What She Wears: Skirts

November 3, 2009

Daily Digest

What She Wears: Skirts

By Siobhan Lam

Skirts have undergone a transformation as of late. Dull, dark a-line skirts are history – welcome a multitude of outrageous prints and most importantly, oversized shapes, into your life. No longer will the skirt skulk, crumpled in the dark corners of our cupboards – oh no, it’s time for the skirt to step into the limelight!

Always at the fore front of any important fashion trend, Louis Vuitton really embraced the idea of voluminous skirts. The label turned its attention to the tulip shape which featured heavily in their autumn/winter collection. Never one to approach a trend with subtlety, Marc Jacobs went for the ‘bigger is better’ approach and the collection was all drama and utterly exquisite. Rihanna certainly seemed to think so when she wore the label from head to toe (see above) with exactly the right dollop of attitude.

For those of us lacking Rihanna’s disposable income, we can easily find our fashion fix on the high street. Topshop has some slick options – for a replica of Rihanna’s, look no further than the structured origami skirt (£38, €42).

However, the tulip shape is not for everyone. It does add a certain amount of bulk to the body, so curvier ladies should proceed with caution. For those lucky thin ladies looking to create some curves, the tulip is your new BFF! Team it with a vintage tee during the day and a sequin tank and tailored blazer (Emma Boutique , Clarendon St., Dublin 2 ,€140) for an edgy night-time look.

At the opposite end of the fashion spectrum lies the pencil skirt which is perfect for curves. The pencil skirt skims the body without too much emphasis and elongates the body. Lanvin brought it right up to trend with their beautifully draped skirts for winter 09, creating an elegant, subtle profile.

When purchasing a pencil skirt I would always suggest a “to-the-knee” length. For maximum slimming effect, go for a heavier material – it looks much better draped across the body. Curvier celebrities like Kate Winslet and Kim Kardashian know how to work a pencil skirt to their advantage – nothing says strength and sensuality like a perfectly snug pencil skirt.

Coast have a flattering satin, pencil skirt for €99, it’s such a “wow” piece – wear it with a round-neck white shoulder padded blouse (€49.95 Zara) for a lady-like polished look and an incredible silhouette.

If the above skirts don’t rock your boat, try a body-con skirt which is great for the exhibitionist (Urban Outfitters have some great ones) or full skirts for those romantics yearning for something a little more traditional.

Whatever your personal taste, there is a skirt out there for you!

Siobhan Lam is a part-time actress and a full-time fashion fanatic, she studied English in University and will return in the New Year to study fashion – in the meantime she manages a fashion boutique in the city centre.

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5 Responses to “What She Wears: Skirts”

  1. Jamie Hughes Says:

    Great article!!!

  2. Sinead Moo! Says:

    This is fantastic, I totally agree! Skirts are an excellent transitional piece for the new winter season that can be warmed up with tights and cardis and this article will help in the most clueless fashionista work (and find) a look that will suit them best!

  3. Evelyn Power Says:

    I completly agree with what siobhan has written,I found it easy to read and very informative.I will keep this article in mind while on my next shopping trip!

  4. Mr T. Says:

    Nice!! (but I just don’t have the legs to pull off a skirt, let alone a pencil skirt! 😛 )


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