Yes it's been the bugbear of all bugbears in my wardrobe. And I know for sure, I'm not the only one. They are hard to wear as it's so difficult to get the right length, the right shape, the right fabric and we haven't even started on a top to wear with them.
Well the latter, I'm saving for tomorrow (ridiculously excited, you have been warned....) but today I can bring to you my revelation of the day. Me having (hopefully...) mastered the skirt.
Now, this is the skirt of the dressier variety. I'll be frank, I will not be tottering off on the school run in this. But I do think this is perhaps the ideal option for party wear. Even for dinner. And I'm pondering what footwear you could team with it to casual it down and make it work for a lunch..
But in the meantime - full on party = full on skirt and I've found it.
At LK Bennett of all places. So shopping today and yes, looking for dresses with the best friend, when we spied some Roksanda style beauties in LK Bennett. Which weren't particularly right But then... oh hello, we spied the skirts. To scratch the itch once and for all and to get them out of my system, I had to try them on.
I have always struggled with skirts on a waistband as I'm thick of middle. I don't have a waist as such and these either haven't fitted or make me look like a weeble.
Could the god of skirts finally be smiling down on me?
Monique Full Spotted Skirt from LK Bennett was £250 now £175
So here I am. Looking exceptionally serious. In red shoes which were officially to die for.
And I liked it. I more than liked it - I absolutely loved it.
It's a real toss up between the one above and this - it's fuller, it's slightly longer and the pic here doesn't do it justice at all.
Sage Printed Full Midi Skirt from LK Bennett £250
Earlier on, this was definitely my top choice. But now I'm not so sure... I think the spot one could be more versatile. I got home and suddenly thought - LEOPARD PRINT SHOES.. which wouldn't work, I don't think, with the Sage skirt below but would look just sublime with the (sale) Monique one above.
But this ones so bouffy. It's a Gone With the Wind outfit in the 21st Century (Gone With the Wind is my favourite film and my favourite book by the way..)
And finally full on colour. Now I have to say, on reflection, this does look great in the pic but it's the most fluid of all the skirts and out of the three, it was my least favourite. It just doesn't look as Party in the flesh. (this was no Scarlett O'Hara skirt...)
Anima Printed Midi Skirt from LK Bennett £250
More party tastic to be found at Ted Baker. Now, this really isn't somewhere I spend a lot of time - they're all about colour and print and, as you may have noticed, aren't generally high on my list of preferences. But when you're talking statement, it should definitely be your first port of call. Not to mention girly. If there's one thing that TB do well, it's girly and this skirt has to be the girliest thing I've ever blogged about.
I didn't have time to check these out today but this one definitely needs to be looked at. Personally I wouldn't team it with the matching top but it's lovely to have the option of a "dress".
Patreis Ethereal Posie print full skirt from Ted Baker £199
Embellished Tulle Skirt from Ted Baker in navy was £279 now £98 (yes - that much of a reduction)
Odella Embellished tutu skirt was £249 now £125 Slightly shorter...
Now others I've found aren't quite as long or as voluminous which, if you're not an Avatar like me, will probably be much better. Plus the lack of volume does make them much more wearable on an every day basis.
Oh Boden - you do different lengths in most of your dresses, ditto your trews, so why not this skirt? Sigh.
Love love love the stripe.
Maggie Ottoman Midi Skirt in black/ivory stripe £69.50 pre 20% discount - use code A2Y9
Coast was the other place I had a hunch would do some great ones and yes they do. They didn't have many in store at all but the ones they did definitely aren't as bouffant as the LK Bennett ones and aren't as long either. Ideal for the majority. (although perhaps as not wearable on a daily basis as some.. but who am I to say if you want to wear metallic during the day. Go for it.)
Melanie Metallic Skirt was £89 now £69
And another slightly shorter tulle version at Coast.
Selbessa Tulle Skirt £139
Meslita Skirt from Coast £129 This is much better than it looks in this pic. It really is gorgeous and I would say comparable in fact, to an LK Bennett skirt. Although I didn't try it on as I wasn't looking for plain black.
Slightly shorter again and a bargain to boot now. Navy and black together - just gorgeous.
Fenn Wright Manson Una Skirt was £89 now £55
But the bargain of the day was found at John Lewis. Darn having the long legs, she says.
So give it to me - full skirts? Instead of dresses. Instead of jumpsuits? Will I be the only one embracing them this season? Don't forget, if you've struggled with the tops, I have cracked them too. Be back tomorrow with the solution (and you call all guffaw as we guffawed earlier).
Finishing with outfit from today. This is post dog walk in the park when I did just throw on the obligatory jeans, jumper, raincoat, woolly hat and and huge scarf as it was freezing.
Grey and berry. Possibly my fave colour combo at the moment (although it's a close call between this and camel and red...)