Neoprene has been popping up on skirts everywhere lately: we took this Dorothy Perkins black neoprene pencil skirt into the interrogation room for a little chat…
SUSPECT: Black neoprene pencil skirt
LOCATION: Dorothy Perkins
Full skirts may be fashionable right now, but for me they’re a style staple, and I rarely meet one I don’t like. I first of all picked up this Dorothy Perkins number in navy (now sold out), and liked it so much I decided that, at just £22, it would be silly not to go back for the black version, too. Well, it’s a style I know I’ll get a LOT of use out (I’m wearing it as I write this…), and I’ve always been of the opinion that when you find something you really love, you may as well buy one in every colour. Sadly for me, but luckily for my bank balance, Dorothy Perkins have yet to release this skirt in any other colours, but if they do? I’m ON IT.
What I liked about this, other than the price, obviously, is the un-crushable fabric. Neoprene might sound like an odd choice for a skirt many people would describe as 50s-inspired, but it really helps modernise an old classic, and it will stand up to a full day of sitting in an office chair without picking up a single crease. This is a BIG plus point for me: I loathe ironing, but I also detest creased clothes, so the fact that this looks just as good at the end of the day as it did at the start is a real plus-point.
The neoprene fabric also helps the skirt hold its shape, so it doesn’t look droopy, like some skirts of this length. It’s a full, flared style, which is gathered at the elasticated waist, to create a shape that’s nice and full, without looking OTT or costumey.
In terms of sizing, I ordered my usual size, which fits perfectly, so I’d say it’s true to size. I’m just a smidge under 5’4″, and it hits just above the knee, which is a nice, wearable length: not too long or too short. (Interestingly, the navy version is actually longer, and hits below the knee.)
My verdict? Great value for money, and a great wardrobe basic – more colours, please, Dorothy Perkins!