Zero Time, Max Style: The Full Skirt


This post was prompted by a comment one of our lovely readers, Emma (hi, Emma) left on a previous post. She sounds like one of us (by which I mean me and Alex, but probably means you, too). She writes that she is a “mummy of two fighting the daily battle to stay serene and style(ish)”. Emma, we hear you. She’s also due to return to her “other day job” as a lawyer after maternity leave. (I don’t know about you, but I completely lost my style mojo when I was on mat leave. So much so my husband actually commented that he was concerned that I wasn’t interested in buying clothes. So I applaud Emma for her attempts to stay stylish.) “In my head”, she writes, “I would be swanning about in lovely patterned shirts and cropped trousers or full skirts and coloured tops. In reality I often end up with black trousers and white t-shirts.”

Now, were I not pregnant, I would be sporting a full skirt this summer. Possibly right this second. Full skirt + t shirt/simple top used to be my default Spring/Summer option. So, Emma, I am All Over this in an exercise of wishful shopping. (What? It’s definitely a thing.) Here’s what I’d be buying (and how I’d be styling it), had I but a waist… First up, if you go for a bold pattern or bright colour, keep your other half simple. Although you could be bold and wear a clashing heel (yes, you do really need at least a little heel for this look – unless you are tall and Audrey Hepburn willowy).

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All of these skirts fill my shallow sartorial heart with joy. I saw the Boden skirt at the press day – and it really is the perfect summer skirt. Plus, it would work perfectly for the office (it’s also available in navy should this coral shade prove too much of a challenge) or the weekend/holidays. And I’m going to say the words (yes, it’s June – so shoot me) that the Coast print would be the perfect transitional season piece. Just add a plain tee now and swap it for a neat jumper when the weather turns.

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Arianna skirt (also in navy), £99, Boden; Floral print flared skirt, £39.99, Zara

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Helsikini skirt, £115, Coast; Rose print full skirt, £55, Oasis

Pattern plus fullness too much for you (or your office)? Then keep your lower half simple.


I don’t know where the fabulous skirt in the picture above is from, but this one from Coast is a pretty close second. This pale mint number from Topshop is also suitably low-key to be office-friendly. I am trying – oh so hard – to avoid recommending anything black – but if you must, this from H&M would do the job nicely (pun unintended).

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Dionysus skirt, £75, Coast; Textured midi skirt, £45, Topshop

Asos really triumphs on the full skirt front. This would be very smart with a crisp white shirt for work; if bright yellow holds no fear for you, this pleated skirt is fabulous (and also available in black, should yellow not be your hue); this is a lovely colour and I love the playful hemline; I adore the simplicity of this pink number,but I think my favourites are the two below. I might even be compelled to invest for next year…image4xxl

Premium prom midi skirt in bonded crepe (also in blue), £75, Asos



Floral jacquard, £60, Asos

Emma – good luck with the return to work – and enjoy the skirt hunt!
Images: Bittersweet Colours; The Sartorialist; Late Afternoon; Who What Wear


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  • Reply
    June 9, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I love this look but I don’t like wearing heels (but I am definitely not tall and Audrey Hepburn willowy) – do you think you could do a post on wearable heels for heel haters???

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    June 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Really love this post! But as a SAHM I don’t need skirts like this 🙁
    Could you do a post on how to tweak the usual SAHM uniform to make it a tiny but more stylish??! I realise this is a big ask!
    Love W&W, check it everyday xxx

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    June 9, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I love the look too but strangely enough, I think you already need to have a definable waist to make this work really well. Especially if you are already small as there is less torso to work the shape.

    And could I second Claire above on a post on wearable heels for heel haters? Please. Thank you :o)

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    June 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Claire and Sue, we’ll have a think about wearable heels. I think that wedges are probably your best bet, as anything high, even if they’re very well made, will eventually hurt. Have you tried a low wedge? M&S do great ones (I know that doesn’t sound sexy, but they do really good shoes!)

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      June 10, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Hi girls,

      As a non-heels wearer, I totally get this. I only wear heels under duress! These days, if I have to dress up, I opt for pointed flats – LOVE them. Boden have some fab silver ones which I am coveting – also try their rose gold sling backs with a teeny tiny heel (currently on offer).

      Natasha x

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    June 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Amy,
    I love this look too! But, like you I’m at home all the time, so never get to wear gorgeous skirts unless I have a meeting. We’re planning a big piece on SAHM style with some input from a really amazing ex-Fashion Ed – watch this space! Personally, I think patterned cropped trousers are great for summer as they are a bit more exciting than jeans and still practical. Also, a lovely cuff or bracelets are a good addition if you like jewellery, but want to avoid anything that can be pulled/yanked/broken! xx

  • Reply
    emma reid
    June 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Yes! This is what I am talking about! Thank you so much for the inspiration. I may yet be able to keep up with Matilda (8 mths) in the style stakes who was rocking vintage (family heirloom) christening gown at the weekend and making it look v 2014!

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    Sheepskins Fairylights
    June 15, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful skirts & links, need to try this, but it will be wedges for me! X

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