I’ve seen chictopia (wrongly) described as ‘a sea of bandage skirts’ and while I favour a slimmer fitting skirt myself, sometimes it’s good to mix things up a bit and reach for fuller pleated styles. At least with these there’s no need to worry about the shirt tucking issue or the dreaded VPL.
On me, a bandage skirt can sometimes look too slutty with bare legs and heels (possessing the pastiest legs and most vertiginous heels imaginable) whereas a more flippy pleated skirt positively demands a heel, looking too girlish worn with flats.
Unfortunately, on days full of errands* when you need an unrestrictive skirt and shoe combo, pleated skirts with flats make the most practical sense. They also make me feel like a five year old, or at least a pre-teen school girl.
To avoid the little girl effect of the pairing, a few simple additions can make a whole lot of difference…
Masculine shoes: Rather than girly flats, these create contrast.
Hosiery: Gala’s socks are an unexpected and fabulous touch. My tights prevent the inevitable Monroe moments which these skirts create.
Underwear: On me, a slight bra flashing doesn’t work, but Annabel puts it to great effect here preventing her outfit from looking too ‘cute’.
Leather Jacket: The sartorial equivalent of a cup of tea. ie, it solves everything.
*This is me running ‘errands’ in Urban Outfitters. They really need to clean their mirrors more regularly.