Monday, 2 December 2013

Outfit Inspiration: Liberty Ross & Natalie Portman

{Liberty Ross & Natalie Portman}

I loved these outfits on Liberty Ross and Natalie Portman when I saw them earlier this year, and I think we could take a leaf or two out of their book when it comes to finding outfits for the festive season. What I like most about this look is that it leaves room for some knitwear on the top half, whilst the bottom half injects a whole load of glamour, but still with plenty of scope for a pair of thick tights underneath (plus Natalie Portman's skirt looks a little "wipe-clean" which will come in handy if you spill your gravy / trifle / cranberry sauce).

It's a sensible but dressy combination, which is even more wearable if you take the skirt length up to somewhere around the knee, but be careful to still maintain the fullness of the skirt to give you that swooshy sensation. If you go for a plain skirt, pair it with a bold statement necklace to up the ante, otherwise, let the pattern make the impact for you. And its versatility has been well documented by the street style crowd.

Even better, you've probably already got this look lurking somewhere in your wardrobe, especially amongst those less versatile full-skirted dresses which are more one-wear wonders, which just require you to slip a jumper over the top to transform it into a whole new outfit.

But for those of you who are unable to rustle up something from the depths of your cupboards, and if you want to flash the cash, no-one is doing this look better than Tibi and their paint splatter skirts. For those of us on a budget, here are a few more purse-friendly examples of what's out there at the moment.  It's worth investing a little more than usual as a skirt like this will see you through the summer, with a plain t-shirt or silk vest. 

Top row, left to right
Bassey jacquard pleat skirt, £155 L.K.Bennett; Leopard wool jacquard skirt, £125 Karen Millen; Cerys pleat detail a-line skirt, £145 L.K.Bennett; Heavy crepe full skirt, £60 Topshop; Rochelle ribbon flared skirt, £150 French Connection.

Middle row, left to right
Rita skirt, £125 Coast; Aminta jacquard snake print skirt, £175 L.K.Bennett; Oil painting printed skirt, £129 Ted Baker; Diamond print pleated skirt, £105 House of Fraser; Collection gilded Paisley skirt, £158 J.Crew.

Bottom row, left to right
Dark red jacquard midi skirt, £40 River Island; Ivy smudge print skirt, £145 Whistles; Black animal print midi skater skirt, £35 River Island; Weekend by MaxMara abstract animal print skirt, £176 John Lewis; Leticia optic floral print pleat skirt, £175 L.K.Bennett.

If you're looking for some knitwear to go with, then try these styles from H&M& Other StoriesCosUniqlo and H&M again.

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