Style by Claire Lopez

Nailing the Skirt

A skirt can be incredibly versatile if you buy right. But if you’re naturally suspicious, then here is my guide on how to buy the one.

Fabric – some fabrics lend themselves more naturally to the evening or look smarter like chiffons and satins. If you want something you can do a lot with then choose your fabric accordingly – viscose is often ideal for versatility because it’s not shiny or sheer.

Colour – if you choose a print that is grounded with black or another dark colour then you will be able to wear this in the winter with tights and boots as well as throughout the year. Multi-coloured prints are often perfect as they give you so many options for wearing different coloured knits and tops on your top.

Style – yes pleats can add unnecessary bulk but it does depend on how the pleat is constructed and inserted into the waistband. In short, don’t automatically discount them. Soft A-line styles tend to be more flattering as they skim the curves without clinging.

Creating outfits – as you have volume on the bottom half, you generally want to go for a top that is fairly fitted so you are not swamped. Shorter, boxy knits or semi fitted thin sweaters are perfect and do a French tuck. Same with tees or camisoles. You either want to pop on a fitted leather (denim in the summer) or wear with a wool coat which falls around the knee or longer – shorter styles don’t tend to create the right proportions.

Footwear – trainers work with most styles and will be great for the daytime. Ankle or knee high boots will change the feel and make for a smarter look. Just swap your style depending on the occasion.

Here are the styles I love this autumn:

Perfect Plains

Kirsten Pleated Midi £120 Boden

If you are in need of a smarter style then this is a goodie and it comes in 9 different colour options from black and navy through to bright orange, pink, green and blue with several others in between!

Satin Finish Skirt £49.99 Zara 

Yes satin is more dressy but don’t immediately discount a satin as you can still pair it with a chunky knit and wear during the day. Admittedly it’s not an everyday look but it’s a lovely one nonetheless.

All the Florals

Floral Print Black Midi Skirt £59.50 Oliver Bonas

Printed Tulle Skirt £19.99 Stradivarius

Toughen this up with some buckled biker boots.

Printed Skirt with Belt £49.99 Zara 

I love the more Boho feel of this skirt.

Printed Midi Skirt £29.99 Zara

Although this doesn’t have any black in, you can still wear in the winter with a dark grey suede boot or a tan/camel colour and pair with a winter white sweater instead.

Floral Print Skirt £49.99 Zara 

This is a good one as there are lots of different colours you can wear with the skirt and the black in it is perfect with boots.

Printed Pleated Skirt £29.99 Zara 

Animal Floral Pleated Skirt £72 Jigsaw 

This is styled in a very summery way but if you swap the white tee for a winter white chunky knit or a black fluffy one and wear with boots/trainers then this is spot on for winter too.

Calf Length Skirt £19.99 H&M

As well as black and white, try a soft lilac knit with this.


Animal Print Button Detail Midi £59.50 Oliver Bonas

Martina Chiffon Midi Skirt £65 Hush

Leopard Print A Line Midi Skirt £49 Sosandar

Love the colour combo It also comes in blue as well as other options.

Black and White Animal Print Skater Skirt £35 Topshop

This is already sold out online in sizes from 10 upwards but stores did have stock. It’s a goodie – easy to wear with black or white tops.

Calf length Skirt £34.99 H&M

Is it an animal print or just an abstract print? Not sure it matters as this is very lovely and easy to wear with black or white.


And next week, I’ll be looking at the best of the leather jackets to layer over the top.



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