Skirts rule OK

Blame the heatwave but I’ve got a bit of a thing going on for skirts this summer. Particularly longer skirts and flowy rather than floaty. There’s lots of floaty in the shops but it doesn’t quite work for me – something to do with being 5′ 3″ I suspect.

With the sales starting earlier each year, or so it seems, for once the reductions coincided with good weather – even as far North as Newcastle.

So I found myself snapping up a few bargains – or they will be when I’ve worn them!

This beauty from Jigsaw was reduced by 30% and it really is lovely. Beautiful fabric in gorgeous colours. Pleats aren’t the easiest thing to pair with a top and this is no exception – but I’m working on it.

And on the subject of pleats… According to Grazia, in a recent piece on What to Buy Now, “Re-energised for the new season, the pleated skirt is set to be your wardrobe staple”. Who am I to argue!

I never wear fuchsia – but this Karen Millen skirt was just too tempting because of its lovely cut and great fit around the waist and hips. It took me all of 10 seconds to decide to buy it when I saw it was reduced from £85 to £40. I haven’t worn, or even ironed, it yet but it’s looking like perfect Saturday wear with a white t shirt and my old Whistles dark denim jacket.

My most worn skirt this summer has to be this floral, patchwork number from Anthropologie. The queues for the changing rooms in Regent Street were so long that I tried it on, under the dress I was wearing, in the middle of the shop. Good to see that all those years of getting changed under towels, on windswept beaches in North Wales, on family holidays finally came in handy!

Comfortable, colourful and so easy to wear.

OK, so I’ll admit this is a bit out there. But for £12.99 in the Zara sale and the only one in store I couldn’t walk away. Sequins, floral, frill, colour – you name it, it’s got it!

Absolutely no idea if I’ll ever wear it but it’s a thing of beauty and it’s staying – just looking at it makes me smile.

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