Scuba Doo

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Blouse: Princess Highway

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Seychelles

I’ve been seeing different incarnation of this midi skirt pop-up on the blogs that I read for some months now. It looks like Asos knows that they’re onto a winner with it, and has released it in umpteen different colours, so I’ve seen it in blue and pink on LuAnne, in hot pink on Sian, in white, and red on Georgette.

It’s called the “Full Midi Skirt in Scuba with Pockets“, and I figured that since I was a fan of four out of five of those adjectives (full, midi, skirt, pockets) and totally unfamiliar with the fifth (scuba) maybe I should give it a whirl.

The skirt doesn’t fasten with a zipper – the scuba fabric is stretchy enough to allow it to pull on, and the reviews online recommended that you size down (I bought the 14, which fit my waist comfortably). I couldn’t go past the peach colour, which ended up being a more deeper coral hue than the blush I’d anticipated, but will probably be more versatile in the long run.

It turns out “scuba” is a very dense stretchy fabric…. like a scuba suit, unsurprisingly. It’s soft and vaguely rubbery to the touch, resists crushing, and stands out on its own so it’s well suited for full-skirted styles like this one. It’s not by any means a “natural” feeling fabric, but I’m a pretty tactile person and I wasn’t repulsed by the touch; it’s not crunchy or plastic feeling, just kind of… squeaky.

First the good: It fits well at the waist, and flares very satisfactorily at the hips. This is an ideal skirt for people with a high hip to waist ratio, and it’s also a good for faking an hourglass shape for those of us who are a little bit more up-and-down The pockets are deep and practical, but be aware that they do add a bit of extra volume because the fabric is so thick.

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I liked that the skirt didn’t have any zippers or fastenings, it’s a good length (even on 5’4″ me) and a really classic style for a very good price.

The only thing preventing me from giving this skirt a resounding two-thumbs-up review is that fact that, unexpectedly, scuba fabric pills like a BITCH. I’ve had this skirt for a couple of months now and I’ve discovered that on both hips where my bag bumps it has scuffed up rough patches that have become as pilly as a pair of fleece tracksuit pants. I had a bit of a go with my fabric comb, but that only seemed to exacerbate the problem, so I’m going to try and get one of those electric-razor-fabric-shaver type things and see if that helps.

It’s not a huge issue, and for the moment it’s not obvious enough to prevent me from wearing the skirt, but it’s annoying and means that I can’t wholeheartedly endorse the product without adding the disclaimer that unless you liked a friction-free life, you’d be unlikely to get much more than a few months worth of wear out of the skirt before it started looking tatty.

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Necklace: Kim Lyons Jewelry

Twinkle Twinkle

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Dress: Monsoon

Shoes: Shoe Buy

It was a very dear friend’s O-birthday a short while ago, and the theme was “formal”.

After moving so many times in the Year Of Sheer Awfulness (as 2013 shall henceforth be named) I culled my wardrobe down to essentials (sort of, anyway) and all of my “formal” type dresses were deemed “non-essential” and got donated or re-sold.

SO! Never one to pass up the opportunity to indulge in something I’ve had my eye on for a while, I decided to try and track down the Skylark sequin dress that I’d seen on Monsoon a couple of years ago, but never bought on account of not wanting to look like a giant mirror ball.

There’s probably not a lot of opportunities to wear an all-over sequin dress, even if the sequins are of a flattering matte silvery-gold type variety, rater than the blingy mirror-shine variety. I figured a “formal” dress code was probably my best bet.

Fortunately there’s still quite a few of these kicking around on eBay for a steal, so I snapped up one in what I was optimistically hoping would be my size.

Unfortunately the top half appeared to be about three sizes bigger than the bottom half, and though it fit perfectly at the waist and hips my – not insubstantial – bosoms failed to fill out the billowing bodice.

I don’t know if it’s a Monsoon fit issue (I’ve never had this problem with them before, but it’s been years since I bought from them) or an attempt to get some draping action going, but I decided I needed to have it taken it by a professional tailor.

When it came back I decided I quite loved it, and with the addition of some spangly jewellery and high heels I fit right in at the birthday party. In fact, the birthday girl and I inadvertently matched in a sequinned dresses (hers in an absolutely outstanding blue) and side buns.

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The earrings that I wore were some cheapies from Colette Dinnigan’s collaboration with  Lovisa. Sort of deco-esque, and the subdued bling suited the dress perfectly.

I pulled the rhinestone bracelets that I’d bought for – well, you know – out of storage as well and stacked them up. I love the look of several worn at once, and more is more right? They definitely won’t be going back into their boxes any time soon, they’re so gorgeous they deserve to see the light.

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