And we're back to the 70's.
It's got to be a suede skirt. There is a high chance that this Spring, I will end up looking like an extra from The 70's Show. I fear I am starting to get obsessed.
My theory on this is that all these fabulous outfits were around when I was a young girl and possibly were the start of my love affair with fashion - I aspired to be as awesome as those Angels belonging to Charlie (I would happily have sold my 7 yr old soul to be part of his crew. And, if I'm honest, my 42 yr old soul would also have no shame either)
So the suede skirt for me wins on every level. This is an all year round number. Which means that cost per wear, this will pay for itself in no time. And you don't have to pay a fortune for them either. To be honest, I would err on the side of not paying too much as whilst I do find suede a forgiving fabric generally and it does wear well with age, a glass of red wine on a tan suede skirt is sayonara.
Wear now with opaques and any sort of flats to be honest, ankle boots or knee high boots ditto. And dare I say over the knee boots? Moving swiftly on - I did have this little seed sown at 20 000 feet when flicking through the stack of magazines I had taken on board last week. I nearly wept at the memories this page bought back and suddenly, my need for a suede skirt became all consuming.
I then also happened to see this on Instagram, again, the M&S number. Now this is £199 - not out yet, I think it's March but I do know they are bringing out a shorter faux suede knee length one in February (so rumour has it) at a much more palatable price. But in the meantime - embrace the inspiration.
I think I definitely am looking for a shorter one - I know that my inner mutton shaped slut would appreciate it. But seriously, it just works better for my proportions. Just above the knee, A line ideal for me. These all look on the shorter side, but my cunning plan is to buy them one size larger so they sit on the hips. I find these more flattering round the middle anyway - anything that clings on my waist doesn't help with the "please don't make me look like a tree trunk" thingy.
Suede A Line popper front skirt £75 from Topshop in black
Slightly less 70's than some but there is something about a suede skirt that just screams Boogie Nights.
Suede Wrap Skirt from Mango in navy £49.99
Back to full on Boho - these with a polo neck now and a print loose blouse in the Summer - simply perfect.
Milk it 70s' Patchwork Suede mini skirt in brown £45
And in tan - this would be my preference. Adore this shade.
Milk it 70s' Patchwork skirt - £45
Two different shades here. Lovely colours to add a 70's vibe to any existing wardrobe - would both tie in perfectly with all neutral shades of black, navy, grey or tan.
ASOS A-line skirt with zip through detail in burgundy £65
And in chartreuse, again £65
And that was all I muster up. I looked everywhere. Despite the promise of flares, suede and bold floral prints a plenty, I couldn't find any other suede skirts, bar ones that were 4 figures from Net a Porter et al. So the trick is my friend, to buy them now before they all sell out and get ahead of the game. I love the idea of being able to buy something new season that you can wear now - the perfection pick up me for our (my...) somewhat jaded A/W wardrobes.
So here I am yesterday - dress down to the most dressed down I get. Didn't leave the house - made a huge lasagne lunch for all the family and no-one wanted to go anywhere which was bliss. A totally relaxing day after the not so relaxing week I've had.