Now that we’ve had a big round-up of dresses, it’s time to turn our attention to a lovely bit of skirt. For me they have, in the recent past, been largely overlooked. I was always much more of a dress girl, but recently I’ve been veering towards separates. Last year, as a 50-year-old woman, I even rediscovered my teenage love for mini skirts. Never let anyone tell you that you are too old.
Actually, when I was a teenager and wearing my best puffball mini skirt one day, a horrible spotty oik shouted at me across the street: “Nice legs, shame about the face.” At the time I was obviously mortified, but these days I couldn’t give a shit what other people think. I can’t really do much about my face (well, I could, but I don’t fancy plastic surgery). But I can always dress well. I’ll get my legs out if I feel like it, but I think I’ll leave the taffeta puffball number in the past, for now. Let’s have a little look at a few more up-to-date skirt styles…
Let’s start with possibly the easiest skirt to wear. I’m not talking about knee-length grey ones like we used to wear to school – there’s a whole wealth to choose from that are way more grown-up. Combine with a good pair of loafers and a blazer, but add some chunky gold jewellery and bold lipstick to take it away from school uniform memories. We all know that Mrs Bailey would have confiscated your jewellery and frog-marched you to the toilets to ‘wipe that muck off your face’…
- Skims stretch long sleeve body
- Hush Vivienne curb gold necklace
- Aspiga Brittany navy wool cardigan
- Karen Millen tailored buckle detail pleated skirt (use code LTK30 for 30% off all Karen Millen today 22.10)
- Mango houndstooth structured blazer
- Shoe The Bear black leather chain loafers
Reiterating the point that no, you are not too old for a mini skirt. Plus it’s now cold enough for a high denier pair of tights, and we all know how good they are at hiding any leg hang-ups you might have. I stand by Falke being the maker of the best tights money can buy. Not found any better yet. In fact, I tried a few others last winter but they just weren’t as robust. We ladies of a certain age demand robust tights. I love the sixties vibe of these cute shoes from Sézane which would work great with those opaque tights.
- Sezane drop Stella earrings
- Massimo Dutti diamond knit cardigan
- Sezane Claude croc effect leather bag
- Hush Rylee cord mini skirt
- H&M double breasted dark grey coat
- Sezane Paula Babies leather slingback shoes
SILK / SATIN SKIRTS
I took delivery of this silk skirt by the small, female-owned brand The Summer Edit this week. It’s even more beautiful in real life, plus it has an elasticated waist for extra points on the comfort-factor scale. I immediately started outfit planning. I will either wear with my trainers and Rock + Ruby wool socks (yes, it’s ok to wear socks with trainers under skirts or dresses), or if it’s too cold for that, I will wear with secret leggings and Chelsea boots with one of my best chunky jumpers over the top. Also loving the new oversized T‑shirt range from another small female business Bob The Brand.
- Cos chunky pure cashmere turtleneck sweater
- Mango oversized grey bomber jacket
- The Summer Edit navy silk drawstring skirt
- Rock and Ruby wool socks
- Bob the Brand Sisterhood t shirt
- Adidas black and white leather Samba trainers
I have noticed a lot of metallic skirts around over the last few weeks. They will, of course, be great for party season with a good blouse or a camisole top and a heel or a fancy ballet flat, but I think you can get away with wearing them for daytime too. Keep the rest of the outfit simple: just add some good, classic, plain knitwear and an oversized coat.
- & Other Stories oversized wool turtleneck jumper
- Albaray black double breasted coat
- Oliver Bonas metallic shimmer gold midi skirt
- Saint Laurent June quilted leather box bag
- Jigsaw leather Chelsea boots
MIDI / MAXI SKIRT
A nice long cord skirt would be the perfect thing to wear with your knee-high boots. I’m very tempted by these Sézane boots. Really, I need to step away from that website. Repeat after me: ‘you DO NOT NEED THEM’. You already have a pair of suede Sézane boots and they aren’t exactly practical in this weather as it is.
- M&S cable knit crew neck jumper
- Missoma baroque pearl mini hoop earrings
- Boden belted short wrap navy wool mix coat
- BA&SH tan suede belt
- Hush navy corduroy maxi skirt
- Sezane suede knee high Adele boots
LEATHER / PLEATHER SKIRT
Now this is much more practical for the rain. Leather, whether it’s real or not, is ideal for inclement weather. Of course these shoes are less than effective for keeping the rain off, but I’m thinking this could be more of an evening look. My love of sparkly flat shoes is getting a little bit out of control, but I’m always ready to jump onboard a shoe trend that is actually comfortable to wear.
- H&M grey marl crew neck knit jumper
- Monica Vinader heirloom medium silver hoops (use KATEH20MV for 20% off)
- COS oversized double breasted wool coat
- Zara faux leather layered mdi skirt
- Zadig & Voltaire Moonrock studded leather bag
- Sam Edelman gem buckle ballet flats
Next week I think we will have a better look at coats. We do love a good coat don’t we.