If you buy one thing this A/W, make it a leather skirt – and then wear it to death! Midi, knee length, pencil or A-line, there’s going to be a lot of them around. Marks & Spencer led the way last year but it’s going to be a close run contest this year. The stock for some stores hasn’t dropped yet (expect to see them in H&M and Warehouse soon) but I fear that once it does, the fashion pack will ensure a quick sell out, so if you’re even vaguely tempted, be quick off the mark.
My skirt length of choice is midi but with a bit of fullness to the skirt. I just find that a midi is an easier length to wear than a shorter skirt (everyone else thanks me for it too!) and I like some fullness as it’s easier to take big strides. It’s also a good one for styling up or down. Whether you go silk shirt and blazer, fine knit and trainers or chunky roll neck and boots, it lends itself to lots of different looks. And as anything leather tends to be a little more costly, then ensuring that you’re going to get maximum wear has to be key.
There will be lots of black leather skirts around but for a change, I really like this mock croc green one from Sosandar (£139) It has a good length and just the right amount of fullness to it – so it’s definitely on my list of ones to try.
Coming back to M&S, this leather A-Line skirt in yellow is £199. Now I KNOW that it’s bright – but isn’t it cheery? And for those who don’t fancy something quite as bright as this, it also comes in black.
The reviews are mixed as to the elasticated waistband and people are also sizing down a lot. This one has been available for a while but I suspect that there may be a new one soon, so it’s worth keeping your eyes open. Or just trying to see what you think. There’s that little part of me, the part that goes “oooh go on, it’s a bit different” that’s really tempted. But maybe there’s a reason that it’s still available!
Now the midi length isn’t to everyone’s taste. It can finish at a funny point on the leg and a slimmer fit skirt just suits some shapes better, so this straight style from Jaeger (£350) – which also has a little stretch in it, could be a better option. There’s also a new one due from Jaeger which I saw at their A/W press day, which should be available soon.
Or for an A-line but slightly shorter length, Finery has this fabulous style (£279). You can just see straight away that this one would be great for someone with a smaller frame. It’s still not too smart to style for the every day but oh golly, I’ve fallen a little bit in love with it.
And can I say that I’ve totally distracted myself and gone off point by finding these Baukjen leather trousers (£349) which clearly are not a skirt but which in my head could look all sorts of fab all winter long.
So now that’s a leather skirt AND a pair of leather trousers that I’ve added to my A/W wish list. Oooops!