You know how this goes. I am a fashion magpie. So that's the polite way of putting it. I *may* be slightly on the fickle side. BUT BUT BUT in my defence, my wardrobe schizophrenia is cyclical. So whilst I go through phases of adoring the same sort of look and wearing it on repeat, then moving on to the next sort of outfit - it would seem reasonably quickly - I do always circle back to the original look.
Today though, is something I haven't really worn much. A new wardrobe cycle. The skirt of the maxi variety.
Having said that, I do have one from Zara - a leopard one, that I have had for 8 years. And it gets dragged out every year. It was only about £24 so pretty much owes me nothing and has survived many a wardrobe cull. As I said - there are some things which I just keep coming back to.
But it's taken a new way of wearing the maxi skirt to open up a whole new avenue of outfit opportunities. The maxi skirt with a tee. And a blazer. Who would have thought this would work? Ok so a) probably lots of you as you may have been sporting this look forever or b) you don't think it works at all .
Well - I do and I'm grabbing it by the horns. Primarily as it is the most versatile and easy to wear transitional outfit (oh fair enough - one of them. There are others obvs. But they do also make full use of one of the essential ingredients in this outfit recipe - that being the tee about which I have much to wax lyrical another day).
Why is it my current favourite? The leg hiding issue. It's cool (weather not street cred wise, although...), you can totally get away without shearing (as it's known in my house) and without fake tanning. Whilst looking Summery.
They also work for day and night. For work and play. In fact - I'm going to throw this in here. Think of a maxi skirt in place of jeans (boyfriend or straight leg - not necessarily super skinny). I know it sounds bonkers but do it. Humour me please, it works. Shirt (tucked in), tee (tucked or untucked - or go a half tuck), sweatshirt, breton, crew neck, slim fit polo neck - they all work. SEE!! Jacket wise - blazer, biker, denim, cargo or military jacket, even a loose trench, again these are goers.
So this is the one I have. And have worn out in the evening with a black silk pussy bow shirt and black velvet boots.
Studio by Preen Black Mesh Maxi Skirt £55 at Debenhams
We can up the statement ante at ASOS White. Love. Love love love LOVE LOVE.
ASOS White Flocked Spot Tulle Maxi Skirt £95 This with a white tee and black blazer and sneakers? Perfect. You know your supermarket wants you to....
Fuller again and imagine this teamed with a little white tee and a denim jacket. Perfect for every day. The top isn't quite working for me - park that somewhere else.
True Violet Burnout Floral Maxi Skirt £85
One that again could be dressed up or down is the metallic pleated midi skirt from Topshop. Of course, this is exactly what I was looking for in the Winter but could only find the Alice + Olivia skirt that cost 30 times as much as this. *all the eye rolls*.
Metallic Maxi Skirt by Rare at Topshop £35
Ok so that one's good, but this one is amazing. Simply amazing.
No.1 Jenny Packham Gold Pleated Maxi Skirt was £150 now £75. All the love for this. And I mean all the love. Logo tee, black fitted blazer, trainers - this for every day is perfection. Plus, who'll be laughing come Christmas? That'll be me. (and you if you join me...)
Moving onto daytime prints - the perfect summery purchase to wear now with a tee, denim jacket and scarf (yes scarf - I reckon that would totally work until it gets warmer). Suede ankle boots or trainers. Imagine with sandals when the sun comes out to stay.
ASOS Maxi Skirt was £45 now £22
Print again but super versatile at Dorothy Perkins (although limited sizes which is a shame).
Animal Print Maxi Skirt from Doroth Perkins was £32 now £12
Another neutral palette which is ideal for adding different print tops, is a polka dot in classic navy.
Polka Dot Skirt from Mango £35.99
However if we want print, we can have full on print. The "bargain" (as in it's 70% off) of the day from Matches.
Camilla Skirt from DVF was £374 now £112
70% off again at DVF, this time with the Addyson Skirt from DVF was £449 now £149
This is a great noboho option. I'd wear this with a white shirt tucked in and a denim jacket.
Izabel London Navy Paisley Skirt £22
Or there's always plain and speaking of noboho, this does the job for me perfectly. We are upping the budget but this with knee high or ankle boots, a fitted polo and biker jacket will happily take you into the Autumn too.
Waist Tie Gathered Gauze Skirt from See by Chloe £255
Ditto this deliciously wearable khaki skirt from Joseph.
Tie-front maxi skirt from Joseph £245
I know I keep hinting about green - this colour is amazing. Lustarama. Perfect with black blazer, ideal with a biker and sublime with a dark denim jacket. And it has pockets. My work here is done.
Elastic Waist Skirt from Mango in forest green £35.99
Another green version but this time in a straighter style. There is no reason though, why this wouldn't work as well as any of the fuller versions.
ASOS Maxi Skirt in Twill with Channe Detail £30
And here I am in mine yesterday. I never thought I would wear a blazer with a maxi skirt. But I've broken the seal and have opened up a whole new world of outfit opportunities.
Blondie tee - Hollister
Black blazer - Topshop
Black Maxi Skirt - Studio by Preen at Debenhams
Black grab bag - Gucci
White trainers - Veja at Quattro Rish
Nightingale glasses - Walter & Herbert
However I have another jacket alternative that has been a brain worm for the past couple of weeks and is simply perfect go wear with them. I don't normally mention these this early in the season - all will be revealed tomorrow.
Have I managed to persuade you? And if you're petite - there is no reason why you can't wear these. There is a reason that ASOS sells maxis in petite sizes.. just saying... You can always add heels (which makes me jealous as I love that look but turn into Gulliver!). Although totally understand if you'd rather not. Fear not - tomorrow is something that isn't heightist in the slightest. Definitely something for everyone.