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  • The Skirt


    Consider the skirts in your wardrobe and how often you wear them. If the answer is not much, here’s the refresher you need on how to make the most of them.

    By Petro

    A skirt is the piece of clothing I reach for most often in my wardrobe. Of course, I love trousers and dresses too. But if I were to tally it up, skirts would win. There are a few reasons why: for me, skirts not only always create a silhouette that flatters my shape, but they also offer the most versatility. And they pair perfectly with my other great love: a button-down shirt (followed closely by a simple tee). Here are the staples I couldn’t be without, and that form the basis of the perfect skirt capsule wardrobe.

    Photography Eva K Salvi



    There aren’t many pieces in my wardrobe that I can adjust every time I wear them so the fit is perfect: perhaps that’s why wrap skirts hold a special place in my fashion-loving heart. My top tip is to always size up. That way you avoid the dreaded slit (when there’s not enough fabric to give you the right coverage) and you’ll get the fit just right. Wear it with something relaxed on top and always tuck for the most flattering silhouette.



    Take a peek in my wardrobe and you’ll be overwhelmed by floral prints, which border on being an obsession of mine. This season, I’m reaching for archive prints that almost feel like old wallpaper. For me, the reason these have real longevity is because there’s already something so nostalgic about them.



    For me, a utility skirt is the chino pants of the skirt world, which means it provides endless outfit combinations. Pair it with a simple white t-shirt and trainers for everyday, or tonal shades to upgrade the look. And consider accessories: utility pieces work best when you add a little personality. Here, I added studded loafers (and my beloved check trench).



    When it comes to effortless, nothing beats a denim skirt. For me, it always needs that 70s feel, meaning A-line, dark denim and the super-flattering maxi length. Here, I’ve paired it with an old favourite khaki shirt and block heels, which is my workday sweet spot. I wouldn’t shy away from double denim here either: the trick is to match the shade as closely as you can, which will look sharper than contrasting shades.



    Easy to whip on and providing endless possibilities for day or night, a statement maxi has never let me down. To conquer the day, slides, a black tee and tote get the job done. For night I’d stick with a flat shoe, but add a pretty silk blouse in a matching or contrasting print – a maxi is so simple to transform.



    I’ve always had very clear ideas about what suits me, and what doesn’t. And because of that, I have tended to steer clear of ruffled skirts with asymmetric hemlines, assuming they add too much bulk to my bottom half. This Preen skirt converted me. The silhouette is so flattering and the design shows a little leg while still looking demure. It’s easy to elevate with basics from my wardrobe for night, but I happily wear it with trainers and a denim jacket for a brunch date.



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