How often do you wear a skirt? If you are in the office, maybe daily. Working from home, very rarely? I try to make myself wear a skirt at least twice a week, to get me out of jeans (I'm in the country as you know). Most of the time a skirt feels dressed up, fancy, like we are off somewhere, so to wear hanging out at home, just feels a bit strange. You've probably got many skirts, of many varieties hanging up, waiting for a moment, an event, an outing, a luncheon, a theatre trip.
Well, you'll be pleased to hear that Skirts are back. Of all shape, print, colour, fabric. Its like they have been dragged out from the wardrobe and hung back on the rails again. I haven't seen so many variations of skirts on net a porter for ages! Its a great moment for skirts and its time to revive your own or purchase a new one for this season.
There doesn't seem to be a rule in the style of skirt you wear and to prove this I've picked five different styles from Designer to High Street to show the trends. Its fabulous for all of us who are bored of culottes and skinny jeans and who don't love their legs (many of the skirts are long, tiered, ruffle variety, yes please)
I'm so excited about finding some skirts in my clients wardrobe and dusting them down for SS17.
Here are my top 5 styles..
Top Tip, the more busy and complicated the skirt, the more simple your top and shoes must be. We must keep the look modern and not old grannie or mumsie!
1. The Black Ruffle Skirt
Well this is a fit and flare black skirt with a difference! check out that front ruffle! I love this piece by Rachel Comey at Selfridges. This is a great update for a black skirt (I mean when did you last wear a black skirt?!) These ruffles are going to be repeated so much on the high street and a great work update to wear with white shirt or pop a simple colour silk top on the top and take the skirt out. Go tango!
This is a fantastic copy from Zara. I think its easier to wear and the slim cut on the hips will allow this skirt to be worn in the office and to the restaurant after work. Here it is shown with simple block sandals. A very cool, minimal look for Spring.
2. The Shocking Pink Ruffle
Pink is having a big revival this Spring/Summer and why not take the trend on a skirt. This absolutely gorgeous silk ruffle skirt by Michael Lo Sordo at Net a Porter would be a perfect look for a black tie ball or summer garden party?
Or for something shorter and a fraction of the pice try this pink number, again by Zara
3. The Romantic floral maxi skirt
This beautiful soft flowing skirt with delicate ruffles all the way to the bottom would be a wonderful look for a summer wedding. Wear soft metallic accessories and delicate footwear to keep the look light and pretty. This one is from Vilshenko at Net a Porter and comes with a matching blouse so you can do the full on floral look. Very Edwardian.
Anthropologie is doing a similar look for Spring Summer. I love this soft duck egg blue and floral print. It has a vintage, thrift store feel to it. Quirky and feminine.
4. The asymmetric floral midi.
This look is not one we've done for years but its a refreshing look for spring. A floral midi skirt that has an un-even hem is less mumsy worn with white trainers and a simple knit. I love this one by Theory at Net a Porter.
Warehouse has some great floral midi skirts for new season. This bright green, red floral on a black background looks dynamic and could work now with black boots and sneakers / bold sandals in the summer. Just add a white fitted t-shirt and a leather biker or bomber to keep the look modern.
5. The buckled leather mini
Ok so if ruffles and florals aren't your thing lets look to Gucci. Buckles on leather? why not..go for it. Love this look by Gucci - for now black tights and a simple polo neck would do the trick.
6. Go Graphic with your print.
If leather really isn't your thing, try a bold colourful graphic print. This fabulous graphic check by Vivienne Westwood will work well with simple top and brogues.
This is my favourite skirt right now! By Topshop. Love the red, black and cream and the black waist band would be incredibly flattering too acting as a belt. Wear with simple top and bottoms for a modern new look.
So which skirt will you work this Spring? I"m opting of the bold Topshop one and I'm off up the loft to dig out my old favourites from 2003 (just must buy some white trainers first!)