I don’t have the budget to welcome many new purchases into my wardrobe these days, so I’m extra careful about what I choose to part with my money for. When I saw this skirt hanging on the racks at Et Al on Flinders Lane I felt my heart leap up into my chest in a way I haven’t felt about an item of clothing for a long time.
A winter skirt had been on my wish-list at the start of this year and I’d purchased a gorgeous asymmetric Y’s cotton skirt to fill the gap. The problem is that the Y’s piece is high waisted and I don’t have any jackets that best flatter that profile. Until I can find my grail cropped jacket, the Y’s skirt is better suited for milder weather where I don’t need a coat. This skirt sits further down around my hips and has a wide flat band that means layering over the top of it keeps my silhouette sleek and not bulky.
I actually fell in love with two skirts that day – I was able to purchase this one immediately but since I don’t have a credit card I had to put the other on lay-by. Sometimes when a garment is just right it’s worth waiting for.
As I was paying I found out that this skirt is actually part of Et Al’s new menswear collection, which surprised me as I felt it was rather flattering and I definitely do not have a boyish figure – I’m all hips and bottom. Nevertheless it didn’t deter me and I’ve been wearing the skirt consistently since it’s purchase. The kilt-style pleating adds just a little volume and the distressed hem gives it a dark nonchalance.
One thing I love about both of the Et Al skirts is that they look great with my geobaskets which the Y’s skirt does not. This 8/10 length keeps my legs warm but is just cropped enough that I can wear any kind of heeled or flat shoe or boot.