... to send me scurrying off into a totally new fashion direction.
I'm talking a pencil skirt.
Ok so admittedly that split it just not going to happen on any level in real life. Flash of snatch on sitting down to have a coffee? I think the elderly regulars at Waitrose (where we go to get our once free but now costs 30p coffee..... can't quite believe that a) it's come to virtually free coffee being a highlight of my day and b) I'm admitting it. Rock and roll....) may have something to say about that, clutching their twinsets over their bosoms.
But it has made me think skirts...... I have a love/hate relationship with them and maybe this year is the year I will master the skirt. So I do already have a couple of leather ones but fabric has always eluded me.
Why do I need one? Well, clearly I don't (I'll say that very quickly and we'll gloss over it) but I have to say, having done some dress research this week, I have come to the conclusion that there aren't loads of different dresses that I can wear. Which means therefore, that I pretty much end up wearing the same sort of dress.
Now that's not necessarily a bad thing but it would be lovely if I could find something just to ring the changes. And maybe..... just maybe, that might be a skirt?!
I'm loving the casual double denim look here... could that be an idea?
Today though, we're all about the multi functional skirt (yes I work my wardrobe hard - no slacking on your laurels chez moi). I'm hoping to be able to find a skirt that will work for during the day and for out to dinner dressed up. Delusional? Hell, let's not be so defeatist.....
However there is a length issue being tall.... I do think it needs to be just below the knee or a couple of inches above the knee and really - I'm going to stick with the former. I've got shorts if I want to flash my knees and a bit of thigh to the world but at the moment, that seems such a long way away, something with a bit more coverage is what I'm looking for.
I've tried a line skirts and I've succeeded on the leather front so tick tick there. I've also tried full skirts and frankly there's a big fat fail in that arena. No waist = an extra 20 lbs round the midriff - it's not a good look.
So let's get stuck in with some research and I'm going to then order some to try them on.
I am sticking to my pencil skirt guns. I shall explore more later in the week but to stop this blog rivalling the length of War & Peace, today, I'm hunting down straight ones.
This epitomises how I'd like to look (as well as the double denim job above). Adore, adore, adore.
ASOS Pencil Skirt with scallop edge £22
Similar styling here.
ASOS Pencil Skirt in texture £35
More plain and almost a twist on a denim skirt if you ask me.... from Autograph. Clearly an area where M&S are bound to excel. It's all about how you style them but I love the outfit they've put together here (yes you heard me right... adore it)
Autograph cotton rich pencil skirt £35
Proving that they can look great with flats as well as heels.
But let's talk about bright ones now - these are perfect for the Summer. Ideal for during the day but also perfect for out in the evenings.
ASOS Pencil Skirt in bright texture £38
I did see this one instore at M&S and it's a really gorgeous skirt.
Scuba Floral Pencil Skirt £29.50
Another darker shade - both of these are much more Ted Baker than M&S, but at the latter's prices, what's not to love?
Floral Pencil Skirt £29.50 from M&S
Amazing floral option (this one I have featured before in a co-ords blog) at Oasis AND there is 20% off everything online before midnight tonight Monday. Bank Holiday special - code is TREATME20. I'm off to have a good look..... skirts and everything else. All Oasis prices are pre discount.
Oriental Blossom Pencil Skirt £40
We can rely on Boden for an interesting print skirt and they are one of the only people to offer different lengths.
Again, teaming it with a knit here, this is definitely a look I'm starting to seriously think about.... ooh and 20% off at Boden with the code 7G3C. Also worth considering if you want to have a look at the shorts and embroidered tops from yesterday.
Modern Pencil skirt in red graphic geo print £59 pre discount (for what it's worth, this is the Easy Day Jumper that I cannot rave about enough)
Also love the Modern Pencil skirt in the leafy trellis print in navy and this is already on offer already at £44.25 as just a few sizes left.
There's also a stripe to consider and this from Per Una at M&S, I *promise* is amazing in the flesh. The pic here does nothing for it, but it really is a great option. Dare I say it bears a striking similarity to a DVF print from this season. But at fraction of the cost.
Speziale Abstract Print Pencil Skirt £59
Now this one is slightly more A line but I still could think work. Especially if you are slightly shorter and it's a midi length on you. With heels... just gorgeous. Top is optional.... (suffice to say I think my bra is more substantial than the one she's wearing here and I'm an A cup...)
ASOS A line skirt with border print £38
Now how about this one.... oh hello.......
Bardot Lace Pencil Skirt in green £50 Absolutely LOVE this but it's sold out in my size. I honestly think I would have bought this - adore the colour, I have shirts a plenty to go with it, ditto little jumpers. Love love love.
What it has done though, is make me think - lace pencil skirt, that's IT.
And lo and behold, at Whistles, they've even supplied me with a matching top.... All rather Self Portrait (or Valentino....) and if you think about those as alternatives, suddenly it doesn't seem too expensive. I feel a plan coming on... (obviously I've just missed the pigging 20% off matching stuff. GAH)
Whistles Camilla Lace skirt in navy £130
A gorgeous lace skirt in black but to be honest, I'm not sure I want the black...... For the Summer, I think I'd like to ring the changes with a different colour and I'm very taken with the navy or the green (of course it would be the green....)
Reiss Orta Lace Pencil Skirt was £135 now £90
There is another navy option in the sale at Coast but I think it's definitely the Whistles one which snags it in my book. I'm not sure I could away with wearing this one during the day?
Coast Mirette Skirt in navy was £85 now £49
You would think there would be loads of pencil lace skirts around surely? Well you'd be wrong. Like I was. I even widened my search parameter to shops I don't normally spend much time in - so Banana Republic, JCrew, Long Tall Sally,
I've resorted to things that look like lace.....
Graphic Jacquard Pencil Skirt in navy from Oasis £45 (remember discount)
Leather look - haven't thought about these as perhaps not right for a super warm Summer's day but could be a winner in the evenings...
Continuing my love of all things khaki....
ASOS Pencil skirt in leather look £30
We have the real deal at Oasis at a bargain price of £85 and that's before the 20% off.
Grace Leather Pencil Skirt £85
However next week, the M&S suede skirt, yes THE skirt is going to drop... Clearly only A list bloggers (ie ones that aren't 42) have been privvy to a preview "harrumph" but the more I think about it, the more I think I might have to have it. Although the chance of it being totally the wrong length and therefore frumperama is high. Not sure whether I'm gutted or rather relieved at that..... But it is an itch I shall definitely need to scratch.
Well yesterday, lots of shopping but diddly squat for me. Trips to Matalan and Primark to get bits for the 10yr old who is off on her first ever school residential trip tomorrow and needs "old clothes". Alas, she grows at the rate of knots so there's no such thing as "old clothes" - the next best thing has to be Primark. (even though I was so so impressed with their thin sweatshirts and joggers which I'm so hoping she doesn't wreck as they'll be fab for slinging on at home when she gets back). Bombed into Matalan when I was there as they do the best stuff for boys (shortie jamas are simply the best) and I love their home stuff. It's just round the corner so always kill two birds with one stone.
I did also have a tiny shufty at the swimwear - I know, I know, it's coming up to that time of year and I've broken the seal with the shorts, so thought I might as well just *look* at the cossies too. Needless to say I didn't try any on as Lakeside and Thurrock on a Sunday are very close to the 10th circle of hell. I'll go back midweek.
It was then off to friends for a BBQ late afternoon and evening with the kids. Great fun as always and I did get changed into the blue Boden Arianne top from yesterday.
But during the day I wore:-
Striped jumper - Hush
Turn up jeans - Zara
Combat jacket - Hush (arrived after having been on back order for ages and I LOVE it)
Stan Smiths in cracked leather - adidas
Harker hands free bag - Anya Hindmarch
So tomorrow I feel that I may be back with more of the denim skirt variety.... Talk me through your skirts. Pencil or full? Lace or denim? I have a couple of meetings in London this week and I think that maybe a skirt may be a good option.... (I'm liking the idea of my black leather skirt but what with....?)