Let's go to the prom

Ok maybe not a prom as I'm 43 and that just sounds naff but today I am finding a skirt that would work were I 25yrs younger.  Actually that sounds wrong as well as I definitely want to wear this at 43.  But no prom is on the agenda any time soon.

Basically I'm looking for a full skirt.  There is not a pleat in sight - I have had a friend specifically ask me to do a blog on skirts that are not pleated so here we have it. 

I would never have thought this style skirt would work for me, but I am completely loving the one I bought in the sale from M&S back in the Spring.  I did toy with the idea of an LK Bennett one at the beginning of the year, but at almost £200 in the sale, it was rather too punchy an investment to wing it.  However I managed to bag this one for about £28 which was far more palatable.  I've been saving it to wear for the more Autumnal months as it definitely has a winter feel to it.  Plus I never had the right top to wear with it.  But as you can see from the blog post yesterday, a fitted jumper is a complete winner of a combo.

It doesn't have to be a polo neck, a deep v neck if you're more curvaceous would be a gorgeous look.  Or a silk blouse - unbuttoned for those blessed with boobage, pussy bow for those of who were doled out fried eggs.

Length wise, being tall,  I like mine long.  I like mine as midi as possible.  But if you're shorter, then just below the knee would perhaps be a more comfortable length.

M&S have come up again trumps though if you liked the one I had on yesterday.  As they've done it again this season in a pink mix.  

Zig Zag A Line Skirt from M&S £49.50



But there's also this one which I had on the other day on the metallic skirt blog.  This is gorgeous and definitely has pockets. 

ASOS Metallic Prom Skirt £45



Then there's also this option which I tried on yesterday in store and is just sublime.  I simply couldn't justify another when I have so many other skirts I simply adore. 

Bird Jacquard Print A Line Skirt from M&S £59




Sticking with the bird theme, I spied this one last week when I was working at a shopping event.  It was my pick of the day. 

Black Floral Full Skirt from Next £55  POCKETS KLAXON.




Similar at Warehouse.  And I'm not so far off kilter with my prom description it seems..

Floral Jacquard Prom Skirt from Warehouse £65



Lufton Full Lace Midi Skirt from Finery £115



Now Coast isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea but for skirts like this, they are truly truly fabulous.  And this one has pockets.  Which is veritable skirt porn.

Coast Animal Print Meslita Skirt £129




But I would say they're very similar to the LK Bennett ones which are certainly not cheap at full price.  In the sale however..

Tansia Printed Midi Skirt was £250 now £150 in Sloane Blue



And finally a shorter one - with a biker jacket which I love, although these shoes aren't doing it for me.  They're slightly, dare I say it, too feminine for the skirt.  I think I'm able to wear a skirt like this so long as I de-weddingfy it.  Which is clearly a completely made up word but you get the gist?  It simply can't be too feminine, as random as it sounds.  For me, my footwear of choice would be an ankle boot.

Shorter in floral at Oasis £60



So I only have one of these and wore mine yesterday on the blog about polo necks.  Last night, out again and this time in a new maxi dress.  We were due to go to a pop up restaurant - 15 course taster menu and travelled a fair bit to get there.  Only to find it was err cancelled.  Oops.  Free prosecco whilst we rang around trying to get somewhere else to eat and ended up locally in one of our favourite restaurants.  A good night was had by all.



Space Dress - & Other Stories
Thurlaston clutch - Village England
Carmen velvet boots - Penelope Chilvers

Have done rugby this morning with the 8yr old and have fallen asleep on the sofa watching X Factor and Strictly.  Dominos on its way and a movie.  There are certainly worse ways to spend a Sunday.  Got absolutely loads coming up this week, so I'm off to do some research whilst I wait for the pizza.  Happy Sunday everyone!

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  1. I've been eyeballing one on next (navy floral) for a while, I can't make up my mind, as I don't wear skirts that often, so I keep deciding not to buy, only to dither and decide it's a maybe! This one is definately a slow burn for me, I only hope that it's not sold out if I decide to go for it! I know I've got plenty of tops and shoes/ boots that'll go really well with it, so....
    BTW I love the styling you did Kat, as well as the leather jacket with the Oasis one.
    At the moment I'm on the look out for a grey blazer type jacket, mid tone, possibly a grey marl and not too office-like. Not asking for much, I know.

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    1. Hmm I think I'd buy it if I were you and then return it you don't like it! Otherwise these things do have a habit of selling out. EEK!

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  2. I love this look, but find it too impractical - a leather biker is the only jacket it really works with, and that's only good for a few more weeks here. A long coat should work, but ends up looking too pouffy.

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    1. And that's why I've been looking for a long drapey trench as I think that will work perfectly over it!

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  3. You must have a huge wardrobe to house your somewhat extensive stock of clothes. Any chance you could do a post on how you store it all. I'd love an excuse to see more of your lovely house and lots of bloggers have shown theirs. Or are you afraid to admit just how many clothes you actually have!! LOL

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    1. I am very very fortunate to have a dressing room. I also do regular huge clear outs (although the latest one is well overdue!) as I do get rid of a lot!

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    2. What about your other half, does he share the dressing room or do you have it all to yourself? If you do share, is he lucky enough to have 50% of the space?
      We have a walk in wardrobe off the master bedroom, but it's no way big enough to be a dressing room (I would love the room to have a small sofa, dressing table and a window)! My husband is lucky to have about 40% of the space. I try to do a biannual clear out, and am in the process at the moment, funnily my other half talked me out of getting rid of two pairs of shoes!

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    3. What about your other half, does he share the dressing room or do you have it all to yourself? If you do share, is he lucky enough to have 50% of the space?
      We have a walk in wardrobe off the master bedroom, but it's no way big enough to be a dressing room (I would love the room to have a small sofa, dressing table and a window)! My husband is lucky to have about 40% of the space. I try to do a biannual clear out, and am in the process at the moment, funnily my other half talked me out of getting rid of two pairs of shoes!

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  4. I really love all of these. Off to M&S in my lunch hour tomorrow! They are having such a good season.

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    1. They do have better stock levels in store so long as you've got a big store near you. Unfortunately they've taken Limited and Autograph out of lots of stores which used to stock it (my local one.. WEEPS!) But the big destination stores still do have a lot of stock. Hope that helps and happy shopping!

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  5. Lovey the Asos one. You look so lovely in your M&S one. Remember when you found midis so tricky?

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    1. Remember when I found all sorts of skirts tricky!! It goes to show if you try hard enough, sometimes it's just getting used to a look and finding the right tops and shoes to go with them. I will say that at the moment, jeans are proving to be my MASSIVE nemesis. Can't master them at all. I hate all of mine apart from my Phoebes.

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  6. I LOVE these and have been hankering after one for ages and then the shops are full of them and I can not wear them. I would be prepared to overlook the stares and complications of the excess material if they didn't make me look like a blob. It's back to that lack of waist thing. Clearly, it's the one attribute that's the most disadvantaging. Can I trade for fat thighs or something please? So sad. Must stop going into shops and torturing myself. Polonecks I like though :D xx

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    1. Are you blessed with a waist or not? I think these look AMAZING on people with hourglass figures as you can tuck in a thin knit or blouse and look super tiny at the waist - and hips are hidden amongst the volume of fabric!

      Or I have to say, I fudge it, having zero waist at all and size up (I have to, to be honest, otherwise it doesn't do up at my waist!) I then wear a thin knit slightly bunched over the waistband which seems to work ok..... (she says hopefully not deluding herself!)

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  7. Kat, on a totally unrelated matter any chance you could give me a few shopping tips for NYC. I haven't been for years but the last time I went I found the shopping a bit disappointing. Have you any pearls od wisdom for me??

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    1. I have to say, I am never as blown away by shopping in the US as I was years ago. My top tips would be denim, denim and more denim. Plus if there are US brands that you love - Helmut Lang, DVF, Marc Jacobs, Rachel Comey, etc then it's worth looking out for pieces in the big Dept Stores. My fave is Saks on Fifth Avenue but I also love the Bloomies in Soho. Anthropologie is always worth a look... ditto JCrew. Ideal for basics. Goes without saying, avoid any European Brand. People also love Madewell but I can honestly say I've never seen anything I like in there. That's not true - I've liked it, tried it on and it looks like Sheeite on me.

      Another good bet in the dept stores is to head for the sales rails as they tend to discount their US Brands before we seem to here. No idea why but I've found that they do. And don't buy something for the sake of buying it. When I went two years ago - I bought NOTHING!!!!

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  8. Do you ever do anything other than shop? : )


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    1. Sometimes I have a long lunch.....

      In all seriousness though, after 4 .5years of grafting, I'm fortunate enough to be able to call this a career. It's not for everyone but to be able to look at clothes and write about them for other people, I have to say, is my idea of heaven!

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    2. And we love reading about them!!! You save us all a lot of leg work and research!

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    3. Thank you! That is the sort of point!!

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  9. Thanks a mil Kat re. the New York tips! I will try to be focused and not swayed by sundry crap just because I'm there!! If all else fails I could always go to a museum....ah who am I kidding?!! Clarindc

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    1. I was there last year and I would echo Kats advice to go for denim and US brands. I found JCrew great as so much cheaper and also Anthropologie. Also Eileen Fisher is cheaper there and I love the look of an ethical brand called Everlainehttps://www.everlane.com which looks AMAZING and I just want someone to go there and report back!!!

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    2. I am also a massive massive Eileen Fisher fan. The quality is amazing and it's that fabulous pared back NYC style which I adore.

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