Monday, 28 October 2013

Make a beeline for a-line

My mission: to find a skirt which is faithful to the classic, simple and structured a-line shape, in a great quality fabric, which can last me for years to come. I have a couple of these skirts which have been part of my wardrobe for years; a navy one from Cos and a grey one from GAP. Except the grey one has fallen foul of a indelible ink stain, and I cannot live by one perfect skirt alone.

So I have been looking for a replacement and also reinforcements for over a year now. There have been some close calls, courtesy of Cos and Jaeger, but they haven't been quite right. And then as part of the building excitement ahead of the J.Crew London launch in just over a week, I went for a cruise on the J.Crew website. And there they were, staring right back at me, like long lost friends.

{neon coral wool-silk a-line skirt, £178 J.Crew}

{also available in navy - you had me at wool-silk}

{black wool a-line skirt, £138 J.Crew}

{also available in pinot noir}

So with my black a-line skirt needs being met by the skirt in this post, I would fill my wardrobe ravine with the navy, coral and burgundy skirts above. My key requirements which they meet are as follows:
1. a-line
2. knee length, or just above the knee
3. a good fabric mix - wool, silk, cotton, or even viscose with some sort of stretch thrown in are always great options
4. a solid block of colour - I introduce patten to just my top half - keeping the bottom half plain is key to my look.

It's interesting that whilst just a few short years ago, brands such as Jaeger, Hobbs, Cos and even GAP would cater for these requirements, it's increasingly more difficult to find these markers of good quality on the high street. So it's a timely moment for J.Crew to enter the UK market with its focus on great fabric and classic designs. Roll on November 8th.

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