The humble skirt, probably one of my most overlooked items of clothing. If I feel the need for something slightly more feminine I usually reach for a dress as they are so easy. Just the one item of clothing to throw on and the only concern is what shoes to wear. When you go for a skirt you have to work out the top half too. That’s just lazy dressing though, I’m going to try and make a concerted effort to embrace the skirt this summer.
I’ve narrowed this down to 5 types of summer skirt. All based on skirts I own obviously, as this is MY blog so I shall do as I please. I can only hope that it will inspire some of you along the way. As I have mentioned before, I’m not a trained stylist, I’m just sharing the outfits I like and wear. So here we go…
BUTTON THROUGH SKIRT
Well, not exactly button-through, but it does have buttons on it… Artistic license again. This post was inspired mainly by the purchase of this skirt from M&S. Yes, M&S again, even after the excitement of that leopard dress earlier this week! If I hear of it coming back in stock again I will let you know over on Instagram. But, back to the skirt, it’s made from Cheese Cloth! I didn’t realise that was actually a real thing, I thought it was just a name for cotton clothes from the 1970s. Turns out it is an actual type of fabric that is used in the making of cheese! who knew? This is the perfect summer skirt. I will wear mine with a simple T‑shirt and fancy trainers. Gucci will elevate any outfit! For those looking for a really good simple white T‑shirt, Boden do really good quality ones and knitwear from Cos, always a winner, I love the colour of this jumper.
1. M&S Cheese Cloth Midi Skirt
2. Gucci Leather Disco Bag
3. Boden White Crew Neck T Shirt
4. Gucci Ace Embroidered Sneakers
5. Cos Cotton Knit Jumper
Sometimes floral skirts are hard to pull off over 40. So go for ones that are just a little bit racy, maybe a split, or a wrap over that flashes a bit of leg every so often. We might be a bit older, but we don’t want to feel like Great Aunt Muriel just yet. As my friend Tina says, ‘I’d rather be mutton dressed as lamb, than mutton dressed at mutton’, Amen to that! Both these floral skirts have leg slits and would look great with simple white trainers. Don’t be afraid to team your trusty Breton Top with a different pattern. I think it really works.
Still a summer staple, the old faithful denim skirt. In my youth I went for denim skirts that literally only just covered my arse. These days I prefer a more modest version. I still favour the classic button up front, but let’s keep it to a more respectable length. I still think I can get away with a mini-skirt, but only in the winter when accompanied with a 80 denier tight. This denim one from New Look is a winner in blue and in white and only £25. I will pair my denim skirt with this amazing blouse I ordered from Studio B. I saw it on their Instagram while I was on the tube and literally purchased it in the 3 minutes between South Ealing and Acton Town. Instagram is very dangerous place for the impulse buyer!
1. Studio B Karen Mabon Fruit and Veg Silk Shirt
2. Cos Green Silk Knit Cardigan
3. New Look Blue Button Up Denim Skirt
4.New Look Off White Button Up Skirt
5. Veja Mesh and Suede Trainers
POLKA DOT SKIRT
I do love polka dot, it’s rapidly turning into one of my ‘repeat buys’. I should do a blog full of my repeat buys soon. Or have I done that already? I can’t remember. But, polka dots are up there, I have 2 dresses, 4 shirts, and 2 skirts currently. Surely that’s more than any woman needs? I went for day-time look last time I mentioned the polka dot skirt, so let’s dress it up a bit this time. I bought this one from M&S a few weeks ago. How their profits are down is beyond me, I’m practically throwing money at them on a daily basis!
1. Jigsaw Cross Back Camisole Top
2. Reiss Single Breasted Blazer
3. M&S Spotted Ruffle Maxi-Skirt
4. The Outnet Anya Hindmarch Clutch (extra 40% off)
5. & Other Stories Suede 2 Strap Sandals
BLOCK COLOUR SKIRT
If you’d rather not go for patterns or anything too fussy, then the simple block colour skirt might be one for you. I like a skirt in bright colour. It means you can get away with something bold even though it might not necessarily suit your colouring. For example I love yellow, but next to my face it just doesn’t work for me, however a yellow in a skirt is perfect, as I can break it up with more flattering colour on the top half. Is Black a flattering colour? maybe not, but I still love it.
1. Mango Guns N Roses T‑Shirt
2. Cos Silk Top With Tie Waist
3. Jigsaw Colour Block Pleated Skirt
4. Mango Leather Envelope Clutch Bag
5. & Other Stories Pointed Suede Slingbacks
BONUS COLOUR BLOCK SKIRT
Bonus round! just because I love the look of this blue one from Sandro AND it’s in the sale! The sales will all have started by the end of this week I reckon, so there will be bargains out there to be had. I will try and do a quick blog with my sales picks if I have time this week. The Outnet has 40% extra off a load of things this weekend and I know the Net-A-Porter Sale starts tomorrow. If you put things in your basket today they will alert you if they’ve gone on sale. Useful for those high-ticket items!
1. Sandro Colour Block A Line Skirt
2. Next Suede Circle Bag
3. Topshop Wanderlust Slogan Sweatshirt
4. Vans Blue Checkerboard Slip-ons
5. & Other Stories Embroidered Crop Sweatshirt
Of course, MY ultimate skirt has to be this one from Olivia Rubin that I love, own, and have featured on the blog a few times in the past. How do you feel about skirts? Are they a big part of your wardrobe? Or do they lay neglected at the back in favour of jeans and a T‑shirt?