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).
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.
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).
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…
Premium prom midi skirt in bonded crepe (also in blue), £75, Asos
Floral jacquard, £60, Asos