Skirting around the issue

The sun is shining and I’m feeling trapped in jeans. I don’t do legs out. But I would like to wear something a bit floaty. The thing is I don’t really do floaty girly things. I’d like to, but it’s just not me. Awkward.

I see friends wearing effortless little, and sometimes long, summer dresses, and they wear them and look ‘them’ still. It’s not just a question of stepping out of a comfort zone really. I don’t think. She says stuttering… is it?

The shops are FULL to the brim of dresses, and yet… perhaps it’s also that I feel you can’t just start with just one dress (I know, great excuse – I simply MUST buy 8), but it’s more that I can’t just have the one dress to wear on a sunny day – I’d need to have more, does that make sort of warped sense?

I do have a wardrobe full of dresses but they are more ‘occasion’ type dresses. Not ones to rock up to the school gate or head to the office in. Oh first world problems.
So long or maxi skirts might be the thing to tackle first.

As ever easing in within my comfort zone. Black.
This has a lovely front box pleat, ideal for movement, but the back it cut smoother to not add bulk.

ASOS DESIGN crinkle maxi skirt £25

Tiered crinkle fabric, black and long.
M&S £25

M&S crinkle maxi skirt £25

Zara £19.99 – elasticated hem to add interest, but slim fitting and smooth at the waist.

Zara long skirt £19.99

A gentle non-print print from M&S £27.50

M&S Printed maxi skirt £27.50

Breaking out into a stripe.
Hush Marina skirt £65

Hush Marina striped skirt £65

I might want to play with stripes above with this tee below, just to mess with my, or any one else’s mind.
COS £35

Cos Mismatched stripe tee £35

I love the print clash possibility of the stripy tee above with this epic polka dot skirt below. By keeping the colours the same in the top and bottom pieces it totally works.
Baukjen £109

Baukjen Polka crepe £109

Zara have some great tee’s, they wash and wear well, this is a slightly cropped version. Roomy sleeves. Nice.
Zara £12.99

Zara cropped tee £12.99

And in Khaki, still £12.99 (can we also show some appreciation for a model who is stunning and not 18?)

Zara cropped tee £12.99

The khaki tee above would look very fine with this navy polka dot skirt below…
Comptoir des Cotonniers £62.50, was £125

Comptoir Des Cottoniers £62.50, was £125

More navy/blue-ish from Uniqlo, Broderie Anglais £24.95

Uniqlo high waist cotton lawn eyelet long skirt £24,90

A 2-way skirt from Uniqlo – wear either has a skirt or higher as a strapless dress. (I’ve have a black version from Gap from years ago – I wore it first to a wedding with a white blazer, but now it is my holiday essential… I wear it to the beach, perfect for before and after when, with a wiggle and graceful jiggle a swimsuit can be removed from under it. Classy.)
Uniqlo £19.90 (other colours available)

Uniqlo 2 way maxi skirt £19.90

I find that white t-shirts have a limited shelf life how ever much they might cost (leaving aside slogan or printed tees for now – different rules apply).
This is the relaxed crew neck tee, a great basic, nice quality cotton – available in 12 colours.
M&S £7.50

M&S relaxed crew neck t-shirt £7.50

Would work well with whatever… including this gorgeous stripe skirt below. The styling of this outfit; switch the shoes to tan boots… hello autumn. Sorry.)
Mango pleated stripe skirt £49.99

Mango Striped pleated skirt £49.99

Another print, love this for being asymmetrical.
H&M £39.99

H&M wrap print skirt £39.99

Boat neck longer sleeve tee – don’t mind if I do. I love a boat neck top for balancing out proportions – mix with a jazzy earring and you know what I’m saying…
This is quite slim fitting, size up for a looser feel. I think M&S are doing what M&S should be doing this season; rocking it with the basics. Available in a whopping 17 colours.
M&S £6.50

M&S Pure cotton slash neck half sleeve t-shirt £6.50

Hello – this is stunning. LOVE this colour.
Cos wrap around skirt £69

Cos wrap around skirt £69

For a smarter look a slim fitting white shirt with the above skirt. Boom.
H&M £12.99

H&M fitted shirt £12.99

I love this skirt; the satin effect across the bottom, can be, erm, revealing, sometimes unforgiving (size up?) in a VPL on show kind of way… a thong would be required here, (or commando, the choice is yours…) but I always think so much better a jiggly bottom doing a wiggle than the fashion faux pas of a VPL. There are rules people.
I’d wear this for day with a white tee, denim jacket and converse. Hi/low dressing.
La Redoute £16, was £59

La Redoute silk style ruffled midi skirt £16, was £59

And finally, look how far we’ve come – starting with safety in black and now embracing the colour… this is a joyful skirt. LOVE!
Monsoon £45

Monsoon Sunshine stripe £45 Bring on the heatwave.


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