Two Ways Tuesday: Gorman Skirt

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouCardigan: Eugenie Cashmere (similar here)

Skirt: Gorman (Remixed)

Tights: Sonsee Woman

Shoes: Wittner

Belt: Similar Here

This Gorman skirt is one of those items in my wardrobe that doesn’t get a huge amount of air-time on the blog because it’s such a statement piece.

I remixed it from a too-small dress a few years ago, and the result’s a lovely silk skirt in russetty burnt orange, with mustard bunting flags and a navy hem. For someone like me who likes a bit of the matchy-matchy those three colours gives a good scope to play with.

For my first Two-Ways outfit I made it a little more formal by teaming it navy opaque tights from Sonsee (They’re a 60 denier, so just a hint of skin through the fabric) with a buttoned-up cashmere cardigan. I’ve sewn the cardigan closed, as I tend to wear this one as a layering sweater most often. It gives the cardigan a lean line and prevents gaping between the buttons.

Frocks and Frou FrouBelt: Similar Here

A belt right at the waist gives a good shape, while also making sure my proportions aren’t thrown out by the hip-length cardigan. The golden brown of the belt is echoed by the hue of the skirt, and the floral motif on the buckle provides a nice contrast to the geometric triangles on the hem.

For my second Two-Ways outfit I dressed the skirt down with a slouchy t-shirt from Dream Diva and another cashmere cardigan from Boden.

I’m still playing with the same colour palette: navy, mustard and rust but the whole effect is a lot looser and more casual.

The bare legs, and the pale yellow cardigan lighten the look, as does the light catching the spangly sequinned heart on the t-shirt.

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouCardigan: Boden

Tee: Dream Diva

Skirt: As Above

Shoes: Seychelles via DSW

And, um, yeah. The hair’s gone! I finally took the plunge and went got the crop! No more hair tutorials for a while, but I think I need to start buying some cute headbands.

Don’t Be Koi

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Top: Dorothy Perkins

Skirt: Dream Diva

Shoes: Wittner

Belt: Glassons

Well, the midi-length 3/4 circle skirt is officially my new favourite style.

After so much success with the Asos “fit and flare” skirt, and my own DIY’d version of the same I’ve been on the lookout for similar pieces.

I spotted this one in the window at Dream Diva as I was driving past some months ago but wrote it off because colour was so bright, and the fabric so thin.

Of course, come summer I started looking for bright colours and thin fabrics, and as I hadn’t had any further luck tracking down more “fit and flare” midi skirts I thought I’d go back to Dream Diva and see if they still had the skirt in my size.

Fortunately they did, and it was half price at a whopping $29.95.

In person the thin fabric doesn’t seem like such a big deal. I won’t be wearing lacy panties underneath it any time soon, but I haven’t found that the fabric was staticky or clingy at all. It just drapes and flows and flutters pleasingly around the legs (and less pleasingly around the shoulders when caught in a freak windstorm.) Most importantly it doesn’t seem to crush badly.

I feel like the skirt is too long and needs a few inches taken from the hem to really harness its flirty, summery potential, but it goes nicely with my Dorothy Perkins koi/goldfish top.

And, if the orange is just a bit too much Dream Diva is now doing it in black, though it’s still full price.

If you’re wanting something a bit heavier Asos is re-visiting the original in a weighty Ponte fabric. It’s the exact same fit as the cotton drill version I originally bought, though the fabric doesn’t have quite the same stiffness, and doesn’t sit out quite as satisfactorily. The jersey does mean it’s doesn’t crush at all though, and it comes in a broad range of colours. And also a graphic check print that I’m trying really REALLY hard not to succumb to.