Last Summer's tiered gypsy skirts might be a fashion faux-pas according to the glossies, but there's no reason why you can't keep on wearing flattering floaty skirts this season if you love them. I'm a big believer that you should wear what you like, regardless of the whims of fashion. Skirts this season - pencil, tulip, puffball - are notoriously difficult to wear if you have any lumps and bumps, which is why I'm glad to see a trickle of more flattering A-line numbers in diaphanous fabrics and earthy colours and prints cropping up at some of our favourite online stores.

Earthy1
First up, the ones most of us can only aspire to. Blumarine's fabulous strawberry covered layered silk skirt is an absolutely staggering $1,550 while the green 'sable' skirt from Elie Tahari is $428, which seems surprisingly reasonable in comparison! Moving on to the more affordable options...

Earthy2
Most of our high street faves are offering up some pretty skirts too. The blue patterned number from Warehouse (£45) will go well with the huge amount of blue that's around as part of the nautical trend (try H&M for some great bargains). Meanwhile, over at Miss Selfridge the stone coloured panelled skirt (£32) will go with just about anything. I see it with a fitted floral blouse and red shoes, or navy stripes and flip-flops for a dressed down Riviera look.

Earthy3
XOXO's pleated chiffon number is a really good alternative to the high priced designer alternatives at only $59.99. Wear it with a simple chocolate brown tank, wood sandals (very Chloe, darling) and a few scattered bangles. La Redoute have gone a bit darker with their chocolate and mocha silk crepe skirt. It's currently half price at £17.50. Talk about a bargain!