This winter, I've discovered a love for statement skirts. Having been someone who never really wore skirts, this is quite a departure for me. I think Boston was the catalyst as I needed a smart/casual option for wearing over there on the days we had singing engagements that led straight into free time. While trying to do my capsule wardrobe, I found a short wool skirt from Marc Cain (in Deja Vu) and realised it looked great with flat black shoes - which are super comfortable and perfect for wearing sightseeing. So that skirt was worn LOTS over in Boston and I really loved that I didn't feel too overdressed - always an issue for a jeans lover.
When I came home, I was back in Deja Vu and Ruth showed me the same black skirt in a grey leopard print colour way, which had been left in by the same person. It had to be mine and led to a sudden interest in slightly more interesting skirts. So here's my current collection of statement skirts - all modelled with the plainest of plain black tops/tights...showing just how easy they are to wear.
Starting with that grey leopard one:
Next up, an oldie. This is from the Marni for H&M collection a few years back. This was actually a pencil skirt when I bought it but it was too formal looking on me so I chopped a few inches off and now wear it regularly:
I got this pleather one a couple of months back, inspired by one of my choir friends who totally rocks hers. I've not really worn it as much as I thought I would (outside of choir) but I think that's a thing with pleather - it takes a bit of getting used to. I have plans to wear this more this winter.
Finishing with my most recent purchase from Boden. I had a red skirt before and used to wear it quite often but the shape wasn't great on me so I prefer this one and it's perfect for this festive time of year too. I bought the petite fit as I've quite short legs and I didn't want it to be too long. The material is a soft velvety cotton material so it's lovely and soft.
So that's my current collection.....and I won't rule out adding a couple more during the sales :). What I will say is that for me, skirts are more likely to be a cooler weather item. I still can't quite get my head around bare legs with a skirt as short as these - but who knows after a winter of becoming accustomed to wearing them?
I should say that the shoes throughout are my Elena Loafers from Seven Boot Lane (size 39). I honestly can't speak highly enough of these. They're so comfortable and get compliments every time I wear them - I think it's the pony skin front detail. Well worth the investment.
Finishing with a couple of outfits from the weekend. Sunday saw me doing some (more) last minute 'bits and pieces' shopping. I bought this sleeveless jacket in Tipperary the last time I was down and have struggled to wear it since. But I love it over my Lidl faux leather jacket and it was the perfect outfit for a couple of hours in hot shops.
Sleeveless Jacket - Street One
Black Pleather Jacket - Lidl
Distressed Jeans - Kings of Indigo (via TK Maxx)
Grey oversized Knit - H&M (past season)
Leopard Scarf - eBay
and a going out outfit from Saturday night when my mother in law treated us all to a celebratory dinner in The Merchant Hotel - the only establishment where it's acceptable to take a bathroom selfie (in my opinion!). The French Connection short sequinned dress got another night out with me - its third this month. Definitely a good buy and the current front-runner for New Year's Eve.
I am sporting a new clutch bag in this photo - sent to me by the same people who make the gorgeous Avarca sandals - Palmairas de Menorca. It's perfect for these nights out as it's big enough to fit everything into but it's not too sparkly so I'll be happy to use it during the summer too when I'm wearing my matching sandals :)
Hope you're all having a good week so far and there's not too much pre-Christmas stress in the air. I could do with the kids being in school this week I have to say....finding it hard to fit everything in hence I'm on a late night jaunt to Boucher Road in a few minutes. Wish me luck!