes and a denim shirt, breton style top or a pink vest top. There’s also a cheaper one in Next – just go to the webite and search for skirts/blue and it should come up on that page.
I love this Zara pencil skirt (£29.99) for its print. It’s so pretty and there are lots of colours which could be picked up in a top to go with it. The Zara blazer which I wrote about yesterday comes in a fantastic blue colour which goes with this skirt perfectly, for anyone needing a smarter outfit. It too has a decent length to it but don’t be put off if at first instance it appears an inch or so too long. If heels don’t take it to the perfect length for you, having it turned up even slightly makes it look completely different. For me, the length that it is shown at below is about right but sadly not all of us are as tall as the model!
This skirt is a great style and the polka dots keep it really young and fresh. The Next flippy skirt (£28) is a good price. It is shorter in length and the fabric and shape make it a really flattering style for ladies with curvier hips.
For those ladies who prefer to keep largely covered up but don’t mind flashing a little leg through a side split, the Hush maxi tube skirt (£40) could be perfect. Some maxi style skirts and dresses have way too much fabric in them adding pounds and drowning out smaller frames. However the neater lines of this skirt avoid that and are good for those ladies who perhaps aren’t quite so fond of their knees/lack of tan/blemishes/veins – and I include myself within this category – but who don’t want to wear trousers all year round either.
Hopefully that may have given you some ideas as to where to head now that the warmer weather has, hopefully, arrived and because skirts are now, hopefully, going to be an option (as was mine until the sun went in and the jeans went back on)!