Falling For a Skirt and How to Get Great Cost Per Wear

If you have been following me and the blog for some time you might have realised that you don’t often see me in a skirt. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, I’m not keen on tights and find trousers easier to wear and two, finding a skirt that works for my shape is also problematic. However, last week I had a bit of a lightbulb moment. As a personal stylist I can happily pick items to suit my clients, but it is so true that what we see in the mirror isn’t what others see!

Last week, Liz and I spent time in Marks and Spencer trying on Christmas Party outfits (blog post coming soon) and I fell in love with a skirt. Not one I would normally choose at all. Any skirts I have been wearing have been straight, with some stretch and without a waistband, the complete opposite to this skirt. But suddenly I had my Hourglass figure back, albeit a larger Hourglass than it was before children. I realised that I needed this skirt in my wardrobe (you know when that need strikes!) Now you might think that someone who spouts on about cost per wear shouldn’t be buying a party skirt that might only get worn once this Christmas, but that is where my styling magic comes in to play. Because not only will I be wearing this skirt for parties, I will also be wearing it in the daytime too – here’s how I will be getting my cost per wear from this gorgeous skirt…

First as I tried it in Marks and Spencer…

How to wear a full skirt, party wear ideas

Coat // Shirt // Skirt // Necklace // Shoes //

I loved this look styled with a white shirt, heels and a faux fur coat. I have to admit that the shirt was a bit of a revelation too. Being busty I avoid shirts because they always pull across the bust and end up revealing my bra. This one however, is a “no peep” shirt with double sets of buttons alternating on the outside and inside and with a good amount of stretch in the fabric, so yes there really was no peep of my underwear and at £15 it’s an absolute bargain and available in 4 colours. I did like the look with heels but unfortunately, for me they were definitely taxi shoes, i.e. I couldn’t walk further than from the curb to a restaurant table. By the way the coat, which actually does have a silver lining – so they do exist – had come home with me the week before – oops!

So next I tried the skirt for more of a dressy look…

How to wear a full skirt, party wear ideas, one skirt 4 ways,

Cardigan old – similar // Boots //

Paired with a really old sequin embellished cardigan from Hobbs, which I had kept but not worn for ages because I thought it was now too short on me. With this skirt though it works and is the perfect length.

My next look was also one I would wear for a daytime event or perhaps something like a carol service…

How to wear a full skirt, party wear ideas, one skirt 4 ways,

Roll neck top // Necklace old from Phase Eight // Belt // Gilet old – similar //

Another item I haven’t worn for a while – a belt!

My final look is more casual…

How to wear a full skirt, party wear ideas, one skirt 4 ways,

Necklace old from M&S – alternative // Jumper // Belt //

This time worn with one of my cosy jumpers gifted by Pure Collection. This skirt has so many colours in it that I still have plenty more options. I’m going to try it with red and cobalt blue tops/jumpers and I think a pair of neutral beige or biscuit coloured boots would look good to.

So the moral to this story is, sometimes you just have to try new things (or in my case long forgotten ones) and as I am well known for saying, don’t forget the accessories!


  1. November 13, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Amazing as ever Maria. You look lovely in your skirt and it’s great the way you adapt things for different occasions.

    • Maria
      November 16, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you Val, I love it, it has such a glamorous feel to it and it is too pretty to sit in the cupboard so I am going to make sure it gets worn 🙂

  2. Georgina
    November 16, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    Great post, Maria, and your skirt looks fabulous.

    • Maria
      November 16, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Thank you Georgina, I am glad you liked it.

  3. Truus
    November 17, 2017 / 5:49 am

    Great skirt and great outfits. This looks fab on you and it inspires me how to wear a floral skirt that is hanging in my closet. If I make a suggestion: I honoustly think you should avoid the turtleneck . The colour looks great on you, but a v-neck would be so much more flattering.

  4. Pat
    November 18, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    You look great in this skirt, Maria! I especially like the more form fitting tops with it…thanks for the encouragement to try something new because we may like it!
    A fan,