I mentioned on an Instagram post back at the beginning of the year about taking more risks with my style. I’ve lost a lot of my body confidence, and I feel like that could be because I’m in a rut with clothing! So when Yours Clothing asked me to choose an outfit to feature on my blog, I decided to go for something a bit different!
Okay, so it’s not the absolute opposite of what I usually wear, but I decided to try this checked skater skirt, which is a tad shorter than I usually go for! This is actually the shortest skirt I own, because my usual 50s style doesn’t often call for shorter skirts. And it’s oddly nerve-wracking to see my knees, haha!
I’m around 5’7″, and this full-circle skirt sits around three inches above the knee. Perfect for shorter gals who want a knee-length skater, I’d say! I took a UK20 in this skirt, and the sizing is great. The waistband is black elastic, therefore has sooo much stretch! It’s pretty true to size, but smaller waists could also go down a size. The fullness of the skirt means it’s free on the hips, too!
To go with the skirt, I was a little uninspired by the tops and jumpers that Yours Clothing offered. Considering it’s a brand that caters to plus sized women that wear more mainstream fashions, there’s a lot of floaty tops and cold shoulder jumpers. I don’t actually understand the cold shoulder thing – if anyone can explain to me, I’d appreciate it. But for me personally, I can’t get on board with loose-fitting clothes. I like my flared skirts and dresses, but I need to keep things tight up top otherwise I lose all my shape!
So to put together my co-ordination, I went for a basic black 3/4 sleeve top. But you know what? I love it! The jersey is soft and thick, and the neckline and sleeve bands keep it close to you skin so it’s not going to stretch out! I took a UK20 in this top, but I think you can see that I could’ve gone down a size or two. I’d recommend at least one size down for a tight fit, or your usual size for a looser one. Either way, I’ll be wearing it throughout winter with all my skirts!
I’m going to ignore that my belt is off-centre in these photos. Gah.
This outfit was perfect for a little wander around Alexandra Palace, paired with the comfiest boots from Primark and this adorable Russian Dolls Backpack from Vendula London – which is now only £38.75 in the sale!
You know, though, I really like this sort of style. I talked about Melody Casual a while back – and maybe this is the beginning of my REAL casual side? What do you think?