Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Day 7: The day-to-night skirt
Sheer pleats are the way to work this season's longer length. Not only are they a refreshing change from heavy, woollen pleats, they're perfect for taking you from the office to the party, too.
I love how the prim pleats and demure hemline of this Topshop skirt contrast with the fluid, semi-transparent chiffon, making it a versatile 2-for-1 outfit: work skirt by day; party skirt by night.
Now, if you're worried that the fabric is a little risque for work, rest assured there is a short slip underneath. Plus, once you add black tights, visible flesh becomes a more reserved silhouette instead. (I've just worn the skirt with bare legs to give an idea of how see-through the material is; btw, the jacket is Jil Sander for Uniqlo and the shoes are M&S.)
The skirt comes in black, navy and wine for £38 and in silver and gold lurex for £45. There's also a maxi-length black version for £45 which looks stunning on taller figures. Expect this trend to run into the next season as more gauzy pleats crop up in spring/summer's colourful palette and prints. Until then, make sure you hit the dance floor in this – it's perfect to try out some of those Strictly Coming Dancing moves!