The New Gypsy Skirt
Designers, stylists and glossies alike are telling us to put our gypsy skirts to the back of our wardrobes this season, but it's easy to understand why so many people are desperate to cling onto the look for a little longer. Mid to long flowing skirts hide a multitude of sins and can be dressed up or down for just about every occasion. This season, avoid floor-skimming tiered numbers and go for something that's more Russian folklore than Gypsy Rose Lee, with crinkly lengths and a sash tie. Here are some Catwalk Queen favourites.
For evenings, the satin sash detail skirt (£50 at Topshop) is a real showstopper and will suit just about every body shape. The same shape is available for day in the teal sash puffball (£35 from Rocha: John Rocha). Go for a larger size rather than squeezing into a smaller one to ensure a floaty, flattering fit.
If you're a bit more adventurous, go fairy princess with the sheer grey version with a Marc Jacobs-esque ribbon belt (£45 at Miss Selfridge) for a great night-time look. During the day, the printed purple skirt (£60 at French Connection) with its unusual asymmetrical handkerchief hem would look great with some slouchy suede boots and a high necked top and cropped jacket for a directional folk-meets-Victoriana look.
Finally, the easiest way to wear the look is with a well-cut, block coloured skirt in a winter fabric. Oasis have created their version in a toasty warm black cord (£38 - click here for store locations), while Forever 21 have used a heavy jersey to make their rich teal coloured casual skirt ($16.80 also in black or brown). If you wear tights or stockings with the jersey one, remember to spray a bit of hairspray up your skirt before you go out to avoid static cling!