Skirts

Style On Trial: Sheer boned skirt by Boutique

Not content with the sheer trousers they unleashed upon the world last week, Boutique are now also selling this sheer boned skirt on the Topshop website for the grand price of £50. “That’s all very well, Fashion Police,” we hear you ask, “but why is it On Trial? The Fashion Police hate sheer garments with a fiery passion. Why not just throw it straight into the slammer, like you do with everything else that can have the word “sheer” attached to it”. It’s a good question, young Jedis, and we’re glad you asked it. The thing is, we’re not completely convinced this skirt is a crime of fashion. We’ll just let you pick your jaw off the floor before we…

Fashion Trends: peplum skirts

The peplum skirt (or dress) has popped up in fashion at various points in history, most noteably during the 40s, when this look was all the rage, but it looks like the peplum is having a bit of a “moment” again this winter, with a huge amount of skirts and dresses featuring this distinctive style. What does everyone think of it, though? We’re normally huge fans of anything even remotely 40s-inspired, but we have to admit that while we don’t hate it by any means, this isn’t our favourite look, purely because we prefer our pencil skirts unadorned, and we think peplums can look a little fussy if not done right. When they are done right, though? Well, that’s a…

When two skirts collide…

The most pointless skirt(s) ever? Or a really brilliant way to get you through one of those hard-to-dress-for days? If we were feeling generous, we’d say this Mariella Burani skirt fell into the latter category. After all, we’ve probably all had those days where you’re going straight out after work and don’t have time to change – this caters to both scenarios, giving you an "office" skirt and "party" skirt in one. Genius. Unfortunately, though, we’re not feeling generous, so this just looks to us like the kind of thing that wouldn’t actually be appropriate wear anywhere. Whaddya think, folks? The kind of thing you’d pay £230? If so, you can buy it at Yoox.com.

Where would you wear a pink feather mini skirt? WHERE?

OK, Topshop, you got us this time: we’re totally stumped here. And sure, we know Halloween is just around the corner, but seriously, Topshop. Seriously. A pink feather mini skirt? Why? Where? And for the love of God, how?! How would you wear it? Where would you wear it? Why would you wear it? And, perhaps more importantly: would anyone out there wear it? If you would, it’s £45 and it’s also available in brown and black. Which isn’t a whole lot better as far as we’re concerned…

Would you wear… LNA’s latex pencil skirt?

Now, we know you probably looked at the two pictures above and immediately asked yourself just what the hell The Fashion Police were thinking off, visiting “adult” websites and then acting all surprised to find things like latex skirts for sale on them, but don’t worry, we haven’t been. No, we actually found this skirt for sale at Shopbop of all places, and that really was a bit of a surprise to be honest, because its presence there says one thing to us: that they’re expecting us to wear it as a fashion item, rather than as a purely sexy one. So, would you? Would you be prepared to take the latex out of the bedroom and into the public…

Budget Buy of the Week: Floral shadow satin skirt from Forever 21

Would you have guessed this skirt came from Forever 21 if the name hadn’t been in the title? We don’t think we would have, and while it may be a different matter altogether if we were to see it in person, for now we’re just going to content ourselves by imagining it’s every bit as nice in real life as it is in the picture. We’d wear it with a simple black fitted top and pumps – if you have an outfit in mind for it too, you can buy it for $22.80 at Forever 21.

Trousers with skirts attached to them: spotted!

Remember a couple of weeks ago, when we were reminiscing about the 90s trend for trousers with skirts attached to them? Well, we found an example for you, and as it turns out, that trend may not be quite so "nineties" after all, because if you like it, you can buy this trouser/skirt combo for the "bargain" price of £528 from designer Yohji Yamamoto. Or, of course, you could just wear an existing skirt over an existing pair of trousers, save yourself the £528, and create exactly the same effect – although we’d guess the "double waistband" you’d be dealing with if you chose to do that could end up being a bit of a pain… Is this a look you…

Spooky Skirts: Skull print high waist skirt by Betsey Johnson

Our apologies for the sudden deluge of bat/skull-inspired fashion on the site this month, but we are but the messengers – blame the designers who seem to think that because it’s October, we’re all going to want to rush out and start buying appropriately "scary" items of clothing. Skulls, of course, have been around for a long time now in fashion, and not just at this time of year, so perhaps we can let Betsey Johnson off the hook for jumping on the "spooky" bandwagon. Can we let her off the hook for creating a high-waisted, skull-print skirt, though? Well, that’s for you to decide: we’re not big enough fans of the print to want to wear this, and it’d…

Strange Skirts: “divided” skirt by Bless

We’ve been staring at this skirt for quite some time now, but we’re still no closer to understanding it, we’re afraid.  From where we’re sitting, it looks like a regular, not particularly flattering, skirt with two large flaps sewn onto each side. As incomprehensible as that is to us in any case, the fact that you’d need to walk around like the model, holding the “flaps” out at your sides, in order for anyone to even know they were there makes it even more so. And the fact that it’s £364? More incomprehensible still. Of course, it could just be a really bad photo. We hope so. We’re just not convinced it is, are you?

Preen’s ‘Wedge’ skirt: hips are big this year – literally.

This isn’t the first big-hipped skirt we’ve had to apprehend recently, so we can come to only one conclusion, and it’s a scary one: hips are clearly "in fashion" this year. Eeek! Fashionable or not, we don’t think we’ll be paying £270 for Preen’s ‘Wedge’ skirt anytime soon, and we reckon the reasons for this should be fairly obvious. Like, "sticking out like a couple of massive saddlebags" obvious. Seriously, though, what’s hidden under there? Is it a new way to carry your belongings? Actual saddlebags? Or just a skirt that’ll give new meaning to the phrase "childbearing hips"? We’re not sure, but if you think it’s the best thing since the farthingale, you can buy it here.

80s fashion strikes again with Unique Boutique’s puffball skirt

Oh, those 80s! They brought us so many fashion crimes to arrest, and amongst these was the puffball skirt. Guaranteed to make your hips look huge (you’d never have to ask the old "does my bum look big in this?" question with a puffball skirt because, well, yes. It did.) and give you the appearance of a ball on legs, the puffball skirt made a bid for fashion freedom once again during the current decade, and while we thought we’d rounded up them all, it turns out there are still some on the loose, including this pink and black number by Unique Boutique. You may, of course, find this delightfully quirky and fun, in which case you’re going to want…

Forever 21 take the recession seriously, make skirts out of old scraps

We’re sure no one reading this needs The Fashion Police to tell them that times are hard right now. Gas prices are rising, businesses are going bust, and we keep receiving press releases telling us how to become "recessionistas" and save money by buying that must-have designer handbag on sale rather than at full retail price. Genius! In the face of such absurdity, it’s always good to see a retailer taking the economic crisis seriously, and saving money any way they can. Take Forever 21, for instance. They’ve cunningly fashioned this long skirt from old scraps of material found on their cutting room floor. Now that’s what we call being a true "recessionista"! They say this is "fabulously eye catching". …

Outfits for the Indecisive: Maison Martin Margiela’s leather trousers/skirt combo

Hey, does anyone here remember a brief trend back in the 90s for trousers that had a skirt attached to them? Anyone? They were just regular, tailored trousers, of the kind you’d wear to an office job, say, but they’d have this little "pelmet" style skirt over the top of them. What did you think of that trend, if you do remember it? We have to say, it wasn’t a look the young Fashion Police were ever into, but if you like to layer, find it hard to choose between trousers and skirts when you’re getting dressed in the morning, and were secretly hoping that trend would make a comeback, your luck could be in. Here’s Maison Martin Margiela’s updated…

Poltock & Walsh skirt with ruffle front – just a little bit too much, perhaps?

Umm, yeah. We’d say those are just a few too many ruffles, wouldn’t you? Mercifully, you can take the "ruffle front" part of the description seriously here: the back of this Poltock & Walsh skirt is plain black, which is a good thing, because we reckon you’d find it pretty uncomfortable to sit down in otherwise. This is £350 and we’re guessing that a helluva lot of workmanship has gone into creating it, but we can’t help it – we still think it looks like a bizarre form of fungi. What do you think?   

Wear or Die: Customised skirts

For this week’s Wear or Die we’ve ventured into the wild and not-very-wonderful territory of the customised skirt, bringing back these two little beauties for you all to try on. You know the rules of the game: you must choose one of these items to wear – or you must die. Sorry. So, which is it going to be: Tweetie Pie or Jane of the Jungle? Little-girl-in-a-mini-skirt or… well, Jane of the Jungle. The tacky jungle. The choice is yours, dear readers – just remember that if you don’t choose, you die!* *Note: not really

Plaid skirt escapes kidnap attempt

The mini kilt isn’t something The Fashion Police generally approve of, being allergic to tartan and all, but we have to admit to feeling sorry for this one, which was clearly tied up with those ropes, escaping only to have to wade through a treacherous, boggy marsh in order to fight its way to freedom. And while it’s really a shame for all that effort to go to waste, we’re afraid in its current state we’re going to have to send it straight back to captivity, this time in The Fashion Police jail. Shame.

Skirts on Sale: get 20% off summer skirts at Dorothy Perkins

It’s the season of the skirt, and to help you stock up for summer, Dororthy Perkins are currently offering 20% off all skirts for a limited time. We’d happily buy any of the three shown above, but there are lots of different skirt styles available, in everything from mini to maxi lengths, so click here to find yours!

Style on Trial: Patchwork denim skirt by Emilio de la Morena

Have yer guessed what it is yet? < /rolfharris> OK, so we clearly gave the game away by using the words "patrchwork skirt" in the title of this post, but when when we first found this, over at Two See, we weren’t 100% sure what we actually were seeing. At first glance it looked like some kind of  cuff or something, but nope, it’s Emilio de la Morena’s patchwork denim skirt, and we’re keen to know what you think of it. This is far from your ordinary denim mini skirt, you see, and while our days of wearing denim minis have now been put well behind us, we’re wondering whether those of you who can still get away with such…

Wanted! 50’s style full skirts from Oasis

Every summer, The Fashion Police find themselves seduced by the lure of full-skirted, 50s style skirts, just like these ones from Oasis, which make us want to pull on a pair of bobby socks and head down to the local record hop. Well, maybe without the bobby socks bit… These skirts are very fun and feminine, and if you don’t want to look like an extra from Grease, you can wear them, like the ASOS model, with nude or tan coloured sandals and a simple little top. Then you can spin round like a dancer and watch those skirts twirl!

Spotted! Sheer Skirts at Yoox. Yes, they really do exist…

Remember a few months back, when sheer was being touted as the next big thing in fashion, and we were all apparently going to be walking around in sheer shirts, skirts and, most horrifyingly of all, shants? Yeah, didn’t quite happen, did it? There are, however, corners of the fashion world in which totally sheer items are, indeed, being sold, and one of those corners is Yoox.com, where you’ll find this Missotten skirt selling for a bargain £67. No, it doesn’t look better with the leggings, does it? And no, those leggings don’t look better with the sheer skirt over them, either. Kind of a lose-lose situation all round, no? Sadly, for those of you who like this look, the…