... I got it!
That M&S skirt is mine. And I have to say, I absolutely love it. I'm infinitely gutted that I'm going to a fancy dress party tomorrow night as otherwise, I would have worn it in a heartbeat. (assuming I was going out that is.. wouldn't have just worn it round the house..)
Now I'm not going to lie - this isn't going to be for everyone. For me though, it's perfect. I struggle with skirts, I really do. As I bang on about all the time, I have no waist, and a high waist at that, so anything that isn't flat fronted results in me looking like Babapapa with an elastic band round his waist (please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers Babapapa??)
But this on me is ideal. Flat fronted and a-line and although it does have a waistband, miraculously it's not too tight on my column shape and doesn't sit too high on my waist. And... this is the best bit... it's not too short. Ok so of course I could do with it being a couple of inches longer. I do like a midi that's a proper midi which in my book is mid calf. However terminology these days seems to state that it's hovering just below the knee. Which would be the case here - even maybe a smidge more than hovering.... It has more than exceeded my expectations and is almost as good as a custom made skirt.
It ticks so so many boxes for me that it's a no brainer for my wardrobe. 70s tick, suede tick, midi skirt tick, all year round perfect - tick tick tick. I would prefer it wasn't £199, I'm not going to lie but I think it will have paid for itself by Christmas.
Here is the skirt
And here am I in the skirt....
And this is the shirt they put with it, which I do think works but I'm not entirely sure about the shoes... (well I am actually, I think they are wrong diddly...) I am planning on wearing the skirt in the Summer with my leopard Aquazzura-alikes from Zara - the killer heels from last year.
But a shirt or cream blouse is definitely top of my list of outfit must haves and so today I'm looking at cream/natural/white options that would work for this purpose. Also though, an ideal addition to an early Summer outfit, perfect with jeans, over denim cut offs, throw on a navy or black blazer, sandals or ballet flats and you're off.
Pure Silk Twin Pockets Blouse £65
I also love love LOVE this in the pale blue - over black capri pants, I think this would look amazing...
Pure Silk Twin Pockets in pale blue £65
Other options in the sale at Matches in silk.
Point-collar silk shirt from Freda was £225 now £135
And a pocket version was £225 now £112 again from Freda
However I am rather liking the lack of collar on this one. Not silk this time but viscose but it is washable.
Jigsaw Pocket Detail Shirt £79
Another collarless version in white from Velvet by Graham and Spencer
Challis Shirt in white £95
Similar at Mango but I think this is probably cut on the shorter side. Still, for less than £20 it's a great entry level one to try if you're not sure if this style is for you.
Mango Flowy Shirt £19.99
Moving onto less silky but textured shirts now at Mint Velvet.
Stone Relaxed Shirt £69
French Connection Slub Cotton Shirt in summer white £45
More texture at Mango - LOVE this one.
Plumeti Silk-blend blouse £29.99
But my two favourites are ones that I have been lucky enough to have a feel of and a try on in the flesh at Me+Em. Full report with photos (they somewhat put my appalling Iphone to shame...) coming this weekend but in the meantime, a sneak preview of two shirts that everyone should own. The idea shirts to wear to work, over jeans, tucked into a skirt - the opportunities are endless.
Double Layer Shirt in crepe/jersey £88
Bib Front Pleat Shirt from Me+Em £98 - again, this is absolutely ideal to wear loose but also would be great to wear tucked into a skirt. And layer away over it.
So there we have a timeless addition to your wardrobe. For me that is both the suede skirt and a classic white blouse but I appreciate that many of you will be swerving the skirt (you will regret this come the A/W, I'm just telling you now....!)
Photo from today - very laid back outfit made up from old favourites in my wardrobe.