Save or Splurge? Red skater skirts by Preen and River Island

Behold the red skater skirt! Not exactly a hot trend item – well, you know, it’s a red skirt: they’ve been around forever, and they’ll probably be around forever more. There are a few more of them around than usual this summer, though, probably because of the whole 50s vibe that’s going on in fashion right now, and which has seen the swirly skirt rise to prominence once more, whether attached to dresses, or on its own.

Skirts like these are available in lots of different colours at the moment. We particularly like them in red, though, because they have a very classic feel that’s just begging to be work with something like a striped sweater or knotted white shirt, and a simple pair of ballet flats. So the two skirts above get the Fashion Police thumbs up: the only question remaining is, which one would we buy?

The question is, of course, a strictly hypothetical one, obviously. Sadly, a police officer’s salary doesn’t stretch to £910 – or £910 anything else’s, to be completely honest – so while we have no hesitation in saying that the Preen skirt shown on the left of the image above (click here to buy it from Far Fetch) is definitely the nicer of the two, with better quality fabric (at least, as far as we can tell from the image), and a higher waist, which can be more flattering to the figure with this particular style of skirt.

The River Island skirt, meanwhile (click here to buy it, although be aware that it’s sold out in many sizes, so you may have to look for it in-store instead) is made from good ol’ polyester, which accounts for the much lower price, but would be easy to throw on with a t-shirt and sandals for a cool summer look.

Does the low price make it more attractive to you, though? Well, actually, if we had to choose, we wouldn’t buy either of these. Nope, we’d actually buy this version of the River Island skirt, which is the midi-length version:

At £34.99, this one’s just a little more expensive than its shorter sister, but as well as creating a more 50s-inspired shape, the longer length is also more to our personal tastes, too, and we have to give props to River Island here for being one of the few brands around at the moment to recognise that one hem length does not suit all, and make at least some of its items available in two different lengths. (ASOS can take a bow for this too, although they don’t do it quite often enough for our liking!).

But we digress. Back to the issue at hand. If you were in the market for a red, skater-style skirt, which one of these would you go for, do you think. Would you SAVE or SPLURGE?


  • July 6, 2011


    I’m with you – the midi skirt from River Island ticks my boxes…

    But, in answer to your actual, real question, I say, the Splurge skirt is better – it looks higher quality and I reckon it would be more flattering on most people. BUT, £910 for a skirt… You gotta be kidding me!

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  • July 6, 2011

    A Certain Vintage

    river island have some great skirts at the minute in midi length, even the maxis are nicer than the average high street ones…loving this red number for summer!

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  • July 7, 2011


    I love that mid-length skirt from River Island so much I want to cry! But when I first saw it I didn’t have the money to buy it, and now its sold out 🙁

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