This week's Grazia described my new favourite skirt style a an 'umbrella', this describes it perfectly, the look is not just short and flicky, it needs to be a substantial fabric so that it sticks out with some panache.
I was first drawn to the style back in the Summer when I read this article...
Also I think that subliminally I have been influenced by Bourbon and Pearls who has been championing this look for a while.
My hips are slim, but my waist is not, so I need a skirt style that fits across the hips and then flares out, and of course it needs to be in a fabric that will remain 'out'. I had an old taffeta skirt in my cupboard (from about 1987!) with the right fit on the hips, but an awful length, just below the knee, makes me look like Worzle Gummidge's Aunt Sally, see a few post down where I am wearing the blue skirt from Coast, for a further illustration of how badly I suit longer unfitted skirts.
My lovely friend, who is much better with a needle and thread than I will ever be, cut about 12 inches off the bottom and lo and behold I have an umbrella skirt...
I wore it with a short jacket by Intrend, a secondary line from Max Mara, which is great quality and about 25% of the price and a Gap top and Emma Hope ankle boots.
Slightly anxious about mutton and lamb syndrome, I ventured to a work meeting, but was pleased to get quite a few compliments from ladies my own age.
Emboldened by success I invested in a taffeta frill dress from Top Shop that I pull down on to my hips for the same effect and wear with a fitted Valentino knit.