What I wore: the trouble with skirts

I don’t know about you but I am partial to a bit of skirt action in the office.

Skirts are a versatile separate and come sunny weather, often a more comfortable alternative to pants. In comparison with the other “traditional lady-staple” aka the dress, a skirt can be mixed and matched with different tops to create completely new looks. The most common ladylike style can be achieved by co-ordinating with a polished blouse and classic heel or go fresh and contrast with a sports luxe knit and the season’s shoe.

All that said; skirts can cause a bit of trouble. Shorter or body-con skirts can ride up as you try to walk down the street; while A-line styles have a habit of moving up  inconveniently when you’ve settled into big comfy boardroom chairs. And almost all styles of skirt have a propensity to literally go for a spin around your waistline; I managed to photograph myself being a victim of this when I wore this skirt to MSFW recently.

Skirt around the wrong way

Spinning around: the split of my skirt has moved around! Some skirts are better than others but once you realise that you have a “mover”, remember to look down and check that yours is round the right way!

The thing about “spinners” is that you won’t actually realise how much a skirt will spin until you’ve bought it and are getting about your day and suddenly realise that it’s spun around the wrong way! I often say that clothing shops should have treadmills to help identify flaws like this but at the same time I know (1) that’s never going to happen and (2) I have plenty a spinning skirt that I’d still buy!

business chic floral skirtI’m wearing blazer by designer Veronique Branquinho who has recently returned to designing | blouse by Cacharel that I picked up in Paris | skirt SheInside | shoes Bared Footwear

How to keep a skirt in place:

Consider the following four factors to help you find a skirt that will stay in place:

  1. Waist-band: A snug (not tight)-fitting waist-band will slow down the spin.
  2. Shape: The more that the skirt is a “column” around the body, the less its contact with hips which means that it will move around less. For example a body-con skirt rides up because it has lots of contact whereas a pencil skirt  tends to spin around rather than ride up while a full 50s skirt with a sturdy waist band won’t move around as much as the first two.
  3. Fabric: The type of fabric used is important; heavier fabrics will move around less than lighter silk-y (i.e. silk or a poly-bled) fabrics. In the warmer season, seek out a sturdy linen or good quality knit.
  4. Length: Longer skirts won’t ride up and are slower to spin around.

How do you go about wearing skirts at work?

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